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I"S Newsletter


March 2008


Faculty News

Dr. Phil Kaufman began his term as
President of the Structural, Veterinary and
Public Health Systems Section of the
Entomological Society of America (ESA).

On 25 February, Dr. Christine Miller
delivered an invited talk and a poster at the
"Genes and Behavior" Gordon Conference,
in Lucca, Italy. The Gordon Research
Conferences promote discussions and the
free exchange of ideas at the research
frontiers of the biological, chemical and
physical sciences. Scientists with common
professional interests come together for a full
week of intense discussion and examination
of the most advanced aspects of their field.

Dr. Jim Rich recently attended the ISHS
Symposium on Sociological and Economic
Impact of Modern Vegetable Production
Practices on Developing Country Farmers, in
Chiang Mai, Thailand. He presented the
report "Towards a More Sustainable Tomato
Production System" from work conducted in
conjunction with Drs. Fred Rhoads and Steve
Olson. The Symposium was attended by
participants from Southeast Asia, Africa, and
Europe.

Dr. James P. Cuda was invited to serve on
the UF/IFAS CALS Student Development
Committee; the first meeting was held on
campus, 21 February. The primary


responsibilities of the Committee include
advising the Director of Student
Development on program issues, student
internships, and career opportunities.

On 28 February, Dr. Yang-Seop Bae, a
professor at the University of Inchon, in
South Korea, arrived with his family for a
12-month sabbatical at UF. While housed at
the McGuire Center, Dr. Bae will study
southeast Asian Tortricidae moths in the
collections of the Florida State Collections of
Arthropods (FSCA) and the McGuire Center.

Dr. K.-T. Park returned to South Korea after
spending his first six-month segment in
Gainesville following his retirement from
Kangwon National University (KNU), in
South Korea. Dr. Park was professor of
entomology and biology, and also served as
Dean of the College of Agriculture, at KNU.
He will return to study micro-moths at the
McGuire Center each year, returning to
South Korea during the summer months. He
will return to Gainesville in September 2008.
He is an expert in the families Lecithoceridae
and Gelechiidae for Asia.

Dr. John B. Heppner, Florida Department
of Agriculture & Consumer Services,
Division of Plant Industry (FDACS-DPI)
taxonomist for Lepidoptera, was on an
extended survey expedition in Peru during
November 2007, mainly in the Amazon-side
foothills north of Cuzco and also east of









Lima in Dept. Junin. Over 12,000 moths
were collected in this survey, plus 1000s of
other smaller insects, all to enhance tropical
representation for the FSCA insect
collection. A number of rare species were
found, including undoubtedly new species of
small moths. Dr. Heppner expects to return
to Junin in early December 2008 (virgin
forests of the Pampa Hermosa site) and has
space on this next expedition for any students
who wish to study the fauna in this part of
Peru. His McGuire museum contact is at
273-1998 (or leave message at 372-3505
x139).

Student News

Dr. Carl Barfield reports that the following
undergraduate students made the Dean's List
for Academic Performance in Fall 2007.
Beginning with the 2007-2008 catalog year,
CALS Dean's List criteria are now 3.70 GPA
with a minimum of 12 semester hours of
graded credits.

Bret Boyd, Meredith Cenzer, Adam Davis,
Michael Donovan, Christina Gutierrez,
Fae de Lestang, Nadia Palma, Casey Reed,
Erin Partridge, and Natasha Wright.

Ph.D student Peter Obenauer received the
Robert T. Gast Award at the 82nd Annual
Meeting of the Southeastern Branch (SEB) of
the ESA, held in Jacksonville, FL, 2-5 March
2008. This award is given annually to the
student delivering the best presentation in the
Ph.D. student oral presentation competition.
Pete works on Aedes albopictus in Dr. Phil
Kaufman's laboratory.

Our department's Linnean Team took second
place at the recent SEB/ESA meeting. This
means the team will participate in the
Linnean games at the ESA national


conference in November. The team members
are graduate students John Herbert
(captain), Kyle Buecke, Ameya
Gondhaleker, Patricia Toth and Melissa
Doyle (alternate). The team seeks faculty
assistance to prepare for the November
competition.

Ph.D. student Gaurav Goyal took third place
in the SEB/ESA meeting Photo Competition
- Photomicroscopy section for his image of
the male aedeagus of the corn silk fly,
Euxesta stigmatias Loew.

Gaurav Goyal also received a 2007 Student
and Young Professional Participation Award
which included a cash prize along with
certificate from the ESA, due to his active
involvement in ESA activities. He recently
served as a student representative on the
Local Arrangements Committee for
SEB/ESA.

Alumni News

Colin Hickey (M.S. '06) received the
Professional of the Year Award from the NE
Pest Management Association. Hickey serves
as technical specialist for 28 Terminix
branches in New York and the New England
states. His job duties include training new
hires, on-going training with individual
branches, help for troublesome accounts, and
technical support within his territory. He
holds a Massachusetts Supervisory license in
General Pest Control. In 2007, Hickey also
earned certification as a Board Certified
Entomologist from the ESA.

Publications

Stelinski LL, Rogers ME. 2008. Factors
affecting captures of male citrus leafminer,
Phyllocnistis citrella, in pheromone-baited









traps. Journal of Applied Entomology 132:
143-150.

Daniels JC. (2008). Zebra longwing,
Heliconius charitonia (Linneaus). Featured
Creatures. EENY-428. http://creatures.ifas.
ufl.edu/bfly/zebralongwing.htm

Nearns EH, Branham MA. 2008. Revision
and phylogeny of the tribes Curiini LeConte
and Plectromerini Nearns & Branham, new
tribe (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae:
Cerambycinae). Memoirs of the American
Entomological Society, No. 45. 117 pp.

Hall DW, Branham MA. 2008. Aggregation
of Calopteron discrepans (Newman)
(Coleoptera: Lycidae) larvae prior to
pupation. Florida Entomologist 91: 124-125.

Heppner JB. 2007. Hickory horned devil, or
royal walnut moth, Citheronia regalis
(Lepidoptera: Saturniidae). FL Department
of Agriculture & Consumer Services,
Division of Plant Industry, Entomology
Circular 395: 1-2.

Heppner JB. 2007. Notes on lophanus
pyrrhias in Guatemala (Lepidoptera:
Lycaenidae). Tropical Lepidoptera 17(1-2):
14.

Heppner JB, Bordelon C, Knudson E.
2007. Trotorhombia metachromata: a
tropical crenulate moth new to Florida and
Texas (Lepidoptera: Epiplemidae). Tropical
Lepidoptera 17(1-2): 34.

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
2008 issue.

The remaining McGuire Center Seminars are
listed in the online February 2008 issue.

Meetings and Presentations

Dr. Marc Branham gave the invited
presentation, "The Evolution of Fireflies and
their Sexual Signals," at the Department of
Entomology, Texas A&M University.

Dr. Marjorie Hoy presented a seminar in
Plant Pathology on 26 February on
Agricultural Bioterrorism and was hosted
later by the students to an interesting and
informative luncheon.

Dr. James Cuda was a guest lecturer for the
department's graduate level course on
Biological Control (ENY5241). His topic
was "Biological Control of Terrestrial
Weeds."

Dr. James Cuda attended the Annual
Meeting of the Weed Science Society of
America, in Chicago, 4-7 February. Cuda
presented the paper "Septoria sp.
(Sphaeropsidales): A new fungal pathogen
for classical biological control of Schinus
terebinthifolius." The paper was co-authored
by T. Stevens, R. Barreto, T. Schubert, and
R. Charudattan. The Septoria fungus is the
first pathogen introduced into a Florida
quarantine laboratory for testing as a
classical biological control agent for a
terrestrial weed.

Dr. James Cuda was an invited speaker for
the First Coast Invasive Working Group









meeting held at Camp Blanding, on 13
February. Because of the recent reports of
Brazilian peppertree in northeast Florida and
the Panhandle, Cuda was asked to give a
presentation on Florida's Brazilian
Peppertree Management Plan.

During the SEB/ESA meeting, Drs. James
Cuda and Howard Frank participated in the
S-1034 Regional Project on Biological
Control of Arthropod Pests and Weeds. Cuda
also moderated one of the 10-minute paper
sessions.

The following oral presentations were given
at the SEB/ESA Meeting:

Kaufman PE, Wood LA. Prevalence and
seasonality of Euoniticellus intermedius
(Reiche) (Coleoptera: Scarabeaidae) in North
Central Florida.

Obenauer PJ, Kaufman PE, Allan SA.
Oviposition response ofAedes albopictus
(Skuse) (Diptera: Culicidae) to common
North-Central Florida plants.

Thomas D. The likelihood and consequences
of introduction of the spherical mealybug,
Nipaecoccus viridis, in the continental U.S.

Cuda JP, Gillmore J, Medal J.
Apocnemidophorus pipitzi (Coleoptera:
Curculionidae), a new candidate for
biological control of Brazilian peppertree,
Schinus terebinthifolius (Anacardiaceae).

Goyal G, Nuessly GS, Capinera JL, Seal
DR, Gill HK. Corn Silk flies: Who's on
primary, What's on secondary?

Gill HK, McSorley R, Goyal G, Om N.
Impact of sunhemp mulch for management of


lesser cornstalk borer, Elasmopalpus
lignosellus (Zeller) (Lepidoptera: Pyralidae).

The following posters were displayed at the
SEB/ESA Meeting:

Mann RJ, Kaufman PE, Nunez S.
Comparison of bioassay methods sensitivity
to Aedes aegypti and Musca domestic.

Doyle MA, Kline DL, Allan SA, Kaufman
PE. Is backyard mosquito control effective?

Grants

Ph.D student Jennifer Zaspel and Dr. Marc
Branham received an $11,267 National
Science Foundation (NSF) Doctoral
Dissertation Improvement Grant for
"Systematics and evolution of the vampire
moths and their fruit-piercing relatives using
morphological and molecular data
(Lepidoptera: Noctuidae: Calpinae)."

Ph.D student Seth Bybee and Dr. Marc
Branham received an $11,906 NSF Doctoral
Dissertation Improvement Grant for
"Winging it! Phylogeny and evolution of the
helicopter damselflies (Pseudosigmatidae:
Odonata)."

Tobias Schmid received a $2500
Undergraduate Research Award. He is an
undergraduate student, mentored by Dr.
James Cuda, enrolled in the HHMI/ Science
for Life program.

Abhishek Mukherjee, a Ph.D student with
Dr. James Cuda, received a $10,000
Mini-Research Student Project Grant
sponsored by the UF Center for Aquatic and
Invasive Plants.









Gaurav Goyal, a Ph.D. student with Dr.
Gregg S. Nuessly, and Harsimran K. Gill, a
Ph.D. student with Dr. Robert McSorley,
received grants from the Graduate Student
Council towards travel expenses related to
the SEB/ESA meeting.

Segments

How will honey bee colony collapse disorder
(CCD) affect the price you pay for your
favorite ice cream? See what one major
vendor is saying about reduced fruit
pollination, available through the UF/IFAS
Pest Alert site at http://pestalert.ifas.ufl.edu/,
under 02/25/08. You can read more about
CCD on the same site, under 09/06/07.

Bug Quote

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just for me!
Fly o'er lawn and buzz o'er lea,
fetch that honey for my tea,
visit all your special flowers
blooming through the summer hours.
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spurrey sorrel columbine,
dogrose heather harebell blue,
violet pansy speedwell too.
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just for me!
From the blossom's nectar sweet,
comes a hearty honey treat,
I can't wait 'til you arrive,
at my table from your hive.
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just for me!
Golden rich and gooey thick,
sticky likkle paws I lick,
scrumptious munchious gorgeous stuff,
Dibbums just can't get enough,


Heyla huppla Mister Bee, make some honey
just for me!

- Song for the Bee Dance, from Brian
Jacques' book High Rhulain

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