June 2011

Faculty News

Dr. Pauline Lawrence will retire this month. Her last day will be 30 June 2011. Although she has only been with our department since 1994, she began work at UF as an assistant professor in zoology in 1976.

Dr. Carl Barfield will retire in July. His last day will be 31 July 2011. Promoted to full professor in 1985, he is a popular teacher with undergraduates and was awarded Teacher of the Year in Agricultural and Life Sciences in 1991 and 1993.

Dr. Jonathan Day was featured in the news story "Why some people are mosquito magnets" on msnbc.com recently.

Drs. James P. Cuda and his laboratory staff prepared a biological weed control exhibit to showcase their research andextension activities for the Steinmetz Hall building dedication ceremony on 25 May.

Student News

Sylvia Vau, an M.S. student, from Universidade do Algarve in Portugal, recently spent a two week internship with Dr. Billy Crow to learn more about turfgrass nematodes.

Alumni News

Drs. Jaret Daniels (Ph.D. '99), John Heppner (Ph.D. '78), Deborah Matthews (Ph.D. '06), Andrei Sourakov (Ph.D. '97) and Keith Willmott (Ph.D. '99) are all featured in the 2011 issue of the annual UF McGuire Center for Lepidoptera and Biodiversity newsletter mentioned below.

Dr. James Dunford (Ph.D. '07), medical entomologist and lieutenant in the U.S. Navy, was awarded the Defense Meritorious Service Medal for his efforts while serving with the Army in Afghanistan in 2010. James developed and exported sustainable public health initiatives in order to establish medical and agricultural entomology programs throughout Afghanistan. The medal is awarded to active duty personnel assigned to a joint activity serving in leadership positions and performing exceptionally outstanding work. Click here for details.

Dr. Wenjing Pang (Ph.D. '10) recently accepted a nematologist position with Maronne Bio Innovations, in Davis, California.

Florida Entomological Society Meeting

Important deadlines (with some changes) and information for the Florida Entomological Society (FES) annual meeting, 24-27 July 2011, Sanibel Harbour Resort and Spa, Ft. Myers, Florida:

Last Call for Award recommendations!

The Honors and Awards Committee needs your assistance in identifying and nominating entomologists for the following awards:

Please nominate your deserving colleague(s). Each nomination should be accompanied with a short justification (1 page maximum) outlining the contribution to the profession of entomology, science, the community, or the FES. State the present employment of the nominee and category. Winners will be announced at the 2011 Annual Meeting. Previous winners are posted online. This year's awards will be posted online in a "plaque-like" format.

Send nominations to:
Dr. Steven Arthurs [Chair, Honors and Awards Committee]
Mid-Florida Research and Education Center
2725 Binion Road
Apopka, Florida 32703-8504 USA
Ph: 407-884-2034 x 113
Fax: 407-814-6186
E-mail: spa@ufl.edu



Mann RS, Stelinski LL. (May 2011). Spotted wing drosophila, Drosophila suzukii (Matsumura). Featured Creatures. EENY-492. http://entnemdept.ifas.ufl.edu/creatures/fruit/flies/drosophila_suzukii.htm

Kern Jr. WH, Mitchell RE. (May 2011). Giant whip scorpion, Mastigoproctus giganteus giganteus (Lucas). Featured Creatures. EENY- 493. http://entnemdept.ifas.ufl.edu/creatures/misc/misc/giant_whip_scorpion.htm

Luc JE, Pang W, Crow WT, Giblin-Davis RM. 2010. Effects of formulation and host density on the ability of in vitro-produced Pasteuria endospores to control its host Belonolaimus longicaudatus. Journal of Nematology 42: 87-90.

Luc JE, Crow WT, McSorley R, Giblin-Davis RM. 2010. Suppression of Belonolaimus longicaudatus with in vitro-produced Pasteuria sp. endospores. Nematropica 40: 217-225.

Pang W, Crow WT, Kenworthy KE. 2010. DNA content of several bermudagrass accessions in Florida. Journal of Plant Breeding and Crop Science 2: 339-343.

Luc JE, Crow WT. 2011. The war of the worlds: bacteria vs. nematodes. Golf Course Management 79: 100-110.

Sandhu H, Nuessly GS, Cherry R, Gilbert RA, Webb SE. 2011. Effects of Elasmopalpus lignosellus (Lepidoptera: Pyralidae) damage on sugarcane yield. Journal of Economic Entomology 104: 474-483.

Nuessly G, Cruz I, Braga da Silva R, Figueiredo MC, Penteado-Dias AM. 2011. Survey of ear flies (Diptera: Ulidiidae) in maize (Zea mays L.) and a new record of Euxesta mazorca Steyskal in Brazil. Revista Brasileira de Entomologia 55: 102-108.

Goyal G, Nuessly GS, Steck GJ, Seal DR, Capinera JL, Boote KJ. 2011. Comparative morphology of the immature stages of three species of corn-infesting Ulidiidae. Annals of the Entomological Society of America 104: 416-428.

Pitzer JB, Kaufman PE, Hogsette JA, Geden CJ, TenBroeck SH. 2011. Seasonal abundance of stable flies and filth fly pupal parasitoids (Hymenoptera: Pteromalidae) at Florida equine facilities. Journal of Economic Entomology 40: 1108-1115.

Sanders WR, Liburd OE, Mankin RW, Meyer WL, Stelinski LL. 2011. Applications and mechanisms of wax-based semiochemical dispenser technology for disruption of grape root borer mating. Journal of Economic Entomology 104: 939-946.

Epstein DL, Miller JR, Grieshop MJ, Stelinski LL, Gut LJ. 2011. Direct sampling of resting codling moth (Lepidoptera: Tortricidae) adults in apple tree canopies and surrounding habitats. Environmental Entomology 40: 661-668.

Gidudu B, Copeland RS, Wanda F, Ochaya H, Cuda JP, Overholt WA. 2011. Distribution, interspecific associations and abundance of aquatic plants in Lake Bisina, Uganda. Journal of Aquatic Plant Management 49: 19-27.

Meetings and Presentations

Drs. Billy Crow and Eric Luc attended the biennial meeting of the Nematological Society of Southern Africa in Capetown, South Africa. Dr. Crow presented the paper "Plant-parasitic nematodes on U. S. turfgrasses of regulatory concern to Southern Africa." Dr. Luc also traveled to Kenya to collaborate with fellow UF Entomology and Nematology department alumnus Dr. George Kariuki, of Kenyatta University.

During 8-10 June, Dr. Gregg Nuessly attended the annual meeting of the American Society of Sugar Cane Technologists in New Orleans, and presented the paper "Update on the status of sugarcane rust mite in the Americas." Co-authors were G.H. Sandhu, N. Larsen, and W. Davidson.

Dr. James P. Cuda was invited to participate as a speaker at the 26th Annual Meeting of the Florida Exotic Pest Plant Council held in Maitland, Florida, 17-20 May. Cuda's presentation was "Update on a promising biological control agent for Brazilian peppertree: the stem boring weevil Apocnemidophorus pipitzi (Coleoptera : Curculionidae)."

Outreach Activities

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

The following are programs and outreach events currently scheduled for June: 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

McGuire Center for Lepidoptera

The University of Florida's McGuire Center for Lepidoptera and Biodiversity, Florida Museum of Natural History, posted its annual newsletter. This issue provides "... profiles for 15 non-student researchers. The brief descriptions of past, ongoing, and future research and other news illustrate another exciting year, marked with field and laboratory explorations, scientific conferences and publications that contribute to the McGuire Center’s continued status as the world’s largest Lepidoptera research facility."


Swarming ants around your house can be a pain, especially if you initially confuse them with swarming termites. But think how much they would bother you if they were the size of hummingbirds. Don't laugh, such an ant existed. Click here for details.

A team from Wageningen University, in the Netherlands, is the first to make high-speed camera footage of parasitic wasps with about 1 mm wingspan. The team filmed the tiny insect at 22,000 frames per second, or almost 900 times faster than a TV-screen. The news release contains an image of the wasp on the "face" of a cabbage white butterfly (also known as the imported cabbageworm) that allows you to see just how small this wasp is and just how impressive an accomplishment filming it was. Click here for details.

If people want to successfully sell stink bugs as food, then I suggest that a large contribution to the Entomological Society of America's Committee for Common Names of Insects and other Arthropods be made to sponsor a new platable name for this group.

In a recent newsletter and in Pest Alert, we linked to a video on the "Billion Bug Highway" in the sky. Now, as if to prove that nematodes can go places insects can't, scientists discovered a species of nematode 2.2 miles deep in the Earth. Apparently, this is a new record as "no other multicellular organism has ever been detected farther than 2 km (1.2 miles) below the Earth's surface." Click here for details.

Man bites dog? How about beetle eats frog? Click here for details.

Literary Bugs

On a stormy Christmas eve, 1776,... "Washington crossed the river [the Delaware] with Glover's Marblehead mariners in a boat commanded by Captain William Blackler with Private John Russell at an oar. On the Jersey shore Washington wrapped himself in his cloak, sat down on a wooden box that had once been a beehive, and brooded over the ruin of his plan. The operation were three hours behind schedule. Later he wrote that the delay 'made me despair of surprising the Town [Trenton], as I well knew we would not reach it before the day was fairly broke.' Sitting on his beehive, he watched his men struggling against the storm and ice and wondered if he should call it off."

— From Washington's Crossing, by David Hackett Fischer, Brandeis University. The book received the 2005 Pulitzer Prize for History and other awards. The two battles of Trenton and the battle of Princeton (December 1776 - January 1777) broke the British hold on New Jersey and saved the faltering American Revolution. And all because General Washington took some time to think it over while sitting on an old beehive.


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:

Non-praying mantis.

When entomologists attack... not for the squeamish.

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