A beer for a butterfly. If you collect the first live cabbage white butterfly (Pieris rapae) of 2015 in Yolo, Sacramento or Solano counties and have it verified as the winner, the prize is a pitcher of beer or its equivalent. Arthur Shapiro, distinguished professor in the UC Davis department of evolution and ecology, is […]
Should the agricultural use of neonicotinoids be banned? A team of entomology graduate students from UC Davis successfully argued at the Entomological Society of America’s recent student debates that a ban on the insecticides in agriculture will not improve pollinator health or restore populations, based on current science. Neonicotinoids are important for control of many […]
“Insects and Art” is the theme of a free open house from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 20, at the Bohart Museum of Entomology at UC Davis. The museum is in Room 1124 of the Academic Surge Building on Crocker Lane. More than a dozen artists will be displaying their work, and many will […]
Meet the author Who: Rachael Long, with museum specimens of a variety of bats When: 9-10:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 13 Where: Common Grounds Coffee Shop, 729 Main St., Woodland The tiny critter with the Chihuahua-like ears and foot-long wingspan peered over Corky Quirk’s glove. Its tiny eyes widened and its mouth opened. Nearby was its […]
Whales and monarch butterflies aren’t the only animals that migrate to overwintering sites, although they get the most human attention. “Equally apparent are the migrations of insects like armyworm moths and locusts that have severe negative impacts on agricultural systems,” says Hugh Dingle, an emeritus professor of entomology at UC Davis, and a worldwide authority […]
Chris Dewees, a retired marine fisheries specialist at UC Davis, will present a program on “Passion for Fish: When East Meets West” as one of four speakers at the Leonardo Art Science Evening Rendezvous (LASER) event. The event, which is free and open to the public, will run from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Dec. […]
Bees bite, right? Butterflies and moths can’t fly if you rub the scales off their wings, right? Earwigs crawl into your ears and then into your brain, right? Wrong, wrong and wrong. Those are some of the myths surrounding insects and they’re ones that UC Davis Bohart Museum of Entomology staffers will dispel at its […]
Teriyaki-flavored grasshopper kabobs: Yum or yecch?
The protein-rich delicacies drew mixed reactions at the “Bugs and Beer” event hosted recently in the Robert Mondavi Institute for Wine and Food Science at UC Davis.
“Don’t worry — be hoppy,” celebrity bug chef David George Gordon, author of the award-winning “Eat-a-Bug” cookbook, told the budding entomophagists as they eyed the colorful kabobs threaded with grasshoppers and green and red peppers.
Quipped Gordon: “Some people call them ‘sheesh-kabobs.’ ”
Gordon, from Seattle, joined “The Pope of Foam” Charlie Bamforth — the Anheuser-Busch endowed professor of malting and brewing sciences at UCD — to pair six bug dishes …