Fairchild biologists make entomological find

Friday, September 21, 2012

Fairchild biologists Devon Powell and Jennifer Possley are now published entomologists.  While conducting a plant survey in one of Miami’s Environmentally Endangered Lands Preserves in 2009, Devon noted an unfamiliar insect feeding on native poisonwood trees.  Jennifer contacted University of Florida Entomologist James Cuda and his colleagues about the species, and a research collaboration was born.  A paper entitled "NEW HOST PLANT RECORD FOR THE POISON IVY SAWFLY, ARGE HUMERALIS (HYMENOPTERA: ARGIDAE), AND ITS PERFORMANCE ON TWO HOST PLANT SPECIES" was published in the most recent issue of Florida Entomologist.   Full text is available at this link:  http://journals.fcla.edu/flaent/article/view/79324/76668.