Chuck Mason

Education

  • Ph.D. Entomology, Kansas State University, 1973.
  • M.S. Entomology, University of Missouri, 1971.
  • B.S. Entomology, Colorado State University, 1968.

Current Courses

  • ENWC 205 Elements of Entomology
  • ENWC 311 Insects in Agricultural and Urban Environments
  • ENWC 314 Comparative Terrestrial and Marine Ecology
  • ENWC 805  Insect-Plant Chemical Ecology

Research

  • Ecology and management of European corn borer
  • Resistance management of insects on BT plants
  • Chemical and behavioral ecology of plant-insect interactions
  • Conservation ecology of threatened insect species

Professional Activities

Graduate Students

33. Ingber, David A. In Progress. Fitness and oviposition preferences of host-strains of fall armyworm (Spodoptera frugiperda Smith). Ph.D. Entomology and Wildlife Ecology

32. Johnson, Holly L. In Progress. Differences in fitness traits between E and Z pheromone races of European corn borer, Ostrinia nubilialis (Hubner), on a range of host plants. Ph.D. Entomology and Wildlife Ecology.

31. Fisher, Kelsey E. 2015. Feeding behavior of European corn borer, Ostrinia nubilalis (Hubner), on a range of host plants. M.S. Entomology (Co-advised with Lindsey Flexner)

30. Cissel, William J. In Progress. Effects of the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug, Halyomorpha halys, on Corn. M.S. Entomology.

29. Johnson, Holly L. 2013. Movement Behavior of Third Instar European Corn Borers, Ostrinia nubilalis, on Bt Corn. M.S. Entomology (Co-advised with Lindsey Flexner).

28. Fredericks, James G. 2012. Enhancing Integrated Pest Management of Reticulitermes flavipes (Kollar) (Isoptera: Rhinotermitidae) by Critical Analysis of Label Recommendations Termite Bait Systems. Ph.D. in Entomology and Wildlife Ecology.

27. Razze, Janine. 2010. Behavioral Characteristics of Neonate European Corn Borer, Ostrinia nubilalis, on Bt Corn. M.S. Entomology (Co-advised with Lindsey Flexner).

26. Caranci, Angela T. 2010. Host Switching in Culex Mosquitoes: Effects of Photoperiod and Aging on Host Choice. M.S. Entomology (Co-advised with Jack Gingrich).

25. O’Connor, Linda-Lou. 2008. Effects of Hybridization, Feeding Behavior, and Parity Rates of the Common House Mosquito (Culex Pipiens L.) on Late Season West Nile Virus Activity. Ph.D. in Entomology and Wildlife Ecology (Co-advised with Jack Gingrich).

24. Janis, Jonathan A. 2008. Lethal and Sub-Lethal Effects of Selected Synthetic Insecticides on Two Cotton Thrips Pests: Onion Thrips, Thrips tabaci, and Western Flower Thrips, Frankliniella occidentalis. M.S. Entomology.

23. Goldstein Jessica A. 2007. Dispersal Behavioral of Neonate European Corn Borer, Ostrinia nubilalis, on Transgenic Bt Corn. M.S. Entomology.

22. Ellison, Frances V. 2007. Characterization of Fitness Costs Associated with Insecticide Resistance in the Diamondback Moth, Plutella xylostella from Hawaii. M.S. Entomology (Co-advised with Lindsey Flexner).

21. Anderson, Robert D. 2007. Reducing Orthophosphates in Retention Ponds and its Impact on Larval Mosquito Abundance. M.S. Entomology (Co-advised with Jack Gingrich).

20. Williams, Gregory M. 2005. West Nile Virus Activity in Roosting Areas of the Fish Crow (Corvus ossifragus). Ph.D. Entomology and Applied Ecology (Co-advised with Jack Gingrich).

19. North, Therese. 2004. Determining Oviposition Deterrence of Ostrinia nubilalis Hübner (Lepidoptera: Crambidae), Using Two Species of Marigold (Tagetes). M.S. Entomology.

18. Caci, Jennifer B. 2004. Vector Competence of Selected Delaware Anopheles Species for Plasmodium falciparum Malaria. M.S. Entomology (Co-advised with Jack Gingrich).

17. Snyder, Robert L., Jr. 2001. Oviposition deterrents of Ostrinia nubilalis (Hübner) (Lepidoptera: Crambidae). M.S. Entomology.

16. Cai, Ningyun. 2001. Behavioral and Physiological Responses of Ostrinia nubilalis (Hübner) (Lepidoptera: Crambidae) to Bacillus thuringiensis Delta-Endotoxin Derived from Transgenic Corn Plants. M.S. Entomology.

15. Garren, Lloyd R. 1998. Tick Awareness and Disease Avoidance: A Survey of 917 Subjects. M.S. ENtomology.

14. Ehresman, Nathan P. 1997. Influence of Flavonoids on Ovipositional Preference of European Corn Borer Ostrinia nubilalis (Hübner). M.S. Entomology.

13. Webb, John L., Jr. 1996. Attractiveness of Plant Volatiles to Gravid Z Pheromone Type European Corn Borer, Ostrinia nubilalis (Hübner). M.S. Entomology.

12. Stromdahl, Ellen Y. 1996. Abundance and Dynamics of the Pheromone Types of Ostrinia nubilalis (Hübner) and Optimizing Pheromone Trapping. M.S. Entomology.

10. Ni, Yansong. 1995. Genetic variation of European corn borer in Delaware and genetic comparison with Asian corn borer. M.S. Entomology.

9. Peng, Hua. 1993. Evaluation of European corn borer pheromone types in Delaware. M.S. Entomology.

9. Zheng, Tianhe. 1992. Functional response of Coleomegilla maculata (DeGeer) (Coleoptera: Coccinellidae) on eggs of European corn borer, Ostrinia nubilalis (Hubner) (Lepidoptera: Pyralidae). M.S. Entomology.

8. Leighty, Robert. M. 1989. The sublethal effects of carbofuran, diflubenzuron, and fenvalerate on the growth and development of the European corn borer. M.S. Entomology.

7. Magolda, Charles A. 1987. The impact of different first generation European corn borer population densities on yield of field corn. M.S. Entomology.

6. Unahawutti, Udorn. 1985. The effects of maysin in corn silks and an associated compound on growth and development of the European corn borer, Ostrinia nubilalis (Hubner), (Lepidoptera: Pyralidae). M.S. Entomology.

5. Whalen, Joanne. 1983. European corn borer: yield response of hybrid field corn to second brood infestations. M.S. Entomology.

4. Kaercher, Paul M. 1983. Remote monitoring of Apis mellifera nursing behavior. M.S. Entomology.

3. Lindtner, Peter. 1981. Identification of pollen loads of honey bees in Hagley Yard, Wilmington, Delaware. M.S. Plant Science (co-advised by Dr. David Frey).

2. Loye, Janella E. 1980. The bionomics of Telamona monticola (Homoptera: Membracidae) and a census of membracids in a deciduous woodlot in Delaware. M.S. Entomology and Applied Ecology.

1. Kipp, Larry R. 1980. Blue chroma discrimination in honey bees, Apis mellifera. M.S. Entomology.

Publications

2015

  1. Cissel, W. J., C. E. Mason, J. Whalen, J. Hough-Goldstein, and C. R. Hooks. Effects of Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (Hemiptera: Pentatomidae) Feeding Injury on Sweet Corn Yield and Quality. Journal of Economic Entomology 108 (3): 1065-1071.

2014

  1. Xie, H., D. Li, H. Zhang, C. E. Mason, Z. Wang, X. Lu, W. Cai, and K. He. Seasonal and geographical variation in diapause and cold hardiness of the Asian corn borer, Ostrinia furnacalis. Insect Science (2014) 00, 1–9, DOI 10.1111/1744-7917.12137.
2013

47. Coates, B. S., H. Johnson, K-S. Kim, R. L. Hellmich, C. A. Abel, C. Mason, and T. W. Sappington. Frequency of hybridization between Ostrinia nubilalis E-and Z-pheromone races in regions of sympatry within the United States. Ecology and Evolution 3(8): 2459-2470.

2012

46. Razze, J. M. and C. E. Mason. 2012. Dispersal Behavior of Neonate European Corn Borer (Lepidoptera: Crambidae) on Bt Corn. Journal of Economic Entomology 105:1214–1223.Coates, B. S., H. Johnson, K-S. Kim, R. L. Hellmich, C. A. Abel, C. Mason, and T. W. Sappington. Frequency of hybridization between Ostrinia nubilalis E-and Z-pheromone races in regions of sympatry within the United States. Ecology and Evolution 3(8): 2459-2470.

2011

45. Razze, J. M., C. E. Mason, and T. D. Pizzolato. 2011. Feeding behavior of neonate Ostrinia nubilalis (Lepidoptera: Crambidae) on Cry1Ab Bt corn: Implications for resistance management. Journal of Economic Entomology 104:806–813.

44. Mason, C. E. 2011. Refuge Challenges in Bt Corn: Past, Present, and Future. Proceedings of the 65th Northeastern Corn Improvement Conference. Feb. 17-18, 2011. 7pp.

2010

43. Goldstein, J. A., C. E. Mason, and J. D. Pesek. 2010. Dispersal and movement behavior of neonate European corn borer (Lepidoptera: Crambidae) on non-Bt and transgenic Bt corn. Journal of Economic Entomology 103:331–339.

2009

42. Fredericks, J. G., S. W. King, C. E. Mason. 2009. Effect of distance between cellulose and soil on bait discovery in Reticulitermes flavipes and Reticulitermes malletei (Blattodea: Rhinotermitidae) in laboratory assays. Sociobiology 54:749–757.

2008

41. Mason, C. E., J. K. Sheldon, J. Pesek, H. Bacon, R. Gallusser, G. Radke, and B. Slabaugh. 2008. Assessment of Chrysoperla plorabunda longevity, fecundity, and egg viability when adults are fed transgenic Bt corn pollen. Journal of Agricultural and Urban Entomology 25:265–278.

2002

40. J.F. Witkowski, J.L. Wedberg, K.L. Steffey, P.E. Sloderbeck, B.D. Siegfried, M.E. Rice, C.D. Pilcher, D.W. Onstad, C.E. Mason, L.C. Lewis, D.A. Landis, A.J. Keaster, F. Huang, R.A. Higgins, M.J. Haas, M.E. Gray, K.L. Giles, J.E. Foster, P.M. Davis, D.D. Calvin, L.L. Buschman, P.C. Bolin, B.D. Barry, D.A. Andow & D.N. Alstad. 2002.in Bt Corn & European Corn Borer: Long-Term Success Through Resistance Management, Ostlie,K.R. W.D. Hutchison, & R. L. Hellmich, Editors.NCR publication 602. University of Minnesota, St. Paul, MN. http://www.extension.umn.edu/distribution/cropsystems/DC7055.html#fig3

2001

39. Losey, J. E., D. D. Calvin, M. E. Carter, and C. E. Mason. 2001. Evaluation of noncorn host plants as a refuge in a resistance management program for European corn borer (Lepidoptera: Crambidae) on Bt-corn. Environmental Entomology 30:728–735.

1999

38. Marcon, P.C.R. G., D. B. Taylor, C. E. Mason, R. L. Hellmich and B. D. Seigfried. 1999. Genetic similarity among pheromone and voltinism races of Ostrinia nubilalis (Lepidoptera: Pyralidae). Insect Molecular Biology 8:213–221.

37. Mason, C. E. 1999. Other parasitoids, p. 129. In K. J. Steffey, M. E. Rice, J. All, D. A. Andow, M. E. Gray, and J. W. Van Duyn [Eds.], Handbook of Corn Insects. Entomological Society of America, Lanham, Md.

36. Mason, C. E,. and R. L. Snyder. 1999. Comparison of cone and paper pheromone traps for sampling European corn borer. Proc. 33rd Northeast Regional Field Crops Insect Conference, Eastern Br., Entomol. Soc. Amer., 70th Annual Meeting at Virginia Beach, VA, pp. 39–41.

1997

35. Mason, C. E., E. Y. Stromdahl and J. D. Pesek, Jr. 1997. Placement of pheromone traps within the vegetation canopy to enhance capture of male European corn borer. Journal of Economic Entomology 90: 795–800.

34. Udayagiri, S., and C. E. Mason. 1997. Epicuticular wax chemicals in Zea mays influence oviposition in Ostrinia nubilalis. Journal of Chemical Ecology 23:1675–1687.

33. Udayagiri, S., C. E. Mason, and J. D. Pesek, Jr. 1997. Coleomegilla maculata, Coccinella septempunctata (Coleoptera: Coccinellidae), Chrysoperla carnea (Neuroptera: Chrysopidae) and Macrocentrus grandii (Hymenoptera: Braconidae) trapped on colored sticky traps in corn habitats. Environmental Entomology 26:983–988.

32. Mason, C. E., N. P. Ehresman, K. He, A. S. Italia, and J. D. Pesek, Jr. 1997. Performance of three commercial pheromone sources for trapping European corn borer. Proc. 31st Northeast Regional Crops Insect Conference at Burlington, VT, pp. 27–34. Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ.

31. Ostlie, K. R., W. D. Hutchison and R. L. Hellmich, editors; Witkowski, J. F., J. L. Wedberg, K. L. Steffey, P. E. Sloderbeck, B. D. Siegfried, M. E. Rice, C. D. Pilcher, D. W. Onstad, C. E. Mason, L. C. Lewis, D. A. Landis, A. J. Keaster, F. Huang, R. A. Higgins, M. J. Haas, M. E. Gray, K. L. Giles, J. E. Foster, P. M. Davis, D. D. Calvin, L. L. Buschman, P. C. Bolin, B. D. Barry, D. A. Andow and D. N. Alstad; authors. 1997. Bt Corn & European Corn Borer: Long-Term Success Through Resistance Management. NCR publication 602. University of Minnesota, St. Paul, MN. 20 pp.

30. Tallamy, D. W., J. Stull, N. P. Ehresman, P. M. Gorski, and C. E. Mason. 1997. Curcurbitacins as feeding and oviposition deterrents to insects. Environmental Entomology 26:678–683.

1996

29. Mason, C. E., M. E. Rice, D. D. Calvin, J. W. Van Duyn, W. B. Showers, W. D. Hutchison, J. F. Witkowski, R. A. Higgins, D. W. Onstad, and G. P. Dively. 1996. European corn borer ecology and management. North Cent. Reg. Ext. Publ. No. 327 Revised. Iowa State Univ., Ames, Iowa. 57pp.

1995

28. Udayagiri, S., and C. E. Mason. 1995. Host plant constituents as oviposition stimulants for the polyphagous herbivore, Ostrinia nubilalis. Entomological Experimental Applications 76:59–65.

27. DuRant, J. A., H. W. Fescemyer, C. E. Mason, and S. Udayagiri. 1995. Effectiveness of four blends of European corn borer sex pheromone isomers at three locations in South Carolina. Journal of Agricultural Entomolology 12:241–253.

1994

26. Mason, C. E., R. F. Romig, L. E. Wendel, and L. A. Wood. 1994. Distribution and abundance of larval parasitoids of European corn borer in the East Central United States. Environmental Entomology 23:521–531.

1993

25. Hough-Goldstein, J. A., G. E., Heimpel, H. E. Bechmann, and C. E. Mason. 1993. Arthropod natural enemies of the Colorado potato beetle. Crop Protection 12:324–334.

1991

24. Mason, C. E., R. L. Jones, and M. M. Thompson. 1991. Rearing Lydella thompsoni, a parasite of the European corn borer. Annals of the Entomological Society of America 84:179–181.

23. Calvin, D. D., R. A. Higgins, M. C. Knapp, F. L. Poston, S. M. Welch, W. B. Showers, J. F. Witkowski, C. E. Mason, H. C. Chiang, and A. J. Keaster. 1991. Similarities in developmental rates of geographically separate European corn borer populations. Environmental Entomology 20:441–449.

1990

22. Keil, C. B., C. E. Mason, and W. B. Showers. 1990. Apyrene spermatogenesis in Ostrinia nubilalis (Hubner): obligate and facultative diapausing strains. Journal of Heredity 81:72–74.

1989

21. Showers, W. B., J. F. Witkowski, C. E. Mason, D. Calvin, R. A. Higgins, and G. Dively. 1989. European corn borer development and management. North Central Region Extension Publication No. 327. Iowa State Univ., Ames, Iowa. 32pp.

1987

20. Mason, C. E., and D. W. Tallamy. 1987. All in the family, an insect family identification game. PLATO Computer Based Instruction Programs. University of Delaware.

1986

19. Mason, C. E. 1986. Progression of knockdown and mortality of honey bees sprayed with insecticides mixed with Penncap-M. Environmental Entomology 15:170–176.

18. Schroeder, A. C., C. E. Mason, E. A. K. Blankenship, and J. C. Reese. 1986. Evaluation of pinto bean, wheat germ, and lima bean diets for rearing the European corn borer. Journal of Economic Entomology 79:964–969.

1985

17. Mason, C. E. 1985. What’s my kind, an insect order identification game. PLATO Computer Based Instruction Programs. University of Delaware.

16. Romig, R. F., C. E. Mason, and P. P. Burbutis. 1985. Incidence of parasitism of the European corn borer by Lydella thompsoni and Macrocentrus grandii. Southeastern Pennsylvania Entomological News 96:121–128.

1984

15. Mason, C. E. 1984. The 125th Anniversary of the American Entomological Society. Entomological News 95:125–128.

14. Burbutis, P. P., C. E. Mason, and R. F. Romig. 1984. European corn borer and its parasitoid Lydella thompsoni in Delaware. Journal of the Kansas Entomological Society 57:394–399.

1983

13. Showers, W. B., J. F. Witkowski, C. E. Mason, F. L. Poston, S. M. Welch, A. J. Keaster, W. D. Guthrie and H. C. Chiang. 1983. Management of the European Corn Borer. North Central Regional Publication No. 22. Iowa State University, Ames, IA 24pp.

1982

12. Mason, C. E., and K. T. Tracewski. 1982. Diurnal foraging activity for corn pollen by honey bees. Environmental Entomology 11:187–188.

11. Kipp, L. R., and C. E. Mason. 1982. Blue saturation discrimination by honey bees and its potential influence on plant breeding. Crop Science 22:752–755.

1981

10. Mason, C. E., and J. E. Loye. 1981. An annotated list of treehoppers of Delaware. Entomological News 92:33–37.

9. Mason, C. E., and J. E. Loye. 1981. Treehoppers collected at multiple levels in a deciduous woodlot in Delaware. Entomological News 92:64–68.

1980

8. Rust, R. W., C. E. Mason and E. H. Erickson. 1980. Wild bees on soybeans, Glycine max. Environmental Entomology 9:230–232.

1979

7. Mason, C. E. 1979. Honey bee foraging activity on soybeans in Delaware. Proceedings of the 4th International Symposium on Pollination, Md. Agric. Exp. Stn. Spec. Misc. Publ. 1:117–122.

1978

6. Mason, C. E. and F. G. Werner. 1978. Monitoring insect parasites in a cotton pest management program. Arizona Agricultural Experimental Station Research Report 276. 28p.

1975

5. Mason, C. E. 1975. Computer program to produce unreduced entomological labels. Bulletin of the Entomological Society of America 21:124–126.

1973

4. Mason, C. E., and H. D. Blocker, 1973. A stabilized drop trap for unit area sampling of insects in short vegetation. Environmental Entomology 2:214–216.

1971

3. Mason, C. E., and T. R. Yonke. 1971. Life history of four Draeculacephala Species, and Paraulacizes irrorata (Homoptera: Cicadellidae). Annals of the Entomological Society of America 64:1393–1399.

2. Mason, C. E., and T. R. Yonke. 1971. Key to species of Cicadellinae (Homoptera: Cicadellidae) of Missouri with notes on their taxonomy, distribution, and biology. Transactions of the Missouri Academy of Science 5:93–120.

1. Blocker, H. D., R. Reed, and C. E. Mason. 1971. Leafhopper studies at the ssage site (Homoptera: Cicadellidae). U. S. IBP Grassland Biome Tech. Rep. No. 124. Colorado State University, Fort Collins, 25p.

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Contact Information
Chuck Mason

Professor of Entomology

Entomology and Wildlife Ecology
254 Townsend Hall

Newark, DE 19716
Phone: (302) 831-8888

Email: mason@udel.edu