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'Eyes on the Butterflies' at the Bohart Museum of Entomology

Tien Ferreira, 4, of Fairfield, displays her blue butterfly cape, as Bohart associate Greg Karofelas holds a collection of blue morpho butterflies. In back is Jeff Smith, curator of the Lepidoptera section. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Tien Ferreira, 4, of Fairfield knew just what to do. She donned her special outfit, a blue butterfly cape, and headed over to the open house at the...

Tien Ferreira, 4, of Fairfield, displays her blue butterfly cape, as Bohart associate Greg Karofelas holds a collection of blue morpho butterflies. In back is Jeff Smith, curator of the Lepidoptera section. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Tien Ferreira, 4, of Fairfield, displays her blue butterfly cape, as Bohart associate Greg Karofelas holds a collection of blue morpho butterflies. In back is Jeff Smith, curator of the Lepidoptera section. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Tien Ferreira, 4, of Fairfield, displays her blue butterfly cape, as Bohart associate Greg Karofelas holds a collection of blue morpho butterflies. In back is Jeff Smith, curator of the Lepidoptera section. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Tien Ferreira, 4, of Fairfield, wearing her blue butterfly cape, looks at the blue morpho butterflies held by Bohart associate Greg Karofelas. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Tien Ferreira, 4, of Fairfield, wearing her blue butterfly cape, looks at the blue morpho butterflies held by Bohart associate Greg Karofelas. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Tien Ferreira, 4, of Fairfield, wearing her blue butterfly cape, looks at the blue morpho butterflies held by Bohart associate Greg Karofelas. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Brownie Girl Scout Troop 5520 members Lauren Wells (front),7, and Madeline Louis, 8, both of West Sacramento, look at a drawer of  butterflies held by Bohart associate Greg Kareofelas. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Brownie Girl Scout Troop 5520 members Lauren Wells (front),7, and Madeline Louis, 8, both of West Sacramento, look at a drawer of butterflies held by Bohart associate Greg Kareofelas. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Brownie Girl Scout Troop 5520 members Lauren Wells (front),7, and Madeline Louis, 8, both of West Sacramento, look at a drawer of butterflies held by Bohart associate Greg Kareofelas. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Before Brownie Girl Scout Troop 5520 toured the Bohart Museum, they met to discuss their insect-themed assignments. Here Lauren Wells (left), 7, and Madeline Louis, 8, display a handwritten poster. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Before Brownie Girl Scout Troop 5520 toured the Bohart Museum, they met to discuss their insect-themed assignments. Here Lauren Wells (left), 7, and Madeline Louis, 8, display a handwritten poster. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Before Brownie Girl Scout Troop 5520 toured the Bohart Museum, they met to discuss their insect-themed assignments. Here Lauren Wells (left), 7, and Madeline Louis, 8, display a handwritten poster. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Savanna Miller, 7, and her sister Olivia, 4, of Vacaville, are fascinated by the insect specimens at the Bohart Museum of Entomology. These include Birdwing butterflies (left), and the yellow ones are the Tithonus Birdwing – Ornithoptera tithonus – from New Guinea and nearby island of Irian Jaya, according to curator Jeff Smith.(Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Savanna Miller, 7, and her sister Olivia, 4, of Vacaville, are fascinated by the insect specimens at the Bohart Museum of Entomology. These include Birdwing butterflies (left), and the yellow ones are the Tithonus Birdwing – Ornithoptera tithonus – from New Guinea and nearby island of Irian Jaya, according to curator Jeff Smith.(Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Savanna Miller, 7, and her sister Olivia, 4, of Vacaville, are fascinated by the insect specimens at the Bohart Museum of Entomology. These include Birdwing butterflies (left), and the yellow ones are the Tithonus Birdwing – Ornithoptera tithonus – from New Guinea and nearby island of Irian Jaya, according to curator Jeff Smith.(Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Olivia Miller, 4, of Vacaville, is in awe. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Olivia Miller, 4, of Vacaville, is in awe. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Olivia Miller, 4, of Vacaville, is in awe. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Entomologist Jeff Smith, who curates the Lepidoptera section of the Bohart Museum, shows some specimens to Vacaville residents Ginny Miller and her grandchildren, Savanna, 7, and Olivia, 4. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Entomologist Jeff Smith, who curates the Lepidoptera section of the Bohart Museum, shows some specimens to Vacaville residents Ginny Miller and her grandchildren, Savanna, 7, and Olivia, 4. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Entomologist Jeff Smith, who curates the Lepidoptera section of the Bohart Museum, shows some specimens to Vacaville residents Ginny Miller and her grandchildren, Savanna, 7, and Olivia, 4. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Olivia Miller, 4, and her sister, Savannah, 7, demonstrate how butterflies fly. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Olivia Miller, 4, and her sister, Savannah, 7, demonstrate how butterflies fly. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Olivia Miller, 4, and her sister, Savannah, 7, demonstrate how butterflies fly. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The Lepidoptera section of the Bohart Museum houses nearly half-a-million butterflies and moths. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
The Lepidoptera section of the Bohart Museum houses nearly half-a-million butterflies and moths. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The Lepidoptera section of the Bohart Museum houses nearly half-a-million butterflies and moths. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Tuesday, January 21, 2020 at 3:36 PM

A Gathering of Lepidopterists at UC Davis

Legendary Lepidopterists Paul Opler (left), an octogenarian, and Robert Michael Pyle, a septuagenarian, chat during their visit to the Bohart Museum of Entomology. It was part of the Lepidopterists' Society's 68th annual conference. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

They are legends. Two of those attending the four-day international Lepidopterists' Society conference held recently at the University of...

Legendary Lepidopterists Paul Opler (left), an octogenarian, and Robert Michael Pyle, a septuagenarian, chat during their visit to the Bohart Museum of Entomology. It was part of the Lepidopterists' Society's 68th annual conference. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Legendary Lepidopterists Paul Opler (left), an octogenarian, and Robert Michael Pyle, a septuagenarian, chat during their visit to the Bohart Museum of Entomology. It was part of the Lepidopterists' Society's 68th annual conference. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Legendary Lepidopterists Paul Opler (left), an octogenarian, and Robert Michael Pyle, a septuagenarian, chat during their visit to the Bohart Museum of Entomology. It was part of the Lepidopterists' Society's 68th annual conference. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

These three entomologists were trained directly or indirectly by Jerry Powell of UC Berkeley. From left are Dan Rubinoff, John De Benedictus, and Paul Opler. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
These three entomologists were trained directly or indirectly by Jerry Powell of UC Berkeley. From left are Dan Rubinoff, John De Benedictus, and Paul Opler. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

These three entomologists were trained directly or indirectly by Jerry Powell of UC Berkeley. From left are Dan Rubinoff, John De Benedictus, and Paul Opler. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Bohart Museum of Entomology hosts (from left) Lynn Kimsey, Greg Kareofelas and Jeff Smith pose with scientist/writer Robert Michael Pyle (far right), founder of the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation. Kimsey directs the Bohart Museum. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Bohart Museum of Entomology hosts (from left) Lynn Kimsey, Greg Kareofelas and Jeff Smith pose with scientist/writer Robert Michael Pyle (far right), founder of the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation. Kimsey directs the Bohart Museum. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Bohart Museum of Entomology hosts (from left) Lynn Kimsey, Greg Kareofelas and Jeff Smith pose with scientist/writer Robert Michael Pyle (far right), founder of the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation. Kimsey directs the Bohart Museum. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Entomologist Bill Patterson (center) of Sacramento and Lepidopterists' Society president Brian Scholtens, entomology  professor at the College of Charleston, South Carolina, discuss butterflies with scientist-author Robert Michael Pyle, founder of the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Entomologist Bill Patterson (center) of Sacramento and Lepidopterists' Society president Brian Scholtens, entomology professor at the College of Charleston, South Carolina, discuss butterflies with scientist-author Robert Michael Pyle, founder of the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Entomologist Bill Patterson (center) of Sacramento and Lepidopterists' Society president Brian Scholtens, entomology professor at the College of Charleston, South Carolina, discuss butterflies with scientist-author Robert Michael Pyle, founder of the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Professor Paul Opler (foreground) is the author of
Professor Paul Opler (foreground) is the author of "Butterflies of North America." In back, Jeff Smith, curator of the Lepidoptera collection at the Bohart Museum, chats with Sangmi Lee of Arizona State University. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Professor Paul Opler (foreground) is the author of "Butterflies of North America." In back, Jeff Smith, curator of the Lepidoptera collection at the Bohart Museum, chats with Sangmi Lee of Arizona State University. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Society members Karl Gardener (left) and William Shepherd confer on a species. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Society members Karl Gardener (left) and William Shepherd confer on a species. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Society members Karl Gardener (left) and William Shepherd confer on a species. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Entomologist Jeff Smith, curator of the Bohart Museum's Lepidoptera collection, explains specimens to Sarah Troup (back) and Shannon Summers, both of the University of Florida, Gainseville. He also served as one of the conference hosts. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Entomologist Jeff Smith, curator of the Bohart Museum's Lepidoptera collection, explains specimens to Sarah Troup (back) and Shannon Summers, both of the University of Florida, Gainseville. He also served as one of the conference hosts. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Entomologist Jeff Smith, curator of the Bohart Museum's Lepidoptera collection, explains specimens to Sarah Troup (back) and Shannon Summers, both of the University of Florida, Gainseville. He also served as one of the conference hosts. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Fran Keller (left), assistant professor at Folsom Lake College, chats with Professor Paul Opler of Colorado State University and his wife, naturalist/nature photographer Evi Buckner-Opler. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Fran Keller (left), assistant professor at Folsom Lake College, chats with Professor Paul Opler of Colorado State University and his wife, naturalist/nature photographer Evi Buckner-Opler. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Fran Keller (left), assistant professor at Folsom Lake College, chats with Professor Paul Opler of Colorado State University and his wife, naturalist/nature photographer Evi Buckner-Opler. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Robert Michael Pyle searches for Magdalena butterfly specimens at the Bohart Museum of Entomology. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Robert Michael Pyle searches for Magdalena butterfly specimens at the Bohart Museum of Entomology. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Robert Michael Pyle searches for Magdalena butterfly specimens at the Bohart Museum of Entomology. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Bohart associate and naturalist Greg Karofelas (right) and Robert Michael Pyle display Magdalena butterfly specimens. Pyle's newly published book features these butterflies. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Bohart associate and naturalist Greg Karofelas (right) and Robert Michael Pyle display Magdalena butterfly specimens. Pyle's newly published book features these butterflies. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Bohart associate and naturalist Greg Karofelas (right) and Robert Michael Pyle display Magdalena butterfly specimens. Pyle's newly published book features these butterflies. (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)

Bohart Bugs Grab Interest of Fairgoers

Entomologist Jeff Smith (left) shows insect displays from the Bohart Museum of Entomology to fairgoers last Saturday at the Dixon May Fair.  (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Bugs from the Bohart Museum of Entomology, UC Davis, grabbed the interest of fairgoers at the 144th annual Dixon May Fair, held May 9 through May...

Entomologist Jeff Smith (left) shows insect displays from the Bohart Museum of Entomology to fairgoers last Saturday at the Dixon May Fair.  (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Entomologist Jeff Smith (left) shows insect displays from the Bohart Museum of Entomology to fairgoers last Saturday at the Dixon May Fair. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Entomologist Jeff Smith (left) shows insect displays from the Bohart Museum of Entomology to fairgoers last Saturday at the Dixon May Fair. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Entomologists Alex Dedon (left) and Jeff Smith of UC Davis engage with Carolyn Jones of Dixon, who served as chair of the 2019 Sacramento Orchid Show. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Entomologists Alex Dedon (left) and Jeff Smith of UC Davis engage with Carolyn Jones of Dixon, who served as chair of the 2019 Sacramento Orchid Show. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Entomologists Alex Dedon (left) and Jeff Smith of UC Davis engage with Carolyn Jones of Dixon, who served as chair of the 2019 Sacramento Orchid Show. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Forensic entomologist Alex Dedmon, a doctoral student at UC Davis, responds to a question from a fairgoer Saturday at the Dixon May Fair. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Forensic entomologist Alex Dedmon, a doctoral student at UC Davis, responds to a question from a fairgoer Saturday at the Dixon May Fair. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Forensic entomologist Alex Dedmon, a doctoral student at UC Davis, responds to a question from a fairgoer Saturday at the Dixon May Fair. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

This fairgoer checked out the specimens of carpenter bees, honey bees, leafcutting bees and sweat bees from the Bohart Museum of Entomology at the Dixon May Fair. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
This fairgoer checked out the specimens of carpenter bees, honey bees, leafcutting bees and sweat bees from the Bohart Museum of Entomology at the Dixon May Fair. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

This fairgoer checked out the specimens of carpenter bees, honey bees, leafcutting bees and sweat bees from the Bohart Museum of Entomology at the Dixon May Fair. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

An insect display on Hymenotpera (bees and wasps) drew the interest of this fairgoer at the Dixon May Fair. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
An insect display on Hymenotpera (bees and wasps) drew the interest of this fairgoer at the Dixon May Fair. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

An insect display on Hymenotpera (bees and wasps) drew the interest of this fairgoer at the Dixon May Fair. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Specimens from the order Coleoptera (beetles) fascinated many fairgoers at the Dixon May Fair. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Specimens from the order Coleoptera (beetles) fascinated many fairgoers at the Dixon May Fair. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Specimens from the order Coleoptera (beetles) fascinated many fairgoers at the Dixon May Fair. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Camouflaged insects include stick insects that look like leaves. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Camouflaged insects include stick insects that look like leaves. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Camouflaged insects include stick insects that look like leaves. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Butterfly specimens from the order Lepitoptera (butterflies and moths) brightened the Bohart Museum of Entomology display at the Dixon May Fair. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Butterfly specimens from the order Lepitoptera (butterflies and moths) brightened the Bohart Museum of Entomology display at the Dixon May Fair. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Butterfly specimens from the order Lepitoptera (butterflies and moths) brightened the Bohart Museum of Entomology display at the Dixon May Fair. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The Floriculture Building at the Dixon May Fair was more than flowers--it included specimens of pollinators and other insects from the Bohart Museum of Entomology. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
The Floriculture Building at the Dixon May Fair was more than flowers--it included specimens of pollinators and other insects from the Bohart Museum of Entomology. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The Floriculture Building at the Dixon May Fair was more than flowers--it included specimens of pollinators and other insects from the Bohart Museum of Entomology. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A Visit to the Bohart Museum

UC Davis employee Michele Belden shows her son, Cash, 5, some of the butterflies in the Bohart Museum of Entomology. Belden manages the Aggie Surplus, formerly Bargain Barn, on campus. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

When you're 5 years old, the world is full of wonders. Especially when your mother takes you to the Bohart Museum of Entomology to see the butterfly...

UC Davis employee Michele Belden shows her son, Cash, 5, some of the butterflies in the Bohart Museum of Entomology. Belden manages the Aggie Surplus, formerly Bargain Barn, on campus. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
UC Davis employee Michele Belden shows her son, Cash, 5, some of the butterflies in the Bohart Museum of Entomology. Belden manages the Aggie Surplus, formerly Bargain Barn, on campus. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

UC Davis employee Michele Belden shows her son, Cash, 5, some of the butterflies in the Bohart Museum of Entomology. Belden manages the Aggie Surplus, formerly Bargain Barn, on campus. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Entomologist Jeff Smith, curator of the Lepidoptera section at the Bohart Museum, shows a drawer full of butterflies to Michelle Belden and son, Cash, 5. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Entomologist Jeff Smith, curator of the Lepidoptera section at the Bohart Museum, shows a drawer full of butterflies to Michelle Belden and son, Cash, 5. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Entomologist Jeff Smith, curator of the Lepidoptera section at the Bohart Museum, shows a drawer full of butterflies to Michelle Belden and son, Cash, 5. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Entomologist Jeff Smith, curator of the Lepitopdera section at the Bohart Museum, talks to Michelle Belden and son, Cash, 5. In back is Bohart associate Greg Kareofelas, naturalist and photographer who helps conduct the butterfly/moth specimen tours. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Entomologist Jeff Smith, curator of the Lepitopdera section at the Bohart Museum, talks to Michelle Belden and son, Cash, 5. In back is Bohart associate Greg Kareofelas, naturalist and photographer who helps conduct the butterfly/moth specimen tours. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Entomologist Jeff Smith, curator of the Lepitopdera section at the Bohart Museum, talks to Michelle Belden and son, Cash, 5. In back is Bohart associate Greg Kareofelas, naturalist and photographer who helps conduct the butterfly/moth specimen tours. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Cash Belden, 5, smiles at the camera as he stands next to a drawer full of monarch specimens. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Cash Belden, 5, smiles at the camera as he stands next to a drawer full of monarch specimens. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Cash Belden, 5, smiles at the camera as he stands next to a drawer full of monarch specimens. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Wednesday, February 27, 2019 at 5:00 PM

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