US FOIDA Enoolg and Nemaolo
The South Florida Sun-Sentinel covered the
release in Loxahatchee National Wildlife
Refuge of the fly parasites that UF/IFAS
entomologists hope will control the Mexican
bromeliad weevil that is devastating
Florida's unique bromeliads. Drs. Howard
Frank and John Capinera were featured.
Palm Beach's Channel 5 has a similar story
and a video, featuring Dr. Frank, graduate
student Teresa Cooper, U.S. Representative
Roy Klein and a class of 4th grade children
available at http://www.wptv.com/news/
local/story. aspx?content id=ee21 ead0-9401-
4fb5-acbl-907db52ed5ad. The video is
preceded by a short commercial. The Herald-
Tribune also had an article at http://www.
NIST17/710140399. You can read the
Featured Creatures publication on the
Mexican bromeliad weevil and its fly
parasite at http://creatures.ifas.ufl.edu/om/
Dr. Jaret Daniels is featured in a news
release on the Miami blue butterfly at
On 5-7 November, Dr. Marjorie A. Hoy
traveled to Catania, Sicily, for an IOBC
meeting on Integrated Control in Citrus Fruit
Crops. Traveling with Dr. Hoy was Lipolexis
oregmae, a hymenopteran parasitoid of the
brown citrus aphid, which will be reared in
Catania for possible release against its host.
The brown citrus aphid recently invaded the
Mediterranean basin and is a threat to citrus
planted on tristeza-tolerant rootstock. Dr.
Lucia Zappala, of the University of Catania
and a former postdoctoral scientist in the
Hoy lab, will rear the parasitoid and share it
with other countries in the region.
On 17-19 October, Dr. Marc Branham
attended the 2007 Jumpstart
Training/Planning Meeting in Indianapolis
for newly elected officers of the
Entomological Society of America (ESA).
The purpose of the meeting is to train
members in the duties and responsibilities
they will encounter as new officers (Section
Past President, President, Vice President,
Vice President Elect and Treasurer), and
outline section-specific goals and timelines
for addressing them. The new re-organization
of ESA allows each section more latitude in
pursuing goals specific to the interests of
each section, and each section will be
allotted its own budget to those goals.
Drs. James Cuda, Howard Frank,
Christine Miller, Oscar Liburd, Marc
Branham, and Michael Scharf hosted a
group of Chinese entomologists touring the
department on 31 October. The four-member
delegation from the Northwest Agriculture
and Forestry University in Yangling,
Shaanxi, China, were visiting Canadian and
U.S. institutions for the purpose of initiating
collaborative research and student exchange
The roles that Drs. Susan Webb and Phil
Stansly played in the discovery of the vector
and disease agent for watermelon vine
decline were recognized in the
November/December 2007 issue of the
USDA Agricultural Research magazine. See
7/vinel 107.htm .
Dr. Rebecca Baldwin accepted the
department's Senior Teaching Lab Specialist
position. Her responsibilities include
teaching ENY 3005/5006 Distance (which
currently has 106 students), ENY
3005L/5006L Distance, and ENY 3007/5160
Life Science. She also will continue her
extension work with School IPM and the
Termite Training Facility. Basically she is
doing everything she did before in her grant-
funded, faculty-level, Assistant Extension
Scientist position, but now she has a
permanent position. In addition, Dr. Baldwin
was recently appointed chair of the Florida
Entomological Society's (FES) Education
Graduate Student Amit Sethi received a
$300 travel grant from the office of the UF
Vice President for Research to support travel
to the ESA meeting in San Diego, California,
this December. Sethi will speak on "Banded
cucumber beetle (Coleoptera:
Chrysomelidae) resistance in romaine
lettuce: understanding latex chemistry,"
during the Ph.D. student competition.
Graduate student Mike Bentley was recently
appointed to the FES Education Committee.
In the Editor's Note to the Spring 2007 issue
of the American Entomologist, editor Dr.
Gene Kritsky wrote that the Winter 2006
issue was the "...premiere of the color
version of the 'What is it?' feature." The
inaugural photograph, submitted by Dr.
Nancy C. Hinkle [Ph.D. '92], was a
wonderful image of a glowing larviform
insect." The winning answer included the
URL to a Featured Creatures publication
glow-worms.htm) written by Dr. Marc
Juan Manuel Alvarez (Ph.D. '00), an
Associate Professor of Entomology in the
Plant, Soil and Entomological Sciences
Department of the University of Idaho
presented the keynote address during the
10th International Plant Virus Epidemiology
symposium "Controlling Epidemics of
Emerging and Established Plant Virus
Diseases The Way Forward." The meeting
occurred at the International Crops Research
Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics, in
Hyderabad, India, during 15-19 October.
Alvaraz spoke on "Mixed-viral infections
(potato virus Y-potato leafroll virus) affect
the biology and preference of aphid vectors
and consequently the epidemiology of potato
Dr. Andrei Sourakov (Ph.D. '97), well
known for his photographic skill, created an
image gallery of over 1,000 butterflies for the
Florida Museum of Natural History. See
Stelinski LL. (2007). Citrus peelminer,
Marmara gulosa Guillen and Davis.
Featured Creatures. EENY-415.
Rios LM, Connelly CR. (2007). Common
malaria mosquito, Anopheles
quadrimaculatus Say. Featured Creatures.
Medal JC, Gandolfo D, Overholt W,
Stansly P, Roda A, Osborne L, Hibbard K,
Gaskalla R, Bums E, Chong J, Sellers B,
Hight S, Cuda JP. 2007. Biology of
Gratiana boliviana, the first biocontrol agent
released to control tropical soda apple in the
USA. University of Florida-IFAS Extension
Circular ENY-826. 3 p.
Medal J, Bustamante N. 2007. Biological
control of weeds in Latin America: actual
situation and future trends, p. 134-141. In
Lira H. (ed.). Bioplaguicidas y Control
Biologico. Centro de Investigacion en
Quimica Aplicada- Universidad Autonoma
Agraria Antonio Narro. Monterrey, Mexico.
Bredow E, Pedrosa JH, Medal JC, Cuda JP.
2007. Open field host specificity tests in
Brazil for risk assessment ofMetriona elatior
(Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae), a potential
biological control agent of Solanum viarum
(Solanaceae) in Florida. Florida
Entomologist 90: 559-564.
Mann RS, Kaufman PE, Butler JF. (2007).
A sand fly, Lutzomyia shannoni Dyar.
Featured Creatures. EENY-421.
Wheeler MM, Zhou X, Scharf ME, Oi FM.
2007. Molecular markers for monitoring
dynamic shifts of cellulolytic protozoa in
Reticulitermesflavipes. Insect Biochemistry
and Molecular Biology 37: 1366-1374.
Stelinski LL, Gut LJ, Haas M, McGhee P,
Epstein D. 2007. Evaluation of aerosol
devices for simultaneous disruption of sex
pheromone communication in Cydia
pomonella and Grapholita molesta
(Lepidoptera: Tortricidae). Journal of Pest
Science 80: 225-233.
Thancharoen A, Ballantyne LA, Branham
MA, Jeng ML. 2007. Description of Luciola
aquatilis sp. nov., a new aquatic firefly
(Coleoptera: Lampyridae: Luciolinae) from
Thailand. Zootaxa 1611: 55-62.
Arevalo HA, Liburd OE. 2007. Horizontal
and vertical distribution of flower thrips in
southern highbush and rabbiteye blueberry
plantings, with notes on a new sampling
method for thrips inside blueberry flowers.
Journal of Economic Entomology 100:
Dunford JC, Austin GT. 2007.
Nomenclatural faux pas for Speyeria atlantis
greyi Moeck, 1950 (Lepidoptera:
Nymphalidae). Insecta Mundi 17: 1-4.
Dunford JC, Somma LA, Serrano D. (2007).
FSCA Mecoptera Resources. Florida State
Collection of Arthropods.
Meetings and Presentations
Dr. Julio Medal was invited to give an
opening talk at the International Sustainable
Agriculture Symposium held at the
Universidad Autonoma Agraria Antonio
Narro in Saltillo, Coahuila state, Mexico,
24-26 October. His presentation on
"Biological control of invasive plants in
Latin America: Current status and future
trends" was co-authored by technician
Ph.D student Emily Saarinen recently gave
a poster and three oral presentations on the
Miami blue butterfly. She presented the
poster "Conservation genetics of the
endangered Miami blue butterfly," at the UF
Genetics Symposium, in Gainesville, during
November; a 10-minute paper on "The
conservation genetics of the Miami blue
butterfly: Integrating science and
management," at the Canyon National Parks
Science Scholars Program Retreat and 10th
Anniversary Meeting, Grand Canyon, AZ,
during October; a 30-minute paper on "The
conservation genetics of the Miami blue
butterfly," for the McGuire Center for
Lepidoptera and Biodiversity lecture series in
Gainesville, during October; and a 20-minute
paper, with coauthor Dr. Jaret Daniels, on
"Conservation genetics: The past, present,
and future of the Miami blue butterfly," for
the Association for Tropical Lepidoptera,
Annual Meeting, in Gainesville, during
Dr. Jaret Daniels gave the presentation
"Florida Butterfly Diversity and
Conservation" to the Hernando County
Audubon Society on 27 September, in
Brooksville. He also gave the presentation
"Butterfly Conservation Through Compound
Eyes" at the 7th Annual Southwest Florida
Butterfly Conference (Lee County
Extension) on 3 November.
Dr. James P. Cuda was an invited speaker
for the inaugural Right-of-Way and Aquatic
Weed Control Training Workshop held in
Panama City Beach, FL, 16-18 October.
Cuda gave the presentation "Current and
Future Role of Classical Biological Control
for Integrated Management of Aquatic and
Upland Invasive Plants."
Dr. James Cuda produced a series of
handouts on biological control of invasive
plants for over 400 participants attending the
27th Annual Florida Master Gardener
Training Conference held at the Reitz Union,
Drs. James Cuda and Oscar Liburd were
invited attendees for the College of
Engineering Sciences, Technology and
Agriculture Research Forum held at Florida
A&M University, Tallahassee, FL, 25
Fall Entomology Seminars
Graduate students Murugesan Rangasamy
(Chair), Amit Sethi, Craig Roubos, Seth
Bybee, Andrew Derksen, Corraine Scott
and Jennifer Zaspel serve on this semester's
Seminar Committee. Seminars are held on
Thursday afternoons in room 1031:
refreshments at 3:45 pm; seminar at 4:00 pm.
A listing of seminars is available online in
the September 2007 issue.
Fall seminars at the Center for Biodiversity
and Lepidoptera are held in the McGuire
Conference Room from 12:00-1:00 pm and
include lunch. A listing of seminars is
available online in the October 2007 issue.
Drs. Betty Dunckel, Jaret Daniels, and
Thomas Emmel received a $18,615 grant
from the Florida Wildflower Foundation for
the second printing of the Florida
Wildflowers and Butterflies brochure.
St. Lucie County Extension Agent Mr. Ken
T. Gioeli and Drs. James P. Cuda, William
Overholt and Julio Medal were
co-recipients of a $7,500 Extension Program
Enhancement Grant on "Taming Invasive
Plants: A Solution for you Life."
Dr. James P. Cuda and graduate student
Abhishek Mukherjee received a $10,000
grant from Florida Department of
Environmental Protection's Bureau of
Invasive Plant Management to support
graduate student travel and related expenses
for research on biological control of the
aquatic weed hygrophila.
Thomas Fasulo often receives enquiries
from faculty and students asking how
Featured Creatures (FC) and EDIS
interrelate. All FC publications also become
EDIS publications. The EDIS document
retains the FC EENY number. While the text
and images are the same, the format is
different. The same day that Fasulo posts a
completed and reviewed FC, he alerts
Glinda Burnett, the department's EDIS
editor, that a new FC is available, and she
then creates an EDIS version. Any changes
to the FC, by the author or by Fasulo if the
author is no longer available, are provided
the same day to Burnett, who then makes
those changes in the EDIS copy. You may
view these publications at
The Entomological Digital Library is a
collaborative effort by three universities
(North Carolina State, Iowa State and
Clemson) and The Entomological
Foundation. The Library's goal is to provide
access to high-quality, expert-reviewed
entomology teaching materials. As of mid-
November there were a 118 different titles in
numerous categories listed on its site at
http://www.entlibrary.org/. A number of
these are software and video publications
developed in our department.
A UF press release reveals that a UF
chemical engineer "... is drawing inspiration
from the eyes of moths and the wings of
cicadas to create unusual new anti-reflective
and water-repellant coatings coatings that
appear to have potential to make solar cells
both more efficient and self-cleaning." See
Was the Santa Fe, New Mexico, courthouse
really haunted or was it something else? The
answer was very beneficial. See
Preferring books to other dishes
Are our friends, the silverfishes.
Alas for them! All their lore
Is filed on the library floor!
- Arnold Mallis
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