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Eating Insects at the Bohart Museum of Entomology

Cousins Aryanna Nicole Torres, 8, of Woodland and Aaden Matthew Brazelton, 8, of Vacaville, get ready to eat insects. Their grandmother, UC Davis employee Elvira Galvan Hack of Dixon, accompanied them to the museum. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Fact: Eighty percent of the world's population eat insects. Fact: At least 80 percent of those attending the Bohart Museum of Entomology's open...

Cousins Aryanna Nicole Torres, 8, of Woodland and Aaden Matthew Brazelton, 8, of Vacaville, get ready to eat insects. Their grandmother, UC Davis employee Elvira Galvan Hack of Dixon, accompanied them to the museum. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Cousins Aryanna Nicole Torres, 8, of Woodland and Aaden Matthew Brazelton, 8, of Vacaville, get ready to eat insects. Their grandmother, UC Davis employee Elvira Galvan Hack of Dixon, accompanied them to the museum. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Cousins Aryanna Nicole Torres, 8, of Woodland and Aaden Matthew Brazelton, 8, of Vacaville, get ready to eat insects. Their grandmother, UC Davis employee Elvira Galvan Hack of Dixon, accompanied them to the museum. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Eager eaters--this brother and sister from Dixon loved eating insects. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Eager eaters--this brother and sister from Dixon loved eating insects. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Eager eaters--this brother and sister from Dixon loved eating insects. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

These youngsters enjoyed holding the critters from the live
These youngsters enjoyed holding the critters from the live "petting zoo." They included Madagascar hissing cockroaches and walking sticks. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

These youngsters enjoyed holding the critters from the live "petting zoo." They included Madagascar hissing cockroaches and walking sticks. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A close-up of the earthworms. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A close-up of the earthworms. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A close-up of the earthworms. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

This display,
This display, "Bug Buffet," featuring appetizers and entrees, drew lots of interest. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

This display, "Bug Buffet," featuring appetizers and entrees, drew lots of interest. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Wednesday, October 2, 2019 at 3:15 PM

Terrible Night for a Visiting Scholar at UC Davis

Visiting scholar Syed Fahad Shah and doctoral student Charlotte Herbert Alberts (next to him) help youngsters make buttons at the Bohart Museum of Entomology open house. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

It didn't appear that anything was wrong. He hid it well. "It's okay," he said quietly. "I'm okay." But what happened to him wasn't okay then, and...

Visiting scholar Syed Fahad Shah and doctoral student Charlotte Herbert Alberts (next to him) help youngsters make buttons at the Bohart Museum of Entomology open house. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Visiting scholar Syed Fahad Shah and doctoral student Charlotte Herbert Alberts (next to him) help youngsters make buttons at the Bohart Museum of Entomology open house. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Visiting scholar Syed Fahad Shah and doctoral student Charlotte Herbert Alberts (next to him) help youngsters make buttons at the Bohart Museum of Entomology open house. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Doctoral student Charlotte Herbert Alberts and visiting scholar Syed Fahad Shah working at the button-making table at the Bohart Museum of Entomology. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Doctoral student Charlotte Herbert Alberts and visiting scholar Syed Fahad Shah working at the button-making table at the Bohart Museum of Entomology. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Doctoral student Charlotte Herbert Alberts and visiting scholar Syed Fahad Shah working at the button-making table at the Bohart Museum of Entomology. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Tuesday, September 24, 2019 at 4:34 PM

Bohart Museum: The Joy of Eating...Drum Roll...Insects

Make a meal out of mealworms? Danielle Wishon baked these mealworm cookies. Yes, they were good. (Photo by Danielle Wishon)

If you want to know what it's like to eat a bug—doesn't everybody?--ask an entomologist, a bug ambassador, or an entomophagist, one who eats...

Make a meal out of mealworms? Danielle Wishon baked these mealworm cookies. Yes, they were good. (Photo by Danielle Wishon)
Make a meal out of mealworms? Danielle Wishon baked these mealworm cookies. Yes, they were good. (Photo by Danielle Wishon)

Make a meal out of mealworms? Danielle Wishon baked these mealworm cookies. Yes, they were good. (Photo by Danielle Wishon)

Crickets will be on the menu at the Bohart Museum of Entomology's open house. Visitors are invited to sample them. Crickets are the new shrimp, says Lynn Kimsey, director of the Bohart Museum. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Crickets will be on the menu at the Bohart Museum of Entomology's open house. Visitors are invited to sample them. Crickets are the new shrimp, says Lynn Kimsey, director of the Bohart Museum. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Crickets will be on the menu at the Bohart Museum of Entomology's open house. Visitors are invited to sample them. Crickets are the new shrimp, says Lynn Kimsey, director of the Bohart Museum. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

This Bug's for You! Enjoy Tasty Bugs at the Bohart Museum Open House

Biologist Iris Bright checks out a red earthworm, one of the items available for sampling at the Bohart Museum of Entomology's open house on Sept. 21. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Ever eaten a bug? Sure you have. Insect fragments are in just about all the foods we eat, from chocolate to coffee to wheat flour to pizza sauce to...

Biologist Iris Bright checks out a red earthworm, one of the items available for sampling at the Bohart Museum of Entomology's open house on Sept. 21. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Biologist Iris Bright checks out a red earthworm, one of the items available for sampling at the Bohart Museum of Entomology's open house on Sept. 21. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Biologist Iris Bright checks out a red earthworm, one of the items available for sampling at the Bohart Museum of Entomology's open house on Sept. 21. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The taste test! Biologist Iris Bright samples the red earthworm (and then other colors).
The taste test! Biologist Iris Bright samples the red earthworm (and then other colors). "They're good," she said. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The taste test! Biologist Iris Bright samples the red earthworm (and then other colors). "They're good," she said. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Silkworm Moths, Blacklighting, Hot Chocolate, Cookies and More

A Stiriini moth, Annaphila astrologa, fluttering in a Vacaville pollinator garden. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Yes, there are day-flying moths. And some of them are quite attractive. Take the Stiriini moth, Annaphila astrologa. We saw our first-ever last...

A Stiriini moth, Annaphila astrologa, fluttering in a Vacaville pollinator garden. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A Stiriini moth, Annaphila astrologa, fluttering in a Vacaville pollinator garden. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A Stiriini moth, Annaphila astrologa, fluttering in a Vacaville pollinator garden. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Lepitoptera curator Jeff Smith chats with visitors at last year's Moth Night at the Bohart Museum of Entomology. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Lepitoptera curator Jeff Smith chats with visitors at last year's Moth Night at the Bohart Museum of Entomology. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Lepitoptera curator Jeff Smith chats with visitors at last year's Moth Night at the Bohart Museum of Entomology. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Bohart Museum associate Greg Kareofelas answers a question during the Bohart Museum's Moth Night last year. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Bohart Museum associate Greg Kareofelas answers a question during the Bohart Museum's Moth Night last year. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Bohart Museum associate Greg Kareofelas answers a question during the Bohart Museum's Moth Night last year. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The family craft activity at the Bohart Museum is an opportunity for kids to be creative. This year
The family craft activity at the Bohart Museum is an opportunity for kids to be creative. This year "kids will be able to color and string white cocoons and make necklaces or bracelets with them," said Bohart associate Emma Cluff. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The family craft activity at the Bohart Museum is an opportunity for kids to be creative. This year "kids will be able to color and string white cocoons and make necklaces or bracelets with them," said Bohart associate Emma Cluff. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)


"Moth Man" John DeBenedictis (right) talks to moth enthusiasts at the Bohart Museum's 2018 Moth Night. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

"Moth Man" John DeBenedictis (right) talks to moth enthusiasts at the Bohart Museum's 2018 Moth Night. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

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