Ladybird beetles – recent immigrants to Florida (Insecta: Coleoptera: Coccinellidae)

Figure 1. Chilocorus nigrita (Fabricius). Since the publication of the Florida beetles checklist, a few ladybird beetles have become established in the state, some well-known and extensively documented and some little noticed and previously unreported. It is these latter species that are covered in this publication. All of the listed species are represented by voucher specimens in the Florida State Collection of Arthropods. Species previously known from Florida are reported by Frank and Mizell (2012) with emphasis on natural history. This 5-page fact sheet was written by Michael C. Thomas and Orland J. Blanchard, Jr., and published by the UF Department of Entomology and Nematology, October 2013.

Questions and Answers: 2009 Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ Legislation (ENH1179/EP440)

Florida’s increasing urbanization, coastal development, and population growth continue to tax water resources. Homeowners’ association (HOA) covenants governing landscape design and maintenance can have a significant, adverse impact on the environment, but by encouraging the transformation of conventional landscapes to Florida-Friendly landscapes, HOAs and homeowners can conserve water, protect the environment, and allow a wide range of aesthetic choices. This 10-page fact sheet answers questions HOAs and homeowners may have about the implications of Florida Statute § 373.185 for HOA review boards. It also addresses the aesthetics of Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ and provides a list of resources for further information. It was written by Kathy Malone, Esen Momol, Jane Tolbert, Marina D’Abreau, Terril Nell, Gail Hansen, Gary Knox, Michael Thomas, Kristine Jones, and Jim Spratt, and published by the UF Department of Environmental Horticulture, March 2011.

EENY321/IN596 Pine Shoot Beetle, Tomicus piniperda (Linnaeus) (Insecta: Coleoptera: Curculionidae: Scolytinae)

Revised! EENY321, a 6-page illustrated fact sheet by Michael C. Thomas, Wayne N. Dixon, and Thomas R. Fasulo, is part of the Featured Creatures collection. It describes this serious pest of pines in Europe that is considered a potential threat to some of the pine species cultivated in Florida — distribution, identification, biology, economic importance, survey and management. Includes references. Published by the UF Department of Entomology and Nematology, September 2010.

EENY115/IN272 Rove Beetles of Florida, Staphylinidae (Insecta: Coleoptera: Staphylinidae)

Revised! EENY115, a 13-page illustrated by J. Howard Frank and Michael C. Thomas, is part of the Featured Creatures collection. It introduces the Florida representatives of this large, diverse, and important family of beetles — description, life cycle and habits, and subfamilies in Florida. Includes references. Published by the UF Department of Entomology and Nematology, January 2010.