Odonatological Interests and Publications

Sympetrum ambiguum
(Blue-faced Meadowhawk)
Lums Pond State Park, New Castle Co. DE


Gomphus apomyius
(Banner Clubtail)
Fisher's Bridge, Sussex Co. DE

Hal White earns his living as a Professor of Biochemistry in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of Delaware where he has worked since 1971. However, his interest in insects and dragonflies in particular precede his interest in biochemistry. Ever since he was a high school student in central Pennsylvania, he has had a fascination with dragonflies. It is a serious hobby that has taken him from Canada to Mexico and across the United States. He has published articles on the dragonflies and damselflies of Pennsylvania (1-3,5,&20), New Hampshire (8&11), Massachusetts (4,6,7,9,&14), and Acadia National Park in Maine (4,10,17,&31). He described the larval forms of two endangered species of dragonfly (6&12). He has been Corresponding Secretary (1982 - 1990) and Vice President (1990 - 1994) of the American Entomological Society and he currently serves as chairperson of the Society's Education Committee which oversees the Calvert Award and Insect Field Day annually.  Recently he published a book (42) on the Natural History of Delmarva Dragonflies and Damselflies in cooperation with the University of Delaware Press and the Delaware Nature Society.

Entomological Notes and Publications:

1. Harold B. White, III, "Seasonal Distribution and Abundance of Odonata at a Large Pond in Central Pennsylvania," Ent. Soc. Am. - N. Cent. Br. Proc. 58, 120-124 (1963).

2. Harold B. White, III, and G. H. and A. F. Beatty, "The Odonata Fauna of Bear Meadows, a Boreal Bog in Central Pennsylvania," Proc. Pa. Acad. Sci. 42, 130-137 (1968).

3. G. H. and A. F. Beatty, and Harold B. White, III, "Seasonal Distribution of Pennsylvania Odonata," Proc. Pa. Acad. Sci. 43, 119-126 (1969).

4. Harold B. White, III, "Two Species of Odonata Previously Unreported from New England," Ent. News 80, 88 (1969).

5. Harold B. White, III and Rudolf A. Raff, "Early Spring Emergence of Anax junius (Odonata: Aeschnidae) in Central Pennsylvania," Can. Ent. 102, 498-499 (1970).

6. Harold B. White, III and Rudolf A. Raff, "The Nymph of Williamsonia lintneri (Hagen). (Odonata: Corduliidae) Psyche 77, 252-257 (1970).

7. Harold B. White, III, "New England Dragonflies," Mass. Audubon 56, 8-14 (1971).

8. Harold B. White, III and Wallace J. Morse, "Odonata (Dragonflies) of New Hampshire: An Annotated List," Research Report 30, N. H. Agr. Expt. Sta. 46 pp. + vi (1973).

9. Harold B. White, III, Paul S. Miliotis and Christopher W. Leahy, "Additions to the Odonata of Massachusetts," Ent. News 85, 208-210 (1974).

10. Harold B. White, III, "Aeshna subarctica and Other Odonata New for Maine," Ent. News 85, 289-291 (1974).

11. Harold B. White, III, "Three Notable Records of Odonata from Northern New England," Cordulia 4, 63-64 (1978).

12. James H. Kennedy and Harold B. White, III, "Description of the Nymph of Ophiogomphus howei (Odonata: Gomphidae)," Proc. Entomol. Soc. Wash. 81, 64-69 (1979).

13. Harold B. White, III, "Notable Instances of Avoidance Behavior in Odonata," Notul. Odonatol. 1, 67-69 (1979).

14. Harold B. White, III, "The Odonata of the Blue Hills, Norfolk County, Massachusetts," Notul. Odonatol. 1, 75-76 (1979).

15. Harold B. White, III, "Philip Powell Calvert: Student, Teacher, and Odonatologist," Ent. News 95, 155-162 (1984).

16. Harold B. White, III, "Dragons, Damsels and Darning Needles," Delaware Conservationist 30(2), 28-31 (1987).

17. Harold B. White, III, "Dragonflies and Damselflies (Odonata) of Acadia National Park and Vicinity, Maine," Ent. News 100, 89-103 (1989).

18. Harold B. White, III, Lady Changes Name to "Dragonfly"  Argia 3(1), 21 (1991).

19. Harold B. White, III, (book review) Dragonflies and Damselflies of Florida, Bermuda and the Bahamas, by Sidney Dunkle. Ent. News 103(1), 38 (1992).

20. Harold B. White, III, (book review) Dragonflies and Damselflies of Cape Cod, by Virginia Carpenter. Ent. News 103(1), 39 (1992).

21. Clark N. Shiffer and Harold B. White "Four Decades of Stability and Change in the Odonata Populations of Ten Acre Pond in Central Pennsylvania." Bulletin of American Odonatology 3(2), 31 - 41 (1995).

22. Paul W. Schaefer, Susan Barth, and Harold B. White, III "Incidental Capture of Male Epiaeschna heros (Odonata: Aeschnidae) in Traps Designed for Arboreal Calosoma sycophanta (Coleoptera: Carabiidae)" Ent. News,107, 261 - 266 (1996).

23. Paul W. Schaefer, Susan E. Barth, and Harold B. White, III "Predation on sweetpotato whitefly, Bemisis tabaci (Gennadius) (Homoptera: Aleyrodidae) by Enallagma civile (Hagen) (Odonata: Zygoptera: Coenagrionidae)" Ent. News. 107, 275 - 276 (1996).

24. Harold B. White, III. Review of The Damselflies of North America by Michael May and Minter J. Westfall, Jr. Ent. News. 108, 91&96 (1997).

25. Harold B. White, III. "Camping with Caterpillars." In Thinking Toward Solutions: Problem-Based Learning for General Biology. by Deborah Allen and Barbara Duch, Saunders, Philadelphia, 1998.

26. Harold B. White, III. Dragonfly Magazine Argia 10(1), 25 (1998).

27. Harold B. White, III. "DSA Meeting in Valentine - Reflections on Odonate Conservation" Argia, 10(4), 9 10 (1998).

28. Harold B. White, III. "What Do You Do With 'Em?" Argia, 11(1), 33-34 (1999).

29. Harold B. White, III.  Review of Dragonflies: Behavior and Ecology of Odonata by Philip S. Corbet. Ent News. 111, 384 (2000).

30. Harold B. White, III. Review of Dragonflies of North America by  James G. Needham, Minter J. Westfall, Jr., and Michael L. May. Ent News. 112, 143-144 (2001).

31. Harold B. White, III. Summary and Reflections on Odonata in Hancock County, Maine, between August 1 and 10, 2000. Mainensis. 2(1), 6 (2001).

32. Harold B. White and Nick Donnelly,  "George Beatty Passes Away" Argia 15(4), 26 (2004)

33. Hal White and Steve Hummel, "2004 Annual DSA Meeting in Iowa," Argia 16(2) 2-5 (2004)

34. Harold B. White, 2005 Northeast Regional Meeting, State College, Pennsylvania. Argia 16(4) 3 (2005)

35. Christopher M. Heckscher and Harold B. White, III , "First Atlantic Coastal Plain Occurence of Gomphus fraternus Say (Odonata; Gomphidae)" Ent. News. 119, 167-168 (2005).

36. Hal White, Enallagma anna in Pennsylvania Argia 18(2), 13 (2006) .

37. Hal White, Gynacantha nervosa from Delaware! Argia 18(2), 13 (2006).

38. Hal White, Request for Odonata Records from the Delmarva Peninsula. Argia 20(1), 29 (2008) .

39. Harold B. White, III and John Calhoun, "
Miss Mattie Wadsworth (1862-1943), Early Woman Author in Entomological News", Transactions of the American Entomological Society 135, 413-429 (2009) (Published 2010)

40. Harold B. White, III," A History of the Calvert Award for Insect-related for Young Entomologists 1987-2009,
Transactions of the American Entomological Society 135, 431-435 (2009) (Published 2010)

41. Hal White, Living Beneath the Ice. Outdoor Delaware, 19(4), p. 12-14 (2011).

42. Hal White, Natural History of Delmarva Dragonflies and Damselflies: Essays of a Lifelong Observer. University of Delaware Press and Delaware Nature Society. 284pp (2011)

43. Hal White, Dragonfly Calendar. UDBG (University of Delaware Botanical Garden) Friends, p1,6 Nov/Dec 2011

44. Hal White, Michael Moore, and Jim White. When is it too cold for Sympetrum vicinum and Ischnura hastata? Argia, 24(2), 11-13 (2012).

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