Submitted Manuscripts


  • Adams, R, T Sylvester, RF Mitchell, MA Price, R Shen, NR Shin, and DD McKenna. 2024. Functional and evolutionary insights into chemosensation and specialized herbivory from the genome of the red milkweed beetle, Tetraopes tetrophthalmus (Cerambycidae: Lamiinae)​. J. Hered. (submitted)
  • Sylvester, T, R Adams, JG Millar, RF Mitchell, AM Ray, R Shen, NR Shin, and DD McKenna. 2024. Comparative analyses of the banded alder borer (Rosalia funebris) and Asian longhorned beetle (Anoplophora glabripennis) genomes reveal significant differences in genome architecture and gene content among these and other Cerambycidae​. J. Hered. (submitted)
  • Steffek, GL, AS Grommes, LM Hanks, and RF Mitchell. 2024. (R)-(+)-γ-Decalactone is conserved in North America as a pheromone component of Osmoderma eremicola (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae) and a kairomone of Elater abruptus (Coleoptera: Elateridae)​. J. Chem. Ecol. (in press) [link]

Published Manuscripts


  • Cohen, Z, MS Crossley, RF Mitchell, P Engsontia, YH Chen, and SD Schoville. 2024. Adaptive evolution of chemosensory genes in Colorado potato beetle, Leptinotarsa decemlineata. J. Evol. Biol. 37: 62-75. [link]
  • Haddad, S, DJ Clarke, S-H Jeong, RF Mitchell, and DD McKenna. 2023. Antennal sensilla in longhorn beetles (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae). Ann. Entomol. Soc. Am. 116: 83-113. [link]
  • Coates, BS, and the Western Corn Rootworm Genome Consortium. 2023. A draft Diabrotica virgifera virgifera genome: insights into control and host plant adaption by a major maize pest insect. BMC Genom. 24: 19. [link]
    Chemoreceptor Data: [Gene Trees | Sequences]


  • Mitchell, RF, D Doucet, S Bowman, MC Bouwer, and JD Allison. 2022. Prediction of a conserved pheromone receptor lineage from antennal transcriptomes of the pine sawyer genus Monochamus (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae). J. Comp. Physiol. A 208: 615-625 [link | full text]
    OR gene tree: [Figure 1]
  • Rice, ME, LM Hanks, S Halloran, JA Mongold-Diers, AC Grommes, RF Mitchell, AM Ray, and JG Millar. 2022. Methionol, a sulfur-containing pheromone component from the cerambycid beetle Knulliana cincta cincta. J. Chem. Ecol. 48: 347-358. [link]
  • Oppert, B, and the Lesser Grain Borer Genome Consortium. 2022. The genome of Rhyzopertha dominica (Fab.) (Coleoptera: Bostrichidae): Adaptation for Success. Genes 13: 446.  [link]
    Chemoreceptor Data: [Gene Trees | Sequences]
  • Mitchell, RF, and MN Andersson. 2021. Olfactory Genomics of the Coleoptera. In: Blomquist, G, and R Vogt (eds), Insect Pheromone Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, 2nd Ed. Academic Press, Cambridge, MA, USA, pp. 547-590. [link]


  • Mitchell, RF, TM Schneider, AM Schwartz, MN Andersson, and DD McKenna. 2020. The diversity and evolution of odorant receptors in beetles (Coleoptera). Insect Mol. Biol. 29: 77-91 [link]
    OR Data: [Gene TreesProtein Sequences]
  • Hanks, LM, JA Mongold-Diers, RF Mitchell, Y Zou, JCH Wong, LR Meier, TD Johnson, and JG Millar. 2019. The role of minor pheromone components in segregating 14 species of longhorned beetles (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae) of the subfamily Cerambycinae. J. Econ. Entomol. 112: 2236-2252. [link]
  • Andersson, MN, CI Keeling, and RF Mitchell. 2019. Genomic content of chemosensory genes correlates with host range in wood-boring beetles (Dendroctonus ponderosaeAgrilus planipennis, and Anoplophora glabripennis). BMC Genomics 20: 690. [link | full text]
    Full-size gene trees: [Figure 1Figure 2]


  • Mitchell, RF, AM Ray, LM Hanks, and JG Millar. 2018. The common natural products (S)-a-terpineol and (E)-2-hexenol are important pheromone components of Megacyllene antennata (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae). Environ. Entomol. 47:1547-1552. [link]
  • Schoville, SD, YH Chen, and the Colorado Potato Beetle Genome Consortium. 2018. A model species for agricultural pest genomics: the genome of the Colorado potato beetle, Leptinotarsa decemlineata (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae). Sci. Rep. 8: 1931. [link]
    OR gene tree: [Figure S5]
  • Millar, JG, RF Mitchell, JA Mongold-Diers, Y Zou, CE Bográn, MK Fierke, MD Ginzel, CW Johnson, JR Meeker, TM Poland, IR Ragenovich, and LM Hanks. 2018. Identifying possible pheromones of cerambycid beetles by field testing known pheromone components in four widely separated regions of the United States. J. Econ. Entomol. 111: 252-259. [link]
  • Millar, JG, RF Mitchell, LR Meier, TD Johnson, JA Mongold-Diers, and LM Hanks. 2017. (2E,6Z,9Z)-2,6,9-pentadecatrienal as a male-produced aggregation-sex pheromone of the cerambycid beetle Elaphidion mucronatum. J. Chem. Ecol. 43: 1056-1065. [link]
  • Mitchell, RF, LP Hall, PF Reagel, DD McKenna, TC Baker, and JG Hildebrand. 2017. Odorant receptors and antennal lobe morphology offer a new approach to understanding the olfactory biology of the Asian longhorned beetle. J. Comp. Physiol. A 203: 99-109. [link]
    Gene trees and complete supplemental files: [Figure 1 | Figure 2 | Supplemental Files]
  • Mitchell, RF, T Curkovic, J Mongold-Diers, L Neuteboom, H-M Galbrecht, A Trȍger, J Bergmann, W Francke, and LM Hanks. 2017. Evidence that cerambycid beetles mimic vespid wasps in odor as well as appearance. J. Chem. Ecol. 43: 75-83. [link]



  • McKenna, DD, ED Scully, Y Pauchet, K Hoover, R Kirsch, SM Geib, RF Mitchell, RM Waterhouse, and the Asian Longhorned Beetle Genome Consortium. 2016. Genome of the Asian longhorned beetle (Anoplophora glabripennis), a globally significant invasive species, reveals key functional and evolutionary innovations at the beetle-plant interface. Genome Biol. 17:227. [link | full text]
  • Ray, AM, JG Millar, JA Moreira, JS McElfresh, RF Mitchell, JD Barbour, and LM Hanks. 2015. North American species of cerambycid beetles in the genus Neoclytus share a common hydroxyhexanone-hexanediol pheromone structure. J. Econ. Entomol. 108: 1860-8. [link]
  • Mitchell, RF, PF Reagel, JCH Wong, LR Meier, WD Silva, J Mongold-Diers, JG Millar, LM Hanks. 2015. Cerambycid beetle species with similar pheromones are segregated by phenology and minor pheromone components. J. Chem. Ecol. 41: 431-440. [link]
  • Goldman-Huertas, B, RF Mitchell, RT Lapoint, CP Faucher, JG Hildebrand, and NK Whiteman. 2015. Evolution of herbivory in Drosophilidae linked to loss of behaviors, antennal responses, odorant receptors, and ancestral diet. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 112: 3026-3031. [link]



  • Hanks, LM, PF Reagel, RF Mitchell, JCH Wong, LR Meier, CA Silliman, EE Graham, BL Striman, KP Robinson, JA Mongold-Diers, and JG Millar. 2014. Seasonal phenology of the cerambycid beetles of east-central Illinois. Ann. Entomol. Soc. Am. 107: 211-226. [link]
  • Mitchell, RF, JG Millar, and LM Hanks. 2013. Blends of (R)-3-hydroxyhexan-2-one and alkan-2-ones identified as potential pheromones produced by multiple species of cerambycid beetles. Chemoecol. 23: 121-127. [link]



  • Allison, JD, JL McKenna, JG Millar, JS McElfresh, RF Mitchell, and LM Hanks. 2012. Response of the woodborers Monochamus carolinensis and Monochamus titillator to known cerambycid pheromones in the presence and absence of the host plant volatile alpha-pinene. Environ. Entomol. 41: 1587-1596. [link]
  • Ray, AM, JD Barbour, JS McElfresh, JA Moreira, I Swift, IM Wright, A Zunic, RF Mitchell, EE Graham, RL Alten, JG Millar, and LM Hanks. 2012. 2,3-Hexanediols as sex attractants and a female-produced sex pheromone for cerambycid beetles in the prionine genus Tragosoma. J. Chem. Ecol. 38: 1151-1158. [link]
  • Hanks, LM, JG Millar, JA Mongold-Diers, JCH Wong, LR Meier, PF Reagel, and RF Mitchell. 2012. Using blends of cerambycid beetle pheromones and host plant volatiles to simultaneously attract a diversity of cerambycid species. Can. J. For. Res. 42: 1050-1059. [link]
  • Mitchell, RF, DT Hughes, CW Luetje, JG Millar, F Soriano-Agatón, LM Hanks, and HM Robertson. 2012. Sequencing and characterizing odorant receptors of the cerambycid beetle Megacyllene caryae. Insect Biochem. Mol. Biol. 42: 499-505. [link]
  • Wong, JCH, RF Mitchell, BL Striman, JG Millar, and LM Hanks. 2012. Blending synthetic pheromones of cerambycid beetles to develop trap lures that simultaneously attract multiple species. J. Econ. Entomol. 105: 906-915. [link]
  • Richardson, ML, PF Reagel, RF Mitchell, and DW Whitman. 2012. Opportunistic carnivory by Romalea microptera (Orthoptera: Acrididae). Ann. Entomol. Soc. Am. 105: 28-35. [link]
  • Mitchell, RF, EE Graham, JCH Wong, PF Reagel, BL Striman, GP Hughes, MA Paschen, MD Ginzel, JG Millar, and LM Hanks. 2011. Fuscumol and fuscumol acetate are general attractants for many species of cerambycid beetles in the subfamily Lamiinae. Entomol. Exp. Appl. 141: 71-77. [link]
  • Richardson, ML, DM Lagos, RF Mitchell, GL Hartman, and DJ Voegtlin. 2011. Life history and morphological plasticity of the soybean aphid (Aphis glycines). Entomol. Exp. Appl. 140: 139-145. [link]



  • Richardson, ML and RF Mitchell. 2010. Longer living through science. Am. Entomol. 56: 186-188. [link]
  • Graham, EE, RF Mitchell, PF Reagel, JD Barbour, JG Millar, and LM Hanks. 2010. Treating panel traps with a fluoropolymer dramatically enhances their efficiency in capturing cerambycid beetles. J. Econ. Entomol. 103: 641-647. [link]
  • Richardson, ML, RF Mitchell, PF Reagel, and LM Hanks. 2010. Causes and consequences of cannibalism in non-carnivorous insects. Annu. Rev. Entomol. 55: 39-53. [link]
  • Philpott, DE, SH Berlocher, RF Mitchell, and LM Hanks. 2009. Molecular validation of a morphological character for distinguishing between the armored scale insects Chionaspis pinifoliae and C. heterophyllae (Hemiptera: Diaspididae). Ann. Entomol. Soc. Am. 102: 381-385. [link]
  • Mitchell, RF, and LM Hanks. 2009. Insect frass as a pathway for transmission of bacterial wilt of cucurbits. Environ. Entomol. 38: 395-403. [link]