A newsletter of the McGuire Center for Lepidoptera and Biodiversity Florida Museum of Natural History APRIL 2011
STAFF PROFILE: Akito Y. Kawahara
Akito Y. Kawahara received his B.S. in entomology
from Cornell University, and his M.S. and Ph.D. in
entomology from the University of Maryland. He was
hired as an assistant curator at the McGuire Center
following a postdoctoral fellowship with Daniel
Rubinoff at the University of Hawaii.
Kawahara's research centers on Lepidoptera
phylogenetics, taxonomy, conservation, fossils, life
history evolution and genomics. Kawahara's focal
taxa have been snout butterflies (Nymphalidae:
Libytheinae), hawkmoths (Sphingidae) and
leaf-mining moths (Gracillariidae). He has also
studied the biogeography and diversification of
the endemic Hawaiian aquatic and carnivorous
fancy-case caterpillar moths (Cosmopterigidae:
Hyposmocoma). Kawahara has conducted fieldwork
in many countries, including Canada, Chile, China,
Costa Rica, Democratic Republic of Congo, France,
French Guiana, Japan, Madagascar, Malaysia, Mexico,
Panama, Philippines, Russia, Taiwan and the United
States. During these trips, he collected both butterflies
and moths for molecular and morphological work. In
French Guiana, Kawahara traveled to remote sites in
the lower Amazon by boat and helicopter to collect
moths. Similarly, he traveled to remote cliff tops in
Kauai, Hawaii, to sample aquatic and carnivorous
Kawahara worked on a 90-minute documentary
film, "Beetle Queen Conquers Tokyo" (Argot Pictures,
2009) and is currently working on a short film about
nature education in the United States. One of his
goals is to educate the public about natural history.
He has organized multiple symposia on Lepidoptera,
at the Entomological Society of America annual
meeting in San Diego and the International Congress
of Entomology in South Africa. Kawahara served
as a lead author on one of the first comprehensive
phylogenetic studies of hawkmoths, co-authored two
influential papers on the evolution of Lepidoptera and
published a number of taxonomic and evolutionary
papers on moths. He recently collaborated with a
team of international researchers to understand
the evolutionary history of vibratory signaling in
Akito Kawahara collects aquatic moths in Hawaii.
LEFT: Sphinx Moth, Adhemarius daphne, Argentina
RIGHT: Akito Kawahara collects moths in Taiwan.
Kawahara's future research plans include primarily
focusing on the systematics and evolution of leaf-
mining moths and hawkmoths. With the latter, he is
planning a novel collaboration with Jesse Barber of
Boise State University to study the communication
mechanisms of hawkmoths and bats. He hopes to help
expand the McGuire Center's moth collection, both by
increasing the number of Museum moth specimens
and building a central DNA-based collection of
McGuire Center: Akito Kawahara is an assistant
professor and assistant curator of Lepidoptera at
the McGuire Center. His duties include curating
collections, conducting research, advising graduate
students and teaching courses.
IN THIS ISSUE:
* Staff Profiles
* Center Meetings
* Staff News
* Student News
* Field Work
* Collections News
FROM THE EDITOR:
We devoted last year's issue
to graduate student research.
With the number of new
McGuire Center staff members,
we decided to provide profiles
for the 15 non-student
researchers. The brief
descriptions of past, ongoing,
and future research and other
news illustrate another exciting
year, marked with field and
scientific conferences and
publications that contribute
to the McGuire Center's
continued status as the world's
largest Lepidoptera research
McGuire Center for
Lepidoptera and Biodiversity
University of Florida
of Natural History
P.O. Box 112710
Gainesville, FL 32611
MCGUIRE CENTER NEWS
ISSN # 1938-3029
Christine M. Eliazar
Thomas C. Emmel
Jaret C. Daniels
Jacqueline Y. Miller
Chad T. Douglas
Tom Neal Julia Robinson Willmott
Andrei Sourakov Deborah Matthews
Keith Willmott Geoff Gallice
Andrew Warren Nancy Turner
Darren Olson Matthew Standridge
Delano Lewis Jaret Daniels
Katherine Covell Monika Kosicka
Blanca Claudia Hernandez-Mejia
McGuire Center Staff
Atwater, Montana, Graduate Asst.
Barszczak, Lukasz, Tech. Research Asst.
Bliss, Andrew, Tech. Research Asst.
Checa, Maria Fernanda: Graduate Asst.
Covell, Charles, Ph.D.: Visiting Scientist & Curator
Daniels, Jaret, Ph.D.: Asst. Prof. & Asst. Curator
Douglas, Chad: Editorial Asst.
Eliazar, Christine: Administrative Asst.
Emmel, Thomas, Ph.D.: Center Director
Encabo, Galileo: Tech. Research Asst.
Gallice, Geoff: Graduate Asst.
Hayden, James, Ph.D.: Curator (FSCA)
Heppner, John, Ph.D.: Curator
Kawahara, Akito, Ph.D.: Asst. Curator
Lane, Katrina: Tech. Research Asst.
Lewis, Delano: Postdoc.
Lukhtanov, Vladimir, Ph.D.: Visiting Scientist
Matthews Lott, Deborah, Ph.D.: Research Associate
Maxwell, Megan: Tech. Research Asst.
Miller, Jacqueline, Ph.D.: Curator & Adjunct Prof.
Ortiz, Elena: Graduate Asst.
Padr6n, Pablo Sebastian: Graduate Asst.
Park, K.T., Ph.D.: Visiting Scientist & Curator
Paris, Thomson: Grad. Research Asst.
Pence, Akers, Ph.D.: Research Associate
Ramirez, Cassandra: Tech. Research Asst.
Rota, Jadranka, Ph.D.: Asst. Curator
Sanchez, Stephanie: BFCI Program Coordinator
Saunders, Jonathan: Graduate Asst.
Schlachta, James: Constr. Coord. & Asst. Director
Segebarth, lan: Tech. Research Asst.
Segebarth, Craig: Tech. Research Asst.
Standridge, Matthew: Tech. Research Asst.
Sourakov, Andrei, Ph.D.: Collections Coordinator
Thom, Matthew: Graduate Asst.
Turner, J. D., M.D.: Senor Research Assoc.
Turner, Nancy, M.D.: Research Assoc.
Warren, Andrew, Ph.D.: Collection Manager
Whelan, John Court: Graduate Asst.
Willmott, Keith, Ph.D.: Associate Curator
Xiao, Lei, Ph. D. Research Associate
STAFF PROFILE: Vladimir Lukhtanov
Vladimir Lukhtanov is a senior research
scientist in the department of karyosystematics at
the Zoological Institute of the Russian Academy
of Sciences and is affiliated with the entomology
department of St. Petersburg State University,
where he received his Ph.D. in 1986. Though
principally employed to conduct research,
Lukhtanov has taught a number of courses
from forest entomology to molecular evolution
and phylogenetics, and advised many graduate
students, who are now working in Belgium, Russia
and the United States. Lukhtanov has published a
book on butterflies of northwest Asia and written
dozens of professional articles, including a paper
in Nature that was rated by the journal Science as
one of the main scientific breakthroughs of 2005.
Lukhtanov has organized and participated
in 35 entomological expeditions to different,
poorly explored regions of Armenia, Azerbaijan,
China, Georgia, Iran, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan,
Russia, Uzbekistan, Tadjikistan, Turkey and
Turkmenistan. During these expeditions, he has
studied numerous butterfly and moth species with
a special focus on ecology and analysis of contact
and overlap zones between closely related taxa.
He uses these field studies for delimitation of
species boundaries and employs a wide array of
taxonomic tools in his research, from traditional
morphological museum-based studies to the most
modern methods of molecular systematics.
One of Lukhtanov's main interests is the
phenomena of speciation, especially interactions
between chromosomal change and evolution
of pre-zygotic reproductive isolation and their
role in generating species diversity. Recently
he and his research group pioneered the use of
new methods in analysis of molecular data for
phylogenetics. Lukhtanov also is researching
revisionary taxonomy, systematics, phylogenetics
and phylogeography of Palearctic butterflies, with
special attention to the complicated and species-
rich genera of Lycaenidae (e.g., Polyommatus),
satyrine nymphalids (e.g., Coenonympha, Oeneis)
and Papilionidae, specifically the genus Parnassius.
McGuire Center: Vladimir Lukhtanov is
a visiting scientist and curator at the McGuire
Center, working on Palearctic butterflies. He has
contributed tremendously to the curation of Blues,
Coppers and Hairstreaks (Lycaenidae) of the Old
TOP AND BOTTOM LEFT: Vladimir Lukhtanov conducts field work in Central Asia.
TOP AND BOTTOM RIGHT: These Polyommatine Blues are part of the McGuire Center collections.
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STAFF PROFILE: Keith Willmott
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STAFF PROFILE: Jacqueline Y. Miller
Jacqueline Y. Miller received her Ph.D. in zoology
from the University of Florida in 1986. She served
as a curator of the Allyn Museum of Entomology in
Sarasota, and together with her late husband Lee Miller
created one of the best world Lepidoptera collections,
now part of the McGuire Center's collection. While
in Sarasota, Miller also served as an adjunct faculty
member at New College and held affiliate professor
positions in the UF departments of biology and
Miller's interests broadly range across systematics,
taxonomy, biogeography, and life history of
Lepidoptera, especially in the Castniidae, Hesperioidea,
and Nymphalidae. Her past and current research
efforts have focused primarily on revisionary studies of
Neotropical taxa in these groups, emphasizing unique
diagnostic morphological features and integrating
ecological and behavioral observations when applicable.
Her research studies have also concentrated on
phylogenetic analysis and vicariance biogeography of
Lepidoptera, especially of endemic genera in the West
Indies and Caribbean Basin. These investigations have
led to a better understanding of the higher taxonomic
categories and evolutionary history of Lepidoptera.
Depending on the project and time available, Miller
spends two or three weeks in the field each year. Some
years involved longer periods (up to seven weeks),
as was the case when she was working on the book,
Butterflies of the West Indies and South Florida. During
that time, she visited and worked on most of the
major islands in the Greater Antilles and the Lesser
Antilles. She also has conducted field work in Brazil,
Costa Rica, Mexico, Peru, South Africa and Venezuela.
Most recently, she has conducted field work in the
Bahamas and Honduras. The focus of her field work
has generally been on the biodiversity of Lepidoptera
(especially butterflies) within a particular locality,
noting major plants, nectar resources, GPS coordinates
and elevation, and also ecological niche modeling.
Since a number of the Lesser Antilles had never been
surveyed, Miller and her colleagues focused on species
richness and turnover on these islands. In many cases,
there are microhabitats in which some species in the
Greater Antilles had not been collected in more than 30
or 40 years.
Miller has completed and published papers on
biodiversity surveys in different areas of Mexico
and elsewhere in the Neotropics, which have served
as timelines for current comparative surveys. She
collaborated with Carmen Pozo of Mexico to create
a database of Mexican butterflies. This database of
specimens in the McGuire Center collections has
been expanded to include type specimens, moths from
Paynes Prairie surveys, vouchers for molecular studies
and other groups of interest.
Currently, Miller is working on a biodiversity
survey of Honduras Lepidoptera. She has written two
papers on the subject and has a provisional checklist in
progress, which soon will be submitted for publication.
Voucher specimens from this project account for about
Jackie Miller takes a break during field work in Honduras.
3,000 species to date. She is collaborating with Daniel
H. Janzen (Costa Rica), Jean-Michel Maes (Nicaragua)
and other lepidopterists in Belize, El Salvador and
Guatemala. She has become particularly interested in
the micro-Lepidoptera, as these small moths offer more
opportunity for the discovery of new species. Based
on the species richness in surrounding countries, the
project should ultimately include at least 6,000 species
of Lepidoptera in Honduras. Although Janzen, DeVries,
and others in Mexico have made major inroads on the
biodiversity of Lepidoptera in Mesoamerica, Honduras
is of major interest, as no comprehensive studies have
been published on the area's Lepidoptera. Miller wants
to document these species and review them in light of
the historical geology and biogeography of the region.
Surveys like the one she is conducting in Honduras are
useful because Lepidoptera are excellent bioindicators
of habitat health and floral biodiversity.
McGuire Center: Jacqueline Miller currently serves
as the Allyn Curator for Lepidoptera and associate
director of the McGuire Center. Her duties include
curating the collection, preparing specimens derived
from her field work and teaching as a guest lecturer for
the biology of Lepidoptera and principles of systematics
courses. She oversees the research collections and
works with collections coordinator Andrei Sourakov
and senior collections manager Andrew Warren in
addition to other curators and staff. Last year, Miller
and her colleagues received 44 collection donations,
and this number reflects the McGuire Center's typical
annual collections growth since its opening in 2004.
Miller currently serves as chair of one committee and
is a member of five other graduate student committees.
She also serves on five Museum committees and two
University committees, is editor of the Bulletin of the
Allyn Museum and serves on the editorial board of the
Bulletin of the Florida Museum of Natural History and
the McGuire Center News. Miller also is a member of 13
professional organizations and an elected fellow of the
Entomological Society of America.
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Day-flying Neotropical moths
of the family Castniidae
STAFF PROFILE: Deborah Matthews
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STAFF PROFILE: James Hayden
In 1999, James Hayden completed an associate's
degree in liberal arts at Deep Springs College in the
high eastern desert of California, an area notable
for unique entomofauna. In 2003, he finished his
bachelor's in environmental biology at Columbia
University while simultaneously volunteering at the
American Museum of Natural History. Influenced by
Alma Solis' writing on the group, Hayden decided to
study pyraloid moths. He entered a Ph.D. program in
entomology at Cornell University where he revised
the mainly tropical pyralid subfamily Odontiinae. His
revisions of the larger Neotropical genera Dicepolia
Snellen and Cliniodes Guen6e are published or in press.
Hayden spent a year as the Rea Postdoctoral Fellow
at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History, where
he produced papers on unusual pyraloid species from
the Greater Antilles, taking advantage of the Carnegie
Museum's extensive Caribbean collections. Halfway
through his postdoc term, Hayden switched his efforts
to the broad morphological study of various Pyraloidea
species, as he realized the freedom for research afforded
by the postdoctoral position was a unique opportunity
to familiarize himself with his favorite group.
James Hayden works in the McGuire Center collections.
Hayden admits he primarily has been a collections-
based researcher and spent little time on fieldwork. The
exception includes his undergraduate thesis, when he
sampled macro-moths from three ecosystems (mixed
forest, salt marsh and northern pine barrens) in Maine.
He also collected in the western United States in 2003
and southeastern Arizona in 2005. In summer 2007,
he traveled widely in the eastern U.S. and Canada as
well as Puerto Rico in search of Metrea ostreonalis,
the endemic representative of Cliniodes. Most of his
efforts, however, have been spent visiting more than 20
collections on three continents.
t Hayden's primary interest is systematics of
Pyraloidea at all levels, from species to subfamily
relationships. Pyraloidea, or snout moths, is one
of the five largest radiations of Lepidoptera with
16,000 described species and an estimated 32,000
James Hayden conducts taxonomic research in the lab.
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undiscovered species. It is the most ecologically diverse
group of Lepidoptera in terms of larval habits and is
second to Noctuoidea in economic and agronomic
impact. Most Pyraloidea genera badly need systematic
revision and there is a high demand for identifying
species in the collections and for the purposes of pest
control. Hayden is currently finishing two revisions
of small Caribbean genera and collaborating on the
morphological commentary for a paper on pyraloid
phylogeny funded by the NSF Lepidoptera Assembling
the Tree of Life grant, www.leptree.net. As part of this
project, he has written web pages and contributed
images for several subfamilies included in the
Encyclopedia of Life, www.eol.org.
Hayden's major goal is to publish identification
materials to facilitate systematic revisions of
Pyraloidea. The only global identification keys available
for the family are the revisions of George Hampson
(1895-1899), which rapidly became untenable after
being published. Hayden's identification tools will take
advantage of electronic media as much as possible
while respecting norms of publication. He aims for
all character systems: morphology of adults and
immature stages, behavior and molecular evidence that
is informative at all phylogenetic levels, including but
not limited to DNA barcodes. Hayden hopes to explore
Florida in the future and is excited to be working in the
state, in part because Pyraloidea is mainly a tropical
group and Florida is at the doorstep of the tropics. He
also hopes to work as an adjunct professor at UF to
teach and advise graduate students.
McGuire Center: James Hayden is the curator
of Lepidoptera for the Florida State Collection of
Arthropods, which is housed at the McGuire Center.
Hayden conducts taxonomic research, curates
collections, and as a Florida Department of Agriculture
and Consumer Services, Division of Plant Industry
employee, is responsible for providing timely and
accurate identifications of Lepidoptera samples sent to
DPI. These samples are mainly crop pests, but Hayden
handles many types of inquiries.
STAFF PROFILE: Andrei Sourakov
Andrei Sourakov studied medicine in Moscow
for two years and then transferred to the biology
department of Moscow State University, majoring in
entomology and pursuing professionally his avocation
as a lepidopterist. After moving to the United States
in 1991 he volunteered at the American Museum of
Natural History, where he received additional training
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Sourakov's interest in Lepidoptera ranges from
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STAFF PROFILE: Charles Van Orden Covell, Jr.
Dr. Charles Van Orden Covell, Jr. received his BA in
English at the University of North Carolina at Chapel
Hill in January, 1958. He began working as an English
teacher and soccer coach at the Norfolk Academy in
January 1958. In 1960 he became a Graduate Research
Assistant and Graduate Teaching Assistant in the
Virginia Tech Department of Entomology. In 1962
he received his MS in Entomology, then his PhD in
Entomology three years later. In 1964 he began his
career as a professor of entomology in the Biology
Department at the University of Louisville, Kentucky,
and in 2004 retired and moved to Gainesville to begin a
part-time career at the McGuire Center.
Covell began collecting butterflies and moths at age
13 in North Carolina and has spent countless hours in
the field. He is interested in all Lepidoptera groups,
with emphasis on butterfly families Lycaenidae and
Riodinidae, and the moth family Geometridae. During
the '60s and '70s, Covell conducted Lepidoptera
surveys in south Florida, including documenting
the occurrence of the Schaus Swallowtail, which
helped in it being listed as the first threatened and
later endangered insect by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife
Service. He has participated in numerous collecting
trips to Bolivia, Brazil, Costa Rica, the Dominican
Republic, Ecuador (including the Galapagos Islands),
French Guiana, Guatemala, Honduras, Irian Jaya (New
Guinea), Malaysia, Mexico, Panama, Peru, Taiwan and
Venezuela. Covell also conducted Lepidoptera surveys
in North Carolina and Virginia. In 1965 he began a
butterfly survey of Kentucky, visiting all 120 counties
by July 1974 and publishing a faunal list in 1999. Covell
still leads an annual Fourth of July Butterfly Count near
Louisville, Ky., and participates in Lepidoptera faunal
studies of the Andes, Honduras and Paynes Prairie
Preserve State Park in Florida. He is completing a
taxonomic revision of the North American species of
the geometrid moth subfamily Sterrhinae, and recently
served as an adviser for a graduate project that involved
revising genera from this subfamily.
Covell is a past president, honorary life member
and current archivist of the Lepidopterists' Society,
and received the Southern Lepidopterists' Society John
Abbot Award in 1982 for his major contributions to
the knowledge of Lepidoptera. He remains an active
member of the Kentucky Academy of Science and the
Society of Kentucky Lepidopterists, which he founded.
Throughout his career, Covell taught courses in zoology
and entomology and advised numerous students. He
authored and co-authored professional papers on a
variety of insects, including bees, flies, mosquitoes,
plant bugs, scorpionflies, many aquatic insect groups,
and, of course, butterflies and moths. He also is author
of The Field Guide to Moths of Eastern North America,
released in its second edition in 2005.
McGuire Center: At the McGuire Center, Covell
curates macro moths and continues to contribute new
material to this collection through periodic collecting
trips. He advises graduate students, supervises
volunteers engaged in moth curation, and has served as
a coordinator of the McGuire Center's seminar program
since fall 2004. In 2010 he hosted an international
conference on geometrid moths, the Forum Herbulot.
STAFF PROFILE: Jon D. Turner
Jon "J.D." Turner is a retired cardiologist who
practiced in the Huntsville, Ala., area from 1979
until 2010. His lifelong interest in Lepidoptera was
revitalized in 1988, when he once again began taking
research field trips. He has conducted field studies in
Central and South America, Irian Jaya, Madagascar,
Russia and the Solomon Islands. He also has studied
hill-topping behavior of swallowtail butterflies in
Tennessee and diversity and behavior of metalmark
butterflies (Riodinidae), and recorded the heartbeat
of butterflies and moths using a Doppler transducer
(normally used to measure coronary artery blood flow
in humans). His field work on metalmark butterflies
includes long-term behavioral studies, with his voucher
specimens for these and his molecular phylogenetics
studies added to the Museum collections. Turner
has conducted field work and collaborated with a
number of professional lepidopterists, including
Thomas Emmel, Jason Hall, Daniel Janzen, Andrei
Sourakov, Andy Warren, Keith Willmott and the late
George Austin. Since the 1990s he has been highly
active in rainforest conservation efforts, particularly in
Rondonia, Brazil, and supported the Schaus Swallowtail
endangered species project in south Florida.
Turner currently works as a senior research associate
and curator of Riodinidae at the McGuire Center. In
addition to curating Riodinidae, he plans to continue
his behavioral studies of metalmark butterflies. His
recent field work has included faunal surveys in
Argentina, Ecuador, Honduras and Isla de Cedros in
Mexico. Turner wants to increase the amount of time
he spends in the field both inside and outside the
United States, and hopes to continue participating in
faunal survey projects.
McGuire Center: Jon D. Turner is a senior research
associate and curator of Riodinidae at the McGuire
J.D. Turner identifies specimens in South America.
8 MCGUIRE CENTER NEWS, Issue 5, April 2011
Examples of Covell's favorite
Metalmark butterfly, Rhetus
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butterflies in the field.
STAFF PROFILE: John B. Heppner
John Heppner received his B.S. from Berkeley, where
he studied entomology under the guidance of Jerry
Powell. He received his Ph.D. from the University of
Florida, and while at UF, was awarded a pre-doctoral
fellowship from the Smithsonian Institution, where
he completed his graduate studies on the micromoth
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STAFF PROFILE: Jadranka Rota
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Jadranka Rota will begin at the McGuire Center as
an assistant curator following her current postdoctoral
fellowship at the Natural History Museum of Denmark
in Copenhagen, where she is working closely with
the famous morphologist Niels Kristensen. Rota
brings expertise in both molecular and morphological
systematics, which she developed during her graduate
work at the University of Connecticut (M.S. 2003,
Ph.D. 2007) and as a postdoc at the Smithsonian
Rota's research focuses on molecular phylogenetics,
alpha taxonomy, behavioral ecology and comparative
morphology of the metalmark moths (Choreutidae)
and two leaf-mining families, Acanthopteroctetidae and
Tischeriidae. Her work, specifically on behavior, was
covered by BBC Wildlife Magazine and the Discovery
Science channel. Rota plans to continue working on
systematics of various groups of micro-Lepidoptera,
expanding her research to other families.
Rota's contributions to the scientific community
are numerous, including curating pages of the
Encyclopedia of Life, serving as editor of the journal
Zootaxa and being an active member of eight
societies dedicated to the studies of entomology,
biology or systematics. She has been involved in
various community outreach programs, including
the Connecticut BioBlitz in 2002, 2004 and 2006.
Rota also had an opportunity to teach laboratory
courses in biology, general and medical entomology
and systematics during her graduate studies at the
University of Connecticut.Rota's field work, which
originated with a survey of butterflies of Paklenica
STAFF PROFILE: Kyu-Tek Park
Kyu-Tek "K.T." Park received his M.S. in zoology from
Hyung-Hee University and a Ph.D. in entomology from
Seoul National University in 1983. After graduation,
Park worked as a professor at Kangwon National
University in Korea for 25 years. He maintains a close
association with the university, where he also served as
the dean of the College of Agriculture. Since 2007, Park
has worked most of the year at the McGuire Center,
where he sometimes curates micro-Lepidoptera, but
mostly conducts taxonomic research. This year he
published 16 professional articles on various groups
of moths, including Lecithoceridae, Notodontidae,
Oecophoridae, Pterophoridae and Yponomeutidae,
Park is actively involved in development of the
entomological knowledge in Korea. Starting in the
'70s, he served 12 years as a director of the
Entomological Society of Korea and 14 years as
editor-in-chief of the journal Insecta Koreana. He
also served as president of various societies, including
the Korean Biodiversity Council, Korean Society of
Applied Entomology and Korean Society of Systematic
Zoology. In 1991 he organized the First International
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New assistant curator Jadranka Rota works in the field.
National Park in Croatia, has taken her to Costa Rica,
Florida, New Mexico and the Smoky Mountains. At
the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, she served
on the All Taxa Biodiversity Inventory project and as a
member of BioBlitz. She also was a resource scientist
for the Costa Rica La Selva Biological Station "boot
camp" during the 50th anniversary celebration of the
Organization for Tropical Studies in 2003.
She has broad experience in natural history museum
settings, including working as a staff member or
visiting scientist at museums in Austria, Costa Rica,
Croatia, Great Britain, the Netherlands, New York and
McGuire Center: Jadranka Rota will begin at the
McGuire Center in January 2012 as an assistant curator
of Lepidoptera, and will conduct research, teach and
help curate the collection.
of Science and Technology.
Park has authored or co-authored more than 30
books and monographs on the subjects of general
entomology, including the Illustrated Catalogue
of Tortricidae in Korea, Gelechiidae in the Korean
Peninsula and Adjacent Territories, and Guide to the
Insects of Taiwan. He also has authored or co-authored
more than 270 scientific journal articles describing
more than 400 new species and 10 new genera.
Park's fieldwork experience is extensive, spanning
40 years. He has worked in Northern China (1999-
2002), Northern Vietnam (2002-present); Thailand
and Philippines (2005-present); and New Guinea
(2010-present). Park is one of the few remaining
taxonomists trained in traditional morphological
systematics of micro-Lepidoptera and is able to not only
continue his research, but advise new taxonomists. His
main goal, however, is to review the worldwide fauna of
the family Lecithoceridae.
McGuire Center: Kyu-Tek Park curates and
conducts research on micro-Lepidoptera six months
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Recent Publications (2010-2011)
Briscoe, A. D., S. M. Bybee, G. D. Bernard,
F. Yuan, M. P. Sison-Mangus, R. D. Reed, A. D.
Warren, J. Llorente-Bousquets and C. C. Chiao.
2010. Reply to Nozawa et al.: Complementary
statistical methods support positive selection
of a duplicated UV opsin gene in Heliconius.
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences,
Brown, J. W., T. A. Heard, R. Segura, and
J. Rota. 2011. Leaf-roller moths (Tortricidae)
reared from the invasive weed Mexican palo
verde (Parkinsonia aculeata), with comments
on their host specificity, biology, and geographic
distribution. Journal of Insect Science, 11(7): 1-17.
Cox J. H., and T. C. Emmel. 2010. Ecological
surveys of the Lepidoptera fauna of the Hunstein
Range, East Sepik Province, Papua New Guinea,
emphasizing butterfly populations and habitat in
the Mt. Samsai area. Tropical Lepidoptera Research,
de-Silva, D. L., J. J. Day, M. Elias, K. R. Willmott,
A. Whinnett, and J. Mallet. 2010. Molecular
phylogenetics of the neotropical butterfly subtribe
Oleriina (Nymphalidae: Danainae: Ithomiini).
Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, 55: 1032-
Fontes, E., H. Frank, J. Gillmore, and D.
Matthews. 2010. Dale H. Habeck, 1931-2010.
Florida Entomologist, 93(3): 478-479.
Hall, J. P. W., and K. R. Willmott. 2010.
Discovery of a new Lucillella species (Riodinidae:
Symmachiini) in the eastern Andes of Ecuador
using the single rope canopy access technique.
Journal of the Lepidopterists' Society, 64(3): 139-
Hardy, D., M. A. Rickard, A. D. Warren
and N. V. Grishin. 2011. Achalarus tehuacana
(Hesperiidae: Eudaminae): a new United States
record from southern Texas. News of the
Lepidopterists' Society, 52(4): 107-111, 127.
Hayden, J. E. 2010. Phylogeny, distribution, and
description of a Caribbean species of Dicepolia
(Lepidoptera: Crambidae). Tropical Lepidoptera
Research, 20(2): 77-84.
Heppner, J. B. 2010. Zeller and his "Exotische
Microlepidoptera." Lepidoptera Novae
Heppner, J. B. 2010. Review of the genus
Alinguata from Venezuela (Lepidoptera:
Alucitidae). Lepidoptera Novae (Gainesville), 3(1):
Heppner, J. B. 2010. A new species of
Paranthozela from Peru (Lepidoptera: Tortricidae:
Olethreutinae). Lepidoptera Novae (Gainesville),
Heppner, J. B. 2010. Loxotoma elegans in
Peru (Lepidoptera: Oecophoridae: Stenomatinae).
Lepidoptera Novae (Gainesville), 3(1): 64.
Heppner, J. B. 2010. A new species of Scythris
from western Peru (Lepidoptera: Scythrididae).
Lepidoptera Novae (Gainesville), 3(1): 65-68.
Heppner, J. B. 2010. Riley's metalmark moth,
Hemerophila diva: a beauty in Florida (Lepidoptera:
Choreutidae). Lepidoptera Novae (Gainesville),
Heppner, J. B. 2010. Syngamia florella and
its variations in Florida and the Neotropics
(Lepidoptera: Pyralidae: Pyraustinae). Lepidoptera
Novae (Gainesville), 3(2): 113-118.
Heppner, J. B. 2010. Nearctic metalmark moths,
1. Genus Phormoestes (Lepidoptera: Choreutidae:
Millieriinae). Lepidoptera Novae (Gainesville), 3(2):
Heppner, J. B. 2010. Scythris medullata from
western Peru, with notes on the family in the
Neotropics (Lepidoptera: Scythrididae). Lepidoptera
Novae (Gainesville), 3(2): 125-128.
Heppner, J. B. 2010. Profilinota phillita in Peru
(Lepidoptera: Oecophoridae: Depressariinae).
Lepidoptera Novae (Gainesville), 3(2): 129-132.
Heppner, J. B. 2010. Notes on the
brachypterous moth, Pringleophaga kerguelensis,
of the Subantarctic Kerguelen Islands (Lepidoptera:
Tineidae). Lepidoptera Novae (Gainesville), 3(3):
Heppner, J. B. 2010. The new genus Rindgeria
and its species in North America and Central
America (Lepidoptera: Geometridae: Ennominae).
Lepidoptera Novae (Gainesville), 3(3): 149-153.
Heppner, J. B. 2010. Incawockia, a new genus
and species from Peru (Lepidoptera: Urodidae:
Galacticinae). Lepidoptera Novae (Gainesville),
Heppner, J. B. 2010. Nearctic metalmark moths,
2. Genus Brenthia (Lepidoptera: Choreutidae:
Brenthiinae). Lepidoptera Novae (Gainesville), 3(3):
Heppner, J. B. 2010. Notes on Vietnam
moths, 9. Massing of Vitessa moths (Lepidoptera:
Pyralidae: Pyralinae). Lepidoptera Novae
(Gainesville), 3(3): 164.
Heppner, J. B. 2010. Notes on Vietnam moths,
10. Notes on Wockia in Vietnam (Lepidoptera:
Urodidae: Galacticinae). Lepidoptera Novae
(Gainesville), 3(3): 165-168.
Heppner, J. B. 2010. Notes on Vietnam moths,
11. Propachys nigrivena (Lepidoptera: Pyralidae:
Pyralinae). Lepidoptera Novae (Gainesville), 3(3):
Heppner, J. B. 2010. Notes on Vietnam moths,
12. Ashinaga longimana in Vietnam (Lepidoptera:
Oecophoridae: Oecophorinae). Lepidoptera Novae
(Gainesville), 3(3): 172-174.
Heppner, J. B. 2010. Notes on Vietnam moths,
13. Phycodes taonopa in Vietnam (Lepidoptera:
Brachodidae: Phycodinae). Lepidoptera Novae
(Gainesville), 3(3): 175-178.
Heppner, J. B. 2010. Notes on Vietnam moths,
14. Vespisesia, a new clearing genus and species
from Vietnam (Lepidoptera: Sesiidae: Sesiinae).
Lepidoptera Novae (Gainesville), 3(3): 179-181.
Heppner, J. B. 2010. Notes on Vietnam
moths, 15. A new Cerace species for Vietnam
(Lepidoptera: Tortricidae: Tortricinae). Lepidoptera
Novae (Gainesville), 3(3): 182-186.
Heppner, J. B. 2010. Notes on Vietnam moths,
16. A new Darantasia from Vietnam (Lepidoptera:
Arctiidae: Lithosiinae). Lepidoptera Novae
(Gainesville), 3(4): 255-258.
Heppner, J. B. 2010. Notes on Vietnam moths,
17. Trebania muricolor in Vietnam (Lepidoptera:
Pyralidae: Pyralinae). Lepidoptera Novae
(Gainesville), 3(4): 259-261.
Heppner, J. B. 2010. Panama moth notes, 3.
Cotaena plenella (Lepidoptera: Glyphipterigidae).
Lepidoptera Novae (Gainesville), 3(3): 187-190.
Heppner, J. B. 2010. Panama moth notes, 4.
A new species of Taeniostolella (Lepidoptera:
Glyphipterigidae). Lepidoptera Novae (Gainesville),
Heppner, J. B. 2010. Panama moth notes, 5.
Notes on Darceta falcata (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae:
Agaristinae). Lepidoptera Novae (Gainesville), 3(4):
Heppner, J. B. 2010. Fauna of British India,
Sphingidae larvae, by Bell and Scott, 1937.
Lepidoptera Novae (Gainesville), 3(4): 199-216.
Heppner, J. B. 2010. Notes on the Moluccan
and Papuan genus Cocytia (Lepidoptera:
Noctuidae: Cocytiinae). Lepidoptera Novae
(Gainesville), 3(4): 217-221.
Heppner, J. B. 2010. Notes on the African genus
Ommatothelxis (Lepidoptera: Oecophoridae:
Xyloryctinae). Lepidoptera Novae (Gainesville),
Heppner, J. B. 2010. The genus Eumarozia and
a new species in Peru (Lepidoptera: Tortricidae:
Olethreutinae). Lepidoptera Novae (Gainesville),
Heppner, J. B. 2010. Guatemala moth notes,
3. Eumarozia beckeri in Guatemala (Lepidoptera:
Tortricidae: Olethreutinae). Lepidoptera Novae
(Gainesville), 3(4): 232-234.
Heppner, J. B. 2010. Guatemala moth notes, 4.
Caripeta hyperythrata in Guatemala (Lepidoptera:
Geoemtridae: Ennominae). Lepidoptera Novae
(Gainesville), 3(4): 235-236.
Heppner, J. B., and J. Brambila. 2010. Florida
Lepidoptera notes, 9. Duponchelia fovealis in
Florida. (Lepidoptera: Pyralidae: Pyraustinae).
Lepidoptera Novae (Gainesville), 3(4): 237-241.
Heppner, J. B. 2010. Florida Lepidoptera notes,
10. A new Tischeria from Florida (Lepidoptera:
Tischeriidae). Lepidoptera Novae (Gainesville), 3(4):
Heppner, J. B. 2010. Florida Lepidoptera notes,
11. Digitivalva clarkei in Florida (Lepidoptera:
Acrolepiidae). Lepidoptera Novae (Gainesville),
Heppner, J. B. 2010. Florida Lepidoptera
notes, 12. Bucculatrix needhami (Lepidoptera:
Bucculatricidae). Lepidoptera Novae (Gainesville),
Heppner, J. B. 2010. Florida Lepidoptera
notes, 13. Perimede erransella (Lepidoptera:
Cosmopterigidae). Lepidoptera Novae (Gainesville),
Heppner, J. B. 2010. Review of the Neotropical
genus Hexeretmis (Lepidoptera: Alucitidae).
Lepidoptera Novae (Gainesville), 3(4): 263-268.
Heppner, J. B., and Y. S. Bae. 2010. Notes on
Taiwan Moths, 6. Cerace stipatana (Lepidoptera:
Tortricidae: Tortrici-nae). Lepidoptera Novae
(Gainesville), 3(3): 195-198.
Heppner, J. B., and T. S. Dickel. 2010. The
European yellow underwing moth, Noctua pronuba
(Lepidoptera: Noctuidae), in Florida. Southern
Lepidopterists' News (Gainesville), 32: 58-59.
Heppner, J. B., T. S. Dickel and V. A. Brou,
Jr. 2010. New North American records of the
Asian species, Simplicia cornicalis, in Florida and
Louisiana (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae: Herminiinae).
Lepidoptera Novae (Gainesville), 3(1): 53-56.
Judd, R. E. and D. L. Matthews. 2010. Report
on the capture of a gravid Samia cynthia female in
Alachua County, Florida. Southern Lepidopterists'
News, 32(4): 182-184.
Kawahara, A.Y. 2011. Review of Goldsmith,
M.R. and Marec F. (eds) "Genetics and Molecular
Biology of Lepidoptera." Florida Entomologist,
Kawahara, A.Y., J. C. Sohn, J. De Prins, and S.
Cho. 2010. Taxonomic report of five leaf-mining
moths new to Korea (Lepidoptera: Gracillariidae).
Entomological Research, 40: 131-135.
Kim S. R., B. K. Byun, K. T. Park, and S. H. Lee.
2010. A taxonomic review of the genus Nippoptilia
(Lepidoptera: Pterophoridae) from Korea, with
description of a new species. Journal of Natural
History, 44: 601-613.
Kim S. R., B. K. Byun, K. T. Park, and S.
H. Lee. 2010. Taxonomic study of the tribe
Oidaematophorini (Lepidoptera: Pterophoridae)
from Korea, with descriptions of two new species.
Journal of Natural History, 44: 1377-1399.
12 MCGUIRE CENTER NEWS, Issue 5, April 2011
Recent Publications (2010-2011)
Kim S. R., B. K. Byun, K. T. Park, and S. H. Lee.
2010. Genus Promalactis Meyrick (Lepidoptera,
Oecophyoridae) in the northern Vietnam,
Part 1: Descriptions of six new species. Florida
Entomologist, 93(4): 546-557.
Kwon, Y. D., E. M. Ji, and K. T. Park. 2010.
A new record of Disparia diluta from Korea,
with note on Disparia nihonica (Lepidoptera:
Notodontidae). Korean Journal of Systematic
Zoology, 26(1): 35-37.
Lukhtanov, V. A. 2010. Dobzhansky's rule and
reinforcement of pre-zygotic reproductive isolation
in zones of secondary contact. Zhurnal Obshchei
Biologii, 71(5): 372-385.
Lukhtanov, V. A. 2010. From Haeckel's
phylogenetics and Hennig's cladistics to the
method of maximum likelihood: advantages and
limitations of modern and traditional approaches to
phylogeny reconstruction. Entomological Review,
Lukhtanov, V. A. 2010. Role of natural
selection in speciation: reinforcement of pre-
zygotic reproductive isolation in Agrodiaetus blue
butterflies. In Charles Darwin and Current Biology.
Ed. E.I. Kolchinsky. St. Petersburg. Pp. 268-276.
Lukhtanov, V. A., and V. G. Kuznetsova. 2010.
What genes and chromosomes say about the origin
and evolution of insects and other arthropods.
Russian Journal of Genetics, 46(9): 1115-1121.
Matthews, D. L. 2010. A new species of
Hellinsia from the Southeastern United States
(Lepidoptera: Pterophoridae). Bulletin of the Allyn
Museum, 161: 1-13.
Matthews, D. L. 2010. Mississippi plume moths
from the Bryant Mather collection (Lepidoptera:
Pterophoridae). Southern Lepidopterists' News,
Matthews, D. L. and G. Gielis. 2011. Adaina
ipomoeae Bigot and Etienne, 2009, new records
for Florida and the West Indies (Lepidoptera:
Pterophoridae). Insecta Mundi, 0156: 1-3.
Matthews, D. L., and J. Y. Miller. 2010. Notes
on the Cacao Plume Moth in Honduras and
description of the larvae and pupae (Lepidoptera:
Pterophoridae). Tropical Lepidoptera Research,
Matthews, D. L., and J. Y. Miller. 2010.
Remembering Dale H. Habeck, October 21,1931
-May 17, 2010. Southern Lepidopterists' News,
Miller, J. Y., D. L. Matthews, and J. Brambila.
2011. Southern Lepidopterists at Butterflyfest
2010. Southern Lepidopterists' News, 33(1): 28-30.
Mitter, K. T., T. B. Larsen, S. Collins, G. Vande
Weghe, J. De Prins, W. De Prins, S. Sfian, E.
D. J. Hawthorne, A. Y. Kawahara, and J. C.
Regier. 2011. Genetic evidence for multiple
cryptic species of Pseudopontia (Pieridae:
Pseudopontiinae). Systematic Entomology, 36(1):
Mullen, S. P., W. Savage, and K. R. Willmott.
2010. Rapid diversification and not clade age
explains high diversity in neotropical Adelpha
butterflies. Proceedings of the Royal Society
of London B doi:10.1098/rspb.2010.2140
Padron P. S. 2010. Systematics and
Biogeography of High Altitude Tropical Andean
Satyrines (Lepidoptera, Nymphalidae: Satyrinae).
M.Sc. Thesis, University of Florida, Gainesville,
Florida, USA. 98 pp.
Park, K. T. 2011. A new species of Halolaguna
Gozmany from Thailand (Lepidoptera,
Lecithoceridae). Journal of Asia-Pacific Entomology,
Park, K. T. 2011. Lecithoceridae (Lepidoptera,
Gelechioidea) of New Guinea, Part II: Hamatina
Park with description of two new species. Journal
of Asia-Pacific Entomology, 14: (doi: 10.1016/j.
Park, K. T. 2011. Lecithoceridae (Lepidoptera,
Gelechioidea) of New Guinea, Part I: Onnuria Park
with description of two new species. Proceedings
of the Entomological Society of Washington, 113:
(in press, no DOI number).
Park, K. T., and B. K. Byun. 2010. A new genus
Neopectinimura (Lepidoptera, Lecithoceridae)
with descriptions of five new species. Florida
Entomologist, 93(2): 298-307.
Park, K. T., and C. Wu. 2010. Genus
Lecithocera of Thailand Part V. with reports of nine
species including six new species (Lepidoptera:
Lecithoceridae). Tropical Lepidoptera Research, 20:
Park, K. T. 2010. A new genus Woonpaikia
Park, gen. nov. (Lepidoptera, Lecithoceridae),
with descriptions of two new species Syntetarca
Gozmany. Journal of Asia-Pacific Entomology,
Park, K. T. 2010. First record of Torodora species
from Papua New Guinea, with a description of
a new species (Lepidoptera, Lecithoceridae).
Proceedings of the Entomological Society of
Washington, 112: 404-409.
Park, K. T. 2010. Four new species of the
subfamily Torodorinae from Thailand (Lepidoptera:
Lecithoceridae). Lepidoptera Novae, 3: 145-148.
Park, K. T. 2010. Two new genera, Caveana
gen. nov. and Triviola gen. nov., and two new
Torodora species from Thailand (Lepidoptera,
Lecithoceridae). Entomological Science, 13(2): 250.
Park, K. T. 2010. Two new species of the genus
Telephata Meyrick (Lepidoptera, Lecith oceridae)
from Papua New Guinea with notes on T nitens
(Daikonoff), comb. nov. Entomological Science,
Rota, J. 2011. Data partitioning in Bayesian
Analysis: Molecular phylogenetics of metalmark
moths (Lepidoptera: Choreutidae). Systematic
Entomology, 36: 317-329.
Salcedo, C. 2010. Environmental elements
involved in communal roosting in Heliconius
butterflies (Lepidoptera: Nymphalidae). Journal of
Environmental Entomology, 39(3): 907-911.
Salcedo, C. 2010. Evidence of pollen digestion
at nocturnal aggregations of Heliconius sara in
Costa Rica (Lepidoptera: Nymphalidae). Tropical
Lepidoptera, 20(1): 35-37.
Salcedo, C. 2010. The Biology of Heliconius
Night Roosting: a Foundation. Ph.D. dissertation.
University of Florida.
Salcedo, C. 2011. Evidence of predation
and disturbance events at Heliconius butterflies
roosting aggregations in Panama and Costa Rica.
Journal of Natural History, in press.
Salcedo, C. 2011. Pollen preference for
Psychotria sp. is not learned in Heliconius erato
(Lepidoptera: Nymphalidae). Journal of Insect
Science, in press.
Scott, J., A. Y. Kawahara, J. Skevington, S.H.
Yen, A. Sami, M. Smith, and J. Yack. 2010. The
evolutionary origins of ritualized acoustic signals in
caterpillars. Nature Communications, 1: 4.
Simonsen, T. J., N. Wahlberg, A. D. Warren, and
F A. H. Sperling. 2010. The evolutionary history of
Boloria (Lepidoptera: Nymphalidae): phylogeny,
zoogeography and larval foodplant relationships.
Systematics and Biodiversity, 8(4): 513-529.
Sohn, J. C., and K. T. Park. 2010. Three new
species of Lycophantis Meyrick (Lepidoptera:
Yponemeutidae) from Vietnam with keys of the
world species. Oriental Insects, 44: 225-233.
Sohn, J. C., S. W. Cho, and K. T. Park. 2010.
New records of three Yponomeutinae (Lepidoptera:
Yponomeutidae) from Korea. Korean Journal of
Systematic Zoology, 26: 225-233.
Sourakov, A. 2010. Book Review: Moths of
Wester North America (2009). Powell J. and P.
Opler. Florida Entomologist, 93(2): 330.
Sourakov, A. 2010. Natural and sexual selection
in satyrine wing patterns: a complex story. News of
Lepidopterists' Society, 52(1): 6-7, 15.
Sourakov, A. 2010. New hostplant records
for two noctuid species in Florida. Notes of the
Association for Tropical Lepidoptera, June 2010
issue, p. 2.
Sourakov, A., and T. Paris. 2010. Fall webworm,
Hyphantria cunea (Lepidoptera: Arctiidae).
Featured Creatures Website, http://entomology.
ifas.ufl.edu/creatures/, University of Florida.
Publication Number: EENY-486.
Tennent, W. John, J. Y. Miller, and A. Rawlins.
2010. Distribution of Acrophtalmia chione Felder
& Felder, 1867, with descriptions of two new
subspecies from Eastern Indonesia (Lepidoptera:
Nymphalidae: Satyrinae). Bulletin of the Allyn
Museum, 162: 1-7.
Vershinina, A. O., and V. A. Lukhtanov. 2010.
Geographical distribution of the cryptic species
Agrodiaetus alcestis alcestis, A. alcestis karacetinae
and A. demavendi (Lepidoptera, Lycaenidae)
revealed by cytogenetic analysis. Comparative
Cytogenetics, 4(1): 1-11.
Vila, R., V. A. Lukhtanov, G. Talavera, T. F Gil,
N. E. Pierce. 2010. How common are dot-like
distribution ranges? Taxonomical oversplitting
in Western European Agrodiaetus (Lepidoptera,
Lycaenidae) revealed by chromosomal and
molecular markers. Biological Journal of the
Linnean Society, 101: 130-154.
Ware, J., J. Thomas, and A. Y. Kawahara, 2011.
Instant symposium: When entomologists date.
American Entomologist, 57(1): 46.
Warren, A. D., J. C. Whelan, and T. C. Emmel.
2010. Notes on mate-locating behavior by the
skipper Phocides polybius lilea (Reakirt, )
(Lepidoptera: Hesperiidae: Eudaminae). Tropical
Lepidoptera Research, 20(1): 38-40.
Willmott, K. R., and J. P. W. Hall. 2010. A
new species of Dynamine HObner,  from
northwestern Ecuador (Lepidoptera: Nymphalidae:
Biblidinae). Tropical Lepidoptera Research, 20: 23-
Scriber, J. M. 2011. INVITED REVIEW: Impacts
of climate warming on hybrid zone movement:
geographically diffuse and biologically porous
"species borders". Insect Science 18 (2): 121-159.
Scriber, J. M. 2010 INVITED REVIEW:
Integrating ancient patterns and current dynamics
of insect-plant interactions: taxonomic and
geographic latitude in herbivore specialization.
Insect Science. 17: 471-507.
Ording, G. A., Mercader, R. J., Aardema, M.
L., and Scriber, J. M. 2010. Allochronic isolation
and incipient hybrid speciation in tiger swallowtail
butterflies. Oecologia. 162: 523-531.
Aardema, M. L., J. M. Scriber, and J. J.
Hellmann. 2011. Considering local adaptation
issues of lepidopteran conservation- a review
and recommendations. The American Midland
Naturalist: 165(2): 294-303.
MCGUIRE CENTER NEWS, Issue 5, April 2011 13
Tues., Aug, 31: "What I did
last summer" Traditional
short talks by McGuire Center
students and staff
Tues., Sept. 14: Jamie Radford,
Cambridge University: "The
first butterfly inventories in
Ecuador's 'tercera cordillera' "
Tues., Sept. 28: Rich Cech,
New York City: "Butterflies
of the Peruvian Amazon and
how to find them"
Tues., Oct. 12: Andy Warren,
McGuire Center: "The
Butterflies of Kenya"
Tues. Oct. 26: J.D. Turner,
McGuire Center: "Studies
on the Riodinidae past,
current and future"
Tues. Nov. 9: Charles V.
Covell, Jr, McGuire Center:
"Highlights of meetings and
field trips 2010: So many
bugs; so little time!"
Tues. Nov. 23: Delano Lewis,
McGuire Center: "A Novel
Biorational Approach to
Insect Control: Efficacy of
Methionine against Heraclides
cresphontes, a surrogate of
the invasive citrus swallowtail,
Papilio demoleus (Lepidoptera:
Tues. Nov. 30: Christopher
Wheat, Helsinki: "Using the
latest tools to address the
old questions in ecology
and evolution: How next
generation sequencing can
be applied to fundamental
questions in butterfly model
Tues. Dec. 7: Matthew Thorn,
UF Department of Entomology
& McGuire Center: "Habitat
suitability of the rare frosted
elfin butterfly, Callophrys
irus Godart (Lepidoptera:
Lycaenidae) in Florida"
Conferences, Workshops, Courses, Grants
and Awards Nearly the entire McGuire Center staff
presented their work at the Lepidopterists' Society
Annual Meeting in Leavenworth, Wash., in July 2010.
Akito Kawahara, who is currently studying evolution
of the aquatic and carnivorous cosmopterigid moth in
Daniel Rubinoff's lab at the University of Hawaii, also
co-organized the Entomological Society of America
Annual Meeting in San Diego and the Northeast
Arthropod Divergence Time Estimation Workshop in
Rutgers, N.J., and attended the Entomological Society
of America's Pacific Branch Meeting in Hawaii during
March 2011. Andrei Sourakov presented "Richness
and Phenology of a Moth Community in North
Central Florida" at the Florida Entomological Society
annual meeting in Jupiter, Fla., and Forum Herbulot
in Gainesville. Sourakov also served as an overseas
examiner for a Ph.D. degree at the University of
Tasmania. John Heppner attended a symposium for the
Natural History Museum of Korea, Incheon (Gangwa),
South Korea, in July 2010. K.T. Park traveled to
Leiden, Holland, for 10 days to examine type specimens
of New Guinea moths. Andrew Warren was co-
author of several presentations at scientific meetings,
including three presentations at the Sixth International
Conference on the Biology of Butterflies held at the
University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada and two
presentations at the Southern Lepidopterists' Society/
Association for Tropical Lepidoptera Annual Meeting
in Gainesville. Jadranka Rota made a presentation at
the Annual Meeting of the Entomological Society of
America in San Diego and at the European Congress
of Entomology in Budapest, Hungary. She is currently
serving as editor of Zootaxa. James Hayden received
a grant from the Carnegie Museum of Natural
History O'Neil Fund to collect near Manu National
Park in Amazonian Peru. He also presented at the
Entomological Society of America Annual Meeting.
Hayden started working at the McGuire Center in
March 2011. Deborah Matthews co-taught a Butterfly
Rearing Workshop with Jaret Daniels and Edith Smith,
during ButterflyFest in October 2010 and presented
on her favorite group of plume moths at the Southern
Lepidopterists' Society/Association for Tropical
Lepidoptera Annual Meeting. She and Jacqueline Y.
Miller spent several days at the Smithsonian's National
Museum of Natural History identifying moths for their
Honduras inventory project. Vladimir Lukhtanov
currently serves as a team member on several grants,
including the NSF-funded, three-year McGuire
Center collections improvement project, the Catalan
Institution for Research and Advanced Studies in Spain,
the Foundation of Science and Technology of Portugal,
and the Polish Committee of Scientific Research.
Lukhtanov co-authored a presentation on Integrating
Ecology into Macroevolutionary Research at the
Zoological Society of London, and three presentations
at the International Conference on Karyosystematics of
the Invertebrates in Novosibirsk, Russia, and taught a
course on molecular evolution and phylogenetics. Keith
Willmott visited collections in France, Great Britain,
Peru and Poland, taught a course in evolutionary
biogeography with Nico Cellinese, Florida Museum
assistant curator of informatics, and lectured at the
Catholic University in Quito, Ecuador.
Mr. Jack H. Cox, Jr., a North Carolina native and
McGuire Center Research Associate, died unexpectedly
of malaria June 22, 2010, while working on a crocodile
project with the Wildlife Conservation Society in
Laos. Born Dec. 4, 1952, he earned a bachelor's
degree in environmental science from the University
of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He served in the
Peace Corps. and worked as a consultant for many
environmental organizations, and occasionally, for
television producers, including TV New Zealand. As
a true naturalist he enjoyed the diversity of wildlife,
particularly birds and reptiles, and focused his efforts
on crocodile conservation. He lived in a small village
in the rugged area of Papua New Guinea and hiked
repeatedly, sometimes for more than three months
at a time, through the wilderness of Nepal. Mr. Cox
met McGuire Center Director Thomas C. Emmel in
1982 and took an interest in butterflies. He conducted
several surveys of remote parts of New Guinea and
donated his collections to the Museum. He normally
spent no more than two months a year in the U.S.,
usually around Christmas. During his brief time in
the states, Mr. Cox typically would visit Gainesville,
sharing stories and photos of his latest adventures and
working on manuscripts. His most recent publication,
co-authored with Emmel, deals with the diversity of
butterflies in the Hunstein Mountain Range of Papua
Dr. Dale H. Habeck, long-time McGuire Center
Research Associate, died in May 2010 at his home in
Indiana, where he spent summers to be closer to his
family. Born Oct. 21, 1931, in Wisconsin, he developed
an early fascination with nature that led him to study
insects at the University of Wisconsin. He received his
Ph.D. in Entomology at North Carolina State University
in 1959, and in 1963 accepted a faculty position with
the UF Entomology and Nematology Department,
where he worked 33 years. During his career, he visited
nearly 50 countries, often in search of insects that
might eat the aquatic weeds that clog many of Florida's
waterways. He also taught, supervised dozens of
graduate students, and wrote more than 100 scientific
papers. Following his retirement, Dr. Habeck worked
in the McGuire Center, where he donated many of his
collections. He had a special interest in caterpillars,
and tens of thousands of the specimens he collected
reside in the McGuire Center and other museums. He
had many other interests, including cactus plants, bird
watching, raising catfish and collecting various items
featuring insects, including postage stamps.
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McGuire Center volunteer Oren Sharabi, who left
for Tufts College after graduating from Eastside High
School, returned to the collections during summer
2010 to work as a curatorial assistant. Another McGuire
Center volunteer, Alexandra Sourakov, has conducted
her school science project at the McGuire Center for
the past two years. This year, she again won the regional
science fair in the zoology category with the project
"Chemical Basis of Olfactory Preferences in Tropical
Butterflies." She used sophisticated methods and
equipment at the USDA research facility for detecting
and analyzing chemicals that attract butterflies to food.
Natasha Wright, who received her undergraduate
degree in entomology from UF and worked at the
McGuire Center as a technical research assistant,
enrolled in a Ph.D. program in entomology at Arkansas
State University. Thomson Paris successfully defended
his thesis "Modern threats to the Lepidoptera in
the Florida ecosystem." He is now working with the
Florida Division of Plant Industry. Christian Salcedo
completed his Ph.D. and his dissertation was titled
"The biology of Heliconius night roosting: a foundation."
During his last semester, Christian took a new course
in insect chemical ecology at The Pennsylvania State
University. Following graduation, Christian accepted
a visiting scientist position at the Beijing Academy of
Sciences, China, working on chemical ecology through
a Chinese Academy of Sciences Young International
Scientist Postdoctoral Fellowship. Sebastian Padr6n
Meetings at the Center
Forum Herbulot This congress is normally held
every four years and is dedicated specifically to studying
Geometriidae inchwormm moths). The McGuire
Center hosted the meeting during the summer, with
participants traveling from Australia, Brazil, Canada,
Costa Rica, Estonia, France, Germany, South Africa
and many U.S. states. Charles Covell organized the
congress with help from Deborah Matthews and
graduate students. Two days of presentations and
interactions were followed by a field trip to Honduras.
More on Forum Herbulot may be found online,
ATL/SLS annual meeting The combined annual
meeting of the Association for Tropical Lepidoptera
and Southern Lepidopterists' Society took place at
the McGuire Center in October 2010, with many
participants from the U.S. and abroad. This eclectic
group traded photographs of collecting trips and
research results. The annual Association for Tropical
Lepidoptera conference at the McGuire Center is an
excellent venue for students to present their research
for the first time in a friendly, stress-free environment
and receive feedback from colleagues. The meeting
was co-chaired by Jacqueline Miller and Deborah
Matthews. The banquets and social events allow
participants to develop new collaborations and
successfully defended his master's thesis "Systematics
and biogeography of high altitude tropical Andean
satyrines (Lepidoptera, Nymphalinae: Satyrinae)"'
and spent two semesters in Ecuador conducting
field work and applying for grants. A grant from the
Ecuadorian government (three-year SENACYT Ph.D.
scholarship of $70,000) and a McGuire Center for
Lepidoptera and Biodiversity scholarship have allowed
him to return to the McGuire Center for his Ph.D.,
with Keith Willmott as his advisor. Craig Segebarth,
who worked in the collections as a technical research
assistant for a year, returned after spending three
months in Guatemala where he greatly improved his
Spanish. Nina Zagvazdina, who worked for two years
at the McGuire Center, first as a volunteer, and later
as a technical research assistant, enrolled in the UF
doctor of plant medicine degree program. Graduate
student Lary Reeves accepted a graduate assistantship
maintaining UF's Natural Area Teaching Lab located
behind the Florida Museum. During the summer,
Lary traveled to the Philippines for research. Geoff
Gallice attended the "Invertebrates in Education and
Conservation" conference in Rio Rico, Ariz. He received
an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship for three years,
which will enable him to complete his Ph.D., a Tropical
Conservation and Development field research grant,
and a grant from the Sophi Danforth Conservation
Forum Herbulot participants take a break from the meeting
for a group photo outside the McGuire Center.
friendships. The meeting also includes a photo contest,
with entries displayed throughout the conference. This
year, 114 entries were submitted in three categories:
butterflies, moths and immature stages. The next photo
contest will be held in September and October. More
information about the association is available online,
Tues. Jan. 18. Charles V.
Covell, Jr, McGuire Center:
"The Cosfiipata Valley of Peru:
Home of the world's richest
Tues. Jan. 25: Vladimir
Lukhtanov & Andrei Sourakov,
McGuire Center: "Using DNA
barcoding in the systematics
of Palearctic butterflies"
Tues. Feb. 8: Julieta Brambila,
(Noctuidae): A review of
recent surveys in the U.S. of
potentially invasive moths"
Tues. Feb. 22: Nancy Turner,
M.D., McGuire Center:
"Medical issues for tropical
field trip participants"
Tues. March 15: James
"Morphological and ecological
diversity of Pyraloidea, the
'middle kingdom' of moths"
Tues. March 29: Mirian
Hay-Roe, USDA: "Direct
effects of plant secondary
compounds in the Poacea
family on the fall armyworm
Spodoptera frugiperda, and
a hymenopterous parasitoid
Implications for tritrophic
Tues. April 5: Montana
Atwater, McGuire Center
& UF Department of
Entomology & Nematology:
"The Diversity and Pollination
Ecology of Moths in Florida's
Tues. April 19: Kathy Malone,
IFAS, University of Florida:
"Antarctica: Animal behavior
'on ice' "
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Deborah Matthews and Jacqueline Y. Miller spent
three days at the Centro Zamorano de Biodiversidad
in Honduras working on identifications of Lepidoptera
they collected at Pico Bonito reserve. They also spent
several days collecting in Washington's Wenatchee
National Forest. Akito Y. Kawahara worked in
French Guiana on the moth family Gracillariidae as
part of an international group. The trip included boat
and helicopter travel to reach the remote sampling
locations. Kawahara also conducted fieldwork in
Hawaii, traveling by helicopter to a remote site of Kauai
to collect and sample aquatic and carnivorous moths.
Geoff Gallice conducted field work in the Ecuadorian
Amazon, including Yasuni National Park. Sebastian
Padr6n spent 10 days in the Cordillera del Condor
working on the first butterfly inventories of Ecuador's
Tercera Cordillera. He also collected for several days
in Ecuador's cloud forest. John Heppner worked in
Panama, South Korea and Vietnam this year. During his
tenure at UF, James C. Dunford (Ph.D., entomology
and nematology, 2007) worked on the taxonomy and
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systematics of Speyeria butterflies with the late Lee
Miller serving as his adviser. Now a research associate
of the McGuire Center and Florida State Collection
of Arthropods, Dunford continues to pursue various
Lepidoptera studies, but his professional occupation
is medical entomologist for the United States Navy.
He was recently deployed to Afghanistan, where he
provided support and consultation to all military and
civilian personnel. He held the country's first military
entomology meeting to discuss disease vector control
and improve the Department of Defense integrated
pest management plan. He also trained more than
1,000 secondary, graduate and professional medical and
non-medical Afghanistan residents. Thomas Emmel,
Andrew Warren, J.D. Turner, and Court Whelan
spent two weeks on Isla de Cedros in Baja California,
Mexico. Warren also worked 10 days in the mountains
of Oregon and Washington. Vladimir Lukhtanov
conducted field work in Kazakhstan and Keith
Willmott spent two months exploring remote parts of
1. -"i The McGuire Center received a number of important
collection donations, including those of David L.
Bauer, Clement Baker, Robert Eisele, Dale H. Habeck,
William W McGuire, Paul Milner, Ray Nagle, Floyd
,ith and June Preston, William Swisher, Bruce Walsh, Kent
Wilson and others. Tens of thousands of unit trays
and 20,000 insect drawers were purchased thanks to
the generosity of the McGuire Family Foundation and
an NSF grant, allowing staff to continue curating the
m w- collections. Vladimir Lukhtanov spent six months at
the McGuire Center, making large advances in curating
.MO. Blue butterflies (Lycaenidae). J.D. Turner, who
recently moved to Gainesville to work as a McGuire
S Center research associate, is working full time curating
metalmark butterflies (Riodinidae). Andrew Warren
nearly completed curating Hesperiidae to the species
level. He and other staff members are making large
advances in merging and curating the Pieridae of the
Allyn Museum with other major Pieridae holdings
(including about 90,000 from the Eitschberger
collection). Under the leadership of John Heppner and
Charles Covell, tremendous progress was achieved in
curating moths of all groups. A number of volunteers
are assisting with curatorial processes, especially in
accessioning recent donations. They include Lindsey
Anderson, David Auth, Illan Bubb, Sonal Dolakia,
Amanda Farrell, Joon Kim, Jeff Shapiro, Yanzi Zhang,
Heather Sipe and Ross Whetston.
Volunteer Yanzi Zhang works in the
Andrew Warren collects butterflies
McGuire Center technician Craig Segebarth,
accessions recently donated collections.
Recent McGuire Center graduate
Christian Salcedo, right, works w
residents in Honduras.