In this article appearing in the current issue of the Journal of the Lepidopterists’ Society, the authors used morphology and molecular data to investigate the relationship of two morphologically similar species (Clepsis penetralis and C. peritana), finding strong support for recognizing these as two distinct species.
Kruse, J. K. and J. A. Powell. 2014. Defining Clepsis penetralis Razowski (Tortricidae) using morphology and molecules: a widespread but overlooked North American species J. Lepid. Soc. 68:25-30.
A Phlaeopterus specimen.
Logan Mullen is undertaking a taxonomic revision of the rove beetle genus Phlaeopterus for his M.S. thesis at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. He is in need of specimens of this genus and of closely related taxa. He is especially seeking freshly collected material to use for DNA extraction, but specimen loans or donations of any kind are greatly appreciated. You may contact him with any questions at: email@example.com or (507) 475-0732.
Distribution: northwestern U.S. and Canada, rocky mountain and pacific coast states and provinces, into southeast and central Alaska.
Identification: reddish-brown, brown, or black. Pair of ocelli (with some exceptions), 3-9mm in length, truncated elytra longer than that of a typical rove beetle.
Collection: by hand or pitfall traps at edges of snowfields, streams, and lakes. Often alpine. Under rocks, in moist moss and other detritus. Can be found foraging for windblown insects on snowfield surface.
Preservation: vials of 95-100% ethyl-alcohol, stored in freezer soon after collecting if possible.
Logan’s original materials request flyer is available as a pdf here.
Published yesterday in the journal Psyche, this note details observations of a cixiid hopper that feeds on roots of several vascular plants in a black spruce muskeg.
Fifth instar C. meridionalis nymph feeding on a root of Empetrum nigrum in a terrarium.
Bowser, M. L. 2014. Notes on the biology of the cixiid planthopper Cixius meridionalis (Hemiptera: Fulgoroidea). Psyche. 2014:769021. doi:10.1155/2014/769021
Presentations and corresponding audio from the 7th annual meeting are now available via the links below.
How to know the Odonata of Alaska (plus where they live and other fun facts) John Hudson, Alaska Odonata Survey (audio)
Building a DNA barcode library of Alaska’s non-marine arthropods Derek S. Sikes, Casey Bickford, UAF, UAM (audio)
Proposed research: A taxonomic revision of the rove beetle genus Phlaeopterus (Coleoptera: Staphylinidae: Omaliinae) Logan Mullen, Derek S. Sikes, UAF, UAM (audio)
Insect pollination networks of central Alaskan native plants in the presence of invasive white sweetclover Laura Schneller, Matthew L. Carlson, UAA (audio)
Beetles and spiders as indicators of forest recovery on Prince of Wales Island, Alaska Jill Stockbridge, UAF, UAM (audio)
Factors influencing northern spruce engraver colonization of white spruce slash in interior Alaska James Kruse, Chris Fettig, Roger Burnside, Nick Lisuzzo, Mark Schultz, and Steve Nickel, USDAFS FHP, PSW, ADNR DOF (audio)
2014 Lepidoptera review: New lepidoptera records from SE Alaska, and major defoliation events statewide Kenelm Philip, James Kruse, AK Lep Survey, USDAFS, UAF, UAM (audio)
Notes on two Fulgoroidea (Hemiptera) species associated with black spruce Matt Bowser, USFWS (audio)
Molecular phylogeny of the burying beetles (Coleoptera: Silphidae: Nicrophorinae) Derek S. Sikes, UAF, UAM and Chandra Venables, Univ. Calgary, AB, Canada (audio)
Published in the January 2014 issue of Annals of the Entomological Society of America, this article includes descriptions of two new species of wasps from Alaska. In addition, there are multiple new Alaska records of species previously known only from the Palearctic.
Ferrer-Suay, M., J. Selfa, J. Pujade-Villar. 2014. First Records, New Species, and a Key of the Charipinae (Hymenoptera: Cynipoidea: Figitidae) From the Nearctic Region. Ann. Ent. Soc. Am. 107: 50-73. doi:10.1603/AN13077.
Published December 6 in the journal Zookeys, this article describes a Darwin Core dataset listing 1448 species of beetles from Alaska.
Bousquet Y., P. Bouchard, A. E. Davies, and D. S. Sikes. 2013. Checklist of beetles (Coleoptera) of Canada and Alaska.
Second edition. ZooKeys 360: 1–44. doi: 10.3897/zookeys.360.4742.