07/30/99 Entomology and Nematology News
Entomology and Nematology Student Organization
A University of Florida Publication
Wish I Were a Fly on the Wall
by Robert D. Cowan
There once was a fly on the wall
I wonder why didn't it fall
Because its feet stuck
Or was it just luck
Or does gravity miss things so small?
from http://www.aps.org/apsnews/l 1855.html
Yasmin Cardoza, former M.S. student with Dr. McAuslane, has recently finished a one-year practical
training program at the USDA-ARS/CMAVE Insect attractants Lab. During this year she conducted
research, under the supervision of Dr. Jim Tumlinson, on the environmental and chemical regulation of
herbivore-induced synomone release by corn and cotton seedlings. At the moment, Yasmin has accepted a
research assistantship from Dr. Tumlinson and will start her Ph.D. program in our department during
Janete Brito won a Society of Nematologist travel grant to attend the annual meeting in Monterey, CA
July 6- July 9. The award was for $500.
GRADUATES GOING PLACES
Dr. Nancy C. Hinkle, has been awarded tenure and also promoted to Associate Professor in the Department
of Entomology at the University of California, Riverside. Nancy is a 1992 graduate of our department and
is Dr. Koehler's first graduate student to earn tenure!
Cardoza Yasmin J., Heather J. McAuslane, and Susan E. Webb. 1999. Mechanisms of Resistance to
Whitefly-Induced Squash Silverleaf Disorder in Zucchini. J. Econ. Entomol. 92(3):700-707
Cuda, J.P., P.E. Parker, R.A. Goodson and J.L. Gillmore. 1998. Evaluation of Ditylenchusphyllobius
(Tylenchida: Anguinidae) as a potential biological control agent for Solanum viarum and Solanum
tampicense (Solanaceae). Nematropica 28: 107-111.
Cuda, J.P. 1999. Weed Reads- A Review of Biological Control of Weeds: A World Catalogue of Agents
and their Target Weeds. Wildland Weeds 2: 8.
The department will have two booths at the Florida Turfgrass Association's annual meetings in Gainesville,
Aug 9-12, 1999. Exhibit days are Aug 11th and 12th. Stop by for a visit if you're in town. Free admission
to the exhibit hall on the 12th.
Dr. James P. Cuda attended the X International Symposium on Biological Control of Weeds held at
Montana State University, July 4-9, in Bozeman, Montana. Cuda authored and/or coauthored five poster
presentations at the meeting. After the symposium, Dr. Henrique Pedrosa from the Federal University of
Parana, Curitiba, Brazil, and two of his students visited the department. Dr. Pedrosa is a collaborator on the
Brazilian peppertree biological control project.
Dr. Gary Buckingham, Chris Bennett, and Susan Wineriter attended the X International Symposium on
Biological Control of Weeds July 4-9 in Bozeman, Montana. Gary presented a poster on the melaleuca
sawfly, Chris presented a poster on the fauna ofhydrilla, and Susan presented a poster on the melaleuca
psyllid. They also visited field sites of weed biocontrol projects in the area; the most spectacular was the
control of leafy spurge, a rangeland weed, by Aphthona spp. flea beetles.
Best of the Bugs
The latest addition to the UF Best of the Bugs WWW site is the Monarch Watch. Examine this and the
other Best of the Bugs sites at http://pests.ifas.ufl.edu/Bestbugs/.
Grissell, E.E., and M.T. Sanford. Small carpenter bees, Ceratina spp.
Grissell, E.E., M.T. Sanford, and T.R. Fasulo. Large carpenter bees, Xylocopa spp.
Woodruff, R.E.. Rice beetle, Dyscinetus morator (Fab.)
Weems, H.V., and T. R. Fasulo. Crab louse, Pthirus pubis (Linnaeus)
Weems, H.V., and T. R. Fasulo. Human lice, Pediculus spp.
Capinera, J.L.. Beet armyworm, Spodoptera exigua (Hubner)
Skelley, P.E. Pleasing fungus beetles, Pseudischyrus, Tritoma, Megalodacne, Ischyrus spp.
Nguyen, K.B. Mole cricket nematode, Steinernema scapterisci Nguyen & Smart.
Capinera, J.L. Banded cucumber beetle, Diabrotica balteata LeConte
Dekle, G.W. Cabbage palm caterpillar, Litoprosopusfutilis (G. & R.).
Sanford, M.T. Small hive beetle, Aethina tumida (Murray).
Capinera, J.L. Fall armyworm, Spodopterafrugiperda (J.E. Smith).
Denmark, H.A. and D.O. Wolfenbarger. Redbanded thrips, Selenothrips rubrocinctus (Giard).
Weissling, T.J., F.W. Howard and A.B. Hamon. Cycad aulacaspis scale, Aulacaspis yasumatsui Takagi.
Weissling, T.J., F.W. Howard and A. Meerow. Royal palm bug, Xylastodoria luteolus Barber.
Denmark, H.A., H.L. Cromroy, L. Cutts and M.T. Sanford. Varroa mite, Varroajacobsoni Oudemans.
To save space in the newsletter, the citations for Featured Creatures are not listed exactly as they should
be referenced in a list of publications. The complete citation is: Author(s). (date). Title. UF/IFAS Featured
Creatures. EENY- ##. URL
This is why we have to advertise, advertise, advertise, advertise...
A new study from the scientific journal Nature reports that the Internet's rapid growth is outpacing the
capabilities of most search engines. The most sophisticated search engines list no more than 16 percent of
all Web sites on the Internet, according to the report, and the majority of engines cover less than 10 percent
each. Northern Light got top ranks in the report with 16 percent coverage, while Lycos, a much more
popular and well-known engine, covers just 2.5 percent. Combined, all of the major engines cover just 42
percent of the Web. The remainder of sites are lost to users unless they know the exact address of a Web
site. The search engine companies do not dispute the report's findings, and analysts say the situation may
give rise to a backwards leap in the distribution of information as more data is lost to easy public view than
is made available. (Los Angeles Times 07/08/99, via Edupage)
Florida Pest Alert
Need to get out a message on a new or reoccuring pest? If you're a state of Florida entomologist,
nematologist or plant pathologist consider posting it on Pest Alert. This site (available through http://www.
ifas.ufl.edu/-pest/) posts messages from university and state agency scientists, or links to their WWW
sites. A short message about the posting is then sent to all Florida county extension offices and to the Pest
Alert list server. This list server now has subscribers from all over the United States and from 15 other
countries as well. Send your notices to Tom Fasulo at fasulo(ifas.ufl.edu You can also subscribe to the
list server on the WWW site.
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From the Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest
"This is almost worth the high blood pressure!" he thought, as yet another mosquito exploded." -- Richard
Patching, Calgary, Alberta
LESSER OF TWO WEEVILS
In the spring of 1997, a few hundred Oxyops vitiosa, a tip-feeding weevil, were released in south Florida as
a potential biocontrol agent of melaleuca. Ted Center has reported that the weevils are now established at
nine sites. Last fall, at one 7.3 hectare site in Lee County, a population of 2000 adults and 22,000 larvae
was estimated after one transect sampling; tips of more than 12,000 coppiced stumps were damaged.
Recently, damage to some plants at this site has been so great that plants have died. Many people
connected to the department have been involved in this project (Dale Habeck, Gary Buckingham, Ted
Center, Joe Balciunas, Howard Frank, Chris Bennett, Barbara Dawicke, James Okine, Susan Wineriter,
and Jason Stanley) and are delighted that the weevil has established, expanded its range, and is having a
damaging effect on melaleuca.
Roach collection boxes should be arriving in the next week, volunteers are needed to pin roaches and
construct boxes. Each collection brings in $500 and these collections are the cornerstone to all of ENSO's
Thanks to the many students that ate lunch with the teaching candidates.It was a great learning experience
for all involved. There are several conferences coming up-- FACT in September, Turfgrass in August.
Volunteers are needed to represent our department. These conferences offer students a great oppurtuntity
to make contacts and get exposure.
Congrats to the recent recipients of ENSO travel grants-- Janete Brito, Claudia Reigel, JuanAlvarez, and
Marco Toapanta. Travel grants are competitive and only active members recieve them.
Check out the ENSO webpage http://grove.ufl.edu/-enso. The next meeting will be during the first week
of classes, please look for announcements and emails notifying you of the date and time.
Movie night will start on the 9th of September with the classic 1954 hit "Them!". Popcorn and admission is
free. Drinks will be 50 cents each. For those few who may have never heard of this movie here is a brief
synopsis. "Atomic radiation once again manages to transform tiny harmless creatures into gigantic holy
terrors. Probably the best of the '50s phenomenon, this top-notch thriller witnesses an invasion of giant ants
using the sewer systems of Los Angeles like a vast ant farm."
Out-Reach is a departmental sponsored program in which students and even faculty go out and teach the
public about insects (and nematodes when requested) at different events, but mainly in schools. Out-Reach
is coordinated by graduate student Tom Merritt and helped advised by Dr. John Zenger, the 4-H
extension unit coordinator for Alachua County. Out-Reach recently has been going places and doing
things it has never done before. At one point around the department you may have seen what had looked
like the army moving in, but in reality it was the Gainesville Police Department's Juvenile Corrections
Camp Students. They came to learn about Entomology and possible career choices for the kids to show
them if they straighten up now they can have a great future for tomorrow. Big THANKS! to all those who
helped in presenting and touring the kids around.
Out-Reach has also just been booming ever since the article in the Gainesville Sun. Tom has been
traveling to at least one school or summer camp a week if not more. And the presentations have ranged
from being for a normal class all the way to being made the main event of a birthday party. The request for
Out-Reach has gotten to the point where programs are having to be planned as far ahead as October.
Tours also occur in this building rather frequently and Tom is looking for new spots to take the kids to. A
big thanks goes out to the Urban lab (Dr.Koehler), the Ant lab (Dr.Stimac), and the Grasshopper lab (Dr.
Capinera) who have always helped out and hopefully will keep up their great tradition. The type of lab
Tom's looking for is one that has insects the kids can see and see what they do. Also to have someone
there to explain what goes on in the lab and about the insects. Tom is also hoping someone in the
nematode labs would be willing to show off their knowledge and their lab along with being able to see real
Please remember these are kids and they want to SEE something, not just hear about things. That's why
not all labs are appropriate for the tour. And finally on a similar note, Tom has been trying to keep many
live insects to be able to take to show to the kids. He is looking for any insects that people are willing to
teach him how to rear; or if they are willing to allow him to come a borrow just for the presentations at the
schools and return them afterwards like the Urban lab does.
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Editor: Michael Patnaude
This version of the newsletter is prepared for the Web by Kathryn Jones.
July 1999. Updated May 2003.
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