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Ready for Parasitoid Palooza II? Bohart Museum Open House on Sunday, Jan. 10

A wasp  parasitizing aphids. These wasps are from the family Aphidiinae. (Photo by Fran Keller)

If you've ever tried to rear monarch butterflies, you may have encountered a caterpillar parasitized by a tachinid fly, which oviposits or injects its eggs into it. The fly's life cycle continues, but the host dies.  The tachinid fly is a...

A wasp  parasitizing aphids. These wasps are from the family Aphidiinae. (Photo by Fran Keller)
A wasp parasitizing aphids. These wasps are from the family Aphidiinae. (Photo by Fran Keller)

A wasp parasitizing aphids. These wasps are from the family Aphidiinae. (Photo by Fran Keller)

Posted on Tuesday, January 5, 2016 at 1:48 PM

Santa Is a Robber Fly

Santa Claus is a robber fly and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer is an argid sawfly. (Image by Wade Spencer)

Santa may be a jolly ol' elf who gives away presents, but he is also a robber fly. Take it from UC Davis entomology student Wade Spencer. Spencer decided to create a Bohart Museum of Entomology Christmas card--an insect version--and sure enough, Santa...

Santa Claus is a robber fly and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer is an argid sawfly. (Image by Wade Spencer)
Santa Claus is a robber fly and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer is an argid sawfly. (Image by Wade Spencer)

Santa Claus is a robber fly and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer is an argid sawfly. (Image by Wade Spencer)

Santa driving his sleigh of reindeer, insect-style. (Image by Wade Spencer)
Santa driving his sleigh of reindeer, insect-style. (Image by Wade Spencer)

Santa driving his sleigh of reindeer, insect-style. (Image by Wade Spencer)

Happy Hanukkah! With stick insects. (Image by Wade Spencer)
Happy Hanukkah! With stick insects. (Image by Wade Spencer)

Happy Hanukkah! With stick insects. (Image by Wade Spencer)

Posted on Friday, December 18, 2015 at 5:41 PM

Searching for the Most Unusual Gift?

Thisi polka-dotted weevil needs a species name.  It's in the genus Macrocopturus in the weevil family Curculionidae. (Photos courtesy of the Bohart Museum)

It's definitely one of a kind. If you gift this to a family, friend or yourself, no one can ever take it away. It can't be stolen, damaged or lost. You'll never wear it out. It will never go out of fashion. It will always be considered special,...

Thisi polka-dotted weevil needs a species name.  It's in the genus Macrocopturus in the weevil family Curculionidae. (Photos courtesy of the Bohart Museum)
Thisi polka-dotted weevil needs a species name. It's in the genus Macrocopturus in the weevil family Curculionidae. (Photos courtesy of the Bohart Museum)

Thisi polka-dotted weevil needs a species name. It's in the genus Macrocopturus in the weevil family Curculionidae. (Photos courtesy of the Bohart Museum)

Name, please! This insect, from the family Chrysididae and genus Hedychridium, was collected in Thailand. It needs a species name.
Name, please! This insect, from the family Chrysididae and genus Hedychridium, was collected in Thailand. It needs a species name.

Name, please! This insect, from the family Chrysididae and genus Hedychridium, was collected in Thailand. It needs a species name.

Posted on Thursday, December 10, 2015 at 5:11 PM

When Bugs Beckon, the Bohart Museum Gift Shop Can Oblige

Native pollinator specialist Robbin Thorp, distinguished emeritus professor of entomology at UC Davis, with two of the books he co-authored in 2014. He is an associate at the Bohart Museum. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

"Keep Calm and Insect On." That's the theme of the Bohart Museum of Entomology open house from 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturday,  Dec. 5 in Room 1124 of the Academic Surge Building on Crocker Lane, University of California, Davis. In addition to...

Native pollinator specialist Robbin Thorp, distinguished emeritus professor of entomology at UC Davis, with two of the books he co-authored in 2014. He is an associate at the Bohart Museum. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Native pollinator specialist Robbin Thorp, distinguished emeritus professor of entomology at UC Davis, with two of the books he co-authored in 2014. He is an associate at the Bohart Museum. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Native pollinator specialist Robbin Thorp, distinguished emeritus professor of entomology at UC Davis, with two of the books he co-authored in 2014. He is an associate at the Bohart Museum. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Wednesday, December 2, 2015 at 7:29 PM

Quick: What Critter Eats Styrofoam?

Entomology undergraduate student Wade Spencer with his Recycling Man. Inside mealworms are chewing and digesting the Styrofoam. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Quick question: What critter can chew and digest Styrofoam? Drum roll...Time's up... If you answered "mealworms"--or the larval form of the darkling beetle, family Tenebrionidae--that's correct. And if you visit the UC Davis Bohart...

Entomology undergraduate student Wade Spencer with his Recycling Man. Inside mealworms are chewing and digesting the Styrofoam. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Entomology undergraduate student Wade Spencer with his Recycling Man. Inside mealworms are chewing and digesting the Styrofoam. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Entomology undergraduate student Wade Spencer with his Recycling Man. Inside mealworms are chewing and digesting the Styrofoam. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Tuesday, December 1, 2015 at 5:16 PM

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