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03/31/99 Entomology and Nematology News
A University of Florida Publication
But see! A wandering Night-moth enters,
Allured by taper gleaming bright;
Awhile keeps hovering round, then ventures
On Goethe's mystic page to light
Dr. Capinera received the Gamma Sigma Delta "Distinguished Leadership Award of Merit" at the GSD
banquet March 26.
The insect photo salon at the 73rd Annual Meeting of the Southeastern Branch of the Entomological
Society of America in Destin was dominated by the University of Florida. Michael Patnaude took first
and third place and Jason Squitier received second place.
Dr. James Cuda attended the 73rd Annual Meeting of the Southeastern Branch of the Entomological
Society of America in Destin. He provided a summary of his research activities to the subcommit. Cuda
also presented the paper, "Biology of the Phytophagous Midge Cricotopus sp. (Diptera: Chironomidae), a
Natural Enemy of the Aquatic Weed Hydrilla, Hydrilla verticillata (Hydrocharitaceae). The paper was co-
authored by Byron "Pete" Coon and Judy Gillmore.
Dr. James Cuda was invited to present a paper at a Research and Extension Conference hosted by the
IFAS Center for Aquatic and Invasive Plants on 9-10 March. While Cuda was in Brazil, one of the co-
author, Pete Coon, presented the paper, "Potential for Biological Control of the Aquatic Weed Hydrilla by
Cricotopus lebetis (Diptera: Chironomidae), a Stem Tip Mining Midge New to Florida."
Drs. James Cuda, Julio Medal and Dale Habeck travelled to Curitiba, Brazil during the week of March
7th. The purpose of the trip was to coordinate biological control research activities with cooperating
scientists and collect natural enemies of Brazilian peppertree and tropical soda apple for quarantine
Michael Patnaude gave a presentation at the Southeastern Branch of the Entomological Society of
America titled "Geographic information system application for mosquito control".
NEED AN ILLUSTRATOR?
Gainesville welcomes a new resident scientific illustrator, Susan Trammell, from Philadelphia. Susan has
expertise drawing insects, nematodes and other subjects. She can work from specimens under the
microscope, and renders in either pen and ink or carbon dust.
For information about Susan's past work, please contact Drs. Jon Gelhaus or Dan Otte, Academy of
Natural Sciences, or Drs. Gerhard Schad or Francis Ashton, University of Pennsylvania School of
Jane Medley has some brochures and samples of Susan's work in Rm. 1023. You can contact Susan at
Classical Biological Control from Mexico
As part of a project on the biological control of the pepper weevil, Anthonomus eugenii Cano, Dr. Phil
Stansly from the SWREC at Immokalee and Marco Toapanta spent five days in the state of Nayarit,
Mexico searching for parasitoids of this weevil. Dr. Stansly and Marco collected large amounts of pepper
fruits from several varieties which were heavily infested with the pepper weevils in semi-abandoned and
abandoned commercial fields. They are interested in finding Triapis sp., a braconid wasp which has been
reported to have high levels of parasitism in Mexico. All the material collected were returned to the
quarantine facilities at DPI. Dr. D. Schuster from the GCREC at Bradenton provided support and help for
the success of this project.
LARGE, BEARDED MAN
Who is that large, bearded man we have recently seen scurrying around the department. As many of you
already know from years of collaboration, he is Dr. Norm Leppla. He served on our adjunct faculty from
1972 until 1988, when he transferred to Weslaco, Texas to build the USDA, ARS Biological Control of
Pests Research Laboratory and subsequently to the Washington DC area to provide administration for the
USDA, APHIS Methods Development Laboratories and establish the National Biological Control Institute.
For the past two years, Norm has been helping to build a consolidated Central Florida Research and
Education Center, as its director. His primary science and technology passions are insect colonization and
rearing, and augmentation biological control. Consequently, his assignment in the department will
emphasize the implementation of augmentation biological control in integrated pest management for
selected crops in Florida. Ornamental plant and vegetable production in protected culture are the highest
priorities. Please stop by his office in Room 2005 to say hello, as he would like to become more involved
with faculty members and students in the department. He and his wife, Carol, currently live in Mt. Dora
and are in the process of establishing a residence in Gainesville.
Kern, W.H., D.L. Richman, P.G. Koehler, and R.J. Brenner. 1999. Outdoor survival and development
of immature cat fleas (Siphonaptera: Pulicidae) in Florida. Journal of Medical Entomology. 36 (2): 207 -
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Capinera, J.L., (March, 1999). Squash bug Anasa tristis (DeGeer). UF/IFAS Featured Creatures. EENY-
There is an entomology blood drive at 1 4 P.M. on Friday, April 2. Recognition T-shirts will be given to
Well, you can't win them all. Team captain Mary Donohue, Richard Pluke, Clint McFarland, Philip
Lake and Michael Patnaude were able to beat Clemson University but lost to University of Tennessee by
one question. University of Arkansas took the trophy at the Southeastern Branch of the Entomological
Society of America.
SEEP dedication. The Wetlands Club, which has led the development of NATL's Stormwater Ecological
Enhancement Project (SEEP), will dedicate the project and host a community tree planting on Saturday,
April 17. The dedication will take place in the park-like area north of SEEP. Refreshments will be
12:30 Tours of Natural Area Teaching Laboratory (meet at the kiosk)
2:00 Opening Statements and SEEP History
2:10 Acknowledgement of Funding and Participants
2:20 Planting of Dedication Trees
2:45 Community Tree Planting
Successful burn. On March 16, Alan Long, the Austin Cary bum crew, and numerous volunteers burned
NATL's upland pine from Regency Oaks to Gasline Trail. Plans to bum from Gasline Trail to the DPI
compound had to be canceled when temperatures rose and the humidity dropped. If we have a good rain
followed by a cold front, more burning is still possible this spring.
Berm contract let. Site-Tech Construction, the firm that re-contoured the retention pond, was low bidder
on the 34th Street berm: $17,000 to build the berm, $2,000 to mulch and seed it with Bahiagrass. The firm
will also build crosstie barriers to protect a 12-inch longleafpine and a 20-inch southern red oak from
encroachment by the berm. Construction will start in about a month and take about a week.
Soils plan. John Galbraith and Mary Collins of the Soil & Water Science Department have proposed a
"Soil Resources Inventory Plan" that will make NATL a major resource for learning about soils. The plan
includes establishing groundwater monitoring wells, permanent pits to reveal soil profiles, and a GIS
system. The Natural Area Advisory Committee will consider the plan and its implications at its next
Due to the requests Michael Patnaude has received, he has decided to start teaching a group of people how
to use geographic information systems (GIS). Those interested should contact Mike for more details. First
meeting will be at 3 P.M. on Monday May 10. Future meeting times will be determined by those attending.
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Editor: Michael Patnaude
This version of the newsletter is prepared for the Web by Kathryn Jones.
March 1999. Updated May 2003.
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