Dr. Frank Slansky's Cuterebra bot fly Web
site (http://botfly.ifas.ufl.edu/index.htm) and
photos were recently featured on two other
Web sites: 1) An article by Bill Hilton Jr.
titled "Holey Squirrels", which comprised the
15-21 September 2004 topic for "This Week
at Hilton Pond." This is the weekly
e-newsletter of the Hilton Pond Center for
Piedmont Natural History in York, SC, at
.html. Bill was a coauthor with Slansky on a
2003 publication titled "Distribution of the
bot fly Cuterebra emasculator (Diptera:
Cuterebridae) in South Carolina". (J. Urban
& Agric. Entomol. 20: 82-91); 2) An article
by Sherry Kughn titled "Squirrels with
Barnacles" in the Jacksonville State
University (Alabama) News at http://www.
Dr. Xuguo "Joe" Zhou recently joined the
department as a post-doc working with Drs.
Mike Scharf and Faith Oi. Joe received his
BS and MS from Beijing Agricultural
College and China Agricultural University,
respectively, in entomology and insect
toxicology. In 2002, Joe received his PhD
from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in
insect biochemistry and toxicology, working
under Prof. Blair Siegfried. After one-year as
a post-doc at Purdue University working on
termite molecular biology, Joe came to UF to
join Mike Scharf, who also recently moved
to UF from Purdue. Joe is currently working
on functional characterization of termite
genes involved in caste differentiation, and
on cellulase genes/proteins from termites and
their endosymbiotic fauna. Joe is joined by
his wife Dr. Lan Kong. Lan holds a PhD in
computer science from the University of
Nebraska-Lincoln, and is responsible for the
recently completed renovations to the Insect
Toxicology Web site at
http://insecttoxicology.ifas.ufl.edu/. Joe and
Lan are also expecting a new addition to
their family this November!
Dr. James Cuda was invited by Dr. Steve
Lapointe, President of the Florida
Entomological Society, to Chair the Society's
Committee on Managing Invasive Species,
previously chaired by Dr. Norman Leppla.
Members of an industry advisory committee,
that the department had established, told us
they used the Web to look at C.V.s of
prospective employees. The committee
included representatives of government and
private organizations, major corporations,
consulting firms and other entities interested
in hiring our graduates. They then asked why
our students did not have their C.V.s online.
This was in 1995! As of October 2004, only
three out of 100 graduate students currently
listed on our departmental Web site
have C.V.s posted online. Possibly the rest
either already have jobs or do not want to
interrupt their studies by going to job
interviews until the week before graduation.
Speaking of graduate students, UF/IFAS
released data, for Fall 2004, showing that our
department has the highest number of
graduate students in the college.
At the last faculty meeting a provisional
motion was passed that requires all students
to take the Biology GRE and rank in the 25
percentile. Students must take the exam in
their first semester or before they come to
UF. If they do not reach the 25 percentile
they must take it again as soon as it is
offered. Students must take the test and have
25 percentile before taking qualifying exams.
The motion is provisional as campus faculty
felt that center faculty should be consulted
and asked to vote on this issue. The issue
will be discussed at the next faculty meeting
on December 9th at 1:00 pm.
Dr. Mirian Medina Hay-Roe, of the
McGuire Center for Lepidoptera and
Biodiversity, Florida Museum of Natural
History, was selected for the 2005 Edition of
the Who'sWho in America. In addition, her
BBC interview on the Talking Butterflies
(see the August 2004 issue) aired on
November 4th ( http://www.bbc.co.uk/
Serrano D, Foltz JL. (October 2004).
Yellowstriped oakworm, Anisotapeigleri
(Riotte). UF/IFAS Featured Creatures.
Tipping C, Mizell III RF. (October 2004).
Sharpshooters. UF/IFAS Featured Creatures.
fruit/sharp shooters/sharp shooters. htm
Martin CG, Cuda JP, Awadzi KD, Medal
JC, Habeck DH, Pedrosa-Macedo JH.
2004. Biology and laboratory rearing of
Episimus utilis (Lepidoptera: Tortricidae), a
candidate for classical biological control of
Brazilian Peppertree, Schinus terebinthifolius
(Anacardiaceae) in Florida. Environ.
Entomol. 33: 1351-1361.
Medal J, Ohashi D, Gandolfo D, McKay F,
Cuda J. 2004. Risk assessment of Gratiana
boliviana (Chrysomelidae), a potential
biocontrol agent of tropical soda apple,
Solanum viarum (Solanaceae) in the USA.
pp. 292-296. In Cullen JM, et al. (eds.).
Proceedings of the XI International
Symposium on Biological Control of Weeds,
April 27-May 2, 2003. Canberra, Australia.
Medal J. 2004. Perspectives on biological
control of invasive plants in Latin-America.
pp. 425-427. In Cullen JM, et al. (eds.).
Proceedings of the XI International
Symposium on Biological Control of Weeds,
April 27-May 2, 2003. Canberra, Australia.
Liburd OE, Finn EM. 2004. Small fruit
pests and their management. In Capinera JL
(ed.), Encyclopedia of Entomology. Vol. 3.
Kluwer Academic Publishers, Dordrect, The
Netherlands. pp. 2013-2029.
Liburd OE. 2004. Host volatile compounds
for monitoring blueberry maggot fly. In
Forney CF, Eaton LJ (eds). Proceedings of
the 9th North American Blueberry Research
and Extension Workers Conference. Food
Products Press, Inc, New York. pp. 307-312.
Fasulo TR. 2004. History and Insects. In
Capinera JL (ed.), Encyclopedia of
Entomology. Vol. 2. Kluwer Academic
Publishers, Dordrect, The Netherlands. pp.
Fall Entomology Seminars
Remaining seminars are:
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."
Dr. James Cuda was awarded a $1,000
travel grant from IFAS International
Programs. The grant will be used for travel in
Paraguay to survey for natural enemies of
Frank Wessels and Dr. James Cuda were
awarded a grant for $1,860 from the Florida
Exotic Pest Plant Council's Invasive Plant
Research Program to study the dispersal
ecology of the invasive strawberry guava,
Psidium cattleianum (Myrtaceae), in Florida.
Meetings and Presentations
Dr. James Cuda was an invited speaker for
the 2004-2005 Friends of Boyd Hill Nature
Park's Natural History Speaker Series in St.
Petersburg, FL, 12 October. His presentation
was "Classical biological control of Brazilian
peppertree in Florida: An update."
Dr. James Cuda attended the Annual
Meeting of the Florida Aquatic Plant
Management Society in Deerfield Beach, FL,
18-20 October. Cuda moderated one of the
paper sessions and delivered two
presentations titled, "Can Leaf Defoliators be
Effective Biocontrol Agents of Brazilian
Peppertree?" that was co-authored by
graduate student Lucy Treadwell; and,
"Where did Brazilian Peppertree Come
From?", co-authored by Dr. Bill Overholt,
Dean Williams and Colin Hughes.
Dr. Russ Mizell organized and hosted a
Wood Borer Workshop in Orlando, 4-5
November. Attending from Gainesville were
Drs. Eileen Buss and John Foltz and
graduate students David Serrano, John
Leavengood, Michael Merida, and
Samantha Pink. Speakers included UF
alumni Drs. Bob Haack and Will Hudson.
Also present were alumni Drs. Helena
Puche and Chris Tipping.
Dr. Oscar Liburd gave a presentation at the
fall blueberry meeting titled "Research
update on insect pest management in
blueberries." Approximately 75 growers,
extension personnel and agricultural
consultants attended the meeting.
Dr. John Capinera is pleased to report that
Russell Hill of Pensacola, FL, donated 15
Cornell drawers of exotic insects (from
Africa, Near East, and Europe). Another such
donation by Mr. Hill is planned. These are
very nice display items (Oh-my or Gee-whiz
specimens) which are to remain in the
Entomology-Nematology building. They are
locked in a cabinet in room 2216, and if you
want to view them or put them on display for
visitors or students, you can obtain the key
from Myrna. Please do not take them out of
the building as they are valuable specimens
and will not withstand transport.
This room also contains a set of Riker
mounts containing domestic and exotic
butterflies (a previous donation from another
source). Those of you needing gee-whiz
display items may borrow the Riker mounts
(they are in the wood wall cabinets), as they
hold up well to handling; but let Myrna know
if you remove them, and please return them
Buy Me Some Peanuts...
The Flycatchers, our department's intramural
co-ed softball team, entered the playoffs with
a winning record (3-1) and defeated the
Black Sox on 1 November to advance to the
second round. Unfortunately, the Flycatchers
were eliminated from the playoffs in a
valiant but losing effort against Where's Matt
O on 9 November. To advance to the second
round of the playoffs was remarkable as our
team had little experience playing together as
a unit and rarely practiced. Wait till next
year! Congratulations to Dr. Jim Cuda, Trey
Deller, Aissa Doumbouya, Jim Dunford,
Collin Hickey, Crystal Kelts, Jennifer
Meyer, Sonja Peters, Dr. Malcolm
Sanford, Harry Scheulen, and Gisette
"A human being should be able to change a
diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog,
design a building, write a sonnet, set a bone,
comfort the dying, take orders, give orders,
solve equations, pitch manure, program a
computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently,
die gallantly. Specialization is for insects." -
from Farnham's Freehold by Robert
Scott Mitchell is director of the Silver River
Museum and Environmental Education
Center, at Silver River State Park, just east of
Ocala. The Center consists of a wonderful
Florida natural history and historical
museum, classrooms, research library, and a
large Cracker Village. Monday through
Friday, the Center hosts 4th and 7th grade
classes from the Marion County School
District. The center is open to the public on
weekends; the park all week. Like all state
parks, there is an admission fee.
The 5,000 acre park includes ten distinct
ecological communities, including sandhill,
scrub, oak, hammock, swamp and flood plain
forests, as well as the beautiful Silver River
itself. Scott is interested in cooperating with
UF departments and can make areas
available for research. Faculty can contact
him at Scott.Mitchell@marion.kl2.fl.us with
proposals for using park resources.
On November 13-14, the park hosts its
annual Ocali Country Cracker Days from
9am-4pm. The Cracker Village is the focal
point for demonstrations of bygone skills
from numerous living history reenactors
representing all periods in Florida's history.
The park site is available at http://www.
See Tom Fasulo for a brochure of the event.
sniff... sniff... Woof !
It is said that you are addicted to the Web if
your pet has its own Web site. However, if
your pet is a major source of your income
and a working stiff like yourself, then this
may not be true. The department's latest Web
site is Termite Detecting Canines at
http://termitedogs.ifas.ufl.edu. The content
managers are Dr. Philip Koehler and
graduate students David Melius and Justin
Saunders. The Webmaster/designer is
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 1,376,103 distinct visitors and
2,751,776 page views.
New text and/or photographs were added to
proturans, Formosan subterranean termite.
In addition to images, some Featured
Creatures also include video. Ph.D. student
John Warner was the first author to include
video in some of his ant articles. Dr. Chris
Tipping recently added video of a proturan
walking and exhibiting defensive behavior to
the article he wrote when he was a Ph.D.
student, and his new sharpshooter article
includes videos of sharpshooters depositing
eggs, brochosomes and excreting waste.
Thomas Fasulo is the newsletter editor.
Please send submissions to him at
email@example.com. Issues are published about
the middle of each month. Items for each
month's issue should be sent no later then the
7th of that month.
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does the coding for the HTML version.
During the last twelve months, the newsletter
Web site recorded 33,906 distinct visitors
and 59,128 page views. The newsletter
listserv has 236 subscribers.