Title: Entomology and nematology newsletter
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SFAS NewslettS er g

September 2006

Faculty News

You are invited to drop in and help Dr. John
Foltz, forest entomologist, and Dr. Simon
Yu, insect toxicologist, celebrate their
retirement. The reception is scheduled for 3
to 5 pm Monday, 18 September, in room
1031 of the Entomology and Nematology
building. Please see Nancy Sanders if you
wish to make a donation for gifts.

Dr. John Foltz retired from the Department
at the end of August after more than 29 years
of work in forest entomology. One of his
major research accomplishments showed that
Florida's environment was unsuitable for
establishment of the gypsy moth, thus saving
state and federal agencies considerable
money and effort that had been devoted to
annual detection surveys. A major extension
accomplishment was the implementation of
area-wide management programs for
suppression of southern pine beetle
outbreaks. When this beetle ran rampant
several years ago in Florida, John provided
management advice to numerous state and
county governments and agencies. John
especially enjoyed undergraduate instruction,
working with over 300 forestry students in
ENY 3541 and 600 entomology students in
laboratory sections of ENY 3005. For the
latter course, John developed an Insect
Orders and Common Families Web site
(http://eny3005.ifas.ufl.edu/labl/) which is

not only an excellent resource for those
interested in identifying insects and seeing
examples of different groups, but a big time
saver for those of us who have to answer
"What is...?" questions about insects. John
was also the major advisor for two Ph.D. and
four M.S. graduate students. He is now
located in room 2206, extension 191. As part
of his service to the community, John
donated gallons and gallons of blood over the
years, and we still hope to see him standing
in line whenever the bloodmobile makes its
visit. Thomas Fasulo

Dr. Simon (Si) Yu retired from the
Department at the end of July after 26 years
in residence as the Insect Toxicologist for the
Department. Si received his bachelor's
degree in Entomology from National Taiwan
University, and a Master's degree and Ph.D.
from McGill University in Canada. He did
postdoctoral work at Cornell University, and
followed that with a position on the faculty at
Oregon State University's Entomology
department in Corvallis, OR. In 1980, Si
came to UF. His research interests have
included detoxification mechanisms,
insecticide resistance, enzyme induction, and
plant/insect interactions. He published 107
research papers in various refereed journals
and seven book chapters. During his tenure at
UF, Si supervised about a dozen graduate
student and postdoctoral scientists in insect
toxicology. Si is currently working on a

textbook (for CRC Press) for teaching Insect
Toxicology. He is in the same office (3101)
he occupied when we moved into our
building in 1990. We wish Si a long
retirement, with fun-filled and relaxed times
for him and his wife Rachel. Dr. James

Dr. Howard Frank recently had an insect
named after him. Lixadmontiafranki is a
parasitoid tachinid being groomed for
classical biological control of the Mexican
bromeliad weevil in Florida. To see the fly,
visit the Featured Creatures publication on
this weevil at http://creatures.ifas.ufl.edu/
orn/m callizona.htm. Look under
Management. Thomas Fasulo

During 29-30 August, Dr. Marjorie Hoy
attended The Genome Access Course at Cold
Spring Harbor Laboratory on Long Island,
for intensive training in genome analysis.

Dr. Marc Branham was elected 2007 ESA
Secretary for Section A (Systematics,
Morphology and Evolution). This a three-
year term of service that progresses to
Vice-Chair of Section A in the second year
and Chairman of Section A in the third year.

Dr. Phil Kaufman was elected 2007
Secretary for Section D (Medical and
Veterinary Entomology) for the
Entomological Society of America.

Dr. Verena Lietze left our department to
return to her native Germany, where she will
work in human nutrition. Dr. Lietze spent
four years working with Dr. Boucias as a
postdoctoral researcher. AufWiedersehen!

Dr. Don Weidhaas passed away on 20
August. He was the former head of USDA in

Gainesville and was a courtesy professor in
our department.

Staff News

In late August, four members of our staff
received pins in recognition of their service
to the University and our department: Dr.
Bob Hemenway (now retired) 35 years; Dr.
Khuong Nguyen 25 years; Nancy Sanders -
20 years; and Lyle Buss five years.

Student News

The IFAS News Web site, at http://news.ifas.
ufl.edu/, has stand alone images of students
with an American cockroach and a
dragonfly. The images are placed there for
media use.

Dr. Oscar Liburd reports that two new
graduate students joined the Small Fruit and
Vegetable IPM laboratory. Corraine Scott,
MS student, will investigate how pest
populations and beneficial insects within
organic vegetable systems are affected by
cover crops. Elena Rhodes, Ph.D. student,
will use GIS techniques to map movement of
thrips into blueberry systems, as well as
assessing the impact of thrips species on
blueberry marketable yields. Dr. Liburd's
students and staff are profiled on the Small
Fruit and Vegetables Web site at

Ph.D. graduate student Seth Bybee received
the Stan Beck Fellowship from the
Entomological Society of America. This
award assists students at the graduate or
undergraduate level of their education in
entomology and related disciplines at a
college or university in the United States,
Mexico or Canada.


Rhodes EM, Liburd OE. 2006. Evaluation
of predatory mites and acramite for control
of twospotted spider mites in strawberries in
north-central Florida. Journal of Economic
Entomology 99: 1291-1298.

Frank JH, Gillett JL. (2006). Glossary of
Expressions in Biological Control. EDIS.
IPM-143. http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/IN673

Fall 2006 Seminars

This semester's seminar committee members
are graduate students Murugesan
Rangasamy, Craig Roubos, Seth Bybee,
Emily Saarinen and Amit Sethi. Seminars
are held on Thursday afternoons in room
1031. Refreshments are served at 3.45 pm,
and the seminar begins at 4:00 pm.

9/07 Do orchid bees need orchids?
Evidence from a naturalized orchid bee in
Florida Dr. Robert W. Pemberton,

9/14 Modeling arboviruses in Florida Dr.
Cynthia Lord, UF/IFAS

9/21 Eavesdropping between plants
increases resistance to herbivores Dr.
Richard Karban, University of California

9/28 Update on whitefly transmission of
Begomoviruses Dr. Jane E. Polston,

10/05 The vegetable entomology program
at the Gulf Coast Research and Education
Center Dr. Dave Schuster, UF/IFAS

10/12 Turfgrass Nematology: science with a
twist Dr. Billy Crow, UF/IFAS

10/19 Examples of IPM on three continents:
Where does integration occur? Dr. Steve
Lapointe, USDA

10/26 Virus reduces glassy-winged
sharpshooters Dr. Wayne Hunter, USDA

11/02 Monitoring land use, land cover
change and implications for biodiversity:
Kibale National Park, Uganda Dr. Jane
Southworth, Department of Geography, UF

11/09 Molecules to metapopulations:
integrative biology of insect flight Dr. Jim
Marden, Penn State University

11/16 Order in chaos: communication and
cooperation in ant societies Dr. Bert
Holldobler, Arizona State University

11/30 Bt plants: are they sustainable? Dr.
Anthony Shelton, Cornell University

Meetings and Presentations

Dr. Oscar Liburd reports that the Small
Fruit and Vegetable IPM laboratory
participated in the Annual Grape Harvest
Festival at Florida A & M University in
Tallahassee, Florida. The general public who
attended the event viewed a poster display, as
well as field collected grape pests and
beneficial insects. They were also able to
pick up several extension publications at the


Drs. Julio Medal and James Cuda received
a grant (2nd year award) for $27,000 from

the Florida Department of Environmental
Protection to continue the work on
"Biological Control of Wetland Nightshade,
Solanum tampicense," a noxious weed native
to Mexico and Central America.

Fumigation School

Registration is now open for the 19th
UF/IFAS Annual School of Structural
Fumigation, scheduled for 13-17 November
at the Ft. Lauderdale Research and Education
Center. Besides drawing on UF's resources,
facilities, and the expertise of several
entomology faculty members, the fumigation
school also provides instruction and the
expertise of representatives from Florida's
structural fumigation industry, Dow
AgroSciences, and the Florida Department of
Agriculture's Bureau of Entomology and Pest
Control, among others. For registration
information, see the 09/05/06 entry on the
Pest Alert Web site at http://pestalert.ifas.
ufl.edu/. Dr. Brian Cabrera

Books for Soldiers

Thanks to everyone who donated magazines
to the Alachua County Library's ongoing
Books for Soldiers program. The magazines
go to our soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan. I
make a delivery about once a week to the
Tower Road branch where they are sorted by
Friends of the Library volunteers who also
provide the funding for packing materials
and postage. Stop by that branch to see a wall
filled with photographs and thank you's from
the troops who received them.

Please a reminder that magazines should
not be older than three months, or four weeks
for news magazines. The library's project
coordinator instructed me to place older
issues in the county's orange recycling bin,

as volunteers do not have time to sort through
issues to see if anything is still timely. And
unless the category is listed on the box in our
department's reception area, other magazines
(such as industry trade mags) are also
recycled. If you have questions, please see
me. Thomas Fasulo

"Hits" vs. "Distinct Visitors"

Every month I report the number of distinct
visitors and page views recorded on our
newsletter Web site. Several people have told
me that so-and-so university or person
records over 400,000 "hits" on a Web site
every month. As such, they think our current
51,093 distinct visitors for the last twelve
months reflects a poor showing. Comparing
"distinct visitors" and "hits" is like
comparing apples and bunches of grapes. If
someone eats an apple a day, then they eat
one fruit per day, but if someone eats a bunch
of grapes a day does that mean they eat 20-25
fruits per day?

A "distinct visitor" is someone who comes to
a Web site and stays for awhile. They might
view one page or several hundred, which is
why I also report "page views." As IFAS IT
set it up for our Web sites, unless visitors
leave the site or their desk and do not return
for at least 30 minutes, they are not counted
as a second distinct visitor. On the other
hand, when anyone visits a Web site file,
they initiate one or more file calls ("hits")
every time they return to that file. These file
calls include the Web page itself (the code
you see when you "View Source", and any
graphics or other software programs not
contained "inside" that HTML file. For
example, one of our Featured Creatures pages
might have seven thumbnails displayed on it,
in addition to the standard logo, the standard
background and the text of the HTML itself.

So, if someone visits this page they generate
10 "hits."

Numerous Web sites call many graphics or
other files from a specific page, and this can
even be several calls to the same file, such as
the small, colored balls often used to
highlight points on a page, which are counted
as separate hits. A local community
organization boasts of 40,000 hits a month,
but it has over 70 file calls on its main index
page. Seventy into 40,000 results is 571
potential visitors, a lot less than they think
they are getting. As a further example,
Featured Creatures has recorded over 2.5
million distinct visitors in the past 12
months, yet in each of those months it has
recorded over 2 million hits, or well over 24
million hits for the year.

This is why I report "distinct visitors" and
"page views" to the people or organizations I
cooperate with in developing Web sites. In
the future, when someone tells you their Web
site generates such-and-such hits, ask them
for the number of distinct visitors. It may be
that they are not even aware of the
distinction, as this is a set of data that Web-
developing individuals or companies use to
make their clients believe that the service is
worth whatever is being charged. Thomas

Bug Quote

The Beetle Maid

"Oh a beetle maid sat in a glade,
an' she lamented sadly,
'Mah love's gone off tae fight the bees,
ah'm feared that he'll fare badly.

Those bumbly bees are fierce wee things,
wi' stripey shirts an' wee small wings.

Their bottoms carry nasty stings,
they're feisty aye an' buzzy!

Och, mah Berty Beetle looked so stern,
he didnae think 'twas funny,
when ah said that ah'd no' kiss him,
'til he brought me some honey.

He took his club from off the shelf,
an' said tae me so gravely,
'Ah'll fetch ye honey back the noo,'
an' he marched off right bravely.

'Twas some lang time 'ere he returned,
mah poor love injured sorely.
Ah spread him wi' some liniment,
an' listened tae his story.

Alas, poor me tae love a fool.
Did nae beast tell this fellow,
those bees that don't wear fuzzy shirts,
are wasps striped back an' yellow?

Wi' a hey an' a hoe an' a lacky doodle don,
midst all this shameful fuss.
'Tis not just birds who live in trees,
an' not just bees that buzz!"

- Sung by Wild Doogy Plumm in Rakkety
Tam by Brian Jacques

Newsletter Minutia

Thomas Fasulo is the newsletter editor. You
can submit news anytime to him at
fasulo@ufl.edu. Issues are published the
middle of each month. Submit items for an
issue by the 7th of that month.

Printed copies are distributed only within
Building 970. UF-Bugnews-L listserv
subscribers receive notices when HTML and
PDF copies are posted on the newsletter Web
site at http://entnews.ifas.ufl.edu/, which

has instructions for subscribing and
unsubscribing. Pam Howell and Nancy
Sanders review the newsletter for errors and
prepare the print version for distribution.

Andrew Puckett and Thomas Fasulo code
the HTML version.

During the last 12 months, the newsletter
Web site recorded 51,093 distinct visitors
and 88,732 page views. In addition, visitors
downloaded 4,436 PDF files during January-
August 2006.

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