The University of Hawaii (UH) honored Dr.
Nan-Yao Su, one of our termite researchers,
as its Outstanding Alumnus for 2007. Su,
who developed the Sentricon termite baiting
system used in 18 countries around the
world, was honored at UH's College of
Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources'
centennial celebration on 12 April. In
addition, Hawaii's legislature issued two
proclamations recognizing his achievements.
Su, a native of Taiwan, is based at the Fort
Lauderdale Research and Education Center
and has been with UF since 1984. He began
studying subterranean termites as a graduate
student in Hawaii. IFAS News
There are other ways to honor faculty. When
they retire they can be awarded Emeritus
status or you can just knock them to the floor
and blow them away with an automatic
pistol. Both have occurred to Dr. Malcolm
"Tom" Sanford, our retired apiculturist. Dr.
Sanford acted in community productions for
years before he retired and continues to do
so. He also is listed on IMDb, the Web's
largest movie site, for his role in Silent
Voyeur, at http://us.imdb.com/ name/
nm1898325/. And you can watch his
"murder" in a video segment for a new
movie, Silent Dove, at http://www.
You are forewarned that the video has some
extremely violent scenes.
Drs. Ron Cave, Howard Frank and
graduate student Teresa Cooper were all
mentioned in a UF/IFAS news release and a
Tampa Tribune article about a parasitic fly
that attacks the Mexican bromeliad weevil.
The fly, Lixadmontiafranki, was discovered
in 1993 in Honduras by Cave, who named it
after Frank. The fly proved extremely
difficult, if not impossible, to rear until the
opening of the new quarantine facility in Ft.
Pierce. This release, and several others that
are scheduled, is important in that the
Mexican bromeliad weevil has been eating
its way through Florida's precious
bromeliads since 1989, threatening entire
species. These bromeliads are prized, not
only for natural diversity, but also because
many Florida species are unique and generate
significant tourist interest. See the 06/28/07
Pest Alert at http://pestalert.ifas.ufl.edu/ for
James Chamblee, who has been with IFAS
Facilities for six years, recently joined our
department as the new Maintenance
Mechanic. Before assuming his present
duties, he did carpentry and renovations for
IFAS. He lives in the Suwannee area and is
an avid fisherman.
The department welcomes the multi-talented
Mike McVicar to the graphics staff. He is
here part-time through June, then he will
work full-time beginning in July. A transfer
student from Santa Fe Community College,
Mike will start UF in the Fall as a junior in
graphical design. He is available all summer
(and beyond, we hope) to do minor Web
updates, scientific posters, displays, and
other graphic art tasks. Jane Medley
Dr. Byron "Pete" Coon is leaving the
Department on 11 July to begin work as the
Biological Research Manager for Clarke
Mosquito Corporation in Chicago, Illinois.
Dr. Coon has taught Insect Field Biology for
several years. Hundreds of students in many
disciplines have taken his classes seeking to
become effective science teachers. While
stationed in Chicago, his job will also require
extensive, including international, travel.
After taking a break from entomological
research and spending some time in
Germany, Dr. Verena Lietze rejoined the
Department. On July 1st, she returned to the
Insect Pathology lab to work with Dr. Drion
Boucias. As a Senior Biological Scientist she
will coordinate and conduct research on the
Musca domestic salivary gland hypertrophy
Several students have asked when Insect
Molecular Genetics will be offered next. It
will be offered during Spring 2008 and is
available by distance education. For
additional information contact Dr. M. A.
Hoy at email@example.com.
Graduate student Jennifer Zaspel received a
Davidson Graduate Student Travel
Scholarship. The $300 award was used to
support her travel expenses to the 26th
Annual Will Hennig Society Conference in
New Orleans, 28 June-3 July.
PhD student Christian Salcedo will attend
the 44th annual meeting of the Animal
Behavior Society at Burlington, Vermont,
21-25 July 2007, where he will present his
research on Heliconius butterflies behavior.
Dr. Greg Wheeler (Ph.D '89), at the
Agricultural Research Service (ARS)
Invasive Plant Research Laboratory in Fort
Lauderdale, was recently mentioned in an
ARS news release. He and his colleagues are
collaborating with their counterparts at the
ARS South American Biological Control
Laboratory in Argentina; the ARS Australian
Biological Control Laboratory in
Indooroopilly, Australia; and with China's
Academy of Science. They are working on
discovering insect herbivores to control a
number of invasive weeds, including
hydrilla, Brazilian pepper, Chinese tallow
and Australian pine. Dr. Wheeler was invited
to report these biological control findings at
the Brazilian Society for Biocontrol meeting
in Brasilia, Brazil, 30 June-4 July. See http://
Slansky F. 2006. Cuterebra bot flies
(Diptera: Oestridae) and their indigenous
hosts and potential hosts in Florida. Florida
Entomologist 89: 152-160.
Slansky F, Huckabee J. 2006. First records
of rodent-infesting Cuterebra bot flies
parasitizing raccoons (Procyon lotor) in
North America. Journal of Parasitology 92:
Slansky F. 2007. Insect/mammal
associations: Effects of cuterebrid bot fly
parasites on their hosts. Annual Review of
Entomology 52: 17-36.
Dekle GW. (2007). Azalea leafminer,
Gracillaria azaleella (Brants). Featured
Creatures. EENY-379. http://creatures.ifas.
Arevalo HA, Liburd OE. 2007. Flower
thrips, oviposition and dispersion behavior in
early season blueberries. Journal of Insect
Science 7: 28-29.
Hall DW. (June 2007). Luna moth, Actias
luna (Linneaus). Featured Creatures. EENY-
Hoy MA, Jeyaprakash A, Clarke-Harris D,
Rhodes E. 2007. Molecular and field
analyses of the fortuitous establishment of
Lipolexis oregmae (Hymenoptera:
Aphidiidae) in Jamaica as a natural enemy of
the brown citrus aphid. Biocontrol Science
and Technology 17: 473-482.
Meyer JM, Hoy MA, Singh R. 2007. Low
incidence of Candidatus liberibacter
asiaticus in Diaphorina citri (Hemiptera:
Psyllidae) populations between Nov 2005
and Jan 2006: Relevance to management of
citrus greening disease in Florida. Florida
Entomologist 90: 394-397.
Hoy MA, Singh R, Rogers ME. 2007.
Citrus leafminer, Phyllocnistis citrella
(Lepidoptera: Gracillariidae), and natural
enemy dynamics in central Florida during
2005. Florida Entomologist 90: 358-369.
Hall DW, Minno M, Butler JF. (July 2007).
Dingy purplewing butterfly, Eunica monima
(Stoll). Featured Creatures. EENY-412.
Kaur R, Brito JA, Rich JR. 2007. Host
suitability of selected weed species to five
Meloidogyne species. Nematropica 37:
Cetintas R, Kaur R, Brito JA, Mendes
ML, Nyczepir AP, Dickson DW. 2007.
Comparison of pathogenicity and
reproductive potential of Meloidogyne
mayaguensis and M. floridensis with three
other common Meloidogyne spp. in Florida.
Nematropica 37: 21-32.
Hay-Roe MM., Lamas G, Nation JL. 2007.
Pre- and postzygotic isolation and Haldane
rule effects in reciprocal crosses of Danaus
erippus and Danaus plexippus (Lepidoptera:
Danainae), supported by differentiation of
cuticular hydrocarbons, establish their status
as separate species. Biological Journal of the
Linnean Society 91: 445-453.
Wessels FW, Cuda JP, Johnson MT,
Pedrosa-Macedo JH. 2007. Host specificity
of Tectococcus ovatus (Hemiptera:
Eriococcidae), a potential biological control
agent of the invasive strawberry guava,
Psidium cattleianum (Myrtales: Myrtaceae),
in Florida. BioControl 52: 439-449.
Howard FW, Moore D, Abreu E, Gallo S.
(July 2007). Acaro del coco, Aceria
guerreronis Keifer. Featured Creatures.
Meetings and Presentations
Drs. Larry Duncan and Billy Crow were
invited speakers at the Biennial Symposium
of the Nematological Society of Southern
Africa in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. Dr.
Duncan presented "Developing strategies for
conservation and inoculative biological
control with entomopathogenic nematodes
for root weevil control in Florida citrus," and
"Linking the behaviour of nematodes, food
webs, and the physical habitat: New
methods." Dr. Crow presented "Turfgrass
nematology in the United States."
Dr. Billy Crow also was an invited speaker
for the Turf Managers Association of
KwaZulu Natal in Durban, South Africa, and
the Golf Course Managers and Greenkeeper
Association in Johannesburg, South Africa.
Dr. Jaret C. Daniels gave a Florida Museum
of Natural History seminar on 21 May:
"Singin' the blues: Cooperative efforts to
conserve one of the nation's most imperiled
Dr. Jaret Daniels attended the Florida
Wildlife Stakeholder's Forum in Orlando on
6-7 June, and presented a poster, "Florida
Butterfly Monitoring Network" highlighting
his State Wildlife Grant.
Dr. James P. Cuda was invited to give a
presentation and laboratory demonstration on
biological control of aquatic weeds at the
Silent Invaders Summer Plant Workshop
held in Gainesville, 10-14 June. The annual
workshop, sponsored by UF's Center for
Precollegiate Education and Training
(CPET), and the Center for Aquatic and
Invasive Plants, provides Florida's middle
school science teachers with expanded
content knowledge and laboratory/field
experience in the area of aquatic and upland
plant biology and ecology. The experience
enables teachers to develop relevant curricula
for their students.
Dr. James Cuda was an invited speaker at
the inaugural Applied Management of
Conservation Lands Conference held in
Orlando, FL, 20-22 June. Cuda delivered
presentation on "Biological control and
vegetation management." Over 400 water
management district, DEP biologists, and
foresters attended the conference.
Dr. James Cuda was invited to participate in
the 10th International Symposium on
Biological Control (X Siconbiol) held in
Brasilia, Brazil, 30 June- 4 July. Cuda gave a
presentation on "Collaboration Between
Brazil and the USA in classical biological
control cases of success and lessons
learned." This presentation was co-authored
by Drs. Howard Frank, James Maruniak,
and Julio Medal. Cuda also presented a
research paper on "Screening of the fungal
pathogen Septoria sp. for biological control
of Aroeira (Brazilian peppertree) in Florida"
that was co-authored by Tanya Stevens and
Dr. Julio Medal.
Dr. Jaret C. Daniels received a $12,000
award from Disney's Wildlife Conservation
Fund to develop a series of short public
education videos on Florida's endangered
Miami blue butterfly. See
htm for details on this species.
The Featured Creatures Web site at
http://creatures.ifas.ufl.edu/ only has 406
publications, but it gained a new milestone
last month when it recorded over 3,000,000
distinct visitors in the last 12 months. A
Distinct Visitor is someone who visits the
site and is counted only once no matter how
long they visit, unless they take a 30 minute
break with no activity, then they are counted
again if they continue to view the site.
The Swarm Monsters by the millions,
and they are all for real! Excel to take the
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Liner notes on a pirated DVD from Taiwan
for the movie The Swarm
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