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Drs. Howard Frank and Ron Cave are
featured in an NBC video about releases of a
parasitic fly that attacks the Mexican
bromeliad weevil, dubbed the "evil weevil."
The weevil has been devastating populations
of Florida bromeliads for almost two
decades. Not only are many of the
bromeliads endangered, but Florida's unique
bromeliads are an important tourist
attraction. The fly, Lixadmontiafranki,
discovered by Cave in Honduras, and named
by him for Frank, was a species new to
science. The NBC video is available at
p?articleid=14339&z=3&p=. Information on
the weevil is available at http://creatures.ifas.
Dr. Billy Crow received ths year's
"Syngenta Excellence in Research Award"
from the Society of Nematologists.
Thomas Fasulo received the Florida
Recreation and Park Association (FRPA)
Media Excellence Award for the Battle of
Olustee Web site he created and maintains
for the Florida Department of Environmental
Protection Division of Recreation and
Parks. FRPA is an association of
professionals working in parks, and
recreation and leisure agencies throughout
Florida. The site is featured in two editions
of The Civil War on the Web: A Guide to
the Very Best Sites, a book published by the
Center for Digital History at the University
of Virginia, as one of the top 100 Civil War
Web sites. Fasulo recently moved the site to
a new domain at http://battleofolustee.org/.
Fasulo accepted the award with Mike
Bullock, the Director of the Florida Park
Service and a graduate of UF's Landscape
Dr. Malcolm T. Sanford, Professor
Emeritus, is in Australia attending the 2007
International Apicultural Congress, 9-14
September. He will also visit New Zealand.
Follow his travels via his blog http://
abeekeepersblog.blogspot.com. He will bee
presenting a discussion of The Gobal Bee
Breeders Initiative at the Congress. See
Several of our faculty and students received
awards at the recent Florida Entomological
Society (FES) annual meeting. The
Entomology & Nematology Department
Awards Committee, chaired by Drs.
Amanda Hodges and Jennifer Gillett,
helped facilitate the award process. If you
know if any award opportunities or would
like to nominate a colleague in the
department for an award, please let them
Dr. Marc Branham received the FES
Annual Achievement Award for Teaching in
Dr. Oscar Liburd received the FES Annual
Achievement Award for Research.
Dr. Michael Rogers, Citrus REC Lake
Alfred, received the FES Annual
Achievement Award for Extension.
Dr. Lance Osborne, Mid-Florida REC -
Apopka, received a Certificate of
Appreciation for Special Service to the
Dr. James P. Cuda was selected for
inclusion in the 10th Anniversary Edition of
Who's Who in Science and Engineering.
Four members of our staff received Service
Awards: Hope Johnson 5 years, Dr.
Ayyamperumal Jeyaprakash 15 years,
Lois Wood 25 years, and Glinda Burnett -
We all know that Jane Medley, Senior Art
and Graphics Specialist, is an expert at
creating and embellishing computer images,
but now she also has a piece of paper to
prove it. Jane recently took and passed the
closed-book, Adobe Certified Expert exam
for Photoshop CS2. This test is administered
by an third-party, independent testing
company at one of its testing sites.
Graduate student Michael Bentley received
the FES Annual Achievement Award for
Teaching in K-12 Education.
Graduate student Amit Sethi received 1st
prize (and $200) in the Ph.D. student paper
competition at the recent Florida
Entomological Society meeting, for his talk
"Feeding deterrents for banded cucumber
beetle (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae) in latex
of a resistant romaine lettuce."
Dr. Marco Toapanta (Ph.D. 2001), Bayer
Crop Sciences, received the FES Annual
Achievement Award for Industry.
Arevalo HA, Groden E. (July 2007).
European fire ant, Myrmica rubra Linnaeus.
Featured Creatures. EENY-410.
Stelinski LL, McGhee P, Haas M, Ll'Ichev
AL, Gut LJ. 2007. Sprayable micro-
encapsulated sex pheromone formulations for
mating disruption of four tortricid species:
Effects of application height, rate, frequency,
and sticker adjuvant. Journal of Economic
Entomology 100: 1360-1369.
Kaur R, Brito JA, Dickson DW. 2007. A
first report of Paulownia elongata as a host
ofMeloidogyne spp. in Florida. Plant Disease
Zaspel JM, Kononenko VS, Goldstein PZ.
(2007). Another blood feeder? Experimental
feeding of a fruit-piercing moth on human
blood in the Primorye Region of Far Eastern
Russia (Noctuidae: Calpinae: Calpini).
Journal of Insect Behavior. http://www.
This paper was featured in a Finnish nature
magazine and a Canadian news magazine
under the titles: Verta imeva yokkonen
yleistyy Suomessa, Suomen Luonto Finland.
( June 15); and "Bloodsucking vampires are
on the move, Get out the garlic: Vampire
moths are spreading in Europe and Asia."
Maclean's News Canada
Thomas MC. (September 2007). A flower
beetle, Euphoria sepulcralis (Fabricius).
Featured Creatures. EENY-416. http://
For Sale Publications
We have too many stories to relate here of
people asking why our department does not
have any for-sale, color publications that
help people to identify pests. To help correct
that misconception, our department's Web
site now has an entire page dedicated to our
many for-sale materials. While the page is
part of the department's site, it will be
housed on one of Thomas Fasulo's domains
so he can easily update it. The new page is at
Meetings and Presentations
The Society ofNematologists held its annual
meeting in San Diego California during 28
July 1 August. Drs. Don Dickson, Billy
Crow, Robin Giblin-Davis, Joe Noling,
Janete Brito, and Dorota Porazinska
attended the meeting.
Dr. James P. Cuda was invited to give a
presentation on biological control of
Brazilian peppertree at the First Coast
Invasive Species Working Group Meeting in
Yulee, FL, 23 August. Interest in Brazilian
peppertree management is increasing in
northeast Florida with the recent discovery of
Brazilian peppertree in Duval and Nassau
Dr. James Cuda delivered the presentation
"IPM and biological control of aquatic
weeds" at an in-service training on aquatic
plant management held at the Duval County
Extension office on 24 August.
This semester, graduate students Murugesan
Rangasamy (Chair), Amit Sethi, Craig
Roubos, Seth Bybee, Andrew Derksen,
Corraine Scott and Jennifer Zaspel serve
on the Seminar Committee. Seminars are
held on Thursday afternoons in room 1031.
Refreshments are served at 3:45 pm, and the
seminar begins at 4:00 pm.
09/06 Multitrophic interactions between
insects, fungi and plants: using naturally
produced chemicals to solve an invasive
species problem. Dr. Peter Teal, USDA,
09/13 Chemical Ecology and Behavioral
Studies of Neotropical Butterflies Dr.
Mirian Medina Hay-Roe, McGuire Center
for Lepidoptera and Biodiversity
09/20 Maternal effects and sexual selection
in the Heliconia bug (Leptoscelis tricolor).
Dr. Christine Miller, UF
09/27 Periodical cicadas, the plague and the
puzzle. Dr. Gene Kritsky, College of Mount
St. Joseph, Cincinnati
10/04 Evolutionary history of host-parasite
associations: mammals and their ectoparasitic
lice" Dr. Jessica Light
10/11 Plant-aphid interactions: molecular
and ecological perspectives. Dr. Fiona
Goggin, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville
10/18 Polydnaviruses: symbionts and potent
immunosuppressive pathogens of insects. -
Dr. Mike Strand, University of Georgia,
10/25 Insects in aboriginal mythologies
around the world. Dr. Ron Cherry, UF
11/01 Superclones: A functional genomics
approach. Dr. Alex Wilson, University of
11/08 The impact of plant-herbivore
coevolution on the chemical structure of
tropical plant communities. Dr. Judith
Becerra, University of Arizona, Tucson
11/15 Development of transgenic insects for
functional genomics and biological control. -
November 15 Dr. Alfred Handler, USDA,
11/29 Sexual conflict, immune function and
the evolution of insect mating strategies. Dr.
Ken Fedorka, University of Central Florida,
Graduate student Jennifer Zaspel received
the following grants: from the National Park
Service Inventories and Monitoring Program
for "Preliminary survey of the
macrolepidopteran moth diversity in Big
Cypress National Preserve" ($5,287); and
three grants to support travel to the SEL
Congress of Lepidopterology, Berlin,
Germany: a Graduate Student Council Travel
Grant ($250); an IFAS CALS Travel Grant
($200); and an Entomology and Nematology
Travel Grant ($200).
Graduate student Amit Sethi received a Best
Student Scholarship ($500) and a mini-
research grant ($100) from the Florida
Entomological Society at its recent annual
Drs. Julio Medal and James Cuda received
a 3rd year (July 2007-June 2008) extension
of the Florida Department of Environmental
Protection grant ($30,000) to continue the
host-specificity testing and foreign
explorations in Mexico and Central America
of potential biocontrol agents for wetland
nightshade, Solanum tampicense
(Solanaceae), a non-native invasive weed in
Drs. James Cuda and William Overholt
were awarded three research grants from the
Florida Department of Environmental
Protection, Bureau of Invasive Plant
Management. Two of the grants totaling
$57,065 were for the Brazilian peppertree
biological control project and a grant for
$35,422 was for a new project on biological
control of the aquatic weed hygrophila.
The Reading Room Committee once again
reminds us that no one is allowed to take
materials out of the reading room, and no one
is allowed to take food or drink in. You are
also reminded that Reading Room users are
monitored on closed-circuit TV, so wave and
say hi. In addition, the committee asks that
you tidy up after yourself before leaving the
room. Those who wish to use the in-room
copier should visit the stock room and get a
PIN from Nick Hostettler.
ARS scientists with the Center for Medical,
Agricultural and Veterinary Entomology in
Gainesville, FL, were in the news again. Dr.
Hans T. Alborn led the team that helped
discover a new class of compounds, called
"caeliferins," that should help shed more light
on how plants respond to insect attacks, and
also may determine whether American
grasshoppers are solitary or gregarious. If so,
the compounds may be found to influence
swarming behavior of locusts. For details, see
08/15/07 Pest Alert at
"The only reason for being a bee that I know
of is making honey... and the only reason for
making honey is so I can eat it. Winnie-
the-Pooh (actually A.A. Milne)
Thomas Fasulo is the newsletter editor. You
can submit news anytime to him at
firstname.lastname@example.org. Issues are published the
middle of each month. Submit items for an
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Thomas Fasulo codes the HTML version.