It is impossible to develop a web site of this size and content without having the help of many individuals. Although I take full responsibility for the content, and the possible errors include herein, I also acknowledge the contributions of many others who have selfishly provided their thoughts, data, images, etc. Most important to my development and early career was Dr. L. H. Rolston, Louisiana State University, who nurtured and enhanced my interest in insect systematics. The development of catalogs, publications, and this web site would not have been possible without his help and encouragement, and as such I dedicate this web site in recognition of his contributions to this interesting group of animals.
Others have contributed so much, and some are acknowledged separately on various pages of this web site. I have always held dear the conversations, advice, notes, etc. from such colleagues as Don Thomas, Joe Eger, Fred McDonald, Jocelia Grazia, Carl Schaefer, and Jitka Davidova. Now there are several young pentatomidologists embarking on stink bug research - I encourage them to continue the tradition of open conversation and the willingness to cooperate.
Finally, much of the information presented on this web site was at least partially supported by funding from the National Science Foundation, and as such the following standard statement is included: "This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant no. DEB 9024584 (originally granted to L.H. Rolston, Louisiana State University) which was transferred to myself (NSF Grant no. DEB 9596118). The government has certain rights in this material. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation."
David A. Rider
updated: 01 February 2006
Published by the
Department of Entomology