Eric H. Metzler

Eric H. Metzler
US NMNH (Smithsonian) · Entomology

B.S. Consulting Entomologist

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Additional affiliations
December 2016 - present
New Mexico State University
Position
  • Instructor
Description
  • I am teaching a special research study course for one student. The course assignment is to prepare the description of a moth species, new to science for publication.
September 2015 - present
New Mexico State University, Alamogordo, United States
Position
  • mentor
Description
  • Mentor students taking Biology 101 Guest lecturer in Natural Resources ciriculum
June 2007 - present
University of New Mexico
Position
  • Research Associate

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Publications (61)
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A new species of Callistege Hübner, [1823] (Lepidoptera, Erebidae, Erebinae, Euclidiini) is described from Cuatrociénegas Protected Area and Biosphere Preserve in Coahuila, Mexico. Adult male and female moths are illustrated, including genitalia. Callistege clara Homziak & Metzler, sp. nov. is one of 27 new species of insects discovered during an i...
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In 2006, the U.S. National Park Service invited Metzler to conduct a 10-yr study of the moths at White Sands National Monument, Otero County, in the Tularosa Basin in southern New Mexico. No other location of similar size, 0.72 km², in the North America is reported to have more endemic species of moths. Sympistis sierrablanca Metzler and Scott-Trac...
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The U.S. National Park Service initiated a 10-year study of the Lepidoptera at White Sands National Monument, Otero County, New Mexico in late 2006. Giviradelindaesp. n., discovered in 2007 during the first year of study, is described here. The male and female adult moths and genitalia are illustrated. The name is dedicated to Delinda Mix, mother o...
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Protogygia whitesandsensis Metzler & Forbes, 2009 was described from a series of 18 males. In March, 2010 a single female was captured and is described here. The female imago and genitalia are illustrated. © 2017, Soc Hispano-Luso-Amer Lepidopterologia-Shilap. All rights reserved.
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The U.S. National Park Service initiated a 10-year study of the Lepidoptera at White Sands National Monument, Otero County, New Mexico in late 2006. Arotrura landryorum sp. n., described here, was discovered in 2007, during the first year of the study. The male and female adult moths and genitalia are illustrated.
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Abstract. The U.S. National Park Service initiated a 10-year study, in late 2006, of the Lepidoptera at White Sands National Monument, Otero County, New Mexico. Chionodes bustosorum sp. n., described here, was discovered in 2010, during the third year of the study. The male imago and male genitalia are illustrated.
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This is information to provide updates on the current award-winning ongoing research at White Sands National Monument.
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The world is losing species at an alarming rate. Based on percentage of species of plants and animals, the insects, most of which remain to be discovered, named, and studied, pay the highest price. Moths, as herbivores and at about 8.5% of animals on Earth, are excellent indicators of habitat health. (Shuey et al. In Am. Midlland Nat. 2012). In Ohi...
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We present an updated list of the members of the subtribe Cochylina (Tortricidae) in North America north of Mexico. We summarize the proposed changes in the classification since about 1983. We propose revised status for two genera, Rolandylis Gibeaux, 1985 and Thyraylia Walsingham, 1897. We propose ten new combinations: Saphenista parvimaculana (Wa...
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A new species of Scythrididae, Areniscythris whitesands sp. nov. Metzler and Lightfoot, is described from a series of specimens that were found active during the daytime on open bare sand of the white gypsum dunes at White Sands National Monument, Otero Co., New Mexico. Adults and genitalia of the male and female are illustrated, and the bionomy of...
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ABSTRACT. A new species of Chionodes Hübner, [1825] (Lepidoptera, Gelechiidae, Gelechiinae), C. hodgesorum, is described from White Sands National Monument, Otero County, New Mexico. Ron and Elaine Hodges were special mentors in my study of Lepidoptera. Thus this description to honor Ron and Elaine is published in the year of Ronald W. Hodges’ 80th...
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The white sands formation, a snow-white gypsum dunes system, is the world’s largest gypsum dune field. White Sands National Monument protects about 40% of the dunes; the dunes formation as it is known today was formed ca. 8,000 years BP. Prior to 8,000 years BP, the area covered by the dunes was a wet cool forest of the last glacial maximum in Nort...
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Platphalonia Razowski, 2011 (Tortricidae, Tortricinae, Euliini, Cochylina) was proposed for Saphenista mystica Razowski & Becker, 1983 (type species) and several species previously assigned to Platphalonidia Razowski, 1985. However, with the exception of the type species, none of the other purported congeners have been listed. We formally transfer...
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The species of the genus Ogdoconta Butler, 1891 (Lepidoptera, Noctuidae, Condicinae, Condicini) from North America north of Mexico are reviewed, and a description of the genus is given. Ogdoconta satana Metzler, Knudson & Poole, sp. n., is described from New Mexico and Texas, Ogdoconta rufipenna Metzler, Knudson & Poole, sp. n., is described from A...
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In 2006, 10-year studies of the moths in two park units of the U.S. National Park Service in southern New Mexico were initiated: White Sands National Monument in Otero County, New Mexico, USA; and Carlsbad Caverns National Park, in Eddy County, New Mexico, USA. Two new species of Cochylini, Eugnosta brownana Metzler &Forbes and Cochylis yinyangana...
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Despite immense diversity, insect conservation is typically species specific. Effective insect conservation will require efforts that capture insect species and communities at all levels of biological organization. Surrogate conservation targets, such as habitat based conservation planning tools were designed to capture poorly understood taxa such...
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Description. Adult male (Fig. 5): Head: smoky gray, scales strap-like, erect, a fuscous line between eyes below antennae. Labial palpus erect, extending upward to slightly beyond base of antenna, smoky brown gray with a fuscous lateral stripe, extends to slightly beyond base of antenna, ventral scales on 1st and 2nd segments long, not shaggy, 3rd s...
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In 2006 the U.S. National Park Service initiated a long term study of the Lepidoptera at White Sands National Monument, Otero County, New Mexico. Sparkia immacula (Grote, 1883), previously known only from historical specimens collected in Arizona and New Mexico, was discovered in the Monument in 2007 during the second year of the study. The adult m...
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In 2006 the US National Park Service initiated a long-term study of the Lepidoptera at White Sands National Monument, Otero County, New Mexico. Aleptina arenariasp. n., described here, was discovered in 2008, the second year of the study. The adult moths and male and female genitalia are illustrated.
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In 2006 the U.S. National Park Service initiated a long term study of the Lepidoptera at White Sands National Monument, Otero County, New Mexico. Schinia pogueisp. n., described here, was discovered in 2007, the second year of the study. The male and female adult moths and genitalia are illustrated.
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Little was known about the Lepidoptera fauna at White Sands National Monument or Carlsbad Caverns National Park, both in the Chihuahuan Desert of southern New Mexico, before 2006 when the National Park Service initiated studies of the Lepidoptera, especially moths. Many species of moths were captured in black-light traps. Cisthene perrosea (Dyar) (...
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The white gypsum dune ecosystem in the Tularosa Basin in south central New Mexico is the largest gypsum dune field on earth, covering 712.25 km2. White Sands National Monument in Otero County, New Mexico, protects approximately 40%, 297.85 km2, of this dune field. In 2006 the US National Park Service initiated a long term study of the Lepidoptera a...
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We examined the diversity of Lepidoptera in several Ohio natural areas at local and regional scales. First, we conducted a field study to assess effects of spatial and temporal extent on species accumulation in inventories of forest moth communities in the North Central Tillplain Ecoregion. We then compared the complementarity among moth communitie...
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A review of Prairie-dependent Lepidoptera in the Eastern US. 109 species are discussed in detail. Another 347 species (24 families) are reviewed. Attached pdf file includes an excerpt re/ grassland management.
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Analysis of data collected for a study of prairie dependent Lepidoptera in the northern ta llgrass prairies showed four distributional patterns. A logical distributional pattern links species' distribution, i.e. Catocala abbreviatella, to larval host plants. Absence of larval host plant data, which is the case for most species of moths, requires in...
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Ongoing systematic study of Nearetic Tortricidae revealed several historical misidentifications and new species of Aethes in the Midwest. We redefine A. promptana (Robinson), A. angulatana (Robinson), A. argentilimitana (Robinson), and A. atomosana (Busck); resurrect A. interruptofasciata (Robinson); and synonymize A. labeculana (Robinson) with the...
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Spinipogon resthavenensis Metzler and Sabourin new species is described from Huffman Prairie, Greene Co., Ohio and the prairies of Resthaven Wildlife Area, Erie Co.,Ohio.It is known only from adult males. The adult is a small, tan-colored cochyline moth with a contrasting dark trapezoidal shaped mark at the middle of the inner margin on each forewi...
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Glyphidocera wrightorum, new species, is described and illustrated from Huffman Prairie in Southwestern Ohio, USA. Huffman Prairie is a 109-acre prairie on Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.
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Intensive collecting in prairie and oak barrens habitats in Ohio and Indiana revealed two undescribed species of Cochylini (Lepidoptera: Tortricidae): Aethes patricia new species and Cochylis ringsi new species. Illustrations of adults, male and female genitalia, and distribution maps are provided. Aethes patricia may be prairie remnant dependent i...
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Lithophane franclemonti, new species, is described and illustrated from Killdeer Plains Wildlife Area, Wyandot County, Ohio. The new species is most similar to L. innominata (Smith) and L. bethunei (Grote & Robinson). The holotype and male and female genitalia are illustrated. The description is written in deference to the principle of collaboratio...
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Huffman Prairie, a 109 acre Ohio registered Natural Landmark, was inventoried for Lepidoptera under agreement with The Nature Conservancy and Wright-Patterson Air Force Base from June 1992 through July 1994. As a result of this inventory, Pseudopostega cretea (Meyrick) (Opostegidae), Tinea carnarietta Clemens (Tineidae), Agonopterix pteleae Barnes...
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Seven families of Lepidoptera comprising 184 moth species in Ohio were evaluated for possible consideration as Endangered, Threatened or Special Concern status in Ohio. Based on extensive review of public and private collections of Ohio Lepidoptera, one species, Cycnia inopinatus (Henry Edwards) (Arctiidae) is considered Endangered. Four species: H...
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A comprehensive survey of the Lepidoptera occurring at a state forest and recreational area in Ashland County, Ohio was conducted from 1985 to 1988. Sampling was done using the following techniques: ultraviolet light traps, mercury vapor lights plus ultraviolet lights and collecting sheet, bait traps, sugaring and netting. A total of 466 species an...
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A comprehensive survey of the Lepidoptera occurring at a recreational center in Carroll and Tuscarawas counties, Ohio was conducted from 1985 to 1986. Sampling was done using the following techniques: ultraviolet light traps, mercury vapor lamp plus ultraviolet light and collecting sheet, bait traps, sugaring, and netting. A total of 428 species an...
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A survey of the Lepidoptera occurring at a large nature center in Stark County, Ohio was conducted from 1977 to 1985. Sampling was done using the following techniques: ultraviolet light traps, mercury vapor lamp plus ultraviolet light and collecting sheet, bait traps, sugaring, and netting. A total of 511 species and forms were identified and tabul...
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The status of eight species that are potential candidates for addition to the U.S. list of endangered species was assessed in 1985. Two of these, Phyciodes batesii (Nymphalidae) and Acronicta albarufa (Noctuidae), are known only from literature records, and their occurrence in Ohio is unverified. Three species, Neonympha mitchel/ii (Satyridae), Cat...
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Author Institution: Department of Entomology, Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center ; Division of Watercraft, Ohio Department of Natural Resources

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