Title: Entomology and nematology newsletter
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September 2008

Faculty News

At the 2008 annual meeting of the American Mosquito Control Association, Dr. David Dame received the
Association's highest award the Medal of Honor for contributions to the field of medical entomology "in
a career in mosquito control distinguished by leadership, innovation and dedication." Dr. Dame's research
endeavors span the same period as his membership and active participation in Association governance,
1960-2008. He served as president of the Association in 2000, of the Society for Vector Ecology in 1999
and of the Florida Mosquito Control Association in 1998.

Dr. Jaret Daniels was featured in a UF/IFAS news release about his new butterfly publications. The
publications are designed for newcomers to butterfly watching, a hobby that is gaining interest nationwide.
The low-cost materials also support the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission's effort to spur interest in
Florida ecotourism. See http://news.ifas.ufl.edu/story.aspx?id=1299 for details.

Dr. Kee-Jeong Ahn is spending a 12-month sabbatical with the Department to continue his research on the
systematics and evolution of seashore rove beetles (Staphylinidae). Dr. Ahn (who prefers to be called "K.
J.") is a Professor of Entomology from Chungnam National University in South Korea. He is hosted by
Drs. Marc Branham and Howard Frank. Welcome to Florida, K.J.!

Dr. Steven Arthurs recently joined the entomology faculty at the Mid-Florida REC. His last position was
at the USDA-ARS Yakima Agricultural Research Lab where he was a post-doc researching biological-
based pesticides to control the codling moth and other orchard insect pests. His specialties are biological
control and integrated pest management of insect and mite pests and he also takes special interest in insect
pathogens and reduced risk pesticides. In 2001, he received his degree from the University of London's
Imperial College.

Dr. Arthurs made this statement about his background and future projects, "I grew up in England but came
to the United States in 2001 and never left. I have spent a number of years working with biological control
projects for major insect pests. I recently moved from Washington State where I helped test a biological
pesticide based on insect viruses. Prior to that I worked at Texas A&M on a parasitic nematode that attacks
thrips and before that a fungus that has been developed to control locusts and grasshoppers in Africa and
Australia (the product is called Green Muscle). I now am free to work on pretty much any bug that eats

ornamental trees and shrubs, which is a bit of a daunting list! I am currently investigating biological
control options for aphids, scale and thrips. I have a 30% extension appointment and anticipate working
with nursery and landscape managers to achieve the aims. I very much enjoy being at the University of
Florida it is a tremendous opportunity and I am very impressed with the many dedicated people who
represent IFAS extension. I am also intrigued with Florida's crazy weather currently alternating between
rain and sun which reminds me of being back home!"

Dr. James P. Cuda and his new project on biological control of the aquatic weed hygrophila were featured
on the Florida Environment Radio Show, 26 June.

Dr. James P. Cuda represented the department as one of the Marshalls at the University's Summer
Commencement ceremonies held at the O'Connell Center, 9 August.

Staff News

On 4 September, the following individuals received award pins for their service to the University and

Debbie Hall, Program Assistant, 15 years,
Linda Pedersen, Accountant, 25 years,
Judy Gillmore, Senior Laboratory Technician, 30 years.

Hope Johnson, who worked as one of our Senior Art and Publications Specialists, is enroute to California,
having left Gainesville to pursue a career in the Bay Area. She accomplished many things during her
sojourn here, including graphics for the new edition of the Encyclopedia of Entomology and laying the
groundwork for our department's photo database on Flickr. Hope hopes to find work in graphic design or
library science and we wish her the best of luck!

Alumni News

Dr. Greg Wheeler (Ph.D '89), of the USDA-ARS Invasive Plant Research Laboratory was recently
mentioned in a USDA news release. He and other entomologists are touring the Outback and Australia's
coastal areas in search of biological control agents for the highly invasive Casuarina species commonly
called Australian pine. This weed is infiltrating U.S. coastal areas, especially in south Florida, the Virgin
Islands, Puerto Rico and Hawaii. See http://www.ars.usda.gov/is/pr/2008/080902.htm for details.


Scheffrahn RH, Krecek J, Ripa R, Luppichini P. (2008). Endemic origin and vast anthropogenic

dispersal of the West Indian drywood termite. Biological Invasions. http://www.springerlink.com/

Wenninger EJ, Stelinski LL, Hall DG. 2008. Behavioral evidence for a female-produced sex attractant in
Diaphorina citri. Entomologia Experimentalis et Applicata 128: 450-459.

Song C, Scharf ME. 2008. Formic acid: a neurologically-active, hydrolyzed metabolite of insecticidal
format esters. Pesticide Biochemistry and Physiology 92: 77-82.

Song C, Scharf ME. 2008. Neurological disruption by low molecular weight compounds from the
heterobicyclic and format ester classes. Pesticide Biochemistry and Physiology 92: 92-100.

Zhou X, Wheeler MM, Oi FM, Scharf ME. 2008. RNA interference in the termite R. flavipes through
ingestion of double-stranded RNA. Insect Biochemistry and Molecular Biology 38: 805-815.

Sourakov A. (2008). White M hairstreak, Parrhasius m-album (Boisduval & LeConte). Featured
Creatures. EENY-441. http://creatures.ifas.ufl.edu/bfly/white m hairstreak.htm

Garcia-Maruniak A, Maruniak JE, Farmerie W, Boucias DG. (2008). Sequence analysis of a non-
classified, non-occluded DNA virus that causes salivary gland hypertrophy ofMusca domestic,
MdSGHV. Virology 377: 184-196.

Bybee SM, Ogden TH, Branham MA, Whiting MF 2008. Molecules, morphology and fossils: A
comprehensive approach to Odonate phylogeny and the evolution of the Odonate wing. Cladistics 24: 477-

Fletcher Jr RJ, Miller CW. 2008. The type and timing of social information alters offspring production.
Biology Letters 4: 482-485.

Gandolfo D, Medal JC, Cuda JP. 2008. Effects of temperature on the development and survival of
Metriona elatior (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae) immatures. Florida Entomologist 91: 491-493.

Meetings and Presentations

During February, in Penang, Malaysia, Dr. David Dame participated in a WHO workshop to update
international space spray guidelines for arthropods of public health interest, which are scheduled for
release in 2009. During July, in Seattle, Washington, he participated in a three-day Bill & Melinda Gates
Foundation Vector Control workshop designed to provide guidance and insight for the Foundation's
recently announced initiative on malaria control and eradication.

Drs. James P. Cuda and Howard Frank co-organized a symposium on biological control of invasive
arthropods and weeds at the 2008 Annual Meeting of the Florida Entomology Society (FES) held in Jupiter
Beach, FL, 13-16 July. Cuda gave the presentation "Overview of Biological Control of Brazilian
Peppertree," which was co-authored by Drs. Julio C. Medal and William A. Overholt.

Dr. James P. Cuda participated in the 2008 Everglades Invasive Species Summit held at Florida
International University, Miami, FL, 16-18 July. Cuda gave a presentation on the current status of
established arthropod and weed biological control agents.

Dr. James P. Cuda attended the 2008 Greater Everglades Ecosystem Restoration Meeting held in Naples,
FL, 28 July-1 August, Naples, FL. Cuda presented the poster "A model for sustainable management of
Brazilian peppertree." The poster was developed with the assistance of Hope Johnson, formerly of this

Dr. James P. Cuda attended the 9th Annual CALS Teaching Enhancement Symposium held at the UF
Hilton Hotel and Conference Center, 12 August.

Dr. Marc A. Branham was scheduled to present a talk "Using fossils to date the origin of
bioluminescence in fireflies (Coleoptera: Lampyridae)" at the International Symposium on Diversity and
Conservation of Fireflies in Celebration of HM Queen Sirikit's 76th Birthday, Queen Sirikit Botanic
Garden, Chiang Mai, Thailand. However, adverse weather, as a result of tropical storm Fay, caused his
flight out of Jacksonville to be canceled. Nevertheless, the poster "Species diversity in Colombian fireflies
(Coleoptera: Lampyridae)," by Bradley W. Smith and Dr. Branham was displayed as tropical storm Fay
could not stop the U.S. Postal Service.

Entomology Seminars

This semester, graduate students Craig Roubos, Heidi Hanspetersen, Tricia Toth, Corraine Scott and
Rosie Gill serve on the Seminar Committee. Seminars are held on Thursday afternoons in room 1031.
Refreshments are served at 3:45 pm, and the seminar begins at 4:00 pm. The listing of titles is not
complete as yet. The remaining seminars are:

09/18 TBA

09/25 Dr. Maureen Long, Department of Infectious Diseases and Pathology, University of Florida
College of Veterinary Medicine.

10/02 Dr. Linda Mason, Department of Entomology, Purdue University.

10/09 Dr. Fred Nijhout, Department of Biology, Duke University. "The origin and control ofpolyphenic
development in insects."

10/16 Dr. Robert Bugg, University of California, Davis.

10/23 Dr. Gregg Nuessly, University of Florida, Everglades REC.

10/30 Dr. Richard Mankin, USDA, Gainesville, FL.

11/06 TBA

11/13 Dr. Todd Palmer, Department of Zoology, University of Florida.

11/20 no seminar ESA meeting

11/27 no seminar Thanksgiving Holiday

11/04 Dr. Dan Hahn, Department of Entomology and Nematology, University of Florida.


Drs. Mike Scharf, Drion Boucias and Faith Oi received a $120,000 award from the U.S. Department of
Energy and the Consortium for Plant Biotechnology Research in support of the project: "Genomic
dissection of cellulose utilization in termites."

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.

For-Sale Publications

We ask statewide faculty to review the department's For-Sale Publications page at http://pests.ifas.ufl.edu/
forsale/ for any missing UF/IFAS Extension or third party publications. Please send the titles, publication
numbers and Web page that offers the publication to Thomas Fasulo at fasulo@ufl.edu.


Professor Emeritus Dr. Malcolm Sanford takes stage as Dr. John H. Watson in one of the best known of
the Sherlock Holmes stories, The Hound of the Baskervilles, at High Springs Community Theater. Come
hear the hound bay and follow the adventures of Holmes and Watson as they pursue the evil entomologist,
John Stapleton, across the fabled Grimpen Mire, filled with exotic plants and butterflies. Opening night is
September 19, 2008 with a benefit performance for the Alachua County Humane Society. See details at

Entomologists have compiled a listing of more than 150,000 names of Dipteran species into an online
database. The Biosystematic Database of World Diptera has two components: 1) The Nomenclator allows
users to check names, confirm species status, and obtain information about type, family classification and
sources for all names in the collection. 2) The Species database is designed to answer queries about
different species, including their distribution, biological associates and economic importance. The site is
available at http://www.sel.barc.usda.gov/Diptera/.

After you identify them, then you can kill them. CNN.com's Technology site recently advised people how
to swat flies and not miss them. See http://www.cnn.com/2008/TECH/science/08/29/fly.swat.threat/index.
html for details.

Are flies good for anything? New studies suggest that medical doctors may soon be saying, "Take two
maggots and call me in the morning." See http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/08/080805155624.
htm for details.

Bug Quote

God in His wisdom,
Made the fly,
And then forgot,
To tell us why.

Ogden Nash (1902 -


Many comic Web sites limit the length of time a panel appears to just 30 days. Others may require you to
register to view previous panels, which you may not wish to do. In either case, the sooner you visit the site,
the greater chance you have to view the following:

Have you heard the antelope joke? http://www.gocomics.com/calvinandhobbes/2008/08/14/?


Remember meeting your major professor for the first time? http://www.phdcomics.com/comics/archive.

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and Nancy Sanders review the newsletter for errors. Thomas Fasulo does the HTML coding.

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