Henry Hespenheide

Professor Emeritus

email: hahiii@g.ucla.edu

Recent Courses

Research Interests

Biodiversity. While large sums of money are being spent to look for life on Mars, the fact is that there are literally millions of species of living organisms here on Earth that are still unknown to science, either not yet found in nature or sitting in museum collections of insects and not yet studied by scientists. I know because I have been studying and collecting insects for 6 decades and have hundreds of undescribed species of beetles in my working collection. In what is left of my life I am trying to make some of these insects known to science in two areas:

Taxonomy and ecology of leaf-mining beetles: In addition to describing species, I am reporting new information about plant hosts and other aspects of community ecology and biogeography. Comparisons are made among hand collecting, rearing, and passive sampling methods to evaluate the relative effectiveness of such biodiversity sampling techniques as Malaise or light trapping and canopy fogging.

Wood-boring beetles and the evolution of mimicry: The occurrence of mimicry is being looked at in terms of the biogeography as well as the ecology of the mimics and models. Some of these mimicry complexes and many of the mimetic species have never been described. Mimicry selects for similarity of resemblance (“mimetic homoplasy”) which often makes separation of species difficult and conceals cryptic biodiversity.

Selected Publications

Hespenheide, H.A. 2019. A review of the genus Laemosaccus Schoenherr, 1826, (Coleoptera: Curculionidae: Mesoptiliinae) from Baja California and America North of México: Diversity and mimicry. The Coleopterists Bulletin, 73(4): 905-939.

Hespenheide, H.A. and R.L. Westcott. 2018. Two new species of Agrilus Curtis (Coleoptera: Buprestidae) from Mexico putatively camouflaged as bird droppings. The Coleopterists Bulletin 72: 417-420.

Hespenheide, H.A. 2018. A review of Microzygops Champion, 1906, with description of a new species (Coleoptera: Curculionidae: Conoderinae). The Coleopterists Bulletin 72: 113-117.

Hespenheide, H.A. 2018. Hemicolpus Heller, 1895 (Curculionidae, Conoderinae): a reconsideration and description of new species from Mexico and Central America. The Coleopterists Bulletin 72: 119-125.

Hespenheide, H.A. 2018. A review of Philenis Champion, 1906 (Coleoptera: Curculionidae:
Conoderinae), with descriptions of new species from Central and South America, Diversity 2018, 10, 84: 1-24; doi:10.3390/d10030084.

Hespenheide, H.A. 2017. A striking new species of Macrocopturus Heller 1895, from Panama (Curculionidae, Conoderinae): Raising the question of coloration. The Coleopterists Bulletin 71: 74-76.

Hespenheide, H.A., and C.S. Eiseman. 2016. A new species of Brachys Dejean, 1833 (Coleoptera: Buprestidae) from the Eastern United States using an unusual host. The Coleopterists Bulletin 70:335-340.

Hespenheide, H.A. 2015. Striking new species of Brachys Dejean, 1833 (Coleoptera: Buprestidae) from New Mexico, Texas and Mexico. The Coleopterists Bulletin 69 (2): 221-224.

Prena, J., E. Colonnelli and H. A. Hespenheide. 2014. Chapter 3.18 Curculionidae Conoderinae Schoenherr, 1833. pp. 577-589. In: Leschen, R.A.B. & Beutel, R. G. & J. F. Lawrence (eds.). Handbook of Zoology, Coleoptera Volume 3: Morphology and Systematics (Phytophaga). Walter de Gruyter, Berlin.

Hespenheide, H.A. 2014. A reconsideration of Hylaeogena Obenberger, 1923 (Coleoptera: Buprestidae), with descriptions of a new genus and new species from México and Central America. The Coleopterists Bulletin 68(1): 21-30.

18 August 2020