Dr. Bug


Forest Entomology

Dr. Bug

David L. Kulhavy Dr. Bug

Dr. David Kulhavy, also known as "Dr. Bug" by thousands of students and teachers across the nation, has developed an educational program to bring entomology to elementary and secondary school classrooms. Piper Professor of Forest Entomology and Landscape Ecology in the Arthur Temple College of Forestry at Stephen F. Austin State University, Dr. Kulhavy received the Distinguished Teaching Award in Entomology from the Entomological Society of America in 1993 and has been awarded the regional National Association of Interpretation award for his interpretations of Dr. Dave's Bugs.

Dr. Kulhavy is best known for his lively portrayal of a giant ladybird beetle and was featured in Discover magazine as part of Insect Expo '92 in Baltimore, Maryland. Where the children are to be educated, Dr. Kulhavy can always be found. His credo of teaching is "Curiosity, Enthusiasm, and Observation" to instill into students a real desire to learn.

Insect Expo '94

Dr. Kulhavy was the Chair for Insect Expo '94, a free, educational event specially designed to introduce students, teachers, parents, and the public to entomology. At Insect Expo '94, Dr. Kulhavy unveiled the beginnings of the longest banner on insects. This banner, when completed, will be over a mile long and will be part of a program of Dr. Kulhavy and Dr. Paul Johnson, University of New Hampshire, called "Poster Pals" where schools across the country communicate using posters and stories on posters. The poster, sponsored by the Entomological Society of America, the College of Forestry, Stephen F. Austin State University, the Department of Entomology, University of New Hampshire, the Insect Zoo at the Smithsonian Institution, and DowElanco, was displayed at the Natural History Museum at the Smithsonian Institution.

David L. Kulhavy dressed as lady bug

Insects Across America

Map David L. Kulhavy and Paul C. Johnson

Insects across America is a program designed to allow children across the country to express their fascination with insects through poster art. A school or educational organization in each state will be selected to represent their state by preparing a 25 foot long butcher paper poster decorated with insects, both real and imaginary, poetry, cutouts, pictures, etc., that express their interest in insects. Emphasis should be on insects characteristic of their state, but the range of possibilities is limited only by the children's imagination.

Ultimately, we hope to display the finished poster (over 50 sections, each 25 feet long!) in the Smithsonian Institute Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C. The poster project is a follow-up to Project Monarch, a series of posters prepared by students across the country promoting the Monarch butterfly for our national insect, which was displayed at the Smithsonian in January of 1995.

We have completed posters for nine states and have selected participants in an additional six states. You can follow the progress on a map of the United States or read comments made by participating schools/organizations by following the links below.


Follow the progress of Insects Across America on this map of the United States. Completed and pending posters are included. If your state is still unrepresented and you want to become involved, contact us at the e-mail addresses below.

IAA Schools & Organizations

See which schools or organizations have been involved in Insects Across America and read their comments regarding the program. If your state is not represented, contact us at the e-mail addresses below to see if your school or organization can become involved.

Dr. Kulhavy has also done extensive research on the Texas leaf-cutting ant including effects on soil formation, impact on the loblolly pine resource, and distribution of the leaf-cutter ant on the landscape. As time goes on, much more will appear here regarding this subject.

Investigations on the red-cockaded woodpecker, Picoides borealis, an endangered species, include stand gap analysis (including cause of disturbances and spatial and temporal arrangement of disturbances) and resin production in loblolly, shortleaf and longleaf pine trees for active, inactive and potential red-cockaded woodpecker cavity trees. These data will be summarized in Red-cockaded Woodpecker Ecology, Recovery, and Management published by Center for Applied Studies, College of Forestry, Stephen F. Austin State University. This book will be available August 1995 from the College of Forestry. For more information contact the College of Forestry at the above address.

Texas leaf-cutting ant

Atta texana, Texas Leaf - cutting ant

Dr. David Kulhavy P.O. Box 6109,
SFASU Nacogdoches, Texas 75962