The Entomological Society of America
Southeastern Branch Award for Excellence
in Integrated Pest Management will be
presented to Dr. Oscar Liburd at the
Southeastern branch meeting, 2-4 March, in
Dr. Ghada Salah Refaei joined the
laboratory of Dr. Marjorie A. Hoy on 29
January. Dr. Refaei has a Norman E. Borlaug
International Agricultural Science and
Technology Program for Egypt Fellowship.
She will be here for six weeks working with
mites and getting training in molecular
Dr. James P. Cuda was invited by Dr. Andy
Kane of the Emerging Pathogens Institute to
give a lecture on aquatic insect ecology on
28 January for the new course Water Biology
The Graduate Committee selected Jennifer
Armistead (M.S.) and Karla Addesso
(Ph.D.) as the Department's nominees for the
UF/CALS Awards of Excellence in
Graduate Research. As our nominees for
this award, they are also automatically
awarded the Department's John A.
Mulrennan, Sr. Outstanding M.S. and
Ph.D. awards. The Mulrennan awards each
carry a $500 cash award. The students' thesis,
dissertation titles and major advisors are:
Jennifer Armistead (M.S.) Interactions of
Invasive Species in Mosquito Container
Communities in Virginia advisor: Dr. Phil
Karla Addesso (Ph.D.) Nutritional,
Behavioral, and Chemical Ecology of Pepper
Weevil (Anthonomus eugenii Cano) to
Improve Pest Management advisor: Dr.
Graduate student Christian Salcedo
successfully passed his Ph.D. qualifying
Dr. James Cuda is sponsoring Ms. Kenia
Aguirre, an intern from the Pan American
School of Agriculture (Zamorano) in
Honduras for part of the spring semester.
Kenia, who has training in entomology and
plant pathology, is working on several
projects related to Brazilian peppertree
biological control and will be interning until
Dr. Nancy Epsky (Ph.D. '91) was featured
in a USDA-ARS news release due to her
work on determining which species of fruit
fly was best attracted to different baits. See
details via the 01/18/08 Pest Alert at
After an enjoyable stay at the University of
Maine, conducting research on the behavior,
ecology and control of the European fire ant,
Myrmica rubra, Dr. H. Alejandro Arevalo
(Ph.D. '06) returned to the University of
Florida. He is now part of the entomology
team at the Southwest Florida Research and
Education Center in Immokalee. His main
task is to conduct research and extension
outreach on the control of the Asian citrus
psyllid, Diaphorina citri, vector of the
important citrus greening disease. Dr.
Arevalo received a 2007 Student and
Young Professional Participation Award
from the Entomological Society of America,
due to his involvement with ESA activities.
You may contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Daniels JC. (2008). Ceraunus blue,
Hemiargus ceraunus (Fabricius). Featured
Daniels JC. (2008). Common buckeye,
Junonia coenia Hibner. Featured Creatures.
Daniels JC. (January 2008). Yucca giant-
skipper, Megathymus yuccae (Boisduval &
Leconte). Featured Creatures. EENY-427.
Nguyen KB, Hunt D. 2007.
Entomopathogenic Nematodes: Systematics.
Phylogeny and Bacterial Symbionts. Brill,
Leiden, The Netherlands-Boston, USA. 816
Liburd OE, Frank DL. 2007. Synthetic and
living mulches for control of Homopteran
pests and diseases in vegetables. Pp 67-86. In
Saxena G, Mukerji KG (editors),
Management of Nematode and Insect-borne
Plant Diseases. The Haworth Press, New
England GK, Rhodes EM, Liburd OE.
2007. Thrips monitoring in Florida
blueberries. EDIS. ENY-839
Tarver M, Scharf ME. 2008. Termite caste
differentiation: a social affair. Pest Control
Technology 35(1): 82-86
Scharf ME, Buckspan CE, Grzymala TL,
Zhou X. 2007. Regulation of polyphenic
differentiation in the termite Reticulitermes
flavipes by interaction of intrinsic and
extrinsic factors. Journal of Experimental
Biology 210: 4390-4398.
Ellis J, Ellis A. (2008). African honey bee,
Apis mellifera scutellata Lepeletier. Featured
Geden CJ, Lietze V-U, Boucias D. 2008.
Seasonal prevalence and transmission of
salivary gland hypertrophy virus of house
flies (Diptera: Muscidae). Journal of Medical
Entomology 45: 42-51.
Thancharoen A, Branham MA, Lloyd JE.
(2008). Building twilight "light sensors" to
study the effects of light pollution on
fireflies. The American Biology Teacher.
Seminar Series Spring 2008
This semester, graduate students Seth Bybee,
Rosie Gill, Heidi Hanspetersen, Craig
Roubos, Corraine Scott and Tricia Toth
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. A listing
of seminars is available online in the January
McGuire Center Seminars
The remaining McGuire Center seminars for
this semester are:
02/19 Forty years of taxonomic works on
Asian microlepidoptera. Dr. K T. Park.
03/4 Applications of niche modeling:
Revisiting the Schaus swallowtail and a
proposal for modeling an invasive butterfly,
Papilio demoleus. Delano Lewis.
03/11 spring break
03/18 Lepidoptera and Coleoptera
collecting adventures in Guatemala. Dr.
04/1 TBA. Dr. Jaret Daniels and
04/15 Thailand. Bruce Morgan.
Meetings and Presentations
On 15 January, Dr. Mike Scharf delivered
an invited presentation at the Florida
Pesticide Regulatory Council meeting, held
in Gainesville. His presentation was
"Research into low impact alternatives to
conventional chemical insecticides."
Graduate student Christian Salcedo received
a $1000 grant from Sigma-Xi Scientific
Research Society. He also was awarded an
$800 grant from IDEA WILD. The funds
will be used to purchase specialized video
recording systems to study Heliconius
nocturnal roosting habits in the tropics as
part of his Ph.D. dissertation.
Can Asian cockroaches be a beneficial
species? They can if they feed on other,
more economically important pests. See the
01/15/08 entry in Pest Alert for details -
Diana Hagan, EDIS Librarian, reports that
departmental EDIS publications which began
life as Featured Creatures publications
were requested a total of 624,186 times in
2007. Authors can request a copy of the
Excel spreadsheet (54 KB), provided by
Diana, from Thomas Fasulo.
Major league baseball held an online auction
for 2007 season memorabilia in December.
One item was a can of "bug spray" used in
the Yankee's dugout when midges swarmed
Cleveland's Jacob Field during the American
League playoff. The winning buyer bid
$673. Makes you wonder if we should clean
out our pesticide locker and get back some of
the money we have to return due to the state
Entomology and nematology sometimes
meet in interesting ways, such as UF's
pioneer use of nematodes to control pest
mole crickets. Recently, Science Daily
reported that entomologists at the University
of Arkansas discovered that parasitic
nematodes cause the abdomens of ants to
bloat and change from black to maroon in
color, making the abdomens look like
berries. These "berries" are then eaten by
birds who spread the nematodes through
droppings. Uninfected ants may collect the
droppings which starts the cycle anew. This
may be the first example of fruit mimicry
caused by a parasite. See
"Cockroaches and socialites are the only
things that can stay up all night and eat
anything." Herb Caen, Pulitzer Prize
winning columnist, 1916-1997.
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