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Seeing Spots at the Bohart Museum of Entomology

The Indian domino cockroach is part of the live

When you visit the Bohart Museum of Entomology on the UC Davis campus, you're likely to see spots. That would be the Indian domino cockroach, Therea...

The Indian domino cockroach is part of the live
The Indian domino cockroach is part of the live "petting zoo" at the Bohart Museum of Entomology. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The Indian domino cockroach is part of the live "petting zoo" at the Bohart Museum of Entomology. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Friday, December 13, 2019 at 5:24 PM

Bohart Museum of Entomology Gift Shop: 'Tis the Season for Water Bears

Entomologist Eliza Litsey, who received her bachelor's degree in entomology this year from UC Davis, shows some of the water bears (tardigrades) available in the Bohart Museum of Entomology gift shop. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Move over, teddy bears. There's a new bear in town to covet, cuddle and cherish--a water bear or tardigrade. The plush stuffed animals are hot...

Entomologist Eliza Litsey, who received her bachelor's degree in entomology this year from UC Davis, shows some of the water bears (tardigrades) available in the Bohart Museum of Entomology gift shop. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Entomologist Eliza Litsey, who received her bachelor's degree in entomology this year from UC Davis, shows some of the water bears (tardigrades) available in the Bohart Museum of Entomology gift shop. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Entomologist Eliza Litsey, who received her bachelor's degree in entomology this year from UC Davis, shows some of the water bears (tardigrades) available in the Bohart Museum of Entomology gift shop. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Here's looking at you. Water bears in the Bohart Museum of Entomology are soft and cuddly. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Here's looking at you. Water bears in the Bohart Museum of Entomology are soft and cuddly. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Here's looking at you. Water bears in the Bohart Museum of Entomology are soft and cuddly. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Insect-themed t-shirts are popular in the Bohart Museum of Entomology gift shop, especially during the holiday season. This is entomologist Eliza Litsey. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Insect-themed t-shirts are popular in the Bohart Museum of Entomology gift shop, especially during the holiday season. This is entomologist Eliza Litsey. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Insect-themed t-shirts are popular in the Bohart Museum of Entomology gift shop, especially during the holiday season. This is entomologist Eliza Litsey. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Senior museum scientist Steve Heydon checks out the insect-themed shirts at the Bohart Museum of Entomology. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Senior museum scientist Steve Heydon checks out the insect-themed shirts at the Bohart Museum of Entomology. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Senior museum scientist Steve Heydon checks out the insect-themed shirts at the Bohart Museum of Entomology. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Entomologist Jeff Smith (back), who curates the Lepidoptera section at the Bohart Museum, handmade these pens, available in the gift shop. With him is Robert Michael Pyle of Grays River, Wash., founder of the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Entomologist Jeff Smith (back), who curates the Lepidoptera section at the Bohart Museum, handmade these pens, available in the gift shop. With him is Robert Michael Pyle of Grays River, Wash., founder of the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Entomologist Jeff Smith (back), who curates the Lepidoptera section at the Bohart Museum, handmade these pens, available in the gift shop. With him is Robert Michael Pyle of Grays River, Wash., founder of the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Children's insect-themed books are great gifts for budding entomologists. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Children's insect-themed books are great gifts for budding entomologists. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Children's insect-themed books are great gifts for budding entomologists. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Butterflies, dragonflies and lady beetles (lady bugs) adorn the t-shirts at the Bohart Museum of Entomology. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Butterflies, dragonflies and lady beetles (lady bugs) adorn the t-shirts at the Bohart Museum of Entomology. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Butterflies, dragonflies and lady beetles (lady bugs) adorn the t-shirts at the Bohart Museum of Entomology. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A Bug That's Not Wanted in the Vineyards

The three-cornered alfalfa leaf hopper, Spissistilus festinus, transmits the grapevine red blotch virus. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Back in July of 2016, a team of researchers affiliated with the University of California, Davis, wrote in the journal Phytopathology that the...

The three-cornered alfalfa leaf hopper, Spissistilus festinus, transmits the grapevine red blotch virus. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
The three-cornered alfalfa leaf hopper, Spissistilus festinus, transmits the grapevine red blotch virus. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The three-cornered alfalfa leaf hopper, Spissistilus festinus, transmits the grapevine red blotch virus. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A three-cornered alfalfa leaf hopper, Spissistilus festinus, on a grape leaf. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A three-cornered alfalfa leaf hopper, Spissistilus festinus, on a grape leaf. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A three-cornered alfalfa leaf hopper, Spissistilus festinus, on a grape leaf. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The leaf on the right has grapevine red blotch virus. (Photo by Raul Girardelo, UC Davis)
The leaf on the right has grapevine red blotch virus. (Photo by Raul Girardelo, UC Davis)

The leaf on the right has grapevine red blotch virus. (Photo by Raul Girardelo, UC Davis)

Across the Country

This summer my husband and I have been busy traveling across the country with destinations in the state of North Carolina and Florida. This blog will focus on NC, which I have to say, I am enthralled with. The landscape of those interstate highways, particularly Interstate 85 and the adjacent roads and byways are delightful. 
 
My last drive between Charlotte and Raleigh took a little over 3 hours but it could have taken much longer if I had been allowed to take my time. Allas, the posted speed limit is 70 mph and given the dry sunny weather it seemed to be a mere suggestion. Highway 85 is multiple lanes for each direction as you would expect but the natural pine forests line the highways either side and it seems every other sort of road as well. The space between and on each side of the road is maintained as if it were a park setting which is mowed and planted with ornamental grasses, Crepe Myrtles, and perennials.
 
As I am a native Californian, I have taken our freeways and highways for granted as a means of getting from one place to another. The thought of a “landscaped” terrain frankly never entered my thoughts. That was until I started driving in this enthralling landscape. When not on the interstates I could hardly contain myself from stopping to photograph the scenery laying before me, it was mesmerizing. 
 
As I was nearing Charlotte heading west on Interstate 85 I noticed groupings of gorgeous dark maroon penstemon-like ornamental grasses, the stalks were full  maybe 3 1/2 to 4 feet tall. The Penstemon genus is the largest endemic group of flowering plants in North America. Commonly known as “Beardstongue”, I can relate to the name as the thickness and color did resemble a chorus of very dark bushy beards singing in the breeze.
 
Heading eastward on 85 for the first time I was shocked to see the plantings of banks of perennials to the sides and in the median lawns, is this real? Maybe if I spent more time driving out of state I would have encountered landscaped roads. I must say for me it provided a calming effect and gave me a peaceful serenity.  
 
What a different landscape when there is that scarce resource called “rain” throughout the year. Back home now and we are now into fall. Leaves are turning and the breezes can blow from the inland as well as offshore. In a few weeks, we should start receiving some rain as well which will relieve our parched landscape.

across the country trish
across the country trish

Posted on Wednesday, December 11, 2019 at 9:19 AM

Rachel Vannette: Two National Science Foundation Grants

A digger bee, Anthophoroa bomboides, at Bodega Hay, Sonoma County. This is a solitary ground nesting bee, one of the species that collaborators Rachel Vannette, Bryan Danforth, Shawn Steffan, and Quinn McFrederick will study in their grant,

Congratulations to community ecologist Rachel Vannette of the UC Davis Department of Entomology and Nematology, recipient of two National Science...

A digger bee, Anthophoroa bomboides, at Bodega Hay, Sonoma County. This is a solitary ground nesting bee, one of the species that collaborators Rachel Vannette, Bryan Danforth, Shawn Steffan, and Quinn McFrederick will study in their grant,
A digger bee, Anthophoroa bomboides, at Bodega Hay, Sonoma County. This is a solitary ground nesting bee, one of the species that collaborators Rachel Vannette, Bryan Danforth, Shawn Steffan, and Quinn McFrederick will study in their grant, "The Brood Cell Microbiome of Solitary Bees: Origin, Diversity, Function, and Vulnerability.” (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A digger bee, Anthophoroa bomboides, at Bodega Hay, Sonoma County. This is a solitary ground nesting bee, one of the species that collaborators Rachel Vannette, Bryan Danforth, Shawn Steffan, and Quinn McFrederick will study in their grant, "The Brood Cell Microbiome of Solitary Bees: Origin, Diversity, Function, and Vulnerability.” (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The research of UC Davis community ecologist Rachel Vannette involves microscopic organisms in the nectar of California fuchsia, Epilobium canum. She uses nylon bags to prevent pollinator contact. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
The research of UC Davis community ecologist Rachel Vannette involves microscopic organisms in the nectar of California fuchsia, Epilobium canum. She uses nylon bags to prevent pollinator contact. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The research of UC Davis community ecologist Rachel Vannette involves microscopic organisms in the nectar of California fuchsia, Epilobium canum. She uses nylon bags to prevent pollinator contact. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Microbial stains (fungi and bacteria) isolated from floral nectar. (Photo by Rachel Vannette)
Microbial stains (fungi and bacteria) isolated from floral nectar. (Photo by Rachel Vannette)

Microbial stains (fungi and bacteria) isolated from floral nectar. (Photo by Rachel Vannette)

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