Title: Entomology and nematology newsletter
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February 2004

Faculty News

It seems that some people just don't know
how to relax. Take Dr. James Nation for
instance. He served over 30 years as an
insect physiologist in our department with
research and teaching responsibilities. Just
when it seemed he would start taking it easy,
with a well-deserved retirement last year, he
volunteered to become the editor of the
Florida Entomologist and assumed those
duties effective January 1, 2004.

Dr. Marjorie Hoy reported that inquiries for
the Insect Physiologist position are coming
in and some look very promising. The
deadline for applications is March 1.

As of the end of January, all three final
candidates for the Insect Toxicologist
position were interviewed and the faculty
will soon vote on whom to select.

Dr. Jim Maruniak reported that the two
candidates for the Assistant/Associate
Professor position at Vero Beach will give a
seminar on campus and meet with the
faculty. Dr. Kevin M. Myles was here on
February 3rd, and Dr. Christopher Mores
will speak on February 20th. While we will
provide some input, the faculty at the
UF/IFAS Medical Entomology Lab at Vero
Beach will make the final decision.

Dr. Skip Choate reported on the applications
for the Lepidoptera Curator position and
stated that the closing date is March 1. This
individual will be housed in the new
Lepidoptera building which is nearing
completion and be a staff member of the
Museum of Natural History.

McGuire Center Nears Completion

On the skyline about a thousand feet west of
the Department of Entomology and
Nematology appears the distinctive new
silhouette of McGuire Hall, the
soon-to-be-occupied home of the McGuire
Center for Lepidoptera and Environmental
Research. The 46,000 square-foot (sf)
building complex is wrapped around the
north and west sides of Powell Hall, the
public exhibit facility of the Florida Museum
of Natural History, in the heart of the
University's Cultural Plaza.

Most obvious in view from the east or north
is the Vivarium, or Butterfly Rainforest, a
huge screen and glass enclosure of 6,400 sf
which will shortly (late February-March) be
planted in subtropical and tropical trees,
shrubs, and other perennials and will support
a living assemblage of some 2,000 butterflies
by late spring. The Vivarium will serve both
a research and public education function.
Scientific studies of flight behavior,
territoriality, courtship, mating, etc., can be

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conducted within its 65-foot height. The
general public will be able to walk through it
and begin to read a series of exhibit panels,
scattered along its 400-foot trail, which will
feature scientific information about
Lepidoptera as well as rainforests. Six
waterfalls and five streams will cascade into
a central pond, while 200 fog nozzles will
add humidity and warmth during the winter,
along with climate control by radiant heating
and recirculated air from adjacent McGuire

Within McGuire Hall will be over 7,000 sf of
public exhibit space and four large
laboratories (Molecular Genetics, Scanning
Electron Microscopy, Image Analysis &
Optical Microscopy, and Specimen
Preparation) with window views into them
from the public Hall of Human Culture and
Lepidoptera. The other major public hall will
feature a spectacular Wall of Wings some 22
feet high and 200 feet long, with over 350
Cornell cases of high-resolution scanned
specimens above and actual Lepidoptera
specimens at eye level, plus numerous
embedded information panels, three plasma
screens of video imagery. and an opposite
World of Wings wall featuring 12 to 14 story
panels on the ways in which Lepidoptera are
contributing to research efforts in
entomology worldwide.

In the principal part of the building, over
39,000 sf of research and collection space are
devoted to three 4,000 sf adult specimen
collection rooms (on three floors), many
laboratories and offices for 12 faculty and
curators and two collection managers, an
immature-specimen collection room, a
25,000 volume library room, a large
Conference Room with adjacent kitchen, a
Bioacoustics and Sensory Analytical
Laboratory, a Physiology Laboratory, and

various support facilities, such as a 12 x 18
foot cryofreezer room to treat incoming
collections, preserve tissue samples, etc. A
1,000 sf glass greenhouse and a large
cubicle-divided screenhouse are being
constructed at the south end of the building,
and a service road/walkway is being
completed to provide ready access from the
Doyle Conner Building area.

Each collection room is built as a
windowless vault and can be totally isolated
from the rest of the building; each has its
own a/c and heating system. A large
emergency generator can supply power to the
whole complex.

Eight entomology faculty working with
Lepidoptera subjects, graduate students,
and/or techniques that are highly useful in
Lepidoptera research are presently planned
for office space and/or laboratory space in
McGuire Hall. Graduate students from
Entomology, Zoology, Wildlife Ecology,
Latin American Studies and other units who
plan to work with Lepidoptera will have the
opportunity to utilize space in McGuire Hall
as well. We estimate that 24 to 40 graduate
students will ultimately be utilizing facilities
in McGuire Hall at any one time. All
entomology and nematology faculty,
graduate students and undergraduate students
who may wish to avail themselves of these
new support facilities such as the Library,
two SEMs, or other equipment will be most
welcome to discuss their needs with Dr. Tom
Emmel, the Center's Director, at any time. A
918 sf Multipurpose Laboratory room will be
used to teach courses in such areas as
biology of Lepidoptera, systematics, and
conservation biology.

The certificate of occupancy is expected in
mid March and we will be moving in during
the rest of Spring 2004 (and probably into the
summer). Collections, equipment, library
materials, and offices will be moved from
more than a dozen present scattered
locations, including the entire Allyn
Museum of Entomology from Sarasota,
Florida, so our projected general public
opening date is August 1st. A more formal
Dedication and Grand Opening is tentatively
scheduled for October 8th, and all
entomology and nematology personnel will
receive invitations when we know the date
for certain.

In the meantime, an Entomology and
Nematology Student Organization
(ENSO)-organized graduate student tour is
being organized by ENSO officers, and
informal faculty-staff groups of any size (up
to 12 people) are welcome to arrange a
convenient time for a tour of the building by
contacting Tom Emmel or James Schlachta
at 392-5894 at the Endangered Species
Laboratory building. (The only limitation on
group size is the number of hard hats we can
supply at one time!)

The McGuire Center and these new facilities
promise to provide an exciting new addition
towards both logistical and financial support
for faculty and graduate students in our
Department of Entomology and Nematology,
and we look forward to the opportunity to
show you what is available both now and
after the construction is finished. Thomas
C. Emmel

New Teaching Lab

As of early February, it appears that the
electrical, water and a/c and heating duct
work is mostly completed. Workers are now

adding cabinets and other furniture items in
the construction phase of the renovation of
Dr. Jim Nation's research labs
(3117-3118-3119) to a teaching lab..


Baldwin R, Fasulo TR. (June 2003). Red
flour beetle, Tribolium castaneum (Herbst),
and confused flour beetle, Tribolium
confusum Jacquelin du Val. UF/IFAS
Featured Creatures. EENY-289.
flour beetle.htm

Buss EA. (December 2003). Sugarcane grub,
Tomarus subtropicus Blatchley. UF/IFAS
Featured Creatures. EENY-318.

Diaz R, Overholt WA, Cuda JP. 2003.
Wetland weeds: West Indian marsh grass.
Aquatics 25: 8-12.

Dixon WN. (January 2004). Pine sawflies,
Neodiprion spp. UF/IFAS Featured
Creatures. EENY-317.

Sarzynski EM, Liburd OE. 2003.
Techniques for monitoring cranberry
tipworm (Diptera: Cecidomyiidae) in
rabbiteye and southern highbush blueberries.
Journal of Economic Entomology 96: (6)


Six staff members were selected to receive
Bonus Awards from Provost and IFAS funds.
Those selected to receive a one-time award
of $500 were Debbie Hall, Raquel

McTiernan, Kathy Milne, Khuong
Nguyen, Nancy Sanders and Frank Woods.
Congratulations to all of them! The Bonus
Award Committee stated that it was very
difficult to decide who would receive these
awards. They suggested that this award be
given on a regular basis and not just once in
a while. Dr. John Capinera stated that we
previously set aside funds from our budget
for this purpose, but currently lack the funds
to do this. If faculty wish to contribute to a
pool to award staff for their hard work, this
could be arranged.

Debbie Hall reports that the following
students were nominated by our Graduate
Committee for the IFAS Thesis and
Dissertation Award of Excellence 2003.
While we certainly hope they win this award,
just being selected, from all those who
received their degrees in 2003, to represent
our department is in itself an honor. M.S.
level Erin Finn, under the direction of Dr.
Oscar Liburd. Ph.D. level Matthew
Messenger, under the direction of Dr.
Nan-Yao Su. Ms. Finn is now attending
medical school in Michigan, while Dr.
Messenger returned to his position with the
City of New Orleans Mosquito and Control

Meetings and Presentations

The department is once again staffing its
booth at the Florida State Fair, held in Tampa
during February 5-16, as part of a larger
display called "Insect Encounters." The
building comprises displays and personnel
from the USDA, FDACS-Division of Plant
Industry and the Florida Mosquito
Association. Dr. John Capinera stated that
Fair officials ask the department to have a
booth every year and this is a great
opportunity to interface with the public and

let them know what we are doing. Faculty,
staff and students who volunteer for booth
duty can also take their families. In the past,
staff who volunteered enjoyed their stay at
the fair. People often team up for the same
day so each can take a few hours to enjoy the
Fair. So don't forget to visit the Nubian goats
in the agriculture building.

Dr. Susan Webb, and graduate students
Shubin Saha and Daniel Frank, presented a
Vegetable Insect Identification Workshop at
the Southern Sustainable Agriculture
Working Group (SSAWG) meeting on
January 24th at the Paramount Resort in
Gainesville. Approximately 60 people
attended the mostly hands-on session and had
a great time. Thanks to everyone who
provided live insects: sweetpotato weevils
and beet armyworms from Dak Seal's lab,
southern mole crickets from Howard
Frank's lab, leafminers and mites from
Marjorie Hoy's lab, cabbage loopers and
diamondback moth larvae from Gary
Leibee's lab, tomato pinworms and a pepper
weevil parasitoid from Dave Schuster's lab,
pepper weevils from Esteban Rodriguez,
and silverleafwhiteflies, a whitefly
parasitoid, and cucumber beetles from
Heather McAuslane's lab. Susan Webb's lab
provided thrips and aphids and pinned
Colorado potato beetles. IPM Laboratories
supplied lacewing larvae, predacious mites,
and Podisus maculiventris nymphs.

Dr. James P. Cuda was invited to attend the
85th Convention of the American Farm
Bureau Federation held at the Hawaii
Convention Center, Honolulu, Hawaii, 11-14
January 2004. Cuda gave a poster
presentation entitled, "TAME Melaleuca:
The Areawide Management Evaluation of
the Invasive Weed Melaleuca quinquenervia
in Florida". The presentation was

co-authored by Amy Ferriter, Paul Pratt,
Ken Langeland, Paul Pratt, Kristina
Serbesoff-King and Cressida Silvers.

Dr. James P. Cuda participated in the
Regional Tropical Soda Apple Task Force
Meeting held at the University of Georgia
Conference Center, Tifton, Ga, on 22
January. Cuda presented a status report on
the biological control of tropical soda apple
project for Dr. Julio Medal. Medal was in
South America collecting natural enemies for
both the tropical soda apple and Brazilian
peppertree biological control projects.

Dr. James P. Cuda, a member of the
UF/IFAS Invasive Plants Working Group,
attended the first quarterly meeting of the
Working Group in Gainesville, 23 January.
The purpose of this meeting was to identify
plant species for analysis by the IFAS
Assessment of Non-Native Plants in Florida's
natural Areas (hereafter referred to as the
IFAS Assessment). The IFAS Assessment
document was developed in 1999 (revised in
2001) by a subcommittee of the IFAS
Invasive Plants Working Group, and is
available to view and down-load from the
UF/IFAS Agronomy Department Web site
tml). The primary purpose of the IFAS
Assessment is to provide a mechanism to be
used within UF to develop consistent
descriptions of, and recommendations for,
the use and management of non-native plants
in Florida.

Dr. James P. Cuda attended a workshop in
Denver, Colorado, 27-29 January, entitled,
"Science and Decision-Making in Biological
Control of Weeds". This working conference
on the benefits and risks of biological control
was sponsored by the USDA, Agricultural
Research Service's Exotic and Invasive

Weeds Research Unit in conjunction with the
USDA-CSREES-IFAFS and the Center for
Invasive Plant Managment, Bozeman, MT.

Entomology Seminars

2/12 Dr. Brust (research entomologist,
Glades Crop Care) "Can area-wide pest
management be used in pepper weevil

2/19 Dr. Fisher (USDA, Corvallis, OR)
Title Pending

2/26 Dr. Davis (USDA, Tifton, GA)
"Nematode management in cotton with an
emphasis on host plant resistance."

2/27 Dr. Sithiprasasna (US Army
Research Lab, Bangkok) "Remote sensing
and geographic information system
applications on malaria research in
Thailand." (Special Seminar)

3/4 Dr. Hunter (USDA Fort Pierce)
"Glassy-winged sharpshooters and Pierce's

3/11 Spring Break

3/18 Dr. Joe Eger (Dow AgroSciences)
"Pentatomoidea of Rancho Grande,
Rond6nia, Brazil."

3/25 Dr. Lluberas (medical entomology
consultant, Jacksonville) Title Pending

4/1 Dr. Burckhardt (Naturhistorisches
Museum, Basel, Siwtzerland) Title Pending

4/8 Dr. Dan Suiter (University of Georgia-
Griffin research station) "Formosan termites
in Atlanta GA: Thank you Louisiana!"

4/15 Dr. Oscar Liburd (University of
Florida, Entomology/Nematology)
"Developing an IPM program in Small Fruit
and Vegetables."

Nematology Seminars

2/16 John O'Bannon "Cold case files -
burrowing nematode factor or fiction: The
BN myth spreading decline mystery solved
and management strategies."

2/23 Janete Brito "Distribution and host
status of Meloidogyne mayaguensis from

3/1 Fahiem El-Borai Kora Title pending

3/15 Karen Ingram "Biological control of
the cactus moth (Cactoblastis cactorum) on
Opuntia spp. using endemic and
commercially available entomopathogenic

3/22 Wade Davidson "The effects of
simulated acid rain on nematode

3/29 George Kariuki "Management of
peanut root-knot nematode. A biocontrol

4/5 Jon Hamill "Population dynamics of
the sting nematode in commercial strawberry
fields in Dover, FL."

4/12 Roi Levin "Woody and perennial
ornamental plants susceptibility to four
Meloidogyne spp."

4/19 Marisol Davila "Heat units required
for Meloidogyne spp. for development."


The strawberry IPM team received a new
EPA grant for $110,000. Dr. Oscar Liburd
is the Principal Investigator and
Co-investigators include Dr. Silvia Rondon,
a Research Associate in Horticultural
Sciences and Roger Francis a fruit extension
agent at Clemson University. The project
involves conducting on-farm demonstration
trials to investigate the potential of using
predatory mite species and reduced-risk
pesticides to control twospotted spider mites
in strawberries. The project is cooperating
with Drs. Norm Leppla, Barbara Larson,
and Daniel Cantliffe.

Alumni News

Dr. Nancy Epsky, a research entomologist
with the USDA, transferred (a year or so
ago) from the Gainesville lab to one in
Miami, located along Biscayne Bay. While
she says she doesn't have beach access, and
can't even see the water, the lab is located on
about 200 acres of tropical fruit and
ornamental trees, so it is more like living in
the country than the city. She reports that the
lab's research mission is in mitigation of
exotic pests, so she is mostly working on
fruit flies Medfly and several Anastrepha
species. She is also working on a few moths
(cactus moth), beetles (Sri Lanka weevil) and
scales lobatee lac scale) among other critters.
For some, they are working on basic biology,
but, for others, they are researching
pheromone and attractant identification. Her
new e-mail is NEpsky@saa.ars.usda.gov.

Outreach Activities

On January 28th, Erika Andersen
participated in an educational fair at

Newberry Elementary, presenting to about
100 fifth graders. There are many upcoming
events scheduled for February, so contact
Erika at UFBugs@ifas.ufl.edu if you would
like to help with an outreach event.

Erika Andersen is our Insect Outreach
Program Coordinator. You can contact her at
352-392-1901 or UFBugs@ifas.ufl.edu for
information and scheduling.

Future Entomologists?

Outreach activities are not always an official
function of this or any department. Many
departmental personnel, who do not have
mentoring as an official part of their job
description, spend time assisting those
outside the department who ask out help. For
example, Pete Coon, Ph.D student, takes
time from his field research, writing his
dissertation and his full time teaching load to
help high school students with science fairs.

Pete has been assisting Cassie Wagner since
fall 2003 with her science experiment,
Cassie, who lives in Rotunda West, Florida
below Fort Myers, has been working on a
project using 100% organic catnip as a
mosquito repellant. Cassie and her mother
have come to the department several times to
test her repellant in the olfactometer.
Recently, Cassie's mother reported to Pete
about Cassie's accomplishments. "Last night
Cassie went to the Regional Science Fair
Awards, and we are so proud of her! She
won $50 cash from the Corp of Engineering;
Family annual memberships to the Children's
Science Center and Imaginiarium, a hands on
science museum in Fort Myers; a $50
savings bond from Edison National Bank;
$100 savings bond from Kiwanis; Sony
Personal Palm Organizer; The Argonauta
Award, which includes a $500 scholarship,

banquet, and additional opportunity to
display her project; a two week research
scholarship to Florida Gulf Coast University
this summer; the Discovery Channel
National Science Challenge Nomination; 1st
place in Zoology, and Grand Champion of
Junior Division in the fair! She also won a
$4000 scholarship to the school of her
choice. She also has the right to ride in a
convertible with her name on the side in the
Edison Lights of Life parade.

"At the Inventors Fair awards she took home
a KB Toys gift card; Family membership to
Imaginiarium; Year membership to the
Edison Inventors Society; Uncommon
Friends video from last year and this year
(she is in the one for this year); Inventors
Hall of Fame book with autographs; Sony
Walkman; Sony Digital camera; $100 cash;
1st place 8th grade; and Grand Prize, Junior
Division, which came with a $4000
scholarship to the college of her choice!"

Cassie also won the right to compete in the
State Science Fair held April 14 16 in
Jacksonville. You can find pictures and
newspaper articles on Cassie on the hallway
bulletin board outside Pete Coon's office
(Room #3212).

Nordic Entomology Trivia

"In Nordic countries Indianmeal moth was
originally incorrectly translated in Swedish
as 'Indiskt mjolmott' (where the first word
refers to India). Later the same mistake was
copied to all the other Nordic countries. It
was really a pleasure to discover the origin of
the name, because we changed the Finnish
name some years ago to 'kitchen moth' as I
knew that the species belongs to American
species group (definitely not to any Asian
one). I was really happy to find the

truth behind this idiotic name of our
'Indianmeal moth.'" from Jaakko
Kullberg, Collection Manager, Finnish
Museum of Natural History, referring to how
the Indianmeal moth got its name, which he
found in the file on this pest at the Featured
Creatures Web site.


"...I wanted to see you about one of the
students, master," the Bursar said

"Students?" barked the Archchancellor.

"Yes. You know, they're the thinner ones
with the pale faces. We're a university. They
come with the whole thing, like rats."

- from the novel Moving Pictures, by Terry

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