September 2011


Faculty News

A recent article co-authored by Dr. Andrei Sourakov on DNA barcoding and the radiation of the endemic Caribbean butterfly genus Calisto was featured on two science Web sites: Science Daily and Physorg.com.

Dr. Jeffrey Bloomquist will lead one of four projects awarded a share of a $6 million grant program for malaria control research. The grant was awarded by the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health. Click here for details.

A recent UF/IFAS news release reported how our entomologists are using acoustic equipment "... to listen in as insects gnaw on grapevine roots, making it much easier for vineyard owners to know where to focus their [cultural control] efforts against the pest called the grape root borer." Click here for details.

Insect Physiology and Biochemistry, Second Edition, a book by Dr. James Nation, is now available in a Kindle edition, as is The Toxicology and Biochemistry of Insecticides by Dr. Simon Yu.

The Gulf Citrus Growers Association presented its "special service" award to Dr. Phillip A. Stansly. Dr. Stansly is based at the Southwest Florida Research and Education Center in Immokalee, where he has been actively engaged in teaching and research for over 23 years.

Dr. James P. Cuda and his research program on biological control of Brazilian peppertree were highlighted on the Featured Discoveries section of the UF/IFAS Dean of Research Web site.

Phoenix Environmental Care was issued a license from the UF Office of Technology Licensing to develop a methionine-based nematode control product for turf and ornamental use. This technology was patented by Drs. Bruce Stevens (College of Medicine), James P. Cuda and Scotty Long. Dr. Billy Crow was instrumental in providing the field efficacy data for the license.

A recent UF/IFAS news release featured Dr. Jennifer Gillett-Kaufman and the opening of a UF nature trail project that enables smartphone users to hear insect sounds. Click here for details.


Student News

During the week of 18 July, Dr. James Cuda and his laboratory staff hosted Mr. Ather Moasodi, a Ph.D. student from Kashmir, India. Mr. Moasodi also presented a seminar on his dissertation research "Ecology and Management of Aquatic Weeds in Kashmir," at the Center for Aquatic and Invasive Plants.

Justin Bricker, an undergraduate Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) student in Dr. James Cuda’s laboratory, was featured in an article published in the 2011 UF-HHMI Science for Life Viewbook.

Ms. Alissa Berro, a new Ph.D. student in our department, joined Dr. James Cuda’s lboratory in August 2011.

On 6 August, Drs. Ameya Gondhalekar and Abhishek Mukherjee was awarded their Ph.D. degrees during the Summer 2011 Advanced Degree Ceremony. Dr. James Cuda escorted both candidates.


Publications

Capinera JL. (August 2011). Grasshopper nematode, Mermis nigrescens Dujardin. Featured Creatures. EENY-500. http://entnemdept.ifas.ufl.edu/creatures/beneficial/misc/mermis_nigrescens.htm

Frank JH, Ahn K-J. 2011. Coastal Staphylinidae (Coleoptera): A worldwide checklist, biogeography and natural history. ZooKeys 107: 1–98

Núñez Bustos E, Favre P, Bertolini MP, Turner JD, Sourakov A. 2011. Mariposas diurnas (Lepidoptera: Papilionoidea y Hesperioidea) de la reserva privada Osununu-Parque Provincial Teyu Cuare y alrededores de San Ignacio, Provincia de Misiones, Argentina. Tropical Lepidoptera Research 21: 34-42.

Sourakov A. 2011. Faster than a flash: the fastest visual startle reflex response is found in a long-legged fly, Condylostylus sp. (Dolichopodidae). Florida Entomologist 94: 367-369.

Sourakov A, Zakharov EV. (2011). "Darwin’s butterflies"? DNA barcoding and the radiation of the endemic Caribbean butterfly genus Calisto (Lepidoptera, Nymphalidae, Satyrinae). Comparative Cytogenetics 5(3): 191-210. http://www.pensoft.net/journals/compcytogen/article/1730/ (30 August 2011).

Li J, Seal D, Leibee G. (August 2011). Leafminer parasitoid, Opius dissitus Muesebeck. Featured Creatures. EENY-501. http://entnemdept.ifas.ufl.edu/creatures/beneficial/wasps/opius_dissitus.htm

Gill HK, McSorley R. (July 2011). Cover crops for managing root-knot nematodes. EDIS. http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/in892

Bricker JT, Cuda JP, Donahue DA. 2011. Mathematical and computational modeling of the exotic weevil Apocnemidophorus pipitzi on the invasive Schinus terebinthifolius. p. 11, In 2011 Viewbook: The Howard Hughes Medical Institute Science for Life Program at the University of Florida.

Cuda J, Gillett-Kaufman J. 2011. New hydrilla project: RAMP UP! Aquatics 33: 9.

Tiwari S, Mann RS, Rogers ME, Stelinski LL. 2011. Insecticide resistance in field populations of Asian citrus psyllid in Florida. Pest Management Science. 67: 1258-1268.


Fall Semester 2011 Entomology Seminars

The department's entomology seminars take place on Thursday afternoon in Room 1031, unless indicated otherwise. The talks start at 4:00 pm. with refreshments served at 3:50 pm. Other details, as well as a listing of this semester's talks, are available on the seminar site.


Meetings and Presentations

During 7-10 August, Dr. Phil Koehler, Dr. Roberto Pereira, and Stephanie Larrick attended the International Conference on Urban Pest in Ouro Preto, Brazil. Each presented a paper.

On 17 August, Dr. Phil Stansly spoke on "Area wide IPM: Integrated strategies for managing pests and diseases" during the 20th Anniversary of the Citrus Expo at North Ft. Myers, Florida.

On 30 August, Dr. James Cuda was an invited speaker for the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Pesticide Review Council Meeting in Tallahassee. Cuda gave a presentation on current biological control and alternate pest control strategies.

Drs. James Cuda, William Overholt, Rodrigo Diaz, and Veronica Manrique were co-authors on a poster presented at the 94th Annual Meeting of the Florida Entomological Society. Their title was, "Calophya latiforceps, a new species of jumping plant lice (Hemiptera: Calophyidae) associated with Schinus terebinthifolius (Anacardiaceae) in Brazil."

On 25 August, Drs. James Cuda and Jennifer Gillett-Kaufman were co-authors on an oral presentation at the Annual Meeting of the South Florida Aquatic Plant Management Society, in Delray Beach. Their presentation was "Implementing an educational campaign: new IPM Strategies for hydrilla management."

On 16 August, Dr. James Cuda attended the annual CALS Teaching Enhancement Symposium at the UF Hilton Conference Center.

On 25 August, Drs. James Cuda, Norm Leppla, Phil Koehler, Howard Frank and Phil Kaufman participated in the Livestock and Pasture IPM Field Day held at the Allison Brothers Farm in Columbia County. The agenda included an overview of IPM and demonstrations for tropical soda apple, fire ant, mole cricket and livestock fly management.

The following presentations were given at the recent annual meeting of the Extension Professionals Association of Florida, in Orlando, Florida.


Grants

Drs. Jaret Daniels and Delano Lewis received a $110,000 grant from the Florida Department of Transportation to assess the role of various roadside vegetation management practices (mowing frequency, wildflower augmentation) for enhancing habitat and floral resources for native insect pollinators.

Dr. Jaret Daniels received a $24,882 grant from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to conduct work on the occurrence, distribution, and ecological studies for the endangered Schaus swallowtail butterfly, Heraclides aristodemus ponceanus Schaus.


Outreach

Lots of bugs got into the Barron Library (LaBelle, Florida) on 19 July, and about 100 children and their parents were there to see them. On that day, University of Florida/IFAS researchers from the Southwest Florida Research and Education Center in Immokalee spoke about insects. Pan traps were set outside the library overnight, and that morning kids were invited to inspect what was caught, and hear more about Florida insects. The speakers included Dr. Moneen Jones (pan trap help for ages 7–9); and storytelling and coloring book activity for 3–6 year olds by Dr. Cesar Monzo, who also designed the coloring book. All the children who participated received Entomology Rules rulers, plastic magnifying glasses, and "I Love Bugs" stickers. Entomology staff Robert Riefer and Zach Lahey assisted in the presentations.

Thank you to those members and friends of the department who participated in our August and early September outreach activities:

The following are programs and outreach events currently scheduled for September: The live critters are always a hit with children and adults alike. The critters are available for you to check out should you be leading an outreach event. We have doubles of our most popular critters, as well as various native insect species depending on the time of year. We have recently added large wood and plexiglas cages for viewing our native orb weaving spiders. There is one traveling cage and one larger static cage. If you lead an outreach, please be sure to fill out a documentation form so your event can be included in the newsletter and so that we can log all outreach events. If you would like to schedule an event or have any outreach questions, go to the Outreach pages on our Bug Club Web site and contact us. - Dale A. Halbritter, Outreach Coordinator


Departmental Vans

The department has several vans available for general use. Personnel are reminded that when returning vans after the administrative office has closed, the vans should be locked and the keys deposited in the "mail slot" on the office door. This ensures that people who reserved the vans for the next day have immediate access to the keys. Placing the keys under the driver's seat in an unlocked van is not an acceptable substitute. The worst case scenario in this case is a stolen van to which no one has access. Keeping the keys in your pocket, lab or office until you remember to turn them in is also discourteous to others as it might affect their work schedule. Some additional guidelines are:


The 3 Rs - Reading Room Rules

The Reading Room Committee 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. In addition, the Department just spent $450,000 to install one of the latest scanners that allows us to see what is hidden under your clothing. (Just kidding!) The committee requests 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 obtain a PIN from Nick Hostettler.


Shutterbugs

The UF McGuire Center for Lepidoptera & Biodiversity and the Association for Tropical Lepidoptera announced their 2011 Annual Lepidoptera Photo Contest. The contest is open to All photographers worldwide who are at least 13 years of age, except the judges. Photographers must enter their images in one of the following divisions: 1) Butterflies, 2) Moths, 3) Immature stages. The final date for submitting photos is 15 September 2011. We did not receive notice of this contest until 1 September. For complete details, click here.


Segments

Our Entomology Field Camp in June was so successful that we are already planning next year's camp. The theme this year was The Black Bear Murder Mystery and introduced many aspects of forensic entomology to our young campers. We have already picked a site where we plan to hold next year's camp, which will also have a forensic entomology theme. Click here for details.

Paederus is a genus of rove beetles (Staphylinidae). A number of species within this genus have toxins in their hemolymph. As a result, this genus has given its name to paederus dermatitis, a characteristic skin irritation that occurs if one of the insects is crushed against skin. An article in The Lancet, a well respected medical journal, suggests that P. alfierii might have been responsible for two of the ten Plagues of Egypt described in the Bible's Book of Exodus. Click here for details.

The University of Florida's colors are orange and blue. However, I know that I am in the minority when I think people should only wear orange on Halloween. However, the USDA recently released a study showing that blue is not a good color either. Click here for details.

What do you call a place where you keep potentially dangerous organisms that may also be beneficial if used properly? Prison? Beehive? Or both? Click here for details.

If you have read Margaret Humphreys' Malaria: Poverty, Race and Public Health in the United States, then you know that the United States really didn't conquer malaria until World War II production requirements made it necessary to do so. The Malaria Control in War areas agency (MCWA), which later became the Center for Disease Control, was tasked with this mission. As such, like with other war efforts, the MCWA used every means at its disposal to accomplish its mission. Some of the men who participated in defeating malaria had funny names, like Grumpy, Doc, Sleepy and Dopey. Click here for details.


Featured Crickets

"In looking for information on cricket species native to Florida, I found a VERY interesting and helpful website, on which you published information on crickets in Florida. The site is a true delight to mull over; I especially love the song samples!! Thank you for this resource! I'm looking to bring more crickets into my backyard for the wonderful sounds they make and have been able to identify the suited species with the help of your info portal." - Lela Lombardo


Literary Bugs

"Insects' critical role in decomposition and pollination was forgotten, entomologist E.O. Essig proclaimed in 1944 that 'insects are enemies of man.' Why tolerate them at all? DDT had ushered in an 'auspicious time,' said the entomologist Clay Lyle in a 1947 address to a professional entomologists' society, for 'determined campaigns' for 'complete extermination.' The makers of DDT agreed. So did government entomologists. 'We have the tools,' the USDA's M.L. Clarkson told a congressional subcommittee, 'to bring this to a final conclusion.'"

– from the book The Fever: How Malaria Has Ruled Mankind for 500,000 Years by Sonia Shah


Cartoons

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:

Ever gone fly fishing? It's not as easy as it looks.

Of course, sometimes it helps to pray.


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