It is always nice to receive a compliment, but
it is nicer to pass one on. I am currently
reading For Love of Insects (published
2003) by biologist Thomas Eisner. Dr.
Eisner is world renown for his research,
books, and film efforts, as well as for his oft-
repeated quote, "Bugs are not going to inherit
the earth. They own it now. So we might as
well make peace with the landlord."
As I started reading Chapter 4, "Masters of
Deception," I, as I am sure you would be,
was not really surprised by its first sentence,
"James Lloyd was, first and foremost, a
firefly enthusiast." Dr. Lloyd, who was
suppose to retire several years ago but is still
teaching his firefly honors course and taking
up a parking space, has taught hundreds of
students how to understand and appreciate
I wondered if Eisner selected the title,
"Master of Deception," with Lloyd in mind,
as he also writes in that first paragraph, "But
Jim Lloyd was different." In any case, Eisner
ends the paragraph with another compliment
for Dr. Lloyd, "He had come to me as a
graduate student, and he was to write a
brilliant thesis." Thomas Fasulo
Dr. Pauline Lawrence edited the February
2005 issue of the Journal of Insect
Physiology (Vol. 51: 99-241) entitled
"Non-poly-DNA viruses, their parasitic
wasps, and hosts."
Dr. Pauline Lawrence served as a consultant
at an NSF funded workshop in Memphis, TN
from March 31 through April 2nd. The
workshop was designed to teach grant
writing skills to faculty from small colleges
and universities. Faculty were assisted in
developing actual grant proposals and project
summaries for submission to programs in the
biological sciences directorate of NSF.
Drs. James P. Cuda and Julio Medal
traveled to South America, 5-16 March, to
survey for natural enemies of Brazilian
peppertree. For the first time, Cuda and
Medal visited Paraguay, one of the countries
where Brazilian peppertree is considered
indigenous. During this trip, collaborative
programs were developed with the scientists
located in Asuncion at the Universidad
Nacional Autonoma de Asuncion, the
Inventario Biologico Nacional, and the
Fundacion Moises Bertoni. The trip to
Paraguay was funded in part by a travel grant
awarded to Cuda from the UF/IFAS
International Programs Office.
Dr. James P. Cuda was a guest lecturer for
an undergraduate course entitled, "Pests,
Pesticides and People" (PLS2002). Cuda's
FLORIDA Entomology and Nematology
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talk focused on the principles and practices
of biological control.
Murugesan Rangasamy was elected
secretary of the Graduate Student Council for
the 2005-2006 academic year.
Graduate student Esteban Rodriguez will
attend the joint International Organization of
Biological Control-Nearctic Regional
Section (IOBC-NRS), and the Biocontrol
Network of Canada Conference, 8-11 May
2005, in Quebec. While there, Esteban will
present "Biology and life history of Triaspis
eugenii (Hymenoptera: Braconidae), a
potential biological control agent for pepper
weevil in the United States." He received a
$300 student award from IOBC-NRS to help
pay his expenses.
Debbie Boyd, Laboratory Technician for Dr.
McAuslane, is retiring on April 28th after 30
years of service with the University, twenty-
seven of them with our department.
Jerry Wenzel, our departmental
Maintenance Mechanic, is retiring on April
21st to return to his hometown of Chicago.
Jerry won't be able to play golf as often as he
does in Florida, but if he uses a black ball he
can go out on the lake during the winter.
There will be a pizza party for both Jerry and
Debbie at at 11:45, 13 April, in room 1031
Please let the front office know if you are
coming so that the pizza is plentiful.
Howard FW. (March 2005). Seagrape borer,
Hexeris enhydris Grote. UF/IFAS Featured
Creatures. EENY-345. http://creatures.ifas.
Warner J, Scheffrahn RH. 2005.
Laboratory evaluation of baits, residual
insecticides, and an ultrasonic device for
control of white-footed ants, Technomyrmex
albipes (Hymenoptera: Formicidae)
Sociobiology 45: 317-330
(See a copy at http://shalompest.homestead.
Dunford JC, Thomas MC, Choate PM.
(2005). The darkling beetles of Florida and
eastern United States (Coleoptera:
(The above site currently includes
identification keys, species profiles and
images, distributions in Florida and eastern
U. S., and literature associated with
Tenebrionidae. The authors request that you
send comments and/or report errors to
email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.)
Stelinski LL, Liburd OE. 2005. Behavioral
evidence for host fidelity among populations
of the parasitic wasp, Diachasma alloeum
(Muesebeck). Naturwissenschaften 92:65-68.
Lim UT, Hoy MA. 2005. Biological
assessment in quarantine of Semielacher
petiolatus (Hymenoptera: Eulophidae) as a
potential classical biological control agent of
citrus leafminer, Phyllocnistis citrella
Stainton (Lepidoptera: Gracillariidae), in
Florida. Biological Control 33: 87-95.
Hashimoto Y, Lawrence PO. 2005.
Comparative analysis of selected genes from
entomopoxvirus and other poxviruses.
Journal of Insect Physiology 51: 207-220.
Lawrence PO. 2005. Non-poly-DNA
viruses, their parasitic wasps, and hosts
(Editorial). Journal of Insect Physiology 51:
Lawrence PO. 2005. Morphogenesis and
cytopathic effects of the Diachasmimorpha
longicaudata entomopoxvirus in host
haemocytes. Journal of Insect Physiology 51:
Lawrence PO, Matos LF.
2005.Transmission of the Diachasmimorpha
longicaudata rhabdovirus (D1RhV) to wasp
offspring: an ultrastructural analysis. Journal
of Insect Physiology 51: 235-241.
Cuda JP, Medal JC, Vitorino MD, Habeck
DH. 2005. Supplementary host specificity
testing of the sawfly Heteroperreyia
hubrichi, a candidate for classical biological
control of Brazilian peppertree, Schinus
terebinthifolius, in the USA. BioControl 50:
Oscar Liburd received a USDA T-Star
Grant for $61,000, to fund continuing
research on living mulches in cucurbits.
Drs. Julio Medal, James Cuda, Philip
Stansly, William Overholt, Lance Osborne
(UF/IFAS), and Stephen Hight
(USDA-ARS) received a $348,000 grant
from USDA-APHIS. The one year grant
provides for an expansion of the
"Implementation of Biological Control of
Tropical Soda Apple in Florida using the
South American leaf beetle Gratiana
boliviana (Chrysomelidae)." The field
releases of this beetle began in Florida in
summer 2003, and it is a tremendous success
(with 60-100% defoliation, no fruit
production, and no non-target effects) in
most of the 11 Florida counties where it is
released so far. Medal is coordinating a
research team consisting of UF/IFAS,
USDA-ARS, USDA-APHIS, and
Dr. James P. Cuda received a travel grant
for $1500 from the UF/IFAS Office of the
Dean for Research to attend the 41st Annual
Meeting of the Caribbean Food Crops
Society to be held in Guadeloupe, French
West Indies, 10-16 July.
Meeting and Presentations
The Florida Entomological Society annual
meeting for 2005 is scheduled for 24-27 July
at the beautiful Sanibel Harbour Resort &
Spa. Please visit http://www.flaentsoc.org/
annual.htm for details.
Graduate student Murugesan Rangasamy
presented a paper entitled "Mechanism of
resistance in St. Augustinegrass lines to
southern chinch bug, Blissus insularis
Barber" at the ESA Southeastern branch
meeting, 6-9 March, in Tunica, Mississippi.
He was also selected to give the same
presentation at the Fifth Annual UF/IFAS
Graduate Research symposium on 11 March.
I guess these qualify as "presentations." The
last faculty meeting began with several
video-taped "musical numbers" from Dr.
Carl Barfield's "Bugs and People" course.
Students in this course can earn extra credit
by presenting a song based on class material
(i.e., bugs). There must be at least two
students and musical accompaniment for
each presentation. While you shouldn't look
for the CD at your store, the presentations
were entertaining and fun to watch.
Also, at that meeting, Thomas Fasulo
showed how adding value to online
publications increases Web visitors to that
site, which data (obtained from a commercial
statistics package that UF/IFAS has) can then
be used in annual reports and promotion and
tenure packages. Increased numbers of
visitors then encourages authors to continue
to add value to the publications as the
information is reaching more users. Fasulo
gave a number of examples where this
process generated increased referrals to our
Web sites from other universities to their
clients, as well as providing WWW search
engines the data necessary to list our Web
sites higher in their search results. For
example, in the last twelve months, the
Featured Creatures Web site (http://
creatures.ifas.ufl.edu/) recorded 1,425,604
"distinct visitors" and 2,850,126 page views.
Dr. James P. Cuda participated in the joint
DEP-IFAS Aquatic and Invasive Plant
Research Review meeting held in
Gainesville, 28-29 March. Cuda gave a
presentation on the status of the Brazilian
peppertree classical biological control
program and also served as a moderator for
one of the speaker sessions.
Dr. James P. Cuda was an invited speaker at
the annual Invasive Plant Management Short
Course held in Ft. Pierce, FL, 23 March. The
short course was sponsored by the St. Lucie
Cooperative Extension Office.
Graduate students Luis Matos, Sean
McCann, Veronica Manrique and
Murugesan Rangasamy are seminar
coordinators. Seminars begin at 3:45 p.m. in
room 1031, Entomology and Nematology
(Bldg. 970). A listing of seminars is available
in the January 2005 issue on the newsletter
Web site at http://entnews.ifas.ufl.edu/. Lois
Matos is now seeking recommendations for
speakers and topics for the Fall semester.
You can contact him at email@example.com.
by Ogden Nash
God in His wisdom,
Made the fly,
And then forgot,
To tell us why.
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