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Robert R Kula
Systematic Entomology Laboratory
Research Entomologist

Phone: (202) 633-4558
Fax: (202) 786-3141
Room CE520

SEL, USDA, SMITHSONIAN INSTITUTION
NATIONAL MUSEUM NATURAL HISTORY
NMNH
WASHINGTON, DC 200137012
Projects
Systematics of Parasitic and Herbivorous Wasps of Agricultural Importance
In-House Appropriated (D)
  Accession Number: 429951

Publications (Clicking on the reprint icon Reprint Icon will take you to the publication reprint.)
Larval parasitism of the silver spotted skipper, Epargyreus clarus (Cramer) (Lepidoptera: Hesperiidae) in the Washington D.C. area - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Cerambycid communities and their associated hymenopteran parasitoids from major hardwood trees in Delaware, USA: implications for biocontrol of invasive longhorned beetles Reprint Icon - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Golec, J.R., Aparicio, E.M., Wang, X., Duan, J.J., Fuester, R.W., Tatman, D.M., Kula, R.R. 2020. Cerambycid communities and their associated hymenopteran parasitoids from major hardwood trees in Delaware, USA: implications for biocontrol of invasive longhorned beetles. Environmental Entomology. https://doi.org/10.1093/ee/nvz169.
Two new species of Coelinius Nees (Hymenoptera, Braconidae, Alysiinae) from Mexico - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Figueroa, J., Sanchez-Garcia, J., Pineda, S., Martinez, A., Kula, R.R. 2019. Two new species of Coelinius Nees (Hymenoptera, Braconidae, Alysiinae) from Mexico. Zootaxa. 4664(4):559-564.
Leaf mining insects and their parasitoids in the old-growth forest of the Huron Mountains - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Priest, R.J., Kula, R.R., Gates, M.W. 2020. Leaf mining insects and their parasitoids in the old-growth forest of the Huron Mountains. Great Lakes Entomologist. 52(3-4):117-160.
Recruitment of native parasitic wasps to populations of the invasive winter moth in the Northeastern United States - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Broadley, H.J., Kula, R.R., Boettner, G.H., Andersen, J.C., Griffin, B., Elkinton, J.S. 2019. Recruitment of native parasitic wasps to populations of the invasive winter moth in the Northeastern United States. Biological Invasions. 21:2871-2890.
The first pupal parasitoids of Neomusotima conspurcatalis Warren (Lepidoptera: Crambidae), a biological control agent of Lygodium microphyllum (Cav.) R. Br. (Polypodiales: Lygodiaceae) in Florida Reprint Icon - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Lake, E.C., Kula, R.R., Gates, M.W., Smith, M., Minteer, C., Tipping, P.W. 2019. The first pupal parasitoids of Neomusotima conspurcatalis Warren (Lepidoptera: Crambidae), a biological control agent of Lygodium microphyllum (Cav.) R. Br. (Polypodiales: Lygodiaceae) in Florida. Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Washington. 121(2):314-319. https://doi.org/10.4289/0013-8797.121.2.314.
A network approach reveals parasitoid wasps to be generalized nectar foragers - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Zemenick, A.T., Kula, R.R., Russo, L., Tooker, J. 2018. A network approach reveals parasitoid wasps to be generalized nectar foragers. Arthropod-Plant Interactions. 13(2):239-251.
Immature stages of Scrobipalpula patagonica Povolný (Lepidoptera: Gelechiidae: Gnorimoschemini), a gall inducer of Suaeda divaricata Moq. (Amaranthaceae) in Argentina with a summary of its parasitoids - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Adamski, D., Gates, M.W., Torrens, J., Fidalgo, P., Kula, R.R., Buffington, M.L. 2018. Immature stages of Scrobipalpula patagonica Povolný (Lepidoptera: Gelechiidae: Gnorimoschemini), a gall inducer of Suaeda divaricata Moq. (Amaranthaceae) in Argentina with a summary of its parasitoids. Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Washington. 120(4):659-669.
Two new species of Anisocyrta Foerster (Hymenoptera: Braconidae: Alysiinae) from China - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Yao, J., Kula, R.R., Chen, J. 2018. Two new species of Anisocyrta Foerster (Hymenoptera: Braconidae: Alysiinae) from China. Zootaxa. 4459(3):575-582.
Braconidae (Hymenoptera: Ichneumonoidea) from Mount Desert Island and Schoodic Peninsula areas of Acadia National Park, including a new species of Clinocentrus Haliday (Rogadinae) - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
King, K., Mottern, J.L., Shimbori, E., Kula, R.R. 2018. Braconidae (Hymenoptera: Ichneumonoidea) from Mount Desert Island and Schoodic Peninsula areas of Acadia National Park, including a new species of Clinocentrus Haliday (Rogadinae). Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Washington. 120(3):549-567.
The impact of native hyperparasitoids on winter moth (Operophtera brumata) biological control - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Broadley, H.J., Kelly, J., Elkinton, J.S., Kula, R.R., Boettner, G.H. 2018. The impact of native hyperparasitoids on winter moth (Operophtera brumata) biological control. Biological Control. 121:99-108.
New host plant and distribution records for Antistrophus laciniatus Gillette, 1891 (Hymenoptera: Cynipidae), an herb gall wasp on Silphium - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Buffington, M.L., Prasifka, J., Gates, M.W., Kula, R.R., Peterson, K. 2017. New host plant and distribution records for Antistrophus laciniatus Gillette, 1891 (Hymenoptera: Cynipidae), an herb gall wasp on Silphium. Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Washington. 119(4):660-666.
Alysiinae update ()
Gnamptodontinae update ()
Opiinae update ()
The Gall Associates of Asphondylia poss. swaedicola Kieffer & Jörgensen (Diptera: Cecidomyiidae) on Suaeda divaricata Moq. (Amaranthaceae) in Semiarid Argentina and Summary of Parasitic Hymenoptera Associated with Suaeda - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Gates, M.W., Kula, R.R., Buffington, M.L., Javier, T., Patricio, F. 2017. The Gall Associates of Asphondylia poss. swaedicola Kieffer & Jörgensen (Diptera: Cecidomyiidae) on Suaeda divaricata Moq. (Amaranthaceae) in Semiarid Argentina and Summary of Parasitic Hymenoptera Associated with Suaeda. Neotropical Entomology. 2:1-12.
Parasitoid wasps (Hymenoptera: Apocrita) associated with Sagittaria latifolia Willd. and Sagittaria platyphylla (Engelm.) J. G. Sm. (Alismatales: Alismataceae) in the Nearctic Region - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Kula, R.R., Gates, M.W., Buffington, M.L., Harms, N.E. 2017. Parasitoid wasps (Hymenoptera: Apocrita) associated with Sagittaria latifolia Willd. and Sagittaria platyphylla (Engelm.) J. G. Sm. (Alismatales: Alismataceae) in the Nearctic Region. Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Washington. 119(2):215-227.
Phylogenomic analysis of ants, bees and stinging wasps: Improved taxon sampling enhances understanding of hymenopteran evolution - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Branstetter, M., Danforth, B., Pitts, J., Faircloth, B., Ward, P., Buffington, M.L., Gates, M.W., Kula, R.R., Brady, S. 2017. Phylogenomic analysis of ants, bees and stinging wasps: Improved taxon sampling enhances understanding of hymenopteran evolution. Nature Ecology and Evolution. 27:1019-1025.
A new species and key for Acanthocaudus Smith (Braconidae: Aphidiinae), with new host and distribution records for aphidiines associated with Silphium perfoliatum L. (Asterales: Asteraceae) - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Kula, R.R., Johnson, P.J., Heidel-Baker, T.T., Boe, A. 2017. A new species and key for Acanthocaudus Smith (Braconidae: Aphidiinae), with new host and distribution records for aphidiines associated with Silphium perfoliatum L. (Asterales: Asteraceae). Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Washington. 4235(3):543-552.
A new species of Chaenusa Haliday sensu lato (Hymenoptera: Braconidae) from the Nearctic Region - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Kula, R.R., Harms, N.E. 2016. A new species of Chaenusa Haliday sensu lato (Hymenoptera: Braconidae) from the Nearctic Region. Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Washington. 118(1):101-108.
Habitat eradication and cropland intensification may reduce parasitoid diversity and natural pest control services in annual crop fields - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Letourneau, D.K., Bothwell, A.G., Kula, R.R., Sharkey, M.J., Stireman, J.I. 2015. Habitat eradication and cropland intensification may reduce parasitoid diversity and natural pest control services in annual crop fields. Elementa: Science of the Anthropocene. 3:1-13.
Revision of the genera Microplitis and Snellenius (Hymenoptera, Braconidae, Microgastrinae) from Area de Conservacion Guanacaste, Costa Rica, with a key to all species previously described from Mesoamerica - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Fernandez-Triana, J., Whitfield, J.B., Smith, M.A., Kula, R.R., Hallwachs, W., Janzen, D.H. 2015. Revision of the genera Microplitis and Snellenius (Hymenoptera, Braconidae, Microgastrinae) from Area de Conservacion Guanacaste, Costa Rica, with a key to all species previously described from Mesoamerica. Deutsche Entomologische Zeitschrift . 62(2):137-201.
Four new species of Tanycarpa (Hymenoptera, Braconidae, Alysiinae) from the Palaearctic Region and new records of species from China Reprint Icon - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Yao, J., Kula, R.R., Wharton, R.A., Chen, J. 2015. Four new species of Tanycarpa (Hymenoptera, Braconidae, Alysiinae) from the Palaearctic Region and new records of species from China. Zootaxa. 3957:169-187.
A new cryptic species of Diatraea (Lepidoptera: Crambidae: Crambinae) feeding on eastern gama grass and a novel host association with a braconid (Hymenoptera) in the United States - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Solis, M.A., Metz, M., Scheffer, S.J., Lewis, M.L., Kula, R.R., Springer, T.L. 2015. A new cryptic species of Diatraea (Lepidoptera: Crambidae: Crambinae) feeding on eastern gama grass and a novel host association with a braconid (Hymenoptera) in the United States. Annals of the Entomological Society of America. DOI:10.1093/aesa/sav049.
A new species in the newly recorded genus Trachyusa (Hymenoptera: Braconidae: Alysiinae) from China Reprint Icon - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Yao, J., Kula, R.R., Chen, J. 2015. A new species in the newly recorded genus Trachyusa (Hymenoptera: Braconidae: Alysiinae) from China. Zootaxa. 3931:579-584.
The genus Pseudapanteles (Hymenoptera: Braconidae, Microgastrinae), with an emphasis on the species in Area de Conservación Guanacaste in Costa Rica Reprint Icon - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Fernandez-Triana, J.L., Janzen, D.H., Hallwachs, W., Whitfield, J.B., Smith, M.A., Kula, R.R. 2014. The genus Pseudapanteles (Hymenoptera: Braconidae, Microgastrinae), with an emphasis on the species in Area de Conservación Guanacaste in Costa Rica. ZooKeys. 446:1-82.
Cardiochilinae and Ichneutinae (Hymenoptera: Braconidae) of Konza Prairie - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Kula, R.R. 2016. Cardiochilinae and Ichneutinae (Hymenoptera: Braconidae) of Konza Prairie. Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Washington. 118(2):273-288.
A new species and new distribution records for Braconidae from Mountain Lake Biological Station in southwestern Virginia and a redescription of Pentapleura foveolata Viereck Reprint Icon - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Kula, R.R. 2013. A new species and new distribution records for Braconidae from Mountain Lake Biological Station in southwestern Virginia and a redescription of Pentapleura foveolata Viereck. Zootaxa. 3641(5):501-523.
A new brachypterous species of Heterospilus Haliday (Braconidae, Doryctinae) from the Neotropical Region Reprint Icon - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Kula, R.R. 2013. A new brachypterous species of Heterospilus Haliday (Braconidae: Doryctinae) from the Neotropical Region. Journal of Hymenoptera Research. 33:83-90.
Hymenopteran Parasitoids Attacking the Invasive Emerald Ash Borer (Coleoptera: Buprestidae) in Western and Central Pennsylvania Reprint Icon - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Duan, J.J., Taylor, P.B., Fuester, R.W., Kula, R.R., Marsh, P.M. 2013. Hymenopteran Parasitoids Attacking the Invasive Emerald Ash Borer (Coleoptera: Buprestidae) in Western and Central Pennsylvania. Florida Entomologist. 96:166-172.
Parasitoids attacking larvae of a recently introduced weed biological control agent, Neomusotima conspurcatalis Warren (Lepidoptera: Crambidae): key to species, natural history, and integrative taxonomy Reprint Icon - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Boughton, A.J., Kula, R.R., Gates, M.W., Zhang, Y., Nunez, M., O'Connor, J., Whitfield, J.B., Center, T.D. 2012. Parasitoids attacking larvae of a recently introduced weed biological control agent, Neomusotima conspurcatalis Warren (Lepidoptera: Crambidae): key to species, natural history, and integrative taxonomy. Annals of the Entomological Society of America. 105:753-767.
A hymenopterist’s guide to the Hymenoptera Anatomy Ontology: utility, clarification, and future directions Reprint Icon - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Seltmann, K.C., Yoder, M.J., Miko, I., Forshage, M., Bertone, M.A., Agosti, D., Austin, A.D., Balhoff, J.P., Borowiec, M.L., Brady, S.J., Broad, G.R., Brothers, D.J., Burks, R.A., Buffington, M.L., Campbell, H.M., Dew, K.J., Ernst, A.F., Fernandez-Triana, J.L., Gates, M.W., Gibson, G.P., Jennings, J.T., Johnson, N.F., Karlsson, D., Kawada, R., Krogmann, L., Mullins, P.L., Ohl, M., Rasmussen, C., Ronquist, F., Schulmeister, S., Sharkey, M.J., Talamas, E., Vihelmsen, L., Ward, P.S., Wharton, R.A., Deans, A.R., Kula, R.R. 2012. A hymenopterist’s guide to the Hymenoptera Anatomy Ontology: utility, clarification, and future directions. Journal of Hymenoptera Research. 27:67-88.
Review of Ilatha Fischer (Hymenoptera: Braconidae: Alysiinae), including descriptions of six new species and a key to species Reprint Icon - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Kula, R.R., Dix-Luna, O., Shaw, S.R. 2012. Review of Ilatha Fischer (Hymenoptera: Braconidae: Alysiinae), including descriptions of six new species and a key to species. Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Washington. 114(3):293-328.
Review of the brachypterous, micropterous, and apterous Braconidae of the cyclostome lineage (Hymenoptera: Ichneumonoidea) from the Palearctic Region Reprint Icon - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Belokobylskij, S.A., Kula, R.R. 2012. Review of the apterous, micropterous, and brachypterous cyclostome Braconidae (Hymenoptera: Ichneumonoidea) in the Palearctic Region. Zootaxa. 3240:1-62.
Doryctinae (Hymenoptera: Braconidae) of Konza Prairie excluding species of Heterospilus Haliday Reprint Icon - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Kula, R.R., Marsh, P.M. 2011. Doryctinae (Hymenoptera: Braconidae) of Konza Prairie excluding species of Heterospilus Haliday. Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Washington. 113(4):451-491.
Two new brachypterous species of Heterospilus Haliday (Braconidae: Doryctinae) from the Nearctic Region - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Kula, R.R. 2011. Two new brachypterous species of Heterospilus Haliday (Braconidae: Doryctinae) from the Nearctic Region. Journal of Hymenoptera Research. 21:53-64.
Review of parasitic wasps and flies (Hymenoptera, Diptera) attacking Limacodidae (Lepidoptera) in North America, with a key to genera Reprint Icon - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Gates, M.W., O'Hara, J.E., Kula, R.R., Smith, D.R., Lill, J.T., Whitfield, J.B., Stoepler, T.M., Wahl, D.B., Murphy, S.M. 2012. Review of parasitic wasps and flies (Hymenoptera, Diptera) attacking Limacodidae (Lepidoptera) in North America, with a key to genera. Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Washington. 114(1):24-110.
Leluthia astigma (Ashmead)(Hymenoptera: Braconidae: Doryctinae)as a parasitoid of Agrilus planipennis Fairmaire(Coleoptera: Buprestidae: Agrilinae),with assessment of host associations for Nearctic species of Leluthia Cameron - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Kula, R.R., Knight, K.S., Rebbeck, J., Cappaert, D.L., Bauer, L.S., Gandhi, K.K. 2010. Leluthia astigma (Ashmead)(Hymenoptera: Braconidae: Doryctinae)as a parasitoid of Agrilus planipennis Fairmaire(Coleoptera: Buprestidae: Agrilinae),with assessment of host associations for Nearctic species of Leluthia Cameron. Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Washington. 112(2):246-257.
Stantonia pallida (Ashmead)(Hymenoptera: Braconidae) reared from Neomusotima conspurcatalis Warren (Lepidoptera: Crambidae), a classical biological control agent of Lygodium microphyllum (Cav.)R.Br.(Polypodiales: Lygodiaceae) - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Kula, R.R., Boughton, A.J., Pemberton, R.W. 2010. Stantonia pallida (Ashmead)(Hymenoptera: Braconidae) reared from Neomusotima conspurcatalis Warren (Lepidoptera: Crambidae), a classical biological control agent of Lygodium microphyllum (Cav.)R.Br.(Polypodiales: Lygodiaceae). Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Washington. 112(1):61-68.
Supplement to revision of New World Chaenusa Haliday sensu lato (Hymenoptera: Braconidae: Alysiinae) - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Kula, R.R., Martinez, J.J., Cabrera, G. 2009. Supplement to revision of New World Chaenusa Haliday sensu lato (Hymenoptera: Braconidae: Alysiinae). Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Washington. 111(3):641-655.
A new species of Chaneusa (Hymenoptera: Braconidae) reared from Hydrellia pakistanae and Hydrellia sarahae laticapsula Diptera: Ephydridae) infesting Hydrilla verticillata (Alismatales: Hydrocharitaceae) in India and Pakistan - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Kula, R.R. 2009. A new species of Chaneusa (Hymenoptera: Braconidae) reared from Hydrellia pakistanae and Hydrellia sarahae laticapsula Diptera: Ephydridae) infesting Hydrilla verticillata (Alismatales: Hydrocharitaceae) in India and Pakistan. Florida Entomologist. 92(1):139-146.
The first host records for the Nearctic species Triraphis discoideus (Hymenoptera: Braconidae: Rogadinae) - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Kula, R.R., Lill, J.T., Murphy, S., Stoeplerm, T. 2009. The first host records for the Nearctic species Triraphis discoideus (Hymenoptera: Braconidae: Rogadinae). Entomological News. 20(4):380-386.
Potential exposure of a classical biological control agent of the soybean aphid, Aphis glycines, on non-target aphids in North America - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Wyckhuys, K.A., Koch, R.L., Kula, R.R., Heimpel, G.E. 2008. Potential exposure of a classical biological control agent of the soybean aphid, Aphis glycines, on non-target aphids in North America. Biological Invasions. 11:857-871.
Taxonomic status and location of type specimens for species of Coelinidea Viereck and Sarops Nixon (Hymenoptera: Braconidae: Alysiinae) described by Garland T. Riegel - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Kula, R.R. 2008. Taxonomic status and location of type specimens for species of Coelinidea Viereck and Sarops Nixon (Hymenoptera: Braconidae: Alysiinae) described by Garland T. Riegel. Journal of Hymenoptera Research. 17(2):138-156.
Key to the New World species of Coiba Marsh (Hymenoptera: Braconidae: Doryctinae), including descriptions of two new species, new distribution records and a key to species - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Kula, R.R. 2009. Key to the New World species of Coiba Marsh (Hymenoptera: Braconidae: Doryctinae), including descriptions of two new species, new distribution records and a key to species. Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Washington. 111(1):183-198.
Revision of New World Chaenusa Haliday sensu lato (Hymenoptera: Braconidae: Alysiinae), with new species, synonymies, hosts, and distribution records - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Kula, R.R., Zolnerowich, G. 2008. Revision of New World Chaenusa Haliday sensu lato (Hymenoptera: Braconidae: Alysiinae), with new species, synonymies, hosts, and distribution records. Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Washington. 110: 1-60.
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