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If You Like Chocolate, Thank the Midges!

Ernesto Sandoval, collections manager for the UC Davis Botanical Conservatory, checks out the cacao tree, aka

If you like chocolate, thank the midges. These tiny flies (about 1 to 3mm) pollinate the intricate flowers of the cacao tree, Theobroma cacao. From those seed pods, known as cocoa beans, come the chocolate that we crave. In fact, we Americans consume...

Ernesto Sandoval, collections manager for the UC Davis Botanical Conservatory, checks out the cacao tree, aka
Ernesto Sandoval, collections manager for the UC Davis Botanical Conservatory, checks out the cacao tree, aka "chocolate tree." (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Ernesto Sandoval, collections manager for the UC Davis Botanical Conservatory, checks out the cacao tree, aka "chocolate tree." (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Antoine Brieux to Share PPTM Research on Fruit Fly

Postdoctoral fellow Antoine Brieux of the Joanna Chiu lab, UC Davis Department of Entomology and Nematology, will present a seminar at 4:10 p.m., Wednesday,  Feb. 13 in Briggs Hall on

Postdoctoral scientist Antoine Brieux of the Joanna Chiu lab, UC Davis Department of Entomology and Nematology, is gearing up for a seminar next week on his research on the fruit fly, Drosophila melanogaster, involving photoperiodic time measurement...

Postdoctoral fellow Antoine Brieux of the Joanna Chiu lab, UC Davis Department of Entomology and Nematology, will present a seminar at 4:10 p.m., Wednesday,  Feb. 13 in Briggs Hall on
Postdoctoral fellow Antoine Brieux of the Joanna Chiu lab, UC Davis Department of Entomology and Nematology, will present a seminar at 4:10 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 13 in Briggs Hall on "Understanding the Molecular Mechanisms Underlying Photoperiodic Time Measurement in Drosophila melanogaster."

Postdoctoral fellow Antoine Brieux of the Joanna Chiu lab, UC Davis Department of Entomology and Nematology, will present a seminar at 4:10 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 13 in Briggs Hall on "Understanding the Molecular Mechanisms Underlying Photoperiodic Time Measurement in Drosophila melanogaster."

You Gotta Love Those Tarantulas!

Bohart associate/entomology student Wade Spencer shows Coco McFluffin to Bohart Museum visitors. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

You gotta love those tarantulas at the Bohart Museum of Entomology at the University of California, Davis. If you don't love them, then at least you'll love their names. Who couldn't love a tarantula named Peaches or Snuggles , two of the first...

Bohart associate/entomology student Wade Spencer shows Coco McFluffin to Bohart Museum visitors. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Bohart associate/entomology student Wade Spencer shows Coco McFluffin to Bohart Museum visitors. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Bohart associate/entomology student Wade Spencer shows Coco McFluffin to Bohart Museum visitors. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Coco McFluffin is a crowd favorite at the Bohart Museum of Entomology. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Coco McFluffin is a crowd favorite at the Bohart Museum of Entomology. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Coco McFluffin is a crowd favorite at the Bohart Museum of Entomology. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Wednesday, February 6, 2019 at 5:49 PM

Bugs Rule But Other Critters Do, Too, on UC Davis Biodiversity Museum Day

A tarantula at the Bohart Museum of Entomology. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Bugs rule, but other critters do, too, on UC Davis Biodiversity Museum Day! You won't want to miss the eighth annual UC Davis Biodiversity Museum Day, set from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 16. The free, family friendly event will feature 13 museums...

A tarantula at the Bohart Museum of Entomology. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A tarantula at the Bohart Museum of Entomology. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A tarantula at the Bohart Museum of Entomology. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A lion specimen at the Museum of Wildlife and Fish Biology, located in Room 1394 of the Academic Surge Building. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A lion specimen at the Museum of Wildlife and Fish Biology, located in Room 1394 of the Academic Surge Building. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A lion specimen at the Museum of Wildlife and Fish Biology, located in Room 1394 of the Academic Surge Building. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A great-horned owl at the California Raptor Center, located at 1340 Equine Lane, Davis. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A great-horned owl at the California Raptor Center, located at 1340 Equine Lane, Davis. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A great-horned owl at the California Raptor Center, located at 1340 Equine Lane, Davis. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Because the Praying Mantis Didn't Eat All Her Dinner

What's in this exhibit in the Bohart Museum of Entomology? Blow flies. A praying mantis didn't eat all the leftovers from a maggot art activity. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

It all happened because a praying mantis at the Bohart Museum of Entomology declined to eat all her dinner. She just wasn't that hungry. To take it from the top: The family craft activity at the Bohart's recent open house featured maggot art, in which...

What's in this exhibit in the Bohart Museum of Entomology? Blow flies. A praying mantis didn't eat all the leftovers from a maggot art activity. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
What's in this exhibit in the Bohart Museum of Entomology? Blow flies. A praying mantis didn't eat all the leftovers from a maggot art activity. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

What's in this exhibit in the Bohart Museum of Entomology? Blow flies. A praying mantis didn't eat all the leftovers from a maggot art activity. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Bohart Museum associate Emma Cluff checks out the blow flies moving around in the praying mantis exhibit. (Photo by  Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Bohart Museum associate Emma Cluff checks out the blow flies moving around in the praying mantis exhibit. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Bohart Museum associate Emma Cluff checks out the blow flies moving around in the praying mantis exhibit. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

An example of maggot art. Visitors to Briggs Hall can create maggot art during the 105th annual UC Davis Picnic Day. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
An example of maggot art. Visitors to Briggs Hall can create maggot art during the 105th annual UC Davis Picnic Day. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

An example of maggot art. Visitors to Briggs Hall can create maggot art during the 105th annual UC Davis Picnic Day. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Monday, February 4, 2019 at 5:01 PM
Focus Area Tags: Environment Innovation

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