Dr. Howard Frank and six graduate students (Sharon Clemmensen, Dan Fitzpatrick, Mary Beth
Henry, Catherine Zettel-Nalen, Erin Vrzal, and Frank Wessels) traveled to Venezuela for 13 days in
July on the Tropical Entomology field course based at Parque Nacional Henri Pittier in Aragua State. They
thank Drs. Pepe Clavijo, Marco Gaiani, John Lattke, Francisco Oliva, and Carlos, Juan, Lybia, TomAs, and
many other Venezuelans for friendship, help, and hospitality. The students now have a deeper appreciation
for tropical insects including: urticating caterpillars, defensive wasps, army ants, leafcutter ants, termites,
and the great outdoors in Venezuela. Photographs of their experiences will soon join others from previous
trips that are posted on the course web site.
Dr. Jaret Daniels organized, ran and co-taught the first of five national professional training workshops on
butterfly conservation at the Toledo Zoo, during 13-16 July 2009. The workshops are funded by the
Institute of Museum and Library Services. The Imperiled Butterfly Conservation and Management
workshops are an intensive cross-training initiative designed to strengthen the capacity of institutions and
their staff to play a strategic role in the emergent and increasingly important field of insect conservation
biology, with a targeted focus on imperiled butterfly recovery. The second workshop is scheduled for 27-
30 October at the Florida Museum of Natural History's McGuire Center for Lepidoptera in Gainesville.
Dr. James P. Cuda was selected for inclusion in the forthcoming 2010 Edition of Who's Who in the
Dr. James P. Cuda and his research on biological control of the aquatic weed hydrilla were featured in an
article published in the 2008 Viewbook of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) Science for Life
Program. The research was conducted jointly with Mr. Tobias Schmidt, a former HHMI undergraduate
student mentored by Cuda.
Research projects by Dr. James P. Cuda and Dr. William A. Overholt on classical biological control of
the aquatic weeds hydrilla and hygrophila were featured in a article published in the Spring 2009 issue of
Aquatics, the official publication of the Florida Aquatic Plant Management Society.
Dr. Robin M. Giblin-Davis was named a Fellow of the Society of Nematologists at the Society's 48th
annual meeting in Burlington, Vermont, 12-15 July.
Dr. James P. Cuda represented the department as one of the marshals for the two Summer 2009
Commencement ceremonies held at the O'Connell Center on 8 August.
In 2006, Sara Brennan received her B.S. in Classical Studies from UF. Since then, she has worked in the
field of business management in Gainesville. Sara says "Insects have long been an interest and passion of
mine, and it is at the University of Florida that I hope to turn this interest into a learning experience and,
eventually, a career". As of now, Sara is a departmental office employee. However, this fall she will enter
the M.S. program under the supervision of Dr. Oscar Liburd, but her assistantship requires her to work 20
hours per week in the department's business office.
Ph.D. student John Courtland Whelan received a Doris Lowe and Earl and Verna Lowe Scholarship for
the 2009-2010 academic year. The scholarship award is in the amount of $1,500.00. Recipients are
selected based on merit and potential for contribution to agricultural and wildlife environment. Whelan's
major advisor is Dr. Jaret Daniels.
Ph.D. student Vivek Kumar was selected as the Miguel and Aurora Lugo Caribbean Food Crop Society
Scholar for 2009, during the Society's annual meeting on St. Kitts, 12-16 July. This prize includes a
certificate and an award of $500. Kumar's major advisor is Dr. Dakshina R. Seal.
Ph.D. student Rosie Gill was awarded a student scholarship by Natalie's Orchid Island Juice Company, of
Fort Pierce, FL, to support travel to the Florida Small Farms and Alternate Enterprises conference, in
Kissimmee, FL, 1-2 August. Gill's major advisor is Dr. Robert McSorley.
Congratulations to the following undergraduate entomology majors who received these awards from the
CALS Dean's Office:
Ben Anderson CALS Alumni & Friends Scholarship for 2009-2010
Craig Littauer Doris Lowe and Early & Verna Lowe Scholarship for 2009-2010
Hannah McKenrick CALS Scholarship for 2009-2010
The following students graduated this summer:
Peter J. Obenauer, Ph.D. in Medical Entomology. Dissertation title: Surveillance ofAedes
albopictus (Skuse) (Diptera: Culicidae) suburban and sylvatic populations using traps and
attractants in north central Florida. Major professor: Dr. Phil Kaufman
Catherine Zettel-Nalen, M.S. in Medical Entomology. Thesis title: Comparative behavioral
analysis of oviposition behavior in Aedes and Culex mosquitoes and the impact of pathogen
infection on oviposition behavior. Major professor: Dr. Sandy Allen
Juneau K, Scherer C, Koehler P, Baldwin R. 2009. Integrated pest management in schools: an
assessment 10 years after implementation. Pest Control Technology 37(6): 68-74.
Diclaro II JW, Kaufman PE. (July 2009). Black soldier fly, Hermetia illucens (Linnaeus). Featured
Creatures. EENY-461. http://entomology.ifas.ufl.edu/creatures/livestock/black soldier fly.htm
Li H-F, Ye W, Su N-Y, Kanzaki N. 2009. Phylogeography of Coptotermes gestroi and Coptotermes
formosanus (Isoptera: Rhinotermitidae) in Taiwan. Annals of the Entomological Society of America 102:
Chouvenc T, Su N-Y, Robert A. 2009. Inhibition ofMetarhizium anisopliae in the alimentary tract of the
eastern subterranean termite Reticulitermesflavipes. Journal of Invertebrate Pathology 101: 130-136.
Chouvenc T, Su N-Y, Robert A. 2009. Cellular encapsulation in the eastern subterranean termite,
Reticulitermesflavipes (Isoptera), against infection by the entomopathogenic fungus Metarhizium
anisopliae. Journal of Invertebrate Pathology 101: 234-241.
Kaufman PE, Geden CJ. 2009. Development of Spalangia cameroni and Muscidifurax raptor
(Hymenopter: Pteromalidae) on live and freeze-killed house fly (Diptera: Muscidae) pupae. Florida
Entomologist 92: 492-496.
Obenauer PJ, Kaufman PE, Allen SA, Kline DL. 2009. Host-seeking height preferences ofAedes
albopictus (Diptera: Culicidae) in North-Central Florida suburban and sylvatic locales. Journal of Medical
Entomology 46: 900-908.
Trager MD, Boyd BM, Daniels JC, Pence JA. 2009. Host plant selection, larval survival, and reproductive
phenology in Megathymusyuccae (Lepidoptera: Hesperiidae). Environmental Entomology 38: 1211-1218.
Boina DR, Meyer WL, Onagbola EO, Stelinski LL. 2009. Quantifying dispersal ofDiaphorina citri
(Hemiptera: Psyllidae) by immunomarking and potential impact of unmanaged groves on commercial
citrus management. Environmental Entomology 38: 1250-1258.
Manrique V, Cuda JP, Overholt WA, Ewe SML. 2009. Synergistic effect of insect herbivory and plant
parasitism on the performance of the invasive tree Schinus terebinthifolius (Anacardiaceae). Entomologia
Experimentalis et Applicata 132: 118-125.
Manrique V, Cuda JP, Overholt, WA. 2009. Effect of herbivory on growth and biomass allocation of
Brazilian peppertree (Sapindales: Anacardiaceae) seedlings in the laboratory. BioControl Science &
Technology 19: 657-667.
McKay F, Oleiro M, Walsh GC, Gandolfo D, Cuda JP, Wheeler GS. 2009. Natural enemies of Brazilian
peppertree (Schinus terebinthifolius: Anacardiaceae) from Argentina: their possible use for biological
control in the USA. Florida Entomologist 92: 292-303.
Moeri OE, Cuda JP, Overholt WA, Bloem S, Carpenter JE. 2009. Fl sterile insect technique: a novel
approach for risk assessment of Episimus unguiculus (Lepidoptera: Tortricidae), a candidate biological
control agent ofSchinus terebinthifolius in the continental USA. BioControl Science & Technology 19,
Supplement 1: 303-315.
Meetings and Presentations
The following presentations were delivered at the 53rd Annual Livestock Insect Workers'
Conference, 21-24 June, French Lick, Indiana.
Kaufman PE. 2009. Dung beetle abundance and seasonality in Florida pastures.
Burrus RG, Hogsette JA, Kaufman PE. 2009. Prevalence and population dynamics ofMusca
domestic L. (Diptera: Muscidae) and Escherichia coli 0157:H7 on north central Florida dairy
Pitzer JB, Kaufman PE, Maruniak JE, TenBroeck SA. 2009. Identification of blood meals from
stable flies collected at four equine facilities.
The following presentations were delivered at the annual Florida Entomological Society
meeting, 26-29 July, Ft. Myers, Florida.
Kumar V. Evaluation of fungal pathogens as biological control agents of chilli thrips, Scirtothrips
dorsalis (Thysanoptera: Thripidae) on pepper.
Kaufman PE, Nunez SJ, Mann RS, Scharf ME, Geden CJ. Insecticide resistance in house flies
collected from Florida dairies.
. Daniels J. Florida Native Plants for Butterflies.
Cuda JP, Gillmore J, Medal JC, Overholt, WA. Apocnemidophorus pipitzi (Coleoptera:
Curculionidae), a stem boring weevil of Brazilian peppertree, Schinus terebinthifolius
(Anacardiaceae): preliminary results on biology and host range.
Qureshi JA, Stansly PA. Exclusion techniques reveal significant biotic mortality suffered by Asian
citrus psyllid Diaphorina citri (Hemiptera: Psyllidae) populations in Florida citrus.
Arevalo HA, Stansly PA. Effect of insecticides on the intra-block dispersal of the Asian citrus
psyllid, Diaphorina citri Kuwayama.
Arevalo HA, Ortez MJ, Quresi JA, Stansly PA. Efficiency of three monitoring methods for Asian
citrus psyllid, Diaphorina citri Kuwayama, populations on commercial and research plots in
Arevalo HA, Fraulo AB, Stansly PA. Update on the Citrus Greening Bibliographical Database.
Additional Presentations and Meetings
Dr. Jaret Daniels spoke on "Florida butterfly diversity and conservation" for the Duval County
Cooperative Extension Service Office, 1 August 2009.
Ph.D. student Abhishek Mukherjee attended the 49th Annual Meeting of the Aquatic Plant
Management Society, in Milwaukee, WI, 12-15 July. Mukherjee presented paper "Predicting
potential distribution of the invasive aquatic weed Hygrophila polysperma (Roxb.) T. Anders
(Acanthaceae) using maximum entropy (MaxEnt) modeling. Co-authors are Drs. James Cuda and
Dr. William Crow also attended the annual meeting of the Society of Nematologists, and presented
the paper "Nematicide potential ofmethionine on turfgrasses." Co-authors are Drs. James P. Cuda,
and Bruce R. Stevens, of the College of Medicine.
Drs. Phil Stansly and Alejandro Arevalo ('06) were invited to speak at the XIII Simposium
Intemacional de Citricultura, 16-18 July, in Ciudad Victoria, Tamaulipas, Mexico. Dr. Stansly
spoke about "Manejo Integrado del Psyllido Asiatico de los Citricos (Integrated management of the
Asian citrus psyllid)." Dr. Arevalo spoke on "Monitoreando el psyllido Asiatico en el campo y el
Internet" (Monitoring the Asian citrus psyllid in the field and the Internet)."
On 22 July, Dr. Phil Stansly was invited to speak on management of the Asian citrus psyllid at the
Citrus Research & Education Institute by the Citrus Growers Association, Dangriga, Belize.
In July, the department welcomed campers from Girls Place, Inc. Girls at the kindergarten and 1 st grade
level toured the Urban Entomology Laboratory, went on a nature hike in the Natural Area Training
Laboratory, painted with maggots, and learned all about bugs with graduate students Sharon
Clemmensen, Dan Fitzpatrick and Matt Thorn. Girls Place plans on returning in August with campers
from the 2nd to 6th grade level for more insect activities.
On July 1st and 29th, the department participated in the Museum of Natural History's "Dr. Discovery"
program, which takes place on Wednesday afternoons during the summer. Outreach Coordinator Sharon
Clemmensen talked to museum-goers about insects, how they impact our daily lives, and guided them
through the arthropod petting zoo. Sharon Clemmensen
National Plant Diagnostic Network Meeting
The second national meeting of the National Plant Diagnostic Network (NPDN) is scheduled for 6-10
December, 2009, in Miami, Florida. The theme of the meeting is "Diagnostics in the 21st Century." The
meeting program and instructions for abstract submission are available at http://www.apsnet.org/meetings/
NPDN/default.htm. Abstract submission opened on 15 July 2009, and meeting registration is expected to
open in August. Questions can be directed to program co-chair Dr. Amanda Hodges at email@example.com.
As an extension of NPDN's First Detector information, the NPDN now has an informational site on twitter.
Go to http://twitter.com/NPDN to view posts. Information on the NPDN twitter site will focus on pest
information and educational items of interest to the NPDN First Detector community as well as some
NPDN member information of general interest. Questions or comments regarding these postings can be
directed to Dr. Amanda Hodges.
Mosquito Management for Teachers
In July, the Center for Precollegiate Education and Training sponsored the second year of a program
funded by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute the Interdisciplinary Center for Ongoing Research/
Education (ICORE) program for high school teachers. For two weeks, teachers from Alachua, Broward,
Clay, Columbia, Lake, Lee, Levy, Marion, Palm Beach, Polk, Seminole, St. Lucie and Volusia counties
lived on campus and learned about current research on emerging pathogens at the University of Florida.
One full day, in one of the department's classrooms in Gainesville, was devoted to insect vectors of disease
and Florida Public Health. Dr. Roxanne Connelly, of the Florida Medical Entomology Laboratory, taught
the 30 attendees on diseases and insects of importance for public health in Florida. Interactive discussions
on mosquito biology, mosquito-bome diseases, and pathogen transmission were the highlight of the
At the end of the day, the teachers were divided into three teams to debate whether or not mosquito control
should be conducted for a fictitious Florida county. All teams gathered evidence for the debate from the
various lectures held during the early part of the day. One team provided evidence to support mosquito
control, one team was against mosquito control, and the other team served as the Board of County
Commissioners who had to decide which side to support. Dr. Rebecca Baldwin participated in the day-
long discussions, and then kindly served as the judge with the final say in whether or not mosquito control
would be supported. Dr. Baldwin recognized both teams for presenting compelling stories and in the end
"approved" a mosquito control program based on IPM for the county. The teachers went home with ideas
for lesson plans to bring the topic of insects and public health into their own classrooms Dr. Roxanne
Drs. Phil Kaufman and Faith Oi were awarded a 3-year, $171,000 grant from the USDA, Southern
Region Integrated Pest Management Program. Topic: Improving management of the brown dog tick,
Rhipicephalus sanguineus, in southeastern residential environments.
Ph.D. student Abhishek Mukherjee, of Dr. James P. Cuda's Laboratory, received a $200 IFAS travel
grant to attend the International Congress on Biological Invasions, in Fuzhou, China, 2-6 November.
"Wow! Your car looks great. What did you do to it?"
"I covered it with beetle cells."
Click here for some "reflections" on using beetle cells.
While not exactly a surprise, scientists recently concluded that ants are more rational than humans. Click
here for details.
"Imagine a honey bee much larger than ours [European hybrid], whose worker bees look like our queen
bees... Imagine a colony of these bees living on one large comb, about half as big as a door, built in the
open air and suspended from a large tree branch. In addition to forging during the day, imagine those bees
foraging at night. And now, to really strain the imagination, imagine these bees so defensive that they
make Africanized bees, the so-called 'killer bees' seem mild by comparison." Thus Norman Sharp, a
beekeeper who elected to serve in the U.S. Army Air Corps, related his experiences trying to hive Apis
dorsata, also known as the giant bee, in India during World War II. He further reported, "The bees
scattered all over and drove everyone out of the hangar." from Bees in America: How the Honey Bee
Shaped a Nation by Tammy Horn
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the greater chance you have to view the following:
Flies spread filth and pestilence and are noisy slurpers! Click here for details.
While the cat (advisor) is gone, the mice (students) will play. Click here for details.
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