Parasitoids of the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug Workshop

Brown marmorated stink bug
Trissolcus japonicus

A specialized training workshop at the University of Florida, Gainesville, FL 32608

January 17 and 18, 2018



1) Techniques for preserving, mounting, and examining specimens

Proper examination and preservation is essential for correct identification and to maximize the usefulness of specimens and their associated data. Lighting, specimen mounting and manipulation, and best practices for recording data will be discussed.

2) Identification of pentatomoid egg parasitoids.

The focus of this workshop will be identification of egg parasitoids in the family Scelionidae, and tools for identification of parasitoids in Chalcidoidea will also be available. Within Scelionidae, Trissolcus has been a genus of interest for biological control of BMSB, particularly since the appearance of Trissolcus japonicus in the United States in 2014. Participants will learn how to identify the genus Trissolcus and how to separate Trissolcus japonicus from other species of Trissolcus in the United States, Europe and Asia, depending on relevance to the participants’ research agenda.


The most convenient accommodation is the UF Hilton Hotel located within walking distance of the UF Entomology Building where the workshop will take place. Lower fares are available at other hotels, but they are not within walking distance of the workshop.

UF Hilton Hotel: Rooms must be booked by December 19, 2017, to receive the discounted rate of $159/night.

Group Code: BMS118
Check-in: 16-JAN-2018
Check-out: 19-JAN-2018

Additional lodging options within a short drive of the workshop are listed below

  • Homewood Suites by Hilton ($118/night), 3333 SW 42nd St., Gainesville, FL, (352) 335-3133
  • Comfort Inn University ($99/night), 3440 Southwest 40 Boulevard, Gainesville, FL, (352) 264-1771
  • Red Roof Plus ($81/night), 3500 SW 42nd St., Gainesville, FL, (352) 336-3311
  • Extended Stay America ($81/night), 3600 SW 42nd St., Gainesville, FL, (352) 375-0073


In order to maximize efficiency, lunch will be catered by a local Cuban restaurant and participants will be expected to pay in cash (about $10/meal) unless they provide advanced notice otherwise. Please indicate on the registration form if you eat a vegetarian or vegan diet, or have other dietary restrictions.


Specimens: Please bring your specimens for identification. We have a limited number of specimens, and also would like to provide training on specimens that may be collected by methods specific to your research project.

Morphology: Participants should familiarize themselves with the morphological structures illustrated in Figures 3-6 of Revision of Palearctic Trissolcus ( Participants are also expected be familiar with the Key to Nearctic Trissolcus ( if working on the Nearctic fauna, and with the key in the Revision of Palearctic Trissolcus if working on the Asian or European fauna.

Equipment: Participants are very strongly encouraged to purchase a specimen manipulator and bring it to the workshop. Elijah recommends the manipulator made by Rose Entomology, which is the highest quality version known to him. This item is not cheap, but it will last for decades and will greatly facilitate specimen examination. It is difficult to over emphasize the utility of this item.

A significantly cheaper model can be purchased from BioQuip, but I recommend it only if the Rose Entomology model is not a possibility.

Spotted Wing Drosophila Working Group

Preceding the workshop on BMSB parasitoids (Jan. 16), time and space is available for a day of informal discussion for projects related to SWD.


  • Elijah Talamas (Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services)
  • Kim A. Hoelmer, Kathleen Tatman (U.S. Department of Agriculture – Beneficial Insect Introduction Research Unit, Newark, DE; University of Delaware)
  • Matthew Buffington (U.S. Department of Agriculture, Systematic Entomology Laboratory, Washington, D.C.)
  • Jim Walgenbach (Mountain Horticultural Crops Research and Extension Center, NC State University, Mills River, North Carolina)

Who should attend?

Entomologists, extension specialists, and graduate students working on brown marmorated stink bug biological control. Some prior knowledge of parasitoid taxonomy will be useful but is not required.


Registration is now closed.

For more information, please contact: Elijah Talamas at with the email subject line of BMSB WORKSHOP 2018.