Dr. Leonila C. Raros, Professor Emeritus at the Crop Science Cluster, College of Agriculture is the Museum's Curator for Mites. She is also the Curator Emeritus of the Entomological Museum. Dr. Raros obtained her BS Agriculture, 1961 and MS (Entomology) 1964 from UPLB. He garnered her PhD (Entomology) in 1970 from the University of Minnesota. She also spent one term attendance each in the Ohio State University (Summer Institute of Acarology 1965) and University of Kansas (Fall 1965).

She rose from being an Assistant Instructor (1963) to Professor Emeritus (2006 to present). She has had teaching stints at the Central Luzon State University and Visayas State College of Agriculture.

Together with with a mycologist colleague, Raros wrote the working papers that served as basis for the establishment of the UPLB Museum of Natural History.

Raros research interest include the following: acarology (taxonomy, ecology and general biology of phytophagous and predatory plant mites, and oribatid soil mites), systematic entomology (Aphididae), and community ecology of soil arthropods.

She has published 128 scientific papers, mostly as senior or sole author; discovered, named and described 347 new species and 21 new genera of Philippine mites, and 13 new species of North American aphids; identified and recorded 318 mite species as new to the Philippines; collaborated with acarologists from Australia, France, Belgium, Poland, China, Russia and the United States on the taxonomy of various groups of mites.

A distinguished scientist, she has been recognized for her contributions by colleagues from several countries. Fifteen (15) new species and 1 genus of mites, insects and spiders have been named in her honour.

Selected Publications

2014. Additional species of soil mites of the subgenus Protoribates (Triaunguis) (Acari: Oribatida: Protoribatidae), with key to Philippine species. Asia Life Sci. 23(1): 1-16.

2014. Survey of predatory mites associated with the Broad Mite, Polyphagotarsonemus latus (Banks) (Acari: Tarsonemidae) and new records of other plant mites in selected provinces in Luzon and Palawan Islands, Philippines. Philipp. Ent. Xx. In Press.

2013. Oribatid mites of the subgenus Protoribates (Triaunguis) Kulijev (Acari: Oribatida: Protoribatidae) mainly frpm Mt. Makiling, Laguna, Philippines. Asia Life Sci. 22(2): 371-391.

2013. Dr. Clare R. Baltazar: trailblazer in systematic entomology in the Philippines. p.24-40 In: Tecson-Mendoza, EM. Ed., Filipino Trailblazers in Science. National Academy of Science and Technology, Manila. Philippines.

2013. Soil-inhabiting mites from the Quezon National Park and Southern Sierra Madre Mountains in Quezon Province, Luzon Island, Philippines. Philipp. Ent. 27(2): 151-175.

2011. New species and records of Oribatida and other soil-inhabiting mites (Acari) mainly from Luzon and Mindanao Islands, Philippines, Asia Life Sci. 20(1): 37- 61.

2010a. Philippine soil mites of the family Epilohmanniidae (Acari: Oribatida). Asia Life Sci. 19(1): 191-206.

2010b. Some mites of the family Oripodidae (Acari: Oribatida) from the Philippines. Philipp. Ent. 24(1): 1-17.

2009. Two new species of oribatids (Acari: Oribatida: Astegestidae, Lohmanniidae) and additional records of soil-inhabiting mites from Polillo Island, Philippines. Philipp. Ent. 23)1): 8-17.

2009. Three new species of Phyllhermannia Berlese 1916 (Acari: Oribatida: Hermanniidae) from the Philippines, with note on the chaetotaxy of notogaster and legs in this genus. Asia Life Sci. 18(1): 17-34.

2009a. Philippine oribatid mites of the genus Phyllhermannia Berlese 1916 (Acari: Oribatida: Hermanniidae). Asia Life Sci. 18(1): 35-56.

2009b. The genera Octodurozetes and Polillozetes n. g. (Acari: Oribatida: Xylobatidae) from the Philippines. Asia Life Sci. 18(2): 195-205.

2008. Additional species of Cunaxinae and first report of the subfamily Neobonziinae (Cunaxidae, Acari) from the Philippines. Asia Life Sci. 17(1): 71-89.

2008. A revision of the genus Basiceremaeus Corpuz-Raros 1979 (Acari: Oribatida: Otocepheidae) including the description of a new species from Bangladesh. Asia Life Sci. 17(2): 179-187.

2007. Additional species of Bonziinae and Cunaxoidinae and description of the male of Coleoscirus horidula (Tseng) (Coleoscirinae) from the Philippines (Cunaxidae, Acari). Asia Life Sci. 16(2): 153-173.

Bayubay A.L.G. and L.A. Corpuz-Raros. 2006. Taxonomic survey of mites and sap sucking insects associated with cassava especially in commercial plantations in Isabela Province, Philippines. Philipp. Ent. 20(2): 102-125.

Malveda, A.L.U. and L.A. Corpuz-Raros. 2006. Biology of the predatory mite, Neoseiulus calorai (Corpuz and Rimando) (Acari: Phytoseiidae) on Tetranychus urticae Koch (Acari: Tetranychidae). Philipp. Ent. 20(1): 56-80.

Affandi, L.A. Corpuz-Raros and S.G. Reyes, 2005. Diversity and abundance of mites in a mandarin citrus orchard in West Sumatra. Indonesian Journal of Agricultural Science 7(2): 52-58.

2005. Dr. Clare R. Baltazar: systematists do not die, they live forever. . p.xx-xx In: Mendoza, M. and S.B. Jamias, Eds., Heroes of Science: National Scientists of the Philippines Volume 2. Children’s Version. National Academy of Science and Technology, Department of Science and Technology, Manila. In Press

2005. Functional response of three phytoseiid mites (Phytoseiidae, Acari) on two spotted mite, Tetranychus urticae Koch (Tetranychudae, Acari) Philipp. Ent. 19(2): 168-181.

2005. Mass rearing techniques for Proprioseiopsis lenis (Corpuz and Rimando) and Neoseiulus calorai (Corpuz and Rimando) with notes on the biology of P. lenis. Philipp. Ent. 19(2): 182-192.

2005a. Some species of Eupodes (Acari: Actinedida, Eupodidae) from the Philippines including new records of two species from Java, Indonesia and Singapore. Asia Life Sci. 14(2): 133-145.

2005b. Six new species records of plant-inhabiting mites (Acari: Actinedida) from the Philippines. Asia Life Sci. 14(2): 147-161.

2005c. Some new species records, discovery of males in two species and first report on Wolbachia infection in predatory mites (Phytoseiidae, Acari) from the Philippines. Philipp. Agric. Sci. 88(4): 431-439.

2005d. Checklist and bibliography of Philippine mites and ticks (Acari), 1844-2005. Philipp. Ent. 19: 99-167.

2005. New host and geographic records of Philippine plant mites (Acari) mainly on ornamental plants. I. Gamasida and Actinedida. Asia Life Sci. 14 (1): 23-41.

2005. Mass rearing of the two spotted spider mite, Tetranychus urticae Koch (Tetranychidae: Acarina) on water hyacinth. Philipp. Ent. 19(1): 78-83.

Corpuz-Raros, L.A., R.C. Garcia, C.R. Rabara-Bravo and M.M. Navasero. 2005. New host and geographic records of Philippine plant mites (Acari) mainly on ornamental plants. II. Acaridida and Oribatida. Asia Life Sci. 14(2): 163-177.

Corpuz-Raros, L.A. and W.SM. Gruezo. 2005. A preliminary list of soil mites (Acari) from Samar Island Natural Park, Philippines with some new species and new records of Oribatida. Asia Life Sci. 14(2): 191-206.

Corpuz-Raros, L.A. and I.L. Lit, Jr. 2005. Some soil-inhabiting mites (Acari) from Polillo Island, Philippines with descriptions of two new species of Oribatida (Otocepheidae, Oxyameridae). Asia Life Sci. 14(2): 179-190.

(Corpuz-)Raros, L.A., E.N. Bernardo and V.R. Ocampo, Eds., 2004. Abstracts of theses and dissertations. p. 31-429. In: [Entom-UPLB] Department of Entomology, UPLB-CA. Abstracts of Theses, Department of Entomology, College of Agriculture, University of the Philippines Los Baños, 1918-2003. Department of Entomology, UPLB-CA, College, Laguna.

2004. Some new and unusual otocepheids from Samar and Mindanao Is., Philippines (Acari: Oribatida: Otocepheidae). Philipp. Agric. Sci. I87(1): 14-22.

2004. Introduction. p. 1-7; and Indices, p. 430-474. In: [Entom-UPLB] Department of Entomology, UPLB-CA. Abstracts of Theses, Department of Entomology, College of Agriculture, University of the Philippines Los Baños, 1918-2003. Department of Entomology, UPLB-CA, College, Laguna

Corpuz-Raros, L.A., R.C. Garcia and M.M. Navasero. 2004. Mites associated with the culture of roses in the Philippines. Asia Life Sci. 13(1&2): 1-39.

Navasero, M.M., L.A. Corpuz-Raros, R.C. Garcia and M.V. Navasero. 2004. Mass rearing of Tetranychus truncatus Ehara (Tetranychidae: Acarina) on water hyacinth, Eichhornia crassipes L. Philipp. Ent. 18(2): 121-126.

2003. Research note: A new name for Amblyseius syzygii Corpuz-Raros (Acari: Phytoseiidae). Philipp. Agric. Sci. 86(1): 46.

2003. Three new species and five new records of primitive oribatids from the Philippines (Acari: Oribatida). Asia Life Sci. 12(1): 1-18.

2002. Philippine acarine biological control agents: status, bioecology and research prospects. Philipp. Agric. Sci. 85(2): 137-154.

Corpuz-Raros, L.A. and L. C. Rimando. 2001. A review and revised checklist of the mites in B.P. Gabriel's "Insects and Mites Injurious to Philippine Crop Plants." Philipp. Ent. 15(2): 163-179.

2001a. Further records of predatory phytoseiid mites (Phytoseiidae, Acari) from the Philippines. Philippine Agricultural Scientist 84(3): 255-277.

2001b. New mite pests and new host records of phytophagous mites (Acari) from the Philippines. Philipp. Agric. Sci. 84(4): 341-351.

2001c. A checklist and host index of Philippine mites (Acari) associated with arthropods. Philipp. Ent. 15(1): 45-66.

2001d. Tuckerella filipina, a new species of Tuckerellidae (Acari) from the Philippines (Acari: Cheyletidae). Int. J. Acarol. 27(1): 71-74.

2000a. Two new species and a new record of Bak from the Philippines (Acari: Cheyletidae). Int. J. Acarol. 26(4): 329-334.

2000b. Guide to Philippine predatory mites: family Cheyletidae Leach. UPLB Mus. Publ. Nat. Hist. 2: 1-80.

2000c. Mites of the genus Dolicheremaeus Jacot from the Philippines (Acari: Oribatida). Philipp. Agric. Sci. 83(2): 45-91.