Thursday, July 31, 2014
YOLO COUNTY NEWS
99 CENTS

See live insects up close at Bohart Museum open house

gulf fritillary caterpillaronW

Live insects, including Gulf fritillary caterpillars, will be featured at the Bohart Museum's open house on Saturday. Kathy Keatley Garvey/Courtesy photo

By
From page A1 | September 17, 2013 |

Open houses

* Saturday, 1-4 p.m.: “Live from the Bohart!”

* Saturday, Nov. 23, 1-4 p.m.: “Beauty and Beetles”

* Sunday, Jan. 12, 1-4 p.m.: “Snuggle Bugs”

* Sunday, Feb. 8, noon-4 p.m.: Biodiversity Museum Day

* Sunday, March 2, 1-4 p.m.: “Garden Heroes”

* Saturday, April 12, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.: UC Davis Picnic Day

* Sunday, May 4, 1-4 p.m.: “Moth-er’s Day”

* Saturday, July 26, 1-4 p.m.: “Arachnids: Awesome or Awful?”

The Bohart Museum of Entomology, home of nearly 8 million specimens, will “go live” at its first open house of the 2013-14 academic year on Saturday afternoon at UC Davis.

“Live,” that is, with live insects, such as cabbage white and Gulf fritillary butterflies, Madagascar hissing cockroaches, walking sticks, a rose-haired tarantula and a “Harry Potter bug,” which is an amblypygid commonly known as a whip spider or tailless whip scorpion.

Amblypygids — the name means “blunt rump” due to their lack of a flagellum or tail — use a taillike structure to hang from while molting, said senior museum scientist Steve Heydon. They belong to the arachnids or spider family but form a separate order. They are harmless to humans.

Another attraction is a jumping spider, which arrived at the insect museum on a rose bouquet, and has become a permanent resident, Heydon said.

The open house, set from 1 to 4 p.m., is free and open to the public. The museum, affiliated with the UCD department of entomology and nematology, is in Room 1124 of Academic Surge on Crocker Lane, formerly California Drive. The nearest intersection is LaRue Road.

Tabatha Yang, public education and outreach coordinator, said visitors can see cabbage white butterflies (Pieris rapae) from Davis and Gulf fritillaries (Agraulis vanillae) from the back yards of Davis and Vacaville. The Gulf fritillary population is expected to include eggs, caterpillars, chrysalids and adults and photos. Attendees will learn how to rear butterflies, Yang said.

The gift shop, open year-round includes two new T-shirts, both the work of designer/Ph.D. student Fran Keller and Davis naturalist/Bohart volunteer Greg Kareofelas. The gift shop also includes other clothing, posters, books, jewelry and insect nets.

Purchases and donations support the Bohart education outreach programs. Museum staff educate more than 10,000 students about insects each year thanks to the public’s generosity.

Saturday’s open house is one of eight weekend open houses this academic year. The museum’s regular hours are 9 a.m. to noon and from 1 to 5 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays. The museum is closed to the public on Fridays and on major holidays. Admission is free.

Comments

comments

Kathy Keatley Garvey

  • Recent Posts

  • Enter your email address to subscribe to this newspaper and receive notifications of new articles by email.

  • .

    News

     
    Local therapists bring ‘Daring Greatly’ movement to Davis

    By Anne Ternus-Bellamy | From Page: A1 | Gallery

     
    Davis area youths learn wilderness survival skills

    By Charlotte Orr | From Page: A1 | Gallery

     
    Crews battle grass fire near Davis

    By Lauren Keene | From Page: A2

    Sorting out the claims after pipe break: Who pays?

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A2

     
    Governor says immigration solution is a priority

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A2

    Firefighters keep Yosemite blaze far from sequoias

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A2

     
    Police nab three for vehicle theft

    By Lauren Keene | From Page: A2

     
    As farmland subsides, aquifer worries mount

    By San Francisco Chronicle | From Page: A3 | Gallery

     
    Pogledich named Yolo County counsel

    By Anne Ternus-Bellamy | From Page: A5 | Gallery

    Tuleyome launches Kickstarter campaign to publish a children’s nature book

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A5 | Gallery

     
    Davis teen on California team for national horticulture competition

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A5 | Gallery

    Truth and authenticity on radio program

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A8

     
    Senior sing-along held monthly

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A8

    .

    Forum

    A rose by any other name

    By Creators Syndicate | From Page: B5

     
    Civilians are innocent victims

    By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A6

    Thanks for your kindnesses

    By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A6

     
    Questions, questions, questions

    By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A6

    Speak out

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A6

     
    Ross Douthat: Democrat, Republican patterns are changing

    By New York Times News Service | From Page: A6

    Tom Meyer cartoon

    By Debbie Davis | From Page: A6

     
    .

    Sports

    River Cats snap three-game losing streak

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: B1 | Gallery

     
    Davis Water Polo U10 girls are golden

    By Spencer Ault | From Page: B1, 1 Comment

    Aggie Silva mixed school and strikes; wins Reno tourney

    By Bruce Gallaudet | From Page: B1 | Gallery

     
    Lucky No. 7: Giants snap losing streak

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B1

    Davis Rugby teams wrap up summer season

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: B2

     
    DHS tryout schedule updated; physical packets due

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: B2

    49ers WR Brandon Lloyd enjoying return to NFL

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B3

     
    Hammel struggles in A’s loss to Astros

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B8

    .

    Features

    Happy 103rd birthday!

    By Wayne Tilcock | From Page: A2

     
    Fay Libet: 100 years young

    By Spencer Ault | From Page: A3 | Gallery

    Future subscriber: Sonya Theresa Arnold

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

     
    Wedding: Alpers – Halprin Jackson

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A4

    Engagement: Snyder-Oerman

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A4

     
    .

    Arts

    Hot City heats up Winters gazebo

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A7

     
    Enjoy some Mischief at First Saturday event

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A7

    British organist to play in Davis

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A7

     
    Native American dancers to perform in Davis

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A7

    Winters stages ‘All’s Well That Ends Well’

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A7

     
    Landscape exhibition returns to Davis

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A7

    Hear live music at Monticello

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A7

     
    New KDRT show features touring musicians

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A7

     
    .

    Business

    .

    Obituaries

    .

    Comics

    Comics: Thursday, July 31, 2014

    By Creator | From Page: B6