Istvan Miko Collections Manager

Istvan Miko

Collections Manager of the UNH Collection of Insects and Other Arthropods, UNH Collections
Phone: (603) 862-2488
Office: Dept of Biological Sciences, Putnam Hall Room 131E, Durham, NH 03824


  • Ph.D., Szeged University, Environmental Science
  • M.S., Szeged University, Biology

Courses Taught

  • BIOL 788/888: Know Your Creature
  • ZOOL 555: Introduction to Entomology

Selected Publications

Domínguez E, van de Kamp T, Mikó I, Cuezzo MG and Staniczek AH (2023) The function of wing bullae in mayflies (Insecta: Ephemeroptera) reveals new insights into the early evolution of Pterygota. BMC biology21(1), p.268.

Guiguet A, Tooker JF, Deans AR,  Mikó I, Ning J, Schwéger S, and Hines H (2023) Comparative anatomy of venom glands suggests a role of maternal secretions in gall induction by cynipid wasps (Hymenoptera: Cynipidae). Insect Systematics and Diversity: 7(5) 3.

Dal Pos D,  Mikó I, Talamas E, Vilhelmsen L, Sharanowski B (2023) A revised terminology for male genitalia in Hymenoptera (Insecta), with a special emphasis on Ichneumonoidea. Peerj, 11, p.e15874.

Eggs B, Fischer S, Csader M, Mikó I, Rack A, and Betz O (2023)“Terebra Steering in Chalcidoid Wasps.” Frontiers in Zoology 20: 26. 

Girón JC, Tarasov S, González Montaña LA, Matentzoglu N, Smith AD, Koch M, Boudinot BE, Bouchard P, Burks R, Vogt L and Yoder M, Osumi-Sutherland D, Friedrich F, Beutel RG and Mikó I (2023) Formalizing Invertebrate Morphological Data: A Descriptive Model for Cuticle-Based Skeleto-Muscular Systems, an Ontology for Insect Anatomy, and their Potential Applications in Biodiversity Research and Informatics. Systematic biology, p.syad025.

Moser M, Ulmer JM, van de Kamp T, Vasilița C, Renninger M, Mikó I and Krogmann L. (2023) Surprising morphological diversity in ceraphronid wasps revealed by a distinctive new species of Aphanogmus (Hymenoptera: Ceraphronoidea). European Journal of Taxonomy, 864, pp.146-166.

Blaimer, BB, Santos, BF, Cruaud, A, Gates, MW, Kula, RR, Mikó I, Rasplus, JY, Smith, DR, Talamas, EJ, Brady, SG and Buffington, ML (2023) Key innovations and the diversification of Hymenoptera. Nature Communications, 14(1), p.1212.

Ulmer JM., Mikó I, Richter A, Helms A, van de Kamp T and Krogmann L (2023) ‘Social glands’ in parasitoids?–convergent evolution of metapleural glands in Hymenoptera. Insect Systematics and Diversity, 7(2).

Tarasov S, Mikó I, Yoder MJ (2022) ontoFAST: An R package for interactive and semi‐automatic annotation of characters with biological ontologies. Methods in Ecology and Evolution.13(2):324-9.

Hines, HM, Kilpatrick SK, Mikó I, Snellings D, López-Uribe MM, and Tian L (2022) The diversity, evolution, and development of setal morphologies in bumble bees (Hymenoptera: Apidae: Bombus spp.)." PeerJ 10 (2022): e14555.

Vogt L, Mikó I, Bartolomaeus T. (2022) Anatomy and the type concept in biology show that ontologies must be adapted to the diagnostic needs of research. Journal of Biomedical Semantics. 2022 Dec;13(1):1-27.

Hameed, A., Ulmer, J.M., Mikó, I., Rosa, C. and Rajotte, E.G. (2022) Morphology of the Female Reproductive System of the Soybean Thrips, Neohydatothrips variabilis (Beach, 1896)(Thysanoptera: Thripidae). Insects, 13(7), p.566.

van de Kamp T, Mikó I, Staniczek AH, Eggs B, Bajerlein D, Faragó T, Hagelstein L, Hamann E, Spiecker R, Baumbach T, Janšta P. (2022)  Evolution of flexible biting in hyperdiverse parasitoid wasps. Proceedings of the Royal Society B. 289(1967):20212086.

Seltmann K, Allen J, Brown BV, Carper A, Engel MS, Franz N, Gilbert E, Grinter C, Gonzalez VH, Horsley P, Lee S. Maier C, Mikó I, Morris P, Oboyski P, Pierce NE, Poelen J, Scott VL, Smith M, Talamas EJ, Tsutsui ND, Tucker E (2021) Announcing Big-Bee: An initiative to promote understanding of bees through image and trait digitization. Biodiversity Information Science and Standards. 2021 Sep 7;5(e74037).

Mikó I, Masner L, Ulmer JM, Raymond M, Hobbie J, Tarasov S, Margaría CB, Seltmann KC, Talamas EJ (2021) A semantically enriched taxonomic revision of Gryonoides Dodd, 1920 (Hymenoptera, Scelionidae), with a review of the hosts of Teleasinae. In: Lahey Z, Talamas E (Eds) Advances in the Systematics of Platygastroidea III. Journal of Hymenoptera Research 87: 523–573.

Mikó I, Raymond M, Talamas EJ (2021) New family-level characters for Platygastroidea. In: Lahey Z, Talamas E (Eds) Advances in the Systematics of Platygastroidea III. Journal of Hymenoptera Research 87: 235–249.

Wang X, Chen H, Mikó I, Huang Y, Zhu C (2021) Notes on the genus Dendrocerus Ratzeburg (Hymenoptera, Megaspilidae) from China, with description of two new species. Journal of Hymenoptera Research 86: 123-143.

Ulmer JM, Mikó I, Deans AR, Krogmann L (2021) The Waterston’s evaporatorium of Ceraphronidae (Ceraphronoidea, Hymenoptera): A morphological barcode to a cryptic taxon. Journal of Hymenoptera Research 85: 29–56. 

Yip E, Mikó I, Ulmer JM, Cherim NA, Townley MA, Poltak S, Helms A, De Moraes C, Mescher M, Tooker J (2021) Gigantic polyploid epidermal cells and male pheromone production in the tephritid fruit fly Eurosta solidaginis (Diptera: Tephritidae). Journal of Insect Physiology. 130. 

Csősz S, Seifert B, Mikó I, Boudinot B, Borowiec M, Fisher B, Prebus M, Puniamoorthy J, Rakotonirina JC, Rasoamanana N, Schultz R, Trietsch C, Ulmer J, Elek Z (2021) Insect morphometry is reproducible under average investigation standards. Ecology and Evolution. 11(1), pp.547-559. 

Trietsch C, Mikó I, Ezray B and Deans AR, (2020). A taxonomic revision of nearctic Conostigmus (hymenoptera: ceraphronoidea: megaspilidae). Zootaxa, 4792(1), pp.1-155.

Klopfstein S, Santos BF, Shaw MR, Alvarado M, Bennett AM, Dal Pos D, Giannotta M, Florez AFH, Karlsson D, Khalaim AI, Lima AR,  Mikó I, Sääksjärvi IE, Shimizu S, Spasojevic T, van Noort S, Vilhelmsen L, Broad GR (2019). Darwin wasps: a new name heralds renewed efforts to unravel the evolutionary history of Ichneumonidae. Entomological Communications, 1, pp.ec01006-ec01006. link

Földvári M, Mikó I, Ulmer JM, dos Santos Rolo T, Csősz S, Pomiankowski A, Baumbach T, van de Kamp T (2019) Universal locking mechanisms in insect legs: jumping and grasping. Insect Systematics and Diversity. link

Tarasov S, Mikó I, Yoder MJ, Uyeda J (2019) PARAMO pipeline: reconstructing ancestral anatomies using ontologies and stochastic mapping. Insect Systematics and Diversity. link

Mikó, I., Rahman, S.R., Anzaldo, S.S., van de Kamp, T., Parslow, B.A., Tatarnic, N.J., Wetherington, M.T., Anderson, J., Schilder, R.J., Ulmer, J.M., Deans, A.R. and Hines, H. (2019). Fat in the Leg: Function of the Expanded Hind Leg in Gasteruptiid Wasps (Hymenoptera: Gasteruptiidae). Insect Systematics and Diversity, 3(1), p.2.

Mikó I, Trietsch C, van de Kamp T, Masner L, Ulmer JM, Yoder MJ, Zuber M, Sandall EL, Baumbach T and Deans AR (2018) Revision of Trassedia (Hymenoptera: Ceraphronidae), an evolutionary relict with an unusual distribution. Insect Systematics and Diversity.

Mikó I, van de Kamp T, Trietsch C, Ulmer JM, Zuber M, Baumbach T, Deans AR (2018) A new megaspilid wasp from Eocene Baltic amber (Hymenoptera: Ceraphronoidea), with notes on two non-ceraphronoid families: Radiophronidae and Stigmaphronidae. PeerJ 6:e5174

Trietsch C, Mikó I, Notton D, Deans A (2018) Unique extrication structure in a new megaspilid, Dendrocerus scutellaris Trietsch & Mikó (Hymenoptera: Megaspilidae). Biodiversity Data Journal 6: e22676

Ulmer J, Mikó I, Deans A (2018) Ceraphron krogmanni (Hymenoptera: Ceraphronidae), a new species from Lower Saxony with unusual male genitalia. Biodiversity Data Journal 6: e24173

Mikó I, Trietsch C, Sandall E, Yoder MJ, Hines H, Deans AR (2016) Malagasy Conostigmus and the secret of scutes. PeerJ 4:e2682 DOI:

Mikó I, Copeland RS, Balhoff JP, Yoder MJ, Deans AR (2014) Folding wings like a cockroach: a review of transverse wing folding ensign wasps (Hymenoptera: Evaniidae: Afrevania and Trissevania). PLoS ONE 9(5): e94056. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0094056

Mikó I, Masner L, Johannes E, Yoder MJ, Deans AR (2013) Male terminalia of Ceraphronoidea: diversity in an otherwise monotonous taxon. Insect Systematics and Evolution 44: 261–347. DOI: 10.1163/1876312X-04402002

Mikó I, Friedrich F, Yoder MJ, Hines HM, Deitz LL, Bertone MA, Seltmann KC, Wallace MS, Deans AR (2012) On dorsal prothoracic appendages in treehoppers (Hemiptera: Membracidae) and the nature of morphological evidence. PLoS ONE 7(1): e30137. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0030137.

Mikó I, Vilhelmsen L, Johnson NF, Masner L, Pénzes Z (2007) Skeletomusculature of Scelionidae (Hymenoptera: Platygastroidea): head and mesosoma. Zootaxa 1571: 1–78.

Courses Taught

  • BIOL 412H: Honors/Intro Bio:Evo Biodiv&Ec
  • BIOL 695: Biology Teaching Practices
  • BMS 799H: Senior Honors Thesis
  • ZOOL 555: Introduction to Entomology
  • ZOOL 625: Principles Animal Physiology
  • ZOOL 626: Animal Physiology Laboratory
  • ZOOL 626W: Animal Physiology Laboratory
  • ZOOL 795W: New Megaspilid fossils
  • ZOOL 799H: Honors Senior Thesis


  • Ph.D., Environmental Science, Szeged University
  • M.Sc., Biology, Szeged University