Submitted to: Tropical Lepidoptera
Publication Type: Peer Reviewed Journal
Publication Acceptance Date: January 22, 2002
Publication Date: N/A
Interpretive Summary: Pyraloid moths are an agriculturally important group of insects. Some immatures are stored product pests, but many are pests of commodities such as corn, tomatoes, rice, and fruits. One of the premier scientists studying pyraloid systematics and biology over the last decades has been Eugene Munroe of Agriculture Canada (retired), Ottawa. This paper summarizes his life and work, and includes a list of his research papers. He will be honored with a commemorative volume of papers on pyraloid systematics to be published by the Association of Tropical Lepidoptera. This information will be useful to scientists, pest managers, and action agency identifiers.
Technical Abstract: Eugene Munroe published over 170 diverse research papers about the Pyraloidea worldwide. His work included type specimen catalogs and designations, faunistic and revisionary work, and new species descriptions from specific localities or collections located in specific museums. He wrote a series of 12 papers entitled "Contributions to a study of the Pyraustinae [now Spilomelinae and Pyraustinae] of temperate East Asia" fro 1968 to 1970 with A. Mutuura. His early work in the Pyraloidea was primarily about solving taxonomic problems in North American genera, and included many papers on neotropical crambid genera as listed in the included bibliography. Later he wrote comprehensive papers on the Odontiinae, Glaphyriinae, and Midilinae. For the Moths of America North of Mexico [now Moths of North America] (MONA) series he completed 5 fascicles in the Crambidae between 1972 and 1976, including the Pyraustini [now Pyraustinae], Scopariinae, Nymphulinae [now in addition the Musotiminae], Odontiinae, Glaphyriinae, and Evergestinae. Gene Munroe dealt with taxonomic agricultural problems in Pyraloidea, including Nomophila, the celery webworm group, the North American species of Achyra, the garden webworm, Dioryctria, Canadian forest pests, and a revision of Ostrinia, the European Corn Borer complex.