Drs. Amanda Hodges and Lance Osborne were part of a team that created a Chilli Thrips e-Learning
Module for the National Plant Diagnostic Network. The module provides users with an introduction to the
distribution, life history, and pest status potential for chilli thrips, in the U.S. Upon completing the module,
users will: 1) be familiar with the origin and current status of chilli thrips in the U.S., 2) be familiar with
damage symptoms, 3) understand the life cycle of chilli thrips, 4) know general management options, 5) be
familiar with local resources for obtaining management recommendations, 6) understand thrips sampling
techniques, and 7) know how to submit a thrips sample to an appropriate diagnostic laboratory.
Information on the module, a link to the site, and additional information on chilli thrips are available under
a 02/15/10 Pest Alert heading at http://entnemdept.ifas.ufl.edu/pestalert/#menu.
Dr. Christine Miller recently served on a National Science Foundation panel in Washington D.C. to
evaluate graduate student proposals for Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant (DDIG) funding.
Interviews of the four candidates for the teaching faculty position in Gainesville will begin on 15 March
and continue through 2 April.
Ph.D student Vivek K. Jha received the Seymour Goldweber Scholarship ($1000) from the Miami-Dade
Graduate student Garima Kakkar received the Dennis Carpenter Memorial Fellowship ($1000) from the
Miami-Dade Agri-Council Inc.
At the recent meeting of the Southeastern Branch (SB) of the Entomological Society of American (ESA),
our department's Linnaean Games team took second place. This resulted in their qualifying for the
Linnaean Games at the national ESA meetings this Fall. In addition, the SB awarded the team $600 to help
cover travel expenses to the ESA meeting. The members of our team are graduate students Melissa Doyle,
Rosy Gill, Ameya Gondhalekar (team captain), and Matt Thom. Team members express their
appreciation to the department and Dr. John Capinera for supporting their trip the meeting, and their
gratitude to Dr. Norman Leppla for moderating the games and fitting in some practice sessions with them.
They also thank graduate student Teresia Nyoike for her efforts in organizing the games.
Hodges A, Osborne L, Beck H, Ludwig S. (February 2010). Chilli thrips e-leaming module. National
Plant Diagnostic Network. http://cbc.at.ufl.edu/
Montemayor CO, Diaz R, Overholt WA, Hodges A. (February 2010). Myakka bug, Ischnodemus
variegatus (Signoret). Featured Creatures. EENY-471. http://entnemdept.ifas.ufl. edu/creatures/misc/bugs/
Prompiboon P, Lietze V-U, Denton JSS, Geden CJ, Steenberg T, Boucias DG. 2010. Musca domestic
salivary gland hypertrophy virus: a globally distributed insect virus that infects and sterilizes female
houseflies. Applied and Environmental Microbiology 76: 994-998.
Capinera JL. 2010. Insects and Wildlife: Arthropods and Their Relationships with Wild Vertebrate
Animals. Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, U.K. 487 pp.
Cuda JP. 2010. Screening of Brazilian peppertree tortricid moth completed. Everglades Cooperative
Invasive Species Management Area Newsletter 1(1): 2.
Cuda JP. 2010. New candidate for biological control of Brazilian peppertree? Florida Association of
Natural Resource Extextsion Professonals Newsletter 6(1): 8-9.
Meetings and Presentations
On 15 February, Dr. Marjorie Hoy gave an invited seminar at Clemson University, on "Genome analyses
of the predatory mite Metaseiulus occidentalis: mitey small and mitey large."
Dr. James P. Cuda attended the 3rd Annual IFAS International Programs Spring Workshop held at the
Reitz Union, 4 March. The theme for this year's workshop was "Pathways to Effective International
Engagement." Cuda, who is a member of the International Programs Advisory Team, was one of the
Spring 2010 Entomology and Nematology Seminars
The seminar series is held on Thursday afternoons in room 1031. Refreshments are served at 3:45 pm, and
the seminar begins at 4:00 pm. For a listing of the speakers and their presentations for Spring 2010, see the
department's seminar Web site at http://entomology.ifas.ufl.edu/seminar/.
Associate Certified Entomologist
In 2004, the Entomological Society of America created an Associate Certified Entomologist (ACE)
program directed specifically toward members of the pest management industry. As of this date, there are
321 ACEs nationwide. Sixty-one of those are from Florida, or 19% of all ACEs.
A recent aftemoon/moming class in our department trained pest management professionals from Alabama,
Florida, Georgia and South Carolina, who then took the test. Ninty-two percent of them passed. Dr.
Rebecca Baldwin, who organized the class, calculates that 54 ACEs have come through classes in our
department, or 17% of all ACEs.
The instructors for the recent class were Wayne Walker (ACE, UF Housing), Tom Jarzynka (ACE, Massey
Services), Paul Mitola (Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services), Jerry Hatch (BCE,
PestWest), and Dr. Baldwin.
The department will host the next ACE class on 23-24 July. Due to the training success of the classes in
our department, the instructor team is receiving calls from as far away as New Jersey and Arizona. For
details on the next class, click here for details.
Graduate student Maria Checa received a $400 Sigma Xi research grant. Her thesis is "Temporal and
spatial patterns of diversity and abundance in butterfly communities: a study case in an Ecuadorian dry
forest." The grant was awarded by the Committe on Grants-In-Aid of Research program of Sigma Xi.
Butterfly experts have suspected for more than 150 years that vision plays a key role in explaining wing
color diversity. Now, for the first time, research proves this theory is true at least in nine Heliconius
species. Click here for details.
Ever wondered what a fruit fly thinks about? Now scientists have taken the first brain recordings from
flying fruit flies. Click here for details.
Ever wondered if you were getting more than just that "worm" in your bottle of mescal? Well, new
research shows that mescal worm DNA leaks into preservative liquids. Click here for details.
A biologist discovered that the "stop" signal in honey bee communications alerts other hive members to
stay away from "bad neighborhoods." Click here for details.
Which came first? Lobsters? Millipedes? Cockroaches? Tarantulas? Entomologists may finally have the
answer. Click here for details.
Research appears to show that pregnant crickets can pass knowledge of predators onto their unborn
progeny. Click here for details.
University of Utah researchers have discovered why the caddisfly larva's silk is sticky when wet and how
that may make it valuable as an adhesive tape during surgery. Click here for details.
I used to have a millipede;
I kept him for a pet.
I fed him every day at noon
And took him to the vet.
I knitted him a sweater
And made five hundred pair
Of tiny silken slippers
For my millipede to wear.
And though I treated him so well,
He snuck out on the street,
Then muddied up my carpets
When he didn't wipe his feet.
from Insect Soup: Bug Poems
by Barry Louis Polisar
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