Title: Entomology and nematology newsletter
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Title: Entomology and nematology newsletter
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Publisher: Department of Entomology and Nematology, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, University of Florida
Publication Date: December 2003
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December 2003

Faculty News

Dr. Barbra Larson is now working full time
for the IPM Florida program as an assistant
extension scientist, which is a non-tenure
track position whose continuation depends
on funding availability. She is responsible for
IPM reporting, solicitation of external
funding, and development of IPM extension
projects in collaboration with extension
agents and specialists. Her time had been
split for the past year between IPM Florida
and Dr. Howard Frank's bromeliad weevil
project. That project, on which she had
previously worked since 2000, involved
biological control research, public education,
and seed collection of endangered
bromeliads. Dr. Larson graduated from this
department in 1998, working on a research
project on pest management in small-scale
intercropping systems in Guatemala under
Dr. Jerry Stimac. During 1999 she worked
in the Pesticide Information Office writing
crop profiles for USDA.

Dr. RobinGiblin-Davis, nematologist at the
UF/IFAS Ft. Lauderdale REC, was elected
president of the international Society of
Nematologists for 2003-2004. While this
happened earlier this year, the editor didn't
know about it until he read of it in an
industry magazine.

An announcement for a 12-month, tenure-
accruing, faculty position in insect
physiology (50% research and 50% teaching)
at the UF/IFAS Department of Entomology
and Nematology, is available on our Web site
at http://entnemdept.ifas.ufl.edu/. The
position is open until 1 March 2004 and the
anticipated starting date is 1 July 2004.

Post-Doc News

Dr. Lucia Zappala returned to Italy after a
year in Gainesville as a postdoctoral scientist
in Dr. Marjorie Hoy's laboratory. She can be
contacted at zappala@unict.it or Viale
Tirreno 31, 95123, Catania, Italy. We wish
her well in her future endeavors!

New Teaching Lab

As of early December, Jim Nation's old labs
(3117-3118-3119) have been gutted and
workers are now erecting a new wall and
installing ducts. Completion is expected in
early 2004 and the first classes will be
scheduled during the Summer semester.


Cuda JP, Medal JC, Leen R, Johnson MT,
Pedrosa-Macedo JH, Vitorino MD, Wikler
C. 2003. Prospects for using weed biological
control for source reduction of fruit flies
(Diptera: Tephritidae) in Florida and Hawaii,

FLORIDA Entomology and Nematology

IFAS Newsletter

erratum. In VanDriesche RG. (ed.),
Proceedings of the International Symposium
on Biological Control of Arthropods,
Honolulu, Hawaii, 14-18 January 2002.
USDA Forest Service, Morgantown, West
Virginia, FHTET-2003-05, 573 pp.

Fasulo. TR. (2003). Vegetable Insects I -
computer-verifiedn ta unig CEU tutorial.
UF/IFAS. SW-171.

Fasulo. TR. (2003). Vegetable Insects II -
computer-verified tn aunig CEU tutorial.
UF/IFAS. SW-172.

Hamill JE, Liburd OE, Aim SR. 2003.
Comparison of biodegradable, plastic and
wooden insecticde-treated spheres for control
of Rhagoletis mendax (Diptera: Tephritidae)
flies. Florida Entomologist. 86: 206-210.

Hoy MA, Zappala L, Nguyen R.
(November 2003). Citrus leafminer
parasitoid, Semielacherpetiolatus (Girault).
UF/IFAS Featured Creatures. EENY-313.

Liburd OE, Finn EM, Pettit KL, Wise JC.
2003. Response of blueberry maggot fly
(Diptera: Tephritidae) to imidacloprid-treated
spheres and selected classes of insecticides.
Canadian Entomologist 135: 427-438.

Long LS, Cuda JP, Stevens BR. 2003.
Evaluation of the amino acid L-methionine
for control of tobacco hornworm. Arthropod
Management Tests, Vol. 28.

Rich J, Hendley SB. (November 2003).
"Introduction to plant parasitic nematodes
and their management." UF/IFAS

Shabana YM, Cuda JP, Charudattan R.
2003. Evaluation of pathogens as potential
biocontrol agents of hydrilla. Journal of
Phytopathology 151: 1-7.

Thomas MC. (November 2003). Twostriped
walkingstick, Anisomorpha buprestoides
(Stoll). UF/IFAS Featured Creatures,


Roxanne Burrus (Ph.D. student) was
runner-up for combined Sections Cb2
(Apiculture and Social Insects), Cdl
(Behavior and Ecology) and Fb (Urban
Entomology), during the ten-minute student
paper competition at the 2003 ESA Annual
Meeting. Since only a first place winner is
listed that actually means Roxane came in
second. Ms. Burrus says she is thrilled and
feels honored to have represented the
department. John Capinera says the
department is also thrilled as "...this is a
tough national competition and placing is
quite an honor." The title of Roxanne's paper
was "Monomorium pharaonis (L.)
(Hymenoptera: Formicidae) food preferences
of patient-care fluids in hospital
environments." Congratulations!

Pamela Howell, one of our senior word
processors, is an IFAS Division winner of a
Superior Accomplishment award in the
Clerical/Office Support category. During a
reception scheduled for March, she will
receive a check for $200, a certificate and a
set of commemorative coffee mugs. Pam will
then be considered with honorees from other
university divisions in this category for the
University level award. This is a well-
deserved award as Pam sits in her cubicle all

day typing and formatting extension and
research papers and books for many of our
faculty. One of her recent accomplishments
was typing and formatting the entire 2400-
page Encyclopedia of Entomology so it could
be sent to the publishers. If you would like to
be present to congratulate Pam, the award
ceremony is March 25 at 2:00 PM in the
Salon A & E Grand Ballroom, J. Wayne
Reitz Union. Congratulations!

Meetings and Presentations

Rebecca Baldwin presented a paper on "The
toxicity of household cleaners to urban
pests," at the 2003 Entomological Society of
America (ESA) meeting in October.

Lucy Treadwell and Dr. James Cuda
presented a poster on "Effects of defoliation
on growth and fruit production of Brazilian
pepper tree, Schinus terebinthifolius Raddi
(Anacardiaceae)," at the 7th International
Conference on the Ecology and Management
of Alien Plant Invasions (EMAPI) in Fort
Lauderdale, Florida, on 3-7 November, 2003.

Dr. James P. Cuda gave an invited oral
presentation on, "Classical biological control
of Brazilian peppertree (Schinus
terebinthifolius) in Florida: progress and
problems," at the 30th Annual Conference on
Ecosystems Restoration and Creation in
Tampa, Florida, on 30-31 October, 2003.

Dr. James P. Cuda was invited to give an
oral presentation at the 7th EMAPI. The
presentation was, "Potential of UAV
technology for monitoring biocontrol agents
on tree weeds: Brazilian peppertree
feasibility study," and was co-authored by
Dr. Bill Overholt and Lucy Treadwell.

Posters Posted

Announce new posters or other displays in
Building 970. Send authors) and title to
fasulo@ufl.edu. Include location so
interested parties can locate it.

Martin CG, Cuda JP, Awadzi KD, Medal
JC, Habeck DH, Pedrosa-Macedo JH.
"Biology and laboratory rearing of Episimus
utilis (Lepidoptera: Tortricidae), a candidate
for classical biological control of Brazilian
peppertree, Schinus terebinthifolius
(Anacardiaceae), in Florida." Across from

Treadwell LW, Cuda JP. "Effect of
defoliation on growth and fruit production of
Brazilian peppertree, Schinus terebinthfolius
Raddi (Anacardiaceae)." Across from 2105.

Spring Seminar

During Spring Semester 2004, a graduate
seminar will be offered on Symbiosis. It will
be of interest to both entomology and
nematology graduate students. Nematologists
will be interested because exciting research
is going on regarding symbionts of
entomopathogenic nematodes (for example,
the complete genome of Photorhabdus
luminescens was just sequenced). Insects and
symbionts are also in the news for many
reasons. The one-unit seminar (ENY 6932)
will be offered on Tuesdays during eighth
and ninth periods. For more information
please contact Dr. Marjorie Hoy at
mahoy@ifas.ufl.edu or 352-1901, ext. 153. -
Dr. Hoy.

Outreach Activities

Speaking of genomes... Scientists will soon
have access to the entire genetic blueprint of
the red flour beetle. Details are available at
tm. Until then, read the Featured Creatures
file on this pest by Rebecca Baldwin at
flour beetle.htm.


Drs. James P. Cuda and Julio Medal
received $75,000 from the South Florida
Water Management District to continue their
overseas research on classical biological
control of Brazilian peppertree, Schinus
terebinthifolius Raddi (Anacardiaceae).

Drs. James P. Cuda and Julio Medal
received $104,216 from the Florida
Department of Environmental Protection to
continue biological and host range studies on
candidate natural enemies for biological
control of Brazilian peppertree.

Drs. James P. Cuda and Julio Medal
received $24,977 from the USDA CSREES
T-STAR Caribbean program to continue
biological control research on the invasive
strawberry guava, Psidium cattleianum
(Myratceae), for Caribbean fruit fly

Drs. William Overholt and James P. Cuda
received $7,800 from the Center for Natural
Resources, Invasive Plant Research
Program, to investigate using remote sensing
to monitor management of Brazilian
peppertree in central Florida.

On 7 October, Rebecca Baldwin and Justin
Harbison presented a "Fun With Bugs"
afternoon for over 40 students at Windsor
Christian Academy. The children were
entertained with a Bug Zoo, and creepy
cuisine and then sat down to a hands-on
workshop where they made insect nets and
boxes and learned how to curate insects.

On 5 November, undergraduate students
from the University of Central Florida were
treated to a tour of the department. Thanks to
all who made their tour possible: Trevor
Smith, Rebecca Baldwin, Daniel Frank,
Pete Coon and Roi Levin.

On 13 November, Erika Anderson, Justin
Harbison, and Rebecca Baldwin presented
a "What is Bugging Me?" workshop to over
60 students at Friendship Academy in
Keystone Heights. The students learned
about what insects are and how they are
important to us. They also learned about
insect mouthpart adaptations and were
treated to some insect cuisine and had some
fun with the insect petting zoo.

Rebecca Baldwin presented a "Meet the
Bugs" workshop at the Bradford County
Farm City Celebration on November 18.
Over 100 children participated.

Anyone interested in our Insect Outreach
program should contact Justin Harbison at

Entomology Index

Speaking of reaching out... The Entomology
Index of Internet Resources
(http://www.ent.iastate.edu/List/) at Iowa
State is a great place to list your electronic

Beetle Genome

resources in entomology. Webmaster John
Vandyk has made it easy to automatically list
materials. Rebecca Baldwin recently listed
her online course and Thomas Fasulo added
a few of the new Web sites and CDs he
developed. This is where entomologists and
many others usually start when they want to
find an entomological Internet resource.

Linnaean Games

The departmental Linnaean Team will
compete at the ESA Southeastern branch
meeting in February. Please wish them luck
and hurl insect trivia at them as you pass
them in the halls. The members include:
Emily Heffernan (coach), Luis Matos,
Leslie Rios, Shane Hill, Matt Aubuchon,
Rebecca Baldwin (alternate).

Bug Joke

Beelzebug (n.): Satan in the form of a
mosquito that gets into your bedroom at three
in the morning and cannot be cast out.

Arthropod Hoaxes

Speaking of bug jokes... A number of them
make their way around the Internet, and it is
sometimes surprising who believes them. In
addition, entomologists often are bugged by
calls from panic-stricken persons fearing for
their safety. A file (12/04/03) on Pest Alert
covers some of the more recent hoaxes, with
links to sites that can assuage the nervous.

Featured Creatures

The UF/IFAS Department of Entomology
and Nematology and the FDACS Division of
Plant Industry now have over 315 UF/IFAS

publications on the Featured Creatures Web
site at http://creatures.ifas.ufl.edu/, with
more undergoing development. During
November 2003, the Featured Creatures Web
site recorded 103,630 distinct visitors and
192,512 page views.

New text and/or photographs were added to
the files on: land planarians and deer flies.

Home for the Holidays

As a result of new university regulations and
benefits, there will be limited staffing on
campus and at RECs during the period 25
December 1 January. Please ask your
insect, mite and nematode pests to postpone
their depredations until after the holidays.

Newsletter Minutia

Thomas Fasulo is the newsletter editor.
Please send submissions to him at
fasulo@ufl.edu. Issues are published about
the middle of each month. Items for each
month's issue should be sent no later than the
10th of that month.

Printed copies are distributed only within
Building 970. A notice is sent to all those on
the UF-Bugnews-l listserv when HTML and
PDF copies are posted on the newsletter Web
site at http://entnews.ifas.ufl.edu/, which
contains instructions for subscribing and
unsubscribing to the listserv. Andy Koehler
does the coding for the HTML version.

During November 2003, the newsletter Web
site recorded 3,267 distinct visitors and 5,608
page views. The newsletter listserv has 231

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