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McGUIRE CENTER NEWS,
Issue 7, April 2013
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Staff News_ _________________________________________________
McGuire Center
Seminar Schedule
Spring Semester, 2013
Jan. 8: Dale A. Halbritter, Univ.
of Florida.
“Why did the butterfly
cross the road? Impacts of
roadside mowing on butterflies
in north central Florida.”
Jan. 22: Stewart B. Peck, Carleton
Univ., Ontario.
“Caves: their
arthropods and other animals.”
Jan. 29: Jay C. Sohn, Univ. of
Maryland.
“Molecular phylogeny,
divergence time estimation
and life history evolution of
Yponomeutoidea”
Feb. 12: Andrei Sourakov, The
McGuire Center.
“Two heads
are better than one: the story of
the hairstreak butterfly and the
jumping spider.”
Feb. 26: Marc Branham, Univ.
of Florida.
“Fireflies and the
Evolution of Bioluminescence
in Beetles.”
Mar. 12: Paul A. Opler, Colorado
State University,
“Studies of
Western Blues: Incredible
Species Richness and Associated
Topography and Geological
History of California’s Owens
River Drainage.”
Mar. 26: Don W. Hall.
“Natural
History of the Southern Flannel
Moth (Puss Caterpillar),
Megalopyge opercularis
(J.E. Smith), and its Relatives.”
Apr 4: Phillip Juan Torres
Tambopata Nature Reserve, Peru.
“Research and Outreach in the
Amazon: Butterfly populations,
Spider Decoys, Tweeting,
Funding, and Lack of Salt.”
Apr. 9: Jesse Breinholt,
The McGuire Center.
“Phylotranscriptomics: Methods
used to solve a phylogenetic
conundrum of poor branch
support and rapid radiation
event in the Bombycoidea.”
Apr. 23: Juan P. Gomez, Ari
Martinez, Elena Ortiz-Acevedo
and Judit Ungvari-Martin.
“Training through participation:
creating opportunities for
Latin American undergraduate
students.”
Andrei Sourakov
spoke on
Niche Partitioning and
Life Histories of Moths Feeding on the Coral Bean in
Florida
and many McGuire Center students also
presented their work:
Francesca Ponce
co-presented
with
Kawahara
on
Preliminary Molecular Phylogeny
of Eumorpha Hawkmoths
;
Peter Houlihan
spoke
about
Impacts of Forest Gaps on Butterfly Diversity in a
Bornean Peat-Swamp Forest
;
Maria Checa
presented
on
Bait-Attracted Butterflies from Ecuador and their
Implications for Butterfly Conservation
;
Cassandra
Romero
co-presented with Ian Kitching, Jesse Barber
and
Kawahara
on
Hawkmoth Tibial Spur Variation and
Evolution
; and
Sebastián Padrón
spoke on
Molecular
Phylogeny and Biogeography of a Highly Diverse Genus
of Andean Butterflies
, introducing preliminary results
of his work on the pierid genus
Catasticta
. During
2012,
Kawahara
gave presentations at eight meetings.
These included an invited symposium presentation
at the
Annual Meeting of the Society for Integrative
and Comparative Biology
in San Francisco, as well as
a variety of presentations at different conferences
including “
Escalation of the Bat-Moth Arms Race;
Incomplete Gene Sample Augmentation Improves
Phylogeny Estimate for Leaf-mining Moths and Relatives;”
“Stridulating Genital Valves: Evolutionary Origins
of Anti-bat Ultrasound Production in Hawkmoths;”
“Carcass Scavengers and Snail Hunters: Evolution of
Carnivory in Hawaiian Fancy-Cased Caterpillars;”
“Larval Feeding Preference of the Dancing Moth,
Dryadaula terpsichorella;” “The Leptree ‘Backbone’
Molecular Phylogeny Estimate;
” and
Hyposmocoma as a
Model to Study Hawaiian Evolution and Conservation.
Charlie Covell
gave an invited talk “
The Wonderful
World of Butterflies and Moths
” at the
Butterfly Society
of Virginia
. He also spoke on the
Forum Herbulot
2012: a Gathering of Geometridologists in South Africa
during the
LSA
meeting in Denver. Covell also
was a symposium co-chairman and speaker at
the
ESA meeting
covering the topic of
Mentoring Young
Entomologists
;
Jaret Daniels
presented a paper on the
Basics of Pollinator Conservation at the 2012 Association
of Zoos and Aquariums Annual Conference
, co-presented
on “
Operation Pollinator: Evaluation of Flowering Plant
Mixes for Attracting Insect Pollinators in Agricultural
Systems
” at the
ESA meeting
and spoke on
Taking
Pollination Ecosystem Services to the Farm: Development
of Habitat Management Practices to Support Sustainable
Food Production
;
Daniels
also co-presented a poster
on the
North American Butterfly Monitoring Network:
Supporting Butterfly Research, Scientific Discovery,
and Education
at the
LSA meeting
in Denver.
John
Heppner
was a guest lecturer at Incheon University,
South Korea.
Student News:
Clare Scott
and
Court Whelan
defended their dissertations.
Scott
worked on the
Revision and Phylogeny of the Genus Lycomorpha
(Lepidoptera: Arctiidae: Lithosiinae) and Assessment of
its Placement within the tribe Cisthenini
, while
Whelan
covered the topic of
Experiments with Entomological
Ecotourism Models and the Effects of Ecotourism on the
Overwintering Monarch Butterfly
. Several new students
started their terms at the McGuire Center.
Peter
Houlihan
, who completed his undergraduate work
at Johns Hopkins University, moved to Gainesville
and is expected to begin graduate studies this fall.
Meanwhile, he is working on several projects and
recently published a paper on butterflies of Borneo
(see publications).
Qianju Jia
of China recently joined
the McGuire Center to work on his Master’s degree
with
Akito Kawahara.
He will focus on
citrus-feeding
micro moths
.
Lary Reeves
defended his Master’s
thesis,
The Ecological Importance of Secondary Forests
to Frugivorous Butterfly Communities in Mount Kanlaon
National Park, Negros, Philippines
.
Logan Locascio
,
a Gainesville native and middle school student who
worked with
Andrei Sourakov
as a summer junior
volunteer, continued during the fall 2012 semester
with a project on the
Biology of the Ornate Bella Moth
.
Locascio
presented the work at school and county
science fairs, winning
First Place
in the
Zoology category
at the Regional level
and competed at the 2013 Florida
State Science Fair, winning third place.
Other News:
Charlie Covell
started a new
project:
An Annotated Checklist of the Inchworm
Moths (Geometridae) of Panama
.
K. T. Park
initiated
publishing a
Newsletter of Asia Lepidopterologists,
for
which he serves as one of the editors, and assumed the
Vice Presidency of the Korean Academy of Sciences
and Technology this year.
Light Crimson Underwing,
Catocala promissa
, Russia
Grizzled Skippers,
Pyrgus malvae
, Russia