Plant Pest Diagnostics Center - Entomology Laboratory
- State Collection of Arthropods
- Coleoptera (beetles)
- "Lower" insects
- Diptera (flies)
- Arachnida (mites, spiders, scorpions)
- Hemiptera (true bugs, leafhoppers, sharpshooters, scales, whiteflies)
- Mollusca and other non-insect, non-arachnid invertebrates
- Hymenoptera (ants, bees, wasps)
- Molecular Topics (Med fly origins, Asian gypsy moth, LBAM larvae)
- Lepidoptera (moths)
- Thysanoptera (thrips)
- Databases & Publications
- Publications by Current Staff
- Interactive Identification Keys
- Occasional Papers in Entomology series
- Nomenclatural and Photographic Databases
- Technical Series in Agricultural Biosystematics
and Plant Pathology series
- Eriophyid Studies series
- Special Publications series
- Bulletin of the CDFA series
- Insect & Invertebrate Pest Sheets
- General Info & Links
- Insect & Invertebrate Pest Sheets
- California State Collection of Arthropods
- CDFA Herbarium
- CDFA Seed Herbarium
- CDFA Nematode Collection
- CDFA Plant Pathogen Collections
- National Plant Diagnostics Network (NPDN)
- Western Plant Diagnostics Network (WPDN)
Entomology Laboratory Overview
The primary objectives of the Entomology Laboratory are to:
- Provide identification services to the Division's pest prevention programs, other government agencies, and the public in an accurate and timely fashion.
- Act as a reference repository for insect specimens and any associated data available for arthropods and other invertebrates of the State and region.
- Conduct research in biosystematics.
- 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.
|Scientist||Diagnostic Responsibilities||Common Names|
|Dr. Andy Cline||Coleoptera||beetles|
|Dr. Marc Epstein||Lepidoptera||moths, butterflies|
|Dr. Steve Gaimari
|Dr. Rosser Garrison
bark lice, book lice
|Dr. Martin Hauser||Diptera
ants, wasps, bees
|Dr. Peter Kerr
mites, ticks, spiders, scorpions
|Dr. Alessandra Rung||Auchenorrhyncha
|Dr. Natalia von Ellenrieder
scales, mealybugs, psyllids, whiteflies
|Dr. Gillian Watson
|scales, mealybugs, whiteflies
|Dr. Shaun Winterton||Hemiptera: Sternorrhyncha