Permanent Link: http://ufdc.ufl.edu/IR00003050/00001
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Title: Insect Identification Form
Physical Description: Fact Sheet
Creator: Ruppert, Paul F.
Publisher: University of Florida Cooperative Extension Service, Institute of Food and Agriculture Sciences, EDIS
Place of Publication: Gainesville, Fla.
Publication Date: 2006
Acquisition: Collected for University of Florida's Institutional Repository by the UFIR Self-Submittal tool. Submitted by Melanie Mercer.
Publication Status: Published
General Note: "Date first printed: October 1998. Revised: November 2006."
General Note: "RF-SR022"
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Source Institution: University of Florida Institutional Repository
Holding Location: University of Florida
Rights Management: All rights reserved by the submitter.
System ID: IR00003050:00001

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RFSR022 Insect Identification Form 1 P.F. Ruppert and L.J. Buss2 1. This document is RF-SR022 (SR022), one of a series of the Department of Entomology and Nematology, Florida Cooperative Extension Service, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, University of Florida. Date first printed: October 1998. Revised: November 2006. Please visit the EDIS Web site at http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu. 2. P.F. Ruppert, biologist, and L.J. Buss, senior biological scientist, Cooperative Extension Service, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, University of Florida, Gainesville, 32611. The Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS) is an Equal Opportunity Institution authorized to provide research, educational information and other services only to individuals and institutions that function with non-discrimination with respect to race, creed, color, religion, age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, national origin, political opinions or affiliations. U.S. Department of Agriculture, Cooperative Extension Service, University of Florida, IFAS, Florida A. & M. University Cooperative Extension Program, and Boards of County Commissioners Cooperating. Larry Arrington, Dean The Insect Identification Form (SR022) is the form that must accompany samples submitted to the UF/IFAS Insect Identification Service. The Insect Identification Form is available in printable form through the EDIS Web site. The form gives details about how to collect samples and what analyses will be performed. Please see Insect Identification Service (SR010) for more information.


Instructions for Submitting Insects for Id entification This form provides the necessary information for collec tion and preservation of insects. Your local County Extension office should have the materials for submission of samples. The manner in which insects are collected, preserved, and submitted ensure a proper i dentification in a timely and efficient way. Materials for Submission of Samples Include: An Insect Identification Form, ma iling tube, a vial, and a zip lock bag. Submitting samples: 1. Fill out the form with as mu ch information as possible. Write in pencil or permanent ink that will resist smearing in case the form gets wet. 2. For each sample, enclose an $8.00 check or money order made payable to University of Florida Results will not be sent to you unless the fee is paid. 3. Within the zip lock bag, place the information sheet and payment. The zip lock bag will protect the paperwork from damage if the vial breaks or the alcohol leaks out of the vial. 4. Place your specimens in the vial and fill with alcohol, su ch as rubbing (isopropyl) alcohol. The alcohol preserves the insect so it will not decay. Screw the cap onto the vial tightly to prevent leaking and sample damage 5. Put the zip lock bag and the insect specimen inside a mailing tube or sturdy box. Be sure that your name appears on the Insect Identification Form, and on the check or money order. 6. Mail, ship, or deliver samples to the laboratory as quickly as possible The mailing address is printed on the Insect Identification Form. To inquire about samples, call (352) 392-1901, ext. 190, from 8:00 AM 5:00 PM, Monday through Friday, or send e-mail to LJBuss@ifas.ufl.edu. Services: We will identify the specimen or notify the sender about its status within 14 days. When necessary, the sample will be forwarded to a specialist. Depending upon the sample and where it will need to be routed, additional time for identification by the specialist may be required. Collection: Small insects can be collected using a Q-tip or a camels hair brush dipped in alcohol. Its a good idea to record facts about the specimens when collected so that this in formation can be forwarded on the Insect Identification Form along with the sample. Send more than one specimen of its kind in the vial, particularly if it is ants or termites or some other pest which can be obtained in high numbers in a single incidence. If the specimen is mutilated, find a better sample to send. Preservation: After the insects are collected, they must be quickly killed to avoid damage. Most insects can also be killed by placing them in a vial containing 70% alcohol (common r ubbing alcohol), or by freezing. Beetles, true bugs, bees, wasps, ants, spiders, and aquatic insects should be preserved in alcohol. Most larvae, especially white grubs and caterpillars, should be killed in boiling water to prevent darkeni ng of the tissues after they are placed in alcohol. Drop the living larva into the boiling water and let it remain until t he water cools. After removing the specimen from the water, pat it with a paper towel to remove the excess water, and transfer the larva into alcohol. Some insects like moths can be identified best from dry sp ecimens. Kill them by freezing. Carefully placing dead moths or butterflies within a layer of wax paper will protec t the wings. Then put them in an envelope inside the mailing tube provided with the kit. Galls and damaged plant material can be carefully wrapped in soft tissue and submitted. Do not apply scotch tape directly to a specimen or crush the insect and mail it in an envelope.


Insect Identification Form FEE: $8.00 per sample make check payable to University of Florida Date collected: County: Extension Agent: Date sent: Submitted by: Collection address (if different): Name Company Address City/Zip E-mail How would you like to receive the report? Phone No. ____ e-mail (preferred) Fax No. ____ fax ____ phone ____ mail HOUSEHOLD HUMAN / ANIMAL PLANTS Structural Humans Field Crop Greenhouse Bathroom Livestock Turf Ornamentals Bedroom Poultry Vegetables Pasture Kitchen / Pantry Pets Forest / Shade Fruit Family / Living room Facilities Garage Other: Plant name : Patio / Screened area % of plants infested: Other: Type of Problem Animal irritation Parts where insect located Symptoms Stored Products Neighbor complaints Leaves Die back Kitchen / Pantry Disease Growing tips Leaf discoloration Other: Wounds Buds Leaf drop Other: Blossoms Tip burn Type of Damage Fruit / Nuts / Seeds Fruit damage Annoyance Stem / Trunk Abnormal growth Wood damage Branches / Twigs Galls Fabric / Textile Roots Stunting Food damage Tuber / Bulbs Slow decline Biting / Stinging Sudden collapse Other: Other: ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ABOUT SAMPLE: PRIORITY: Routine Urgent (if urgent, explain why) INFORMATION REQUESTED: ____ mainly control information needed ____ species identification ____ other (please explain) Send sample to: Lyle Buss Insect ID Lab Entomology and Nematology Dept., Bldg. 970 University of Florida, P.O. Box 110620 Gainesville, FL 32611-0620