December 2011

Faculty News

Dr. Marc Branham co-authored a paper (see Publications) on "Terrestrial luminous animals in Japan," which was listed as the most read Zoological Science article for the month of October.

Psyche: A Journal of Entomology is issuing a call for research papers on ecological pest management in urban landscapes. The initial manuscripts are due 6 January 2012. You may also contact Dr. Steve Arthurs for additional information.

Dr. Amanda Hodges received a National Plant Diagnostic Network (NPDN) National Team Award for her work with the Sentinel Plant Network.

Student News

Carolyn Huntley, an undergraduate senior Entomology major, was awarded the Doris Lowe and Earl and Verna Lowe Scholarship.

In November, our department had four student winners at the annual meeting of the Entomological Society of America (ESA), in Reno. With hundreds of student presentations and only a few winners we are very proud to recognize:


Luk SPL, Marshall SA, Branham MA. (June 2011). The fireflies of Ontario (Coleoptera: Lampyridae). The Canadian Journal of Arthropod Identification.

Oba Y, Branham MA, Fukatsu T. 2011. Terrestrial luminous animals in Japan. Zoological Science 28: 771-789.

Zaspel JM, Weller SJ, Branham MA. 2011. A comparative survey of proboscis morphology and associated structures in fruit-piercing, tear feeding, and blood-feeding moths in the subfamily Calpinae (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae). Zoomorphology 130: 203-225.

Chouvenc T, Grace JK, Su N-Y. 2011. Fifty years of attempted biological control of termites – Analysis of a failure. Biological Control 59: 69-82.

Chouvenc T, Su N-Y, Robert A. 2011. Differences in cellular encapsulation of six termite (Isoptera) species against infection by the entomopathogenic fungus Metarhizium anisopliae. Florida Entomologist 94: 817-826.

Chouvenc T, Bardunias P, Li H-F, Elliott ML, Su N-Y. 2011. Planar arenas for use in laboratory bioassay studies of subterranean termites (Rhinotermitidae). Florida Entomologist 94: 817–826.

Seal D. (November 2011). A wireworn, Conoderus rudis (Brown). Featured Creatures. EENY-507.

Seal D. (November 2011). A wireworn, Conoderus scissus Schaeffer. Featured Creatures. EENY-509.

Sharma S, Buss EA. (November 2011). Florida wax scale, Ceroplastes floridensis Comstock. Featured Creatures. EENY-510.

Miller CW. (November 2011). Heliconia bug, Leptoscelis tricolor Westwood. Featured Creatures. EENY-511.

Graham JR, Ellis J, Hall G, Zettel Nalen C, (December 2011). A mining bee, Anthophora abrupta Say. Featured Creatures. EENY-512.

Ellis JD. (December 2011). Cape honey bee, Apis mellifera capensis Escholtz. Featured Creatures. EENY-513.

Bibbs CS, Baldwin R. (December 2011). Florida woods cockroach, Eurycotis floridana (Walker). Featured Creatures. EENY-514.

Sourakov A. 2011. Niche partitioning, co-evolution and life histories of Erythrina moths, Terastia meticulosalis and Agathodes designalis (Lepidoptera: Crambidae). Tropical Lepidoptera Research 21: 84-94.

Willmott KR, Elias M, Sourakov A. 2011. Two possible caterpillar mimicry complexes in neotropical danaine butterflies (Nymphalidae, Danainae: Danaini, Ithomiini). Annals of Entomological Society of America 104: 1108-1118.

Sourakov A. 2011. Report of partial bilateral gynandromorph of Dismorphia spio with notes on adult sexual dimorphism and illustrations of immature stages. Journal of the Lepidopterists’ Society 65: 196-199.

Meetings and Presentations

During 5-10 November, Dr. Christine Miller was invited to participate in the 2011 WEBS (Women Evolving the Biological Sciences) Workshop at the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center in Durham, North Carolna. She also presented a poster on her entire research program. This workshop was funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation’s ADVANCE program, and is designed to provide early career researchers with the information and resources needed to thrive in their careers.

Focus on Fumigation: Nearly 40 fumigation professionals from throughout the United States and the world attended the 24nd Annual School of Structural Fumigation, held 14-18 November 2011 at the University of Florida's Fort Lauderdale Research and Education Center in Davie, Florida. Next year's School of Structural Fumigation is scheduled for 12-16 November 2012. To be placed on the "alert list" when registration opens for this event, send an email to Dr.Rudolf Scheffrahn at

During 15-20 October, Dr. Oscar Liburd was an invited faculty member for an agricultural training program in Senegal, West Africa. The program was designed to help Senegalese farmers minimize health risks associated with the use of toxic pesticides. The trip was jointly sponsored by U.S. AID and the U.S. Farmer to Farmer programs.

Dr. Liburd was an invited speaker at a symposium for the recent ESA meeting, "Celebrating the career of Pedro Barbosa: A passion for insects and plants. Dr. Liburd spoke on "A Florida perspective on multi-trophic interactions between strawberries, spidermites and their predators."

Dr. Jawwad Qureshi was asked to speak in the UF speaker seminar series for the Soil and Water Science Department. His topic was "Integrated management of Asian citrus psyllid, vector of Hualonglongbing/citrus greening disease."

The following entomology research and extension personnel at the UF/IFAS Southwest Florida Research and Education Center at Immokalee presented talks at the ESA meeting:

Dr. Amanda Hodges delivered an invited paper at the ESA meeting. She spoke on "Digital identification and diagnostics: using the platforms of SPDN/NPDN/CPDN: progress and opportunities."

On 8 November, Dr. James P. Cuda was an invited speaker for the Howard Hughes Medical Institute Science for Life Seminar Series (IDH 3931). Cuda spoke on "Biological control of Florida’s invasive weeds."

Dr. Cuda was a co-author on a oral presentation given by his former Ph.D. student Dr. Abhishek Mukherjee at the recent ESA meeting. The presentation was on "Biological control of Hygrophila: Results of native range surveys." Cuda also presented the poster "Calophya latiforceps, a new species of jumping plant lice (Hemiptera: Calophyidae) associated with Schinus terebinthifolius (Anacardiaceae) in Brazil." This poster was co-authored by Dr. William Overholt and former Ph.D. students Drs. Veronica Manrique and Rodrigo Diaz.

On 1 December, Dr. Cuda attended the 16th Annual Southwest Florida Invasive Species Workshop held at Florida Gulf Coast University.

During 6-9 November, the 3rd national meeting of the National Plant Diagnostic Network (NPDN) took place in Berkley, California. Our faculty and staff contributed the following:

Training Opportunities

During October and November, NPDN Training and Education launched a new website for first detector training at: Dr. Amanda Hodges coordinated, with the assistance of Stephanie Stocks. UF/IFAS Information Technology specialist Navya Kooram was responsible for technical components. Graphic design was completed by Kay Weigel.

A scripted presentation for educators to use for training purposes on the spotted wing drosophila, Drosophila suzukii, is now available under 'educational materials' on the Protect U.S. Web site. Module authors include Stephanie Stocks and Dr. Hodges. Module reviewers include Drs. Gevork Arakilian, Hannah Barrack, Oscar Liburd, James Price, and Gary Steck.


Thank you to those members and friends of the department who participated in our October, November and early December outreaches:

The following are programs and outreach events currently scheduled for the upcoming months: 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 large wood and plexiglas cages for viewing our native orb weaving spiders. There is one traveling cage and one larger static cage. Please be sure to contact me and review the protocol on transporting and handling the critters if you are not already familiar with it. If you lead an outreach, 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

Citrus Health Management Areas (CHMA)

UF/IFAS and FDACS-DPI scientists are cooperating in creating interactives maps for viewing CHMA for Florida. Anyone, using the free Adobe Acrobat reader, can click on and off data layers to compare one cycle of data to another. This information will benefit growers by providing Asian citrus psyllid scouting information they can view spatially and temporally.


The Gulf CHMA, created by Dr. Phil Stansly's team, is going into its 4th season of cooperative action to control Asian citrus psyllid. For more information, visit the Gulf CHMA Web site.

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