Luz Maria Del Carmen Huerta

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Dr. Huerta (left) with Sofia Anduaga.


Dr. Huerta works at the Instituto de Ecología, Xalapa, Veracruz, México.   Since 1975 she has conducted research on the ecology and reproductive behavior of dung and carrion beetles. She is also interested in the  subsocial behavior in Scarabaeinae and Nicrophorus species.  In 1998 she was awarded the National Prize in Entomology  "Ricardo Coronado Padilla" for her doctoral dissertation,  and in 2001 she was honored with an Award of Appreciation from the Department of Sericulture and Entomology, NIAST, Republic of Korea, in recognition of outstanding performance and support in completing the dung beetles study of the Barin - Pool Project in that country. Her most recent publications concern reproductive physiology, mainly in Copris species.

Titular Researcher
Instituto de Ecología
Apartado Postal 63
91000 Xalapa, Veracruz




Martínez, M. I., C. Huerta & M. Cruz R., 1996. Comportamiento reproductor en hembras de Copris incertus Say (Coleoptera, Scarabaeindae). Bull. Soc. ent. Fr. 101 (2): 121-130.

Halffter, G., C. Huerta & J. López-Portillo, 1996. Parental care and offspring survival in Copris incertus Say, a sub-social beetle. Anim. Behav. 52: 133-139.

Martínez, I. & C. Huerta. 1997. Coordinated activity of the ovary,  pars intercerebralis and corpus allatum during the prenesting and nesting cycles of Copris incertus Say (Coleoptera, Scarabaeidae: Scarabaeinae. The Coleopterists Bulletin 51 (4): 351-363.

Huerta, C. y S. Anduaga. 1997. Cambios morfofisiológicos en el ovario durante la vida adulta de hembras vírgenes y copuladas de Nicrophorus mexicanus Matthews (Coleoptera: Silphidae). Nota Científica. Folia Ent. Mex. 101:79-81.

Cruz, R.M., y C. Huerta C. 1998. Comportamiento y actividad reproductora de los machos de Copris incertus Say (Coleoptera, Scarabaeidae, Scarabaeinae). Acta Zool. Mex. (n.s.) 74: 163-173.

Huerta, C.y G. Halffter. Factores involucrados en el comportamiento subsocial de Copris (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae: Scarabaeinae). Folia Entomol. Mex. 108: 95-120.

Anduaga, S. C. Huerta. Effects of parental care on the duration of larval development and offspring survival in Nicrophorus mexicanus Matthews (Coleoptera: Silphidae). The Coleopterists Bulletin (aceptado).

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