They don’t wear Superman or Superwoman costumes, but superheroes they are. Garden heroes, that is.
“Garden Heroes” is the theme of the Bohart Museum of Entomology’s open house from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, March 2. The event, free and open to the public, will be held in 1124 of the Academic Surge building on Crocker Lane on the UC Davis campus.
“This time of year aphids are invading our gardens,” said Tabatha Yang, education and outreach coordinator at the Bohart Museum. “Garden heroes, like lady beetles, help us out.” Lady beetles are better known as ladybugs.
Other garden heroes include lacewings, bigeyed bugs, assassin bugs, damsel bugs and soldier beetles.
Family activities, including how to make a bee condo for native bees, are planned at Sunday’s open house. Another key attraction will be a return appearance of the Budding Biologist (www.buddingbiologist.com/about.html), creator of ecology video games.
Budding Biologist is an educational publishing company owned by Kristine Callis-Duehl, a post-doctoral associate at UC Irvine. This game is loosely based on ecological research being conducted by Louie Yang, assistant professor in the UCD department of entomology and nematology. Walter Hsiao, the video game developer, will be on hand to answer questions about game design.
The Bohart Museum, directed by Lynn Kimsey, a UCD professor of entomology, houses nearly 8 million specimens and is the seventh largest insect collection in North America. It is also the home of the California Insect Survey, a storehouse of insect biodiversity. Noted entomologist Richard M. Bohart (1913-2007) founded the museum in 1946.
Regular public hours are 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 5 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays. Group tours may be arranged with Yang at firstname.lastname@example.org or 530-752-0493.