At the recent faculty meeting, a vote was
taken on Dr. Jaret Daniels for the combined
Lepidopterist position (Department of
Entomology and Nematology, and the
McGuire Center for Lepidoptera). This
position has a 60% research, 20% extension
and 20% teaching assignment. The search
committee recommended that Dr. Daniels be
hired as an assistant professor in Entomology
at the McGuire Center. A vote was taken and
the recommendation was approved. Dr. John
Capinera stated that while this is a 12-month
appointment, Dr. Daniels has to generate one
month of his salary. Dr. Capinera also said
that he expects this requirement to become
more common in the future.
The committee on the Apiculture/Youth
Programs position met and selected a list of
the top three applicants. Dr. Capinera noted
the list has several senior people who applied
for this entry-level assistant professor
position. He said that he will ensure those
listed realize this is an entry position and that
we cannot hire at a higher level. There is no
negotiation on this point. Dr. Glenn Hall,
research apiculturist, asked about a candidate
who was not selected by the committee but
who he felt should also be interviewed due to
that applicants's field experience with the
Africanized honey bee. After some
discussion the faculty voted to include the
additional candidate in the evaluation
During April 2006, Dr. Khuong B. Nguyen
will teach Insect Parasitic Nematode
Taxonomy, Soil Nematology, and help write
a nematode text book at the Department of
Entomology, College of Agronomy and
Biotechnology, China Agricultural
University, Beijing, China.
Some advice for students planning their
studies to ensure there is a job waiting when
they graduate. The December issue of the
American Association of Retired Persons
Bulletin states at the bottom of page six,
"81% of the entomologists at the USDA
Forest Service are expected to retire by
2007." However, a discussion with Dr. John
Foltz, our forest entomologist, suggests this
percentage may be overstated.
Graduate student Jason Meyer received the
Herlong Endowed Graduate Scholarship
Award, $5,000 over two years, from UF in
appreciation of his research which benefits
the citrus industry.
Jennifer Zaspel received The President's
Prize for her First Place ranking in the
FLORIDA Entomology and Nemato
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Section A (Systematics), Student
Competition. Her paper was titled "A
preliminary phylogeny of the vampire moths
and their fruit piercing relatives
(Lepidoptera: Erebidae)." Congratulations!
Graduate student James Dunford designed
an "Entomology 101" t-shirt for Atlas Screen
Printing in Gainesville and donated the $200
he received for the design to the Entomology
and Nematology Student Organization
(ENSO). The shirts were sold at the ESA
meeting in Ft. Lauderdale, 15-18 December.
Additional shirts are available in the front
office for $15. All proceeds go to ENSO.
Dan Sonke, a graduate assistant with the
IPM Florida program who worked out of our
department, received his Doctor of Plant
Medicine degree. He soon starts work as
technical and scientific coordinator for
Protected Harvest in California, which
certifies crops as grown using IPM and
Graduate student Veronica Manrique
visited Curitiba, Brazil, during 1-10
December to work with Dr. Henrique
Pedrosa of the University Federal do Parana.
Her purpose was to collect the sawfly
Heteroperreyia hubrichi, a potential
biological control agent of Brazilian
peppertree, at different sites around Curitiba.
Sawfly pupae will be shipped to the
quarantine laboratory at Fort Pierce for
Seminar Series Spring 2006
This seminar coordinators are Seth Bybee,
James Dunford, Luis Matos, Murugesan
Rangasamy and Jennifer Zaspel. Seminars
begin at 3:45 p.m. in room 1031,
Entomology and Nematology (Bldg. 970).
1/19 New graduate student introduction
1/26 Dr. Gary Steck, FDACS-DPI, "All
Taxon Biological Inventory of the Great
Smoky Mountains National Park."
2/2 Dr. Michael Goodisman, Georgia
Institute of Technology, "Evolution and
development in social insects."
2/9 Dr. Peter Stiling, University of South
Florida, "The effects of salinity on top-down
and bottom-up processes in salt marsh insect
2/16 Dr. Kathryn Barbara, U.S. Navy
Disease Vector and Ecology Control Center,
"Worldwide Entomology: An Overview of
Entomology in the Navy."
2/23 Dr. James Nation, University of
Florida, "Tips for writing and publishing
3/2 Dr. Xuguo Zhou, University of Florida,
"What can we learn from the termite gut, the
most efficient bioreactor on the planet?"
3/9 Dr. Neil Haskell, St. Joseph's College,
"The Maggots Will Tell the Tale."
3/16 Spring Break
3/23 Dr. Ring T. Card6, University of
California, "From moths to mosquitoes to
honeybees: How the structure of odor plumes
mediates odor detection and orientation."
3/30 Dr. Nora Underwood, Florida State
University, "The effects of variance in plant
quality on insect herbivore population
4/6 Dr. Claudia Husseneder, Louisiana
State University, "Bugs in Bugs: Symbiosis
in the termite gut."
4/13 Dr. James Lloyd, University of
Florida, "Firefly Natural History and
McGuire Center Seminars
The McGuire Center Seminar Series is held
Tuesday in room 233 on the second floor.
Lunch is served at noon and the seminar
begins at 12:15.
01/17 Christopher Wheat, "Functional
Genomics Research on Butterflies."
01/24 Charles V. Covell, Jr., "Project
Ponceanus and Early Work on Butterfly
Conservation in Florida."
01/31 Dr. Thomas C. Emmel and Voara
Randrianasolo, "Biodiversity and
Conservation in Madagascar."
Mayfield AE. (November 2005). Cypress
weevil, Eudociminus mannerheimii
(Boheman) UF/IFAS Featured Creatures.
Baldwin RW, Fasulo TR. 2005.
Cockroaches. UF/IFAS SW 184. CD-ROM.
Alto BW, Lounibos LP, Higgs S, Juliano
SA. 2005. Larval competition differentially
affects arbovirus infection in Aedes
mosquitoes. Ecology 86: 3279-3288.
Alto BW, Yanoviak SP, Lounibos LP,
Drake BG. 2005. Effects of elevated
atmospheric CO2 on water chemistry and
mosquito growth under competitive
conditions in container habitats. Florida
Entomologist 88: 372-382.
Wiggers MS, Pratt PD, Tipping PW,
Welbourn C, Cuda JP. 2005. Within plant
distribution and diversity of mites associated
with Schinus terebinthifolius (Sapindales:
Anacardiaceae), an invasive plant of Florida,
USA. Environmental Entomology 34:
Williams DA, Overholt WA, Cuda JP,
Hughes CR. 2005. Chloroplast and
microsatellite DNA diversity reveal the
introduction history of Brazilian peppertree
(Schinus terebinthifolius) in Florida.
Molecular Ecology 14: 3643-3656.
Dunford JC, Somma LA, Serrano D. 2006.
Earwigflies in the Great Smokies.
Southeastern Biology 53: 27-29. [journal
request to reprint article from 2005 ATBI
Quarterly 6: 1]
Qiu L, Hu X, Hou Y, Ei S, Nguyen KB,
Pang Y. 2005. Steinernema akhursti n. sp.
(Nematoda: Steinemematidae) from Yunan,
China. Journal of Invertebrate Pathology 90:
Qiu L, Hu X, Zhou Y, Pang Y, Nguyen KB.
2005. Steinernema beddingi n. sp.
(Nematoda: Steinernematidae), a new
entomopathogenic nematode from Yunan,
China. Nematology 7: 737-749.
Nguyen KB., Tesfamariam M, Gozel U,
Gaugler R, Adams BJ. 2005. Steinernema
yirgalemense n. sp. (Rhabditida:
Steinernematidae) from Ethiopia.
Nematology 6: 839-856.
Qiu L, Yan X, Nguyen KB., Pang Y. 2005.
Steinernema aciari n. sp. (Nematoda:
Steinernematidae), a new entomopathogenic
nematode from Guangdong, China. Journal
of Invertebrate Pathology 88: 58-69.
Qiu L, Fang YU, Zhou Y, Pang Y, Nguyen
KB. 2004. Steinernema guangdongense n.
sp. (Nematoda: Steinernematidae), a new
entomopathogenic nematode from southern
China with a note on S. serratum (nomen
nudum). Zootaxa 704: 1-20 (see
Nguyen KB, Shapiro-Ilan DI, Stuart RJ,
McCoy CW, James RR, Adams BJ. 2004.
Heterorhabditis mexicana n. sp.
(Heterorhabditidae: Rhabditida) from
Tamaulipas, Mexico, with morphological
studies of bursa of Heterorhabditis spp.
Nematology 6: 231-244.
Tarver MR, Shade RE, Tarver RD, Liang Y,
Krishnamurthi G, Pittendrigh BR, Murdock
LL. 2006. Use of micro-CAT scans to
understand cowpea seed resistance to
Callosobruchus maculatus. Entomologia
Experimentalis et Applicata. 118: 33-39.
Meyer JL, Hoy MA, Jeyaprakash A. 2005.
Insertion of a yeast metallothionein gene into
the model insect Drosophila melanogaster
(Diptera: Drosophilidae) to assess the
potential for its use in genetic improvement
programs with natural enemies. Biological
Control 36: 129-138.
Meetings and Presentations
Graduate student Bobbie Jo Davis presented
the following poster at the ESA meeting in
Fort Lauderdale, 15-18 December: "Effect of
solasodine on feeding behavior and
oviposition ofAnthonomus tenebrosus
(Coleoptera: Curculionidae), a potential
biological control agent of tropical soda
apple, Solanum viarum." Co-authors were
Drs. Julio Medal, Jim Cuda, and Frank
Dr. James P. Cuda was invited to the
Hydrilla Management Workshop in Orlando,
6-7 December. The workshop, sponsored by
the Florida Department of Environmental
Protection, was designed to assist the agency
in developing new strategies for managing
the submersed aquatic weed hydrilla that
recently developed herbicide resistance.
Dr. Eileen Buss and graduate students Cara
Congdon and Olga Kostromytska presented
talks and a poster at the ESA meeting. Dr.
Buss was invited to speak on "Advances in
southern chinch bug IPM" in the Developing
Ecosystem-oriented Approaches for
Managing Turfgrass and Ornamental Pests
Symposium. Congdon's talk was titled "Mass
rearing methods for the southern chinch
bug," and Kostromytska's poster was titled
"Biology and management of Tomarus
subtropicus in warm season turfgrass."
Dr. James P. Cuda was invited to participate
in a National Invasive Aquatic Plants
Workshop in La Jolla, California, 14-15
December. Participants of the workshop,
co-sponsored by the California Departments
of Food & Agriculture and Fish & Game,
Portland State University, and the Western
Regional Panel on Aquatic Nuisance Species,
were charged with developing research
priorities for invasive submersed aquatic
plants in the United States. Cuda chaired the
Biological Control Working Group, which
included researchers from Washington,
California, Minnesota, and Mississippi.
Drs. James P. Cuda and William A.
Overholt were invited to participate in the
Symposium "Weed Biological Control in
Natural Areas" during the ESA Meeting.
Cuda's talk was "Biological Control of
Brazilian Peppertree, Schinus
terebinthifolius, in Florida: A Retrospective
and Prospective Analysis" was presented by
Overholt. Cuda was co-author on Overholt's
presentation "Genetic Diversity of Brazilian
pepper and its Implications for Biological
Drs. Marc Branham, Paul Goldstein and
Jackie Miller co-organized and moderated
the 2005 Annual Meeting of the
Entomological Collections Network held 14-
15 December in Ft. Lauderdale, FL.
Dr. James P. Cuda delivered two
PowerPoint presentations at the National
Aquatic Invasive Plants Workshop in La
Jolla, California, 14-15 December. The titles
were "Biological Control of Aquatic Weeds:
Current Status and Future Prospects," and
"Biological Control of Aquatic Weeds:
Critical Assessment of Research Needs."
Dr. Marc Branham, graduate student James
Dunford, and Dr. Daniel Young presented
the poster "The Vanishing Immature Insects
Course" at the ESA meeting.
At the ESA meeting, graduate student Onour
E. Moeri presentated the poster "Evaluating
the Fl sterile insect technique for field host
range testing of the Brazilian peppertree
natural enemy Episimus utilis (Lepidoptera:
Tortricidae)." Co-authors included James P.
Cuda, William A. Overholt, Stephanie
Bloem and James E. Carpenter.
Graduate student Veronica Manrique
presented a poster at the ESA Meeting titled
"Greenhouse evaluation of the performance
of Heteroperreyia hubrichi on Brazilian
peppertree growing under different salinity
and soil moisture conditions." Co-authors are
Drs. James P. Cuda and William A.
Graduate student Gino Nearns, of Dr. Marc
Branham's Lab, presented an invited talk on
"Preliminary findings into the morphology
and systematics of Curiini (Coleoptera:
Cerambycidae)" at the Symposium on the
Systematics and Faunistics of Cerambycidae,
Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.
Graduate students Seth Bybee and Jennifer
Zaspel, both from Dr. Marc Branham's lab,
presented talks at the ESA meeting. Bybee's
talk was "Toward a phylogeny of
Holodonata: getting down and dirty with the
fossil record and missing data," while
Zaspel's talk was "A preliminary phylogeny
of the vampire moths and their fruit piercing
relatives (Lepidoptera: Erebidae)." Jennifer
Zaspel received The President's Prize for
her First Place ranking in the Section A
(Systematics), Student Competition.
Dr. Marc Branham, Jennifer Zaspel, Seth
Bybee, Gino Nearns and Kyle Beucke,
attended a two day "Phylogenetics
Symposium and Workshop" held at The
Ohio State University. An international
group of leading researchers in systematics
spoke on cladistic analysis and demonstrated
their software. Representatives from
systematics labs from across the eastern U.S.
On 6 December, Dr. Amanda C. Hodges
attended the annual meeting of the Georgia
Turfgrass Association and gave three
presentations: "Mission of the Southern Plant
Diagnostic Network (SPDN)," "Quality and
Secure Sample Submission," and "Emerging
Exotic Arthropod Pests for the Georgia
Dr. Amanda Hodges spoke on "The
National Plant Diagnostic Network's Efforts
to Enhance Taxonomic Training in
Entomology" at the ESA meeting on 18
Dr. Amanda Hodges co-organized a
symposium titled "The Role of the National
Plant Diagnostic Network (NPDN) and Land
Grant University Cooperative Extension
Service in Promoting the Early Detection of
Exotic Pests" at the ESA meeting. Other
organizers of the symposium included Drs.
Susan Ratcliffe (North Central IPM Center),
Steve Toth (Southern Region IPM Center),
and Kenneth Sorensen (NC State).
Attendance at the symposium ranged
between 35 and 55 participants.
Drs. Amanda Hodges, Eileen Buss, Lance
Osborne, and Jennifer Gillett co-organized
a statewide video conference on chilli thrips,
. iit /,,// il'p dorsalis, on 13 December.
Presentations were given by Drs. Joe
Funderburk, Lance Osborne and Dak Seal
of the University of Florida and Mr. Richard
Clark of the Florida Department of
Agriculture and Consumer Services, Division
of Plant Industry. The presentations are
available on the SPDN chilli thrips page at
Approximately 45 participants at 15
locations attended the training. Two out-of-
state locations, Texas and Louisiana, were
accommodated. Attendees consisted of 13
county extension agents, one Master
Gardener, six industry personnel, four
FDACS-DPI employees, two USDA-APHIS-
PPQ employees, two out-of-state extension
specialists, and 17 general UF/IFAS faculty
or staff employees. Feedback from the
training was extremely positive.
The Florida Entomological Society awarded
$200 grants for travel to the national ESA
meeting to the following students: Alejandro
Arevalo, Rebecca Baldwin, Cara Congdon,
Kirphton Fray, David Melius, Jason
Meyer, Onour Moeri, Amit Sethi and
Dr. Eileen Buss and Dr. Laurie Trenholm
(Environmental Horticulture) received
$6,346 from the Florida Turfgrass
Association (FTGA) for their proposal
"Effect of nitrogen fertilization on southern
chinch bug population dynamics."
Dr. Eileen Buss received $13,895 from the
FTGA to support a project that Ta-I Huang,
her new Master's student, will work on. Ta-I
Huang will investigate the billbug species
complex and its seasonality and management
On 22-25 May, 2006, the SPDN will hold an
intensive Coleoptera taxonomic workshop on
Cerambycidae, Scolytinae, and
Chrysomelidae beetles in Blacksburg, VA.
Visit the Coleoptera Workshop Web site at
more information. One of the speakers will
be UF/IFAS graduate student Gino Nearns.
Enrollment space is limited. If you have
questions regarding the workshop, contact
Dr. Amanda Hodges at email@example.com.
Get in shape for those summer field
collecting trips. Join the Entomology and
Nematology softball team this spring
semester. Students, faculty, staff and spouses
are all eligible to play intramural softball.
Send e-mail to Jennifer Meyer at
firstname.lastname@example.org by 23 January to let her
know if you are interested and which
position you would like to play. The team
needs at least five males and five females to
have a team, but the more teammates the
better. There will be one game a week at the
same time each week for four weeks and one
bye, then playoffs. Each game is limited to
just 60 minutes.
LIFE in the Department
The December 9th issue covers insect
communication, the Apopka termite training
facility, the UF Medieval Bugge Faire, and
Ph.D. student Jim Dunford receiving the
Jack Fry Excellence in Teaching Award.
The December 23rd issue covers the activities
of our medical entomologists and their
students, and four of our students (Rebecca
Baldwin, Emily Saarinen, Amit Sethi, and
Jennifer Zaspel) who were honored by the
ESA with their selection for The President's
Prize standing at the recent national
The January 6th issue reviews some of the
events of 2005, as well as firefly pupation,
new students, and other topics.
Mike Sanford edits this photographic
journal of our department, located at
There are now over 360 Featured Creatures
publications online or undergoing review.
During 2005, the Featured Creatures Web
site recorded 2,015,031 distinct visitors and
3,865,511 page views. A distinct visitor is
anyone who enters the site for any length of
time, and who is only counted again if
inactive (as in stepped out for lunch, took a
nap at their desk, etc.) for 30 minutes. See
The Top 20 Featured Creatures for 2005,
based on distinct visitors, were: brown
recluse spider (80,124), house fly (50,656),
lovebug (41,223), bed bug (41,214), German
cockroach (34,458), lady beetles (32,297),
common house spider (27,982), southern
house spider (27,393), hornets and
yellowjackets (25,659), black flies (23,592),
red imported fire ant (21,988), cat flea
(21,663), deer fly (20,810), brown garden
snail (20,358), European earwig (17,935),
American cockroach (17,038), brown dog
tick (16,129), carpenter bees (14,355), land
planarians (13,629), deer tick (11,958), soil
When Noah loaded the Ark he took two of
every species. Fortunately or not, depending
on your perspective, he also took along two
cockroaches. Now a company is producing
DVD movies that tell the story of the Ark,
and other adventures, from a cockroach
perspective. For more details see
"A man thinks he amounts to a great deal but
to a flea or a mosquito a human being is
merely something good to eat." Don
Marquis (1878-1937 American humorist)
Thomas Fasulo is the newsletter editor. You
can send news to him at email@example.com.
Issues are published the middle of each
month. Submit items for an issue by the 7th of
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unsubscribing. Pam Howell and Nancy
Sanders review the newsletter for errors and
prepare the print version for distribution.
During the last twelve months, the newsletter
Web site recorded 42,640 distinct visitors
and 73,849 page views.