You just can't beat those Halloween costumes at the Bohart Museum of Entomology's annual membership party.
But have you ever thought of being a..drum roll..long-horned beetle? Of course, you have! Probably every Halloween, right?
Talk about creative!
UC Davis entomology undergraduate student Laurie Casebier crafted the cerambycidae beetle (long-horned beetle) costume. "I used my bike helmet and cut a hula hoop in half and attached the ends to my helmet to make the long antenna and used duct tape to make the familiar notched eyes," she said. "Then I cut out paper and my pseudotetramerous tarsi. I used a scarf as elytra. It was kind of modeled after the apple borer, but not really."
Forensic entomologist Bob Kimsey of the UC Davis Department of Entomology and Nematology faculty wore his favorite ghillie suit as he poured beverages for the crowd.
Then there were the look-alikes. Entomology student Maia Lundy, president of the UC Davis Entomology Club, dressed like her friend, entomology graduate Alex Nguyen ("Maia decided that it would be funny to look like me," he said)
and entomology graduate student Joel Hernandez and UC Davis alumnus Melissa Cruz arrived as lumberjacks,
And then were were the bees that buzzed and the butterflies that fluttered.
No one wore an orange T-shirt that proclaimed "This IS my Halloween costume."
That would..er...really bug entomologists.
Author - Communications specialist
UC Davis entomology student Laurie Casebier as a cerambycidae beetle (long-horned beetle). (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
UC Davis entomology undergraduate student Benjamin Maples as a praying mantis. At right is graduate student Ziad Khouri. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
UC Davis faculy member/forensic entomologist Bob Kimsey in his ghillie suit. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
The look-a-likes: (from left) entomology undergraduate student Maia Lundy and entomology graduate Alex Nguyen, and graduate student Joel Hernandez and UC Davis alumnus Melissa Cruz as lumberjacks. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)