Title: Entomology and nematology newsletter
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Title: Entomology and nematology newsletter
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May 2006

Faculty News

Toxicologist Dr. Simon Yu (http://entnem
dept.ufl.edu/s_yu.htm) retires at the end of
July 2006. Forest entomologist Dr. John
Foltz (http://entnemdept.ufl.edu/foltz.htm)
also plans to retire, but at the end of August
2006. The faculty awarded both of them
Emeritus status. If you are interested, contact
the department for information concerning
their retirement receptions.

We almost had an open nematologist position
at the Citrus Research and Education Center
in Lake Alfred, Florida. On 22 April, at 5:30
p.m., Dr. Joseph Noling, fruit and vegetable
nematologist, was swimming in Lake
Whistler near his home in Auburndale,
Florida, when he was attacked by an
alligator. Fortunately, Dr. Noling escaped
from the alligator, but he still suffered
numerous puncture wounds. "I was
swimming and out of nowhere he grabbed
me on the shoulder," Joe said. "I have six or
seven puncture wounds on one side and four
or five on the other." Noling said he was
petrified and felt he couldn't get to the shore
fast enough, "I ran through the lake to get to
shore." For further details, read the
newspaper article in the HTML copy.

Dr. Oscar Liburd recently traveled to
Washington, D.C., to serve as a panelist on a
USDA competitive grants review board.

Dr. James P. Cuda was selected for
inclusion in the 2006 editions of Outstanding
Scientists of the 21st Century and Leading
Scientists of the World published in
Cambridge, England.

Drs. James P. Cuda and Julio Medal
traveled to South America (Paraguay and
Brazil) from 27 March to 16 April to
continue surveys for natural enemies of
Brazilian peppertree and tropical soda apple.
Several new insects were discovered
attacking Brazilian peppertree in eastern

Student News

Graduate student Amit Sethi received the
2006 Outstanding Ph.D. Display Award for
his poster "Effect of Romaine Lettuce Latex
on Banded Cucumber Beetle (Coleoptera:
Chrysomelidae) Feeding" presented at the
80th annual meeting of the Southeastern
Branch of the Entomological Society of
America held 5-8 March, in Wilmington,
North Carolina.

Alumni News

Dr. Michael Patnaude (Ph.D. 2001) is now
senior research biologist at Springbom
Smithers Laboratories in Wareham,
Massachusetts. After receiving his Ph.D.
here, he served as director of mosquito
surveillance for the Westchester County

FLORIDA Entomology and Nematology

- IFAS Newsletter I

Health Department, NY. He now works
about 19 miles from where he grew up and is
happy to be back in southeastern MA. Mike's
current position is more research orientated
and he works on sensitive insect bioassays,
culturing, and environmental fate issues on a
wide variety of insects. You can contact
Mike at tickparasite@gmail.com or

Navy Lieutenant and entomologist Dr.
Kathryn Barbara (M.S., 2001; Ph.D. 2005)
is at sea on an extended cruise with the U.S.
Naval hospital ship Mercy. On 24 April, the
Mercy departed San Diego in support of a
five-month humanitarian assistance mission
to the Western Pacific and Southeast Asia.
See details at http://www.news.navy.mil/
search/display.asp?story_id=23226. You can
contact Katie at katbabs@hotmail.com or

Reading Room

The Reading Room Committee once again
reminds us that no one is allowed to take
materials out of the reading room, and no
one is allowed to take food or drink in. You
are also reminded that Reading Room users
are monitored on closed-circuit TV, so wave
and say hi. In addition, the committee asks
that you tidy up after yourself before leaving
the room. Those who wish to use the in-room
copier should visit the stock room and get a
PIN from Nick Hostettler.

Speaking of which... Please return Volume
104 of the Canadian Entomologist now!


Herbert J, Mizell RF. (February 2006).
Crapemyrtle aphid, Sarucallis
kahawaluokalani (Kirkaldy). UF/IFAS

Featured Creatures. EENY-365.

Dunford JC, Kaufman PE. (March 2006).
Lesser mealworm, Alphitobius diaperinus
(Panzer). UF/IFAS Featured Creatures.
EENY-367. http://creatures.ifas.ufl.edu/
livestock/poultry/lesser mealworm.htm

Nearns EH. 2006. A checklist of the
Cerambycidae (Coleoptera) holdings of the
Fernando de Zayas Collection, Havana,
Cuba. The Coleopterists Bulletin 60: 53-57.

Myers L, Liburd OE, Arevalo HA. 2006.
Survival of Geocorispunctipes Say
(Hemiptera: Lygaeidae) following exposure
to selected reduced-risk insecticides. Journal
of Entomological Sciences 41:57-64.

Bliske-Lietze V-U, Shapiro AM, Denton JS,
Botts M, Becnel JJ, Boucias DG. 2006.
Development of the insect pathogenic alga
Helicosporidium. Journal of Eukaryotic
Microbiology 53: 165-176.

Cuda JP, Ferriter AP, Manrique V. eds.
2006. Florida's Brazilian peppertree
management plan, 2nd edition:
Recommendations from the Brazilian
peppertree Task Force, Florida Exotic Pest
Plant Council, April 2006. Available at

Cuda JP, Ferriter AP, Overholt WA. 2006.
Integrated Management Plan for Brazilian
Peppertree (Schinus terebinthifolius) in
Florida, Abstract pp. 8-9. In C. McCormick
(ed.), "Little Crop of Horrors," Program
Abstracts, Florida Exotic Pest Plant Council,
21st Annual Symposium, 24-26th April,
Gainesville, FL.

Meetings and Presentations

Dr. Jaret Daniels gave an invited talk at the
American Zoo and Aquarium Association's
Eastern Regional meeting in Jacksonville, FL
26 March 1 April 2006. On 31 March, he
spoke in the Conservation Partnerships
session. His talk, "Butterfly Initiatives,"
focused on the evolution of the Florida
Butterfly Monitoring Network, a citizen
scientist program designed to survey the
health of butterfly populations on protected
land areas throughout Florida in partnership
with the American Zoo and Aquarium
Association, the Florida Fish and Wildlife
Conservation Commission, the Florida
Natural Areas Inventory, and the Butterfly
Conservation Initiative.

Dr. Jaret Daniels co-organized and
co-taught the Association of Zoos and
Aquariums professional development course
"Techniques for Butterfly Conservation and
Management" held at the McGuire Center for
Lepidoptera and Biodiversity, 24-26 April,
2006. This inaugural insect-related course
provided participants with a solid foundation
in butterfly conservation and management
techniques related to recovery efforts,
including identification, natural history,
captive husbandry and propagation, habitat
restoration, population monitoring and
cooperative programs. The 30 participants
included representatives from academic,
zoological, government, and wildlife
management agencies.

Dr. Norm Leppla attended the 5th National
Integrated Pest Management (IPM)
Symposium in St. Louis, Missouri on 4-6
April 2006, where he served on the Media
Committee and with Dr. Jennifer Gillett
submitted a nomination package for Glades
Crop Care, Inc. (Jupiter, Florida) to receive

the first group IPM Achievement Award.
Glades received the award and it was
accepted jointly by Charles and Madeline
Mellinger, Vice President and President &
Founder, respectively. IPM Florida also
nominated the "National Monroe IPM Model
Implementation Team," including
advancements to School IPM by Florida
cooperators Drs. Faith Oi and Rebecca
Baldwin but this team did not prevail in the
stiff competition. During the conference, Dr.
Norm Leppla represented Florida at the IPM
Coordinator's National Session as Secretary,
moderated the session "Demonstration
Models for the Successful Implementation of
School IPM at the State Level" (including
participation by Drs. Faith Oi and Rebecca
Baldwin); and another session
"Implementation of IPM through a Multi-
disciplinary Doctoral Program in Plant
Health Management" (with participation by
DPM student Heidi HansPetersen).

Dr. Norm Leppla presented the following
papers at the ESA Southeastern Branch
meeting at Wilmington, North Carolina:
"Implementation of School IPM at the State
Level" by Drs. Rebecca Baldwin, Faith Oi,
Norm Leppla and Jennifer Gillett; and "IPM
Florida: The UF, IFAS Statewide IPM
Program" by Drs. Norm Leppla and Jennifer

Graduate student Bobbie Jo Davis recently
spoke at the Florida Exotic Pest Plant
Council symposium. Her subject was
"Evaluation of Artificial Diet Treatments for
Rearing ofAnthonomus tenebrosus
(Coleoptera: Curculionidae), a Potential
Biological Control Agent of Tropical Soda
Apple, Solanum viarum."

On 24 April, Thomas Fasulo gave an invited
talk to the Alachua County chapter of the

Confederate Sons Association of Florida on
the subject "Insects in History," with
emphasis on the American Civil War and its

Graduate student Onour Moeri recently
gave two presentations based on her
research: 1) "F1SIT: Innovative Approach
for Field Host Range Testing of the Brazilian
Peppertree Natural Enemy Episimus utilis
(Lepidoptera: Tortricidae)," a poster at the
UF/IFAS Graduate Research Symposium in
Gainesville, 24 March; and 2) "The F
Sterile Insect Technique (F 1SIT): A Novel
Approach to Host Range Testing of the
Tortricid Episimus utilis, A Natural Enemy
of Brazilian Peppertree," at the Florida
Exotic Pest Plant Council's 21st Annual
Symposium. Gainesville, 24-26 April. Co-
authors were Drs. James P. Cuda, William
A. Overholt, S. Bloem and J.E. Carpenter.

Graduate student Jim Dunford received
sponsorship from the Rocky Mountain
Conference of Entomologists to attend and
present a talk at the upcoming 77th annual
meeting in Woodland Park, Colorado, during
30 July-3 August.

On 11 February, graduate student Jim
Dunford presented a talk on "Butterflies and
Climate Change" at the North American
Butterfly Association meeting in Ellenton,

Dr. James P. Cuda participated in the 21st
Annual Symposium of the Florida Exotic
Pest Plant Council. Cuda chaired the
Brazilian peppertree Task Force Meeting and
presented a report on Task Force activities to
the Board of Directors. He also delivered an
oral presentation on "Integrated Management
Plan for Brazilian Peppertree (Schinus
terebinthifolius) in Florida: An Update" to

the members and was a co-author on five
additional oral and poster presentations on
biological control of hydrilla, Brazilian
peppertree, tropical soda apple and West
Indian marsh grass.

Dr. James P. Cuda participated as a speaker
and session moderator at the 2006 Aquatic
Weed Control Short course held in Coral
Springs, FL, 1-5 May. Cuda gave
presentation on "Surveys for New Natural
Enemies of Hydrilla in East Africa:
Preliminary Results," which was co-authored
by Dr. Bill Overholt.

Dr. James P. Cuda attended the quarterly
meeting of the UF/IFAS Invasive Plants
Working Group held in Gainesville, 14 April.
The purpose of this group is to resolve
conflicts between IFAS faculty regarding
recommendations by Environmental
Horticulture for using potentially invasive
plants in the urban and rural landscapes.


Drs. Pete Anderson and Oscar Liburd
(University of Florida), and Drs. Gerard
Krewer, Herald Scherm and Greg Fonsah
(University of Georgia) received a grant for
$357,351to develop an organic program for
blueberry production in Florida and Georgia.
The grant is funded over a four year period.

Dr. Jaret Daniels received a grant for
$35,000 from the National Fish and Wildlife
Foundation to continue work on the
"Conservation of Endangered Miami Blue
Butterfly" through 2007.

Tree Bugs

Dr. John Foltz will teach Insects Affecting
Trees (ENY 6934, Section 0660) during

Summer A (Tuesday & Thursday) for DPM
and Entomology graduate students. This 2-
credit course gives students the ability and
skills to detect, identify, and manage insect
pests of trees. Students will learn the
morphological characters, life cycle,
behavior, ecology, and population dynamics
of representative insects through laboratory
exercises, field trips, and the study of
printed, Web-based, and other resource
materials. Contact Dr. Foltz at (352)
392-1901, x130 or foltz@ufl.edu for
additional information.

Undergraduate Testing

Undergraduate majors have probably heard
the rumors; here are some facts. Dr. Carl
Barfield, undergraduate coordinator, spoke
at the last faculty meeting on the Florida
Legislature's mandate that each college and
department assess the knowledge of
undergraduate majors. How our department
will do this is still under discussion. Dr.
Barfield handed out some suggestions and
asked the faculty to make comments or
suggestions. Departmental "policy" will then
be passed on to the deans. Florida is not
alone in requiring this academic step, as this
is a national trend.

The basic idea is that students will be
required to read and interpret an assigned
scientific article, and then write a short
paper on it. Dr. Barfield said he will
administer the assessment, but that he will
ask faculty to act as back-up for him,
especially in individual areas of expertise.
There are six entomology/nematology degree
tracks and each track will have its own
special literature track that the students will
research. The Dean's office will create a
Web site on this assessment program that our
departmental Web site will link to.

Suggestions included that the paper be
required within one semester of graduation,
and that students achieve a 70% score to
pass. Five different criteria were suggested
for the students to cover, each worth 20%. In
addition to a total of 80% based on an
analysis of scientific content, 20% will be
based on "grammar, syntax, flow and
readability." One suggestion, that the faculty
approved, is an elective/required (?) 3-credit
research experience "course" for students in
the basic sciences specialization of the
undergraduate major.

Snap! Crackle! Beetle!

Lyle Buss and Thomas Fasulo recently
released the Stored Product Pest Images CD-
ROM (SW 185), available through the
Extension Bookstore. This CD is a
companion to the previously released
Cockroach Images CD and the three
Vegetable Pest Images CDs. The Stored
Product Pests CD has 81 images of 30
different species or groups in three different
resolutions: Web-optimized, display-sized
for large audiences, and print quality. Cost is
$15. See http://pests.ifas.ufl.edu/software/ for

LIFE in the Department

The April 28th issue covers Army Captain-
graduate student Ricky Vasquez in Egypt
and his "promotion" to LT. CMDR.???; the
Brazilian Peppertree Management Plan; the
Firefly "Game Lab"; and recruiting future
UF entomologists.

The April 14th issue covers gliding ants -
the precursor to flight?; pornographic insect
art will Congress recall Dr. Jim Lloyd's
NEA grants?; the Society for Viral Studies

visit to NIH; and highlights of our
department's external review.

Mike Sanford edits this photographic
journal of our department, located at

Ants and Plants

According to Harvard University scientists
the ant family first arose more than 40
million years earlier than previously thought,
but did not diversify into different genera and
species until flowering plants came onto the
scene. Does this mean that without flowers,
male ants had nothing to give the virgin
queens on Valentine's Day, so genes did not
get passed around as much? See


The UF/IFAS IPM Florida Group
(http://ipm.ifas.ufl.edu/) released a 90 minute
Integrated Pest Management in Florida DVD
of successful Integrated Pest Management
(IPM) projects focusing on how different
methods of insect, weed and disease control
impact agriculture, community and natural
areas. The DVD emphasizes IPM practices:
scouting, biological, chemical, cultural and
mechanical control methods.

Produced by IPM Florida's Drs. Jennifer
Gillett and Norm Leppla, the DVD presents
fundamental IPM knowledge and practices
by exhibiting examples of successful IPM
projects in clear and concise two to three
minute segments. The DVD is designed as an
educational tool appropriate for most

The DVD is divided into 20 segments in
three categories: agriculture, community and
natural areas. Each category opens with an
introduction orienting the viewer to the
topics. Each segment focuses on integrated
pest management practices targeting issues
and actions concerning a specific area of
IPM concern. The three categories break the
IPM content into well defined categories
allowing anyone from a novice to the
experienced scientist to feel comfortable
navigating the disk, searching for specific
information on an array IPM interests and
methods. A contents panel on the DVD case
contains a legend indicating the specific
emphasis of each segment.

DVDs are available through IPM Florida by
e-mailing gillett@ufl.edu. Dr. Jennifer

Bad News

Most of the information posted on the Pest
Alert Web site at http://pestalert.ifas.ufl.edu/
is bad news for the residents of Florida as
well as people in many other areas. Despite
that, a little over 600 (as of 3 May) people
world-wide are subscribers to the PestAlert-I
listserv, perhaps proving what the media
already know good news is boring but bad
news travels fast.

While many subscribers are individuals who
have an interest in one industry, others are
government or university administrators and
scientists who have interests across a range
of areas. It is no surprise that 87 subscribers
have ufl.edu email addresses (this does not
include many county faculty who often
subscribe under non-ufl addresses) and
another 37 are with the Florida Department
of Agriculture and Consumer Services.
However, 40 are with USDA-APHIS, while

another 10 also have USDA addresses.
Internationally, many subscribers are from
other countries, but the ANZACs make up
the largest contingent with 18 subscribers
from Australian and New Zealand
government agencies.

Items posted on Pest Alert usually consist of
new pest announcements from UF/IFAS and
DPI scientists, as well as announcement of
meetings, UF/IFAS Field Days, new
Featured Creatures, weekly Florida
Department of Health Arbrovirus
Summaries, etc. While some information on
Pest Alert is released there for the first time,
most of the links are to information at
university, government or other agency sites
that entomologist and Webmaster Thomas
Fasulo monitors or is made aware of. This is
only fair, as Webmasters of many of those
sites are subscribers to PestAlert-1 and add
information to their sites that was first
announced on Pest Alert (as their credit

During the last 12 months, the Pest Alert
Web site recorded 95,022 distinct visitors,
148,762 HTML page views and 46,262 PDF
downloads. Pest Alert is available at


Here is something for bean counters to mull
over. Sometime in late-April, our Featured
Creatures Web site (http://creatures.ifas.
ufl.edu/) recorded over four million page
views in the last 12 months. Since we started
keeping statistics with LiveStats in January
2002, this site has recorded 5,943,299
distinct visitors and 11,092,842 page views.
Since there are only one index page and five
menu pages, this means most of the totals are
generated by information pages. The index is

often the second most accessed page while,
of the rest, only the Common Name menu is
in the top 20.

Bug Quote

Most democratic is the bedbug chappie
Who prefers red blood to blue
And nothing makes him quite so happy
As sharing your blood with you!
- Arnold Mallis

Newsletter Minutia

Thomas Fasulo is the newsletter editor. You
can send news to him at fasulo@ufl.edu.
Issues are published the middle of each
month. Submit items for an issue by the 7th of
that month.

Printed copies are distributed only within
Building 970. UF-Bugnews-L listserv
subscribers receive notices when HTML and
PDF copies are posted on the newsletter Web
site at http://entnews.ifas.ufl.edu/, which
has instructions for subscribing and
unsubscribing. Pam Howell and Nancy
Sanders review the newsletter for errors and
prepare the print version for distribution.
Andrew Puckett and Thomas Fasulo coded
the HTML version.

During the last 12 months, the newsletter
Web site recorded 45,992 distinct visitors
and 85,896 page views. In addition, visitors
downloaded 2,179 PDF files during January-
April 2006.

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