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University of Florida

UF Experts Encourage Butterfly Watching to Take Wing With New Publications

Topic(s): Entomology and Nematology

Jaret Daniels makes notes on a giant swallowtail feeding at the UF campus
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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Butterfly lovers used to catch and collect the insects, but in recent years, just watching them has become popular – and University of Florida experts say it could boost scientific research and economic development.

To encourage hobbyists, UF recently issued four publications aimed at newcomers, written by Jaret Daniels, an assistant professor with UF’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences. (more …)

Florida Mosquito Populations Are Booming, but Diseases Aren’t

Topic(s): Entomology and Nematology, Pests, RECs
  • By:
    Stu Hutson – (352) 273-3569
  • Sources:
    Jonathan Day – jfda@ufl.edu, (561) 778-7200 x132
    Roxanne Rutledge Connelly – crr@ufl.edu, (772) 778-7200 x172

Alan Curtis uses his legs as bait in order to gauge the number of biting mosquitoes present after Hurricane David in 1979
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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Sometimes, the tiny vampires cover Alan Curtis’ legs in writhing black. Other times, only a few come for a nibble.

Most days of the year – usually during the halcyon colors of twilight – Curtis, a mosquito expert with the Indian River Mosquito Control District, treads out into the marshes in his shorts and stands scarecrow for what’s called a “landing count.”

In other words, how many mosquitoes show up for dinner (i.e., his legs) in a span of 60 seconds. (more …)

UF Celebrates ‘Historic’ Land Gift

Topic(s): Announcements, Conservation, Honors and Appointments
  • By:
    Stu Hutson – (352) 273-3569
  • Source:
    John Hayes – hayesj@ufl.edu, (352) 846-0643

John Hayes, chairman of UF's Department of Wildlife Ecology and Conservation; Jeff Danter, director of the Florida Chapter of The Nature Conservancy; Senior Vice President for Agriculture and Natural Resources, Jimmy Cheek; and UF President Bernie Machen. Aug. 5, 2008
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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Officials from the University of Florida and The Nature Conservancy met today to formally celebrate the largest land gift ever donated to the university and bright future for environmental research and protection.

The Nature Conservancy has transferred the deed for the Carl Swisher Memorial Sanctuary, more than 3,000 acres of pristine Florida forest and wetlands, to the UF Foundation. Monetarily, the land is valued at $11 million; however, paired with the adjacent UF-owned Katharine Ordway Preserve, the land represents a priceless opportunity for preservation and study of Florida’s ecosystem. (more …)

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