Coleoptera Workshop

Specialized Taxonomic Training for Entomologists

May 22-25, 2006  l  Blacksburg, Virginia
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Asian longhorned beetle, Anoplophora glabripennis  (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae)

Asian longhorned beetle
Donald Duerr, USDA Forest Service,

The National Plant Diagnostic Network (NPDN) was formed in June 2002 in response to agricultural biosecurity concerns following the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. The Southern Plant Diagnostic Network (SPDN) is one of five regions within the NPDN. Member states or U.S. territories of the SPDN include: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida (UF, regional center), Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Puerto Rico, and Virginia. The mission of the NPDN/SPDN is to enhance agricultural security and assist in protecting the U.S. from intentional or unintentional exotic pest introductions. Numerous endemic, introduced, and exotic species of Coleoptera threaten agriculture in the southern U.S.

National taxonomic specialists will interactively lead participants through family, genus, and species level identification of Chyrsomelidae, Scolytinae, and Cerambycidae beetles. Specialists will generally provide brief, overview presentations to pest groups. The majority of participant time will focus on hands-on identification of specimens.

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Who Should Attend?

Larch engraver beetle, Ips subelongatus  (Coleoptera: Scolytidae)

Larch engraver beetle

Gyorgy Csoka,
Hungary Forest Research Institute,

General entomology diagnostician and extension specialists in the southern region interested in Coleoptera identification should attend. The following groups would benefit from the workshop:

  • General Entomology Diagnosticians
  • Extension Specialists
  • Graduate Students focusing on Coleoptera or Taxonomy
  • Federal and/or State General Insect Identification Specialists

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Seven Ways You Benefit from Attending

viburnum leaf beetle, Pyrrhalta viburni  (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae)

viburnum leaf beetle
Paul Weston, Cornell University,

Upon completion of the workshop, you will:

  1. Enhance your understanding of the morphology of Coleoptera groups covered and subsequently, be able to use taxonomic keys more effectively.
  2. Be able to use the course manual provided during the workshop for identification of pests in your state.
  3. Receive a set of voucher specimens prepared by the specialists.
  4. Be more familiar with family, genera, and species of Coleoptera in the southern region of economic concern and their current distribution.
  5. Learn about exotic Coleoptera threats to the southern region, and be able to more effectively recognize a potentially exotic sample.
  6. Know the specialists that can be contacted if you suspect that you have an exotic specimen.
  7. Enhance your taxonomic identification skills through interacting with Coleoptera specialists.

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Workshop Topics

The Biology, Ecology, and Identification of Common and Exotic Species of Concern to the Southern Region of the Following Groups:

  • Chrysomelidae

  •  Scolytinae

  • Cerambycidae

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Monday, May 22, 2006


Welcome, Opening Remarks – Eric Day


Brief Introduction to Chrysomelidae, Subfamilies of ChrysomelidaeDr. Shawn Clark and Ed Riley




Bruchinae, Donaciinae, Crioceriane, Cassidinae Ed Riley


Chyrsomelinae, Galerucinae s. str. Dr. Shawn Clark


Lunch (provided)


Galerucinae:  Alticini 




Eumolpinae, Lamprosomatinae, CryptocephalinaeEd Riley


Overview of Chrysomelidae of Puerto Rico Dr. Shawn Clark


Dinner on own


Chrysomelid Genitalia Preparation Workshop  
Dr. Shawn Clark
and Ed Riley

Tuesday, May 23, 2006


Scolytinae -- Mr. Rick Hoebeke, Mr. James Labonte




Scolytinae Mr. Rick Hoebeke, Mr. James Labonte


Lunch on own


Collecting trip



Wednesday, May 24, 2006


Scolytinae – Mr. Rick Hoebeke, Mr. James Labonte




Scolytinae – Mr. Rick Hoebeke, Mr. James Labonte


Lunch (provided)


Scolytinae Mr. Rick Hoebeke, Mr. James Labonte




ScolytinaeMr. Rick Hoebeke, Mr. James Labonte

Thursday, May 25, 2006


Cerambycidae – Dr. Steve Lingafelter, Charyn Micheli, Gino Nearns




Cerambycidae – Dr. Steve Lingafelter, Charyn Micheli, Gino Nearns


Lunch (provided)


Cerambycidae Dr. Steve Lingafelter, Charyn Micheli, Gino Nearns




Cerambycidae – Dr. Steve Lingafelter, Charyn Micheli, Gino Nearns

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Workshop Speakers  

Dr. Shawn Clark: Shawn received his M.S. from Brigham Young University (1982) and his Ph.D. from the Ohio State University (1987).  His entomological experience is rather broad, having spent 13 years with the West Virginia Department of Agriculture where he curated the insect collection, supervised the pest identification lab, and participated in surveys for various pest species.  He is currently the Arthropod Collections Manager at the Monte L. Bean Life Science Museum at the Brigham Young University.  Even so, his taxonomic expertise is with the family Chrysomelidae and especially the subfamily Galerucinae.  Beyond systematic research, he has been very active in the documentation of leaf beetle host plants.

Mr. E. Richard Hoebeke:  Rick is a Senior Extension Associate in the Department of Entomology at Cornell University, and the Assistant Curator of the Cornell University Insect Collection and has maintained these positions since 1977.  He is a native of Michigan and received a B.Sc. degree in Biological Science in 1971 and a M.Sc. degree in Systematic Entomology in 1973 both from Michigan State University, and continued his graduate studies in Systematic Entomology in a Ph.D. program at Cornell University from 1974-1977. 

While a portion of his current research at Cornell includes phylogenetic and taxonomic studies of beetles of the family Staphylinidae of North, Central, and South America, his applied research focuses on the detection of and survey for non-indigenous invasive species among the North American insect fauna.  During the past two and one-half decades, he has been recognized as a national leader in the area of exotic pest detection, having discovered numerous insect species new to the Western Hemisphere, North America, or to the United States.  He not only has collected and identified immigrant species belonging to diverse orders, but he has also authored or co-authored over 60 referred papers on exotic species, providing valuable information on their recognition, North American distribution, seasonal history, and habits.  He was the first entomologist to identify the highly destructive Asian longhorned beetle (Anoplophora glabripennis) from an infested Brooklyn neighborhood in New York City in 1996, and the pine-killing European woodwasp (Sirex noctilio) from central New York in early 2005.  Since 2001, he also has been an identification specialist supporting the joint USDA-APHIS and Forest Service’s “Early Detection and Rapid Response” survey for exotic Scolytidae.

Mr. James R. LaBonte: Jim is the Taxonomic Entomologist for the Oregon Department of Agriculture and curator of the ODA insect collection . He received his B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees in Entomology from Oregon State University. He has a varied and broad background in entomology as well as business. Jim's personal research focuses on the biology and systematics of Carabidae (ground beetles), especially those that are blind, and he has discovered several new species of this family in Oregon. His applied taxonomic expertise is with western North American and introduced insects, especially Coleoptera (particularly Cerambycidae and Curculionidae: Scolytinae) and some groups of Hymenoptera (western and exotic species of Formicidae, Siricidae, and Xiphydriidae).

He has been the identifier for Oregon's CAPS exotic woodboring insects surveys since 1997. Since 2001, he has been the Western Region identifier for the joint USDA APHIS and Forest Service's "Early Detection and Rapid Response" (EDRR) survey for exotic woodboring insects. Jim has either identified or recognized as exotic numerous introduced woodboring insects new to the western U.S., the U.S. in general, or North America. For instance, he was the first to recognize specimens later identified as Scolytus schevyrewi, the banded elm bark beetle, as exotic to North America.

He has coauthored several articles documenting the presence of "new" introduced woodboring insects and the risks associated with such species. Along with the other EDRR taxonomists, he has been instrumental in developing high-quality digital image-based screening aids to enable non-taxonomists or non-scolytinists to screen samples from exotic scolytine surveys, allowing the EDRR taxonomists to concentrate their efforts on potentially exotic specimens rather than the vast numbers of common native or well-established exotics. He is collaborating with other entomologists to develop both a hard-copy field guide and a LUCID key to the Siricidae of North America, including the means to identify the European wood wasp, Sirex noctilio, recently found in New York and Ontario.

Dr. Steve Lingafelter: Steve is a Research Entomologist with the Systematic Entomology Laboratory (SEL) of the Agriculture Research Service (USDA) and is an Adjunct Scientist in Entomology at the Smithsonian Institution.  Steve also serves as a graduate advisor and adjunct faculty member of the University of Florida (Gainesville) and University of Maryland (College Park).

During his 9 years with SEL, Steve has focussed research on systematics of beetles, with early emphasis on leaf beetles (Chrysomelidae) and current emphasis on longhorned woodboring beetles (Cerambycidae).  Steve has travelled extensively in the Caribbean, Central and South America, Asia, and Europe collecting and researching beetles.  His work has resulted in over 20 papers and two books on the systematics and identification of beetles.

In addition to research, Steve makes identifications of these groups and weevils (Curculionidae) for APHIS-PPQ and other organizations and individuals.  Steve also curates the National Collection of longhorned woodboring beetles and weevils at the Smithsonian Institution and assists users from all over the world in their research and use of the collection.

Ms. Charyn Micheli:  Charyn earned her B. S. in Biology at the Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico in 2000.  Although publishing her first paper on Diatoms of Mona Island, Puerto Rico, her interests recently have turned to beetles.  She is currently working on an M. S. at the University of Maryland and is a research collaborator at the Smithsonian Institution.  Her thesis focusses on a revision of Caribbean longhorned beetles.  She has published 3 papers on longhorned woodboring beetles, focussing on taxa that occur in the Caribbean.  Charyn has travelled extensively in Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, and Bolivia collecting specimens. 

Mr. Gino Nearns:  Gino is a graduate student in the Department of Entomology and Nematology at the University of Florida studying systematics and taxonomy of longhorned beetles (Cerambycidae).  Gino’s master's thesis research is a revision and phylogenetic investigation of the tribe Curiini (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae).  Since 1993, Gino has participated in several collecting expeditions to the Caribbean, Central America, and South America and has built a collection of over 4,000 pinned specimens representing nearly 900 species of longhorned beetles.

Mr. Edward G. Riley.  Ed received his M. S. degree from Louisiana State University. He has held professional positions in applied agricultural entomology and entomological collections management.  He currently serves as Associate Curator of the Texas A&M University (TAMU) Insect Collection where his duties include the management of the University’s insect collection, providing an insect identification service, and research. Ed’s research interests include leaf beetle systematics and biology, scarab beetle systematics (especially Phyllophaga), and general Coleoptera taxonomy. Ed also organizes an annual meeting at TAMU for the avocational entomological community in Texas, a group with which he is actively involved.

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Registration Information        

Enrollment will initially be limited to two participants per SPDN state or territory. Each state’s representation will be determined by their SPDN entomology representative. All officially approved SPDN representatives should register no later than February 1, 2006. Registrations will not be processed for individuals attempting to register without prior approval of SPDN. Any remaining spaces will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information, contact Amanda Hodges at

What Does the Registration Fee Include?

The registration fee, combined with funds contributed by our generous sponsors, includes one copy of the workshop training manual, daily morning and afternoon refreshments, 3 lunches, dinner on Tuesday, and a representative sample of beetle specimens for your collection.)

All figures are presented in US dollars ($).

Registration Fees:

Early Reduced Registration Fee
(for fees postmarked on or before February 15, 2006)
Regular Registration Fee
(for fees postmarked after February 15, 2006)

Please Note: Registration will close March 22, 2006

Early Registration deadline is February 15, 2006.
To qualify for the early registration fee, payment must accompany your registration on or before this date.

Before clicking on the Register Now link below, we recommend that you have payment information on-hand, such as credit card, check number or purchase order number, if we are to invoice your institution.

Refund Policy: Requests for registration refunds will be honored if written notification of cancellation is received by the Office of Conferences on or before March 22, 2006. A $100.00 processing fee will be deducted from all refunds. Sorry, no refunds will be honored for cancellations after March 22, 2006.

Special Needs: Participants with special needs can be reasonably accommodated by contacting Mr. Eric Day, Virginia Tech Department of Entomology, Phone: (540) 231-4899, FAX (540) 231-9131 at least 10 working days prior to the conference.

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Training Site

The workshop training will be held in Price Hall on Virginia Tech’s campus in Blacksburg, VA.  The Department of Entomology will be hosting the workshop.  For more information on local facilities and arrangements, contact Eric Day .




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Hotel Accommodations

901 Prices Fork Road, Blacksburg, VA 24061
Phone: (540) 231-8000, Fax: (540) 231-2517

A block of rooms are being held for participants of the Coleoptera Workshop at The Inn at Virginia Tech & Skelton Conference Center located at 901 Prices Fork Road, Blacksburg, VA 24061; Phone: (540) 231-8000, FAX: (540) 231-2517

The Inn @ Virginia Tech & Skelton Conference Center is offering workshop participants a special guest room rate of $90.00 a night plus tax with one person in a room, and $110.00 a night with two people in a room. (Virginia State Sales Tax is 5%)

Check-in time is 4:00pm and check-out time is 11:00am. Luggage storage is available if needed for early arrivals and late departures. An early departure fee of $ 25.00 will be charged to any guest who checks out of the hotel before their stated departure date. All guests will have the opportunity to change their departure date at check-in without being assessed this fee.


Hotel reservations must be made by Wednesday, March 22, 2006. After this date, neither availability nor the discounted group rate is guaranteed. To guarantee a reservation, a credit card or first night's deposit is required. Should it be necessary to cancel a guestroom that has been guaranteed for late arrival, please do so 24 hours prior to the scheduled date of arrival. If the hotel does not receive the 24 hour notice, a one night's lodging rate plus applicable taxes will be assessed and the reservation will be cancelled.

To contact the Hotel directly, please call (540) 231-8000 or toll free at (877) 200-3360 and ask for the Coleoptera Workshop room block to receive the discounted group rate.

Map & Directions to Hotel

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Workshop Sponsors


Click Here for detailed sponsorship information (PDF file).

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Area Information


Commuter Bus
Commuter Bus Fare is only $3.00
one-way, cash-only.
Does not operate on Sunday.

Ground Transportation Services

Burruss Hall; Snapshots of VT

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For Further Information

Program & Training Information:
Dr. Amanda Hodges
SPDN Entomology Coordinator
University of Florida/IFAS
Entomology-Nematology Department
Natural Area Drive
PO Box 110620
Gainesville, FL 32611-0620
PHONE: (352) 392-1901 ext. 122
FAX: (352) 392-0190

Local Information:
Mr. Eric Day
Manager, Insect Identification Laboratory
Department of Entomology
Virginia Tech
Blacksburg, VA 24061-0319
PHONE:  (540) 231-4899
FAX: (540) 231-9131

Registration Information:
Ms. Sharon Borneman
UF/IFAS Office of Conferences
    and Institutes (OCI)
PO Box 110750
Gainesville, FL 32611 USA
PHONE: (352) 392-5930
FAX: (352) 392-9734

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