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Luna Moth resting in the hand of Gary Hevel.
Luna moth (Actias luna)
(photo by Mark Thiessen, National Geographic Society) click here for BioBlitz story

Gary Hevel, Public Information Officer (Emeritus)

  • Phone:   202-633-1016
  • Fax:   202-786-2894
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    Smithsonian Institution
    PO Box 37012, MRC 187
    Washington, DC 20013-7012
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    Smithsonian Institution
    National Museum of Natural History
    10th & Constitution NW
    Washington, DC 20560-0187
  • Education:
    BS Pittsburg (Kansas) State U.
    Graduate studies at Kansas State U.
Gary Hevel with cicadas on face

Duties and Interests:

At the Smithsonian (since 1969), Gary is the public point-of-contact for the Department. He produced the monthly departmental newsletter, EntNews (1987-2012) and is routinely involved in collections maintenance, curation and loans of  beetles from the research collection. Through the years he has led or joined insect collecting trips to 24 worldwide countries and territories, and has had a dozen insect species named for him. His latest research effort has been a four-year survey of insects in his back yard, resulting in an estimated 4,000 different species (see Oct. 2004 issue of Smithsonian Magazine). This effort attracted the attention of a public television company in Japan, which sent a film crew to his residence in September of 2004 to film the story. The resulting documentary, “Bug-Hunter,” was broadcast nationally in Japan in December of that year. This documentary has recently been updated to an English version, currently appearing as “Insect Microcosm” on the Smithsonian Channel (Direct TV, Channel 267). Also in 2004, Gary was the primary information person at the Smithsonian for the emergence of Brood X (ten) of the periodical cicadas, and appeared in radio, television and newspaper interviews, both domestic and foreign, during the phenomenon. Further details of activities may be found in the current annual editions of “Who’s Who in America” and “Who’s Who in the World.”


Erwin, Terry L., Micheli, Charyn and Hevel, Gary. 2012. The beetle family Carabidae of Guyane (French Guyana): the tribes, genera, and number of species known, with notes on their ways of life. (Insecta: Coleoptera: Adephaga) Paris: Le Coléoptériste, Vol. 5, ACOREP. 92 pages.

Henry, T.J., Hevel, G.F., & Chordas, S.W., III. 2010.  Additional records of the little-known Corixidea major (Heteroptera: Schizopteridae) from Arkansas and Oklahoma. Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Washington 112(3): 475-477.

Adamski, D., Hevel, G.F., & Pultyniewicz,  A.  2009. Redescription and immature stages of Promalactis suzukiella (Matsumura) (Gelechioidea: Oecophoridae), a new introduction into the United States. Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Washington 111(1): 204-214.

Grissell, E.E. & Hevel, G.F. 2005. First report of Theocolax ingens Xiao and Huang (Hymenoptera: Pteromalidae) in the Western Hemisphere, with a synopsis of the genus. Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Washington 108 (2): 254-258.

Hevel, G.F. 2005. How do insects help the environment? Science & Children 42(5): 44-45.

Hevel, G.F. 2003. How do insects survive winter? Science & Children 41(3): 19.

Davis, D.R. & Hevel, G.F. 1995. Donation of the Auburn E. Brower Collection to the Smithsonian Institution. Journal of the Lepidopterists's Society. 49(3): 253-254.

Hevel, G.F. 1970. Entomological investigations on Campbell Island, 1969 1970. Antarctic J. of the U.S. 5(4): 118.

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