Recently, personnel from the Mandarin Museum and Historical Society, Jacksonville, FL, interviewed Dr.
Marc Branham about firefly behavior and natural history. The information they obtained appeared on the
Mandarin NewsLine Web site to promote the Museum's second annual "Firefly Night." This is a family
event that exposes the public to firefly biology and provides an opportunity for children to both observe
and collect fireflies.
Dr. Marc Branham is working with the History Channel to produce a short segment on "The evolution of
bioluminescence in fireflies" to be included in a week long series on "Evolution." Several aspects of Dr.
Branham's research will be highlighted in the segment.
Dr. Marc Branham was one of 30 invited participants from across the county who attended The
Morphbank Usability Workshop and Study held 1-2 May, at Florida State University, School of
Computational Science. Morphbank is a continuously growing database of images that scientists use for
international collaboration, research and education. Images deposited in Morphbank document a wide
variety of research including: specimen-based research in comparative anatomy, morphological
phylogenetics, taxonomy and related fields focused on increasing our knowledge about biodiversity. The
project receives its main funding from the Biological Databases and Informatics program of the National
Dr. Monique Coy recently joined Dr. Mike Scharfs lab as a post-doctoral associate. Dr. Coy is supported
by a USDA-NRI grant and will work on termite molecular biology and RNA interference. Dr. Coy holds a
B.S. in Zoology from UF, and a Ph.D. from Virginia Tech in Biochemistry. Most recently, Dr. Coy was a
post-doctoral researcher in the Food Science and Human Nutrition Department at UF. Her interests include
natural history, birdwatching, swimming and reading. Her husband, Tom Coy, also works at UF in the
Epidemiology department, and they have a 2-year-old son named Nicholas.
Dr. James P. Cuda and his Brazilian peppertree biological control program were featured in Highlands
Today, a local Highlands County newspaper. Published on 16 May, the title of the article was "Highlands
County's Invasive Plants Focus of Seminar."
Dr. James Cuda received a Courtesy Faculty Appointment in the College of Engineering Sciences,
Technology and Agriculture from Florida A&M University. The appointment was effective 12 April 2008.
Ph.D. student Christian Salcedo received a $3,206 fellowship from the Organization for Tropical Studies.
The award partially covers his research and travel expenses during a five-week stay at La Selva Biological
Station in Costa Rica in Summer 2009. He also received a $2,700 Traveling Fellowship from the Journal
of Experimental Biology.
Dr. Carl Barfield, Undergraduate Coordinator, reports that the following Entomology undergraduate
students achieved a 3.70 GPA or better on at least 12 graded credits for spring semester and have been
named to the CALS Dean's List. The students are Bret Boyd, Meredith Cenzer, Rachel Davis, Marissa
Gonzalez, Meredith Moukawsher, Fae Nageon De Lestang, and Natasha Wright.
The following students graduated at the end of the Spring Semester 2008:
B.S. Jessica Awad, Mark Bailey, Matthew Carroll
M.S. Michael Bentley Advisor: Dr. Kaufman; Kimberly Ferrero Advisor: Dr. Geden; Ta-I
Huang Advisor: Dr. Buss, Namgay Om Advisor: Dr. McSorley
o Rodrigo Diaz Dissertation: Biology, Host Specificity, and Impact oflschnodemus
variegatus, a Herbivore on Hymenachne amplexicaulis Advisor: Dr. Overholt
o Veronica Manrique Dissertation: Evaluation of Two Potential Biological Control Agents
of Brazilian Peppertree (Schinus terebinthifolius) in Florida Advisor: Dr. Cuda
o Leslie Rios Dissertation: Identification of Potential Mosquito Vectors of West Nile Virus
to Horses in North Central Florida Advisor: Dr. Day
o Cynthia Tucker Dissertation: Eastern Subterranean Termite (Isoptera: Reticulitermes
flavipes (Kollar)) Entering into Buildings and Effects on Thermal Properties of Building
Materials Advisor: Dr. Koehler
Since late last Fall, Onour Moeri (M.S. '07) has resided in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, where
she worked for a short time at Simon Fraser University. She traveled to the Nouragues research station in
French Guiana at the end of January for two months to assist on a research study investigating bird-insect
interactions in the remote rainforest. She reports that it was a very exciting trip and definitely one that she
will never forget. While there, a TV1 French news crew arrived to do a story about the Nouragues preserve
and research conducted in the rain forest. To see her two minutes of fame (as she called it), go to http://
www.tfl.fr/ and type "nouragues" in the search box. Or visit http://tfl.lci.fr/infos/it/0,,3715587,00-guyane-
cnrs-ouvre-portes-fabuleux-parc-.html for the longer video. Sean McCann (M.S., '06), who is now a
student at the University of Vancouver, has a small speaking part in the video.
After her short-term position at Simon Fraser University, Onour began work for a life science company in
Delta, BC. The company uses pheromone technology to produce "green" products for agriculture and pest
management. She is currently working on three field studies involving honey bees and pollination.
Gomez C, Mizell III RF. (2008). Brown stink bug, Euschistus servus (Say). Featured Creatures. EENY-
433. http://creatures.ifas.ufl.edu/veg/bean/brown stink bug.htm
Zettel C, Kaufman PE. (2008). Yellow fever mosquito, Aedes aegypti (Linnaeus). Featured Creatures.
EENY-434. http://creatures.ifas.ufl.edu/aquatic/aedes aegypti.htm
Hall DW. (2008). Checkered white, Pontia protodice (Boisduval & Leconte). Featured Creatures. EENY-
436. http://creatures.ifas.ufl.edu/veg/leaf/checkered white.htm
Meyer JM, Hoy MA. 2008. Molecular survey of endosymbionts in Florida populations of Diaphorina citri
(Hemiptera: Psyllidae) and its parasitoids Tamarixia radiata (Hymenoptera: Eulophidae) and
Diaphorencyrtus aligarhensis (Hymenoptera: Encyrtidae). Florida Entomologist 91: 294-304.
Cuda JP, Gillmore JL, Medal JC, Pedrosa-Macedo JH. 2008. Mass rearing ofPseudophilothrips ichini
(Thysanoptera: Phlaeothripidae), an approved biological control agent for Brazilian peppertree, Schinus
terebinthifolius (Sapindales: Anacardiaceae). Florida Entomologist 91: 338-340.
Cuda JP, Charudattan R, Grodowitz MJ, Newman RM, Shearer JF, Tamayo ML, Villegas B. 2008.
Recent advances in biological control of submersed aquatic weeds. Journal of Aquatic Plant Management
Meetings and Presentations
In May, Dr. Mike Scharf and Ph.D. students Matt Tarver and Ameya Gondhalekar traveled to Tulsa,
Oklahoma to attend the National Conference on Urban Entomology. There, Dr. Scharf delivered the
invited presentation "Gene silencing as a tool for termite control?" Ameya and Matt each delivered talks in
the student paper competition. Ameya spoke on "Indoxacarb toxicology in the German cockroach." Matt's
presentation on "Gene expression profiles of Reticulitermes flavipes in response to socio-environmental
conditions," took 1st Place in the student competition.
Dr. James Cuda attended the 2008 Aquatic Weed Control Shortcourse held in Coral Springs, FL, 5-8
May. Cuda was moderator for two Biocontrol Sessions and gave the oral presentation "BioControl of
Submersed and Floating Aquatic Plants."
Dr. James Cuda was an invited speaker at the 2008 Heartland Weed Control Workshop held in Sebring,
FL, 22 May. Cuda gave a presentation on biological control of Brazilian peppertree.
Ph.D. student Christian Salcedo received a $743 Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Grant from the American
Museum of Natural History. He will use the the grant to study the behavioral and chemical ecology of our
state butterfly, the zebra longwing, Heliconius charitonia (Linnaeus).
The UF/IFAS Orkin Termite Training Facility was dedicated on 12 May, at the Mid-Florida Research
and Education Center in Apopka, Florida. The UF/IFAS Termite Management School uses the facility to
deliver quality instruction on termite management techniques. In addition to the Foundations of Termite
Management 3-day class, there are one day training in Termite Basics and General Household Pest
Management being offered. Future classes include Master of Termite Management (October 2008), Expert
of Termite Management (2009), Foundations of General Household Pest Management (2009), Lawn and
Ornamental Pest Basics, and Basics of WDO Inspections (Fall 2008). For information on donors, classes,
graduates, and other questions, see http://pmu.ifas.ufl.edu/.
Drs. Mike Scharf, Xuguo Zhou, Faith Oi and graduate student Marsha Wheeler were featured in an
IFAS news release on the development of a "genetic termiticide." The mixture, when consumed by
termites, causes them to be cripplingly deformed after molting. For additional details, publications, etc.,
see the Insect Toxicology Web site at http://insecttoxicology.ifas.ufl.edu/.
Dr. Julio Medal announces his Web site on the Implementation of Biological Control of Tropical Soda
Apple at http://entomology.ifas.ufl.edu/medal/TropicalSodaApple/. Tropical soda apple, Solanum viarum
Dunal, is an invasive weed that covers over 400,000 hectares in Florida. It is present also in Alabama,
Arkansas, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee,
Texas, and Puerto Rico. The weed is native to southern Brazil, Paraguay, northeastern Argentina, and
Uruguay, and has spread into other parts of South and Central America. Solanum viarum is a host of at
least six viruses that affect several crops, including tomato, tobacco, and pepper.
Scientists believe that Drosophila makes research fly. However, this fly genus has its own priorities. Read
and/or listen to what may be the first song about this group at http://www.thefump.com/lyrics.php?
Dr. Jennifer Gillett, Heidi HansPetersen, Dr. Norm Leppla, Denise Thomas, Joyce Merritt, Dr. Barbra
Larson, and Jane Medley received the 2007 IFAS Gold Image Award for the Tomato and Pepper IPM
Resources for Growers, Scout and Extension Faculty in the Campaign category.
Escaped Caterpillar On Rampage Through City! Walk for your lives! See http://www.theonion.com/
content/news/escaped caterpillar on rampage.
Dr. James Cuda was a co-recipient of a 2007 IFAS Silver Image Award in the Web Site Category for his
contribution to the development of the "TAME Invasives Portal: A Solution for Your Life" at http://
pesticide.ifas.ufl.edu/. The other team members were Dr. Ken Gioeli (Team Leader), Dr. Ken Langeland,
Dr. Bill Overholt, Dr. Julio Medal, Dr. Paul Pratt, Fred Burkey, and Jennifer Hugus.
The coursework for the Foundations of Termite Management class taught by Dr. Faith Oi, Dr. Rebecca
Baldwin, Pamela Mattis, Paul Mitola (FDACS), and Mark Ruff (AWSMPA) and supported by Jane
Medley and Joe Gibney received a Gold award in the IFAS IMAGE Awards Short Course category. The
curriculum was the first developed for the UF/IFAS Pest Management University which offers training for
the pest management industry and related fields at the Termite Training Facility at the UF/IFAS Mid-
Florida REC in Apopka. The curriculum development team received input from the Florida Department of
Agriculture and Consumer Services,, all three Florida pest management associations, business owners, the
insurance industry, and the legal profession.
"When faced with the question 'To bee or not to bee,' armies throughout the ages have consistently
answered in the affirmative. The Romans frequently loaded their catapults with beehives and launched
them upon their enemies. (In fact, the Roman's frequent use of beehives in battle has led some historians to
theorize that it contributed to the massive decline in the European bee populations during the later stages of
the Roman empire.) King Richard the Lionhearted did the same thing against the Saracens during the
Crusades. The Saxons, the Moors, and the Hungarians also used them in various battles. from The
Greatest War Stories Never Told, by Rick Beyer
Many comic Web sites limit the length of time a panel appears to just 30 days. Others may require you to
register to view previous panels, which you may not wish to do. In either case, the sooner you visit the site,
the greater chance you have to view the following:
Flies fight back: http://www.comics.com/comics/brevity/archive/brevity-20080526.html
Your cheatin' posterior median spinneret will tell on you: http://www.comics.com/comics/brevity/archive/
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