List of Lepidoptera that feed on Centaurea

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Centaurea species (knapweeds, starthistles and relatives) are used as food plants by the caterpillars of a numerous Lepidoptera species, including:

Monophagous[edit]

Species which feed exclusively on Centaurea. Some are used in biological control of knapweeds that have become invasive weeds.

Bucculatricidae

Cochylidae

Coleophoridae

Gelechiidae

Polyphagous[edit]

Species which feed on Centaurea and other plants

Coleophoridae

Crambidae

Geometridae

  • Common Pug (Eupithecia vulgata) – recorded on Brown Knapweed (C. jacea) and perhaps others
  • The Engrailed (Ectropis crepuscularia)
  • Grey Pug (Eupithecia subfuscata) – recorded on Brown Knapweed (C. jacea) and perhaps others
  • Lime-speck Pug (Eupithecia centaureata)

Noctuidae

Nymphalidae

  • Spotted Fritillary (Melitaea didyma) – recorded on Brown Knapweed (C. jacea) and perhaps others
  • Knapweed Fritillary (Melitaea phoebe) – recorded on Brown Knapweed (C. jacea) and others

Oecophoridae

Sphingidae

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