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Title: Entomology and nematology newsletter
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Creator: University of Florida Department of Entomology and Nematology
Publisher: Department of Entomology and Nematology, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, University of Florida
Publication Date: October 2004
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October 2004


Faculty News

Dr. Russ Mizell added a file on "Monitoring
stink bugs with the Florida stink bug trap" to
his Insects, Traps and Sampling Web site at
http://ufinsect.ifas.ufl.edu/.

Dr. Malcolm (Tom) Sanford, who "retired"
from IFAS as its apiculture specialist, but not
from bees or beekeeping, was invited as a
journalist to cover the 15th Brazilian
Beekeeping Congress in Natal. See his first
article in the September 2004 American Bee
Journal. On the heels of that, he attended the
18th Mexican Beekeeping Seminar in
Villahermosa, Mexico, giving two
presentations (Tolerance to Varroa and New
Technologies in Beekeeping) escaping the
wrath of Frances, flying out on the same day
the airport resumed service. He concluded
the summer escaping again just ahead of
Ivan, but being hit by the remains of Javier
on the west coast as part of a week-long
canoe trip down the Green River in Utah
from Mineral Bottom to the confluence with
the Colorado, paralleling the experience of
the Powell Expedition 1869 through
Labyrinth and Stillwater Canyons (now part
of the Canyonlands National Park). Dr.
Sanford has returned and is resuming his
"normal" activity as executive secretary of
the Florida State Beekeepers Association and
utility player on the "Flycatchers," the
Entomology-Nematology Department's


premier co-ed intramural softball team. See
his Web site at http://beeactor.vze.com/.

Dr. Marc Branham is the new Book Review
Editor for the journal Cladistics the
international journal of the Willi Hennig
Society. Marc welcomes recommendations of
new books dealing with systematics,
organismal biology, behavioral ecology, etc.,
that people would like to see brought to the
attention of a larger audience.

Dr. James P. Cuda was selected for
inclusion in the forthcoming 8th Edition of
Who's Who in Science and Engineering.

We recently interviewed both candidates for
the Veterinary Entomology position, Drs.
Jeffery K. Tomberlin and Phillip E.
Kaufman. We will vote on the candidates at
a meeting on 14 October at 1:15 p.m.

Student News

During May, Ph.D. student John Warner
gave two presentations at the National
Conference on Urban Entomology in
Phoenix, AZ. The presentations were co-
authored with Dr. Rudi Scheffrahn and
were entitled "White-footed ant feeding
preferences and pesticide efficacy trials," and
"Meet the White-footed ant."


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Ph.D. entomology student Emily Heffernan,
a Graduate Research Associate at the
McGuire Center for Lepidoptera and
Biodiversity, was asked to be the University
of Florida Student Representative to the
McGuire Center. She gave some brief
remarks and accepted the McGuire Center on
behalf of the students at the official
dedication on 8 October.

Awards

Two other students received awards at the
annual meeting of the 87th Florida
Entomological Society, which was combined
with the 5th International Caribbean
Conference, held 25-28 July in Fort
Lauderdale, Florida. Scott Weihman
received a 1st Prize at the M.S. level for his
paper, "Monitoring and control tactics for
grape root-borer in Florida Vineyards."
Daniel Frank received 2nd prize for his
paper, "Effects of living and synthetic
mulches on the population dynamics of
homopteran pests, their associated natural
enemies, and insect transmitted diseases."
Dr. Oscar Liburd is the advisor for both
students.

Dr. James P. Cuda was selected by the
Florida Association of Natural Resource
Extension Professionals as one of the
recipients of a team award in the Innovative
Program Category for his contribution to
TAME melaleuca.

Publications

Warner J, Scheffrahn RH. 2004. Feeding
preferences of white-footed ants,
Technomyrmex albipes (Hymenoptera:
Formicidae), to selected liquids.
Sociobiology. 44: 403-412. (Available at


http://shalompest.homestead.com/WarnerSc
heffrahn_2004_Feeding_Pref WFA.pdf)

Liburd OE, Holler TC, Moses AL. 2004.
Toxicity of imidacloprid-treated spheres to
Caribbean fruit fly, Anastrepha suspense
(Loew) (Diptera: Tephritidae) and its
parasitoid Diachasmimorpha longicaudata
(Ashmead) (Hymenoptera: Braconidae) in
the laboratory. Journal of Economic
Entomology 97: 525-529.

Sarzynski EM, Liburd OE. 2004. Effect of
trap height and within-planting location on
captures of cranberry fruitworm
(Lepidoptera: Pyralidae) in highbush
blueberries. Agricultural and Forest
Entomology 6: 199-204

Liburd OE. 2004. Identification of host
volatile compounds for monitoring blueberry
maggot fly. Small Fruits Review 3: 307-312.

Stelinski LL, Pelz KS, Liburd OE. 2004.
Field observations quantifying attraction of
the parasitic wasp, Diachasma alloeum
(Hymenoptera: Braconidae) to blueberry
maggot fly, Rhagoletis mendax (Diptera:
Tephritidae). Florida Entomologist 87:
124-129.

Mead FW. (June 2004). Oak treehopper,
Platycotis vittata (Fabricius). UF/IFAS
Featured Creatures. EENY-328.
http://creatures.ifas.ufl.edu/om/oaktreehopp
er.htm

Mead FW. (June 2004). Citrus flatid
planthopper, Metcalfa pruinosa (Say).
UF/IFAS Featured Creatures. EENY-329.
http://creatures.ifas.ufl.edu/om/shrubs/citrus
flatid_planthopper.htm









Meetings and Presentations


Coordinators for this semester are graduate
students Veronica Manrique, Rodrigo Diaz
and Karla Addesso.

10/14 Dr. Jane Polston (UF/IFAS).
"Interactions of tomato plants, begomo-
viruses, and the whitefly, Bemisia tabaci."

10/21 Dr. Baldwyn Torto (UF/IFAS).
"Chemical ecology of the small hive beetle:
An alarming development for honeybees."

10/28 Dr. Charles Cowell (University of
Louisville, Kentucky). "A summary of forty
years of Lepidoptera and mosquito research
at the University of Louisville, Kentucky."

11/04 Dr. Catherine Mannion (UF/IFAS).
"Nursery production and exotic insect pests."

11/18 Dr. Stephen M. Ferkovich (ARS-
USDA, Gainesville). "Improvement of
artificial diets for beneficial insects with
host-derived factors and insect cell lines."

12/02 Dr. Dave Carlson (ARS-USDA
Gainesville). "Chemotaxonomy of insects
using surface hydrocarbons."

Grants

Dr. Oscar Liburd and Ph.D. student
Alejandro Arevalo received a two year
grant from the United States Environmental
Protection Agency for $60,000. The grant is
to continue studying the biology and
behavior of thrips and gall midge in southern
blueberry planting.


Dr. James P. Cuda participated in a
Grantsmanship Workshop held in Atlanta,
GA, 15-16 September. The workshop,
co-sponsored by the University of Georgia,
Clemson University and Auburn University,
focused on how to prepare and submit a
successful USDA competitive grant
proposal.

Buy Me Some Peanuts...

The department's softball team, the
Flycatchers, is undefeated so far in its first
season with a record of 3-0. The scores for
the first three games were 12-9, 15-2 and
26-3. Games are on Thursday nights at 8:00
p.m. at the softball field behind the
Southwest Recreation Center. The team has
another games on October 21st and then goes
to the playoffs. Playoff times will be
announced. Please come out and show your
support for the department. The team
includes: Dr. Jim Cuda 3rd base, Trey
Deller left center, Aissa Dounbouya -
catcher, Jim Dunford 1st base, Collin
Hickey short stop, Crystal Kelts 2nd
base, Jennifer Meyer right field, Sonja
Peters left field, Dr. Malcolm Sanford -
1st base and 3rd base, Harry Scheulen -
pitcher, Gisette Seferina right center.

NATL News

The Natural Area Teaching Laboratory
(NATL) is a 46-acre tract west and south of
the Entomology and Nematology (EYN)
building that is dedicated to teaching
students and the public about ecology and
biodiversity. Here are events of interest that
have occurred since last spring.


Fall Entomology Seminars









Upland Pine Restoration: Nearly 300 small
pots ofwiregrass, 500 wiregrass plugs, 50
small turkey oaks, and 52 six-foot-tall
longleaf pines were transplanted into the
public-area upland pine.

Surge Area Wetland: This is ca. 12 acres east
of Natural Area and Surge Area Drive. Its
dominant feature is a large, temporary lake
that drains into NATL's sinkhole pond,
which drains directly into the Florida
aquifer. On the unanimous recommendation
of the NATL Advisory Committee, the
Lakes, Vegetation and Landscaping
Committee recently approved (1) the concept
that academic users of NATL will benefit
from having easy and inviting access to the
Surge Area Wetland, and (2) the building of
two sections of corral fence, as a start toward
implementing this concept. The committee
working on the 2005 revision of the UF
master plan recommended that this area
become "NATL East."

Natural Area Park: This is the small park that
is across the street from the EYN building in
the northeast corner of NATL. Fifteen trees
were planted east of the table area: three
redbuds and one each of hop hornbeam, wild
plum, Florida maple, yaupon, mockernut
hickory, pignut hickory, magnolia, turkey
oak, swamp chestnut oak, winged elm,
basswood, and cedar. Three picnic tables
were added to the five already in place and
two loads of wood chips were spread among
and near the tables on bare, compacted soil.
Plans for an ADA-compliant sidewalk
between the Park and the Cultural Complex
and plans for a two-board corral fence on the
north and east Park boundaries were
approved and funded, with construction of
both projects scheduled for this fall.


Hurricanes: Frances and Jeanne had a
significant impact on NATL's hammock
ecosystem. Among the specimen trees felled
were a 31-inch [diameter breast high] swamp
chestnut oak, a 33-inch water oak, 15- and
18-inch live oaks, a 19-inch sweet gum, and
a 26-inch laurel oak. The large longleaf
pines in NATL's upland pine ecosystem
seemed to have survived the winds except for
a 16-inch tree in the restricted area and an
18-inch tree in the public area.

Miscellany: Eight new trail signs were
installed in NATL's public area. Funding was
obtained for control ofNATL's cogon grass
and other invasive exotics. A milk-can type
rain gage, courtesy of the EYN Department,
was installed at the intersection of East Trail
and the trail that bisects the old field plots.
NATL's Web site is http://natl.ifas.ufl.edu/.

To Toss or not To?

The summer issue of the Alachua County
Office of Waste Alternatives' "One Person's
Trash" newsletter is available on its Web site
at http://www.alachua-wastewatchers.org/.
Read it and learn how to dispose of your
trash usefully.

Bug Quote

Sometimes you have to wonder what visitors
to our department might overhear and think
Recently, while walking past one of our
meeting rooms, I overheard one member of
our department saying to another, "...but we
want them dead!" I hope they were
discussing arthropods.









Featured Creatures

This popular UF/IFAS Department of
Entomology and Nematology and FDACS
Division of Plant Industry Web site is
available at http://creatures.ifas.ufl.edu/.
New files are added every month and older
files are updated as information becomes
available. Looking for some exposure for
you and your favorite creature? During the
last 12 months, the Featured Creatures Web
site recorded 1,408,329 distinct visitors and
2,705,171 page views.

New text and/or photographs were added to
Florida carpenter ant, land planarians and
Cuban laurel thrips.

A recent comment on Featured Creatures: "I
just wanted to thank you for the Featured
Creatures Web site and all the information on
insects. I am a biologist, but not an expert in
terrestrial insects, and am constantly getting
questions like 'what is this wasp that stung
me?' and the information on your site has
helped me provide answers. I had what I
think is a pigeon fly or a relative land on me
at one of our field sites (the area is a haven
for pigeons and pheasants) and couldn't find
info on it anywhere else. Thanks Dr. Ellen
Pehek, Senior Ecologist, City of New York
Parks & Recreation.

Tom Fasulo recently discovered that the
North American Plant Protection


Organization Phytosanitary Alert System at
http://www.pestalert.org/main.cfm also
references Featured Creatures articles. A
recent post on citrus greening disease in
Brazil referred readers to the Featured
Creatures article on Asiatic citrus psyllid, a
vector of the disease. In addition, the
Phytosanitary Alert System also refers its
readers to the UF/IFAS Pest Alert Web site.

Newsletter Minutia

Thomas Fasulo is the newsletter editor.
Please send submissions to him at
fasulo@ufl.edu. Issues are published about
the middle of each month. Items for each
month's issue should be sent no later than the
7th of that month.

Printed copies are distributed only within
Building 970. A notice is sent to all those on
the UF-Bugnews-1 listserv when HTML and
PDF copies are posted on the newsletter Web
site at http://entnews.ifas.ufl.edu/, which
contains instructions for subscribing and
unsubscribing to the listserv. Andy Koehler
does the coding for the HTML version.

During the last twelve months, the newsletter
Web site recorded 35,344 distinct visitors
and 59,680 page views. The newsletter
listserv has 236 subscribers.




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