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Dr. Paul K. Lago

Professor and Chair Dr. Paul K. Lago
Department of Biology
The University of Mississippi

Office: 214 Shoemaker Hall

Telephone: (662) 915-7203
FAX: (662) 915-5144

Ph.D. North Dakota State University

Research Interests:

  • Entomology, insect taxonomy, primarily of the Coleoptera (Scarabaeidae and Carabidae), Trichoptera (Curvipalpia) and Neuroptera, faunistic studies of freshwater insects of Mississippi, insect - plant associations.


Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks. Sverdrup, Inc. Lockheed (NASA). Tetra Tech.


Ahrens, D., S. Fabrizi, P. Šipek and P.K. Lago. 2013. Integrative analysis of DNA phylogeography and morphology of the European rose chafer (Cetonia aurata) to infer species taxonomy and patterns of postglacial colonisation in Europe. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 69: 83-94.

King, J.G. and P.K. Lago. 2012. The variegated mud-loving beetles (Coleoptera: Heteroceridae) of Mississippi and Alabama, with discussion and keys to the species occurring in the southeastern United States. Insecta Mundi 0275: 1-53.

King, J.G., J.R. Starr and P.K. Lago. 2011. Molecular data resolves relationships within Heteroceridae (Coleoptera: Dryopoidea). Systematic Entomology, 36: 435–445.

Louis S. Hesler, L.S. and P.K. Lago. 2011. First records of both subspecies of Brachiacantha quadripunctata (Coleoptera: Coccinellidae) in Mississippi, U.S.A. Florida Entomologist  94(2): 361-363.

Ahrens, D., Y. D. Gc, P.K. Lago and P. Nagel. 2009. Seasonal fluctuation, phenology and turnover of chafer assemblages – insight to the structural plasticity of insect
communities in tropical farmlands. Agricultural and Forest Entomology 11: 265–274.

Ahrens, D. and P.K. Lago. 2008. Directional asymmetry reversal of male copulatory organs revisited in chafer beetles (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae) -- implications on left-right polarity determination in insect terminalia. Journal of Zoological Systematics and Evolutionary Research 46:110-117.

McPeak, R.H., S. McCleve and P.K. Lago. 2006. New host plant associations for adult Diplotaxis, Serica, and Phyllophaga (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae: Melolonthinae) from the western United States. Coleopterists Bulletin 60:43-48.

Stebnicka, Z.T. and P.K. Lago. 2005. The New World species of Ataenius Harold, 1867. V. Revision of the A. strigatus group (Scarabaeidae: Aphodiinae: Eupariini). Insecta Mundi 19: 55-83.

Carlson, J.K., M.A. Grace and P.K. Lago.  2002.  An observation of juvenile tiger sharks feeding on clapper rails off the southeastern coast of the United States.  Southeastern Naturalist 1:307-310.

Carlson, J.K., M.A. Grace and P.K. Lago.  2002.  An observation of juvenile tiger sharks feeding on clapper rails off the southeastern coast of the United States.  Southeastern Naturalist 1:307-310.

Lago, P.K., A.E. Zuccaro and S.Testa, III.  2002.  The terrestrial Coleoptera of Point Clear Island and surrounding marshlands, Hancock County, Mississippi.  J. Mississippi Acad. Sci. 47: 194-206.

Lago, P.K.  2000.  Mississippi record for Curicta scorpio (Hemiptera: Nepidae).  Entomol. News 111: 282.

Flanders, K.L., Z.D. DeLamar and P.K. Lago.  2000.  Phyllophaga and related species (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae) collected in black-light traps in Alabama pastures.  J. Entomol. Sci. 35: 311-326.

Lago, P.K. and S. Testa, III. 2000. The terrestrial Hemiptera and auchenorrhynchous Homoptera of Point Clear Island and surrounding marshlands, Hancock County, Mississippi. J. Mississippi Acad. Sci. 45: 184-193.

Lago, P.K. 1997 New state records for scarab beetles (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae) from North Dakota and Minnesota. Entomological News. 108: 311-312

Lago, P.K. and S. Testa III. 1994. The Aquatic Hydrophilidae (Coleoptera) of Mississippi. Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experimental Station Technical Bulletin 193. 71p.

Lago, P.K. and J. Goddard. 1993. Identification of medically important arthropods. Laboratory Medicine. 24(5): 298-305.

Harris, S.C., P.E. O'Neil and P.K. Lago. 1991. Caddisflies of Alabama. Geol. Sur. Alabama, Bull. 142. 442p.

Lago, P.K. 1991. A survey of arthropods associated with gopher tortoise burrows in Mississippi. Entomol. News 102:1-13.

Lago, P.K. and S.C. Harris. 1990. An annotated list of the Rhyacophiloidea and Integripalpia (Trichoptera) of Alabama. Entomological News 101: 57-66.

Lago, P.K. and S. Testa. 1989. Records of owlflies (Neuroptera: Ascalaphidae) from Mississippi, with a key to species. Entomological News 100: 11-17.

Lago, P.K. and S.C. Harris. 1987. The Chimarra (Trichoptera: Philopotamidae) of eastern North America with descriptions of three new species. Journal of the New York Entomological Society 95: 225-251.

Lago, P.K. and M.O. Mann. 1987. Survey of the Coleoptera associated with flowers of wild carrot (Daucus carota L.) (Apiaceae) in northern Mississippi. Coleopterist's Bulletin 41: 1- 8.