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Let the Games Begin

Tom Turpin

Quick! Name three states that have no official state insect. That was one of the questions at the Linnaean Games, a traditional part of the Entomological Society of America's annual meeting. This year's meeting, the 56th annual, is now...

Tom Turpin
Tom Turpin

LINNAEAN GAMES MODERATOR--Purdue entomology professor Tom Turpin moderates the annual Linnaean Games, part of the Entomological Society of America's annual meeting. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Tuesday, November 18, 2008 at 7:42 AM

The Meeting

Spotted cucumber beetle

Last Saturday the rock purslane in our bee friendly garden drew a honey bee, several hover flies and one spotted cucumber beetle. A hover fly landed on a blossom, only to find a spotted cucumber beetle there first.

Spotted cucumber beetle
Spotted cucumber beetle

SPOTTED CUCUMBER BEETLE--A spotted cucumber beetle feeds on nectar in a rock purslane. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The Meeting
The Meeting

THE MEETING--A hover fly (left) encounters a spotted cucumber beetle on a rock purslane. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Monday, November 17, 2008 at 7:44 AM

Honey of a Color

Honey bee

Honey isn't always amber-colored. It can range from white to dark brown, depending on the flowers the bees visit. Back in 1971, a group of UC Davis bee specialists wrote a  booklet, Fundamentals of California Beekeeping, published by the...

Honey bee
Honey bee

HONEY BEE--Close-up shot of a honey bee at the Harry Laidlaw Jr. Honey Bee Research Facility at UC Davis. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A Gathering of Entomologists

Frank Zalom

When the Entomological Society of America's 56th annual meeting takes place Nov. 16-19 in Reno,  UC Davis entomologists will be out in force. And they'll be highly honored. Entomology professors  Michael Parrella and Frank Zalom will be...

Frank Zalom
Frank Zalom

FRANK ZALOM--UC Davis professor Frank Zalom, an integrated pest management specialist, will be inducted as a Fellow in the Entomological Society of America on Sunday, Nov. 16 at its plenary session. At the same session, he will be honored as part of the UC's seven-member Almond Pest Management Alliance Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Team that will receive the Entomological Foundation’s 2008 Award for Excellence in IPM. Other team members are Carolyn Pickel, UC Cooperative Extension, Sutter-Yuba counties; Walter Bentley, UC Kearney Agricultural Center, Parlier; UC Cooperative Extension farm advisors Mario Viveros, Kern County, Roger Duncan, Stanislaus County, and Joe Connell, Butte County; and scientist Barat Bisrabi, Dow AgroSciences. Both Pickel and Bentley are UC IPM advisors. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Michael Parrella
Michael Parrella

MICHAEL PARRELLA--UC Davis entomologist Michael Parrella will be inducted as a Fellow in the Entomological Society of America on Sunday, Nov. 16 in Reno. He is the associate dean of the Division of Agricultural Sciences, College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, former chair of the UC Davis Department of Entomology, and professor of entomology.

Walter Leal
Walter Leal

WALTER LEAL--UC Davis chemical ecologist Walter Leal will receive the ESA's coveted honor of Recognition Award in Insect Physiology, Biochemistry and Toxicology for his innovative and creative research involving insect communication. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Chris Barker
Chris Barker

CHRIS BARKER--Mosquito researcher Chris Barker is the winner of the John Henry Comstock Graduate Student Award from the Pacific Branch of the ESA. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Thursday, November 13, 2008 at 6:01 PM

I Did Not Want to Know That

Pros and Cons of Eating Insects

You may not know it, but you've eaten insects. Oh, yes, you have. The other day I meandered over to the Bohart Museum of Entomology, UC Davis campus,  and a sign told me that. There it was--plain as day (as if a day can be plain). "In your...

Pros and Cons of Eating Insects
Pros and Cons of Eating Insects

SIGN SAYS IT ALL--This sign at the Bohart Museum of Entomology offers the pros and cons of eating insects. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Cricket Anyone?
Cricket Anyone?

CRICKET ANYONE?--A sign at the Bohart Museum of Entomology indicates the nutritional value of eating a cricket. Bon appétit! (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Wednesday, November 12, 2008 at 4:42 PM

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