Steven Passoa

Dr. Steven Passoa

Steven Passoa

Collection Associate

passoa.1@osu.edu

(614) 688-4471

Museum of Biological Diversity
1315 Kinnear Road
Columbus, OH 43212-1157

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Areas of Expertise

  • Identification of Lepidoptera

Education

  • PhD Entomology, University of Illinois

Biography


Dr. Steven Passoa is the USDA/APHIS/PPQ National Lepidoptera Specialist. He is stationed at the Museum of Biological Diversity and is a frequent user of the Triplehorn Insect Collection holdings.

 

Publications


  • Neelendra, Biddinger, Fleischer & Passoa. 2013. First report of the adventive species Sitochroa palealis (Lepidoptera: Crambidae) in Pennsylvania and its attraction to the sex pheromone of the European corn borer, Ostrinia nubilalis (Lepidoptera: Crambidae). Great Lakes Entomologist, 46(1-2): 99-103.
  • Looney, LaGasa & Passoa. 2012. First records of the dogwood borer, Synanthedon scitula (Harris) (Sesiidae), in the Pacific Northwest: a potential threat to ornamental and fruit tree growers. Journal of the Lepidopterists' Society, 66(3): 171-174.
  • Gilligan, Epstein, Passoa, Powell, Sage & Brown. 2011. Discovery of Lobesia botrana ([Denis & Schiffermuller]) in California: an invasive species new to North America (Lepidoptera: Tortricidae). Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Washington, 113(1): 14-30.
  • Adamski, Landry, Passoa & Tracy. 2010. History, distribution, and identification of Exoteleia dodecella (L.) (Lepidoptera: Gelechiidae) in North America, with insights into the systematics of Exoteleia Wallengren using characters of the adult, immatures, bionomics, and DNA Barcodes. Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Washington, 112(2): 183-206.
  • Brown, Epstein, Gilligan, Passoa & Powell. 2010. Biology, identification, and history of the light brown apple moth, Epiphyas postvittana (Walker) (Lepidoptera: Tortricidae: Archipini) in California: an example of the importance of local faunal surveys to document the establishment of exotic insects. American Entomologist, 56(1): 34-43.
  • Bucheli, Passoa & Wenzel. 2010. A phylogenetic test of Ehrlich and Raven's theory of escape and radiation in insects that feed on toxic plants, based on nearctic Depressaria moths (Gelechioidea: Elachistidae: Depressariinae), with discussion of the evolution of genitalia. Entomologica Americana, 116(3/4): 1-24.
  • Profant, Metzler & Passoa. 2010. The slug catepillar moths (Lepidoptera: Limacodidae), and other Zygaenoidea of Ohio. Bulletin of the Ohio Biological Survey, (n.s.)16(3): 1-66. [PDF is available but inaccessible due to copyright restrictions]
  • Passoa. 2009. Characters and techniques for identifying Lepidoptera of quarantine significance to the southern United States from USDA/APHIS/PPQ CAPS programs (abstract). In Hodges A.C. and J. C. Morse. Southern Plant Diagnostic Network Invasive Arthropod Workshop, May 7–9, 2007. Journal of Insect Science 9 (61):10-11.
  • LaGasa & Passoa. 2007. First report of the Palearctic species Cydia coniferana (Tortricidae) in the Western United States. Journal of the Lepidopterists' Society, 61(3): 172-175.
  • Merrill, LaGasa, Passoa, Robinson & Holden. 2007. First report of Oecophora bractella (L.) (Oecophoridae) in North America. Journal of the Lepidopterists' Society, 61(3): 165-171.
  • Passoa, Balogh & Solis. 2007. Sitochroa palealis: a palearctic pyraustine moth (Lepidoptera: Pyraloidea: Crambidae) newly introduced to North America. Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Washington, 110(2): 504-515.
  • Gilligan, Passoa & Harrison. 2006. A bibliography of the works of Annette F. Braun. Journal of the Lepidopterists' Society, 61(2): 113-115.
  • Pogue & Passoa. 2000. Spodoptera ochrea (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae): a new host record (asparagus) from Peru and description of the female genitalia. Annals of the Entomological Society of America, 93: 1019-1021.
  • Berenbaum & Passoa. 1999. Generic phylogeny of North American Depressariinae (Lepidoptera: Elachistidae) and hypotheses about coevolution. Annals of the Entomological Society of America, 92(6): 971-986. view extended reference
  • Passoa & Passoa. 1999. Distribution and hostplant records for Eupackardia calleta from southeastern Texas with notes on the mandibular morphology of the Attacini (Saturniidae). Journal of the Lepidopterists' Society, 53(4): 133-137.
  • Cavey, Hoebeke, Passoa & Lingafelter. 1998. A new exotic threat to North American hardwood forests: an Asian longhorn beetle, Anoplophora glabripennis (Motschulsky) (Coleoptera Cerambycidae). I. Larval description and diagnosis. Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Washington, 100(2): 373-381.
  • Passoa & Hollingsworth. 1996. Distribution, identification, and rate of spread of Noctua pronuba (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae) in the northeastern United States. Entomological News, 107(3): 151-160.
  • Passoa. 1995. Larval and pupal systematics of Nearctic Amphisbatinae and Depressariinae (Lepidoptera: Oecophoridae). Ph.D. Thesis. University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. 299 pp.
  • Kovarik & Passoa. 1993. Chaetotaxy of larval Histeridae (Coleoptera: Hydrophiloidea) based on a description of Onthophilus nodatus LeConte. Annals of the Entomological Society of America, 86(5): 560-576.
  • Miller, Passoa, Waltz & Mastro. 1993. Insect removal from sticky traps using a citrus oil solvent. Entomological News, 104(4): 209-213.
  • Passoa & Steinly. 1992. Egg morphology of Draconiaa rusina Druce from Honduras (Lepidoptera: Thyrididae). Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Washington, 94(4): 556-558.
  • Passoa & Powell. 1991. Rapid colonization of the western United States by the Palearctic moth, Agonopterix alstroemeriana (Oecophoridae). Journal of the Lepidopterists' Society, 45(3): 234-236.
  • Passoa. 1991. Color identification of economically important Spodoptera larvae in Honduras. Insecta Mundi, 5(3-4): 185-196.
  • Passoa. 1989. Strange oecophorid pupa from Ecuador. Journal of the Lepidopterists' Society, 43(2): 155.
  • Passoa. 1988. Systematic positions of Acentria ephemerella (Denis & Schiffermuller), Nymphulinae and Schoenobiinae based on morphology of the immature stages (Pyralidae). Journal of the Lepidopterists' Society, 42(4): 247-262.
  • Sandberg & Passoa. 1988. New host records and morphological notes on four tortricines (Tortricidae). Journal of Research on the Lepidoptera, 27(2): 104-108.
  • Passoa & Habeck. 1987. A description of the larva and pupa of Rupela albinella, a pest of rice in Latin America (Lepidoptera: Pyralidae: Schoenobiinae). Florida Entomologist, 70(3): 368-375.
  • Passoa. 1985. Taxonomy of the larvae and pupae of economically important Pyralidae in Honduras. M.S. Thesis. University of Florida, Gainesville. 486 pp.
  • Passoa. 1983. Immature stages of Anacamptodes herse (Schaus) (Geometridae) on soybean in Honduras. Journal of the Lepidopterists' Society, 37(3): 217-223.
  • Passoa & Berenbaum. 1983. Notes on the biology of Agonopterix alstroemeriana (Clerck) with a description of the immature stages (Oecophoridae). Journal of the Lepidopterists' Society, 37(1): 38-45.
  • Passoa. 1982. Eutachyptera psidii (Salle) in Honduras (Lepidoptera: Lasiocampidae). Florida Entomologist, 65(3): 379-381.
  • Passoa. 1980. Notes on Gracillaria elongella (Gracillariidae) with a description of the larval mouthparts. Journal of the Lepidopterists' Society, 34(1): 63-65.

Web (Lucid) publications:

  • Gilligan & Passoa. 2014. LepIntercept, An identification resource for intercepted Lepidoptera larvae. Identification Technology Program (ITP), USDA-APHIS-PPQ-S&T, Fort Collins, CO. [accessed at www.lepintercept.org].
  • Hayden, Lee, Passoa, Young, Landry, Nazari, Mally, Somma, & Ahlmark. 2013. Digital Identification of Microlepidoptera on Solanaceae. Identification Technology Program (ITP), USDA-APHIS-PPQ-S&T, Fort Collins, CO. <http://idtools.org/id/leps/micro/>

 

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