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Louis S Hesler

Research Entomologist

(605) 693-5228

North Central Agricultural Research Laboratory
2923 Medary Avenue
Brookings, SD 57006


Lead Scientist & Research Entomologist


Professional service

Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Insect Science

Subject Editor, Journal of Economic Entomology

English Technical Editor, North-West Journal of Zoology

Peer-reviewed publications since 2011 & Google Scholar link 

NEW! Hesler, L.S., Perreira, W.D., Matsunaga, J.N., Yee, D.A., Ahmed, M.Z. and Beckendorf, E.A. New state, island and prey records from Hawai‘i, U.S.A., and a new country record from Laos for lady beetles (Coleoptera: Coccinellidae). Pac-Pac. Entomol. 99(2):128–141. 2023.

Hesler, L.S., E.A. Beckendorf, A.P. Martens and P.J. Johnson. A new state record of Eucera (Xenoglossa) kansensis (Hymenoptera: Apidae) in South Dakota, USA. Insecta Mundi. 0985:1-6. 2023.

Martens, A.P., P.J. Johnson, E.. Beckendorf, L.S. Hesler, J.D. Daniels, and K.A. Roeder. A revised checklist of South Dakota bumble bees (Hymenoptera, Apidae). J. Hymenop. Res. 94:271-286. 2022.

Runyon, J.B., E. Beckendorf, and L.S. Hesler. A new species of Chrysotus Meigen (Diptera, Dolichopodidae) from soybean fields in South Dakota, USA. ZooKeys 1135: 171-180. 2022.

Hesler, L.S., K.J. Tilmon, A.J. Varenhorst, S.R. Conzemius, E. Taliercio and E.A. Beckendorf. 2022. Challenges and prospects of wild soybean as a resistance source against soybean aphid. Ann. Entomol. Soc. Am. 115:25-38.

Hesler, L.S., and E.A. Beckendorf. 2021. Declining abundance of Coccinellidae (Coleoptera) among crop and prairie habitats of Eastern South Dakota, USA. Frontiers Conserv. Sci. 2:742036.

Hesler, L.S., and E. A. Beckendorf. 2021. Soybean aphid infestation and crop yield in relation to cultivar, foliar insecticide, and insecticidal seed treatment in South Dakota. Phytoparasitica 49:971-981.

Hesler, L.S., and E. Taliercio. 2021. Resistance among selected wild soybean and associated soybean accessions against two virulent colonies of Aphis glycines (Hemiptera: Aphididae). Phytoparasitica 49:243-251.

Hesler, L.S. 2020. New records of Coccinellidae (Coleoptera) from the northeastern United States. Entomol. News 129:395-399. 

Hesler, L.S., W.D. Perreira, D.A. Yee & J.H.S. Silva. 2020. New state and island records of Coccinellidae (Coleoptera) in Hawai‘i, USA. Insecta Mundi 0795:1-4.

Hesler, L.S. 2020. New state records of lady beetles (Goeze) (Coleoptera: Coccinellidae) from Missouri and Mississippi, U.S.A. Insecta Mundi 0745:1–4.

Hesler, L.S. & M.L. Brust. 2020. New records of Coccinellidae (Coleoptera) from the central United States. J. Kansas Entomol. Soc. 92:488–491.

Hesler, L.S., W.D. Perreira, D.A. Yee and J.H.S. Silva. 2019. New records of Coccinellidae (Coleoptera) from Hawai'i, U.S.A. Coleopts. Bull. 73:382-386.

Conzemius, S.R., L.S. Hesler, A.J. Varenhorst & K.J. Tilmon. 2019. Resistance of soybean plant introductions to three colonies of soybean aphid (Hemiptera: Aphididae) biotype 4. J. Econ. Entomol. toz116,

Conzemius, S.R., L.S. Hesler, A.J. Varenhorst & K.J. Tilmon. 2019. Resistance to soybean aphid biotype 4 in plant introductions of Glycine soja. Euphytica 215:98.

Hesler, L.S. & K.J. Tilmon. 2018. Identification and characterization of resistance to soybean aphid (Hemiptera: Aphididae) in plant introductions of wild soybean. J. Kansas Entomol. Soc. 91:19-29.

Hesler, L.S., & J.J. Nixon. 2018. Novel prey record for Scymnus caudalis LeConte and first record of four other species of Coccinellidae (Coleoptera) in Wisconsin, U.S.A. Great Lakes Entomol. 51:30-33.

Hanson, A.A., A.J. Lorenz, L.S. Hesler, S.J. Bhusal, R. Bansal, A.P. Michel, G. Jiang & R.L. Koch. 2018. Genome-wide association mapping of host-plant resistance to soybean aphid. Plant Genome 11:180011.

Allen, K.C., R.G. Luttrell, T.W Sappington, L.S. Hesler & S.K Papiernik. 2018. Selected early-season pests of wheat in the United States and factors affecting their risks of infestation. J. Integ. Pest Mngmt. 9(1), 20,

Hesler, L.S., K.C. Allen, R.G. Luttrell, T.W Sappington & S.K Papiernik. 2018. Early-season pests of soybean in the United States and factors that affect their risk of infestation. J. Integ. Pest Mngmt. 9(1), 19,

Papiernik, S.K., T.W Sappington, R.G. Luttrell, L.S. Hesler & K.C. Allen. 2018. Overview: Risk factors and historic levels of pressure from insect pests of seedling corn, cotton, soybean, and wheat in the United States. J. Integ. Pest Mngmt. 9(1), 18,

Hesler, L.S., T.W Sappington, R.G. Luttrell, K.C. Allen & S.K Papiernik. 2018. Selected early-season pests of wheat in the United States and factors affecting their risks of infestation. J. Integ. Pest Mngmt. 9(1), 17,

Sappington, T.W., L.S. Hesler, K.C. Allen, R.G Luttrell & S.K Papiernik. 2018. Selected early-season pests of wheat in the United States and factors affecting their risks of infestation. J. Integ. Pest Mngmt. 9(1), 16,

Hesler, L.S. & K.J. Tilmon. 2018. Resistance to Aphis glycines among wild soybean accessions in laboratory experiments. Crop Prot. 112:74-82.

Hesler, L.S. and M.J. Hatfield. 2018. First records of Hippodamia variegata (Goeze) (Coleoptera: Coccinellidae) for Iowa, U.S.A. Insecta Mundi 0617:1–3.

Hesler, L.S., B.M. Van De Stroet, N.R. Schultz, E.A. Beckendorf & K.J. Tilmon. 2017. Laboratory evaluation of soybean plant introductions for resistance to Aphis glycines (Hemiptera: Aphididae). J. Agric. Urban Entomol. 33:1-9.

Hesler, L.S. & J.G. Lundgren. 2017. First record of Hippodamia variegata (Coleoptera: Coccinellidae) in Illinois, U.S.A., and relation to its other Midwestern collection records. Great Lakes Entomol. 50: 43-45.

Lundgren, J.G., L.S. Hesler & R.L. Anderson. 2017. Preceding crop affects soybean aphid abundance and predator–prey dynamics in soybean. J. Appl. Entomol.

Byamukama, E., C. Tande, J. Olson, L. Hesler, K. Grady, T. Nleya & F. Mathew. 2016. First detection of aster yellows associated with phytoplasma on Camelina sativa L. in South Dakota. Plant Dis. 100: 2523.

Hesler, L.S. 2016. Attraction of Diabrotica barberi Smith and Lawrence (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae) to eugenol-baited traps in soybean. Great Lakes Entomol. 49: 163-168.

Hesler, L.S. 2016. Capture of non-target flies (Diptera: Lauxaniidae, Chloropidae, Anthomyiidae) on traps baited with volatile chemicals in field crop habitats. Psyche 2016; Article ID 6938368,

Hesler, L.S. 2016. Volatile semiochemicals increase trap catch of green lacewings (Neuroptera: Chrysopidae) and flower flies (Diptera: Syrphidae) in corn and soybean plots. J. Insect Sci. 16(1), article 77, pp. 1–8.

Nemec, K., E. Beckendorf, L. Hesler, W. Riedell & J. Lundgren. 2016. The effect of flowering calendula and cuphea plants on Orius insidiosus survival and predation of Aphis glycines. Biocontrol Sci Techn. 261: 12-22. doi: 10.1080/09583157.2015.1072130

Bartlett, P.B., L.S. Hesler, B.W. French, M.A. Catangui & J.H. Gritzner. 2015. Detection of reproducing populations of Coccinella novemnotata within coccinellid assemblages (Coleoptera: Coccinellidae) in western South Dakota and western Nebraska. Ann. Entomol. Soc. Am. 108:474-486.

Brandt, D.M., P.J. Johnson, J. E. Losey, M.A. Catangui & L.S. Hesler. 2015. Development and survivorship of a predatory lady beetle, Coccinella novemnotata, on various aphid diets. BioControl 60:221-229. 

Bhusal, S.J., G.-L. Jiang, L.S. Hesler & J.H. Orf. 2014. Soybean aphid resistance in soybean germplasm accessions of maturity group I. Crop Sci. 54:2093-2098.

Hesler, L.S. 2014. Inventory and assessment of foliar natural enemies of the soybean aphid (Hemiptera: Aphididae) in South Dakota. Environ. Entomol. 43: 577-588.

Hesler, L.S. 2014. New state record for Cephaloscymnus zimmermani zimmermani Crotch (Coleoptera: Coccinellidae) in Massachusetts, U.S.A. Coleopts. Bull. 68: 156-157.

Hesler, L.S. 2014. First record of soybean as a host plant of a subspecies of the eastern tailed-blue, Cupido comyntas comyntas (Lepidoptera: Lycaenidae). Insecta Mundi 0330: 1-5.

Hesler, L.S., J.E. Losey, L.L. Allee & R.R. Smyth. 2014. New records of Coccinellidae (Coleoptera) from Wyoming, U.S.A. Coleopts. Bull. 68: 128-130.

Hesler, L.S. 2013. Resistance to soybean aphid among wild soybean lines under controlled conditions. Crop Prot. 53: 139–146.

Hesler, L.S. Risk to native Uroleucon aphids (Hemiptera: Aphididae) from non-native lady beetles (Coleoptera: Coccinellidae). Entomol. Amer. 119:14–22. 2013.

Hesler, L.S., M.V. Chiozza, M.E. O’Neal, G.C. MacIntosh, K.J. Tilmon, D.I. Chandrasena, N.A. Tinsley, S.R. Cianzio, A.C. Costamagna, E.M. Cullen, C.D. DiFonzo, B.D. Potter, D.W. Ragsdale, K. Steffey and K.J. Koehler. Performance and prospects of Rag genes for management of soybean aphid. Entomol. Exp. Appl. 147: 201–216. 2013.

Bhusal, S.J., G.-L. Jiang, K.J. Tilmon and L.S. Hesler. Identification of soybean aphid resistance in early maturing genotypes of soybean. Crop Sci. 53: 491–499. 2013.

Lundgren, J.G., L.S. Hesler, S.A. Clay and S.F. Fausti. Insect communities in soybeans of eastern South Dakota: The effects of vegetation management and pesticides on soybean aphids, bean leaf beetles, and their natural enemies. Crop Prot. 43: 104–118. 2013.

Hesler, L.S., G. McNickle, M.A. Catangui, J.E. Losey, E.A. Beckendorf, L. Stellwag, D.M. Brandt and P.B. Bartlett. Method for continuously rearing Coccinella lady beetles (Coleoptera: Coccinellidae). Open Entomol. J. 6: 42–48. 2012.

Hesler, L.S., D.A. Prischmann and K.E. Dashiell. Field and laboratory evaluations of soybean lines against soybean aphid (Hemiptera: Aphididae). J. Econ. Entomol. 105: 608–615. 2012.

Losey, J., J. Perlman, J. Kopco, S. Ramsey, L. Hesler, E. Evans, L. Allee and R. Smyth. Potential causes and consequences of decreased body size in field populations of Coccinella novemnotata. Biol. Control 61: 98–103. 2012.

Hesler, L.S., K.E. Dashiell, D.A. Prischmann, B.W. Diers and R. Scott. Field evaluation of putatively resistant soybean lines against the soybean aphid. J. Crop Improvement 26: 76–86. 2012.

Hesler, L.S. and K.E. Dashiell. Antixenosis to Aphis glycines (Hemiptera: Aphididae) among soybean lines. Open Entomol. J. 5:39–44. 2011.

Hesler, L.S. First record of Polistes dominula (Christ, 1791) (Hymenoptera: Vespidae: Polistinae) from Nebraska, U.S.A. Great Lakes Entomol. 44: 61–64. 2011.

Hesler, L.S. and P.K. Lago. First records of both subspecies of Brachiacantha quadripunctata (Coleoptera: Coccinellidae) in Mississippi, U.S.A. Florida Entomol. 94: 361–363. 2011.

Hesler, L.S. and J.G. Lundgren. Hippodamia variegata (Goeze) (Coleoptera: Coccinellidae) found in South Dakota. Coleopts. Bull. 65: 78–79. 2011.

Other Recent Scientific Articles

Hesler, L.S.; & E.A. Beckendorf. 2020. Soybean aphids per plant among soybean lines containing various Rag genes. Ag Data Commons (dataset).

Hesler, L., E.A. Beckendorf, & E. Taliercio. 2019. Resistance to soybean aphid in selected wild soybean accessions, 2018–2019. Arthro. Manag. Tests 44: tsz078,

Hesler, L., E. Beckendorf, N. Schultz, B. Van De Stroet, K. Tilmon & P. Rozeboom. 2017. Resistance to soybean aphid in early maturing plant introduction lines of soybean, 2012–2015. Arthro. Manag. Tests 42: tsx112,

Hesler, L.S. & K.J. Tilmon. 2017. Infestation ratings database for soybean aphid on early-maturity wild soybean lines.  Data in Brief

Hesler, L., E. Beckendorf, N. Schultz, B. Van De Stroet, K. Tilmon & P. Rozeboom. 2017. SOYBEAN.APHID.LH.2017.

Hesler, L.S. 2013.  Efficacy of inorganic compounds against soybean aphid, laboratory tests 2012. Arthro. Manag. Tests 38: F82.