We report that the Australian
heteropterist Gordon Gross has sadly passed away. Gordon was one of
the most eminent heteropterists ever to work on Australian true bugs.
He spent most of his working life as an entomologist at the South Australian
Museum in Adelaide. He produced substantial works on many true bug
families, including the Dipsocoridae, Anthocoridae, Miridae, Berytidae,
Rhopalidae, Lygaeidae, Rhyparochromidae, Scutelleridae, Aphylidae,
Tessaratomidae and Pentatomidae. He will be best remembered for his
two volume set on the Pentatomoidea of South Australia, where he produced a
work that was ground breaking in its use of genitalia and positing a higher
classification to the shield bugs. Pentatomid workers the world over
use these works extensively. His works were always beautifully
illustrated. He also produced substantive monographs on pentatomid
taxa, including those on Poecilometis, and the Cephaloplatus
and Rhynchocoris genus-groups. Gordon also collaborated closely
with Jose Carvalho, producing some of the first works on Australian mirids.
More recently he co-wrote the Zoological Catalogue of Australia volumes on
worked hard and succeeded in unraveling many complexities of Australian land
bugs. He was an avid collector and he had a mind like a steel trap.
He was a linguist and liked nothing better than banter with a colleague
about the etymology of a name. He was a man with a strong presence and
was always generous. He helped many colleagues in furthering their
careers and research objectives. He loved the South Australian Museum
and gave it his all. His works will endure long into the future and he
will be remembered by heteropterists the world over.
Dr I.M. Kerzhner, the great Russian heteropterist passed away on May 29th, 2008. Across the world this sad news deeply touched the entire heteropterist's community, as message upon message from his colleagues expressed their
heartfelt loss and immense gratitude.
It is rare that a man can be measured equally for the quality of his work and personal character. His work was unparalleled in terms of its breadth and
depth, and will endure and be admired for generations. This keeper of true bugs gave freely and tirelessly to all. What is remarkable, that to a person,
he was regarded as a close friend, even those who knew him little. He will be greatly missed.
Sir Richard Southwood: Born June 20, 1931; died October 26, 2005. British heteropterist, ecologist, and former Vice-Chancellor of the University of Oxford, best known for his early work on Heteroptera and the co-authored book "Land and Water Bugs of the British Isles," and later for his ecological and environmental focus. See "Past Workers" under "Photo Gallery" for photograph and citations.
Dr. Nils Møller Andersen: Born November 21, 1940; died May 12, 2004 Danish heteropterist, Zoological Museum, University of Copenhagen, well known for his research on Gerridae and other Gerromorpha, and his benchmark book, "The Semiaquatic Bugs." See "Past Workers" under "Photo Gallery" for photograph and citation of obituary, and "Upcoming Meeting Information" for information on the Nils Møller Andersen Award.
Richard C. Froeschner: Born March 8, 1916; died May 2, 2002. American heteropterist, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C., best known for his work on the systematics of Cydnidae, Tingidae, and important catalogs. See "Past Workers" under "Photo Gallery" for photograph and citation of obituary.
Halbert M. Harris: Born July 18, 1900; died August 18, 2000. American heteropterist, Iowa State University, best known for his work on the systematics of Berytidae and Nabidae. See "Past Workers" under "Photo Gallery" for photograph and citation of obituary.
Antti Jansson: Born 1940; died July 16, 2002. Finnish heteropterist, Zoological Museum, University of Helsinki, best known for his work on the systematics of Corixidae. See "Past Workers" under "Photo Gallery" for photograph and citation of obituary.
Per Lindskog: Born November 22, 1939; died March 1, 1998. Swedish heteropterist, Swedish Museum of Natural History, Stockholm, best known for his work on ecology and systematics of Leptopodomorpha. See "Past Workers" under "Photo Gallery" for photograph and citation of obituary.
Vasiliy Georgievich Putshkov: Born November 8, 1909; died December 25, 1995. Russian heteropterist, Institute of Zoology, Ukrainian Academy of Sciences, best known for his Fauna Ukrainy studies, monographs on the Pentatomoidea and Rhopalidae, and book on injurious mirids and a world catalog of the Reduviidae (with P.V. Putshkov). See "Past Workers" under "Photo Gallery" for photograph and citation of obituary.
Major publications up to ten years old may be listed here.
Ambrose, D. P. 1999. Assassin bugs. Science Publishers, Enfield, New Hampshire. 337 [available from Amazon.com [ http://www.amazon.com ] for $92.00).
Aukema, B. and C. Rieger (eds.). 1999. Catalogue of the Heteroptera of the Palearctic Region. Vol. 3. Cimicomorpha II. The Netherlands Entomological Society, Amersterdam, The Netherlands. 576 pp. [Miridae by I. M. Kerzher & M. Josifov, pp. 1-516]. [Available from M. B. P. Drost, The Netherlands Entomological Society ( firstname.lastname@example.org )].
Aukema, B. and C. Rieger (eds.). 2001. Catalogue of the Heteroptera of the Palearctic Region. Vol. 4. Pentatomomorpha I. The Netherlands Entomological Society, Amsterdam, the Netherlands. 346 pp. [Aradidae by E. Heiss, pp. 3-34; Lygaeidae by J. Péricart, pp. 35-220; Piesmatidae by E. Heiss & J. Pricart, pp. 221-226; Malcidae by I. M. Kerzhner, pp. 227-229; Berytidae by J. Pricart, pp. 230-247; Colobathristidae by I. M. Kerzhner, pp. 243-244; Largidae by I. M. Kerzhner, pp. 245-247; Pyrrhocoridae by I. M. Kerzhner, pp. 248-258]. [Available from M. B. P. Drost, The Netherlands Entomological Society, email@example.com ]
Aukema, B. and C. Rieger (eds.).
2006. Catalogue of the Heteroptera of the Palearctic Region. Vol. 5.
Pentatomomorpha II. The Netherlands Entomological Society, Amsterdam, the
Netherlands. 550 pp. [Stenocephalidae by W. R. Dolling, pp. 2-7; Rhopalidae
by W. R. Dolling, pp. 8-27; Alydidae by W. R. Dolling, pp. 28-42; Coreidae
by W. R. Dolling, pp. 43-101; Urostylididae by D. A. Rider, pp. 102-116;
Thaumastellidae by J. A. Lis, p. 117; Parastrachiidae by J. A. Lis, p. 118;
Cydnidae by J. A. Lis, pp. 119-147; Thyreocoridae by J. A. Lis, pp. 148-149;
Plataspidae by J. Davidová-Vilímová, pp. 150-165; Acanthosomatidae by U.
Göllner-Scheiding, pp. 166-181; Tessaratomidae by D. A. Rider, pp. 182-189;
Scutelleridae by U. Göllner-Scheiding, pp. 190-227; Dinidoridae by J. A. Lis,
pp. 228-232; Pentatomidae by D. A. Rider, pp. 233-402; Incertae sedis by W.
R. Dolling, pp. 403-414]. [Available from M. B. P. Drost, The Netherlands Entomological Society, firstname.lastname@example.org ]
Cassis, G. and G. F. Gross. 2002. Hemiptera: Heteroptera (Pentatomomorpha). In Houston, W. W. K. & Wells, A. (eds.). Zoological Catalogue of Australia. Vol. 27.B. CSIRO, Melbourne. xiv + 737 pp.
Derjanschi V. and J. Péricart. 2005. Faune de France 90. Hémiptres Pentatomoidea. Euro-Méditerranéens. Vol. 1. 494 pp. [Available from Fédération Française des Sociétés de Sciences Naturelles (www.faunedefrance.org)
Froeschner, R. C. 1999. True bugs (Heteroptera) of Panama: A synoptic catalog as a contribution to the study of Panamanian biodiversity. Memoirs of the American Entomological Institute. Vol. 61. 393 pp. [Available from D. B. Wahl, American Entomological Instititute, Gainesville, Florida ( email@example.com ) for $75.00].
Henry, T. J. and R. C. Froeschner. 1998. Catalog of the stilt bugs, or Berytidae,of the world (Insecta: Hemiptera: Heteroptera). Contributions of the American Entomological Institute. 30(4): 1-72.
Joshi, R. C., A. T. Barrion, and L. S.
Sebastian (eds.). 2007. Rice Black Bugs. Taxonomy, Ecology, and
Management of Invasive Species. Philippine Rice Research Institute, Science
City of Muńoz,
Philippines. 793 pp.
Lariviére, M.-C. and A. Larochelle. 2004. Heteroptera (Insecta: Hemiptera): Catalogue. Fauna of New Zealand. 50: 1-330 [available from Manaaki Whenua Press: http://www.mwpress.co.nz].
Maw, H. E. L., R. G. Foottit, K. G. A. Hamilton, and G. G. E. Scudder. 2000. Checklist of the Hemiptera of Canada and Alaska. National Research Council (NRC) of Canada, NRC Research Press, Ottawa. [available from NRCR Press ( http://www.monographs.nrc.ca ) for $39.95].
McPherson, J. E. and R. M. McPherson. 2000. Stink bugs of economic importance in America north of Mexico. CRC Press, Boca Raton, Florida. 253 pp. [available from CRC Press ( http://www.crcpress.com/us ) for $69.95].
Packauskas, R. 2010.
Catalog of the Coreidae, or Leaf-Footed Bugs, of the New World. Fort
Hays Studies, Fourth Series, Number 5, 270 pp. The catalog (270 pages)
is a bargain at $20.00 US, plus $7.00 (shipping in U.S., $8 Canada, Mexico
$13.00) or $17.00 (shipping outside of above three countries). Please
send checks made out to FHSU to me at my address or by PayPal (to
firstname.lastname@example.org). The ISBN # is 978-0-615-23109-9.
Richard Packauskas, Dept. of Biol. Sci., Fort Hays St. U., 600 Park St.,
Hays, KS. Email: email@example.com.
Péricart, J. 1998. Hémiptères Lygaeidae Euro-Mediterranéens. Faune de France. France et régions limitrophes. Fédération Française des Sociéte de Sciences Naturelles, Paris. 3 volumes. 1: 1-468, 6 color plates; 2: 1-453, 3 color plates; 3: 1-487, 2 color plates.
Schaefer, C. W. and A. R. Panizzi (eds.). 2000. Heteroptera of economic importance. CRC Press, Boca Raton, Florida. 828 pp. [available from CRC Press ( http://www.crcpress.com/us )for $94.95].
Schuh, R. T. 2000. Biological systematics, Principles and applications. Cornell University Press, Ithaca, New York. 256pp. [$45 cloth; order through Cornell Press
Schuh, R. T. 2001. Revision of the New World Plagiognathus Fieber, with comments on the Palearctic fauna and the description of a new genus (Heteroptera: Miridae: Phylinae). Bulletin of the American Museum of Natural History 266. 267 pp.
Schwartz, M. D. and R. G. Foottit. 1998. Revision of the Nearctic species of the genus Lygus Hahn, with a review of the Palaearctic species (Heteroptera: Miridae). Memoirs on Entomology, International. Vol. 10. Associated Publishers, Gainesville, FL, USA. 428 pp.
Tinerella, P. P. and R. W. Gunderson. 2005. The water boatmen (Insecta:
Heteroptera: Corixidae) of Minnesota. Schafer-Post Foundation, North Dakota
Insects, Publication no. 23, 119 pp. [order through:
Wheeler, A. G., Jr. 2001. Biology of the Plant Bugs (Hemiptera: Miridae). Pests, Predators, Opportunists. Cornell University Press, Ithaca and London. 507 pp. [$95.00 cloth; order through Cornell Press.]
Other publications available:
Cobben, R. H. 1968. Evolutionary trends in Heteroptera. Part I. Eggs,
architecture of the shell, gross embryology and eclosion. Agricultural
research Reports, Wageningen 707:1-475. [bound: 30 Euro; paperback: 25 Euro;
postage included. Order from Berend Aukema at
Cobben, R. H. 1978. Evolutionary
trends in Heteroptera. Part II. Mouthpart-structure and feeding strategies.
Mededelingen van de Landbouwhogeschool te Wageningen 78(5):1-407.
[paperback: 25 Euro; postage included. Order from Berend Aukema at
Eyles, A. C. 1973. Monograph of the genus Dieuches Dohrn (Heteroptera: Lygaeidae). Christchurch, New Zealand. 465 pp. [still available from Dr. A. C. Eyles (30 Mahan, Paraparaumu Beach, New Zealand) for $25 (US) or equivalent UNESCO Coupons].
Henry, T. J. and R. C. Froeschner (eds.) 1988. Catalog of the Heteroptera, or true bugs, of Canada and the United States. E. J. Brill, Leiden and New York. 958 pp. (Only $25 USD plus postage outside U.S., [previously $79]; all proceeds from the sale of this book go to IHS; order from R.J. Packauskas, Treasurer.
NEW ENGLISH TRANSLATION: We are pleased to present a translation of the Keys to the Insects of the Far-Eastern USSR, Volume II, the Homoptera and Heteroptera (Hemiptera). Thanks to funding provided by the Systematic Entomology Laboratory, Agricultural Research Service, United States Department of Agriculture, Washington, D.C., and the monumental efforts of Dr. I. M. Kerzhner (Zoological Institute, St. Petersburg) and his colleagues (translations by Vera A. Richter: Cicadina; Lilyana I. Farka: Heteroptera; and A. V. Stekolshchikov; all other groups) all 972 pages of this important volume in six parts (Cicadinea [515 pp], Psyllinea [56 pp], Aleyrodinea [16 pp], Aphidinea [157 pp], Coccinea [53 pp], and Heteroptera ) are now available FREE as PDF Files.
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Carvalho's mirid catalog, Drake and Ruhoff's tingid catalog, Goellner-Scheiding's rhopalid catalog, Maldonado's reduviid catalog, Slater's Lygaeidae catalog, and Slater and O'Donnell's Lygaeidae catalog update.