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
  • Ahola, Matti, Davis, Donald R., Itamies, Juhani, Leinonen, Reima, and Mutanen, Marko. 2017. "Description of immature stages of Nemophora bellela (Walker, 1863) (Lepidoptera: Adelidae)." Entomologica Fennica, 49–56. 28, (2), Helsinki, Finland: Entomologica Fennica.
  • 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, 261–273. 71, (4), LOS ANGELES; 900 EXPOSITION BLVD, LOS ANGELES, CA 90007-4057 USA: LEPIDOPTERISTS SOC. 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, 385–392. 4358, (2), Auckland, New Zealand: Magnolia Press. 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, 198–222. 4337, (2), Auckland, New Zealand: Magnolia Press. 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, 60–81. 42, (1), Hoboken: Wiley-Blackwell. 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, 192–195. 71, (3), Los Angeles, California: Lepidopterists Society. 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, 265–283. 62, Annual Reviews. https://doi.org/10.1146/annurev-ento-031616-035125.
  • 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, 52–62. 4066, (1), Auckland: Magnolia Press. https://doi.org/10.11646/zootaxa.4066.1.3.
  • 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, 595. 4079, (5), Auckland: Magnolia Press. https://doi.org/10.11646/zootaxa.4079.5.6.
  • 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, 244–253. 118, (2), Entomological Society of Washington. 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, 101–128. 4136, (1), Auckland: Magnolia Press. 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, 65–246. 628, 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, 409–432. 40, (2), Hoboken: Wiley-Blackwell. 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, 671–704. 40, (4), Hoboken: Wiley-Blackwell. 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, 69–106. (494), Pensoft Publishers. 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), Springer. 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,, 65–74. 1,
  • 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, 141–155. 3884, (2), Auckland: Magnolia Press. 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, 321–353. 3887, (3), Auckland: Magnolia Press. 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, 35–41. 67, (1), The Lepidopterists' Society. 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, 281–290. 67, (4), 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, 1–20. 341, Pensoft Publishers. 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, 201–227. 3741, (2), Auckland: Magnolia Press. 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, 1–23. 8, (3), San Francisco: Public Library of Science. 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, 371–384. 3682, (2), Auckland: Magnolia Press. 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, e55066. 8, (1), San Francisco: Public Library of Science. 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, 1–33. 8, (11), San Francisco: Public Library of Science. 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, 35 (2) 134.
  • Davis, Donald R. 2012. [Book review] "Basic Pattern of Lepidoptera Diversity in Southwestern Africa by Wolfram Mey." The Journal of the Lepidopterists' Society, 66 (3) 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, 439–455. 114, (4), Entomological Society of Washington. 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, 37–83. 183, 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, 32–35. 58, (1),
  • 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, 1–19. (3557), Auckland; PO Box 41383, Auckland, St. Lukes 1030, New Zealand: Magnolia Press.
  • 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, 1–132. (3286),
  • 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, 782–796. 60, (6), 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, 29–82. 98, 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, 61–93. 65, (2), Los Angeles; 900 Exposition Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90007-4057 USA: Lepidopterists' Society.
  • 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, 39–73. 97, 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, 182. 11, London; 236 Grays Inn Rd, Floor 6, London WC1X 8HL, England: BioMed Central Ltd. 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, 212–221. 3148, (1), Auckland, New Zealand: Magnolia Press. https://doi.org/10.11646/zootaxa.3148.1.41.
  • Davis, Donald R. 2010. Family Epipyropidae. 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 Palaephatidae. leptree.net.
  • Davis, Donald R. 2010. Family Cecidosidae. leptree.net.
  • Davis, Donald R. 2010. Family Gracillariidae. leptree.net.
  • Davis, Donald R. 2009. Family Eriocraniidae. leptree.net.
  • Davis, Donald R. 2009. Family Heliozelidae. leptree.net.
  • Davis, Donald R. 2009. Family Acanthopteroctetidae. leptree.net.
  • Davis, Donald R. 2009. Family Neopseustidae. leptree.net.
  • Davis, Donald R. 2009. [Book review] "Biology, Distribution, and Diversity of Tineid Moths by Gaden Robinson." Journal of the Lepidopterists' Society, 64 (1) 32–53.
  • Davis, Donald R. 2009. Family Adelidae. leptree.net.
  • Davis, Donald R. 2009. Family Incurvariidae. leptree.net.
  • Davis, Donald R. 2009. Family Prototheoridae. leptree.net.
  • 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, 69–78. (25), Sofia; Geo Milev STR 13A, Sofia, 1111, Bulgaria: Pensoft Publishers. https://doi.org/10.3897/zookeys.25.197.
  • 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, 378–392. 111, (2), WASHINGTON; SMITHSONIAN INSTITUTION DEPT ENTOMOLOGY, WASHINGTON, DC 20560 USA: ENTOMOL SOC WASHINGTON. https://doi.org/10.4289/0013-8797-111.2.378.
  • 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, 104–118. 202,
  • Heppner, John B. and Davis, Donald R. 2009. "Guatemala moth notes, 2, A new Neopostega from Guatemala (Lepidoptera: Opostegidae)." Lepidoptera Novae, 31–34. 2, (1),
  • 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, 7–30. (27), Sofia; Geo Milev STR 13A, Sofia, 1111, Bulgaria: Pensoft Publishers. 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, 114–139. 156, (1), MALDEN; COMMERCE PLACE, 350 MAIN ST, MALDEN 02148, MA USA: WILEY-BLACKWELL PUBLISHING, INC. 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, 280. 9, (1), 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. Berenbaum, M. R., Carde, R. T., and Robinson, G. E., editors. 209–226. Palo Alto, CA: 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. Goldsmith, Marian R. and Marec, Frantisek, editors. 1–24. Boca Raton, Florida: CRC Press/Taylor & Francis. In Contemporary topics in entomology series .
  • 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, 62 (1) 57–57.
  • Davis, Donald R. 2008. Family Arrhenophanidae. leptree.net.
  • Davis, Donald R. 2008. Family Acrolophidae. leptree.net.
  • Davis, Donald R. 2008. Family Eriocottidae. leptree.net.
  • Davis, Donald R. 2008. Family Psychidae. leptree.net.
  • Davis, Donald R. 2008. Family Tineidae. 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, 689–702. 101, (4), Oxford University Press. 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, 55–58. 1, (1-2),
  • 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), 99–106. 3,
  • Davis, Donald R. 2007. "Andesianidae." Lepidopterorum Catalogus (New Series), Assoc.Trop.Lepidoptera ., 1–7. 14,
  • 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, 741–764. 109, (4), WASHINGTON; SMITHSONIAN INSTITUTION DEPT ENTOMOLOGY, WASHINGTON, DC 20560 USA: ENTOMOL SOC WASHINGTON.
  • Davis, Donald R. and Stonis, Jonas R. 2007. A revision of the new world plant-mining moths of the family Opostegidae (Lepidoptera:Nepticuloidea). Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institution Scholarly Press. https://doi.org/10.5479/si.00810282.625.
  • Davis, Donald R. 2006. "Arrhenophanidae." Lepidopterorum Catalogus (New Series), 1–11. 28,
  • Davis, Donald R. 2005. [Book review] "Lepidoptera, Moths and Butterflies, Vol. 2., Niels P. Kristensen, editor." Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Washington, 107 (1) 239–240. Entomological Society of Washington.
  • Davis, Donald R. and Wagner, D. L. 2005. "Biology and Systematics of the Neotropical Leafminer Genus Eucosmophora (Lepidoptera: Gracillariidae)." Tropical Lepidoptera, 1–40. 13, (1-2),
  • 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, 487–501. 53, (3-4),
  • Davis, Donald R. 2004. "Prototheoridae." Lepidopterorum Catalogus (New Series), 1–8. 11,
  • 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, 1–40. 13, (1-2),
  • 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. 1, (13),
  • 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. Kumata, N., editor. 7. Tokyo, Japan.
  • Davis, Donald R. and Gentile, P. 2003. "Andesianidae, a new family of monotrysian moths (Lepidoptera: Andesianoidea) from austral South America." Invertebrate Systematics, 15–26. 17,
  • 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, 186–194. 105,
  • Davis, Donald R. 2002. "Eucoloneura, A New Name to Replace the Generic Homonym Coloneura Davis (Lepidoptera: Psychidae)." Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Washington, 244. 104,
  • Davis, Donald R. 2002. "Two New Neotropical Specis of Bucculatrix Leafminers (Lepidoptera: Bucculatricidae) Reared from Cordia (Boraginaceae)." Revue Suisse de Zoologie, 277–294. 109, (2),
  • 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, 51–58. 10, (2),
  • 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, 452–456. 103, (2),
  • 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, 636–654. 103, (3),
  • 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, 59–64. 93, (1), Oxford University Press.
  • Davis, Donald R. 1998. "Neopseustidae." Lepidopterorum Catalogus, 1–8. 1, (7),
  • Davis, Donald R. 1998. "The Monotrysian Heteroneura." In Handbook of Zoology. Kristensen, N. P., editor. 65–90. Berlin, New York: Walter de Gruyter.
  • Davis, Donald R. 1998. "Biology of Yucca moths." In Biology of Lepidoptera [in Japanese]. Hirowatari, T., editor. 122–133.
  • Davis, Donald R. 1998. "Gracillarioidea." In Handbook of Zoology, Lepidoptera. Kristensen, N. P., editor. 107–117. Berlin, New York: Walter de Gruyter.
  • Davis, Donald R. 1998. "Ochsenheimeriidae." Lepidopterorum Catalogus, 1–12. 5-num-48),
  • 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. "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, 114–125. 100, (1),
  • Davis, Donald R. and Robinson, G. R. 1998. "Tineoidea." In Handbook of Zoology. Lepidoptera. Kristensen, N. P., editor. 91–107. Berlin, New York: Walter de Gruyter.
  • Davis, Donald R. 1996. "A Revision of the Southern African Family Prototheoridae (Lepidoptera: Hepialoidea)." Entomologica Scandinavica, 393–439. 27,
  • 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, 173–187. 98, (2),
  • Davis, Donald R. 1996. "Donation of the Atsushi Kawabe Lepidoptera Collection to the Smithsonian Institution." Journal of the Lepidopterists' Society, 270–271. 50, (3),
  • 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, 334–345. 89, (3), Oxford University Press.
  • 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, 253–254. 49, (3),
  • Davis, Donald R., Karsholt, O., Kristensen, N. P., and Nielsen, E. P. 1995. "Revision of the Genus Ogygioses (Paleosetidae)." Invertebrate Taxonomy, 1231–1263. 9,
  • Davis, Donald R. 1994. "Neotropical Tineidae, V: The Tineidae of Cocos Island, Costa Rica (Lepidoptera: Tineoidea)." Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Washington, 735–748. 96,
  • Davis, Donald R. 1994. "Jäckh collection of Microlepidoptera." Insect Collection News, 13. (9), Entomology Collections Network.
  • Davis, Donald R. 1994. "A Bilateral Gynandromorphic Harmaclona tephrantha from Indonesia (Lepidoptera: Tineidae)." Tropical Lepidoptera, 117–122. 5, (2),
  • 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, 65–75. 5, (1),
  • 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, 12278–12282. 91, (25), National Academy of Sciences (U.S.).
  • Davis, Donald R. 1993. "Biology and systematics of plant mining mangrove Lepidoptera." Carribean Coral Reef Ecosystems Report.Smithsonian Institution, 8.
  • 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, 46 (3) 240–241.
  • 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. 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, 191–202. 100, (2),
  • 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. , editors. 1991. Fundamentals of Paleontology. Washington, DC: Smithsonian Institution Libraries and the National Science Foundation.
  • Davis, Donald R. 1991. "Harvester butterfly." In Encyclopedia Americana. 838. Dansbury, CT: Grolier Incorporation. 13
  • Davis, Donald R. 1991. "Caterpillar." In The Encyclopedia Americana. International ed. 827–827. Dansbury, CT: Grolier Incorporation. 5
  • Davis, Donald R. 1991. "Ghost moth." In The Encyclopedia Americana. 724. Dansbury, CT: Grolier Incorporation. 12
  • Davis, Donald R. 1991. "Forward to the English Edition." In Fundamentals of Paleontology, volume 9 (Arthropoda, Tracheata, Chelicerata). 1–3.
  • Davis, Donald R. 1991. "Tiger moth." In Encyclopedia Americana. 740–741. Dansbury, CT: Grolier Incorporation. 26
  • Davis, Donald R. 1991. "Tomato hornworm." In Encyclopedia Americana. 834. Dansbury, CT: Grolier Incorporation. 26
  • Davis, Donald R. 1991. "Cocoon." In The Encyclopedia Americana. International ed. 170–170. Dansbury, CT: Grolier Incorporation. 7
  • Davis, Donald R. 1991. "Clothes moth." In The Encyclopedia Americana. International ed. 99–99. Dansbury, CT: Grolier Incorporation. 7
  • 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, 690–702. 93, (3),
  • Davis, Donald R. 1991. "Cecropia moth." In The Encyclopedia Americana. International ed. 118–118. Dansbury, CT: Grolier Incorporation. 6
  • Davis, Donald R. 1991. "Imperial moth." In Encyclopedia Americana. 820. Dansbury, CT: Grolier Incorporation. 14
  • Davis, Donald R. 1991. "First Old World Record of the Moth Family Arrhenophanidae (Lepidoptera: Tineoidea)." Tropical Lepidoptera, 41–42. 2,
  • Davis, Donald R. 1991. "Codling moth." In The Encyclopedia Americana. International ed. 176–176. Dansbury, CT: Grolier Incorporation. 7
  • Davis, Donald R. 1991. "Ermine moth." In The Encyclopedia Americana. International ed. 554–554. Dansbury, CT: Grolier Incorporation. 10
  • Davis, Donald R. 1991. "Tent caterpillars." In Encyclopedia Americana. 501–502. Dansbury, CT: Grolier Incorporation. 26
  • Davis, Donald R. 1991. "Hawk moth." In Encyclopedia Americana. 884. Dansbury, CT: Grolier Incorporation. 13
  • Davis, Donald R. 1991. "Grass moth." In Encyclopedia Americana. 199. Dansbury, CT: Grolier Incorporation. 13
  • Davis, Donald R. 1991. "Fritillary." In Encyclopedia Americana. 102. Dansbury, CT: Grolier Incorporation. 12
  • Davis, Donald R. 1991. "Clearwing moth." In The Encyclopedia Americana. International ed. 7:41–41. Dansbury, CT: Grolier Incorporation.
  • Davis, Donald R. 1991. "Tortoiseshell butterfly." In Encyclopedia Americana. 867–868. Dansbury, CT: Grolier Incorporation. 26
  • 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, 206–207. 93, (1),
  • Davis, Donald R. 1991. "Carpenter moth." In The Encyclopedia Americana. International ed. 701–702. Dansbury, CT: Grolier Incorporation. 5
  • Davis, Donald R. 1991. "Hairstreak butterfly." In Encyclopedia Americana. 695. Dansbury, CT: Grolier Incorporation. 13
  • Davis, Donald R. 1991. "Cabbage butterfly." In The Encyclopedia Americana. International ed. 110–110. Dansbury, CT: Grolier Incorporation. 5
  • Davis, Donald R. 1991. "Browntail moth." In The Encyclopedia Americana. International ed. 63–63. Dansbury, CT: Grolier Incorporation. 4
  • Davis, Donald R. 1991. "Chrysalis." In The Encyclopedia Americana. International ed. 688–688. Dansbury, CT: Grolier Incorporation. 6
  • Davis, Donald R. 1991. "Gypsy moth." In Encyclopedia Americana. 650. Dansbury, CT: Grolier Incorporation. 13
  • Davis, Donald R. 1991. "Leopard moth." In Encyclopedia Americana. 239. Dansbury, CT: Grolier Incorporation. 17
  • Davis, Donald R. 1991. "Swallowtail butterfly." In Encyclopedia Americana. 87. Dansbury, CT: Grolier Incorporation. 26
  • Davis, Donald R. 1991. "Buckeye butterfly." In The Encyclopedia Americana. International ed. 680–680. Dansbury, CT: Grolier Incorporation. 4
  • Davis, Donald R. 1991. "Luna moth." In Encyclopedia Americana. 851. Dansbury, CT: Grolier Incorporation. 17
  • 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, 16–44. 93, (1),
  • Davis, Donald R. 1990. "Tineidae." In Primary Types of Microlepidoptera in the Museum of Comparative Zoology. 50–54.
  • 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, 694–704. 92, (4),
  • 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, 22 (1) 59–60.
  • 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, 259–270. 92, (2),
  • Davis, Donald R. 1990. "Family Tineidae." Bulletin of the Museum of Comparative Zoology, 50–54. 152, Cambridge, MA: Harvard University.
  • 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, 1–35. 92, (1),
  • 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, 593–618. 92, (4),
  • Davis, Donald R., editor. 1989. Clothes Moths (Tineidae) Subfamily Myrmecozelinae. Washingthon, DC: National Science Foundation.
  • Hodges, Ronald and Davis, Donald R., editors. 1989. Keys to the Insects of the European USSR. New Delhi: Amerind Publishing Co.
  • 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.
  • 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. "An Exceptional Fossil Amber Collection Acquired by the Smithsonian Institution." Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Washington, 545–550. 91, (4),
  • Davis, Donald R. 1989. [Book review] "Lepidoptera Anatomy by J. L. Eaton." Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Washington, 91 (2) 293–294.
  • 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, 1–23. 70, Washington, DC: Entomological Society of America.
  • 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, 1–23. (70), Washington, DC: Entomological Society of America.
  • Davis, Donald R. 1988. "(Abstract). The Prototheoridae, an Indigenous Family of South African Moths." Proceedings XVIII International Congress of Entomology, 26. 1988,
  • 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, 79. 1988,
  • Davis, Donald R. 1988. "Foreword." In The Lepidoptera Fauna of the USSR and Adjacent Countries, Vol. 56. 1–3.
  • 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, 164–178. 90, (2),
  • Hodges, Ronald and Davis, Donald R., editors. 1987. Keys to the Insects of the European part of the USSR. New Delhi: Amerind Publishing Co..
  • Davis, Donald R. 1987. "Epipyropidae." In Immature insects. Stehr, Frederick W., editor. 456–460. Dubuque, Iowa: Kendall/Hunt Publ. Co. 1
  • Davis, Donald R. 1987. "Eriocraniidae." In Immature insects, Vol. 1.. Stehr, Frederick W., editor. 344–348. Dubuque, Iowa: Kendall/Hunt Publ. Co.
  • Davis, Donald R. 1987. "Ochsenheimeriidae." In Immature insects, Vol. 1. Stehr, Frederick W., editor. 367–368. Dubuque, Iowa: Kendall/Hunt Publ. Co.
  • Davis, Donald R. 1987. "Psychidae." In Immature insects. Stehr, Frederick W., editor. 366–369. Dubuque, Iowa: Kendall/Hunt Publ. Co. 1
  • Davis, Donald R. 1987. "Micropterigidae, Eriocraniidae." In Immature insects. Stehr, Frederick W., editor. 341–343. Dubuque, Iowa: Kendall/Hunt Publ. Co. 1
  • 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, 275–282. 89, (2),
  • Davis, Donald R. 1987. "Gracillariidae." In Immature insects, Vol. 1. Stehr, Frederick W., editor. 372–374. Dubuque, Iowa: Kendall/Hunt Publ. Co.
  • Davis, Donald R. 1987. "Nepticulidae." In Immature insects. Stehr, Frederick W., editor. 350–353. Dubuque, Iowa: Kendall/Hunt Publ. Co. 1
  • Davis, Donald R. 1987. "Heliozelidae." In Immature insects. Stehr, Frederick W., editor. 354–357. Dubuque, Iowa: Kendall/Hunt Publ. Co. 1
  • Davis, Donald R. 1987. "Incurvariidae." In Immature insects. Stehr, Frederick W., editor. 358–361. Dubuque, Iowa: Kendall/Hunt Publ. Co.. 1
  • 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, 734–739. 88, (4),
  • Davis, Donald R. 1987. "Tineidae." In Immature insects. Stehr, Frederick W., editor. 362–365. Dubuque, Iowa: Kendall/Hunt Publ. Co. 1
  • Davis, Donald R. 1987. "Adelidae." In Immature insects. Stehr, Frederick W., editor. 358–360. Dubuque, Iowa: Kendall/Hunt Publ. Co. 1
  • Davis, Donald R. 1987. "Micropterigidae, Eriocraniidae, Nepticulidae, Tischeriidae, Opostegidae, Incurbariidae, Heliozelidae, Tineidae, Psychidae, Ochsenheimeriidae, Lyonetiidae, Gracillariidae, and Epipyropidae." In Immature Insects vol. 2. Stehr, Frederick W., editor. 1–38.
  • Davis, Donald R. 1987. "Prodoxidae." In Immature insects. Stehr, Frederick W., editor. 359–362. Dubuque, Iowa: Kendall/Hunt Publ. Co. 1
  • Davis, Donald R. 1987. "Lyonetiidae." In Immature insects, Vol. 1. Stehr, Frederick W., editor. 370–372. Dubuque, Iowa: Kendall/Hunt Publ. Co.
  • Davis, Donald R. 1987. "Tischeriidae." In Immature insects. Stehr, Frederick W., editor. 354–357. Dubuque, Iowa: Kendall/Hunt Publ. Co. 1
  • Davis, Donald R. 1987. "Opostegidae." In Immature insects. Stehr, Frederick W., editor. 351–353. Dubuque, Iowa: Kendall/Hunt Publ. Co.. 1
  • Davis, Donald R. and Frack, D. C. 1987. "Acanthopteroctetidae." In Immature Insects vol. 2. Stehr, Frederick W., editor. 1–2.
  • Davis, Donald R. and Heppner, John B. 1987. "New Discoveries concerning Ischnuridia Sauber, A Remarkable Genus of Indo-Australian Tineidae (Lepidoptera)." Tinea, 145–150. 12-num-suppl),
  • 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. "Neotropical Tineidae, I: The Types of H. B. Moschler (Lepidoptera: Tineoidea)." Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Washington, 83–92. 88, (1),
  • Davis, Donald R. 1986. "A Search for the Type Series of Nematocentropus omeiensis Huang (Lepidoptera: Neopseustidae)." Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Washington, 391. 88, (2),
  • 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, 734–739. 88, (4),
  • 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, 98–109. 88, (1),
  • 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, 145–153. 88, (1),
  • Davis, Donald R. 1985. "Donation of Blanchard Lepidoptera Collection to the Smithsonian Institution." Journal of the Lepidopterists' Society, 235–236. 39, (3),
  • Davis, Donald R. 1985. "Presidential Profile." Lepidopterists News, 1. 1,
  • 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, 142–145. 87, (1),
  • 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, 497–509. 15,
  • Nielsen, E. S. and Davis, Donald R. 1985. "The First Southern Hemisphere Prodoxid and the Phylogeny of the Incurvarioidea (Lepidoptera)." Systematic Entomology, 307–322. 10,
  • Davis, Donald R. 1984. "A New Acanthopteroctetes from the Northwestern United States (Acanthopteroctetidae)." Journal of the Lepidopterists' Society, 47–50. 38, (1),
  • 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. "Lyonetiidae." In Atlas of Neotropical Lepidoptera. Checklist: Part 1. Heppner, John B., editor. 25. The Hague: Dr. W. Junk Publishers.
  • Davis, Donald R. and Miller, Scott E. 1984. "Gracillariidae." In Atlas of Neotropical Lepidoptera. Checklist: Part 1. Heppner, John B., editor. 25–27. The Hague: Dr. W. Junk Publishers.
  • Hodges, Ronald, Dominick, T., Davis, Donald R., Ferguson, Douglas, Franclemont, John, Munroe, Gene, and Powell, Jerry, editors. 1983. Check list of the Lepidoptera of America north of Mexico. London: 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, 160. 35, (2),
  • Davis, Donald R. 1981. "A Survey of Chilean Insect Fauna." Report of Chilean University Life, 11–12. 11,
  • 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, 25–57. 7, (3),
  • 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, 7–9. 8-num-Fall),
  • Davis, Donald R. 1980. "A Rediscription of "Micropteryx" selectella Walker with a discussion concerning its Proper Family Affinities (Acrolepiidae)." Journal of the Lepidopterists' Society, 187–190. 34, (2),
  • 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, 3. 1,
  • 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, 253–289. 6-num-16),
  • 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, 541–546. 73, (5), Oxford University Press.
  • Davis, Donald R. 1979. "Manoneura, a New Name to Replace the Generic Homonym Oligoneura Davis (Lepidoptera: Nepticulidae)." The Florida Entomologist, 1. 62, (3), Winter Haven, Florida: Florida Entomological Society.
  • Davis, Donald R. 1978. "Two New Genera of North American Incurvariidne Moths (Lepidoptera: Incurvarridae)." The Pan-Pacific Entomologist, 147–153. 54,
  • 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. "New Leaf-mining Moths of the Family Nepticulidae from Florida." The Florida Entomologist, 209–224. 61, (4), Winter Haven, Florida: Florida Entomological Society.
  • 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. and Zagulyaev, A. K., editors. 1975. Tineidae. New Delhi: Indian National Scientific Documentation Centre.
  • 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. 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. 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. 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, 66–77. 77, (1),
  • Davis, Donald R. 1974. "A New Species of Paraclemensia from Europe with comments on the Distribution and Speciation of the Genus (Lepidoptera: Incurvariidae)." Alexanor, 342–348. 8,
  • Davis, Donald R. 1973. "Issiki Collection of Microlepidoptera to the Smithsonian Institution." Journal of the Lepidopterists' Society, 159–160. 27,
  • 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, 121–128. 74, (1),
  • 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, 49–59. 74, (1),
  • Davis, Donald R. 1972. "Vespina, a New Name to Replace the Generic Homonym Careospina Davis (Lepidoptera: Incurvariidae)." Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Washington, 472. 74, (4),
  • Davis, Donald R. 1971. "Ferguson Collection to Smithsonian Institution." Journal of the Lepidopterists' Society, 16. 25, (3),
  • Davis, Donald R. 1969. "A Review of the Genus Acanthopteroctetes with Description of a New Species (Eriocraniidae)." Journal of the Lepidopterists' Society, 137–147. 23, (3),
  • Davis, Donald R. 1969. "A Revision of the American Moths of the Family Carposinidae (Lepidoptera: Carposinidae)." Bulletin of the United States National Museum, 1–105, 122 figures, 10 maps. 289, 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, 1–170, 155 figures, 3 tables, 17 maps, 3 diagrams. (255), 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, 1–233, 12 maps, 385 figures. (244), https://doi.org/10.5479/si.03629236.244.1.

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