Dr. Art Evans, entomologist

Entomologist Dr. Art Evans is an author, lecturer, photographer, and broadcaster. He grew up on the southern fringes of the Mojave Desert in the Antelope Valley just north of Los Angeles, California and attended Palmdale High School (1975). Evans studied at the California State University at Long Beach where he received his bachelor’s degree (1981) in entomology and master’s degree (1984) in biology with an emphasis in entomology. He then attended the University of Pretoria, South Africa and earned his doctoral degree (1988) in entomology. Evans served 10 years as the Director of the Ralph M. Parsons Insect Zoo at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County.

Working primarily as an independent researcher, Evans is also a Research Associate at the Smithsonian Institution, Virginia Natural History Museum, and Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU). He is also an adjunct professor at VCU, University of Richmond, and Randolph-Macon College.

Evans lectures widely on insect biology and natural history. He has published over 40 scientific papers on the systematics, biology and identification of scarab beetles and other insects, as well as over 100 popular articles and books on insects, spiders, and other arthropods. His latest books include the National Wildlife Foundation Field Guide to Insects and Spiders of North America (2007) and What’s Bugging You? A fond look at animals we love to hate (2008). The last book is a collection of his first 51 columns that appeared in the Richmond Times-Dispatch. Evans’ radio program of the same name airs weekly on 88.9 FM WCVE Richmond Public Radio.

Dr. Evans is working on two more books, Introduction to Insects of Virginia and the Carolinas (University of Virginia Press), and Field Guide to Beetles of Eastern North America (Princeton University Press). He lives in Richmond, Virginia.

Justin Bates, Class of 2013

Justin Bates is a rising senior at Randolph-Macon College and is majoring in history and minoring in religion. He hopes to someday work in the travel and tourism industry.  Justin is a member of Habitat for Humanity at Randolph-Macon where he has participated in three Alternative Spring Break Trips to help those in need of proper housing.  He enjoys traveling, reading, spending time with friends and family, hiking and watching movies. Justin is twenty-two years old and lives in Richmond, Virginia.

Hunter Weaver, Class of 2013

Hey I’m Hunter Weaver. I am a rising senior majoring in Communications at Randolph-Macon College and a co-captain of the golf team. I grew up in the small town of Orange, Virginia at the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Upon graduating from R-MC, I would like to pursue a career in the golf industry whether it be playing  the sport or teaching it for a living.

Japanese beetle, Popillia japonica Newman (Scarabaeidae)

By Mollie Thorsen

Japanese beetle, Popillia japonica Newman. © 2012, A.V. Evans

The Japanese beetle, Popillia japonica Newman (10-15 mm) is distinctively coppery-green with shiny dark brown wing covers (elytra) and five white tufts down each side of the abdomen. Adults feed on the leaves, flowers, and fruits of more than 300 species of plants. The larvae, called white grubs are major turf pests of lawns, parks, and golf courses that cost $450 million dollars annually to control. One generation is produced annually. This invasive species is widespread in Virginia and found throughout much of eastern North America.

References

Evans, A.V., 2007. National Wildlife Federation Field Guide to Insects & Spiders of North America. Sterling Publishing Co., New York, NY.

Japanese beetle. http://entnemdept.ufl.edu/creatures/orn/beetles/japanese_beetle.htm (accessed 27 June 2012)

Species Popillia japonica, Japanese beetle. http://bugguide.net/node/view/473 (accessed 28 June 2012)

 

Reticulated net-winged beetle, Calopteron reticulatum (Fabricius) (Lycidae)

By Ashly Robertson

Reticulated net-winged beetle, Calopteron reticulatum (Fabricius). © 2012, A.V. Evans

The reticulated net-winged beetle, Calopteron reticulatum (Fabricius) (9-18 mm) are  soft-bodied, distinctly orange and black, and are widest near the tips of their wing covers (elytra). The underside of the thorax is black with a distinct reddish-brown patch. Adults are found resting on vegetation, flying, or on flowers feeding on nectar in fields and forests during the summer. The larvae eat fungi and may also prey on small invertebrates. This species is widespread in Virginia and they are found in eastern North America to Mexico. Also known as the banded net-winged beetle.

Evans, A.V., 2007. National Wildlife Federation Field Guide to Insects & Spiders of North America. Sterling Publishing Co., New York, NY.

Banded net-winged beetle, Calopteron reticulatumhttp://bugguide.net/node/view/8195 (accessed 9 July 2012)

Ashly Robertson, Class of 2013

Ashly Robertson is 20 years old and a rising senior at Randolph-Macon College where she is a Psychology major. She plans to continue her education by attending graduate school to pursue a doctorate in forensic psychology. BIOL 126 Insects & Humans has taught her to see the world of insects in a completely different and positive way.

Ethan Litvin, Class of 2013

Ethan Litvin is a 21-year-old student at Randolph-Macon College and is a proud member of the Class of 2013.  He is a psychology major and aspires to be an industrial/organizational psychologist. He has lived in 5 states, and currently resides in Virginia. In his free time, Ethan enjoys listening to music, and playing guitar as well as traveling. He has traveled to Israel and Italy. Ethan has a twin brother and two cats at home.