Dr. Ric Peigler is a Professor of Biology at UIW, where he has worked since 1998. He received his B.S. in 1973 in Horticulture from Clemson University, his M.A. in 1975 in Agricultural Education from Clemson, and he earned his Ph.D. in 1983 in Entomology from Texas A&M University. His home state is South Carolina.
Dr. Peigler teaches Diversity of Life, Entomology, Evolution & Systematics, and Human Evolution. He worked as Collections Manager and Curator of Entomology at the Denver Museum of Natural History from 1990 until 1997. He has presented invitational lectures on wild silkmoths in Australia, India, China, Madagascar, and Japan.
Dr. Peigler's research interests focus primarily on taxonomy, phylogeny, and biology of wild silkmoths (Family Saturniidae) of the world, particularly ones from eastern Asia. His studies deal with ecology, parasitoids, and host plants of wild silkmoths. He collaborated several years ago with colleagues at the University of Maryland on the molecular genetics of Saturniidae and Lasiocampidae, and recently with colleagues at
Dr. Peigler has published more than 50 articles dealing with moths in scholarly journals; several popular-level articles on moths, sericulture, horticulture, and classic entomological literature; three books and one book chapter.
Miranda, Robert A. & R. S. Peigler. 2007. Phylogenetic analysis of the Saturnia-group (Saturniidae) of genera based on
Burke, Joel T. & R. S. Peigler. 2009. Phylogenetic analysis of Anisota (Insecta: Lepidoptera: Saturniidae) based on
Balboa, Alejandro A. & R. S. Peigler. 2011. Artificial hybridization between Anisota
Steele, Trevor J. & R. S. Peigler. 2015. Biology of four species of Hemileuca (Saturniidae) in Texas with special reference to their parasitoids. Lepidoptera Science 66(1): 1-7.
Louwagie, Joseph H., III & R. S. Peigler. 2016. Biology and chemical ecology of Eupackardia
Travis, James H., Jr. & R. S. Peigler. 2016. A closer look at wild silks. textiles (The Official Magazine of the Textile Institute, Manchester) 43(2): 23-24
Seidel, Cody L. & R. S. Peigler. 2018. Entomological aspects of sericulture based on Antheraea
Dupuis, J. R., R. S. Peigler, S. M. Geib & D. Rubinoff. 2019. Phylogenomics
Rubinoff, D., M. San Jose & R. S. Peigler. 2017. Multi-gene phylogeny of the Hemileuca
Peigler, R. S. & Rolf G. Oberprieler. 2017.
Peigler, R. S. & Stefan Naumann. 2016. What exactly is Antheraea
Peigler, R. S. 2016. Field observations of Agapema
Naumann, Stefan, R. S. Peigler & Swen Löffler. 2014. A new species of Samia Hübner, 1819 (“1816”) (Lepidoptera: Saturniidae) from Vietnam, with taxonomic updates for the genus. The European Entomologist 5(4): 101-115.
Peigler, R. S. & John V. Calhoun. 2013. Correct authorship of the name Phalaena
Naumann, Stefan & R. S. Peigler. 2012. A new species of Attacus (Lepidoptera: Saturniidae) from Selayar Island, Indonesia. Nachrichten des Entomologischen Vereins Apollo 33(1): 45-48.
Peigler, R. S. 2012. Diverse evidence that Antheraea pernyi (Lepidoptera: Saturniidae) is
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