Title: Entomology and nematology newsletter
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November 2005

Faculty News

Drs. Jennifer Gillett and Amanda Hodges
are co-chairs of the department's Awards
committee. Please see one of them if you
want to volunteer for this committee. The
committee handles all awards for individuals
at the department, local, national, or
international levels. If you wish to nominate
someone for an award please notify either
Jennifer or Amanda.

Dr. John Capinera announced that, to create
more interaction with the McGuire Center for
Lepidoptera, a joint faculty position is under
consideration. The incumbent will have an
office in the department, but will perform
research at the McGuire Center. This
position will be a Lepidoptera/Insect
Conservation assistant professorship with
20% teaching, 60% research and 20%
extension. It will be funded by the Museum
of Natural History, UF/IFAS and the
incumbent. This individual will create and
teach a course in conservation biology and be
involved in the ecotourism program. This
will be an in-house search. Discussion
followed concerning the pros and cons of an
in-house search as opposed to a national
search. A vote was taken on whether or not
we should go forward with this position. The
vote was 20 for and 4 against. A search
committee will be appointed from McGuire
Center and department faculty.

Dr. Paul Goldstein (Florida Museum of
Natural History) was elected Secretary for
Section A (Systematics, Morphology, and
Evolution) of the Entomological Society of
America. This is a four-year term that leads
to Chair of Section A.

Student News

Ph.D. student Matt Tarver will receive the
Larry Larson Graduate Student Award
for Leadership in Applied Entomology
from Dow AgroSciences at the 2005 ESA
meeting. This leadership award
acknowledges Master's students who exhibit
exceptional interest in the study and
application of entomology through
outstanding research and leadership skills.
Matt earned the award for the research he did
for his M.S. degree at Purdue University:
"Responses of cowpea bruchid,
Callosobruchus maculatus, to natural and
pyramided seed resistance." The award is for
$2,000 and a trip that includes a tour of Dow

Staff News

The time has come to bid Myrna Litchfield
a fond farewell as her retirement beckons.
Yes, we'll miss her smiling, capable
assistance, her banana pudding, and her

cookies; but it's been 35 years and that's a lot
of cookies. She and her oven deserve a

Join us at a reception in Myrna's honor on
Tuesday, November 15, at 3:00 to 5:00 pm in
Room 1031 for some cake, coffee and
camaraderie. Those who wish to tell a story
or say a few words about Myrna will get the

Before November 15: If you wish to submit a
card or letter to be placed in a retirement
book for Myrna, please send or bring it to
Debbie Hall, Room 1028. Debbie also will
accept cash donations toward the purchase of
a parting gift for Myrna. Jane Medley


The Handbook of Pest Control is one of the
most important reference books for the pest
control industry and the scientists who
support it. The 9th edition, published in
2004, has almost 1400 pages and contains the
writings of two dozen highly respected
authorities in this area. One of the two
technical editors/reviewers for this massive
work was Angela Brammer (M.S. '03).

Meanwhile, two other alumni wrote chapters
in this edition of the Handbook: Dr. Nancy
Hinkle ('92), veterinary entomologist at the
University of Georgia, wrote "Ectoparasites,
Part One: Fleas & Lice"; and Dr. Richard
Kramer ('87), who runs a consulting firm,
wrote "Integrated Pest Management." Dr.
Thomas Phillips, an entomologist at
Oklahoma State University who was a post-
doctoral scientist at UF, is co-author of

Debbie Boyd recently called several
members of the department for some

computer advice. When asked how she was
enjoying her retirement, she replied that she
was having the time of her life and was so
busy that she hadn't had time to do any of the
things she had planned to do.

LIFE in the Department

The October 14th issue is available at
http://life.ifas.ufl.edu/LIFE101405.html. This
issue includes information on Dr. Jim
Lloyd's search for the rare fiddler-crab
firefly; Dr. Jim Maruniak's trip to
Guatemala with the student members of the
Society for Viral Studies, a group of people
who have figured out how to get college
credit for their Spring Break vacations; and
Dr. Tom Emmel's work with butterflies as
an indicator of global climate change.

The October 28th issue is available at
This issue includes information on Drs. Jim
Cuda and Bill Overholt's trip to Africa in
search of the source of the Nile or, not
finding that, a biological control agent for
hydrilla; Dr. Jim Lloyd's firefly class and
their field trip to the corner of 34th Street and
Hull Road; as well as more details on
graduate student Rebecca Baldwin's trip to
Nashville to accept an award and sample
Tennessee cooking.

Mike Sanford edits this photographic journal
of our department, which is located at


Subramanyam S, Sardesai N, PuthoffDP,
Meyer JM, Nemacheck JA, Gonzalo
M,Williams CE. Expression of two wheat
defense-response genes, Hfr-1 and Wci-1,

under biotic and abiotic stresses. Plant
Science 170 (2006): 90-103.

Hahn DA. 2005. Larval nutrition affects
lipid storage and growth, but not
carbohydrate or protein storage in newly
closed adults of the grasshopper,
Schistocerca americana. Journal of Insect
Physiology 51:1210-1219.

Pelz-Stelinski KS, Gut LJ, Stelinski LL,
Liburd OE, Isaacs R. 2005. Captures of
Rhagoletis mendax and R. cingulata
(Diptera: Tephritidae) on sticky traps are
influenced by adjacent host fruit and fruit
juice concentrates. Environmental
Entomology 34: 1013-1018.

Rhodes EM, Liburd OE. (November 2005).
A predatory mite, Neoseiulus californicus
(McGregor). UF/IFAS Featured Creatures.
EENY-359. http://creatures.ifas.ufl.edu/
beneficial/Neoseiulus californicus.htm

Meetings and Presentations

Check the Entomological Society of
America Web site at http://www.entsoc.org/
for updates on the annual meeting, which,
thanks to Hurricane Wilma, is now
rescheduled for 15-18 December at Fort
Lauderdale. While there, don't forget to eat
at The Rustic Inn, in nearby Hollywood, for
the best garlic crabs on the coast.

Leppla NC. A 30-year effort to develop the
mole cricket nematode product, Nematac S.
Annual Conference of the Association of
Natural Bio-control Producers, 12 October,
Guadalajara, Mexico.

Leppla NC. Instructor. Principals and
procedures for rearing quality insects. A

five-day workshop for Insectary Managers
and Insect Rearing Specialists. 16-21
October, Mississippi State, Mississippi.

Gillett JL. IPM Florida building through
partnerships. SPDN 2005 Annual Meeting,
Atlanta, GA.

Gillett JL. IPM Florida, UF/IFAS Tomato
and Pepper IPM Decision Source Book.
Multi-state (AL, GA, NC, MS, FL)
In-service Training on the Management of
Tomato Diseases, Quincy.

Dr. Oscar Liburd gave a presentation at the
Florida Blueberry Growers Association
Meeting in Bartow, FL, on 1 November. His
talk was "Dispersion behavior and injury
caused by flower thrips in early season
blueberries." Graduate student H. Alejandro
Arevalo was second author on this

Entomology Seminars

A listing of topics and other information
concerning this semester's departmental
entomology seminars is available on the
newsletter Web site, in the September 2005

On the Air

National Public Radio has a short feature in
the morning that is funded by an
environmental group. The feature covers all
sorts of environmental topics and airs in our
area at about 8:30 a.m. n late October. Two
UF/IFAS entomologists were featured.
Roxanne Rutledge explained why biting
midges were in short supply this past
summer, and Rudi Scheffrahn spoke about
two invasive species of ants (the crazy and
Caribbean crazy ants) which are causing

problems in Florida. The theme of each
segment was continued for several days. At
the end, the spokesperson told listeners that
more information was available on the
Featured Creatures Web site and gave the

Bloodsuckers Get Blood Sucked

According to a recent study, a small, East
African jumping spider, Evarcha culicivora,
has a taste for blood. It satisfies this need by
feeding only on female mosquitoes that have
just feasted on blood. See
24/spiderani.html for details.

Bug Quote

"After the planet becomes theirs, many
millions of years will have to pass before a
beetle particularly loved by God, at the end
of its calculations will find written on a sheet
of paper in letters of fire that energy is equal
to the mass multiplied by the square of the
velocity of light. The new kings of the world
will live tranquilly for a long time, confining

themselves to devouring each other and
being parasites among each other on a
cottage industry scale." Primo Levi
(1919-1987 Italian chemist and author)

Newsletter Minutia

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