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: June 2006
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Faculty News

June 2006
the development of appropriate conservation
and management strategies.

The May 2006 issue of Pest Control
magazine, (http://www.pestcontrolmag.
com/pestcontrol/) has a cover article about
Insect Control Research, a Maryland-based
company. While the article covers the
company's current projects, there are two
multi-page sidebars about the company's
founder Dr. Eugene Gerberg, an adjunct
professor in our department, who sold the
company in 1990. The sidebars cover his
work on mosquitoes in the 1960s and his
work as a U.S. Army Lieutenant in the
medical corps during World War II. The
army sidebar shows Lt. Gerberg treating for
bed bugs at an army barracks at Camp Lee,
Virginia. Dr. Gerberg served in other areas of
the world, stayed active in the Reserves after
the war, and retired as a Colonel.

Dr. Jaret Daniels announces a new Web site
for his Florida Butterfly Monitoring Network
(FBMN) program at http://www.flbutterflies.
net. FBMN is a statewide citizen scientist
program that trains public volunteers and
directly engages university scientists,
zoological institution staff members, and
DEP land managers in field-based
conservation by surveying the health of
butterfly populations throughout Florida. The
data collected on the distribution and
population trends of both common and
imperiled species will be used to facilitate

Dr. Oscar Liburd traveled to Guyana, South
America, as a member of a USAID team to
assess pest management practices employed
by farmers in the Essequibo region. While in
Guyana, Dr. Liburd met with several
Agricultural Extension Agents and gave a
presentation to 18 agricultural personnel on
"IPM tactics for management of key
vegetable and fruit pests."

Dr. James P. Cuda is participating in the
UF's Research Experience for Undergraduate
Students, affiliated with the SEAGEP
Program, during the Summer C Semester.
Cuda serves as a mentor for Mona St. Val,
an undergraduate student majoring in

Staff News

Pat Hope, graphic artist, retired 1 June after
nearly 12 years of service to our department.
She produced hundreds, if not thousands, of
drawings, maps, posters, displays and more
for faculty and students, and her services and
friendly disposition will be greatly missed.
Colleagues honored her with a reception and
gifts on 31 May. Pat's retirement plans
include world travel, golf, and spending
quality time with her family and friends. -
Jane Medley

Student News

The Fall 2006 departmental seminar
coordinators are graduate students Amit
Sethi, Seth Bybee, Emily Saarinen,
Murugesan Rangasamy and Craig Roubos.
Please contact them if you have suggestions
for speakers.

Jennifer M. Zaspel, a graduate student in
Dr. Marc Branham's laboratory, recently
passed her Ph.D. qualifying exams.

Ph.D. student Barry Alto was awarded a
two-year Gaylord Donnelley Postdoctoral
Fellowship at Yale University, Ecology and
Evolutionary Biology Department. He starts
September 2006.

Ph.D. student Amit Sethi is being sponsored
by the Rocky Mountain Conference of
Entomologists to attend and present a talk at
its upcoming 77th annual meeting in
Woodland Park, Colorado, during 30 July-3

Alumni News

Dr. Akers Pence spoke on "Simple steps you
can take to protect a locally uncommon
butterfly, the Sweadner's Juniper Hairstreak,"
at a meeting of the North Central FL
Chapter, North American Butterfly
Association, 11 May, in Gainesville, Florida.

Dr. Yasmin Cardoza (M.S. '98, Ph.D. '02)
has returned to Gainesville, from Madison,
WI, where she was a Research Associate for
2 1/2 years working on microbial symbioses
of bark beetles, particularly spruce beetles
(see http://entomology.wisc.edu/-cardoza/).
Previously, after receiving her Ph.D., Dr.
Cardoza worked for CSIRO in Perth,
Australia. On 5 June, she started a two-year

appointment as Research Entomologist with
Dr. Robert Vander Meer in the Imported
Fire Ant and Household Pest Unit at
USDA/CMAVE Laboratory, Gainesville.


Dixon WN. (May 2006). Gall wasps,
Callirhytis quercusclaviger (Ashmead) and
Callirhytis cornigera (Osten Sacken).
Featured Creatures. EENY-368.
gall wasps.htm

Woodruff RF, Fasulo TR. (May 2006).
Mango seed weevil, Sternochetus mangiferae
(Fabricius). Featured Creatures. EENY-371.

Harris DL. (May 2006). Khapra beetle,
Trogoderma granarium Everts. Featured
Creatures. EENY-372. http://creatures.ifas.
ufl.edu/urban/beetles/khapra beetle.htm

Fasulo TR. 2006. Yanks, Rebs & Bees: How
to be Safe in the Field. The Civil War News
31:5. 3 pp. [This was one of three cover
articles for this newspaper.]

Gyeltshen J, Hodges AC. (May 2006).
Dogwood borer, Synanthedon scitula
(Harris). Featured Creatures. EENY-374.
ood borer.htm

Costa C, Vanin S, Lawrence J, Ide S,
Branham M. 2006. Review of the Family
Brachypsectridae (Coleoptera: Elateroidea).
Annals of the Entomological Society of
America. 99: 409-432. [This issue of the
Annals also carried an SEM of a
brachypsectrid larva, discussed in the article,
on its cover.]

Branham M. 2006. The fireflies of the
Fernando de Zayas Collection, Havana, Cuba
with Notes on Their Taxonomic Status
(Coleoptera: Lampyridae). Coleopterists
Bulletin 60: 49-52.

Gyeltshen J, Hodges AC. (May 2006).
Azalea lace bug, Stephanitispyrioides
(Scott). Featured Creatures. EENY-373.
lace bug.htm

Lauzon HAM, Garcia-Maruniak A, Zanotto
PM de A, Clemente JC, Hemiou EA,
Lucarotti C J, ArifBM, Maruniak JE. 2006.
Genomic comparison of Neodiprion sertifer
and Neodiprion lecontei nucleopoly-
hedroviruses and identification of potential
hymenopteran baculovirus specific ORFs.
Journal of General Virology 87: 1477-1489.

Time Is Running Out

Dr. Rudi Scheffrahn reminds everyone they
have until 16 June to submit papers and
posters for the 23-26 July 2006 Florida
Entomological Society (FES) meeting in
Jupiter, FL. See the "Call for Papers" form in
the latest FES newsletter at

Meetings and Presentations

Moeri OE, Cuda JP, Overholt WA, Bloem
S, Carpenter JE. 2006. Fl Sterile Insect
Technique (F 1SIT): A Novel Approach to
Host Range Testing for Weed Biological
Control? FAO/IAEA Interregional Training
Course on "The Use of the Sterile Insect and
Related Techniques for the Integrated
Area-wide Management of Insect Pests."
University of Florida, Gainesville, FL; May
10-June 7.

Dr. Jaret Daniels was an invited speaker at
the 2006 Epcot International Flower&
Garden Festival in Kissimmee. He presented
six talks on "Landscaping for Butterflies"
during 18-21 May.

Dr. Marc Branham, Jennifer Zaspel, Seth
Bybee and Anchana Thancharoen, of the
Branham Lab, attended the first annual
"UF/FSU Systematics Symposium" held at
Cedar Key on 12 May. Dr. Branham and
Seth Bybee each presented oral papers on
their research.

Dr. James P. Cuda gave an invited
presentation, "Brazilian Peppertree
Defoliating Sawfly Heteroperreyia hubrichi:
Proposed Field Risk Assessment Study," at
the USFWS South Florida Ecological
Services Office, Vero Beach, FL, 9 May.

Dr. James Cuda and Judy Gillmore
attended the Noxious Weed and Invasive
Plant Review Committee Meeting held in
Gainesville, 10 May. The purpose of the
meeting was to discuss applications for
noxious weed designations and review the
current Florida Department of Agriculture
and Consumer Services Noxious Weed &
Invasive Plant List.

Dr. James Cuda participated in the 2006
UF/IFAS Extension Symposium held in
Gainesville, 15-18 May. Cuda spoke in two
of the concurrent sessions on "Weeds
Growing Everywhere, Affecting Everyone,"
and "Dealing with Issues Surrounding
Aquatic, Marine and Natural Resource
Invasive Species." His presentations focused
on biological weed control and Invasive
Plant Management- the Other IPM.

Dr. James Cuda gave an invited
presentation, "Biological Control of Weeds:

Basic Principles and Prospects for North
Florida," at the Apalachicola Watershed
Invasives Working Group Meeting held at
the St. Joseph Bay State Buffer Preserve in
the Panhandle, 23 May.


Ph.D. student Jennifer M. Zaspel, of Dr.
Marc Branham's lab, was awarded a $1,200
travel grant by the Explorer's Club for field
research in Vladivostok, Russia, this July.
The Explorers Club, an international multi-
disciplinary professional society dedicated to
the advancement of field research, has its
headquarters in New York City.

Ph.D. student Seth Bybee, of Dr. Marc
Branham's lab, was awarded a $1,400
Graduate Research Award from the Society
of Systematic Biologists. This is an
international society and competition for this
award is intensely competitive. Bybee will
use the award to travel to the Institute of
Paleontology in Moscow, the largest
collection of fossil odonates in the world, to
study fossil odonates for his Ph.D.
dissertation research on "The Evolution of
Flight in Holodonata."

Dr. Jaret Daniels received a $15,687
contract from the Florida Fish and Wildlife
Conservation Commission's Office of
Recreational Services to produce a series of
four Florida butterfly-related publications: A
Checklist of Florida Butterflies, Butterfly
Watching Basics, Florida Butterfly
Gardening, and 50 Common Butterflies of

Drs. James P. Cuda and William A.
Overholt received two grants totaling
$54,662 from the Florida Department of
Environmental Protection. The first is a

renewal of the grant proposal "Classical
Biological Control of Brazilian Peppertree
(Schinus terebinthifolius) in Florida" and the
other was a new proposal entitled,
"Screening of a New Candidate Biological
Control Agent of Brazilian Peppertree
(Schinus terebinthifolius) in Florida."

Mole Crickets and IPM

Dr. Howard Frank wishes to point you to an
excellent article "Long-lasting Control of
Mole Crickets in Pastures Using Integrated
Pest Management," that Dr. Robert Kluson
of Sarasota County Extension did for that
county's April newsletter. See http://sarasota.
%20Ext%20Newsletter.html or wait for our
newsletter's online issue to link to it.

Seminar Invitation

Drs. Ale and Jim Maruniak invite you to
attend the student presentations from ENY
6822C "Molecular Biology Techniques of
Invertebrates and their Pathogens," at 9 am
on 22 June in room 1031. The presentations
cover the molecular applications of each
student's thesis or dissertation project. Each
presentation will last 12 minutes, followed
by 3 minutes for questions and answers. The
students and their organisms of interest are:

Amit Sethi- Diabrotica beetle; Ramandeep
Kaur- root knot nematode; Matt Lehnert -
swallowtail butterfly; Dulce Bustamante -
mosquito; Marsha Wheeler- termite; Dr.
KoonHui Wang sting nematode; and
Stacey Watts flaviviruses.

Butterflies in Your Stomach?

The UF/IFASpeakers Toastmaster Club held
elections for the 2006-2007 year. Several
members from our department were elected
to positions. Ph.D. student Matt Tarver is
President; Elena Rhodes, (M.S., '05, ) who
will begin work on a Ph.D. this Fall, is VP of
Education; Ph.D. student John Herbert is
VP of Membership; and James Kocher is
Treasurer. In addition, James serves as Area
42 Governor, overseeing 6 clubs in the
Gainesville area.

James Kocher and Elena Rhodes both
completed the 10 projects of the Basic
Communication Manual and have earned the
title of Competent Toastmaster (CTM).
James also qualified for the Competent
Leader (CL) award.

Membership is open to anyone wishing to
improve her or his speaking and leadership
skills, and is free for current ENSO
members. See http://toastmasters.ifas.ufl.edu
for more information.

LIFE in the Department

The May 26th issue covers the Natural Area
Teaching Lab, a Principles of Entomology
field trip, the Brain Bowl and the little island
that has its own termite species.

The May 12th issue covers selecting your
mate, lovebugs, the Southeast Pest
Conference, the Central Florida Fair,
students rating their professor, entomology
workshops and distance education.

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

Best of the Bugs

Our Best of the Bugs committee gave this
departmental award to the Beetles and Rock
Art in Libya Web site. This award is seldom
given, as only 15 sites have received this
designation since January 2002. The Best of
the Bugs site is available at

Bug Quote

The Black Widow
Rudolph Altrocchi

Her widowhood advanced with every crunch,
She takes her bliss companionate with lunch,
While he, now freed from feminine abuses,
Devotes himself to draw her gastric juices.

Newsletter Minutia

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