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Learning About Wasps and Other Insects

They came to learn about wasps--"The Weird and Wonderful Wasps"--at the recent open house hosted by...

Postdoctoral researcher Severyn Korneyev, a Ukrainian entomologist who studies flies, discusses insects with guests. On the screen is a Jerusalem cricket, also known as a potato bug. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Postdoctoral researcher Severyn Korneyev, a Ukrainian entomologist who studies flies, discusses insects with guests. On the screen is a Jerusalem cricket, also known as a potato bug. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Postdoctoral researcher Severyn Korneyev, a Ukrainian entomologist who studies flies, discusses insects with guests. On the screen is a Jerusalem cricket, also known as a potato bug. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

An image of an elaterid click beetle flashes on the screen as postdoctoral researcher Severyn Korneyev talks to visitors at the Bohart Museum open house. In the foreground is Lynn Kimsey, director of the Bohart Museum. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
An image of an elaterid click beetle flashes on the screen as postdoctoral researcher Severyn Korneyev talks to visitors at the Bohart Museum open house. In the foreground is Lynn Kimsey, director of the Bohart Museum. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

An image of an elaterid click beetle flashes on the screen as postdoctoral researcher Severyn Korneyev talks to visitors at the Bohart Museum open house. In the foreground is Lynn Kimsey, director of the Bohart Museum. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

An image of a underwing moth  flashes on the screen as postdoctoral researcher Severyn Korneyev talks to visitors at the Bohart Museum open house. In the foreground is Lynn Kimsey, director of the Bohart Museum. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
An image of a underwing moth flashes on the screen as postdoctoral researcher Severyn Korneyev talks to visitors at the Bohart Museum open house. In the foreground is Lynn Kimsey, director of the Bohart Museum. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

An image of a underwing moth flashes on the screen as postdoctoral researcher Severyn Korneyev talks to visitors at the Bohart Museum open house. In the foreground is Lynn Kimsey, director of the Bohart Museum. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

An image of a chrysidid cuckoo wasp,  Chrysis lindae, flashes on the screen as postdoctoral researcher Severyn Korneyev talks to visitors at the Bohart Museum open house. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
An image of a chrysidid cuckoo wasp, Chrysis lindae, flashes on the screen as postdoctoral researcher Severyn Korneyev talks to visitors at the Bohart Museum open house. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

An image of a chrysidid cuckoo wasp, Chrysis lindae, flashes on the screen as postdoctoral researcher Severyn Korneyev talks to visitors at the Bohart Museum open house. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

An image of a cockroach flashes on the screen as postdoctoral researcher Severyn Korneyev talks to visitors at the Bohart Museum open house. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
An image of a cockroach flashes on the screen as postdoctoral researcher Severyn Korneyev talks to visitors at the Bohart Museum open house. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

An image of a cockroach flashes on the screen as postdoctoral researcher Severyn Korneyev talks to visitors at the Bohart Museum open house. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Bohart associate Greg Kareofelas shows insect specimens in the lepidoptera collection to Defan Peterson of Davis and her daughter, Dylan 6, and son, Ender, 4. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Bohart associate Greg Kareofelas shows insect specimens in the lepidoptera collection to Defan Peterson of Davis and her daughter, Dylan 6, and son, Ender, 4. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Bohart associate Greg Kareofelas shows insect specimens in the lepidoptera collection to Defan Peterson of Davis and her daughter, Dylan 6, and son, Ender, 4. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Entomologist Jeff Smith, curator of the lepidoptera collection at the Bohart Museum of Entomology, lifts a drawer of specimens for visitors to see. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Entomologist Jeff Smith, curator of the lepidoptera collection at the Bohart Museum of Entomology, lifts a drawer of specimens for visitors to see. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Entomologist Jeff Smith, curator of the lepidoptera collection at the Bohart Museum of Entomology, lifts a drawer of specimens for visitors to see. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Bohart Museum senior museum scientist Steve Heydon answers a question from an open house visitor. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Bohart Museum senior museum scientist Steve Heydon answers a question from an open house visitor. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Bohart Museum senior museum scientist Steve Heydon answers a question from an open house visitor. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Entomologist Brennen Dyer, a UC Davis alumnus and a Bohart Museum laboratory assistant, shows a visitor some of the displays at the open house. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Entomologist Brennen Dyer, a UC Davis alumnus and a Bohart Museum laboratory assistant, shows a visitor some of the displays at the open house. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Entomologist Brennen Dyer, a UC Davis alumnus and a Bohart Museum laboratory assistant, shows a visitor some of the displays at the open house. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Friday, September 30, 2022 at 2:53 PM

Fall-Blooming Natives

By fall most summer-blooming plants have run their course, while summer-dormant plants are just...

California goldenrod (Solidago velutina ssp. californica), Laura Kling
California goldenrod (Solidago velutina ssp. californica), Laura Kling

California goldenrod (Solidago velutina ssp. californica), Laura Kling

Posted on Friday, September 30, 2022 at 5:00 AM

At Bohart Museum of Entomology: It Took Gall to Make a Ghost

It took gall to make a ghost. Really.  When the Bohart Museum of Entomology at UC Davis...

The Bohart Museum's family arts-and-crafts table, featuring how to make gall ghosts, was busy  throughout the open house, themed
The Bohart Museum's family arts-and-crafts table, featuring how to make gall ghosts, was busy throughout the open house, themed "Weird and Wonderful Wasps." (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The Bohart Museum's family arts-and-crafts table, featuring how to make gall ghosts, was busy throughout the open house, themed "Weird and Wonderful Wasps." (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A sign prompted folks to try their hand at making gall ghosts. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A sign prompted folks to try their hand at making gall ghosts. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A sign prompted folks to try their hand at making gall ghosts. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

These oak galls became the heads of the gall ghosts. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
These oak galls became the heads of the gall ghosts. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

These oak galls became the heads of the gall ghosts. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

UC Davis student and Bohart volunteer Elizabeth Gromfin explains how to make gall ghosts. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
UC Davis student and Bohart volunteer Elizabeth Gromfin explains how to make gall ghosts. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

UC Davis student and Bohart volunteer Elizabeth Gromfin explains how to make gall ghosts. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A helping hand is all that's needed. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A helping hand is all that's needed. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A helping hand is all that's needed. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A very creative youngster, 10-year-old Isaac Nottie, shows his family of gall ghosts. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A very creative youngster, 10-year-old Isaac Nottie, shows his family of gall ghosts. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A very creative youngster, 10-year-old Isaac Nottie, shows his family of gall ghosts. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

UC Davis student and Bohart volunteer Elizabeth Gromfin, who staffed the gall ghost table, holds a few of the ghosts she made. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
UC Davis student and Bohart volunteer Elizabeth Gromfin, who staffed the gall ghost table, holds a few of the ghosts she made. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

UC Davis student and Bohart volunteer Elizabeth Gromfin, who staffed the gall ghost table, holds a few of the ghosts she made. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

UC Davis student and Bohart volunteer Elizabeth Gromfin, who staffed the gall ghost table, holds a few of the ghosts she made. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)    Bohart associate Barbara Heinsch of Davis helped with the arts-and-crafts table. Here she shows some of the gall ghosts she created. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
UC Davis student and Bohart volunteer Elizabeth Gromfin, who staffed the gall ghost table, holds a few of the ghosts she made. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey) Bohart associate Barbara Heinsch of Davis helped with the arts-and-crafts table. Here she shows some of the gall ghosts she created. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

UC Davis student and Bohart volunteer Elizabeth Gromfin, who staffed the gall ghost table, holds a few of the ghosts she made. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Bohart associate Barbara Heinsch of Davis helped with the arts-and-crafts table. Here she shows some of the gall ghosts she created. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Thursday, September 29, 2022 at 4:31 PM

How to You Say 'Insect' in the Turkish Language?

How do you say "insect" in the Turkish language? That's a question posed by the Bohart Museum...

At the Bohart Museum of Entomology, Dr. Ismail Seker and his wife, Esin, stand in front of the Turkish flag and a card indicating how to say
At the Bohart Museum of Entomology, Dr. Ismail Seker and his wife, Esin, stand in front of the Turkish flag and a card indicating how to say "insect" in the Turkish language. The Bohart Museum spotlights a global collection of flags, as well as how to say "insect" in many languages. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

At the Bohart Museum of Entomology, Dr. Ismail Seker and his wife, Esin, stand in front of the Turkish flag and a card indicating how to say "insect" in the Turkish language. The Bohart Museum spotlights a global collection of flags, as well as how to say "insect" in many languages. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

This image of fig wasps was among the spotlighted images at the Bohart Museum of Entomology's recent open house on wasps. (Photo by Dr. Ismail Seker, who captured this image in his native Turkey)
This image of fig wasps was among the spotlighted images at the Bohart Museum of Entomology's recent open house on wasps. (Photo by Dr. Ismail Seker, who captured this image in his native Turkey)

This image of fig wasps was among the spotlighted images at the Bohart Museum of Entomology's recent open house on wasps. (Photo by Dr. Ismail Seker, who captured this image in his native Turkey)

Posted on Wednesday, September 28, 2022 at 5:23 PM

Prey Tell, Where Are All the Mantids?

Prey tell, where are all the praying mantids? Last fall,...

A beautiful gravid praying mantis, Stagmomantis limbata, is right at home in the lantana. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A beautiful gravid praying mantis, Stagmomantis limbata, is right at home in the lantana. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A beautiful gravid praying mantis, Stagmomantis limbata, is right at home in the lantana. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Find the praying mantis! In the flood of red and gold lantana blossoms is a gush of green: a beautiful gravid praying mantis, Stagmomantis limbata (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Find the praying mantis! In the flood of red and gold lantana blossoms is a gush of green: a beautiful gravid praying mantis, Stagmomantis limbata (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Find the praying mantis! In the flood of red and gold lantana blossoms is a gush of green: a beautiful gravid praying mantis, Stagmomantis limbata (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A very gravid praying mantis, Stagmomantis limbata. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A very gravid praying mantis, Stagmomantis limbata. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A very gravid praying mantis, Stagmomantis limbata. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Well, hello there! The praying mantis eyes the photographer. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Well, hello there! The praying mantis eyes the photographer. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Well, hello there! The praying mantis eyes the photographer. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Tuesday, September 27, 2022 at 5:17 PM

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