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Entomology Laboratory Overview

The primary objectives of the Entomology Laboratory are to:

  1. Provide identification services to the Division's pest prevention programs, other government agencies, and the public in an accurate and timely fashion.
  2. Act as a reference repository for insect specimens and any associated data available for arthropods and other invertebrates of the State and region.
  3. Conduct research in biosystematics.
  4. Assist personnel in other agencies with problems related to insects and other arthropods and invertebrates.

The laboratory evaluates and identifies insects and related arthropods and mollusks submitted by a variety of agency representatives. The most frequent clients are county agricultural commissioners, pest prevention Branches, agricultural extension representatives, industry, universities, federal agencies and the public. Communication with scientists worldwide is essential to ensure a cooperative exchange of information and services.

Identifications under routine conditions are usually made within two and one-half days of receipt and processing. Samples submitted as "RUSH" are normally processed in less than four hours. During periods when large numbers of samples are being processed, priority is given to samples that involve quarantine shipments likely to be held for inspection. In recent years, the Insect Biosystematics Laboratory have averaged about 50,000 identifications per year.

This laboratory is the primary support unit for the state's eradication, control, survey, and biological programs involving injurious pests, including (but certainly not limited to) exotic fruit flies (Mediterranean, Oriental, Mexican, Guava, West Indian, Carribean, Olive, Melon, Western cherry fruit flies, and apple maggot), leaf-miner and other flies, Glassy-winged sharpshooter and other leaf- and planthoppers, Africanized honey bee, Red Imported fire ants and other ants, Asian longhorn beetle and other wood-boring beetles, sweet potato weevil, cotton boll weevil, Japanese beetle, seven-spotted lady beetle, European and Asian gypsy moths, light brown apple moth, European grapevine moth, European corn borer, European pine shoot moth, pink bollworm, Pink Hibiscus mealybug, sweet potato whitefly, giant whitefly, nesting whitefly, ash whitefly, green shield scale, euonymus scale, magnolia white scale, and numerous other scales, mealybugs, and whiteflies, Asian citrus psyllid, bluegum psyllid, ticks, mites, spiders, snails, and many other domestic and exotic pests.

Identifications and services to agencies other than the county and state include: universities; other state departments of agriculture; USDA (ARS/APHIS/NAPIS), U.S. Forest Service, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, and other federal agencies; museums; faunal inventories and surveys; private industry and the general public.

Diagnostics Responsibilities:

Scientist Diagnostic Responsibilities Common Names
Dr. Andy Cline Coleoptera beetles
Dr. Marc Epstein Lepidoptera moths, butterflies
Dr. Steve Gaimari



Diptera
Mecoptera
Phthiraptera
Siphonaptera
flies
scorpion flies
lice
fleas
Dr. Rosser Garrison











Gastropoda
Collembola
Thysanura
Blattodea
Orthoptera
Phasmatodea
Odonata
Psocoptera
Isoptera
Hemiptera: Heteroptera
Dermaptera
Trichoptera
snails, slugs
springtails
silverfish
cockroaches
crickets, grasshoppers
walking sticks
dragonflies, damselflies
bark lice, book lice
termites
true bugs
earwigs
caddisflies
Dr. Martin Hauser Diptera
Hymenoptera
flies
ants, wasps, bees
Dr. Peter Kerr


Myriapoda
Arachnida
Hemiptera: Sternorrhyncha
Molecular topics
centipedes, millipedes
mites, ticks, spiders, scorpions
aphidoids
various
Dr. Alessandra Rung Auchenorrhyncha
Sternorrhyncha
leafhoppers, planthoppers
psyllids
Dr. Natalia von Ellenrieder
Gastropoda
Hemiptera: Sternorrhyncha
Thysanoptera
snails, slugs
scales, mealybugs, psyllids, whiteflies
thrips
Dr. Gillian Watson

Hemiptera: Sternorrhyncha
Thysanoptera
scales, mealybugs, whiteflies
thrips
Dr. Shaun Winterton Hemiptera: Sternorrhyncha
Lepidoptera
Neuroptera
psyllids
moths, butterflies
lacewings