(Formerly The Florida Buggist)
Official Organ of the Florida Entomological Society
VOL. IV WINTER NUMBER No. 3
NOTES ON SOME FLORIDA WEEVILS
A small collection of Rhyncophora recently identified for the
Department of Entomology of the Experiment Station by Mr.
W. S. Blatchley supplies two new records for Florida and some
new data on distribution within the state, on dates of appear-
ance, and food habits. Most of the systematic collecting in the
state has been done during the winter so that summer records
are rather valuable. The numbers in parenthesis are those in
Blatchley's and Leng's "Rhyncophora of N. E. America."
(34) Araeocerus fasciculatus DeG. The Coffee-Bean Weevil.
Taken from a frosted avocado tree near Tampa; and on the calyx
of a Japanese persimmon from which the fruit had fallen,
Gainesville, May. Probably not the cause of the dropping of the
persimmon. This insect feeds on dried seeds and evidently also
on diseased and dying tissue. It is a serious pest of coffee in
some parts of the West Indies. It is said to have originated in
India but is now apparently thoroly established in Florida.
(127) Epicaerus formidulosus Boh. This is a very common
weevil and one of considerable economic importance. It is com-
mon on cotton plants and has been mistaken for the boll weevil
by a great many farmers, in spite of its larger size and spotted
color pattern. It is sometimes very destructive to young pepper
plants, which it punctures at or a quarter inch below the surface
of the ground. In Nov. 1919 it "ruined a field of peas" at
Leesburg. In Bul. 67, U. S. Bur. Ent., it is said to injure young
tobacco plants. We have taken it also on velvet beans, Ironweed
(Vernonia), yellow jasmine, goldenrod and several other com-
positae, and during every month from April to November. Evi-
dently a quite general feeder. We have no winter records.
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(153) Tanymecus lacaena Hbst. Captured in Gainesville,
eating the leaves of Baccharis.
(177) Eudiogogus rosenschoeldi Fabr. was collected in Oc-
tober near Tampa by Mr. U. C. Zeluff, who writes: "On oak
trees some of which were very heavily infested." This is the
first record of this large handsome weevil from Florida. It also
establishes a new host plant.
(217) Hyperodes crPptops Dietz. Gainesville, April 21. At
"lizard's tail" (Saururus cernuus) in bloom. Said to be scarce.
(258) Derelomus basalis Lec. Said by Blatchley and Leng
to be especially abundant on the dwarf papaw (Asimina parvi-
flora). We have taken it at Gainesville on wild plum in Feb.,
on velvet beans in July, and on blossoms of the button-bush
(411) Tachypterus quadrigibbus Say. The Apple Curculio.
Branford, Fla., on cotton, a new host.
(434) Anthonomus signatus Say. This is the Strawberry
Weevil which is quite a pest in some of the more northern states.
It lays its eggs in the buds and then cuts the stem so that the
bud withers and dies. It does not seem to attack strawberries
in Florida but is abundant in the blossoms of the wild haw
(Crataegus) in March.
(549) Baris splendens Casey. Reported only from thistle
Feb.-April. We have taken it on thistle on Jan. 19, and on
goldenrod, Grindelia, ironweed (Vernonia) and other compo-
sites, July-Sept. All records are from the heads of composites,
evidently its preferred hosts.
(560) Aulobaris ibis Lec. On dog fennell and bee-balm
(Monarda), abundant in October. But also from mayweedd"
and ironweed on July 4. All previous Florida records are in
(575) Centrinus modestus Boh. On goldenrod in Sept.
(577) Centrinus albotectus Casey. Said to be "scarce" at
Sanford in April but abundant here during April and May on
goldenrod, flebane daisy, lizard's tail, blackberry and haw blos-
soms. Evidently a spring insect only. with us, but reported in
July in New Jersey.
(579) Centrinus perscillus Gyll. Schon. Campville, Fla.,
"Feeding on Cotton"; Sanford Aug. 3, 1918, on Cassia sp.
(584) Odontocorynus scutellum-album Say. Common at
Gainesville, on various composites as are most other records.
Evidently a weevil of compositae.
(586) 0. selebrosus Casey. On cotton, a new host plant.
(671) Auleutes cruralis Lee. Taken in a damp meadow
along Hog Town Creek near Gainesville. Apparently the first
record from Florida.
(748) Conotrachelus coronatus Lec. Collected in the same
locality as the last. Described from Enterprise, Fla., and here-
tofore known only from there and Vero.
(760) Chalcodermus collaris Horn. Taken from corn at
Gainesville by H. L. Dozier Aug. 16, 1916, and on cotton at
Branford, Fla., by Mr. J. F. L. Lindsey. Both of these are new
hosts. This species looks like its near relative, the cowpea
pod-weevil, but the surface of the thorax is covered with a net-
work of ridges instead of sunken dots.
J. R. WATSON.
NEW THYSANOPTERA FROM FLORIDA-VIII
J. R. WATSON
(Continued from page 30)
KEY TO NORTH AMERICAN SPECIES OF HETEROTHRIPS
I. Antennae with ten segments-.......---.. ................H. decacornis Crawford.
II. Antennae with nine segments.
a. Without circles of distal sensoria on antennal segment 4.
H. salicis Shull.
aa. Segment 4 of antennae with distal circles of sensoria.
b. At least part of the abdominal tergites bordered with scales
with fringed margins.
c. Abdomen not pubescent.
d. Prothorax twice as long as the head. U. S.
H. arisaemae Hood.
dd. Prothorax not twice as long as head. W. I.
H. borinquen Hood.
cc. Abdomen more or less pubescent.
d. Abdomen sparsely pubescent.
e. Whole antennae more or less yellow. Panama.
H. flavicornis Hood.
ee. Only segment 3 always yellow..........H. lyoniae Hood.
dd. Abdomen more densely pubescent.
e. Prothorax sculptured with anastomoxing lines. West-
ern..-.................... ..........................-H pectinifer Hood.
ee. Prothorax free of sculpture except for a few lines.
(H. azaliae Hood) H. aesculi Watson.
bb. Abdominal tergites fringed posteriorly with hairs which are
not at all coalesced into scales. Abdomen closely pubescent.
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c. Third antennal segment 3.6 times as long as wide.
H. analis Hood.
cc. Antennal segment 3 less than 3 times as long as wide.
d. Length 1.00 mm.; antennal segment 3 61 microns long,
orange tinted----..................................------------H. vitis Hood.
dd. Length .75 mm.; antennal segment 3 48 microns long,
no orange........................... ...... ...............H tiliae n. sp.
69. Euthrips grandioculus, n. sp.
Color almost uniformly brown; tibiae and tarsi lighter brown; posterior
segments of the abdomen darker.
Average measurements: Total body length 1.32 mm. Head, length .122,
width .133 mm.; prothorax, length .13, width .145 mm.; mesothorax, width
.20 mm.; metathorax, width .17 mm.; abdomen, width .20 mm. Antennae,
total length .20 mm.
Segment 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
Length .......... 21 31 39 37 34 33 11 8 12 microns
Width ............ 28 24 17 17 16 17 11 5 4 microns
Head wider than long, rounded in front, cheeks slightly arched, dorsal
surface coursely reticulated posteriorly, spines short and inconspicuous.
Eyes large, protruding, occupying half the length of the head and two thirds
the width. Ocelli sub-approximate, large, bordered with deep orange cres-
cents. Mouth-cone long, reaching nearly across the prosternum, rather
blunt at the very tip which is nearly black. Antennae about 1.6 times as
long as the head, apparently 9-segmented thru an oblique division of seg-
ment 6; Segments 1 and 2 concolorous with the head, 3-5 brownish yellow,
6-9 lighter brown; sense cones rather thick and long but colorless and de-
Prothorax quite square in outline, but little wider than the head and
nearly as long as wide. No prominent spines. Mesothorax wider than the
prothorax; fore angles rounded; sides quite strongly arched. Metathorax
considerably narrower than the mesothorax; sides nearly straight and
parallel. Legs rather short. Stout spines on the inner side of hind tibiae.
Black spot at tip of tarsi less conspicuous than in E. obscurus. Wings
rather short, membranes of the fore pair brown; veins quite prominent,
each one bearing 8 stout bristles. Hind wings nearly clear.
Abdomen quite long, cylindrical. Conspicuous bristles on the last two
Described from five females collected from grass at Moore Haven, Fla.,
June 13, 1920.
Very close to Euthrips obscurus [Anaphothrips striatus (Osborn)] but
differs in its darker color, protruding eyes, longer mouth cone, prothorax
longer and more nearly square in outline (i. e. less rounded at the angles),
shorter legs, mesothorax with less obtusely rounded fore angles, metathorax
not smoothly joined to the mesothorax.
70. Eurythrips longilabris, n. sp.
Female. Measurements: Total body length 1.14 mm.; head, length 0.13
mm;, width 0:14 mm.; prothorax, length 0.13, width across coxae 0.24;
mesothorax, width 0.24; metathorax, greatest width 0.27; abdomen, greatest
width 0.24 mm. Antennae, total length 0.34 mm.
Segment 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Length ...................... 35 42 58 57 52 38 28 28 microns
Width ................-..... 33 28.5 28 27 27 27 21 14 microns
General color light, yellowish brown; head, antennae, and tube darker,
a dark tan color, body under reflected light shows much bright yellow
Head about as long as wide, narrowed in front, vertex elevated and pro-
jecting forward between the bases of the antennae. Cheeks bulging ab-
ruptly behind the eyes, elsewhere nearly straight, diverging slightly pos-
teriorly, roughened by small wart-like swellings which bear short bristles.
Eyes small, occupying a little over a third of the length and two fifths
of the width of the head. Ocelli yellowish brown, very large but incon-
spicuous, anterior one situated far forward between the bases of the an-
tennae, facing forward; posterior pair widely separated, situated opposite
the anterior part of the eyes but far removed from their margins. Post-
ocular bristles long and sharp pointed, projecting far beyond the eyes. Two
pairs of smaller bristles situated posterior to them and a somewhat larger
pair media. Two small ones behind and one in front of each ocellus.
Mouth cone long and slender, sharp-pointed at the tip, reaching quite
across the prosternum. Antennae 2.5 times as long as the head. Segments
large and heavy; 1 and 3 about concolorous with the head; 2 lighter,
brownish yellow; the others darker brown than the head; bristles and
sense cones long and thick but pale.
Prothorax trapezoidal, about as long as the head; widening sharply pos-
teriorly; posterior angles broadly rounded; a long acute spine on each
angle, subequal in length; and one about the middle of each side.
Mesothorax about as wide as prothorax, a slight constriction in the
middle; closely united to the metathorax whose sides are straight and
parallel. Legs of medium length, fore femora slightly enlarged; fore tarsi
with a small, sharp spine. Wings short, membrane brown, fringed with
long but comparatively few hairs.
Abdomen rather short but longer than in some of the species of the
genus, sides nearly parallel to the 8th segment and then abruptly rounded;
lateral bristles rather short, pale. Tube very short; terminal bristles
scarcely as long as the tube.
Described from a single female taken about a light at night. August,
1920, Gainesville. Type in the author's collection.
This species agrees with E. hindsi Morgan in the roughened antennal
segments, acute spines, and narrower body, but differs in color, long mouth
parts, presence of wings and ocelli, and numerous minor characters.
KEY TO THE SPECIES OF EURYTHRIPS
a. Mouth cone short and blunt; spines of the body blunt.
b. Width of the abdomen about 1.7 that of the prothorax; antennae
twice as long as the head...............................- E. ampliventris Hinds.
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bb. Abdomen about 1.25 times as wide as prothorax; antennae about
2.5 times as long as the head.....---------..................... E. osborni Hinds.
aa. Mouth cone sharp-pointed at the tip; spines of the body acute.
b. Mouth cone reaching only middle of prosternum....E. hindsi Morgan.
bb. Mouth cone reaching across the prosternum.......E. longilabris, n. sp.
KEY TO N. A. SPECIES OF HAPLOTHRIPS
I. Post-ocular spines small or wanting. Antennae almost uniformly
brown except segment 3 and base of 4 which are light brown.
a. Brown, with reddish, hypodermal pigment. Wing membrane brown
for half its length. Tarsal spine large.............H. statices Haliday.
aa. Brown with black hypodermal pigment. Wing membrane brown at
extreme base only. Tarsal spine inconspicuous. H. cassiae Watson.
II. Post-ocular bristles well developed.
a. Post-ocular bristles and most of those of the thorax knobbed.
b. Sides of the head set with minute bristles, surface roughened;
fore tarsi with a large tooth; 10 to 12 accessory hairs on the
fore wings... .....................--------.............H. flavipes Jones.
bb. Sides of head with few inconspicuous bristles.
c. Eyes produced posteriorly on the ventral side. Wings nor-
d. Head faintly sculptured; no interlocated hairs on fore
wings; tibiae brown.................H. bellus Hood and William.
dd. 3 or 4 interlocated hairs; head almost free of sculpture;
tibiae pale yellow---............................. H. tibialis Hood.
cc. Eyes not produced posteriorly.
d. No interlocated hairs; wings only half the length of the
abdomen -...--...............---- ...................... H. gracilis W atson.
dd. 4 to 7 interlocated hairs; wings normal length.
e. Post-ocular bristles short: -........ H. Dozieri Wats.
ee. Post-ocular bristles long.
f. Head wider p6steriorly; tibiae brown.
g. Head about as long as wide; sides of prothorax
bulging...........--------------...... ......H. gowdeyi Franklin.
gg. Head longer than wide; sides of prothorax concave.
H. merrilli Watson (20-b)
ff. Head narrower posteriorly; tibiae yellow.
H. funki Watson.
aa. Post-ocular bristles not knobbed.
b. Apex of femora with small anteriorly directed tooth within.
c. Antennae uniformly dark brown; terminal bristles shorter
than the tube.......-H..H. jonesi Karny (H. nigricornis Jones).
cc. Antennal segment 3 brownish yellow; terminal bristles longer
than the tube.............----------..................H. haplophilus Hood.
bb. Apex of femora toothless.
c. Wings clear except a brownish area at base.
d. Antennae twice as long as head, usual sense cones present
on segment 3.
e. Bristles of the anterior and posterior margins of pro-
thorax about equal.
f. Ant6nnal segments 3-6 bright yellow; abdominal spines
(except those of the tube) slender and faint; pro-
thorax about 1.5 times as wide as long.
H. verbasci (Osborn)
ff. Antennal segments 3-6 light brown or yellow; abdom-
inal spines stout and conspicuous; prothorax about
twice as wide as long.........H. variabilis (Crawford).
ee. Bristles of the anterior margin of the prothorax much
f. No interlocated hairs on wing.--......H. malifloris Hood.
ff. About 20 interlocated hairs.
H. orlando Watson and Osborn.
dd. Antennae less than twice the length of the head.
e. No sense cones on the inner surface of segment 3.
f. Prothorax less than twice as wide as long.
g. Only antennal segment 3 entirely yellow or brown-
h. Antennal segment 3 shorter than 2.
H. graminis Hood.
hh. Antennal segment 3 longer than 2.
H. pini (Watson) (Cryptothrips pini Wats.)
ff. Prothorax nearly or quite twice as wide as long.
g. Antennal segments 3-6 yellow, 3 longer than 2.
H. faurei Hood.
gg. Only antennal segment 3 yellow, shorter than 2.
H. humilis Hood.
ee. Sense cones present on segment 3...............H. querci Wats.
cc. Wings clouded with gray with a nearly black area at the base
and a paler one just before the middle, 2 interlocated hairs.
H. nubilipennis Hood.
CALLING US NAMES
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A FOOD PLANT OF LANGURIA DISCOIDEA Lee.
The beetles of the family Erotylidae are known as "The Pleas-
ing Fungus Beetles." They are mostly slender, in shape re-
sembling the click beetles but usually taper conspicuously toward
the posterior end and, instead of the sober uniform colors of
those beetles, these are most prettily and tastefully colored in
striking patterns of red and black, a red thorax and black elatra
or the reverse. Striking, but trim and elegant, never with gaudy
or harlequin color patterns, they are indeed "pleasing" to the
eye, quite "chic" in fact. It would seem that they should be an
ornament to any sago palm; but at least one nurseryman cannot
see it that way.
The family is well represented in the tropics and numbers
1800 species but only 50 of them are found in North America.
Most of these beetles live in fleshy fungi into which they bore
but those of the genus Languria feed on plants and are often
found visiting flowers. Tho one species, L. mozardi, is known
as the Clover-Stem Borer, from its habit of boring into the stems
of clover to which it is sometimes very destructive, their habits,
especially those of the larvae, are not well known, generally
speaking. This seems to be true of L. discoidea Lec., so the
following observation by Mr. John Beach, the well-known nur-
seryman of West Palm Beach, is a real contribution to our
knowledge of the species:
"It lives on the sago palms and eats the young shoots. It also
nips the old leaves to some extent, and when the plant is touched
drops into the bud. I have known them for twenty years on the
sagos and have seen them ruin a fine lot of sagos at the Craigin
place but it took them four years to do it. After covering all
the sagos they attacked and killed the buds of Washingtonias,
Arecas, Kentias, Phoenix, and Pandanus. I killed them by dust-
ing powdered pyrethrum into the buds."
It would be interesting to know if the larvae also feed on the
REPORTS OF MEETINGS OF THE FLORIDA ENTOMOLOGI-
Sept. 27, 1920. The Society met in Language Hall at 4:30,
President Merrill in the chair. The following members were
present: Merrill, Chaffin, Stirling, Davis, Reese, Fattig, Wat-
son, Berger, Stone, Montgomery.
Letters were read from U. C. Loftin, Tucson, Ariz., and H. B.
Loding, Mobile, Ala. Mr. Loding suggested the use of a weak
solution of cyanide in the Loftin mosquito traps. In the dis-
cussion which followed the consensus of opinion was that such
a procedure would be dangerous for general use.
The paper of the evening on "Diseases of Bees" was given by
C. A. Reese. He gave a brief but comprehensive statement of
the diseases of honey bees and their treatment. (This infor-
mation will appear in The Florida Grower.)
Under the heading of Brief and Timely Notes, Mr. Stirling
called attention to the meeting of the state beekeepers which
would be held in Gainesville on Oct. 6. Professor Watson pre-
sented a chart showing the relation of the winter weather to the
abundance of the Velvet Bean Caterpillar the following season.
It appears that very severe frosts cause the extermination of
the insects and results in smaller numbers and later arrival the
following season. The milder frosts during the past two years
have resulted in an increasing amount of injury.
Mrs. S. F. Richmond of Loughman, Fla., and Miss Stella Brod-
nax of Jacksonville were elected to membership in the Society.
Oct. 25, 1920. The Society met in Language Hall at 4:30.
Mr. H. P. Loding, proprietor of The Gem Floral Garden, Mobile,
Ala., and Professor R. W. Harned, Agric. Coll., Miss., were
The paper of the evening was given by Dr. Montgomery on
the Mexican Bean Beetle which has recently obtained a foothold
in Alabama. The speaker called attention to the severe damage
inflicted by this insect on beans and cowpeas and the freedom
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of velvet beans from attack, and the danger of its ultimately
reaching Florida. In the discussion that followed Professor
Watson stressed the point that the name "bean" as applied to
the velvet bean was more or less of a misnomer, that the plant
was not very closely related to the true beans and that there
are comparatively few insect pests common to the two, so that
it is not surprising that the Mexican Bean Beetle does not attack
velvet beans. A motion was passed that a committee of three,
of whom the Secretary be one, be appointed to prepare resolu-
tions pointing out the danger to Florida from this beetle and
urging that growers refrain from securing forage from the
Under Brief and Timely Notes, Professor Watson read a letter
from a physician at Hawthorn, Fla., reporting on two cases of
poisoning by the bite of the "Black Widow" spider. Both
showed extreme symptoms of nervous and gastric disturbances.
The latter were so pronounced that when one of the patients
was rushed to a hospital in Jacksonville he was at once operated
on for appendicitis.
J. H. MONTGOMERY, Sec'y.
iNov. 29, 1920. The Society met in Language Hall at 4:30
p. m. with President Merrill in the chair. Dr. O. F. Burger, the
new Plant Pathologist at the Experiment Station, was elected to
membership. A letter from the President of the Am. Ass. Econ.
Ent. addressed to President Merrill requesting that a represen-
tative of the Society be appointed to attend the Chicago meeting
of the Association in December was read. The President ap-
pointed Mr. F. M. O'Byrne as our representative at the above
The subject of the evening's program was "A Discussion of
Dr. Pierce's Lectures on Entomology" which was led by Dr. E.
Under Brief and Timely Notes Prof. Watson spoke of the
introduction of a mite from Canada which was parasitic on the
Oyster-shell Scale and the advisability of determining if this
mite would work on the closely related Purple Scale. On account
of the small number of members who would be in Gainesville
during the last week of December it was decided to have no
meeting at that time.
FRANK STIRLING, Secretary pro tem.
RECENT PUBLICATIONS OF' INTEREST TO FLORIDA
"Fumigation of Citrus Plants with Hydrocyanic Acid: Con-
ditions Influencing Injury" by R. S. Woglum. U. S. D. A. Bul.
"The Black Fly of Citrus and Other Subtropical Plants" Dietz
and Zetek. U. S. D. A. Bul. 885.
"Cotton Boll Weevil Control by the Use of Poison," B. R.
Coad. U. S. D. A. Bul. 875.
"Results of Experiments with Substances Against Chicken
Lice and the Dog Flea," W. S. Abbott. U. S. D. A. Bul. 888.
The author recommends good, fresh pyrethrum powder for both
pests and sodium fluorid and mercurial ointment for chicken lice.
"The Beet Leaf-Beetle" (Monoxia puncticollis Say), Chitten-
den and Marsh. U. S. D. A. Bul. 892. Florida is included in
the range of this beetle but it does little damage here.
"The Pear Borer" (Aegeria pyri Harris), F. E. Brooks. U. S.
D. A. Bul. 887. Evidently the author did not consult Grossbeck's
List of the Lepidoptera of Florida in outlining the insect's dis-
tribution as he omits Florida from the list.
Farmers' Bulletin 1148 on "Cowpea Culture and Varieties"
has a section on the "Insect Enemies of the Cowpea," "prepared
with the advice and cooperation of E. A. Back." This deals
mostly with the seed weevils. The most troublesome of all the
insect enemies of cowpeas in our section and the limiting factor
in their cultivation for seed production, the Pod Weevil (Chalco-
dermus aeneus) is not even mentioned.
Farmers' Bul. 1102, "The Crow in its Relation to Agricul-
ture." The author's conclusion is: "The influence of the race
as a whole for good and harm appears to be about equal." This
has reference to the "common crow" of most of the U. S. The
most common crow in at least the central part of Florida is not
this species but the Fish Crow. This does not seem to trouble
sprouting corn or chickens to any extent.
Farmers' Bul. 1122 is on "Citrus Fruit Growing in the Gulf
States" by E. D. Vosbury. It contains the spray schedule.
S"Orthoptera of N. E. America" by W. S. Blatchley (Nature
Publishing Co., Indianapolis, Ind.) is the last word on this group
of insects. It is a large and complete book of 784 pages, with
very full descriptions and notes on habits, distribution, food and
life history of all our species. It contains about 250 illustrations.
It is invaluable to students of this order of insects.
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Dean P. H. Rolfs, for the past 15 years Director of the Flor-
ida Agricultural Experiment Station and a charter member of
our Society, has been granted a four years' leave of absence to
found and conduct an agricultural institution in the state of
Minas Geraes, Brazil. He sails from New York on Jan. 19. At
a special convocation on December 22 the University conferred
the degree of Doctor of Science on Dean Rolfs.
Professor Herbert Osborn of Ohio State University is ex-
pected in Gainesville about Jan. 15. He will spend several
weeks in the state collecting jassids.
Mr. W. S. Blatchley has arrived at his winter home in Dun-
edin. He is planning a two weeks' collecting trip to Paradise
Key and extreme southern Florida some time in February.
Mr. A. H. Beyer, who is now engaged in the Corn Borer
Laboratory of the U. S. Bur. of Ent. at Arlington, Mass., is
spending a ten days' vacation with his father at Lakeland.
According to the Jour. of Econ. Ent., John B. Gill, who has
been in charge of the Pecan Insects investigations for the U. S.
Bur. of Ent. at Monticello, Fla., has been transferred to Brown-
Plant Commissioner Newell, Dr. Montgomery, F. M. O'Byrne,
and Frank Stirling are in attendance upon the meetings of the
Amer. Ass. of Economic Entomologists at Chicago.
Miss Evelyn Osborn is now Professor of Entomology in the
Agricultural College of Syracuse University.
Mr. H. L. Dozier, formerly Assistant in the Department of
Entomology of the Experiment Station and now with the Miss.
State Plant Board, stopped over in Gainesville recently.
Announcements are out of the marriage of Mr. U. C. Loftin
to Miss Mae M. Lebeuf of New Orleans. At home after Jan.
15th, at Tlahualilo, Durango, Mexico.
Dr. Wilmon Newell, Plant Commissioner, and retiring Presi-
dent of the American Association of Economic Entomologists,
was elected to the committee on Policy of the Association at its
Chicago meeting, December 29-31, 1920. The Committee subse-
quently selected Dr. Newell as its Chairman.
Messrs. C. H. Popenoe and J. E. Graf, in charge of the sweet
potato weevil eradication work in the South, are expected at
Gainesville about February first, and will make a tour of the
State in connection with this work.
Dr. W. A. Orton, member of the Federal Horticultural Board,
Washington, D. C., will make a trip to Florida in January for the
purpose of inspecting the various lines of work conducted under
the auspices of the Federal Horticultural Board. Dr. Orton will
pay special attention to the port quarantine work being carried
on by the State Plant Board in collaboration with the Federal
Dr. Newell, Dr. Montgomery, Messrs. O'Byrne and Warner
were in attendance at the hearing in Washington, D. C., before
the Horticultural Board on December 20th, to consider the im-
position of a quarantine or regulative measures intended to pre-
vent the introduction of the Black-Fly into this country and
particularly Florida. The Board will announce its decision in
January. It is confidently expected that proper safeguards will
In December, Mr. L. R. Warner, Assistant Quarantine In-
spector for the Plant Board at Key West, Fla., visited Cuba and
the Bahamas collecting information on the Black-Fly.
Mr. George B. Merrill, Assistant Entomologist of the State
Plant Board, Gainesville, Fla., has been advanced from the grade
of Associate Member to that of Active Member in the American
Association of Economic Entomologists. The honor was con-
ferred upon Mr. Merrill in recognition of his work.
THE HABIT OF HORSE FLIES CHASING AUTOMOBILES
In the Review of Applied Entomology, VIII-B-6, p. 110, occurs
a review of "A Contribution to Knowledge of the Tabanidae of
Palestine", by Maj. E. E. Austin, in which occurs this statement;
"Attention is directed to the pursuit of a fast traveling motor
car by two species. This habit does not seem to have been pre-
viously recorded, though in Africa the attraction for Glossina
of moving vehicles or animals has been noticed on more than
one occasion." The phenomenon of Tabanids pursuing auto-
mobiles is often noticed here in Florida. Doubtless it is a man-
ifestation of the primitive instinct of the chase common to those
predaceous animals that pursue their prey. The Business Man-
ager also states that, some years ago, he captured at one time,
several dozen Tabanids trapt back of an open door at the rear
of a coach, on a north-bound Florida East Coast Railway train
that he boarded at Titusville, Fla. Had these flies mistaken
the railway train for a big animal?
THE FLORIDA ENTOMOLOGIST
DR. NEWELL DEAN OIF AGRICULTURE
As we go to press the announcement is made that the Board
of Control at their last meeting placed Dr. Wilmon Newell in
charge of the Agricultural College, Experiment Station and Ag-
ricultural Extension as well as the Plant Board. This places all
of the agricultural activities on the campus under one head, thus
ensuring perfect cooperation between the different departments.
Mr. A. H. Beyer has resigned from the Bureau of U. S. Ento-
mology to take up the work of assistant in the Departments of
Plant Pathology and Entomology in the Experiment Station.
A JAPANESE ORANGE FRUIT FLY
In a Bulletin of Imperial Agric. Central Experiment Station
T. Miyake describes a serious orange fruit fly, thus reminding
us of one of Florida's advantages. Florida, California and some
of the West Indies are the only citrus sections on earth which
have no fruit flies-no worms in their oranges.
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