David Held

David Held

Assistant Professor

327 Funchess Hall
+1 334-844-3818

Areas of Interest:

The ecology and management of phytophagous insects particularly those pest attacking turfgrass and ornamental plants. Research interests include plant-insect interactions, insect behavior, and ecotoxicology.


2003 Ph.D., University of Kentucky (Entomology)
2000 M.S., University of Kentucky (Entomology)
1994 B.S., University of Kentucky (Horticulture Minor in Pest Management)

Professional Experience:

August 2008-Present Entomologist/Assistant Professor, Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology, Auburn University, Auburn, Alabama
December 2003-July 2008 Extension Entomologist/Assistant Professor, Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology, Mississippi State University, Coastal Research and Extension Center, Biloxi, Mississippi
February 1995-November 2003 Research Analyst, Department of Entomology, University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky

Graduate Student:

  • Cheri M. Abraham (MS State University), M.S., Summer 2006-present. Research on the biology and ecology of Larra bicolor, ectoparasite of pest mole crickets.


Book Chapters
  • Peck, D.C. and D.W. Held. 2007. Injurious Arthropods: Root Feeders: Crane Flies In: ESA Handbook of Forage and Rangeland Insects.
  • Held, D. and D. Potter. 2004. June beetles, Phyllophaga spp. In: J. Capinera [ed] Encyclopedia of Entomology, Kluwer (Invited).
  • Potter, D. and D. Held. 2004. Japanese beetle. In: J. Capinera [ed] Encyclopedia of Entomology, Kluwer (Invited).
  • Held, D. and D. Potter. 2003. Japanese beetle. In: V. Resh and R. Carde [eds.] Encyclopedia of Insects, Academic, San Diego, CA. (Invited).
  • Potter, D. and D. Held. 2003. May beetle. In: V. Resh and R. Carde [eds.] Encyclopedia of Insects, Academic, San Diego, CA. (Invited).
Refereed Papers
  • Held, D.W., C. Wheeler, C.M. Abraham, and K. Pickett. 2008. Paper wasps (Polistes spp.) attacking fall armyworm (Spodoptera frugiperda) larvae in turfgrass. Applied Turfgrass Science (7 Aug 2008).
  • Abraham, C.M., Held, D.W. and C. Wheeler. 2008. First report of Larra bicolor (Hymenoptera: Sphecidae) in Alabama. Mid-South Entomol. 1(2):81-84.
  • Held, D.W. and D. W. Boyd. 2008. New records of Gynaikothrips uzeli (Thysanoptera:Phlaeothripidae) on Ficus benjamina in Texas and O'ahu, Hawaii. Pan-Pacific Entomol. 82(2).
  • Held, D. W. and D. W. Boyd. 2008. Monitoring and management of Gynaikothrips uzeli Zimmerman (Thysanoptera: Phlaeothripidae), an exotic thrips attacking Ficus benjamina Pest. Manag. Sci. 64: 133-140.
  • Robbins PS, Alm SR, Armstrong CD, Averill AL, Baker TC, Bauernfiend RJ, Baxendale FP, Braman SK, Brandenburg RL, Cash DB, Couch GJ, Cowles RS, Crocker RL, DeLamar ZD, Dittl TG, Fitzpatrick SM, Flanders KL, Forgatsch T Gibb TJ, Gill BD, Gilrein DO, Gorsuch CS, Hammond AM, Hastings PD, Held DW, Heller PR, Hiskes RT, Holliman JL, Hudson WG, Klein MG, Krischik VL, Lee DJ, Linn Jr. CE, Luce NJ, MacKenzie KE, Mannion CM, Polavarapu S, Potter DA, Roelofs WL, Royals BM, Salsbury GA, Schiff NM, Shetlar DJ, Skinner M, Sparks BL, Sutschek JA, Sutschek TP, Swier SR, Sylvia MM, Vickers NJ, Vittum PJ, Weidman RB, Weber DC, Williamson RC, Villani MG. 2006. Trapping Phyllophaga spp.(Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae: Melolonthinae) with sex attractants in the United States and Canada. Journal of Insect Science 6:39, available online: insectscience.org/6.39.
  • Boyd, D. W. and D. W. Held. 2006. Androthrips ramachandrai (Thysanoptera: Phlaeothripidae): an introduced thrips in the United States. Florida Entomol. 89: 455-458.
  • Held, D.W. and J. Gelhaus. 2006. Damage in centipede sod associated with Crane fly and March fly larvae (Diptera: Tipulidae, Bibionidae) in Mississippi. Florida Entomol. 89(1): 89-90.
  • Held, D.W., D. Boyd, T. Lockley, G.B. Edwards. 2005. Gynaikothrips uzeli Zimmerman (Thysanoptera: Phlaeothripidae) in the southeastern United States: Distribution and review of biology. Florida Entomol. 88(4): 538-540.
  • Held, D.W. 2005. Occurrence of Larra bicolor (Hymenoptera:Sphecidae), ectoparasite of mole crickets (Scapteriscus spp.), in coastal Mississippi. Florida Entomol. 88(3): 327-328.
  • Potter, D.A., D.W. Held, M.E. Rogers. 2005. Natural organic fertilizers as a risk factor for ataenius spretulus (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae) infestation on golf courses. Int. TurfgrassSociety Research Journal 10: 753-760.
  • Held, D.W. 2004. Relative susceptibility of woody landscape plants to Japanese beetle (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae). J. of Arboric. 30: 328-335.
  • Potter, D.A., L. Foss, R. E. Baumler, and D.W. Held. 2004. Managing eastern tent caterpillars Malacosoma americanum (F.) on horse farms to reduce risk of mare reproductive loss syndrome. Pest Management Science 61: 3-15.
  • Held, D. W. and D. A. Potter. 2004. Floral characteristics affect susceptibility of hybrid tea roses, Rosa × hybrida, to Japanese beetles (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae). J. Econ. Entomol. 97: 353-360.
  • Held, D. W. and D. A. Potter. 2004. Floral affinity and consequences of flower-feeding and diet mixing for the Japanese beetle (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae). Oecologia 140: 312-319.
  • Held, D. W., J. A. Gels, E. J. Marsland, and M. L. Griffin. 2003. Graduate Student Debate 2000: Controversial issues regarding biological control in the United States. J. K. Tomberlin (Ed.) Am. Entomol. 49: 238-249.
  • Held, D. W. and D. A. Potter. 2003. Characterizing toxicity of Pelargonium spp. and two other reputedly toxic plant species to Japanese beetles (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae). Environ. Entomol. 32: 873-880.
  • Stephens, M., D. W. Held, L. H. Townsend, and D. A. Potter. 2003. Timing of emergence of Eastern Tent Caterpillars and management with reduced risk insecticides and treatment strategies. Proc. First Symposium on Mare Reproductive Loss Syndrome, Gluck Equine Research Center, Lexintgon, KY.
  • Held, D. W., P. Gonsiska, and D. A. Potter. 2003. Evaluating companion planting and non-host masking odors for protecting roses from the Japanese beetle (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae). J. Econ. Entomol. 96: 81-87.
  • Gels, J. A., D. W. Held, and D. A. Potter. 2002. Hazards of insecticides to bumble bees, Bombus impatiens (Hymenoptera: Apididae), foraging on flowering white clover in turf. J. Econ Entomol. 95: 722-728.
  • Potter, D. A. and D. W. Held. 2002. Biology and management of the Japanese beetle. Annu. Rev. Entomol. 47: 175-205.
  • Rogers, M., D. W. Held, and D. A. Potter. 2001. Effects of two plant growth regulators on suitability of creeping bentgrass for turfgrass insects. International Turfgrass Society Research Journal 9: 3-6.
  • Held, D. W., T. Eaton, and D. A. Potter. 2001. Potential for habituation to a neem-based feeding deterrent in Japanese beetles, Popillia japonica. Entomol. Exp. Applic. 101: 19-23.
  • Held, D. W., D. A. Potter, R. S. Gates, and R. G. Anderson. 2001. Modified atmosphere treatments as a potential disinfestation technique for arthropod pests in greenhouses. J. Econ. Entomol. 94: 430-438.
  • Walston, A. T., D. W. Held, N. R. Mason, and D. A. Potter. 2001. Absence of interaction between endophytic perennial ryegrass and susceptibility of Japanese beetle grubs to Paenibacillus popilliae Dutky J. Entomol. Sci. 36: 105-108.
  • Kunkel, B. A., D. W. Held, and D. A. Potter. 2001. Lethal and sublethal effects of bendiocarb, halofenozide, and imidacloprid on Harpalus pennsylvanicus (Coleoptera: Carabidae) following different modes of exposure in turfgrass. J. Econ. Entomol. 94: 60-67.
  • Lopez, R., D. W. Held, and D. A. Potter. 2000. Management of a mound-building ant, Lasius neoniger Emery, on golf putting greens and tees using delayed-action baits or fipronil. Crop Sci. 40: 511-517.
  • Potter, D. A. and D. W. Held. 1999. Absence of food aversion learning by a polyphagous scarab, Popillia japonica Newman, following intoxication by geranium, Pelargonium x hortorum. Entomol. Exp. Applic. 91: 83-88.
  • Kunkel, B. A., D. W. Held, and D. A. Potter. 1999. Impact of halofenozide, imidacloprid, and bendiocarb on beneficial invertebrates and predatory activity in turfgrass. J. Econ. Entomol. 92: 922-930.
  • Potter, D. A., P. G. Spicer, D. W. Held, and R. E. McNiel. 1998. Relative susceptibility of cultivars of flowering crabapples, lindens, and roses to defoliation by Japanese beetles. J. Environ. Hort. 16:105-110.

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