SCIENTIFIC NAME: Carex hystericina
COMMON NAMES: Porcupine Sedge, Bottlebrush Sedge
- A variety of insects feed on wetland sedges, including sedge grasshoppers, semi-aquatic leaf beetles, billbugs, stem-boring larvae of various flies, seed bugs, plant bugs, various aphids, & leafhoppers.
- Larvae of the butterfly Eyed Brown, skippers, & various moths feed on sedges.
- Among vertebrate animals, the seeds & seedheads are an important source of food to waterfowl, rails, & some songbirds.
- Muskrats occasionally eat the rhizomes, culms, & young shoots.