Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

Don Davis

Curator Emeritus of Lepidoptera
Department / Division
Education
  • BA Kansas 
  • PhD Cornell
Research Interests

Systematics and phylogeny of the basal families of Lepidoptera including the superfamilies Tineoidea and Gracillarioidea; biology of leaf-mining and cave-dwelling moths.

Don's research has focused on the phylogeny of the more primitive groups of Lepidoptera. He has published important references on many of these, in particular the families Acrolophidae, Carposinidae, Eriocottidae, Eriocraniidae, Gracillariidae, Neopseustidae, Ochsenheimeriidae, Opostegidae, Paleosetidae, Prodoxidae, Prototheoridae, Psychidae, and Tineidae, as well as on the new families Acanthopteroctetidae, Andesianidae, and Palaephatidae. Much of his research emphasizes the biology of his subjects and their immature stages. In recent years he has concentrated on the biology and biodiversity of plant-mining and cave-dwelling moths and is currently involved in major works on the Acrolophidae, Adelidae, Epipyropidae, Gracillariidae, Nepticulidae, and Tineidae. Since 2005 he has been a collaborator on the Lepidoptera ATOL (Assembling the Tree of Life), an online database maintained at the University of Maryland.  The primary objective for this NSF sponsored program based at the University of Maryland, will be to estimate a "backbone" phylogeny for entire order, using DNA sequences of up to 24 nuclear genes (~18 kb total) from multiple representatives of all 126 families, and testing all current deep-level phylogenetic hypotheses. The molecular phylogeny plus a comprehensive re-evaluation of lepidopteran fossils will provide divergence date estimates for the major lineages. As part of this project he is also assisting in creating web pages summarizing the state of knowledge for all lepidopteran families and superfamilies, to be posted on educational web sites such as Tree of Life. Don's various activities has involved him in fieldwork over much of the United States and in 40 countries that has resulted in the addition of nearly one million insect specimens to the National Museum. In 1977 he was awarded the Jordan Medal by the Lepidopterists' Society for his work on yucca moths and their allies (Prodoxidae).

Don has served as president of the Entomological Society of Washington (1977), the Lepidopterists' Society (1985), and the Biological Society of Washington (1985-86).

Publications
  • Davis, Donald R. and Davis, Mignon M. 2017. "First Report of the Genus Telamoptilia from the Western Hemisphere with Descriptions of Two New Species (Gracillariidae)." Journal of the Lepidopterists' Society 71 (4):261-273. https://doi.org/10.18473/lepi.71i4.a8
  • Eiseman, Charles S. and Davis, Donald R. 2017. "A new species of Macrosaccus (Lepidoptera: Gracillariidae: Lithocolletinae) from Arizona, USA." Zootaxa 4358 (2):385-392. https://doi.org/10.11646/zootaxa.4358.2.11
  • Eiseman, Charles S., Davis, Donald R., Blyth, Julia A., Wagner, David L., Palmer, Michael W., and Feldman, Tracy S. 2017. "A new species of Marmara (Lepidoptera: Gracillariidae: Marmarinae), with an Annotated List of Known Hostplants for the Genus." Zootaxa 4337 (2):198-222. https://doi.org/10.11646/zootaxa.4337.2.2
  • Kawahara, Akito Y., Plotkin, David, Ohshima, Issei, Lopez-Vaamonde, Carlos, Houlihan, Peter R., Breinholt, Jesse W., Kawakita, Atsushi, Xiao, Lei, Regier, Jerome C., Davis, Donald R., Kumata, Tosio, Sohn, Jae-Cheon, de Prins, Jurate, and Mitter, Charles. 2017. "A molecular phylogeny and revised higher-level classification for the leaf-mining moth family Gracillariidae and its implications for larval host-use evolution." Systematic Entomology 42 (1):60-81. https://doi.org/10.1111/syen.12210
  • Malakauskas, David M., Berry, Lucas C., Davis, Don R., and Foley, Sean C. 2017. "Two Records of Phereoeca praecox (Tineidae) in South Carolina and Observations on its Biology." Journal of the Lepidopterists' Society 71 (3):192-195. https://doi.org/10.18473/lepi.71i3.a1
  • Mitter, Charles, Davis, Donald R., and Cummings, Michael P. 2017. "Phylogeny and Evolution of Lepidoptera." Annual Review of Entomology 62:265-283. https://doi.org/10.1146/annurev-ento-031616-035125
  • Aguila, Rayner Núñez and Davis, Don R. 2016. "Antillonatus, a new replacement name for the generic homonym Antillopsyche Núñez & Davis, 2016 (Lepidoptera: Tineoidea: Psychidae)." Zootaxa 4079 (5):595. https://doi.org/10.11646/zootaxa.4079.5.6
  • Aguila, Rayner Núñez and Davis, Don R. 2016. "Antillopsyche sessilis, new genus and species, a new Psychidae (Lepidoptera: Tineoidea) from Cuba with an unusual larval feeding behavior." Zootaxa 4066 (1):52-62. https://doi.org/10.11646/zootaxa.4066.1.3
  • Bazinet, Adam L., Mitter, Kim T., Davis, Donald R., Van Nieukerken, Erik J., Cummings, Michael P., and Mitter, Charles. 2016. "Phylotranscriptomics resolves ancient divergences in the Lepidoptera: Ancient divergences in Lepidoptera." Systematic Entomology 1-12. https://doi.org/10.1111/syen.12217
  • Davis, Donald R. and Graves, Gary R. 2016. "A New Leafmining Moth (Cameraria cotinivora , Lepidoptera: Gracillariidae) of the American Smoketree (Cotinus obovatus)." Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Washington 118 (2):244-253. https://doi.org/10.4289/0013-8797.118.2.244
  • Stonis, Jonas R., Diskus, Arunas, Remeikis, Andrius, Davis, Donald R., Solis, M. Alma, and Torres, Nixon Cumbicus. 2016. "The first record of Baccharis L. (Asteraceae) as a host-plant genus for Nepticulidae (Lepidoptera), with description of new Stigmella species from South America." Zootaxa 4136 (1):101-128. https://doi.org/10.11646/zootaxa.4136.1.4
  • van Nieukerken, Erik, Doorenweerd, Camiel, Hoare, Robert J. B., and Davis, Donald R. 2016. "Revised classification and catalogue of global Nepticulidae and Opostegidae (Lepidoptera, Nepticuloidea)." ZooKeys 628:65-246. https://doi.org/10.3897/zookeys.628.9799
  • Regier, Jerome C., Mitter, Charles, Davis, Donald R., Harrison, Terry L., Sohn, Jae-Cheon, Cummings, Michael P., Zwick, Andreas, and Mitter, Kim T. 2015. "A molecular phylogeny and revised classification for the oldest ditrysian moth lineages (Lepidoptera: Tineoidea), with implications for ancestral feeding habits of the mega-diverse Ditrysia." Systematic Entomology 40 (2):409-432. https://doi.org/10.1111/syen.12110
  • Regier, Jerome C., Mitter, Charles, Kristensen, Niels P., Davis, Donald R., Van Nieukerken, Erik J., Rota, Jadranka, Simonsen, Thomas J., Mitter, Kim T., Kawahara, Akito Y., Yen, Shen-Horn, Cummings, Michael P., and Zwick, Andreas. 2015. "A molecular phylogeny for the oldest (nonditrysian) lineages of extant Lepidoptera, with implications for classification, comparative morphology and life-history evolution." Systematic Entomology 40 (4):671-704. https://doi.org/10.1111/syen.12129
  • Sohn, Jae-Cheon, Davis, Donald R., and Lopez-Vaamonde, Carlos. 2015. "Revision of the genus Philonome Chambers and its proposed reassignment to the family Tineidae (Lepidoptera, Tineoidea)." ZooKeys (494): 69-106. https://doi.org/10.3897/zookeys.494.8748
  • Sohn, Jae-Cheon, Labandeira, Conrad C., and Davis, Donald R. 2015. "The fossil record and taphonomy of butterflies and moths (Insecta, Lepidoptera): implications for evolutionary diversity and divergence-time estimates." BMC Evolutionary Biology 15 (12):https://doi.org/10.1186/s12862-015-0290-8
  • Remeikus, A., Stonis, Jonas R., Diskus, A., and Davis, Donald R. 2014. "The First Photographic Documentation and New Data on Enteucha guajave (Lepidoptera: Nepticulidae), A Pest of Guava from Equatorial America." The First Baltic International Conference on Field Entomology and Faunistics, 1:65-74.
  • Stonis, Jonas R., Diskus, Arunas, Rociene, Agne, Sruoga, Virginijus, and Davis, Donald R. 2014. "New and little known Coptotriche and Tischeria species (Lepidoptera: Tischeriidae) from Primorskiy Kray, East Asia. Zootaxa,." Zootaxa 3884 (2):141-155. https://doi.org/10.11646/zootaxa.3884.2.3
  • Stonis, Jonas R., Remeikus, Andrius, and Davis, Donald R. 2014. "Ten new species from the Patagonian Andes (Argentina and Chile), mostly belonging to a newly designated Stigmella purpurimaculae group (Lepidoptera: Nepticulidae)." Zootaxa 3887 (3):321-353. https://doi.org/10.11646/zootaxa.3887.3.3
  • Davis, Donald R., Diaz, Rodrigo, and Overholt, William A. 2013. "Systematics and biology of Cremastobombycia chromolaenae, new species (Gracillariidae), a natural enemy of Chromolaena odorata (L.) King and H. Robinson (Asteraceae)." Journal of the Lepidopterists' Society 67 (1):35-41. https://doi.org/10.18473/lepi.v67i1.a4
  • Davis, Donald R., Fox, Mark S., and Hazen, Rebecca F. 2013. "Systematics and Biology of Caloptilia Triadicae (Lepidoptera: Gracillariidae), a New Species of Leaf-Mining Moth of the Invasive Chinese Tallow Tree (Triadica Sebifera (L.) Euphorbiaceae)." Journal of the Lepidopterists' Society 67 (4):281-290. https://doi.org/10.18473/lepi.v67i4.a5
  • Davis, Donald R. and Mendel, Howard. 2013. "The genus Erechthias Meyrick of Ascension Island, including discovery of a new brachypterous species (Lepidoptera, Tineidae)." ZooKeys 341:1-20. https://doi.org/10.3897/zookeys.341.6146
  • de Prins, Jurate, Davis, Donald R., de Coninck, Eliane, Sohn, Jae-Cheon, and Triberti, Paolo. 2013. "Systematics, phylogeny and biology of a new genus of Lithocolletinae (Lepidoptera: Gracillariidae) associated with Cistaceae." Zootaxa 3741 (2):201-227. https://doi.org/10.11646/zootaxa.3741.2.1
  • Regier, Jerome C., Mitter, Charles, Zwick, Andreas, Bazinet, Adam L., Cummings, Michael P., Kawahara, Akito Y., Sohn, Jae-Cheon, Zwickl, Derrick J., Cho, Soowon, Davis, Donald R., Baixeras, Joaquin, Brown, John W., Parr, Cynthia Sims, Weller, Susan, Lees, David, and Mitter, Kim T. 2013. "A Large-Scale, Higher-Level, Molecular Phylogenetic Study of the Insect Order Lepidoptera (Moths and Butterflies)." PLoS ONE 8 (3):1-23. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0058568
  • San Blas, German D. and Davis, Donald R. 2013. "Redescription of Dicranoses capsulifex Kieffer & Jörgensen (Lepidoptera: Cecidosidae) with description of the immature stages and biology." Zootaxa 3682 (2):371-384. https://doi.org/10.11646/zootaxa.3682.2.9
  • Sohn, Jae-Cheon, Regier, Jerome C., Mitter, Charles, Davis, Donald R., Landry, Jean-Francois, Zwick, Andreas, and Cummings, Michael P. 2013. "A Molecular Phylogeny for Yponomeutoidea (Insecta, Lepidoptera, Ditrysia) and Its Implications for Classification, Biogeography and the Evolution of Host Plant Use." PLoS ONE 8 (1):e55066. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0055066
  • Zhang, Weitung, Shih, ChungKun, Labandeira, Conrad C., Sohn, Jae-Cheon, Davis, Donald R., Santago-Blay, Jorge, Flint, Oliver S., Jr., and Ren, Dong. 2013. "New Fossil Lepidoptera (Insecta: Amphiesmenoptera) from the Middle Jurassic Jiulongshan Formation of Northeastern China." PLoS ONE 8 (11):1-33. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0079500
  • Davis, Donald R. 2012. [Book review] "Thomas Sobczyk, 2005. Psychidae (Lepidoptera). In: M. Nuss (ed.), World Catalogue of Insects, Volume 10, Apollo Books Aps., Stenstrup, Denmark. 2005, 467 pp." Nota Lepidopterologica. 134.
  • Davis, Donald R. 2012. [Book review] "Basic Pattern of Lepidoptera Diversity in Southwestern Africa by Wolfram Mey." The Journal of the Lepidopterists' Society. 183.
  • Davis, Donald R., Davis, Mignon M., and Mannion, Catharine. 2012. "Neotropical Tineidae Ix: a Review of the West Indian Xystrologa and Biology of Xystrologa Grenadella (Wlsm.), an Invasive Pest of Cultivated Greenhouse Plants in Southern Florida, Usa and Germany (Lepidoptera: Tineoidea)." Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Washington 114 (4):439-455. https://doi.org/10.4289/0013-8797.114.4.439
  • Davis, Donald R. and Landry, Jean-Francois. 2012. "A review of the North American genus Epimartyria (Lepidoptera, Micropterigidae) with a discussion of the larval plastron." ZooKeys 183:37-83. https://doi.org/10.3897/zookeys.183.2556
  • Fox, Mark, Hazen, Rebecca, and Davis, Donald R. 2012. "Using internet images to gather distributional data for a newly discovered Caloptilia species (Lepidoptera: Gracillariidae) specializing on Chinese tallow in North America." American Entomologist 58 (1):32-35.
  • Moreira, Gilson R. P., Gonçalves, Gislene L., Eltz, Rodrigo P., San Blas, German, and Davis, Donald R. 2012. "Revalidation of Oliera Brèthes (Lepidoptera: Cecidosidae) based on a redescription of O. argentinana and DNA analysis of Neotropical cecidosids." Zootaxa (3557): 1-19.
  • Sohn, Jae-Cheon, Labandeira, Conrad C., Davis, Donald R., and Mitter, Charles. 2012. "An annotated catalog of fossil and subfossil Lepidoptera (Insecta: Holometabola) of the world." Zootaxa (3286): 1-132.
  • Cho, Soowon, Zwick, Andreas, Regier, Jerome C., Mitter, Charles, Cummings, Michael P., Yao, Jianxiu, Du, Zaile, Zhao, Hong, Kawahara, Akito Y., Weller, Susan, Davis, Donald R., Baixeras, Joaquin, Brown, John W., and Parr, Cynthia Sims. 2011. "Can Deliberately Incomplete Gene Sample Augmentation Improve a Phylogeny Estimate for the Advanced Moths and Butterflies (Hexapoda: Lepidoptera)?." Systematic Biology 60 (6):782-796. https://doi.org/10.1093/sysbio/syr079
  • Davis, Donald R. and de Prins, Jurate. 2011. "Systematics and biology of the new genus Macrosaccus with descriptions of two new species (Lepidoptera, Gracillariidae)." ZooKeys 98:29-82. https://doi.org/10.3897/zookeys.98.925
  • Davis, Donald R., Mc Kay, Fernando, Oleiro, Marina, Vitorino, Marcelo Diniz, and Wheeler, Gregory S. 2011. "Biology and Systematics of the Leafmining Gracillariidae of Brazilian Pepper Tree, Schinus Terebinthifolius Raddi, with Descriptions of a New Genus and Four New Species)." Journal of the Lepidopterists' Society 65 (2):61-93.
  • Davis, Donald R. and Wagner, David. 2011. "Biology and systematics of the New World Phyllocnistis Zeller leafminers of the avocado genus Persea (Lepidoptera, Gracillariidae)." ZooKeys 97:39-73. https://doi.org/10.3897/zookeys.97.753
  • Kawahara, Akito Y., Ohshima, Issei, Kawakita, Atsushi, Regier, Jerome C., Mitter, Charles, Cummings, Michael P., Davis, Donald R., Wagner, David L., de Prins, Jurate, and Lopez-Vaamonde, Carlos. 2011. "Increased gene sampling strengthens support for higher-level groups within leaf-mining moths and relatives (Lepidoptera: Gracillariidae)." BMC Evolutionary Biology 11:182. https://doi.org/10.1186/1471-2148-11-182
  • Van Nieukerken, Erik J., Kaila, Lauri, Kitching, Ian J., Kristensen, Niels P., Lees, David C., Minet, Joël, Mitter, Charles, Mutanen, Marko, Regier, Jerome C., Simonsen, Thomas J., Wahlberg, Niklas, Yen, Shen-Horn, Zahiri, Reza, Adamski, David, Baixeras, Joaquin, Bartsch, Daniel, Bengtsson, Bengt Å., Brown, John W., Bucheli, Sibyl Rae, Davis, Donald R., Prins, Jurate De, Prins, Willy De, Epstein, Marc E., Gentili-Poole, Patricia, Gielis, Cees et al. 2011. "Order Lepidoptera Linnaeus, 1758. In : Zhang, Z.Q. (Ed.) Animal biodiversity: An outline of higher-level classification and survey of taxonomic richness." Zootaxa 3148 (1):212-221. https://doi.org/10.11646/zootaxa.3148.1.41
  • Davis, Donald R. 2010. "Family Epipyropidae." leptree.net
  • Davis, Donald R. 2010. "Family Palaephatidae." leptree.net
  • Davis, Donald R. 2010. "Family Cecidosidae." leptree.net
  • Davis, Donald R. 2010. "Family Andesianidae." leptree.net
  • Davis, Donald R. 2010. "Family Bucculatricidae." leptree.net
  • Davis, Donald R. 2010. "Family Opostegidae." leptree.net
  • Davis, Donald R. 2010. "Family Gracillariidae." leptree.net
  • Davis, Donald R. 2009. [Book review] "Biology, Distribution, and Diversity of Tineid Moths by Gaden Robinson." Journal of the Lepidopterists' Society. 32-53.
  • Davis, Donald R. 2009. "Family Adelidae." leptree.net
  • Davis, Donald R. 2009. "Family Eriocraniidae." leptree.net
  • Davis, Donald R. 2009. "Family Acanthopteroctetidae." leptree.net
  • Davis, Donald R. 2009. "Family Heliozelidae." leptree.net
  • Davis, Donald R. 2009. "Family Prototheoridae." leptree.net
  • Davis, Donald R. 2009. "Family Neopseustidae." leptree.net
  • Davis, Donald R. 2009. "Family Incurvariidae." leptree.net
  • Davis, Steven R. and Davis, Donald R. 2009. "Neotropical Tineidae VIII: Falsivalva, a New Genus from Austral South America with Extreme Modification of the Male Postabdominal Terga (Lepidoptera: Tineidae)." Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Washington 111 (2):378-392. https://doi.org/10.4289/0013-8797-111.2.378
  • Davis, Steven R. and Davis, Donald R. 2009. "First report of the old world genus Pelecystola in North America, with description of a new species (Lepidoptera, Tineidae)." Zookeys (25): 69-78. https://doi.org/10.3897/zookeys.25.197
  • Gladman, Brett J., Davis, Donald R., Neese, Carol, Jedicke, Robert, Williams, Gareth, Kavelaars, J. J., Petit, Jean-Marc, Scholl, Hans, Holman, Matthew J., Warrington, Ben, Esquerdo, Gilbert, and Tricarico, Pasquale. 2009. "On the asteroid belt's orbital and size distribution." Icarus 202:104-118.
  • Heppner, John B. and Davis, Donald R. 2009. "Guatemala moth notes, 2, A new Neopostega from Guatemala (Lepidoptera: Opostegidae)." Lepidoptera Novae 2 (1):31-34.
  • Kawahara, Akito Y., Nishida, Kenji, and Davis, Donald R. 2009. "Systematics, host plants, and life histories of three new Phyllocnistis species from the central highlands of Costa Rica (Lepidoptera, Gracillariidae, Phyllocnistinae)." Zookeys (27): 7-30. https://doi.org/10.3897/zookeys.27.250
  • Medeiros, Matthew J., Davis, Donald R., Howarth, Francis G., and Gillespie, Rosemary. 2009. "Evolution of cave living in Hawaiian Schrankia (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae) with description of a remarkable new cave species." Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society 156 (1):114-139. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1096-3642.2008.00477.x
  • Regier, Jerome C., Zwick, Andreas, Cummings, Michael, Kawahara, Akito, Cho, Soowon, Weller, Susan, Roe, Amanda, Baixeras, Joaquin, Brown, John, Parr, Cynthia Sims, Davis, Donald R., Epstein, Marc, Hallwachs, Winnie D., Hausmann, Axel, Janzen, Daniel H., Kitching, Ian, Solis, M. Alma, Yen, Shen-Horn, Bazinet, Adam, and Mitter, Charles. 2009. "Toward reconstructing the evolution of advanced moths and butterflies (Lepidoptera: Ditrysia): an initial molecular study." BMC Evolutionary Biology 9 (1):280. https://doi.org/10.1186/1471-2148-9-280
  • Rhainds, M., Davis, Donald R., and Price, P. W. 2009. "Bionomics of Bagworms (Lepidoptera: Psychidae)." in Annual Review of Entomology, edited by Berenbaum, M. R., Carde, R. T., and Robinson, G. E., 209-226. Annual Reviews.
  • Roe, Amanda D., Weller, Susan J., Baixeras, Joaquin, Brown, John, Cummings, Michael P., Davis, Donald R., Kawahara, Akito Y., Parr, Cynthia Sims, Regier, Jerome C., Rubinoff, Daniel, and Simonsen, T. J. 2009. "Evolutionary Framework for Lepidoptera Model Systems." in Molecular Biology and Genetics of the Lepidoptera, edited by Goldsmith, Marian R. and Marec, Frantisek., 1-24. CRC Press/Taylor & Francis.
  • Davis, Donald R. 2008. "Family Tineidae." leptree.net
  • Davis, Donald R. 2008. "Family Acrolophidae." leptree.net
  • Davis, Donald R. 2008. [Book review] "The Lepidoptera of the Brandberg Massif in Nambia, Part 2. Lepidoptera Africana 4, ed. Wolfram Mey." Journal of the Lepidopterists' Society. 57-57.
  • Davis, Donald R. 2008. "Family Arrhenophanidae." leptree.net
  • Davis, Donald R. 2008. "Family Eriocottidae." leptree.net
  • Davis, Donald R. 2008. "Family Psychidae." leptree.net
  • Davis, Donald R., Quintero A., Diomedes, Cambra, T. Roberto A., and Aiello, Annette. 2008. "Biology of a new Panamanian Bagworm Moth (Lepidoptera:Psychidae) with predatory larvae, and eggs individually wrapped in setal cases." Annals of the Entomological Society of America 101 (4):689-702. https://doi.org/10.1093/aesa/101.4.689
  • Heppner, John B. and Davis, Donald R. 2008. "Notes on the Hawaiian Dryadaula terpsichorella and its presence in Florida and California (Lepidoptera: Tineidae)." Lepidoptera Novae 1 (1-2):55-58.
  • Stonis, Jonas R., Davis, Donald R., and Diskus, A. 2008. "High biodiversity in Costa Rica (Central America): facts or artifacts?." Lietuvos biologine ivairove (bukle, struktura, apsauga) 3:99-106.
  • Davis, Donald R. 2007. "Andesianidae." Lepidopterorum Catalogus (New Series), Assoc.Trop.Lepidoptera . 14:1-7.
  • Davis, Donald R. and Davis, M. M. 2007. "Neotropical tineidae, V: A new genus and species of Tineidae associated with social hymenoptera and re-examination of two poorly known genera with similar biology (Lepidoptera : Tineidae, Lyonetiidae)." Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Washington 109 (4):741-764.
  • Davis, Donald R. and Stonis, Jonas R. 2007. A revision of the new world plant-mining moths of the family Opostegidae (Lepidoptera:Nepticuloidea). Smithsonian Institution Scholarly Press. https://doi.org/10.5479/si.00810282.625
  • Davis, Donald R. 2006. "Arrhenophanidae." Lepidopterorum Catalogus (New Series) 28:1-11.
  • Davis, Donald R. 2005. [Book review] "Lepidoptera, Moths and Butterflies, Vol. 2., Niels P. Kristensen, editor." Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Washington. 239-240.
  • Davis, Donald R. and Wagner, D. L. 2005. "Biology and Systematics of the Neotropical Leafminer Genus Eucosmophora (Lepidoptera: Gracillariidae)." Tropical Lepidoptera 13 (1-2):1-40.
  • Solis, M. Alma, Davis, Donald R., and Nishida, K. 2005. "Biology and Systematics of Albusambia elaphoglossumae, a new genus and species of Crambidae (Lepidoptera: Pyraloidea: Crambinae) mining the fronds of Elaphoglossum conspersum (Pteridophyta: Lomariopsidaceae) in Costa Rica." International Journal of Tropical Biology 53 (3-4):487-501.
  • Davis, Donald R. 2004. "Prototheoridae." Lepidopterorum Catalogus (New Series) 11:1-8.
  • Davis, Donald R. 2004. "Biology and Diversity of the Plant-Mining Opostegidae. [abstract]." in XXII International Congress of Entomology, Symposium on Lepidoptera Phylogeny: Integrating Morphology, Life Histories and Molecular Evolution, 1.
  • Davis, Donald R. and Wagner, D. L. 2004. "Biology and Systematics of the Neotropical Lefminer Genus Eucosmophora (Lepidoptera: Gracillariidae)." Tropical Lepidoptera 13 (1-2):1-40.
  • Pastrana, J. A. and Davis, Donald R. 2004. "Micropterigoidea - Yponomeutoidea." in Los Lepidopteros Argentinos, Sus Plantas Hospedadoras y otros Alimenticios, 1-29.
  • Yen, S., Lopez-Vaamonde, Carlos, Sims, I., and Davis, Donald R. 2004. "Evolution of sexual dimorphism, host use and female case architecture in bagworm moths (abstrr.)."
  • Davis, Donald R. 2003. "Entomologists discover living dinosaurs of the insect world." Spotlight on Science at the Smithsonian 1 (13):1.
  • Davis, Donald R. 2003. A monograph of the family Arrhenophanidea( Lepidoptera: Tineoidea). https://doi.org/10.5479/si.00810282.620
  • Davis, Donald R. 2003. "The genetic background of three introduced leaf miner moth species - Parectopa robiniella Clemens 1863, Phyllonorycter robiniella Clemens 1859 and Camerari." in Proceedings International Symposium of the Kanazawa University 21st Century COE Program, edited by Kumata, N., 7.
  • Davis, Donald R. and Gentile, P. 2003. "Andesianidae, a new family of monotrysian moths (Lepidoptera: Andesianoidea) from austral South America." Invertebrate Systematics 17:15-26.
  • Sanchez-Pena, S. R., Davis, Donald R., and Mueller, Ulrich Gerhard. 2003. "A gregarious, mycophagous, myrmecophilous moth, Amdria anceps Walsingham (Lepidoptera: Acrolophidae), living in Atta mexicana (F. Smith) (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) spent fungal culture accumulations." Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Washington 105:186-194.
  • Davis, Donald R. 2002. "Two New Neotropical Specis of Bucculatrix Leafminers (Lepidoptera: Bucculatricidae) Reared from Cordia (Boraginaceae)." Revue Suisse de Zoologie 109 (2):277-294.
  • Davis, Donald R. 2002. "Eucoloneura, A New Name to Replace the Generic Homonym Coloneura Davis (Lepidoptera: Psychidae)." Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Washington 104:244.
  • Davis, Donald R. 2001. "A New Species of Prototheora from Malawi, with Additional Notes on the Distribution and Morphology of the Genus (Lepidoptera: Prototheoridae)." Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Washington 103 (2):452-456.
  • Davis, Donald R. 2001. "Brachygna incae, A New Genus and Species of Psychidae from Peru with Atypical Larval Biology (Lepidoptera: Tineoidea)." Journal of Tropical Lepidoptera 10 (2):51-58.
  • Davis, Donald R. 2001. Biology and Systematics of the North Phyllonorycter Leafminers on Salicaceae, with a Synoptical Catalogue of the Palearctic Species Lepidoptera: Gracillariidae). https://doi.org/10.5479/si.00810282.614
  • Guillen, M., Davis, Donald R., and Heraty, J. M. 2001. "A New Polyphagous Species Marmara (Lepidoptera: Gracillariidae) Infesting Grapefruit in the Southwestern United Stateas." Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Washington 103 (3):636-654.
  • Davis, Donald R. 2000. "Tineoidea and Gracillariodea." in Taxonomia, y Biogeografia de Artropodos de Mexico: Hacia una Sintesis de su Concocimiento [Invitational Chapter], 469-482.
  • Wagner, D. L., Loose, J. L., Fitzgerald, T. D., De Benedictis, J. A., and Davis, Donald R. 2000. "A Hidden Past: the Hypermatamorphic Development of Marmara arbutiella (Lepidoptera: Gracillariidae)." Annals of the Entomological Society of America 93 (1):59-64.
  • Davis, Donald R. 1998. "Gracillarioidea." in Handbook of Zoology, Lepidoptera, edited by Kristensen, N. P., 107-117. Walter de Gruyter.
  • Davis, Donald R. 1998. A World Classification of the Harmacloninae, a New Subfamily of Tineidae (Lepidoptera: Tineoidea). https://doi.org/10.5479/si.00810282.597
  • Davis, Donald R. 1998. "The Monotrysian Heteroneura." in Handbook of Zoology, edited by Kristensen, N. P., 65-90. Walter de Gruyter.
  • Davis, Donald R. 1998. "Neopseustidae." Lepidopterorum Catalogus 1 (7):1-8.
  • Davis, Donald R. 1998. "Ochsenheimeriidae." Lepidopterorum Catalogus 5-num-48):1-12.
  • Davis, Donald R. 1998. "A Revision of the Genus Lamyristis Meyrick (Lepidoptera: Psychidae) and Proposal of a New Related Genus Acoremata from Southeast Asia." Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Washington 100 (1):114-125.
  • Davis, Donald R. 1998. "Biology of Yucca moths." in Biology of Lepidoptera [in Japanese], edited by Hirowatari, T., 122-133.
  • Davis, Donald R. and Robinson, G. R. 1998. "Tineoidea." in Handbook of Zoology. Lepidoptera, edited by Kristensen, N. P., 91-107. Walter de Gruyter.
  • Davis, Donald R. 1996. "Neotropical Tineidae, VI: Prosetomorpha Falcata, a New Genus and Species of Setomorphinae (Lepidoptera: Tineoidea) from Colombia Associated with Curculionid Galleries in Stems of Solanum." Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Washington 98 (2):173-187.
  • Davis, Donald R. 1996. "A Revision of the Southern African Family Prototheoridae (Lepidoptera: Hepialoidea)." Entomologica Scandinavica 27:393-439.
  • Davis, Donald R. 1996. "Donation of the Atsushi Kawabe Lepidoptera Collection to the Smithsonian Institution." Journal of the Lepidopterists' Society 50 (3):270-271.
  • Schmitt, J. J., Brown, M. W., and Davis, Donald R. 1996. "Taxonomy, morphology, and biology of Lyonetia prunifoliella (Lepidoptera: Lyonetiidae), a leafminer of apple." Annals of the Entomological Society of America 89 (3):334-345.
  • Davis, Donald R. 1995. "Epipyropidae." in Atlas of Neotropical Lepidoptera, Checklist: Part 2, Hyblaeoidea - Pyraloidea - Tortricoidea, 21, 127.
  • Davis, Donald R. and Hevel, G. F. 1995. "Donation of the Auburn E. Brower Collection to the Smithsonian Institution." Journal of the Lepidopterists' Society 49 (3):253-254.
  • Davis, Donald R., Karsholt, O., Kristensen, N. P., and Nielsen, E. P. 1995. "Revision of the Genus Ogygioses (Paleosetidae)." Invertebrate Taxonomy 9:1231-1263.
  • Davis, Donald R. 1994. "A Bilateral Gynandromorphic Harmaclona tephrantha from Indonesia (Lepidoptera: Tineidae)." Tropical Lepidoptera 5 (2):117-122.
  • Davis, Donald R. 1994. "Neotropical Microlepidoptera XXV. New Leaf-Mining Moths from Chili, with remarks on the History and Composition of Phyllocnistinae (Lepidoptera: Gracillariidae)." Tropical Lepidoptera 5 (1):65-75.
  • Davis, Donald R. 1994. "Neotropical Tineidae, V: The Tineidae of Cocos Island, Costa Rica (Lepidoptera: Tineoidea)." Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Washington 96:735-748.
  • Davis, Donald R. 1994. "Jäckh collection of Microlepidoptera." Insect Collection News (9): 13.
  • Labandeira, Conrad C., Dilcher, D. L., Davis, Donald R., and Wagner, D. L. 1994. "Ninety-seven million years of angiosperm-insect association: paleobiological insights into the meaning of coevolution." Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 91 (25):12278-12282.
  • Davis, Donald R. 1993. "Biology and systematics of plant mining mangrove Lepidoptera." Carribean Coral Reef Ecosystems Report.Smithsonian Institution 8.
  • Davis, Donald R. 1992. "Families Palaeosetidae, Neopseustidae, Opostegidae, Eriocottidae, Tineidae, Arrhenophanidae, and Psychidae." in Checklist of the Lepidoptera of Taiwan, 61-65.
  • Davis, Donald R. 1992. [Book review] "The Nepticulidae and Opostegidae (Lepidoptera) of North West Europe, by R. Johansson, E. S. Nielsen, E. J. van Nieukerken, and B. Gustafsson." Journal of the Lepidopterists' Society. 240-241.
  • Davis, Donald R. and Hogue, C. L. 1992. "Neotropical Microlepidoptera XXV, a New Arboreal Species of Acrolophus from Peru (Lepidoptera: Acrolophidae)." Journal of the New York Entomological Society 100 (2):191-202.
  • Davis, Donald R., Pellmyr, O., and Thompson, J. N. 1992. Biology and Systematics of Greya Busck and Tetragma, New Genus (Lepidoptera: Prodoxidae). https://doi.org/10.5479/si.00810282.524
  • Davis, Donald R. and Rohendorf, B. B. . , eds. 1991. Fundamentals of Paleontology. Smithsonian Institution Libraries and the National Science Foundation.
  • Davis, Donald R. 1991. "Tent caterpillars." in Encyclopedia Americana, 501-502. Grolier Incorporation.
  • Davis, Donald R. 1991. "Codling moth." in The Encyclopedia Americana, International ed. 176-176. Grolier Incorporation.
  • Davis, Donald R. 1991. "Imperial moth." in Encyclopedia Americana, 820. Grolier Incorporation.
  • Davis, Donald R. 1991. "Clearwing moth." in The Encyclopedia Americana, International ed. 7:41-41. Grolier Incorporation.
  • Davis, Donald R. 1991. "Neotropical Microlepidoptera XXIV. Description and Biological Observations of Ithotomus formasus Butler Webbing Leaves of Drimys winteri in Chile (Lepidoptera: Yponomeutinadae)." Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Washington 93 (3):690-702.
  • Davis, Donald R. 1991. "Tiger moth." in Encyclopedia Americana, 740-741. Grolier Incorporation.
  • Davis, Donald R. 1991. "Harvester butterfly." in Encyclopedia Americana, 838. Grolier Incorporation.
  • Davis, Donald R. 1991. "Luna moth." in Encyclopedia Americana, 851. Grolier Incorporation.
  • Davis, Donald R. 1991. "Ghost moth." in The Encyclopedia Americana, 724. Grolier Incorporation.
  • Davis, Donald R. 1991. "Buckeye butterfly." in The Encyclopedia Americana, International ed. 680-680. Grolier Incorporation.
  • Davis, Donald R. 1991. "Cocoon." in The Encyclopedia Americana, International ed. 170-170. Grolier Incorporation.
  • Davis, Donald R. 1991. "Caterpillar." in The Encyclopedia Americana, International ed. 827-827. Grolier Incorporation.
  • Davis, Donald R. 1991. "Fritillary." in Encyclopedia Americana, 102. Grolier Incorporation.
  • Davis, Donald R. 1991. "Forward to the English Edition." in Fundamentals of Paleontology, volume 9 (Arthropoda, Tracheata, Chelicerata), 1-3.
  • Davis, Donald R. 1991. "Clothes moth." in The Encyclopedia Americana, International ed. 99-99. Grolier Incorporation.
  • Davis, Donald R. 1991. "Browntail moth." in The Encyclopedia Americana, International ed. 63-63. Grolier Incorporation.
  • Davis, Donald R. 1991. "Hawk moth." in Encyclopedia Americana, 884. Grolier Incorporation.
  • Davis, Donald R. 1991. "Tomato hornworm." in Encyclopedia Americana, 834. Grolier Incorporation.
  • Davis, Donald R. 1991. "Lectotype designation for Opostega heringella Mariani, a Synonym of Opostega spatulella Herich-SchAffer (Lepidoptera: Opostegidae)." Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Washington 93 (1):206-207.
  • Davis, Donald R. 1991. "Grass moth." in Encyclopedia Americana, 199. Grolier Incorporation.
  • Davis, Donald R. 1991. "Swallowtail butterfly." in Encyclopedia Americana, 87. Grolier Incorporation.
  • Davis, Donald R. 1991. "Chrysalis." in The Encyclopedia Americana, International ed. 688-688. Grolier Incorporation.
  • Davis, Donald R. 1991. "Cecropia moth." in The Encyclopedia Americana, International ed. 118-118. Grolier Incorporation.
  • Davis, Donald R. 1991. "Ermine moth." in The Encyclopedia Americana, International Edition ed. 554-554. Grolier Incorporation.
  • Davis, Donald R. 1991. "First Old World Record of the Moth Family Arrhenophanidae (Lepidoptera: Tineoidea)." Tropical Lepidoptera 2:41-42.
  • Davis, Donald R. 1991. "Leopard moth." in Encyclopedia Americana, 239. Grolier Incorporation.
  • Davis, Donald R. 1991. "Gypsy moth." in Encyclopedia Americana, 650. Grolier Incorporation.
  • Davis, Donald R. 1991. "Carpenter moth." in The Encyclopedia Americana, International ed. 701-702. Grolier Incorporation.
  • Davis, Donald R. 1991. "Cabbage butterfly." in The Encyclopedia Americana, International ed. 110-110. Grolier Incorporation.
  • Davis, Donald R. 1991. "Tortoiseshell butterfly." in Encyclopedia Americana, 867-868. Grolier Incorporation.
  • Davis, Donald R. 1991. "Hairstreak butterfly." in Encyclopedia Americana, 695. Grolier Incorporation.
  • Davis, Donald R., Kassulke, R. C., Harley, K. L. S., and Gillett, J. D. 1991. "Systematics, Morphology, Biology, and Host Specificity of Neurostrota gunniella (Busck) (Lepidoptera: Gracillariidae), an Agent for the Biological Control of Mimosa pigra L." Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Washington 93 (1):16-44.
  • Davis, Donald R. 1990. "Tineidae." in Primary Types of Microlepidoptera in the Museum of Comparative Zoology, 50-54.
  • Davis, Donald R. 1990. "Neotropical Microlepidoptera XXIII. First Report of the Family Eriocottidae from the New World, with Descriptions of New Taxa." Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Washington 92 (1):1-35.
  • Davis, Donald R. 1990. [Book review] "Fauna of New Zealand, Nepticulidae, by H. Conner and C. R. Wilkenson." Bulletin of the Entomological Society of Canada. 59-60.
  • Davis, Donald R. 1990. "Three New Species of Acrolophus from the Southeastern United States with remarks on the status of the Family Acrolophidae (Lepidoptera: Tineodea)." Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Washington 92 (4):694-704.
  • Davis, Donald R. 1990. "Family Tineidae." Bulletin of the Museum of Comparative Zoology 152:50-54.
  • Davis, Donald R. 1990. "First Record of a Bagworm Moth from Hawaii: Description and Introduction of Brachycyttarus griseus De Joannis (Lepidoptera: Psychidae)." Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Washington 92 (2):259-270.
  • Davis, Donald R. and Peaa, J. E. 1990. "Biology and Morphology of the Banana Moth, Opogona sacchari (Bojer), and its Introduction into Florida (Lepidoptera: Tineidae)." Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Washington 92 (4):593-618.
  • Davis, Donald R. , ed. 1989. Clothes Moths (Tineidae) Subfamily Myrmecozelinae. National Science Foundation.
  • Hodges, Ronald and Davis, Donald R. , eds. 1989. Keys to the Insects of the European USSR. Amerind Publishing Co.
  • Davis, Donald R. 1989. [Book review] "Lepidoptera Anatomy by J. L. Eaton." Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Washington. 293-294.
  • Davis, Donald R. 1989. "An Exceptional Fossil Amber Collection Acquired by the Smithsonian Institution." Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Washington 91 (4):545-550.
  • Davis, Donald R. 1989. "[Definitions of new morphological terms in Lepidoptera]." in The Torre-Bueno Glossary of Entomology, Rev. Edition, 1.
  • Davis, Donald R. 1989. Generic Revision of the Opostegidae, with a Synoptic Catalog of the World's Species (Lepidoptera: Nepticuloidea). https://doi.org/10.5479/si.00810282.478
  • Maier, C. T. and Davis, Donald R. 1989. "Southern New England Host and Distributional Records of Lithocolletine Gracillaridae, with Comparison of Host Specificity in Selected Temperate Regions." Miscellaneous Publications of the Entomological Society of America 70:1-23.
  • Maier, Chris T. and Davis, Donald R. 1989. "Host and Distributional Records of Lithocolletine Gracillariidae (Lepidoptera) in Southern New England, with Comparison of Host Specificity and Utilization in Selected Temperate Regions." Miscellaneous Publications of the Entomological Society of America (70): 1-23.
  • Davis, Donald R. 1988. "Foreword." in The Lepidoptera Fauna of the USSR and Adjacent Countries, Vol. 56, 1-3.
  • Davis, Donald R. 1988. "(Abstract). The Tineoid Complex: A Review of the Biology, Composition, and Phylogeny of the Most Primitave Ditrysian Moths." Proceedings XVIII International Congress of Entomology 1988:79.
  • Davis, Donald R. 1988. "(Abstract). The Prototheoridae, an Indigenous Family of South African Moths." Proceedings XVIII International Congress of Entomology 1988:26.
  • Davis, Donald R. and Milstrey, E. G. 1988. "Description and Biology of Acrolophys pholeter, (Lepidoptera: Tineidae), a New Moth Commensal from Gopher Tortoise Burrows in Florida." Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Washington 90 (2):164-178.
  • Hodges, Ronald and Davis, Donald R. , eds. 1987. Keys to the Insects of the European part of the USSR. Amerind Publishing Co..
  • Davis, Donald R. 1987. "Incurvariidae." in Immature insects, edited by Stehr, Frederick W., 358-361. Kendall/Hunt Publ. Co..
  • Davis, Donald R. 1987. "Psychidae." in Immature insects, edited by Stehr, Frederick W., 366-369. Kendall/Hunt Publ. Co.
  • Davis, Donald R. 1987. "Adelidae." in Immature insects, edited by Stehr, Frederick W., 358-360. Kendall/Hunt Publ. Co.
  • Davis, Donald R. 1987. "Gracillariidae." in Immature insects, Vol. 1, edited by Stehr, Frederick W., 372-374. Kendall/Hunt Publ. Co.
  • Davis, Donald R. 1987. "Epipyropidae." in Immature insects, edited by Stehr, Frederick W., 456-460. Kendall/Hunt Publ. Co.
  • Davis, Donald R. 1987. "Tischeriidae." in Immature insects, edited by Stehr, Frederick W., 354-357. Kendall/Hunt Publ. Co.
  • Davis, Donald R. 1987. "Micropterigidae, Eriocraniidae." in Immature insects, edited by Stehr, Frederick W., 341-343. Kendall/Hunt Publ. Co.
  • Davis, Donald R. 1987. "Nepticulidae." in Immature insects, edited by Stehr, Frederick W., 350-353. Kendall/Hunt Publ. Co.
  • Davis, Donald R. 1987. "Neotropical Tineidae, III: The Geographic Origins and Systematic Relationships of Two Species Questionably Attributed to the Americas (Lepidoptera)." Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Washington 88 (4):734-739.
  • Davis, Donald R. 1987. "Neotropical Tineidae, IV: Three New Acrolophus Species from Cuba and the Rediscovery of Acrolophus niveipunctatus Wlsm. (Lepidoptera)." Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Washington 89 (2):275-282.
  • Davis, Donald R. 1987. "Heliozelidae." in Immature insects, edited by Stehr, Frederick W., 354-357. Kendall/Hunt Publ. Co.
  • Davis, Donald R. 1987. "Lyonetiidae." in Immature insects, Vol. 1, edited by Stehr, Frederick W., 370-372. Kendall/Hunt Publ. Co.
  • Davis, Donald R. 1987. "Ochsenheimeriidae." in Immature insects, Vol. 1, edited by Stehr, Frederick W., 367-368. Kendall/Hunt Publ. Co.
  • Davis, Donald R. 1987. "Opostegidae." in Immature insects, edited by Stehr, Frederick W., 351-353. Kendall/Hunt Publ. Co..
  • Davis, Donald R. 1987. "Tineidae." in Immature insects, edited by Stehr, Frederick W., 362-365. Kendall/Hunt Publ. Co.
  • Davis, Donald R. 1987. "Micropterigidae, Eriocraniidae, Nepticulidae, Tischeriidae, Opostegidae, Incurbariidae, Heliozelidae, Tineidae, Psychidae, Ochsenheimeriidae, Lyonetiidae, Gracillariidae, and Epipyropidae." in Immature Insects vol. 2, edited by Stehr, Frederick W., 1-38.
  • Davis, Donald R. 1987. "Prodoxidae." in Immature insects, edited by Stehr, Frederick W., 359-362. Kendall/Hunt Publ. Co.
  • Davis, Donald R. 1987. "Eriocraniidae." in Immature insects, Vol. 1., edited by Stehr, Frederick W., 344-348. Kendall/Hunt Publ. Co.
  • Davis, Donald R. and Frack, D. C. 1987. "Acanthopteroctetidae." in Immature Insects vol. 2, edited by Stehr, Frederick W., 1-2.
  • Davis, Donald R. and Heppner, John B. 1987. "New Discoveries concerning Ischnuridia Sauber, A Remarkable Genus of Indo-Australian Tineidae (Lepidoptera)." Tinea 12-num-suppl):145-150.
  • Davis, Donald R. 1986. "Neotropical Tineidae, I: The Types of H. B. Moschler (Lepidoptera: Tineoidea)." Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Washington 88 (1):83-92.
  • Davis, Donald R. 1986. A New Family of Monotrysian Moths from Austral South America (Lepidoptera: Palaephatidae), with a Phylogenetic Review of the Monotrysia. https://doi.org/10.5479/si.00810282.434
  • Davis, Donald R. 1986. "A Search for the Type Series of Nematocentropus omeiensis Huang (Lepidoptera: Neopseustidae)." Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Washington 88 (2):391.
  • Davis, Donald R. 1986. "Neotropical Tineidae, III: The Geographic Origins and Systematic Relationships of Two Species Questionably Attributed to the Americas (Lepidoptera)." Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Washington 88 (4):734-739.
  • Davis, Donald R., Clayton, D. H., Janzen, Daniel H., and Brooke, A. P. 1986. "Neotropical Tineidae, II: Biological Notes and Descriptions of Two New Moths Phoretic on Spiny Pocket Mices in Costa Rica (Lepidoptera: Tineoidea)." Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Washington 88 (1):98-109.
  • Davis, Donald R. and Faeth, S. H. 1986. "A New Oak-mining Eriocraniid Moth from Southeastern United States (Lepidoptera: Eriocranidiae)." Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Washington 88 (1):145-153.
  • Davis, Donald R. 1985. "Presidential Profile." Lepidopterists News 1:1.
  • Davis, Donald R. 1985. "Donation of Blanchard Lepidoptera Collection to the Smithsonian Institution." Journal of the Lepidopterists' Society 39 (3):235-236.
  • Davis, Donald R. 1985. "A Re-examination of Enteucha cyanochlora Meyrick and its Subsequent Transfer to the Nepticulidae (Lepidoptera: Nepticuloidea)." Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Washington 87 (1):142-145.
  • Davis, Donald R. and Nielsen, E. B. 1985. "The South American Neopseustid Genus Apoplania Davis: a New Species, Distribution Records and Notes on Adult Behavour (Lepidoptera: Neopseustina)." Entomologica Scandinavica 15:497-509.
  • Nielsen, E. S. and Davis, Donald R. 1985. "The First Southern Hemisphere Prodoxid and the Phylogeny of the Incurvarioidea (Lepidoptera)." Systematic Entomology 10:307-322.
  • Davis, Donald R. 1984. "A New Acanthopteroctetes from the Northwestern United States (Acanthopteroctetidae)." Journal of the Lepidopterists' Society 38 (1):47-50.
  • Davis, Donald R. 1984. "Neopseustidae, Nepticulidae, Opostgidae, Tischeriidae, Incurvariidae, Cecidosidae, Adelidae, Prodoxidae, Tineidae, Psychidae, and Arrhenophanidae." in Atlas of Neotropical Lepidoptera, Checklist: Part 1, Micropterigoidea - Immoidea, 3-6.
  • Davis, Donald R. and Miller, Scott E. 1984. "Gracillariidae." in Atlas of Neotropical Lepidoptera. Checklist: Part 1, edited by Heppner, John B., 25-27. Dr. W. Junk Publishers.
  • Davis, Donald R. and Miller, Scott E. 1984. "Lyonetiidae." in Atlas of Neotropical Lepidoptera. Checklist: Part 1, edited by Heppner, John B., 25. Dr. W. Junk Publishers.
  • Hodges, Ronald, Dominick, T., Davis, Donald R., Ferguson, Douglas, Franclemont, John, Munroe, Gene, and Powell, Jerry. , eds. 1983. Check list of the Lepidoptera of America north of Mexico. E.W. Classey Ltd. and the Wedge Entomological Research Foundation.
  • Davis, Donald R. 1983. "Acanthopteroctetidae, Dalceridae, Epipyropidae, Eriocraniidae, Gracillariidae, Heliozelidae, Hepialidae, Incurvariidae, Limacodidae, Lyonetiidae, Megalopygidae, Micropterigidae, Ochsenheimeriidae, Opostegidae, Psychidae, Tineidae, Tischeriidae, and Zygaen." in Check List of the Lepidoptera of America North of MexicoLondon, 65-67.
  • Davis, Donald R. and Wilkinsen, C. 1983. "Nepticulidae." in Check List of the Lepidoptera of America North of MexicoLondon, 2-3.
  • Davis, Donald R. 1981. "Jäckh Collection of Microlepidoptera to the Smithsonian Institution." Journal of the Lepidopterists' Society 35 (2):160.
  • Davis, Donald R. 1981. "A Survey of Chilean Insect Fauna." Report of Chilean University Life 11:11-12.
  • Davis, Donald R. and Neilsen, E. W. 1981. "A Revision of the Neotropical Incurvariidae Sen. Str., with the Description of Two New Genera and Two New Species." Steenstrupia 7 (3):25-57.
  • Opler, P. A. and Davis, Donald R. 1981. The Leaf Mining Moths of the Genus Cameraria Associated with Fagaceae in California (Lepidoptera: Gracillariidae). https://doi.org/10.5479/si.00810282.333
  • Davis, Donald R. 1980. "Chilean Insect Fauna." Report of Chilean University Life 8-num-Fall):7-9.
  • Davis, Donald R. 1980. "A Rediscription of "Micropteryx" selectella Walker with a discussion concerning its Proper Family Affinities (Acrolepiidae)." Journal of the Lepidopterists' Society 34 (2):187-190.
  • Davis, Donald R. 1980. "(Abstract). Systematic Entomology at the British Museum (Natural History) and at the Smithsonian Institution -- a History." XVI International Congress of Entomology 1:3.
  • Davis, Donald R. and Nielsen, E. S. 1980. "Description of a New Genus and Two New Species of Neopseustidae from South America, with discussion of Phylogeny and Biological Observations (Lepidoptera: Neopseustoidea)." Steenstrupia 6-num-16):253-289.
  • Weires, R. S., Davis, Donald R., Leeper, J. R., and Reissig, W. H. 1980. "Distribution and Parasitism of Gracillariid Leaf miners on Apple in the Northeast." Annals of the Entomological Society of America 73 (5):541-546.
  • Davis, Donald R. 1979. "Manoneura, a New Name to Replace the Generic Homonym Oligoneura Davis (Lepidoptera: Nepticulidae)." The Florida Entomologist 62 (3):1.
  • Davis, Donald R. 1978. The North American Moths of the General Phaeoses, Opogona, and Oinophila, with a Discussion of their Supergeneric Affinities (Lepidoptera: Tineidae). https://doi.org/10.5479/si.00810282.282
  • Davis, Donald R. 1978. "Two New Genera of North American Incurvariidne Moths (Lepidoptera: Incurvarridae)." The Pan-Pacific Entomologist 54:147-153.
  • Davis, Donald R. 1978. A Revision of the North American Moths of the Superfamily Eriocranioidea with the proposal of a New Family, Acanthopteroctetidae (Lepidoptera). https://doi.org/10.5479/si.00810282.251
  • Davis, Donald R. 1978. "New Leaf-mining Moths of the Family Nepticulidae from Florida." The Florida Entomologist 61 (4):209-224.
  • Davis, Donald R. and Zagulyaev, A. K. , eds. 1975. Tineidae. Indian National Scientific Documentation Centre.
  • Davis, Donald R. 1975. A Review of the West Indian Moths of the family Psychidae with descriptions of New Taxa and Immature Stages. https://doi.org/10.5479/si.00810282.188
  • Davis, Donald R. 1975. "Two New Species of Bagworm Moths from Venezuela with special remarks on Reproductive Morphology in Psychidae (Lepidoptera: Psychidae)." Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Washington 77 (1):66-77.
  • Davis, Donald R. 1975. A Review of Ochsenheimeriidae and the Introduction of the Cereal Stem Moth, Ochsenheimeria vacculella into the United States (Lepidoptera: Tineodea). https://doi.org/10.5479/si.00810282.192
  • Davis, Donald R. 1975. Systematics and Zoogeography of the Family Neopseustidae with a proposal of a New Superfamily (Lepidoptera: Neopseustoidea). https://doi.org/10.5479/si.00810282.210
  • Davis, Donald R. 1974. "A New Species of Paraclemensia from Europe with comments on the Distribution and Speciation of the Genus (Lepidoptera: Incurvariidae)." Alexanor 8:342-348.
  • Davis, Donald R. 1973. "Issiki Collection of Microlepidoptera to the Smithsonian Institution." Journal of the Lepidopterists' Society 27:159-160.
  • Davis, Donald R. 1972. "Careospina quercivora, a New Genus and Species of Moth Infesting Live Oaks in California (Lepidoptera: Incurvariidae)." Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Washington 74 (1):121-128.
  • Davis, Donald R. 1972. "Tetrapalpus trinidadensis, a New Genus and Species of Cave Moth from Trinidad (Lepidoptera: Tineidae)." Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Washington 74 (1):49-59.
  • Davis, Donald R. 1972. "Vespina, a New Name to Replace the Generic Homonym Careospina Davis (Lepidoptera: Incurvariidae)." Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Washington 74 (4):472.
  • Davis, Donald R. 1971. "Ferguson Collection to Smithsonian Institution." Journal of the Lepidopterists' Society 25 (3):16.
  • Davis, Donald R. 1969. "A Review of the Genus Acanthopteroctetes with Description of a New Species (Eriocraniidae)." Journal of the Lepidopterists' Society 23 (3):137-147.
  • Davis, Donald R. 1969. "A Revision of the American Moths of the Family Carposinidae (Lepidoptera: Carposinidae)." Bulletin of the United States National Museum 289:1-105, 122 figures, 10 maps. https://doi.org/10.5479/si.03629236.289.1
  • Davis, Donald R. 1967. "A Revision of the Moths of the Subfamily Prodoxinae (Lepidoptera: Incurvariidae)." Bulletin of the United States National Museum (255): 1-170, 155 figures, 3 tables, 17 maps, 3 diagrams. https://doi.org/10.5479/si.03629236.255.1
  • Davis, Donald R. 1964. "Bagworm Moths of the Western Hemisphere (Lepidoptera: Psychidae)." Bulletin of the United States National Museum (244): 1-233, 12 maps, 385 figures. https://doi.org/10.5479/si.03629236.244.1

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