Dr. Catharine Mannion is seeking a Post
Doctoral Associate in entomology with an
emphasis in biological control. Although UF
is the employer, the position will be located
at the USDA Subtropical Horticulture
Research Station in Miami, FL. The position
announcement is open until 1 April 2007.
View details on the TREC Web site at
http://trec.ifas.ufl.edu/, under Employment.
Dr. John Foltz participated in the Redbay
Wilt Symposium held at Jekyll Island,
Georgia, 18-19 January 2007. About 70
people met to share information on the
recently discovered disease that is killing
Persea borbonia in the forests of South
Carolina, Georgia, and Florida.
Suzie Taylor resigned her position in our
fiscal office to resume her education.
After six years of graduate school,
Alejandro Arevalo graduated with his Ph.D.
on 15 December. He then began a road trip
north on Interstate 95, finally stopping at
Orono, Maine, where he works at the
University of Maine's Department of
Biological Sciences in a post-doctoral
position researching European fire ant,
Myrmica rubra, IPM and behavior. One of
his tasks will be to write extension
publications on this species, such as is
currently found at http://www.umext.
You can still contact him at
Alejandro reported he was extremely grateful
to global warming, el Nifio or any other
phenomena that kept Maine temperatures
above freezing much of December and early
January. Alejandro's report just missed the
deadline for the January issue. Unfortunately
for him, by mid-January the wind chill in
Maine was -400F. On January 17th, he
responded to an email from the editor, who
kidded him about the freezing weather, by
replying that he had to run his car for 20
minutes to warm it up enough so that the
frozen gear shift would work.
David Almquist (email@example.com),
whose insect images you see hanging on the
walls around the department, was
interviewed by FSU Radio about his work
for the Florida Natural Areas Inventory. You
can listen to the interviews by going to
http://tinyurl.com/2vkjy7 and listening to the
31 January 2007 interview on the "Florida
Natural Areas Inventory: FNAI keeping track
of our environment." Just like any "expert"
interviewed by the press, David says, "They
were not quite correct in everything that they
FLORIDA Entomology and Nematology
said, and they did a lot of editing to what I
said." David discusses his efforts to keep
track of the pygmy scarab beetle and pygmy
grasshopper, among others.
Florida State Fair
If you are in the Tampa Bay area during 8-19
February, take time to visit the Florida State
Fair. Once again, several agencies and
organizations have combined their resources
to create the well-received Insect Encounters
exhibit in the Agriculture Building. Along
with our department, the Florida Mosquito
Association, Florida Beekeeper Association,
FDACS-Division of Plant Industry and the
USDA all have booths and personnel on site
every day. Along with plenty of handouts
(illustrated publications, book marks, and
other "give-aways"), there are plenty of live
and dead arthropods on display.
This year our department's booth has a C-SI
(Crimes Solved with Insects) theme. On
display will be many of the insects used in
forensics and fair goers will be about to
peruse "crime case books" and use the
knowledge gained to help solve a "crime."
Dr. Jamie Ellis, our new apiculturist and
youth outreach entomologist, is coordinating
this year's effort. As always, Jane Medley's
graphical design talents will be very much in
Hoy MA, Pefia J, Nguyen R. (November
2006). Red palm mite, Raoiella indica Hirst.
Featured Creatures. EENY-397.
Gozel U, Adams BJ, Nguyen KB, Inserra
RN, Giblin-Davis RM, Duncan LW. 2006.
A phylogeny of Belonolaimus populations in
Florida inferred from DNA sequences.
Nematropica 36: 155-171.
Malan AP, Nguyen KB, Addison MF. 2006.
(Steinernematidae and Heterorhabditidae)
from the southwestern parts of South Africa.
African Plant Protection 12: 65-69.
Gozel U, Lamberti F, Duncan L, Agostinelli
A, Rosso L, Nguyen KB, Adams BJ. 2006
Molecular and morphological consilience in
the characterization and delimitation of five
nematode species from Florida belonging to
Xiphinema americanum-group. Nematology
Nguyen KB, Mracek Z, Webster JM. 2006.
Morphological and molecular
characterization of a new isolate of
Steinernemafeltiae (Filipjev 1934) from
Vancouver, Canada, with morphometrical
comparison with the topotype population
from Russia. Zootaxa 1132: 51-61.
Nguyen KB, Shapiro-Ilan DI, Fuxa JR,
Wood BW, Bertolotti MA, Adams BJ. 2006.
Taxonomic and biological characterization of
Steinernema rarum found in the Southeastern
United States. Journal of Nematology 38: 28-
Nguyen KB, Malan AP, Gozel U. 2006.
Steinernema khoisanae n. sp. (Rhabditida:
Steinernematidae), a new entomopathogenic
nematode from South Africa. Nematology 8:
Nguyen KB, Gozel U, Koppenhofer HS,
Adams BJ. 2006. Heterorhabditisfloridensis
n. sp. (Rhabditida: Heterorhabditidae) from
Florida. Zootaxa 1177: 1-19.
Qiu L, Hu X, Zhou Y, Mei S, Nguyen KB,
Pang Y. 2005. Steinernema akhursti sp. n.
(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 sp. n. (Nematoda:
Steinernematidae), a new entomopathogenic
nematode from Guangdong, China. Journal
of Invertebrate Pathology 88: 58-69.
Mekete T, Gaugler R, Nguyen KB,
Mandefro W, Tessera M. 2005.
Biogeography of entomopathogenic
nematodes in Ethiopia. Nematropica 35: 31-
Banu JG, Nguyen KB, Rajendran G. 2005.
Occurrence and distribution of
entomopathogenic nematodes in Kerala,
India. International Journal of Nematology
Nguyen KB, Qiu L, Zhou Y, Pang Y. 2006.
Steinernema leizhouense sp. n. (Nematoda:
Steinernematidae), a new entomopathogenic
nematode from southern China. Russian
Journal of Nematology 14: 101-118..
Andalo V, Nguyen KB, Moino Jr A. 2006.
Heterorhabditis amazonensis n. sp.
(Rhabditida: Heterorhabditidae) from
Amazonas, Brazil. Nematology 8: 853-867.
Zhou X, Tarver MR, Scharf ME. 2007.
Hexamerin-based regulation of juvenile
hormone responsive gene expression
underlies phenotypic plasticity in a social
insect. Development 134: 601-610.
Turner JC, Liburd OE (2007). Insect
management in blueberries in the eastern
United States. EDIS. ENY-411.
Baldwin RW, Oi FM. (2007). Institutional
IPM: Inspection, Monitoring and Strategies.
University of Florida/IFAS. CD-ROM.
Geden CJ, Kaufman PE. 2007.
Development of Spalangia cameroni and
Muscidifurax raptor (Hymenoptera:
Pteromalidae) on live house fly (Diptera:
Muscidae) pupae and pupae killed by heat
shock, irradiation and cold. Environmental
Entomology 36: 34-39.
Warner J, Scheffrahn RH. (January 2007).
Bigheaded ant, Pheidole megacephala
(Fabricius). Featured Creatures. EENY-369.
Daniels JC. 2007. Courtship solicitation by
females of the barred sulphur butterfly
(Eurema daira) (Lepidoptera: Pieridae).
Journal of Insect Behavior 20: 129-135.
Meetings and Presentations
Dr. Marc Branham served as a moderator
for a session of the student talk competitions
(Section A) at the 2006 Entomological
Society of America meeting. Several other
Branham Lab members contributed
presentations at the meeting: Jennifer
Zaspel "Using spatial data to examine
associations between environmental
parameters and species distributions in tiger
moths and fireflies from Cuba," Seth Bybee
- "Winging it through the ages: what fossils
tell us about the evolution of flight in
Odonata," Kyle Beucke "Using geographic
information systems to study species
distributions in five species of Mycotrupes
beetles and its implications for
conservation," and Anchana Thancharoen
- "From captivity to conservation: A
technique for rearing the aquatic firefly
Luciola brahmina in Thailand."
Dr. Phil Kaufman presented the seminar
"Ticks and Tick-borne Diseases in Florida"
at the Florida Mosquito Control Association's
2007 Dodd Plenary Short Course in Ocala,
FL, on 31 January.
The Entomological Society of America
presented a Certificate of Excellence to Dr.
Rebecca Baldwin, Dr. Faith Oi, and Mr.
James Kocher for The Outstanding
Extension/Regulatory Poster "Using distance
education technologies to provide continuing
education credits in IPM for industry." The
poster was displayed at the 2006 ESA annual
Dr. Oscar Liburd was an invited speaker at
the southeastern Regional Fruit and
Vegetable Conference, 4-7 January, in
Savannah, Georgia. He spoke on "Managing
blueberry insect pests in organic production
The National Science Foundation recently
funded a grant request by Drs. Dan Hahn
and Jeff Feder (University of Notre Dame),
"Diapause energetic in the apple maggot,
Rhagoletis pomonella: a functional link
between life history evolution and insect-host
plant interactions," for $436,000.
Spring 2007 Seminars
This semester's seminar committee members
are graduate students Seth Bybee, Amit
Sethi, Murugesan Rangasamy, Craig
Roubos, Andrew Dersksen and Jen Zaspel.
Seminars are held on Thursday afternoons in
room 1031. Refreshments are served at 3:45
pm, and the seminar begins at 4:00 pm. A
listing of the seminars is available online in
the January 2007 issue.
On 23-25 March, the first ever Florida
regional meeting of the North American
Butterfly Association will held at the
McGuire Center for Lepidoptera and
Biodiversity of the Florida Museum of
Natural History. See Pest Alert
(http://pestalert.ifas.ufl.edu/) for details and
If you do not count the main page, the
Featured Creatures Web site has only five
menus and a little less than 400 articles.
Despite this, in 2006 the site recorded
2,865,917 Distinct Visitors and 4,637,010
Page Views. Contact Thomas Fasulo for
more information if you would like a little
more exposure for yourself and your favorite
arthropod. Web statistics show that even the
least know arthropods receive 300 to 400
page views per month.
Dr. Matt Aubuchon (Ph.D. '2006), who
now works with for the USDA, and Thomas
Fasulo have made a number of changes and
additions to the Areawide Suppression of
Fire Ants Web site at http://fireant.
ifas.ufl.edu/. These changes are preliminary
modifications to some planned major
additions as this project finishes up.
"We are closer to the ants than to butterflies.
Very few people can endure much leisure."
- Gerald Brenan English author and
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