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Ag Award Recipient Rachael Freeman Long: A UC Davis Professor Sparked Her Interest in Biocontrol

Rachael Long, UCCE farm advisor, leads a tour of her  family farm in Yolo County in  April of 2015.

Rachael Freeman Long treasures her memories as a graduate student in entomology at the University of California, Davis. She remembers eating fried grasshoppers at a party. "They're okay with a lot of spices!" She remembers watching Professor Harry H....

Rachael Long, UCCE farm advisor, leads a tour of her  family farm in Yolo County in  April of 2015.
Rachael Long, UCCE farm advisor, leads a tour of her family farm in Yolo County in April of 2015. "Hedgerows are important for enhancing beneficial insects, including bees and natural enemies, for better biocontrol and crop pollination in adjacent field crops, with measurable economic benefits," she says. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Rachael Long, UCCE farm advisor, leads a tour of her family farm in Yolo County in April of 2015. "Hedgerows are important for enhancing beneficial insects, including bees and natural enemies, for better biocontrol and crop pollination in adjacent field crops, with measurable economic benefits," she says. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

African Odyssey Program: From Lions, Tigers and Elephants to Dung Beetles

Dung beetles in St Lucia Wetlands National Park, South Africa. (Photo by James R. Carey)

When you're an entomologist exploring Africa, you photograph the lions, tigers and elephants, but you don't forget the insects. Never forget the insects! Such was the case when James R. Carey, UC Davis distinguished professor of entomology, and his...

Dung beetles in St Lucia Wetlands National Park, South Africa. (Photo by James R. Carey)
Dung beetles in St Lucia Wetlands National Park, South Africa. (Photo by James R. Carey)

Dung beetles in St Lucia Wetlands National Park, South Africa. (Photo by James R. Carey)

Moth emergence at The Arc (lodge), Aberdare National Park, Kenya. (Photo by James R. Carey)
Moth emergence at The Arc (lodge), Aberdare National Park, Kenya. (Photo by James R. Carey)

Moth emergence at The Arc (lodge), Aberdare National Park, Kenya. (Photo by James R. Carey)

This image of a white rhino (critically endangered species) was taken on the Careys' safari in Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park, South Africa. (Photo by Patty Carey)
This image of a white rhino (critically endangered species) was taken on the Careys' safari in Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park, South Africa. (Photo by Patty Carey)

This image of a white rhino (critically endangered species) was taken on the Careys' safari in Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park, South Africa. (Photo by Patty Carey)

Zebras watching out for predators in the Serengeti National Park on overland safari. (Photo by Patty Carey)
Zebras watching out for predators in the Serengeti National Park on overland safari. (Photo by Patty Carey)

Zebras watching out for predators in the Serengeti National Park on overland safari. (Photo by Patty Carey)

Elephant family at river in Chobe National Park, Botswana. (Photo by Patty Carey)
Elephant family at river in Chobe National Park, Botswana. (Photo by Patty Carey)

Elephant family at river in Chobe National Park, Botswana. (Photo by Patty Carey)

Mountain gorilla (critically endangered species): this image was taken on the Careys' trek in Virunga National Park, Democratic Republic of Congo. (Photo by Patty Carey)
Mountain gorilla (critically endangered species): this image was taken on the Careys' trek in Virunga National Park, Democratic Republic of Congo. (Photo by Patty Carey)

Mountain gorilla (critically endangered species): this image was taken on the Careys' trek in Virunga National Park, Democratic Republic of Congo. (Photo by Patty Carey)

Male African lion sleeping on rock in Serengeti National Park, Tanzania. (Photo by Patty Carey)
Male African lion sleeping on rock in Serengeti National Park, Tanzania. (Photo by Patty Carey)

Male African lion sleeping on rock in Serengeti National Park, Tanzania. (Photo by Patty Carey)

Posted on Thursday, May 16, 2019 at 9:13 PM

My Old Flame: Looking for Love or a Fast-Food Snack or a Little Sun

A male flameskimmer dragonfly, Libellula saturata, perches on a bamboo stake in Vacaville, Calif. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Looking for love...or a fast-food snack...or a little sun... A male flameskimmer dragonfly, Libellula saturata, is a sight to see. The males are fire-engine red or firecracker red, and when they perch on a bamboo stake in your pollinator garden,...

A male flameskimmer dragonfly, Libellula saturata, perches on a bamboo stake in Vacaville, Calif. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A male flameskimmer dragonfly, Libellula saturata, perches on a bamboo stake in Vacaville, Calif. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A male flameskimmer dragonfly, Libellula saturata, perches on a bamboo stake in Vacaville, Calif. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The flameskimmer's wings shimmer in the morning light. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
The flameskimmer's wings shimmer in the morning light. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The flameskimmer's wings shimmer in the morning light. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Wednesday, May 15, 2019 at 5:33 PM

Congrats, Entomologist Jessica Gillung! Recipient of Royal Entomological Society Award

As a graduate student at UC Davis, Jessica Gillung participated in many outreach programs with the Bohart Museum of Entomology. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Congrats to Jessica Gillung for a well-deserved honor! Gillung, a postdoctoral fellow at Cornell University and a UC Davis alumnus, is the recipient of the prestigious Marsh Award for Early Career Entomologist, sponsored by the Royal Entomological...

As a graduate student at UC Davis, Jessica Gillung participated in many outreach programs with the Bohart Museum of Entomology. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
As a graduate student at UC Davis, Jessica Gillung participated in many outreach programs with the Bohart Museum of Entomology. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

As a graduate student at UC Davis, Jessica Gillung participated in many outreach programs with the Bohart Museum of Entomology. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Bohart Bugs Grab Interest of Fairgoers

Entomologist Jeff Smith (left) shows insect displays from the Bohart Museum of Entomology to fairgoers last Saturday at the Dixon May Fair.  (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Bugs from the Bohart Museum of Entomology, UC Davis, grabbed the interest of fairgoers at the 144th annual Dixon May Fair, held May 9 through May 12. Entomologists Jeff Smith and Alexander "Alex" Dedmon kept busy answering questions on Saturday in the...

Entomologist Jeff Smith (left) shows insect displays from the Bohart Museum of Entomology to fairgoers last Saturday at the Dixon May Fair.  (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Entomologist Jeff Smith (left) shows insect displays from the Bohart Museum of Entomology to fairgoers last Saturday at the Dixon May Fair. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Entomologist Jeff Smith (left) shows insect displays from the Bohart Museum of Entomology to fairgoers last Saturday at the Dixon May Fair. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Entomologists Alex Dedon (left) and Jeff Smith of UC Davis engage with Carolyn Jones of Dixon, who served as chair of the 2019 Sacramento Orchid Show. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Entomologists Alex Dedon (left) and Jeff Smith of UC Davis engage with Carolyn Jones of Dixon, who served as chair of the 2019 Sacramento Orchid Show. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Entomologists Alex Dedon (left) and Jeff Smith of UC Davis engage with Carolyn Jones of Dixon, who served as chair of the 2019 Sacramento Orchid Show. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Forensic entomologist Alex Dedmon, a doctoral student at UC Davis, responds to a question from a fairgoer Saturday at the Dixon May Fair. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Forensic entomologist Alex Dedmon, a doctoral student at UC Davis, responds to a question from a fairgoer Saturday at the Dixon May Fair. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Forensic entomologist Alex Dedmon, a doctoral student at UC Davis, responds to a question from a fairgoer Saturday at the Dixon May Fair. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

This fairgoer checked out the specimens of carpenter bees, honey bees, leafcutting bees and sweat bees from the Bohart Museum of Entomology at the Dixon May Fair. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
This fairgoer checked out the specimens of carpenter bees, honey bees, leafcutting bees and sweat bees from the Bohart Museum of Entomology at the Dixon May Fair. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

This fairgoer checked out the specimens of carpenter bees, honey bees, leafcutting bees and sweat bees from the Bohart Museum of Entomology at the Dixon May Fair. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

An insect display on Hymenotpera (bees and wasps) drew the interest of this fairgoer at the Dixon May Fair. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
An insect display on Hymenotpera (bees and wasps) drew the interest of this fairgoer at the Dixon May Fair. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

An insect display on Hymenotpera (bees and wasps) drew the interest of this fairgoer at the Dixon May Fair. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Specimens from the order Coleoptera (beetles) fascinated many fairgoers at the Dixon May Fair. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Specimens from the order Coleoptera (beetles) fascinated many fairgoers at the Dixon May Fair. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Specimens from the order Coleoptera (beetles) fascinated many fairgoers at the Dixon May Fair. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Camouflaged insects include stick insects that look like leaves. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Camouflaged insects include stick insects that look like leaves. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Camouflaged insects include stick insects that look like leaves. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Butterfly specimens from the order Lepitoptera (butterflies and moths) brightened the Bohart Museum of Entomology display at the Dixon May Fair. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Butterfly specimens from the order Lepitoptera (butterflies and moths) brightened the Bohart Museum of Entomology display at the Dixon May Fair. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Butterfly specimens from the order Lepitoptera (butterflies and moths) brightened the Bohart Museum of Entomology display at the Dixon May Fair. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The Floriculture Building at the Dixon May Fair was more than flowers--it included specimens of pollinators and other insects from the Bohart Museum of Entomology. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
The Floriculture Building at the Dixon May Fair was more than flowers--it included specimens of pollinators and other insects from the Bohart Museum of Entomology. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The Floriculture Building at the Dixon May Fair was more than flowers--it included specimens of pollinators and other insects from the Bohart Museum of Entomology. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

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