Lindsay Griffin was a major in the College
of Business Administration, but she was not
happy. Her academic performance was not
up to her usual standards. She entered UF
with 30 hours of Advanced Placement
credits. Lindsay took "Bugs and People"
(ENY 1001), a general education biology
course for non-majors, to fulfill biology
requirements and something odd happened.
She fell in love with insects and entomology.
She is now a senior entomology major in our
Ms. Griffin is precisely the type of
undergraduate student entomology &
nematology wishes to attract. She is tireless,
charming, bright and highly motivated. She
was elected as a CALS Ambassador for the
2005-2006 academic year, and she will serve
as a TA for "Bugs and People" in the Fall
2005 semester. She has been one of the few
undergraduates to get involved in ENSO and
has represented our department at various
CALS events. She was the departmental
recipient of the Leland A. Davis Memorial
Scholarship for 2004-2005.
Lindsay was one of a few students accepted
into the summer 2005 pre-Medical School
training program at Columbia University in
New York. She finished the course by
winning the "Golden Stethoscope Award" as
the top performing student among a
nationally recruited class. Even better, she
was invited by the University of Wisconsin
Medical School to apply and has done so as a
potential entering student in the Fall 2006
class. Congratulations, Lindsay! Keep up the
excellent work. Dr. Carl Barfield,
Andrew Puckett, a local high school
student, begins his senior year this month.
This summer he worked for free in Thomas
Fasulo's lab. In return, Tom taught Andrew
the concepts of Web site development.
Andrew already had a basic knowledge of
the code, but wanted to learn how to properly
develop Web sites and their content.
Andrew's family is a member of the same
Florida Civil War reenacting unit as Tom.
Andrew added materials for their company
Web site as well as the Battle of Olustee
Web site that Fasulo developed for the
Florida Department of Environmental
Protection and its Citizen Support
Organization. This Web site, at
listed by the University of Virginia's Center
for Digital History as one of the 95 Top Civil
War Web sites in the book The Civil War
on the Web: A Guide to the Very Best
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Andrew worked on two CD-ROMs that are
nearing completion. These photographic
gallery CDs cover cockroaches and stored
product pests. He coded two issues of the
newsletter for the Web and gained
experience in manipulating images and
HTML code as well as how to develop
products that deliver content (text and
images) in a easy to access but attractive
Dr. Jaret C. Daniels, of the McGuire Center
for Lepidoptera and Biodiversity, is offering
Insect Conservation (ENY 6932). The course
provides better understanding of the issues
and concepts surrounding the conservation of
insects and their ecological services.
Wilkerson JL, Webb SE, Capinera JL,
Fasulo TR. (2005). Vegetable Pests I:
Photographs of Coleoptera Diptera -
Hymenoptera. UF/IFAS SW 180.
Wilkerson JL, Webb SE, Capinera JL,
Fasulo TR. (2005). Vegetable Pests II:
Photographs of Acari Hemiptera -
Orthoptera Thysanoptera. UF/IFAS SW
Wilkerson JL, Webb SE, Capinera JL,
Fasulo TR. (2005). Vegetable Pests III:
Photographs of Lepidoptera. UF/IFAS SW
Details on the above CD-ROMs are available
Minno MC, Butler JF, Hall DW. 2005.
Florida Butterfly Caterpillars and their
Hostplants. University Press of Florida. 360
pp. Contains color photos of 167 species of
butterfly caterpillars, 185 species of host
plants, 18 life cycles, 19 habitats, and 169
Halbert SE, Blackman RL. 2004. On the
status of "Prociphilus californicus."
Pan-Pacific Entomologist 80: 1-3.
Saarinen EV. 2005. Life history and
myrmecophily of Neomyrina nivea
periculosa (Lycaenidae: Theclinae). Journal
of the Lepidopterists' Society 59:112-115.
Ph.D. student Jennifer M. Zaspel (Dr. Marc
Branham's lab) received a $3,500 grant from
the Committee of the Lewis and Clark Fund
for Exploration and Field Research to collect
specimens of blood-feeding and fruit-
piercing moths in the Kathmandu Valley in
Nepal (June-July 2005). The specimens
collected on this trip will be used to examine
phylogenetic relationships of blood-feeding
and fruit-piercing moths, and in pathogenic
endosymbiont surveys of blood-feeding
moths (her dissertation research).
Ph.D. student Ricky Vazquez received a
$500 Scholarship, $100 Mini-Grant, and a
$100 Travel Grant at the 2005 Annual
Florida Entomological Society meeting held
at Sanibel Harbour, Ft. Myers.
Ph.D. student Emily Saarinen received a
$2,500 scholarship from the Florida
Federation of Garden Clubs to continue her
dissertation research with the Miami blue
Meeting and Presentations
The Principles of Entomology (ENY 3005)
and Graduate Survey of Entomology (ENY
5006) distance education courses are now
being taught as mixed delivery courses.
Principles of Entomology is an introductory
course designed for students majoring in
entomology or other life science majors and
Graduate Survey of Entomology is a
graduate level introductory course for those
who are new to the discipline. Previously,
this class was delivered as a distance course
using only the World Wide Web and
textbook. The distance version portion has
been modified and the lectures are now
offered on CD-ROM, available through
purchase at Orange and Blue Textbooks. The
mixed delivery modes include the CD,
textbook, and WebCT. This class is taught
spring, summer, and fall and the enrollment
averages between 40 to 50 students per
Students in this course have participated
from Missouri to West Virginia, to Paris,
France. Besides traditional students, there are
students with occupations including
everything from small business owners, pest
control operators, pheromone chemists, and
plant pathologists. For those out-of-state
students, there is also a distance lab, ENY
3005L/5006L. In this lab, students perform
virtual and real-time lab experiments and
submit worksheets and reports on their
findings. Some of the lab highlights include a
virtual Berlese collection and an insect vision
lab involving colored lights. For more
information about the course, please visit the
course homepage at http://webbugs.ifas.ufl.
edu/. The instructor for the course is Ph.D.
student Rebecca Baldwin and the technical
advisor is James Kocher.
Drs. Jim and Ale Maruniak are attending
the Society for Invertebrate Pathology
meeting in Anchorage, Alaska, 7-11 August.
The title of their presentation is: "Potential
horizontal transfer of an insect trypsin-like
serine protease to Neodiprion sertifer NPV
and Neodiprion lecontei NPV." Jim is also
starting his 2-year appointment as the Chair
of the Virology Division for the Society.
Graduate students Jennifer M. Zaspel and
Emily V. Saarinen presented a poster in
early August at the Annual Meeting of the
Lepidopterists' Society in Sierra Vista,
Arizona titled, "The Virbia of Cuba including
a list of the specimens in the Instituto de
Ecologia y Systematica and Fernando de
Zayas Collections (Lepidoptera: Arctiidae)."
This work was done in collaboration with
two graduate students, Alejandro Barro and
Rayner Nufiez Aguila in the Departmento
de Biologia Animal y Humana, at
Universidad de La Habana, Cuba.
Emily Saarinen also gave a presentation on
"The Miami blue butterfly: A year in review
and look at current research," at the
Lepidopterists' Society meeting.
Bless This House
Bless this house, oh Lord, we cry,
Please keep it cool in mid-July.
Bless the walls where termites dine,
While ants and roaches march in time.
Bless our yard where spiders pass,
Fire ant castles in the grass.
Bless the garage, a home to please,
Carpenter ants, ticks and fleas.
Bless the lovebugs, two by two,
The gnats and mosquitoes that feed on you.
Millions of creatures that fly or crawl,
In Florida, Lord, you've put them all!
But this is home, and here we'll stay.
So thank you, Lord, for insect spray.
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