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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Research Project: Biologically Based Management of Invasive Insect Pests and Weeds

Location: Insect Behavior and Biocontrol Research Unit

Publications (Clicking on the reprint icon Reprint Icon will take you to the publication reprint.)

Cactoblastis cactorum (Berg) (Lepidoptera: Pyralidae) use of Opuntia host species in Argentina     Reprint Icon - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Varone, L., Logarzo, G., Briano, J.A., Hight, S.D., Carpenter, J.E. 2014. Cactoblastis cactorum (Berg) (Lepidoptera: Pyralidae) use of Opuntia host species in Argentina. Biological Invasions. DOI 10.1007/s10530-014-670-9.
Successful biological control of tropical soda apple (Solanales: Solanaceae) in Florida: A review of key program components - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Diaz, R., Manrique, V., Hibbard, K., Fox, A., Roda, A., Gandolfo, D., Mckay, F., Medal, J., Hight, S.D., Overholt, W.A. 2014. Successful biological control of tropical soda apple (Solanales: Solanaceae) in Florida: A review of key program components. Florida Entomologist. 97(1):179-190.
Host specificity and risk assessment of Trichogramma fuentesi (Hymenoptera:Trichogrammatidae), a potential biological agent of Cactoblastis cactorum (Lepidoptera: Pyralidae) - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Paraiso, O., Hight, S.D., Kairo, M., Bloem, S. 2013. Host specificity and risk assessment of Trichogramma fuentesi (Hymenoptera:Trichogrammatidae), a potential biological agent of Cactoblastis cactorum (Lepidoptera: Pyralidae) . Florida Entomologist. 96(4):1305-1310.
Notes on the ovipositional behavior of Trichogramma fuentesi (Hymenoptera:Trichogrammatidae), an egg parasitoid of Cactoblastis cactorum (Lepidoptera:Pyralidae) - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Paraiso, O., Hight, S.D., Kairo, M., Bloem, S. 2013. Notes on the ovipositional behavior of Trichogramma fuentesi (Hymenoptera:Trichogrammatidae), an egg parasitoid of Cactoblastis cactorum (Lepidoptera:Pyralidae). Florida Entomologist. 96(4):1606-1608.
Evaluation of selected commercial oils as oviposition deterrents against the silverleaf whitefly, Bemisia argentifolii (Hemiptera:Aleyrodidae) - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Legaspi, J.C., Simmons, A.M. 2012. Evaluation of selected commercial oils as oviposition deterrents against the silverleaf whitefly, Bemisia argentifolii (Hemiptera:Aleyrodidae). Subtropical Plant Science. 64:49-53.
Preliminary evaluation of Delphastus catalinae (Coleoptera:Coccinellidae)as a predator of the ficus whitefly, Singhiella simplex (Singh) (Hemiptera:Aleyrodidae) - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Legaspi, J.C., Mannion, C., Amalin, D. 2013. Preliminary evaluation of Delphastus catalinae (Coleoptera:Coccinellidae)as a predator of the ficus whitefly, Singhiella simplex (Singh) (Hemiptera:Aleyrodidae). Subtropical Plant Science. 64:34-36.
Survival and behavior of the insecticide-exposed predators Podisus nigrispinus and Supputius cincticeps (Heteroptera: Pentatomidae) - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
De Castro, A.A., Correa, A.S., Legaspi, J.C., Guedes, R.N., Serrao, J.E., Zanuncio, J.C. 2013. Survival and behavior of the insecticide-exposed predators Podisus nigrispinus and Supputius cincticeps (Heteroptera: Pentatomidae). Chemosphere. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.chemosphere.2013.05.075.
Brachymeria koehleri (Hymenoptera: Chalcididae) as a Hyperparasitoid of Lespesia melloi (Diptera: Tachinidae) Pupae in Thagona tibialis (Lepidoptera: Lymantriidae) Caterpillars in Brazil     Reprint Icon - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Tavares, W., Legaspi, J.C., Tavares, M., Nunez, E., Pinto, R., Zanuncio, J.C. 2013. Brachymeria koehleri (Hymenoptera: Chalcididae) as a Hyperparasitoid of Lespesia melloi (Diptera: Tachinidae) Pupae in Thagona tibialis (Lepidoptera: Lymantriidae) Caterpillars in Brazil. Florida Entomologist. 96(4):1635-1638.
Ladybeetle predator, Delphastus catalinae, may control new invasive pest of Florida - (Popular Publication)
(01-Apr-13)
Current management efforts against Cactoblastis cactorum as a pest of North American prickly pear cactus, Opuntia spp. - (Proceedings)
Hight, S.D., Carpenter, J.E., Varone, L., Logarzo, G.A. 2013. Current management efforts against Cactoblastis cactorum as a pest of North American prickly pear cactus, Opuntia spp. International Symposium on Biological Control of Arthropods, March 4-8, 2013, Punco, Chile p.385.
Current status and potential of conservation biological control for agriculture in the developing world - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Wyckhuys, K., Lu, Y., Morales, H., Vazquez, L.L., Legaspi, J.C., Eliopoulos, P.A., Hernandez, L.M. 2013. Current status and potential of conservation biological control for agriculture in the developing world. Biological Control. 65(1):152-167.
Biological and ecological consequences of Diolcogaster sp. (Hymenoptera: Braconidae) parasitizing Agaraea minuta (Lepidoptera: Arctiidae) and the effects on two Costus (Costaceae) plant species in Brazil - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Tavares, W., Salgado-Neto, G., Legaspi, J.C., Serrao, J., Zanuncio, J. 2012. Biological and ecological consequences of Diolcogaster sp. (Hymenoptera: Braconidae) parasitizing Agaraea minuta (Lepidoptera: Arctiidae) and the effects on two Costus (Costaceae) plant species in Brazil. Florida Entomologist. 95(4):966-970.
Ecology and control of an invasive pest, the cactus moth, Cactoblastis cactorum (Lepidoptera) - (Abstract Only)
(26-Oct-12)
Integrated pest management of the Pyralid stalkborers, Eoreuma loftini and Diatraea saccharalis (Lepidoptera) - (Abstract Only)
(26-Oct-12)
Life history and biological control of the ficus whitefly, Singhiella simplex (Hemiptera) - (Abstract Only)
(26-Oct-12)
Evaluation of mustard plants and commercial oils as repellents against Bemisia argentifolii (Hemiptera) - (Abstract Only)
(26-Oct-12)
Reproductive biology and predation by the ladybeetle, Delphastus catalinae (Coleoptera) - (Abstract Only)
(26-Oct-12)
Insect and plant interactions: then and now (honoring hessian fly USDA program) - (Abstract Only)
(25-Oct-12)
Ecology of the spined soldier bug, Podisus maculiventris: an important generalist predator of invasive insect pests - (Abstract Only)
(26-Sep-12)
External morphology of the egg of the native (Melitara prodenialis) and exotic (Cactoblastis cactorum) cactus moths (Lepidoptera: Pyralidae) - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Baker, G.T., Hight, S.D., Brown, R.L. 2012. External morphology of the egg of the native (Melitara prodenialis) and exotic (Cactoblastis cactorum) cactus moths (Lepidoptera: Pyralidae. Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Washington. 114(4):433-438.
Economic impact of tropical soda apple (Solanum viarum) on Florida cattle production - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Salaudeen, T., Thomas, M., Harding, D., Hight, S.D. 2013. Economic impact of tropical soda apple (Solanum viarum) on Florida cattle production. Weed Technology. 27(2):389-394.
Frankliniella occidentalis (Pergande) integrated pest management programs for fruiting vegetables in Florida - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
(04-Jul-12)
Frankliniella occidentalis (Pergande) integrated pest management programs for fruiting vegetables in Florida - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Demirozer, O., Tyler-Julian, K., Funderburk, J., Leppla, N., Reitz, S.R. 2012. Frankliniella occidentalis (Pergande) integrated pest management programs for fruiting vegetables in Florida. Pest Management Science. 68:1537-1545.
Push-pull strategies against insect pests of vegetables - (Abstract Only)
(08-Jun-12)
The cactus moth, Cactoblastis cactorum: Lessons in Biological Control - (Abstract Only)
(03-Jun-12)
Opportunities for improving risk communication during the permitting process for entomophagous biological control agents: A review of current systems - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Paraiso, O., Kairo, M., Hight, S.D., Leppla, N.C., Cuda, J.P., Owens, M., Olexa, M.T. 2013. Opportunities for improving risk communication during the permitting process for entomophagous biological control agents: a review of current systems. Biocontrol. 58(1):1-15.
Conservation Biological Control in Pepper and Eggplant - (Abstract Only)
(25-May-12)
Potential use of the fungus Beauveria bassiana against the western flower thrips Frankliniella occidentalis without reducing the effectiveness of its natural predator Orius sauteri (Hemiptera: Anthocoridae) - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Gao, Y., Reitz, S.R., Wang, J., Tamez-Guerra, P., Wang, E., Xu, X., Lei, Z. 2012. Potential use of the fungus Beauveria bassiana against the western flower thrips Frankliniella occidentalis without reducing the effectiveness of its natural predator Orius sauteri (Hemiptera: Anthocoridae). Biocontrol Science and Technology. 22:803-812.
Insecticide-mediated apparent displacement between two invasive species of Leafminer fly - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Gao, Y., Reitz, S.R., Wei, Q., Yu, W., Lei, Z. 2012. Insecticide-mediated apparent displacement between two invasive species of Leafminer fly. PLoS One. PLoS ONE 7(5): e36622.
Predation of the ficus whitefly, Singhiella simplex by the coccinellid beetle, Delphastus catalinae - (Abstract Only)
(24-Feb-12)
Evaluation of mustard plants and other products to control sweetpotato whitefly, Bemisia tabaci - (Abstract Only)
Legaspi, J.C., Miller, N.W. 2012. Evaluation of mustard plants and other products to control sweetpotato whitefly, Bemisia tabaci. National IPM Symposium. p. 119.
Western flower thrips resistance to insecticides: detection, mechanisms, and management strategies - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Gao, Y., Lei, Z., Reitz, S.R. 2012. Western flower thrips resistance to insecticides: detection, mechanisms, and management strategies. Pest Management Science. DOI:10.1002/ps.3305.
Potential of a strain of the entomopathogenic fungus Beauveria bassiana (Hypocreales: Cordycipitaceae) as a biological control agent against western flower thrips, Frankliniella occidentalis (Thysanoptera: Thripidae)     Reprint Icon - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Gao, Y., Reitz, S.R., Wang, J., Lei, Z. 2012. Potential of a strain of the entomopathogenic fungus Beauveria bassiana (Hypocreales: Cordycipitaceae) as a biological control agent against western flower thrips, Frankliniella occidentalis (Thysanoptera: Thripidae). Biocontrol Science and Technology. 22:491-195.
Biology, ecology, and control of the Ficus whitefly, Singhiella simplex (Hemiptera: Aleyrodidae) - (Book / Chapter)
Legaspi, J.C., Mannion, C., Amalin, D., Legaspi, B. 2013. Biology, ecology, and control of the Ficus whitefly, Singhiella simplex (Hemiptera: Aleyrodidae).Pena, J. (ed.) Potential Invasive Pests of Agricultural Crops. CABI, Oxfordshire, U. K. (Book Chapter). p. 363-372.
Successful biological control of tropical soda apple in Florida - (Popular Publication)
Diaz, R., Hibbard, K.L., Roda, A., Amalin, D., Fox, A.J., Hight, S.D., Medal, J., Stansly, P.A., Overholt, W.A. 2012. Successful biological control of tropical soda apple in Florida. Florida Cattleman. 76(5):32,34,36,38.
Evaluating mustard as a potential companion crop for collards to control the silverleaf whitefly, Bemisia argentifolii (Hemiptera:Aleyrodidae): outdoor and olfactometer experiments. - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Legaspi, J.C., Simmons, A.M., Legaspi, Jr., B.C. 2011. Evaluating mustard as a potential companion crop for collards to control the silverleaf whitefly, Bemisia argentifolii (Hemiptera:Aleyrodidae): outdoor and olfactometer experiments. Subtropical Plant Science. 63:36-44.
Effects of commercial oils and repellent plants on sweet potato whitefly - (Popular Publication)
Legaspi, J.C. 2011. Effects of commercial oils and repellent plants on sweet potato whitefly. FAMU-CESTA-CBC Newsletter. 10(1):3.
Species displacements are common to two invasive species of leafminer fly in China, Japan and the United States - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Gao, Y., Lei, Z., Abe, Y., Reitz, S.R. 2011. Species displacements are common to two invasive species of leafminer fly in China, Japan and the United States. Journal of Economic Entomology. 104:1771-1773.
Tropical soda apple (Solanum viarum) mediated competition via induced resistance: Interaction between Gratiana boliviana, Spodoptera exigua and Frankliniella occidentalis - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Kariuki, E.M., Hix, R.L., Reitz, S.R., Hight, S.D., Kairo, M. 2011. Tropical soda apple (Solanum viarum) mediated competition via induced resistance: Interaction between Gratiana boliviana, Spodoptera exigua and Frankliniella occidentalis. Florida Entomologist. 94(3):608-612.
Evaluation of mortality factors using life table analysis of Gratiana boliviana, a biological control agent of tropical soda apple in Florida - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Manrique, V., Diaz, R., Hight, S.D., Overholt, W.A. 2011. Evaluation of mortality factors using life table analysis of Gratiana boliviana, a biological control agent of tropical soda apple in Florida. Biological Control. 59(3):354-360.
Laboratory biological parameters of Trichogramma fuentesi (Hymenoptera:Trichogrammatidae), an egg parasitoid of Cactoblastis cactorum (Lepidoptera:Pyralidae) - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Paraiso, O., Hight, S.D., Kairo, M., Bloem, S., Carpenter, J.E., Reitz, S.R. 2012. Laboratory biological parameters of Trichogramma Fuentesi (Hymenoptera: Trichogrammatidae), an egg parasitoid of Cactoblastis Cactorum (Lepidoptera: Pyralidae). Florida Entomologist. 95(1):1-7.
Management strategies for western flower thrips and the role of insecticides - (Book / Chapter)
Reitz, S.R., Funderburk, J. 2012. Management strategies for western flower thrips and the role of insecticides. In: Perveen, F., editor. Insecticides-Pest Engineering. Rijeka, Croatia: InTech. p. 355-385.
Managing Thrips and Tospoviruses in Tomato - (Other)
Funderburk, J., Reitz, S. R., Olson, Steve, Stansly, P., Smith, H., Mcavoy, G., Demirozer, O., Snodgrass, C., Paret, M., Leppla, N. 2011. Managing Thrips and Tospoviruses in Tomato. University of Florida Cooperative Extension Service, Institute of Food and Agriculture Science, University of Florida. Publication ENY859.
Regarding the role of new host associations in the success of Cactoblastis cactorum as both a biological control agent and invasive species. - (Proceedings)
Hight, S.D., Logarzo, G.A., Varone, L., Carpenter, J.E. 2013. Regarding the role of new host associations in the success of Cactoblastis cactorum as both a biological control agent and invasive species. International Symposium on Biological Control of Weeds, September 11-16, 2011, Waikoloa, HI. p.299.
Biology and population dynamics of the cactus moth, Cactoblastis cactorum - (Abstract Only)
(20-May-11)
Investigating Giant Red Mustard As a Deterrent of Silverleaf Whitefly Oviposition in Vegetable Crops - (Abstract Only)
Legaspi, J.C., Miller, N.W. 2011. INVESTIGATING GIANT RED MUSTARD AS A DETERRENT OF SILVERLEAF WHITEFLY OVIPOSITION IN VEGETABLE CROPS [abstract]. Global Conference on Entomology, Chiang Mai, Thailand, March 5-9, 2011. p.218.
Whiteflies and cole crops - (Popular Publication)
Legaspi, J.C. 2010. Whiteflies and cole crops. FAMU-CESTA-CBC Newsletter. 9(1):6.
Ladybeetle is an important insect predator of the silverleaf whitefly - (Popular Publication)
Legaspi, J.C. 2009. Ladybeetle is an important insect predator of the silverleaf whitefly. FAMU-CESTA-CBC Newsletter. 8(1):6.
Can sunflower enhance natural enemies in vegetable cropping systems? - (Popular Publication)
Legaspi, J.C. 2008. Can sunflower enhance natural enemies in vegetable cropping systems? FAMU-CESTA-CBC Newsletter. 7(1):5.
Biology, host specificity tests, and risk assessment of the sawfly Heteroperreyia hubrichi, a potential biological control agent of Schinus terebinthifolius in Hawaii - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Hight, S.D., Horiuchi, I., Wikler, C., Pedrosa-Macedo, J.H. 2003. Biology, host specificity tests, and risk assessment of the sawfly Heteroperreyia hubrichi, a potential biological control agent of Schinus terebinthifolius in Hawaii. Biocontrol. 48(4):461-476.
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