Please Eat a Stink Bug!

Nov 23, 2016

Oh, if we could just engage in some menu planning and preparation!

How often have you thought of that after watching praying mantids dine on honey bees, bumble bees, monarchs, Western tiger swallowtails and other beneficial insects?

"Please don't eat the pollinators!" I plead, tongue in cheek. "Why not grab a tasty stink bug?"

Well, last Saturday afternoon, Nov. 19 at the Bohart Museum of Entomology, UC Davis, that's exactly what a mantid did. It nailed a stink bug, held it between its spiked forelegs and ate it, not unlike an Thanksgiving-Day interaction between a two-legged human being and a turkey drumstick.

UC Davis entomology graduate student Charlotte Herbert happened by and took a selfie. Serendipity: one of her class assignments was to take a selfie with an insect.

No doubt she was the only one in her class who took a selfie with a praying mantis eating a stink bug!

The occasion: a Bohart open house themed "Uninvited Guests: Common Pests Found in the Home."

The Bohart Museum, home of a global collection of nearly eight million insect specimens (plua a live "petting zoo" and a gift shop) is now gearing up for its next open house, "Parasite Palooza: Botflies, Fleas and Mites, Oh My!" set from 1 to 4 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 22  in Room 1124 of the Academic Surge Building, Crocker Lane. The open houses are free and open to the public. See schedule.

The Bohart Museum's regular hours are from 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 5 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays. The museum is closed to the public on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays and on major holidays. Admission is free. More information on the Bohart Museum is available by contacting (530) 752-0493 or