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Learn How to Make an Insect Collection--Online and During UC Davis Picnic Day

If you're interesting in collecting insects, stop by Briggs Hall on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. to learn how to make an insect collection. Here a leafcutter bee is targeting a Gulf Fritillary butterfly. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

So, you want to make an insect collection? How do you begin? Where do you start? Distinguished Professor James R. Carey of the UC Davis Department of Entomology and Nematology led a class on how to do just that several years ago.  Under his...

If you're interesting in collecting insects, stop by Briggs Hall on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. to learn how to make an insect collection. Here a leafcutter bee is targeting a Gulf Fritillary butterfly. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
If you're interesting in collecting insects, stop by Briggs Hall on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. to learn how to make an insect collection. Here a leafcutter bee is targeting a Gulf Fritillary butterfly. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

If you're interesting in collecting insects, stop by Briggs Hall on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. to learn how to make an insect collection. Here a leafcutter bee is targeting a Gulf Fritillary butterfly. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Bohart Museum of Entomology associate Jeff Smith spreads the wings of a tiger moth, Ctenucha rubroscapus. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Bohart Museum of Entomology associate Jeff Smith spreads the wings of a tiger moth, Ctenucha rubroscapus. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Bohart Museum of Entomology associate Jeff Smith spreads the wings of a tiger moth, Ctenucha rubroscapus. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Friday, April 17, 2015 at 5:38 PM

Get Ready for the 40-Foot-Long Black Widow Spider!

Figuring out the measurements are secretary Christine Melvin, member Hunter Bolt, president Marko Marrero, and member Sam Shook. (Photo by Alex Nguyen)

In real life, the black widow spider is about 1.5 inches long. You'd never know that if you looked in the backyard of UC Davis entomologists Robert and Lynn Kimsey. The UC Davis Entomology Club, advised by Robert Kimsey, is building a 40-foot-long...

Figuring out the measurements are secretary Christine Melvin, member Hunter Bolt, president Marko Marrero, and member Sam Shook. (Photo by Alex Nguyen)
Figuring out the measurements are secretary Christine Melvin, member Hunter Bolt, president Marko Marrero, and member Sam Shook. (Photo by Alex Nguyen)

Figuring out the measurements are secretary Christine Melvin, member Hunter Bolt, president Marko Marrero, and member Sam Shook. (Photo by Alex Nguyen)

Working on the float are (from left) member Ben Maples and president Marko Marrero  (Photo by Alex Nguyen)
Working on the float are (from left) member Ben Maples and president Marko Marrero (Photo by Alex Nguyen)

Working on the float are (from left) member Ben Maples and president Marko Marrero (Photo by Alex Nguyen)

This is the black widow spider that the UC Davis Entomology Club entered in the UC Davis Picnic Day Parade some 20 years ago.
This is the black widow spider that the UC Davis Entomology Club entered in the UC Davis Picnic Day Parade some 20 years ago.

This is the black widow spider that the UC Davis Entomology Club entered in the UC Davis Picnic Day Parade some 20 years ago.

Posted on Thursday, April 16, 2015 at 5:06 PM

A Honey of a Day, a Honey of a Picnic

Beekeepers like to sample honey fresh from a comb. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

It promises to be a "honey of a day" and a "honey of a picnic" at the 101st annual UC Davis Picnic Day on Saturday, April 18. Lots of activities are planned campuswide, but let's focus on the bees, pollination and honey tasting. The Department of...

Beekeepers like to sample honey fresh from a comb. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Beekeepers like to sample honey fresh from a comb. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Beekeepers like to sample honey fresh from a comb. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

This was the scene of last year's honey tasting event at Briggs Hall. That's Extension apiculturist Eric Mussen, now retired, staffing the table. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
This was the scene of last year's honey tasting event at Briggs Hall. That's Extension apiculturist Eric Mussen, now retired, staffing the table. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

This was the scene of last year's honey tasting event at Briggs Hall. That's Extension apiculturist Eric Mussen, now retired, staffing the table. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Wednesday, April 15, 2015 at 5:53 PM

Just Buggin' Ya! The Good, The Bad and the Bugly

UC Davis professor Diane Ullman created this maggot art last year during the UC Davis Picnic Day. Maggots are dipped into non-toxic, water-based paint and allowed--or encouraged--to roam. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

In Journalism 101, students learn that news stories need the Four Ws--who, what, when, where and why" and the H--"how come." But when it comes to UC Davis Picnic Day 101, the "101" doesn't mean inexperience. This is the 101st annual celebration, which...

UC Davis professor Diane Ullman created this maggot art last year during the UC Davis Picnic Day. Maggots are dipped into non-toxic, water-based paint and allowed--or encouraged--to roam. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
UC Davis professor Diane Ullman created this maggot art last year during the UC Davis Picnic Day. Maggots are dipped into non-toxic, water-based paint and allowed--or encouraged--to roam. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

UC Davis professor Diane Ullman created this maggot art last year during the UC Davis Picnic Day. Maggots are dipped into non-toxic, water-based paint and allowed--or encouraged--to roam. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Forensic entomologist Robert Kimsey will answer questions at his Dr. Death booth in 122 Briggs Hall. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Forensic entomologist Robert Kimsey will answer questions at his Dr. Death booth in 122 Briggs Hall. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Forensic entomologist Robert Kimsey will answer questions at his Dr. Death booth in 122 Briggs Hall. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Entomologist Fran Keller, who received her doctorate at UC Davis, is a regular at the Bohart Museum open houses. Here she's staffing the gift shop. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Entomologist Fran Keller, who received her doctorate at UC Davis, is a regular at the Bohart Museum open houses. Here she's staffing the gift shop. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Entomologist Fran Keller, who received her doctorate at UC Davis, is a regular at the Bohart Museum open houses. Here she's staffing the gift shop. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Tuesday, April 14, 2015 at 8:33 PM
Tags: bugs (6), insects (18), pollinators (13), spiders (7), UC Davis Picnic Day (21)

The Flameskimmers Are Back!

The flameskimmer or firecracker skimmer (Libellula saturata) perches on a bamboo stake. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The flameskimmers are back! We've been waiting for the new generation of flameskimmers, aka firecracker skimmers (Libellula saturata), to visit our yard after the long winter. On Sunday, a male flameskimmer did. It perched on a bamboo stake, soaked up...

The flameskimmer or firecracker skimmer (Libellula saturata) perches on a bamboo stake. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
The flameskimmer or firecracker skimmer (Libellula saturata) perches on a bamboo stake. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The flameskimmer or firecracker skimmer (Libellula saturata) perches on a bamboo stake. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Flameskimmer in motion. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Flameskimmer in motion. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Flameskimmer in motion. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Monday, April 13, 2015 at 6:47 PM

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