Faculty Information

Steven Arthurs

Assistant Professor of Entomology

University of Florida
Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences
Mid-Florida Research and Education Center

2725 Binion Road Apopka, FL 32703-8504

Ph: 407-884-2034 x 113
Fax: 407-814-6186
E-mail: spa@ufl.edu



  • Ph.D., Insect Pathology, University of London, U.K., 2000
  • M.S., Applied Entomology, University of London, U.K., 1996
  • B.S. Hons, Rural Resource Management, University of Plymouth, U.K., 1992

Hatch Project


Areas of Specialization

  • IPM of arthropod pests in nurseries and urban landscapes
  • Use of insectary reared beneficial arthropods
  • Evaluation of insect pathogens as microbial pesticides
  • Tools for conservation biological control, e.g. banker plants and beneficial attractants



  • Assistant Professor, University of Florida, Department of Entomology and Nematology, 2008–present
  • Postdoctoral Researcher, USDA-ARS, Yakima Agricultural Research Laboratory,  2003–2008
  • Postdoctoral Researcher, Texas A&M University, 2001–2003


Graduate Students – Present

Graduate Students – Previous

Biological Scientists

Visiting Scholars

High School Students Mentored


Brief description of job duties

My appointment is 70% research and 30% extension, tenured in the Entomology and Nematology Department and is based at the Mid Florida Research and Education Center (MREC). My primary responsibilities are to develop and improve pest management techniques for insects and mite (arthropod) pests of ornamental plants.

My research efforts are focused on issues in the outdoor landscapes and nursery. The continued introduction and rapid spread of invasive arthropods in Florida’s urban landscapes make this need especially pressing. To that end, I conduct basic and applied research with both pests and beneficial species, including insectary-reared biological control agents, microbial and other biorationale pesticides, and evaluate conservation biological control methods. My extension duties involve working with extension faculty, Master Gardeners, professional landscapers, homeowners and schools to deliver up to date information on new pests and appropriate methods for their management.


Current Students

  • Karen Stauderman, M.S.
  • Nastaran Tofangsazi, Ph.D.


Selected Refereed Publications

PDFTofangsazi, N., Cherry, R., Arthurs, S.P. Susceptibility of tropical sod webworm (Lepidoptera: Crambidae) to entomopathogenic nematodes (Rhabditida: Steinernematidae and Heterorhabditidae). Journal of Applied Entomology, in press.

PDFMascarin, G.M., Kobori N.N., Quintela E.D., Arthurs S.P., Júnior, I.D. 2014. Toxicity of non-ionic surfactants and interactions with fungal entomopathogens toward Bemisia tabaci biotype B. BioControl 59: 111-123. 

PDFAvery, P.B., Pick, D., Aristizábal, L.F., Kerrigan, J., Powell, C., Rogers, M., Arthurs, S.P. 2013. Compatibility, efficacy and virulence of Isaria fumosorosea (Hypocreales: Cordycipitaceae) blastospores with agricultural chemicals used for management of the Asian citrus psyllid Diaphorina citri (Hemiptera: Liviidae). Insects 4: 694-711.

PDFAristizábal L.F., Cardona L.V., Henao E.H., Salgado M., Arthurs S.P. 2013. Insects associated with tropical foliage produced in the coffee growing region of Colombia. Revista Brasileira de Entomologia 57: 313-318.

PDFCherry, R., Wright, A., Lu, H., Luo, Y., Arthurs S.P. 2013. Morphological and nutrient changes in St. Augustinegrass caused by southern chinch bug (Hemiptera: Blissidae) damage. Journal of Entomological Science 48: 327-331.

PDFArthurs, S.P., Tofangsazi, N., Cherry, R. 2013. Attraction of lovebugs (Diptera: Bibionidae) to visual and olfactory stimuli. Journal of Entomological Science 48: 291-298.

PDFArthurs, S.P., Stamps, R.H., Giglia, F. 2013. Environmental modification by photoselective shade nets. HortScience 48: 975-979.

PDFMascarin, G.M., Quintela, E.D., Da Silva, E.G., Arthurs, S.P. 2013. Precision micro-spray tower for application of entomopathogens. BioAssay 8:1. Available online: www.bioassay.org.br/ojs/index.php/bioassay/article/view/114

PDFArthurs, S.P., Aristizábal, L.F., Avery, P.B. 2013. Evaluation of entomopathogenic fungi against chilli thrips, Scirtothrips dorsalis. Journal of Insect Science13:31. Available online: http://www.insectscience.org/13.31

PDFDoğramaci, M., Arthurs, S.P., Chen, J., Osborne, L. 2013. Silicon applications have minimal effects on Scirtothrips dorsalis (Thysanoptera: Thripidae) populations on pepperplant, Capsicum annum L. Florida Entomologist 96: 48-54.

PDFAristizábal, L.F., Ospina, K.A., Vallejo, U.A., Henao, E.R., Salgado, M., Arthurs, S.P. 2013. Entomofauna associated with Heliconia spp. (Zingiberales: Heliconiaceae) grown in the central area of Colombia. Florida Entomologist 96: 112-119.

PDF Tofangsazi, N, Buss, E.A., Meagher, R.M., Mascain, G.M., Arthurs, S.P. 2012. Thermal requirements and development of Herpetogramma phaeopteralis Guenée (Lepidoptera: Crambidae: Spilomelinae). Journal of Economic Entomology 105: 1573-1580.

PDF Arthurs, S., Tofangsazi1, N., Meagher. R.L., Cherry, R. 2012. Attraction of Plecia nearctica (Diptera: Bibionidae) to floral lures containing phenylacetaldehyde. Florida Entomologist: 95: 199-201

PDF Aristizábal, L.F., Mannion, C., Bergh, C., Arthurs, S.P. 2012. Life history of pink hibiscus Mealybug, Maconellicoccus hirsutus Green (Hemiptera: Pseudococcidae), on Hibiscus rosa-sinensis. Florida Entomologist 95: 89-94

PDF Pick, D.A., Avery, P.B., Hunter, W.B., Powell, C.A., Hall, D.G., Arthurs, S. P. 2012. Entomopathogenic fungus, Isaria fumosorosea (Hypocreales: Cordycipitaceae)and aphid parasitoid, Lysiphlebus testaceipes, (Hymenoptera: Aphidiinae) compatibility for managing infestations of brown citrus aphid, Toxoptera citricidus (Hemiptera: Aphididae). Florida Entomologist 95: 764-766.

PDF Stauderman, K., Avery, P.B., Arthurs, S.P. 2012. Evaluation of Isaria fumosorosea (Hypocreales: Cordycipitaceae) for control of the Asian citrus psyllid, Diaphorina citri Kuwayama (Hemiptera: Psyllidae). Biocontrol Science and Technology 22: 747-761.

PDF Doğramaci, M., Arthurs, S., Chen, J., McKenzie, C., Irizarry, F., Osborne, L. 2011. Management of chilli thrips Scirtothrips dorsalis (Thysanoptera: Thripidae) on peppers by Amblyseius swirskii (Acari: Phytoseiidae) and Orius insidiosus (Hemiptera: Anthocoridae). Biological Control 59: 340-347.

PDF Arthurs, S., Chen, J., 2Doğramaci, M., Ali, A.D., Mannion, M. 2011. Evaluation of Montandoniola confusa Streito and Matocq sp. nov. and Orius insidiosus Say (Heteroptera: Anthocoridae), for control of Gynaikothrips uzeli Zimmerman (Thysanoptera: Phlaeothripidae) on Ficus benjamina. Biological Control 57: 202-207.

PDF Doğramaci, M., Chen, J., Arthurs, S., Irizarry, F., Houben, K., Brennan, M., Osborne, L. 2011. Mini-aspirator: a new device for collection and infesting small arthropods to plants. Florida Entomologist 94: 22-27.

PDF Arthurs, S., McKenzie, C.L., Chen, J., Doğramaci, M., Brennan, M., Houben, K., Osborne, L. 2009. Evaluation of Neoseiulus cucumeris and Amblyseius swirskii (Acari: Phytoseiidae) as biological control agents of chilli thrips, Scirtothrips dorsalis (Thysanoptera: Thripidae) on pepper.Biological Control 49: 91-96.


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