Steinmetz Hall
1881 Natural Area Dr.
Gainesville, FL 32611

(352) 273-3972

Jerry F. Butler
Professor Emeritus


(85% Research, 15% Teaching)

  • B.S. Voc. Agr. University of Wyoming, Laramie, WY 1962
  • M.S. Entomology University of Wyoming, Laramie, WY 1964
  • Ph.D Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 1968

Relevant Employment History

  • Professor, University of Florida, 8/79-date
  • Associate Professor, University of Florida, 6/74-8/79
  • Assistant Professor, University of Florida, 8/68-6/74
  • Research Assistant, Deptepartment of Limn. and Entomology, 8/64-5/68
  • Cornell, NY
  • Research Assistant, Deptartment of Entomology, University of Wyoming 6/62-6/64

Research and Teaching Responsibilities

  • Medical and Veterinary Entomologist: Research, teaching, and support to extension on the survey, biology, host parasite interaction, and control of arthropods affecting animals.

Areas of Specialization:

  • Economic damage caused by arthropods of domestic animals.
  • Host parasite interactions and semiochemical control of blood feeding arthropods.

Courses taught in the department at the University of Florida

  • ENY 4660 Medical-Veterinary Entomology
  • ENY 6665 Advanced Medical-Veterinary Entomology
  • ENY 6906 Special Problems in Veterinary Entomology


  • Students directed: MS-22; Ph.D.-18; Research projects last 5 years (1991-1996)
  • Regional research project #FLA-ENY-03592 "Physiological and Ecological Relationships Affecting Biting Flies and Ticks on Pastured Cattle" 1996-2001. New to science repellent extracts produced from animals have been obtained and compared to natural plant repellent extracts for control of flies on cattle.
  • Research project "Evaluation of semiochemicals as attractants and repellents for house flies and other arthropods" from 1983-97. Patents issued on this project cover new to science attractants, repellents (300+), and basic test equipment for flies, mosquitoes and other arthropods. A total of 63 patents have been issued to date and include the countries of, the United States, Canada, EUC, Australia, and Israel.
  • Forensic Entomology consulting for state, federal and foreign law enforcement agencies.


  • Books chapters 3
  • Refereed publications 61
  • Symposia 13

Grants and Contracts

Various. ($125,000. 1996)

Selected Publications

  • Butler, J. F., W. R. Hess, R. G. Endris, and K. H. Holscher. 1984. In vitro feeding of Ornithodoros ticks for rearing and assessment of disease transmission. IN: Acarology VI, Vol.2, pp. 1075-1081.
  • Beck, A. F., K. H. Holscher, and J. F. Butler. 1986. Life cycle of Ornithodoros turicata americanus (Acari: Argasidae) in the laboratory. J. Med. Ent. 21(3):313-319.
  • Norval, R. A. I., J. F. Butler, and C. E. Yunker. 1989. Use of carbon dioxide and natural or synthetic aggregation-attachment pheromone of the bont tick, Amblyomma hebraeum, to attract and trap unfed adults in the field.J. Exp. Acar. 7:171-180.
  • Beard, C. B., J. F. Butler, and D. W. Hall. 1990. Prevalence and biology of endosymbionts of fleas (Siphonaptera: Pulicidae) from dogs and cats in Alachua County, Florida. J. Med.Entomol.27:1050-1061.
  • Butler, J. F. and H. A. Denmark. 1990. Tick (Acari: Ixodidae) vectors of Lyme Disease organisms (Borrelia burgdorferi) in Florida. FDACS/DPI, Entomol. Circ. No. 326.
  • Need, J. T., J. F. Butler, and A. B. Peck. 1992.Cellular responses of laboratory mice to feedings of Ornithodoros talaje (Acari: Argasidae) larvae. J. Med. Entomol. 29:432-429.
  • Smith, W.C. and J.F. Butler. 1991. Ultra structure of the tabanidae compound eye: Unusual features for diptera. J. Insect Physiol. 37:287-296.
  • R. N. Johnson, D. G. Young, and J. F. Butler. 1993. Trypanosome transmission by Corethrella wirthi (Diptera: Chaoboridae) to the Green Tree frog, Hyla cinerea (Anura:Hylidae). J. Med. Entomol. 30:918-921.
  • E.J. Wozniak, J.F. Butler, and S.G. Zam. 1995. Evidence of Common and Genus Specificc Epitopes on Ornithodoros spp. Tick (Acari: Argasidae) Salivary Proteins. J. Med. Entomol. 32:484-489.
  • J.H. Byrd and J.F. Butler. 1996. Effects of Temperature on Cochliomyia macellaria (Diptera: Calliphoridae) Development. J. Med. Entomol. 33:901-904.
  • Butler, J.F., and J.H. Frank. 1996. Muscoid Flies and Their Control in Florida. pp. 249-370. In Pest Management in the Subtropics (Integrated Pest Management - a Florida Perspective). Editors: D. Rosen, F.D. Bennett, and J.L. Capinera. Intercept, Andover. 578 pp.
  • Butler, J.F. and J.S. Okine. 1996. The Horn Fly (Haematobia irritans irritans (L.)) Review of Programs on Natural History and Control. Biting Fly Symposium, New Orleans, LA. May 13-14, 1996. 1-30 pp.