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Research Project: Systematics of Beetles, Flies, Moths and Wasps with an Emphasis on Agricultural Pests, Invasive Species, Biological Control Agents, and Food Security

Location: Systematic Entomology Laboratory

Publications (Clicking on the reprint icon Reprint Icon will take you to the publication reprint.)

Revision of the type species of Syllepte Hübner and other spilomeline genera recently synonymized (Lepidoptera: Crambidae) Reprint Icon - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Solis, M.A., Mally, R., Hayden, J.E., Nuss, M. 2023. Revision of the type species of Syllepte Hübner and other spilomeline genera recently synonymized (Lepidoptera: Crambidae). Zootaxa. 343-361. https://doi.org/10.11646/zootaxa.5389.3.3.

First pyraloid (Insecta, Lepidoptera) caterpillar from Dominican amber Reprint Icon - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Solis, M.A., Leger, T., Neumann, C. 2023. First pyraloid (Insecta, Lepidoptera) caterpillar from Dominican amber. Nota Lepidopterologia. 46:145-154. https://doi.org/10.3897/nl.46.108745.

Eurytomidae - (Peer Reviewed Journal)

Millerocampa: A new genus of Heterocampinae (Lepidoptera, Notodontidae) from Central and South America Reprint Icon - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
St. Laurent, R., Goldstein, P.Z., Robbins, R. 2023. Millerocampa: A new genus of Heterocampinae (Lepidoptera, Notodontidae) from Central and South America. Insect Systematics & Evolution. Available: https://brill.com/view/journals/ise/aop/article-10.1163-1876312X-bja10053/article-10.1163-1876312X-bja10053.xml. https://doi.org/10.1163/1876312X-bja10053.

Major revisions in Pancrustacea phylogeny through improved taxon sampling with recommendations for resolving remaining difficult nodes Reprint Icon - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Bernot, J., Owen, C.L., Wolfe, J., Meland, K., Olesen, J., Crandall, K. 2023. Major revisions in Pancrustacea phylogeny through improved taxon sampling with recommendations for resolving remaining difficult nodes. Molecular Biology and Evolution. 40(8):msad175. https://doi.org/10.1093/molbev/msad175.

Resident parasitoids associated with Drosophilidae in Michigan tart cherry orchards and woodland edges Reprint Icon - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Huang, J., Leach, H., Buffington, M.L., Rothwell, N., Wilson, J. 2023. Resident parasitoids associated with Drosophilidae in Michigan tart cherry orchards and woodland edges. Journal of Hymenoptera Research. 96:485-494. https://doi.org/10.3897/jhr.96.103160.

Moss-inhabiting beetles of the West Indies (Insecta: Coleoptera) Reprint Icon - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Konstantinov, A.S., Baselga, A., Anderson, R.S., Carlton, C., Gusarov, V., Ivie, M.A., Owens, B., Sokolov, I.M., Tisheckin, A. 2023. Moss-inhabiting beetles of the West Indies (Insecta: Coleoptera). Journal of Insect Biodiversity. 38(2):48-72. https://doi.org/10.12976/jib/2023.38.2.3.

The phylogeny and divergence times of leaf-mining flies (Diptera: Agromyzidae) from anchored phylogenomics Reprint Icon - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Xuan, J., Scheffer, S.J., Lewis, M.L., Cassel, B.K., Liu, W., Wiegmann, B. 2023. The phylogeny and divergence times of leaf-mining flies (Diptera: Agromyzidae) from anchored phylogenomics. Molecular Biology and Evolution. 184:Article e107778. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ympev.2023.107778.

Enhancing DNA barcode reference libraries by harvesting terrestrial arthropods at the National Museum of Natural History Reprint Icon - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Santos, B., Miller Meredith, Miklasevskaja, M., Mckeown, J., Redmond, N., Coddington, J., Bird, J., Miller, S., Smith, A., Brady, S.G., Buffington, M.L., Chamorro, M.L., Dikow, T., Gates, M.W., Goldstein, P.Z., Konstantinov, A.S., Kula, R.R., Silverson, N., Solis, M.A., Naik, S., Nikolova, N., Pentinsaari, M., Prosser, S., Sones, J., Zakharov, E., Dewaard, J.R. 2023. Enhancing DNA barcode reference libraries by harvesting terrestrial arthropods at the National Museum of Natural History. Biodiversity Data Journal. 11:1-17. https://doi.org/10.3897/BDJ.11.e100904.

CO1 barcodes resolve an asymmetric biphyletic clade for Diabrotica undecimpunctata (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae) subspecies and provide fixed nucleotide variants for differentiation from related lineages using real-time PCR Reprint Icon - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Tembrock, L., Wilson, C., Zink, F., Konstantinov, A.S., Tishechkin, A., Timm, A. 2023. CO1 barcodes resolve an asymmetric biphyletic clade for Diabrotica undecimpunctata (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae) subspecies and provide fixed nucleotide variants for differentiation from related lineages using real-time PCR. Annals of the Entomological Society of America. 3:1-13. https://doi.org/10.3389/finsc.2023.1168586.

Key innovations and the diversification of Hymenoptera Reprint Icon - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Blaimer, B., Santos, B., Gates, M.W., Kula, R.R., Miko, I., Rasplus, J., Smith, D.R., Talamas, E., Brady, S., Buffington, M.L. 2023. Key innovations and the diversification of Hymenoptera. Nature. 14:Article e1212. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41467-023-36868-4.

Phylogenetic systematics, diversification, and biogeography of Puss Moths and Kittens (Lepidoptera; Notodontidae; Cerurinae) and description of a new genus Reprint Icon - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
St Laurent, R., Goldstein, P.Z., Miller, J.S., Markee, A., Staude, H., Kawahara, A.Y., Miller, S., Robbins, R. 2023. Phylogenetic systematics, diversification, and biogeography of Puss Moths and Kittens (Lepidoptera; Notodontidae; Cerurinae) and description of a new genus. Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society. 7(2):1-25. https://doi.org/10.1093/isd/ixad004.

First report of the Palearctic Flea Beetle Neocrepidodera ferruginea (Scopoli, 1763) (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae: Galerucinae: Alticini) for the United States of America Reprint Icon - (Research Notes)
Ruesink, W., Haack, R.A., Konstantinov, A.S., Cognato, A.I. 2023. First report of the Palearctic Flea Beetle Neocrepidodera ferruginea (Scopoli, 1763) (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae: Galerucinae: Alticini) for the United States of America. The Coleopterists Bulletin. 77(1):116-119. https://doi.org/10.1649/0010-065X-77.1.116.

The identity of Argyria lacteella (Fabricius, 1794) (Lepidoptera, Pyraloidea, Crambinae), synonyms, and related species using morphology and DNA capture in type specimens Reprint Icon - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Landry, B., Bilat, J., Hayden, J.E., Solis, M.A., Lees, D., Alvarez, N., Leger, T., Gauthier, J. 2023. The identity of Argyria lacteella (Fabricius, 1794) (Lepidoptera, Pyraloidea, Crambinae), synonyms, and related species using morphology and DNA capture in type specimens. ZooKeys. 1146:1-42. https://doi.org/10.3897/zookeys.1146.96099.

Observations of feeding damage of some Turkish leaf beetles (Chrysomelidae) with new masquerade and host plant records Reprint Icon - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Konstantinov, A.S., Gultekin, L., Gultekin, N. 2023. Observations of feeding damage of some Turkish leaf beetles (Chrysomelidae) with new masquerade and host plant records. Journal of Insect Biodiversity. 37(2):40-47. https://doi.org/10.12976/jib/2023.37.2.1.

Phylogeny of the flea beetles (Galerucinae: Alticini) and the position of Aulacothorax elucidated through anchored phylogenomics (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae: Alticini) Reprint Icon - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Douglas, H., Konstantinov, A.S., Brunke, A.J., Moseyko, A.G., Chapados, J.T., Eyres, J., Richter, R., Savard, K., Sears, E., Dettman, J.R., Prathapan, K.D., Ruan, Y. 2023. Phylogeny of the flea beetles (Galerucinae: Alticini) and the position of Aulacothorax elucidated through anchored phylogenomics (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae: Alticini). Systematic Entomology. 48:1-26. https://doi.org/10.1111/syen.12582.

Integrative approach reveals the identity of Brazilian specimens previously recognized as Anastrepha dissimilis Stone, 1942 (Diptera: Tephritidae) Reprint Icon - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Norrbom, A.L., Ruiz-Arce, R., Steck, G.J., Moore, M., Wiegmann, B., Rodriguez, E.J., Branham, M., Sutton, B.D., Muller, A., Gangadin, A., Cassel, B., Ledezma, L., Troya, H., Nolazco Alvarado, N., Savaris, M., Clifford, K. 2023. Integrative approach reveals the identity of Brazilian specimens previously recognized as Anastrepha dissimilis Stone, 1942 (Diptera: Tephritidae). Zootaxa. 5228(3):317-336. https://doi.org/10.11646/zootaxa.5228.3.5.

A paradox indeed: description of genitalia and clarification of the subtribal classification of Pachyonychis paradoxus Clark and Pachyonychus paradoxus Melsheimer (Coleoptera, Chrysomelidae, Galerucinae, Alticini) Reprint Icon - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Van Roie, M., Clark, S., Konstantinov, A.S., Furth, D., Linzmeier, A.M. 2023. A paradox indeed: description of genitalia and clarification of the subtribal classification of Pachyonychis paradoxus Clark and Pachyonychus paradoxus Melsheimer (Coleoptera, Chrysomelidae, Galerucinae, Alticini). Journal of Insect Biodiversity. 5227(1):127-136. https://doi.org/10.11646/zootaxa.5227.1.6.

Raymond J. Gagné: A festschrift in honor of his contributions to entomology and Cecidomyiidae systematics Reprint Icon - (Other)
Norrbom, A.L., Dorchin, N., Jaschhof, M. 2022. Raymond J. Gagné: A festschrift in honor of his contributions to entomology and Cecidomyiidae systematics. Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Washington. https://doi.org/10.4289/0013-8797.124.3.411.

First record and distribution of Ganaspis brasiliensis (Hymenoptera: Figitidae: Eucoilinae), a parasitoid of Drosophila suzukii (Diptera: Drosophilidae) in Argentina Reprint Icon - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Gallardo, F., Funes, C.F., Reche, V.A., Kirschbaum, D.S., Ovruski, S., Buffington, M.L. 2021. First record and distribution of Ganaspis brasiliensis (Hymenoptera: Figitidae: Eucoilinae), a parasitoid of Drosophila suzukii (Diptera: Drosophilidae) in Argentina. Neotropical Entomology. 51:164-169. https://doi.org/10.1007/s13744-021-00912-z.

Illusion of flight: Absence, evidence, and the age of winged insects Reprint Icon - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Schachat, S.R., Goldstein, P.Z., Desalle, R., Bobo, D., Boyce, C., Payne, J., Labandeira, C. 2022. Illusion of flight: Absence, evidence, and the age of winged insects. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society, London. 138(2):143-168. https://doi.org/10.1093/biolinnean/blac137.

Cacotherapia Dyar (Pyralidae: Galleriinae) at the National Museum of Natural History, Washington, D.C.: Type images and lectotype designations Reprint Icon - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Solis, M.A. 2022. Cacotherapia Dyar (Pyralidae: Galleriinae) at the National Museum of Natural History, Washington, D.C.: Type images and lectotype designations. Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Washington. 124(2):346-358. https://doi.org/ 10.4289/0013-8797.124.2.346.

A genome-wide phylogeny and the diversification of genus Liriomyza (Diptera: Agromyzidae) inferred from anchored phylogenomics Reprint Icon - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Xuan, J., Scheffer, S.J., Lonsdale, O., Cassel, B., Lewis, M.L., Eiseman, C., Liu, W., Wiegmann, B. 2022. A genome-wide phylogeny and the diversification of genus Liriomyza (Diptera: Agromyzidae) inferred from anchored phylogenomics. Systematic Entomology Laboratory World Wide Web Site. 48(1):178-197. https://doi.org/10.1111/syen.12569.

Host plants of fruit flies (Diptera: Tephritidae) in Morocco Reprint Icon - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
El Harym, Y., Belqat, B., Norrbom, A.L. 2022. Host plants of fruit flies (Diptera: Tephritidae) in Morocco. Zootaxa. 5196(3):355-387. https://doi.org/10.11646/zootaxa.5196.3.3.

Description of a moss-eating flea beetle Cangshanaltica fuanensis sp. nov. (Coleoptera, Chrysomelidae, Galerucinae, Alticini) from China Reprint Icon - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Ruan, Y., Konstantinov, A.S., Damaska, A. 2022. Description of a moss-eating flea beetle Cangshanaltica fuanensis sp. nov. (Coleoptera, Chrysomelidae, Galerucinae, Alticini) from China. Journal of Insect Biodiversity. 34(2):28-32. https://doi.org/10.12976/jib/2022.34.2.1.

Biodiversity of parasitic Hymenoptera across sky islands of Arkansas, USA Reprint Icon - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Monroe, A., Hubbard, S., Rodriguez, R., Kuhns, F., Mcclung, M., Moran, M., Gates, M.W. 2022. Biodiversity of parasitic Hymenoptera across sky islands of Arkansas, USA. Environmental Entomology. 52:1-5. https://doi.org/10.1093/ee/nvac059.

Phylogenetic assessment of Metamasius hemipterus species complex (Coleoptera, Curculionidae, Dryophthorinae) Reprint Icon - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Palmieri, L., Chamorro, M.L., Sharma, P.P. 2022. Phylogenetic assessment of Metamasius hemipterus species complex (Coleoptera, Curculionidae, Dryophthorinae). Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution. 175:1-6. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ympev.2022.107589 .

Exceptional larval morphology of nine species of the anastrepha mucronota species group (Diptera: Tephritidae) Reprint Icon - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Rodriguez, E.J., Steck, G.J., Moore, M., Norrbom, A.L., Diaz, J., Somma, L.A., Ruiz-Arce, R., Sutton, B.D., Nolazco Alvarado, N., Branham, M. 2022. Exceptional larval morphology of nine species of the anastrepha mucronota species group (Diptera: Tephritidae). Insect Systematics and Diversity. 1127:155-215. https://doi.org/10.3897/zookeys.1127.84628.

Description of a Neotropical gall inducer on Araceae: Arastichus, gen. n. (Hymenoptera: Eulophidae) and two new species Reprint Icon - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Zhang, M.Y., Gates, M.W., Hanson, P.E., Jansen-Gonzales, S. 2022. Description of a Neotropical gall inducer on Araceae: Arastichus, gen. n. (Hymenoptera: Eulophidae) and two new species. Journal of Hymenoptera Research. 92:145-172. https://doi.org/10.3897/jhr.92.85967.

Sleeping with the enemy: Case reports of Ornithonyssus bursa (Berlese, 1888) (Mesostigmata: Macronyssidae) causing human dermatitis in Brazil Reprint Icon - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Bassini-Silva, R., Castro-Santiago, A.C., Calchi, A.C., Perles, L., Takatus, J.C., Alencar, I.D., Ochoa, R., Dowling, A.P., Werthe, K., Andre, M.R., Barros-Battesti, D.M., Jacinavicius, F.C. 2022. Sleeping with the enemy: Case reports of Ornithonyssus bursa (Berlese, 1888) (Mesostigmata: Macronyssidae) causing human dermatitis in Brazil. International Journal of Acarology. 121(9):1-9. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00436-022-07589-2.

A compelling case for the re-discovery of C.V. Riley’s insect collection boxes Reprint Icon - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Miller, G.L., O'Donnell, C., Rosario-Lebron, A. 2022. A compelling case for the re-discovery of C.V. Riley’s insect collection boxes. American Entomologist. 68(3):40-47. https://doi.org/10.1093/ae/tmac045.

Reinterpreting the diversity and host preference of Sycophila parasitoid wasps associated with oak galls Reprint Icon - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Zhang, M.Y., Sheikh, S., Ward, A., Forbes, A.A., Gates, M.W., Egan, S., Davis, C., Weinersmith, K., Lucky, A., Melika, G. 2022. Reinterpreting the diversity and host preference of Sycophila parasitoid wasps associated with oak galls. Molecular Ecology. 31:4417-4433. https://doi.org/10.1111/mec.16582.

Professor Emeritus James W. Amrine Jr.: advancing the study of Varroa destructor and eriophyoid mites for over 30 years Reprint Icon - (Other)
Sarratt, J.V., Zhao, S., Ochoa, R. 2022. Professor Emeritus James W. Amrine Jr.: advancing the study of Varroa destructor and eriophyoid mites for over 30 years. Systematic and Applied Acarology. 28(6):1207-1218. https://doi.org/10.11158/saa.27.6.17.

A new species of Opius (Bellopius) (Hymenoptera: Braconidae) reared from Hexachaeta (Diptera: Tephritidae) flies in Colombia, with a key to New World species of Opius parasitic on fruit-infesting Tephritidae Reprint Icon - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Kula, R.R., Aguirre, H., Rodrigues-Clavijo, P.A. 2022. A new species of Opius (Bellopius) (Hymenoptera: Braconidae) reared from Hexachaeta (Diptera: Tephritidae) flies in Colombia, with a key to New World species of Opius parasitic on fruit-infesting Tephritidae. Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Washington. 124(1):75-84. https://doi.org/10.4289/0013-8797.124.1.75.

Anthonomus rubi (Herbst) (Curculioninae, Anthonomini) established in Washington State and the United States of America Reprint Icon - (Research Notes)
Roueche, N.D., Looney, C., Chamorro, M.L. 2022. Anthonomus rubi (Herbst) (Curculioninae, Anthonomini) established in Washington State and the United States of America. Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Washington. 124(2):367-371. https://doi.org/10.4289/0013-8797.124.2.367.

Mitochondrial phylogenomics and mitogenome organization in the parasitoid wasp family Braconidae (Hymenoptera: Ichneumonoidea) Reprint Icon - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Jasso-Martinez, J.M., Quicke, D.L., Belokobylskij, S.A., Santos, B.F., Fernandez-Triana, J., Kula, R.R., Zaldivar-Riveron, A. 2022. Mitochondrial phylogenomics and mitogenome organization in the parasitoid wasp family Braconidae (Hymenoptera: Ichneumonoidea). BMC Evolutionary Biology. 22:46. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12862-022-01983-1.

Phylogenomics of braconid wasps (Hymenoptera, Braconidae) sheds light on classification and the evolution of parasitoid life history traits Reprint Icon - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Jass0-Martinez, J.M., Santos, B.F., Zaldivar-Riveron, A., Fernandez-Triana, J., Sharanowski, B.J., Richter, R., Dettman, J., Blaimer, B.B., Brady, S., Kula, R.R. 2022. Phylogenomics of braconid wasps (Hymenoptera, Braconidae) sheds light on classification and the evolution of parasitoid life history traits. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution. 173:107452. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ympev.2022.107452.

Population structure and genetic diversity of the pepper weevil (Coleoptera: Curculionidae) using the COI barcoding region Reprint Icon - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Fernadez, C.D., Vanlaerhoven, S., Rodriguez-Leyva, E., Zhang, M.Y., Labbe, R. 2022. Population structure and genetic diversity of the pepper weevil (Coleoptera: Curculionidae) using the COI barcoding region. Journal of Insect Science. 22(1):1-10. https://doi.org/10.1093/jisesa/ieac012.

Ormyrus labotus (Hymenoptera: Ormyridae): Another generalist that should not be a generalist is not a generalist Reprint Icon - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Sheikh, S., Ward, A., Zhang, Y., Davis, C., Zhang, L., Egan, S., Forbes, A.A. 2022. Ormyrus labotus (Hymenoptera: Ormyridae): Another generalist that should not be a generalist is not a generalist. Insect Systematics and Diversity. 6:1-14. https://doi.org/10.1093/isd/ixac001.

Description of Kavayva gen. n. (Chalcidoidea, Eurytomidae) and two new species associated with Guarea (Meliaceae), and a review of eurytomids associated with seeds Reprint Icon - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Zhang, Y.M., Gates, M.W., Silvestre, R., Scarpa, M. 2021. Description of Kavayva gen. n. (Chalcidoidea, Eurytomidae) and two new species associated with Guarea (Meliaceae), and a review of eurytomids associated with seeds. Journal of Hymenoptera Research. 86:110-121. https://doi.org/10.3897/jhr.86.71309.

Unraveling the diversity of Helopinina Latreille (Coleoptera: Tenebrionidae: Blaptinae): an illustrated catalogue of the subtribe with emphasis on the type specimens deposited in Ditsong National Museum of Natural History Reprint Icon - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Kaminski, M., Lumen, R., Muller, R., Kanda, K.N., Robiche, G., Smith, A. 2021. Unraveling the diversity of Helopinina Latreille (Coleoptera: Tenebrionidae: Blaptinae): an illustrated catalogue of the subtribe with emphasis on the type specimens deposited in Ditsong National Museum of Natural History. The Coleopterists Bulletin. 75(3):537-578. https://doi.org/10.1649/0010-065X-75.3.537.

Phenology, Development, and Parasitism of Allium Leafminer (Diptera: Agromyzidae), A Recent Invasive Species in the US Reprint Icon - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Lingbeek, B., Roberts, D., Elkner, T., Gates, M.W., Fleischer, S. 2021. Phenology, Development, and Parasitism of Allium Leafminer (Diptera: Agromyzidae), A Recent Invasive Species in the US. Environmental Entomology. 50(4):878-887. https://doi.org/10.1093/ee/nvab043.

Ishtarella thailandica new genus and species (Hymenoptera: Braconidae: Aphidiinae) of aphid parasitoid from Thailand, with a country checklist of Aphidiinae - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Martens, A., Buffington, M.L., Quicke, D.J., Raweearamwong, M., Johnson, P.J., Butcher, B.A. 2022. Ishtarella thailandica new genus and species (Hymenoptera: Braconidae: Aphidiinae) of aphid parasitoid from Thailand, with a country checklist of Aphidiinae. Insecta Mundi. 904:1-6. https://journals.flvc.org/mundi/article/view/130216.