Dr. Dale Habeck, Emeritus Professor of Entomology, died on 17 May from injuries sustained in a fall. Dr.
Habeck was born October 21, 1931, on a dairy farm in northern Wisconsin. He developed an early
fascination with nature, which led him to study insects at the University of Wisconsin. Following a stint in
the Army, he completed a Ph.D. in Entomology at North Carolina State University in 1959. His first
academic post was at the University of Hawaii. In 1963, he accepted a faculty position with the University
of Florida Entomology Department, where he remained for 33 years. Dale's work took him around the
world, and wherever he went, his easy-going, open manner won him many friends from all walks of life.
He visited nearly 50 countries, often in search of insects that might eat the aquatic weeds that clog many of
Florida's waterways. He had a special interest in caterpillars, and tens of thousands of the specimens he
collected now reside in museums. He also taught, supervised dozens of graduate students, and wrote well
over one hundred scientific papers. He had many other interests, including cactus plants, bird watching,
collecting various insect-related items, and raising catfish. His family requests that friends consider a
memorial contribution to the Alachua Conservation Trust.
Dale H. Habeck
Drs. James P. Cuda and Julio Medal hosted three scientists from the University of Sinaloa, Culiacan,
Mexico, during the week of 17 May. Cuda and Medal assisted the Mexican scientists in locating and
collecting the waterlettuce weevil Neohydronomus affinis. Over 1600 weevils were collected for release in
Mexico to control the invasive waterlettuce.
Dr. Carl Barfield, our department's Undergraduate Student Coordinator, reports that the following
students received Dean's List recognition for their academic performance in Spring 2010. This means the
student earned at least a 3.70 GPA over a minimum of 12 graded credits. For Spring 2010, nearly 20% of
our degree-seeking students made the Dean's List.
George Ansoanuur 3.79, Paula Cohen 3.75, Joshua Garcia 3.93, Lindsey Green 4.00, Katrina
Lane 3.73, Hannah McKenrick 4.00, Fae Nageon de Lestang 4.00, Danae Perry 3.71, Krista
Seraydar 4.00, Andrew Taylor 4.00, and Carolina Walter 4.00.
Krista Seraydar also earned recognition on the President's Honor Roll for Spring 2010. This honor
requires a 4.0 GPA with a minimum of 15 semester hours of graded credits.
Graduate student Cecil Montemayor received a $500 scholarship from the St. Lucie Master Gardener
Warner J, Scheffrahn RH, Yang R-L. 2010. Arboreal bioassay for toxicity of residual and liquid bait
insecticides against white-footed ants, Technomyrmex difficilis (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Sociobiology
Hall HG. 2010. The squash bee Xenoglossa kansensis Cockerell (Hymenoptera: Apidae) found in organic
farms in northern Florida. Journal of the Kansas Entomological Society 83: 84-88.
VAzquez JC, Hoy MA, Royalty RN, Buss EA. 2010. A synchronous rearing method for Blissus insularis
(Hemiptera: Blissidae). Journal of Economic Entomology 103: 726-734.
Kaufman PE, Mann RS, Butler JF. 2010. Evaluation of semiochemical toxicity to Aedes aegypti, Ae.
albopictus and Anopheles quadrimaculatus (Diptera: Culicidae). Pest Management Science 66: 497-504.
Mann RS, Kaufman PE. 2010. The seasonal abundance ofphlebotomine sand flies, Lutzomyia species in
Florida. Journal of the American Mosquito Control Association 26: 10-17.
Kaufman PE, Nunez S, Mann RS, Geden CJ, Scharf ME. 2010. Nicotinoid and pyrethroid insecticide
resistance in house flies (Diptera: Muscidae) collected from Florida dairies. Pest Management Science 66:
Stelinski LL, Lapointe SL, Meyer WL. 2010. Season-long mating disruption of citrus leafminer,
Phyllocnistis citrella Stainton, with an emulsified wax formulation of pheromone. Journal of Applied
Entomology 134: 512-520.
Tarver MR, Zhou X, Scharf ME. 2010. Socio-environmental and endocrine influences on developmental
and caste-regulatory gene expression in the eusocial termite Reticulitermesflavipes. BMC Molecular
Biology 11: 28.
Meetings and Presentations
Dr. James P. Cuda was an invited speaker for the 2010 Aquatic Weed Control Short Course held in Coral
Springs, FL, 3-6 May. Cuda gave the presentation "Biological control of Brazilian peppertree," and also
was moderator for one of the concurrent sessions.
Dr. James P. Cuda and his Ph.D. student Abhishek Mukherjee participated in the 2010 Hydrilla and
Hygrophila Field Day held at the Kissimmee Lakefront Park Pavilion, Kissimmee, FL, on 27 May. The
field day, sponsored by Osceola Co., included boat tours, exhibits highlighting research/outreach projects,
and aquatic plant displays.
Florida Entomological Society Awards
The 93rd Annual Meeting of the Florida Entomological Society is scheduled for 25-28 July 2010.
Nominate your most deserving colleagues for an award in the following categories. Nominations should be
sent ASAP to Dr. Steve Arthurs, Adrian Hunsberger, or Dr. Chris Tipping.
Entomologist of the year
Annual Achievement Award for Teaching in Higher Education
Annual Achievement Award for Teaching in K-12
Annual Achievement Award for Research
Annual Achievement Award for Extension
Annual Achievement Award for Industry
Annual Achievement Award for Research Teams
Annual Achievement Award for Regulatory Entomology
Certificates of Appreciation for Special Service to the Society
Past President Award
Developing, demonstrating and disseminating cultural control recommendations for chinch bugs. USDA/
NIFA PMAP. Eileen A. Buss (PI), Jennifer Gillett-Kaufman, and Laurie Trenholm. $193,386.97
Developing sustainable controls for the suppression of the invasive Caribbean crazy ant (Paratrechina
pubens) in natural and urban landscapes. T-Star. Eileen A. Buss (PI), David Oi, and Steven Valles.
Drs. James P. Cuda, Willam A. Overholt, and Jennifer Gillett-Kaufman received a $512,379 grant
from the USDA NIFA IPM Risk Avoidance and Mitigation Program to investigate sustainable approaches
for the management of hydrilla. This aquatic weed recently developed resistance to the herbicide fluridone.
On June 6, a team of eight entomologists returned from a termite survey of Panama. The expedition
covered over 2,200 km in areas not previously studied for termite diversity. The survey team included
Rudi Scheffrahn and Jan Krecek (UF/IFAS Ft. Lauderdale REC), Jim Chase and John Mangold
(Terminix International), Robert Setter (IDTDNA Inc.), Tom Nishimura (BASF Corp.) and Jose Perozo
(Universidad Central de Venezuela). Although much of western Panama now consists of farms and
pastures, the team found about 45 species including a number of new taxa in soldierless, nasute, and
kalotermitid genera. This is the 69th expedition since 1990 to survey and describe the termites of the
Caribbean Basin. Dr. Rudi Scheffrahn
Alachua Elementary held their annual Career Fest on 7 May. Dr. Rebecca Baldwin and Sharon
Clemmensen talked to 4th grade students about the importance of insects and possible careers in
Entomology, and the students had a blast holding live specimens, and watching an emperor scorpion
fluoresce under a blacklight.
Wiles Elementary held their annual Science Symposium on 14 May. Chad Andrews represented the
department for the second year in a row, teaching 3rd grade students about insects and letting them hold a
hissing cockroach and giant millipede.
According to Barbara Hughes, Seminole County (Florida) Extension Manager, the May 2010 issue of our
newsletter was forwarded to all of the Reference Librarians in that county. Thanks, Barbara!
Songs produced by singing male crickets can enhance the sex-life of non-singing male crickets. So...
maybe hiring a band to serenade your sweetie is a good idea. Click here for details.
"Along came a spider and sat down beside her," and she said, "Thanks to our understanding of how to
duplicate spider silk, not only is everything better and cheaper, but as it is biodegradable we now do less
harm to the environment." Click here for details.
When flying insects are around and about, a reporter might want to keep his or her mouth shut. Click here
From butterfly wings to bank notes: how nature's colors could cut bank fraud. Click here for details.
As we all know, avian predators associate a bumblebee's striking colors with its sting and thus avoid
attacking it. Or maybe not? Click here for details.
I hate to disappoint those of you who were excited that there might be tens of millions of arthropod species
on Earth, but.... Click here for details.
Ever wondered how cockroaches seem to know the best place to grab a meal? Click here for details.
Dear Doctor Science,
Please explain the reproductive process of the praying mantis. I know the female bites the male's head off,
but then what happens? -- John, from Berkshire, VT
Dr. Science answers: Then the fun begins. Scientists who study insects are called crawlyologists. The rest
of us, of course, hold the insect world in revulsion. Crawlyologists love to look at ants and beetles, while
the true scientists study numbers in sterile white rooms. Real scientists leave the study of those tiny, brutal,
many-legged sensualists to Walt Disney documentaries narrated by Rex Allen. Frankly, the idea of having
my head bitten off after or during a moment of intimacy is not conducive to sexual desire. This is probably
why so many crawlyologists are virgins, and the few of them that aren't are either headless or women.
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