Doug Tallamy


  • Post-Doctoral Fellow in Entomology, University of Iowa, 1980–1981
  • Ph.D. Entomology, University of Maryland, 1980
  • M.S. Entomology, Rutgers University, 1976
  • B.S. Biology, Allegheny College, 1973

Regular Courses Taught

  • ENWC 346 Insect Ecology and Conservation, Fall
  • ENWC 620, Behavioral Ecology, Alternate Springs
  • ENWC 814, Advanced Ecology, Alternate Springs

Research Activities

  • Behavioral Ecology of Insects
  • Conservation of biodiversity
  • Impact of alien plants on native ecosystems
  • Plant-insect interactions

Professional Affiliations and Service

  • Joint Faculty Appointment, Department of Biological Sciences, University of Delaware, 1982-present
  • Entomological Society of America
  • Ecological Society of America
  • The Association for the Study of Animal Behaviour
  • The International Heteropterists Society

Graduate Students and Post-Doctoral Researchers

27. Kennedy, Ashley. In Progress. Examining bird dietary choices to improve avian conservation efforts. Ph.D. in Entomology and Wildlife Ecology.

26. Mitchell, Adam. In Progress. The restructuring of trophic relationships in arthropods following plant invasion. Ph.D. in Entomology and Wildlife Ecology

25. Narango, Desiree. In Progress. The Effects of Non-native Plants on the Tritrophic Relationship Between Plants, Lepidopteran Larvae and Breeding Birds. Ph.D. in Entomology and Wildlife Ecology

24. Ryan, William. In Progress. Employing a botanical and avian monitoring program to evaluate the effects of restoration techniques on ecological communities in a temperate eastern North American serpentine barren. Ph.D. in Entomology and Wildlife Ecology

23. Ballard, Meg. 2016. How non-native plants affect host-finding in native insects: Evidence of associational resistance against specialist herbivores. Ph.D. in Entomology and Wildlife Ecology

22. Baisden, Emily. 2016. Evaluating the use of Native Ornamental Plant Cultivars for Insect Herbivores. M.S. in Entomology

21. Cutting, Brian. 2011. An evaluation of butterfly gardens as restoration tools using the monarch butterfly Danaus plexippus. M.S. in Entomology

20. Beal, Christy. 2011. Migrant and breeding bird use ornamental trees in managed landscapes. Ph.D. in Entomology and Widlife Ecology.

19. Reed, Erin. 2010. Bottom-up effect on top-down control in a suburban landscape. M.S. in Entomology.

18.Philips, Chris. 2009. Non-native plants reduce abundance, richness, and host specialization in lepidopteran communities. M.S. in Entomology.

17. Ali, Jared. 2006. Is male quality a self-referenced trait in spotted cucumber beetles, Diabrotica undecimpunctata howardi? M.S. in Entomology.

16. Brown, William P. 2006. On the community and abundance of Delaware forest birds. Ph.D. in Entomology and Applied Ecology.

15. Beal, Christy. 2006. New record of amphisexual care in an insect with exclusive paternal care: Rhynocoris tristis (Heteroptera: Reduviidae). M.S. in Entomology.

14. Zuefle, Marion. 2005. The impact of non-native woody plants on the native herbivorous insect community of northern Delaware. M.S. in Entomology.

13. Brodt, Jeremy. 2005. Why do females resist? : an analysis of female resistance behavior and cryptic female choice in the spotted cucumber beetle. M.S. in Entomology.

12. Walsh, Evelyn. 2004. The effect of free female mate choice on offspring fitness in spotted cucumber beetle (Diabrotica undecimpunctata howardi). M.S. in Entomology.

11. Stearns, Frank. 2004. The role of local adaptation and fitness trade-offs in the sympatric divergence of long term experimental study populations of Enchenopa treehoppers(hemiptera: membracidae). M.S. in Entomology.

10. Walsh, Evelyn. 2004. The effect of free female mate choice on offspring fitness in Spotted cucumber beetle (Diabrotica undecimpunctata howardi). M.S. in Entomology.

9. Jennings, Varryn. 2003. M.S. Entomology. Fenstermacker, Heidi. 2002. The effect of nonindigenous Norway maple (Acer platanoides) on an aquatic insect community. M.S. in Entomology.

8. Gillespie, Joseph. 2002. Inferring phylogenetic relationships among basal taxa of the leaf beetle Tribe Luperini through the analysis of mitochondrial and nuclear DNA sequences. M.S. in Entomology.

7. Parr, Annika. 2001. Proximate factors regulating maternal care in the lace bug Gargaphia solani (Heteroptera, Tingidae). M.S. in Entomology.

6. Lomberk, Heather. 2001. Cucurbitacin phago stimulation of Diabroticite larvae. M.S. in Entomology.

5. Darlington, Mark. 2000. Subtle copulatory courtship conveys good genes benefits to spotted cucumber beetles. M.S. in Entomology.

4. Gothro, Peter. 1992. Effects of Cucurbitacin on the Pathogenicity of Metarhizium amisophae to the spotted cucumber beetle. M.S. in Entomology.

3. Baldivieso, Cynthia P. 1989. Kin recognition in Gargaphia lace bugs. M.S. in Entomology.

2. McCloud, Eric S. 1989. Induction of cucurbitacins: influence on squash beetle foraging behavior. M.S. in Entomology.

1. Hardin, Mark. 1987. An analysis of habitat mediated maternal and reproductive behavior in Gargaphia lace bugs. M.S. in Entomology.



84. Peters, V. E., T. A. Carlo, M. A. R. Mello, R. Rice, D. W. Tallamy, S. A. Caudill, and T. H. Flemming. 2016. Using plant-animal interactions to inform tree selection in tree-based agroecosystems for enhanced biodiversity. BioScience biw140

83. Duke, J. M., J. Bruck, S. Barton, M. Murray, S. Inamdar, and D. W. Tallamy. 2016. Public preferences for ecosystem services on exurban landscapes: A case study from the Mid-Atlantic, USA. Heliyon 2:e00127.


82. Duke, J. M., J. Bruck, S. Barton, M. Murray. S. Anamdar and D. W. Tallamy. 2015. Public Preferences for Ecosystem Services on Suburban Landscapes: A Case Study from the Mid-Atlantic. In press.

81. French, B. W., L. Hammack and D. W. Tallamy. 2015. Mating Success, Longevity, and Fertility of Western Corn Rootworm (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae) in Relation to Body Size and Cry3Bb1 Resistant and Susceptible Genotypes. Insects. In press.

80. Watt, T. J., J.J. Duan, D.W. Tallamy and J. Hough-Goldstein, and T. W. Ilvento. In press. Reproductive and developmental biology of the emerald ash borer parasitoid Spathius galinae (Hymenoptera: Braconidae) as affected by temperature. Biological Control.

79. Brughardt, K. and D.W. Tallamy. 2015. Not all non-natives are equally unequal: Reductions in herbivore β-diversity depend on plant phylogenetic similarity to native community. Ecology Letters. .1111/ele.12492.

78. Watt, T.J, J.J. Duan, D.W. Tallamy and J. Hough-Goldstein. 2015. Effect of Parasitoid to Host Ratio and Group Size on fitness of Spathius galinae (Hymenoptera: Braconidae): implications for mass-rearing. J. Econ. Entomol. doi: 10.1093/jee/tov062.

77. Cutting, B.T. and D.W. Tallamy. 2015. An Evaluation of Butterfly Gardens for Restoring Habitat for the Monarch Butterfly (Lepidoptera: Danaidae). Environmental Entomology 1–8 (2015); DOI: 10.1093/ee/nvv111

76. Wiederholdt, R., S. C. Patton, A. Tainor, N. Michel, and D. W. Tallamy. 2015. Conservation in a changing world: bridging the gap between where we are and where we need to be. Integrative Zoology 10: 436-452.


75. Burghardt, K. T. and D. W. Tallamy. 2013. Plant origin asymmetrically impact feeding guilds and drives community structure of herbivorous arthropods. Diversity and Distributions 19: 1553–1565.

74.Ballard, M., J. Hough-Goldstein and D.W. Tallamy. 2013. Arthropod communities on native and non-native early successional plants. Environmental Entomology 42: 851–859.


73. Burghardt, K. T., C. R. Philips, D. W. Tallamy, and K.J. Shropshire. 2010. Non-native plants reduce abundance, richness, and host specialization in Lepidoptera communities. Ecosphere 1:1–22.

72. Ali, J. G., and D. W. Tallamy. 2010. Females spotted cucumber beetles use own cuticular hydrocarbon signature to choose immunocompatible mates. Animal Behaviour 80:9–12.

71. Tallamy, D. W., M. Ballard, and V. D. D’Amico. 2010. Can alien plants support generalist insect herbivores? Biological Invasions 12: 2285-2292.


70. Tallamy, D. W. 2009. A call for backyard biodiversity. American Forests, Autumn:24–31.

69. Tallamy, D. W. and K. J. Shropshire. 2009. Ranking Lepidopteran use of native versus introduced plants. Conservation Biology 23: 941–947.


68. Burghardt, K. T., D. W. Tallamy and W. G. Shriver. 2008. The impact of native plants on biodiversity in suburban landscapes. Conservation Biology 23:219–244.


67. Tallamy, D. W. 2007. Bringing Nature Home: How Native plants Sustain Wildlife in Our Gardens. Timber Press. Portland, Oregon.

66. Gillespie, J. J., D. W. Tallamy, E.G. Riley, and A.I. Cognato. 2007. Molecular phylogeny of rootworms and related galerucine beetles (Coleoptera:Chrysomelidae). Zoologica Scripta 37:195–222.

65. Jennings, V. H., and D. W. Tallamy. 2007. Composition and abundance of ground-dwelling Coleoptera in a fragmented and continuous forest. Environmental Entomology 35:1550–1560.


64. Beal, C. A., and D. W. Tallamy. 2006. New record of amphisexual care in an insect with exclusive paternal care: Rhynocoris tristis (Heteroptera: Reduviidae). Journal of Ethology 24:305–307.

63. Brodt, J., D. W. Tallamy, and J. Ali. 2006. Female choice by scent recognition in the spotted cucumber beetle. Ethology 112: 300–306.


62. Tallamy, D. W. 2005. Egg dumping in insects. Annual Review of Entomology 50:347–370.

61. Tallamy, D. W., B. E. Hibbard, T. L. Clark, J. J. Gillespie. 2005. Western Corn Rootworm, Cucurbits, and Cucurbitacins. Pp 67-93, in Stefan Vidal, Uli Kuhlmann, and Rich Edwards (eds.), Ecology and Management of Western Corn Rootworm (Diabrotica virgifera virgifera LeConte). CAB International, Wallingford, United Kingdom.


60. Tallamy, D. W., E. Walsh, and D. Peck. 2004. Revisiting paternal care in the assassin bug, Atopozeluspallens (Heteroptera: Reduviidae). Journal of Insect Behavior 17:431–436.

59. Tallamy, D. W. 2004. Do alien plants reduce insect biomass? Conservation Biology 18: 1689–1692.

58. Tallamy, D. W., and R. Iglay. 2004. Maternal care in Compseuta picta, an African lace bug (Heteroptera: Tingidae). Journal of Insect Behavior 17:247–249.

57. Tallamy, D. W. 2004. Mate choice after intromission in Spotted Cucumber beetles. pp. 709-720 In Jolivet, P.H., Santiago-Blay, J.A., Schmitt, M. (Eds.), New Contributions to the Biology of Chrysomelidae. SPB Academic Publishing, Boston.

56. Gillespie, J. J., K. M. Kjer, E. R. Riley, and D. W. Tallamy. 2004. The evolution of cucurbitacin pharmacophagy in rootworms: insight from Luperini paraphyly. pp. 37–58 In Jolivet, P.H., Santiago-Blay, J.A., Schmitt, M. (Eds.), New Contributions to the Biology of Chrysomelidae, SPB Academic Publishing, Boston.


55. Gillespie, J. J., K. M. Kjer, C. N. Duckett, and D. W. Tallamy. 2003. Convergent evolution of cucurbitacin-feeding and pharmacophagy in spatially isolated rootworm taxa (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae; Galerucinae, Luperini). Molecular Phylogenetic Evolution 29:161–175.


54. Tallamy, D. W., B. E. Powell, and J. A. McClafferty. 2002. Male traits under cryptic female choice in the spotted cucumber beetle (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae). Behavavioral Ecology 13:511–518.

53. Tallamy, D. W., M. B. Darlington, J. D. Pesek, and B. E. Powell. 2002. Copulatory courtship signals male genetic quality in cucumber beetles. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London B 270:77–82.

52. Tallamy, D. W., E. L. Monaco, and J. D. Pesek. 2002. Hormonal control of egg dumping and guarding in the lace bug Gargaphia solani (Heteroptera: Tingidae). Journal of Insect Behavior 15:467–475.

51. Parr, A., D. W. Tallamy, E. L. Monaco, and J. D. Pesek. 2002. Proximate factors regulating maternal options in the eggplant lace bug Gargaphia solani (Heteroptera: Tingidae). Journal of Insect Behavior 15:495–511.

50. Smyth, R. R., D. W. Tallamy, J. A. A. Renwick, and M. P. Hoffmann. 2002. Effects of age, sex, and dietary history on response to cucurbitacin in Acalymma vittatum. Entomological Experimental Applications 104:69–78.


49. Tallamy, D. W. 2001. Evolution of exclusive paternal care in arthropods. Annual Review of Entomology 46:139–165. 2000

48. Tallamy, D. W., P. M. Gorski, and J. K. Burzon. 2000. The fate of male-derived cucurbitacins in spotted cucumber beetle females. Journal of Chemical Ecology 26:413–427.

47. Funk, D. H., and D. W. Tallamy. 2000. Courtship role reversal and deceptive signals in the long-tailed dance fly, Rhamphomyia longicauda. Animal Behaviour 59:411–421.

46. Tallamy, D. W. 2000. Sexual selection and the evolution of exclusive paternal care in arthropods. Animal Behaviour 60:559–567.

45. Tallamy, D. W. 2000. Maternal lace bugs: to care or not to care? Wings Spring:3–7.

44. Tallamy, D. W. 2000. Physiological issues in host range expansion. pp. 11-26, In Van Dreisch, R. Heard, T., McClay, A., and Reardon, R. (eds.) Proceedings of Session: Host-Specificity Testing of Exotic Arthropod Biological Control Agents – The Biological Basis for Improvement in Safety. International Symposium on Biological Control of Weeds, Bozeman, Montana. July 4-14, 1999.


43. Agrawal, A. A., P. M. Gorski, and D. W. Tallamy. 1999. Polymorphism in plant defense against herbivory: Constitutive and induced resistance in Cucumis sativus. Journal of Chemical Ecology 25:2285–2304.

42. Halaweish, F. T., D. W. Tallamy, and E. Santana. 1999. Cucurbitacins: A role in cucumber beetle nutrition? Journal of Chemical Ecology 25:2373–2383.

41. Tallamy, D. W., and W. P. Brown. 1999. Semelparity and the evolution of maternal care in insects. Animal Behaviour 57:727–730.

40. Tallamy, D. W. 1999. Child care among the insects. Scientific American 280:50–55.

39. Tallamy, D. W., C. A. Mullin, and J. L. Frazier. 1999. An alternate route to insect pharmacophagy: the loose receptor hypothesis. Journal of Chemical Ecology 25:1987–1997.


38. Tallamy, D. W., D. P. Whittington, D. A. Fontaine, P. M. Gorski, and P. W. Gothro. 1998. Sequestered cucurbitacins and pathogenicity of Metarhizium anisopliae (Moniliales: Moniliaceae) on spotted cucumber beetle eggs and larvae (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae). Environmental Entomology 27:366–372.

37. Halaweish, F. T., and D. W. Tallamy. 1998. Tissue culture production of cucurbitacins. Planta 131:209–218.

36. Monaco, E., D. W. Tallamy, and R. K. Johnson. 1998. Chemical mediation of egg dumping in Gargaphia solani (Hemiptera: Tingidae). Animal Behaviour 56:1491–1495.


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

34. Tallamy, D. W., and P. M. Gorski. 1997. The effect of long- and short-term cucurbitacin consumption on Acalymma vittatum fitness (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae). Environmental Entomology 26:672–677.

33. Underwood, T. J., D. W. Tallamy, and J. D. Pesek. 1997. Bioluminescence in firefly larvae: a test of the aposematic display hypothesis. Journal of Insect Behavior 10:365–370.

32. Tallamy, D. W., P. M. Gorski, and J. Pesek. 1997. Intra- and interspecific genetic variation in the gustatory sensitivity of luperine rootworms toward cucurbitacins (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae). Environmental Entomology 26:1364–1372.

31. Tallamy, D. W., and C. Schaefer. 1997. Maternal behavior in the Hemiptera: ancestry, alternatives and current adaptive value. pp. 94-115 In B. Crespi and J. Choe (eds). Social Behavior in Insects and Arachnids. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge.


30. Frick, T. B., and D. W. Tallamy. 1996. Density and diversity of nontarget insects killed by suburban electric insect traps. Entomological News 107:77–82.

29. Tallamy, D. W. and J. D. Pesek. 1996. Carbon isotopic signatures of elytra reflect larval diet in Luperine rootworms (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae). Environmental Entomology 25:1167–1172.


28. McCloud, E. S., D. W. Tallamy, and F. T. Halaweish. 1995. Squash beetle trenching behavior: avoidance of cucurbitacin induction or mucilaginous plant sap? Ecological Entomology 20:51–59.


27. Tallamy, D. W. 1994. Nourishment and the evolution of paternal care in subsocial arthropods. pp. 21-55 In Nourishment and Evolution in Insect Societies. J.H. Hunt and C.A. Nalepa (eds.). Westview, Boulder.


26. Halaweish, F. T., and D. W. Tallamy. 1993. Quantitative determination of cucurbitacins by high performance liquid chromatography and high performance thin layer chromatography. Journal of Liquid Chromatography 16:497–511.

25. Tallamy, C. P., and D. W. Tallamy. 1993. The effect of relatedness on Gargaphia egg dumping behavior. Animal Behaviour 45:1239–1241.

24. Halaweish, F. T,. and D. W. Tallamy. 1993. A new cucurbitacin profile for Cucurbita andreana: a candidate for cucurbitacin tissue culture. Journal of Chemical Ecology 19:1135–1141.

23. Tallamy, D. W., and F. T. Halaweish. 1993. The effects of age, prior exposure, sex, and reproductive activity on sensitivity to cucurbitacins in southern corn rootworm (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae). Environmental Entomology 22:925–932.


22. Hardin, M. R., and D. W. Tallamy. 1992. Effect of predators and host phenology on the maternal and reproductive behaviors of Gargaphia lace bugs (Hemiptera: Tingidae). Journal of Insect Behavior 5:177–192.


21. DeHeer, C. J., and D.W. Tallamy. 1991. Cucumber beetle larval affinity to cucurbitacins. Environmental Entomology 20:775–788.

20. Tallamy, D. W., and M. J. Raupp (eds). 1991. Phytochemical Induction by Herbivores. John Wiley, New York.

19. Tallamy, D. W., and E. S. McCloud. 1991. Squash beetles, cucumber beetles, and inducible cucurbit responses. pp. 155-181. In Phytochemical Induction by Herbivores, D.W. Tallamy and M. J. Raupp (eds). John Wiley, New York.


18. Tallamy, D. W., and L. A. Horton. 1990. Costs and benefits of the egg dumping alternative in Gargaphia lace bugs (Hemiptera: Tingidae). Animal Behaviour 39:352–360.


17. Kendra, P. E., R. R. Roth, and D. W. Tallamy. 1988. Conspecific brood parasitism in the house sparrow. Wilson Bulletin 100:80–90.


16. Tallamy, D. W. 1986. Age specificity of “egg dumping” in Gargaphia solani (Hemiptera: Tingidae). Animal Behaviour 34:599–603.

15. Tallamy, D. W., and T. K. Wood. 1986. Convergence patterns in subsocial insects. Annual Review of Entomology 31:369–390.

14. Tallamy, D. W. 1986. Behavioral adaptations in insects to plant allelochemicals. Pp. 273–300 In L. B. Brattsten and S. Ahmad (eds), Molecular Mechanisms in Insect-Plant Associations, Plenum Press, New York.

13. Tallamy, D. W., and H. Dingle. 1986. Genetic variation in the maternal defensive behavior of Gargaphia solani (Hemiptera: Tingidae). Pp. 135–143 In M. D. Huettel, ed., Evolutionary Genetics of Invertebrate Behavior, Plenum Press, New York.


12. Tallamy, D. W. 1985. Squash beetle feeding behavior: an adaptation against induced cucurbit defenses. Ecology 66:1574–1579.

11. Tallamy, D. W. 1985. “Egg Dumping” in lace bugs (Hemiptera: Tingidae). Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 17:357–362.


10. Tallamy, D. W. 1984. Insect parental care. BioScience 34: 20–25.


9. Tallamy, D. W. 1983. Equilibrium biogeography and its application to insect host-parasitoid systems. American Naturalist 121:244–254.


8. Tallamy, D. W. 1982. Age specific maternal defense in Gargaphia solani (Hemiptera: Tingidae). Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 11:7–11.

7. Tallamy, D. W., and R. F. Denno. 1982. Life history trade-offs in Gargaphia solani (Hemiptera: Tingidae); the cost of reproduction. Ecology 63:616–620.


6. Tallamy, D. W., and R. F. Denno. 1981. Maternal care in Gargaphia solani (Hemiptera: Tingidae). Animal Behaviour 29:771–778.

5. Tallamy, D. W., and R. F. Denno. 1981. Alternative life history patterns in risky environments: an example from lace bugs. Pp. 129–148. In R. F. Denno and H. Dingle, ed.,  Insect Life History Patterns: Geographic and Habitat Variation, Springer-Verlag, New York.

4. Denno, R., R. Raupp, and D W. Tallamy. 1981. Organization of a guild of sap-feeding insects: equilibrium vs. non-equilibrium coexistence. Pp. 141–182 In R. F. Denno and H. Dingle, eds., Insect Life History Patterns: Geographic and Habitat Variation, Springer-Verlag, New York.


3. Denno, R. F., M. J. Raupp, D. W. Tallamy, and C. F. Reichelderfer. 1980. Migration in heterogeneous environments: differences in habitat selection between the wing-forms of the dimorphic planthopper, Prokelisia marginata (Homoptera: Delphacidae). Ecology 61:859–867.


2. Tallamy, D. W., and R. F. Denno. 1979. Responses of sap-feeding insects (Homoptera-Hemiptera) to simplification of host plant structure. Environmental Entomology 8:1021–1028.


1. Tallamy, D. W., E. J. Hansens, and R. F. Denno. 1976. A comparison of malaise trapping and aerial netting for sampling a horsefly and deerfly community. Environmental Entomology 5:778–792.




Contact Information
Doug Tallamy

Professor of Entomology

Entomology and Wildlife Ecology
250 Townsend Hall

Newark, DE 19716
Phone: (302) 831-1304
Fax number: (302) 831-8889