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Joseph Eger
Dow AgroSciences, Tampa, Florida

     I am a research scientist at Dow AgroSciences, currently conducting research on termite baiting systems.  In my spare time I conduct research on the systematics and biology of Pentatomoidea.  My B.S. and M.S. degrees are from Louisiana State University and my Ph.D. is from Texas A&M University.


Contact Information:
Dow AgroSciences
2606 S. Dundee St.
Tampa, FL  33629

Office: (813) 835-8358
FAX: (813) 831-1079
Cell: (813) 294-9467


Current Projects:
1) Description of a new genus and 3 new species of Ochlerini (with Don Thomas).
2) Generic conspectus of New World Scutelleridae.
3) Description of two new genera near Mormidea (with Dave Rider)
4) Revision of Diolcus.
5) Revision of Pachycoris.
6) Revision of


Eger, J. E., II.  1978.  Revision of the genus Loxa (Hemiptera: Pentatomidae).  Journal of the New York Entomological Society 86(3): 224-259.

Eger, J. E., Jr.  1980.  Fecelia biorbis n. sp. (Heteroptera: Pentatomidae), a new species from Haiti.  Journal of the New York Entomological Society 88(1): 29-32.

Eger, J. E., Jr., and J. R. Ables.  1981.  Parasitism of Pentatomidae by Tachinidae in South Carolina and Texas.  Southwestern Entomologist 6(1): 28-33.

Eger, J. E., Jr.  1981.  Oviposition site preferences and related aspects of the parasitism of Brochymena spp. by Trichopoda plumipes in College Station, Texas.  Environmental Entomology 10(4): 468-471.

Eger, J. E., Jr.  1985.  A new species of Euschistus Dallas from Mexico (Heteroptera: Pentatomidae: Pentatomini). Florida Entomologist 67(4)[1984]: 508-512. [PDF]

Eger, J. E., Jr.  1987.  Bay cedar, a previously unreported host plant of Brepholoxa heidemani (Heteroptera: Pentatomidae) in Florida.  Florida Entomologist 70(2): 293-294. [PDF]

Eger, J. E., Jr.  1987.  A review of the genus Tiridates Stål (Heteroptera: Pentatomoidea: Scutelleridae).  Florida Entomologist 70(3): 339-350. [PDF]

Eger, J. E., Jr.  1988.  A new species of Acrosternum Fieber, subgenus Chinavia Orian, from Ecuador (Heteroptera: Pentatomidae, Pentatomini).  Florida Entomologist 71(2): 120-124. [PDF]

Eger, J. E., Jr.  1990.  Revision of the genus Polytes Stål (Heteroptera: Scutelleridae).  Annals of the Entomological Society of America 83(2): 115-141.

Aldrich, J. R., M. P. Hoffmann, J. P. Kochansky, W. R. Lusby, J. E. Eger, and J. A. Payne.  1991.  Identification and attractiveness of a major pheromone component for Nearctic Euschistus spp. stink bugs (Heteroptera: Pentatomidae). Environmental Entomology 20(2): 477-483.

Eger, J. E., Jr.  1992.  New distribution records for Polytes lineolatus (Heteroptera: Scutelleridae) with description of female genitalia.  Florida Entomologist 75: 154-155. [PDF]

Mead, F. W. and J. E. Eger.  1992.  The predatory stink bug, Andrallus spinidens (Fabricius) in Florida.  Tri-ology Technical Report 31(3): not paginated.

Eger, J. E., Jr.  1994.  New synonymy in the genus Polytes Stål (Heteroptera: Scutelleridae).  Florida Entomologist 77: 376-378. [PDF]

Rider, D. A. and J. E. Eger, Jr.  1997.  Names proposed and taxonomic publications by Lawrence H. Rolston.  Journal of the New York Entomological Society 103(4)[1995]: 350-359. [PDF]

Eger, Jr., J. E. and J. D. Lattin.  1997.  Generic placement and synonymy of some New World Scutelleridae (Hemiptera: Heteroptera) in the British Museum (Natural History).  Journal of the New York Entomological Society 103(4)[1995]: 412-420.

Chérot, F., O. S. G. Pauwels, J. E. Eger, and C. (T.) Chimsunchart.  1998.  Unusual feeding behavior in a scutellerid: a case of scavenging on snake.  Natatural History Bulletin of the Siam Society 46: 207-208.

Eger, J. E., Jr. and R. M. Baranowski.  2002.  Diolcus variegatus (Heteroptera: Pentatomoidea: Scutelleridae), a Caribbean species established in South Florida. Florida Entomologist 85(1): 267-269. [PDF]

Thomas, D. B., J. E. Eger, W. Jones, Walker, and G. Ortega-Leon.  2003.  The African cluster bug, Agonoscelis puberula (Heteroptera: Pentatomidae), established in the New World.  Florida Entomologist 86(2): 151-153. [PDF]

Eger, J. E., Jr. 2008. A new genus and three new species of burrowing bugs (Hemiptera: Heteroptera: Cydnidae: Amnestinae). Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Washington 110(4):940-947.

Rider, D. A. and J. E. Eger, Jr. 2008. Two new genera of Pentatomini for species previously placed in Mormidea Amyot & Serville (Hemiptera: Heteroptera: Pentatomidae: Pentatominae). Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Washington 110(4):1050-1058.

Eger, J. E., Jr., L. M. Ames, D. R. Suiter, T. M. Jenkins, D. A. Rider, and S. E. Halbert. 2010. Occurrence of the Old World bug Megacopta cribraria (Fabricius) (Heteroptera: Plataspidae) in Georgia: A serious home invader and potential legume pest. Insecta Mundi 121:1-11.

Eger, J. E., Jr. and T. T. Dobbs. 2010. Mecidea longula Stål (Heteroptera: Pentatomidae: Pentatominae: Mecideini) is established in south Florida. Insecta Mundi 109: 1-5.

Eger, J. E., Jr. 2012. The genus Sphyrocoris Mayr (Heteroptera: Scutelleridae: Pachycorinae). Great Lakes Entomologist 45(3-4): 235-250.

Brennan, S. A., O. E. Liburd, J. E. Eger, and E. M. Rhodes. 2013. Species composition, monitoring, and feeding injury of stink bugs (Heteroptera: Pentatomidae) in blackberry. Journal of Economic Entomology 106(2): 912-923.

Gardner, W. A., H. B. Peeler, J. LaForest, P. M. Roberts, A. N. Sparks, Jr., J. K. Greene, D. Reisig, D. R. Suiter, J. S. Bacheler, K. Kidd, C. H. Ray, X. P. Hu, R. Kemerait, E. A. Scocco, J. E. Eger, Jr., R. R. Ruberson, E. J. Sikora, D. A. Herbert, Jr., C. Campana, S. Halbert, S. D. Stewart, G. D. Buntin, M. D. Toews, and C. T. Bargeron. 2013. Confirmed distribution and occurrence of Megacopta cribraria (F.) (Hemiptera: Heteroptera: Plataspidae) in the southeastern United States. Journal of Entomological Science 48(2): 118-127.

Ruberson, J. R., K. Takasu, G. D. Buntin, J. E. Eger, W. A. Gardner, J. K. Greene, T. M. Jenkins, W. A. Jones, D. M. Olson, P. M. roberts, D. R. Suiter, and M. D. Toews. 2013. From Asian curiosity to eruptive American pest: Megacopta cribraria (Hemiptera: Plataspidae) and prospects for its biological control. Applied Entomology and Zoology 48: 3-13.

Barcellos, A., J. Eger, Jr., and J. Grazia. 2015. Scutelleridae. Pp. 409-415, in: Roig-Juñent, L. E. Claps, and J. J. Morrone (eds.), Biodiversidad de Artrópodos Argentinos, vol. 3.

Cioato, A., F. M. Bianchi, J. Eger, and J. Grazia. 2015. New species of Euschistus (Euschistus) from Jamaica, Euschistus (Mitripus) and Ladeaschistus from southern South America (Hemiptera: Heteroptera: Pentatomidae: Pentatominae). Zootaxa 4048(4): 565-574.

Eger, J. E., Jr. 2015. Polytes debra, a new species from Peru (Heteroptera: Scutelleridae: Pachycorinae). Insecta Mundi 420: 1-6.

Eger, J. E., Jr., A. Barcellos, and L. Weiler. 2015. Shield bugs (Scutelleridae). Pp. 757-788, in: Panizzi, A. R. and J. Grazia (eds.), True Bugs (Heteroptera) of the Neotropics. Springer Dordrecht Heidelberg, New York, London, 901 pp.

Eger, J. E., Jr., H. Brailovsky, and T. J. Henry. 2015. Heteroptera attracted to butterfly traps baited with fish or shrimp carrion. Florida Entomologist 98(4): 1030-1035.

Golec, J. R., X. P. Hu, L. Yang, and J. E. Eger. 2015. Kudzu-deprived first-generation Megacopta cribraria (F.) (Heteroptera: Plataspidae) are capable of developing on alternative legume species. J. Agric. Urban Entomol. 31:52-61. [pdf]

Novoselsky, T., D. G. Furth, J. E. Eger, Jr., and Y. Zvik. 2015. Deroplax silphoides (Hemiptera: Heteroptera: Scutelleridae): A new plant pest in Israel. Israel Journal of Entomology 44-45: 5-12.

Eger, J. E., Jr. 2017. Brailovskylus mexicanus, a new genus and species from Mexico and Central America (Heteroptera: Scutelleridae: Pachycorinae). Dugesiana 24(2): 251-256.

Bundy, C S., J. F. Esquivel, A. R. Panizzi, J. E. Eger, J. A. Davis, and W. A. Jones. 2018. Piezodorus guildinii (Westwood). Pp. 425-451, in: McPherson, J. E. (ed.), Invasive Stink Bugs and Related Species (Pentatomoidea): Biology, Higher Systematics, Semiochemistry, and Management. CRC Press, Taylor & Francis Group, Boca Raton, London, New York, 819 pp.

Eger, J. E., W. A. Gardner, J. K. Greene, T. M. Jenkins, P. M. Roberts, and D. R. Suiter. 2018. Megacopta cribraria (F.). Pp. 293-331, in: McPherson, J. E. (ed.), Invasive Stink Bugs and Related Species (Pentatomoidea): Biology, Higher Systematics, Semiochemistry, and Management. CRC Press, Taylor & Francis Group, Boca Raton, London, New York, 819 pp.

Kment, P., J. E. Eger, Jr., and D. A. Rider. 2018. Review of the Neotropical genus Rhyncholepta with descriptions of three new species-group taxa (Hemiptera, Heteroptera, Pentatomidae). ZooKeys 796: 347-395.

Eger, J. E., Jr. 2020. A new species of Diolcus Mayr (Hemiptera: Heteroptera: Scutelleridae: Pachycorinae) with a reexamination of the subfamily and generic placement of Nesogenes boscii (Fabricius) (Hemiptera: Heteroptera: Scutelleridae: Elvisurinae or Pachycorinae). Insecta Mundi 843: 1-11.

Schmitz, L. R., A. Barcellos, and J. Eger. 2020. Revision of Coptochilus (Heteroptera, Scutelleridae, Pachycorinae). Iheringia (Zool.) 110(2020021): 1-16.

Eger, J. E., Jr., A. J. Pitcher, S. E. Halbert, C. Penca, and A. C. Hodges. 2020. First report of Brachyplatys subaeneus (Westwood) (Hemiptera: Heteroptera: Plataspidae) in the United States. Insecta Mundi 814: 1-6.

Eger, J. E. 2021. Graziaedessa anastrephae (Heteroptera: Pentatomidae: Edessinae) a new genus and species collected in Multilure® fruit fly traps baited with ammonium acetate and putrescine. Zootaxa 4958(1): 643-648.

Roca-Cusachs, M., C. F. Schwertner, J. Kim, J. Eger, J. Grazia, and S. Jung. 2021. Opening Pandora’s box: molecular phylogeny of the stink bugs (Hemiptera: Heteroptera: Pentatomidae) reveals great incongruences in the current classifiation. Systematic Entomology 2021(12514): 16 pp.

Eger, J. E. 2022. A new species of Brachycerocoris Costa (Hemiptera: Heteroptera: Pentatomidae: Podopinae) from the Philippines. Insecta Mundi 910: 1-6.

Penca, C., N. C. Goltz, A. C. Hodges, N. C. Leppla, J. E. Eger, and T. R. Smith. 2022. Use of pyriproxyfen to induce oogenesis in diapausing Megacopta cribraria (Heteroptera: Plataspidae), and evaluation of pyriproxyfen-induced eggs for rearing the parasitoid Paratelenomus saccharalis (Hymenoptera: Scelionidae). Insects 13(89): 14 pp.

Wheeler, A. G., Jr. and J. E. Eger, Jr. 2022. Natural history and spread of Brazilian peppertree (Schinus terebinthifolia; Anacardiaceae) in Florida and its role in range expansion by Tetyra antillarum Kirkaldy (Hemiptera: Scutelleridae). Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Washington 124(1): 150-163.

Paim, M. R., A. Barcellos, J. Eger, and J. Grazia. 2023. Morphology of the abdominal sternal stridulitrum and tibial plectrum in Pachycorinae (Hemiptera: Heteroptera: Scutelleridae). Zoomorphology [early online version]



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David A. Rider
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North Dakota State University
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updated: 10 Apr 2023 

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