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‘June bugs’ showcased at museum open house

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June 2, 2011 |

A June bug, also known as a fig beetle, will be on display at the Bohart Museum of Entomology open house on Sunday. Andrew Richards/Courtesy photo

“June Bugs” is the theme of a free open house from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Bohart Museum of Entomology at UC Davis. The event, free and open to the public, is the last in a series of six weekend openings this winter and spring.

The museum is in 1124 Academic Surge, on California Drive, on the UCD campus.

Among the insects featured will be a “June bug,” also known as a fig beetle.

“The larvae feed on decaying fruit/plant material and they can be common in compost piles in the central and Southern states and southwestern United States in general,” said Lynn Kimsey, museum director and a professor of entomology at UCD.

The adults, green and about 1.25 inches long, feed on ripe fruit, particularly figs, she said. They are part of more than 7 million insect specimens housed in the museum and collected worldwide.

In addition, the museum features a petting zoo, especially popular among children. Visitors can hold such insects as Madagascar hissing cockroaches and walking sticks.

The museum’s regular hours are 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 5 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays. The next weekend open house is planned for October.

For more information, visit http://bohart.ucdavis.edu or contact Tabatha Yang at tabyang@ucdavis.edu or (530) 752-9464.

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