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It's National Pollinator Week: Do You Know Where Your Bee T-Shirts Are?

EGSA's 2018 t-shirt winners: Brendon Boudinot wearing his t-shirt,

You've heard the phase, "wear your heart on your sleeve"--which means to show your emotions openly. How about wearing a pollinator on your heart?...

EGSA's 2018 t-shirt winners: Brendon Boudinot wearing his t-shirt,
EGSA's 2018 t-shirt winners: Brendon Boudinot wearing his t-shirt, "REPRESANT"; Jill Oberski with her onesie, "My Sister Loves Me" and Corwin Parker wearing his "BarBeeCue" t-shirt. All are available online at https://mkt.com/UCDavisEntGrad/. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

EGSA's 2018 t-shirt winners: Brendon Boudinot wearing his t-shirt, "REPRESANT"; Jill Oberski with her onesie, "My Sister Loves Me" and Corwin Parker wearing his "BarBeeCue" t-shirt. All are available online at https://mkt.com/UCDavisEntGrad/. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)


"The Beetles" t-shirt is the EGSA's all-time best seller. Instead of the English rock band John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Star crossing Abbey Road in single file (that's the iconic image on the cover of their album, Abbey Road), think of The Beetles (four insects) crossing Abbey Road in single file. Beneath the images of the beetles are their family names: Phengogidae, Curculionidae, Cerambycidae and Scarabaeidae. Think glowworm, snout, long-horned, and scarab beetles.

"The Beetles" t-shirt is the EGSA's all-time best seller. Instead of the English rock band John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Star crossing Abbey Road in single file (that's the iconic image on the cover of their album, Abbey Road), think of The Beetles (four insects) crossing Abbey Road in single file. Beneath the images of the beetles are their family names: Phengogidae, Curculionidae, Cerambycidae and Scarabaeidae. Think glowworm, snout, long-horned, and scarab beetles.

National Pollinator Week: Open house at UC Davis Bee Garden

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June 18-24 is National Pollinator Week.

Do you know where your pollinators are? Think bees, birds, butterflies, bats and beetles.

And think flies. Especially syrphid flies, also known as "flower flies" and "hover flies."

The UC Davis Department of Entomology and Nematology is hosting an open house during National Pollinator Week from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at its bee garden, Häagen-Dazs Honey Bee Haven on Bee Biology Road, west of the central UC Davis campus.

Here's what you can expect to see or do:

  • learn how to catch and observe bees up close
  • see honey bees at work in an observation beehive
  • learn about bee diversity and identification
  • learn about what and how to plant for bees
  • learn about growing and good pollination in home fruit gardens
  • see easy-to-grow bee plants and solitary bee houses available for a donation to the garden.

The Häagen-Dazs Honey Bee Haven, installed in the fall of 2009 and located next to the Harry H. Laidlaw Jr. Honey Bee Research Facility on Bee Biology Road, off Hopkins Road, is a half-acre garden devoted to bee pollinator conservation and education. It was founded and sprang to life during the term of interim department chair, Professor Lynn Kimsey, director of the Bohart Museum of Entomology, who coordinated the entire project. Kimsey was singled out for her work when the Pacific Branch of the Entomological Society of America honored her and four others – "The Bee Team"– with the 2013 outstanding team award. 

A Sausalito team – landscape architects Donald Sibbett and Ann F. Baker, interpretative planner Jessica Brainard and exhibit designer Chika Kurotaki – won the design competition. The judges were Professor Kimsey; founding garden manager Missy Borel (now Missy Borel Gable), then of the California Center for Urban Horticulture; David Fujino, executive director, California Center for Urban Horticulture at UC Davis; Aaron Majors, construction department manager, Cagwin & Dorward Landscape Contractors, based in Novato; Diane McIntyre, senior public relations manager, Häagen-Dazs ice cream; Heath Schenker, professor of environmental design, UC Davis; Jacob Voit, sustainability manager and construction project manager, Cagwin and Dorward Landscape Contractors; and Kathy Keatley Garvey, communications specialist, UC Davis Department of Entomology and Nematology.

Others with a key role in the founding and "look" of the garden included the UC Davis Art/Science Fusion Program, founded and directed by the duo of entomologist/artist Diane Ullman, professor and former chair of the UC Davis Department of Entomology, and self-described "rock artist" Donna Billick of Davis. Miss Bee Haven, a six-foot long worker bee sculpture, the work of Billick, anchors the garden. The art in the garden is the work of their students, ranging from those in Entomology 1 class to community residents. Eagle Scout Derek Tully planned, organized and built a state-of-the-art fence around the garden.

Why are pollinators so crucial? Take it from the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation:

"Pollinators are essential to our environment. The ecological service they provide is necessary for the reproduction of over 85 percent of the world's flowering plants, including more than two-thirds of the world's crop species. The United States alone grows more than 100 crops that either need or benefit from pollinators, and the economic value of these native pollinators is estimated at $3 billion per year in the U.S. Beyond agriculture, pollinators are keystone species in most terrestrial ecosystems. Fruits and seeds derived from insect pollination are a major part of the diet of approximately 25 percent of all birds, and of mammals ranging from red-backed voles to grizzly bears. In many places, the essential service of pollination is at risk from habitat loss, pesticide use, and introduced diseases."

So, on Saturday, June 23, you won't see any red-backed voles or grizzly bears. But you'll see bees, butterflies, birds and beetles.

And flies. Syprhid flies.

For more information on the open house, access https://hhbhgarden.ucdavis.edu/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/Pollinator-week-flyer-2018-1.pdf

A honey bee foraging on a blanket flower, Gallardia, in the Häagen-Dazs Honey Bee Haven. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

 

A male Valley carpenter bee, Xylocopa varipuncta, nectaring on a California native, foothill penstemon, Penstemon heterophyllus. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The Western tiger swallowtail, Papilio rutulis, was a frequent visitor to the Häagen-Dazs Honey Bee Haven during the early years. Note the spider lurking beneath the zinnia blossom. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

This sculpture of a six-foot long worker bee, titled "Miss Bee Haven," anchors the Häagen-Dazs Honey Bee Haven. It is the work of self-described "rock artist" Donna Billick (pictured) of Davis. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A syprhid fly, aka "flower fly" or "hover fly," foraging on Echium wildpretii, the "tower of jewels." (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Tuesday, June 12, 2018 at 2:29 PM
Focus Area Tags: Yard & Garden

Bohart Museum Picnic Day: Bugging Out

Entomologist and Bohart associate Jeff Smith introduces a crowd to Snuggles, a rose-haired tarantula. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

They came. They saw. They bugged out. Who wouldn't, when you get an opportunity to pet a rose-haired tarantula named Snuggles, guide walking sticks...

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Entomologist and Bohart associate Jeff Smith introduces a crowd to Snuggles, a rose-haired tarantula. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Two-year-old Teddy Owens of Davis, held by his mother, Dina Owens, high-fives Snuggles, the rose-haired tarantula, held by entomologist and Bohart associate Jeff Smith. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Bohart associate Jeff Smith shows Snuggles, a rose-haired tarantula, to inquiring youngsters. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Quite a handful! Visitors at the Bohart Museum of Entomology's open house on Picnic Day watch Snuggles, a rose-haired tarantula. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Visitors check out the beaver/beetle display at the Bohart Museum of Entomology. In the foreground is Lynn Kimsey, museum director and UC Davis professor. At far left is undergraduate student Ivana Satre. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Bohart Museum director Lynn Kimsey smiles at the reaction of visitors to the beaver/beetle display. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Pinole resident Jesse Meyers, a UC Davis alumnus (1989, chemical engineering) holds a stick insect, also known as a walking stick. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
The Bohart Museum theme focused on "Where the Sun Doesn't Shine." (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
UC Davis entomology doctoral candidate Charlotte Herbert shows youngsters how scorpions fluoresce under ultraviolet light. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
The bee display encompassed honey bees, bumble bees, sweat bees, sunflower bees and more. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Entomologist and Bohart associate Jeff Smith introduces a crowd to Snuggles, a rose-haired tarantula. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Entomologist and Bohart associate Jeff Smith introduces a crowd to Snuggles, a rose-haired tarantula. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Entomologist and Bohart associate Jeff Smith introduces a crowd to Snuggles, a rose-haired tarantula. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Two-year-old Teddy Owens of Davis, held by his mother, Dina Owens, high-fives Snuggles, the rose-haired tarantula, held by entomologist and Bohart associate Jeff Smith. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Two-year-old Teddy Owens of Davis, held by his mother, Dina Owens, high-fives Snuggles, the rose-haired tarantula, held by entomologist and Bohart associate Jeff Smith. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Two-year-old Teddy Owens of Davis, held by his mother, Dina Owens, high-fives Snuggles, the rose-haired tarantula, held by entomologist and Bohart associate Jeff Smith. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Bohart associate Jeff Smith shows Snuggles, a rose-haired tarantula, to inquiring youngsters. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Bohart associate Jeff Smith shows Snuggles, a rose-haired tarantula, to inquiring youngsters. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Bohart associate Jeff Smith shows Snuggles, a rose-haired tarantula, to inquiring youngsters. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Quite a handful! Visitors at the Bohart Museum of Entomology's open house on Picnic Day watch Snuggles, a rose-haired tarantula. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Quite a handful! Visitors at the Bohart Museum of Entomology's open house on Picnic Day watch Snuggles, a rose-haired tarantula. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Quite a handful! Visitors at the Bohart Museum of Entomology's open house on Picnic Day watch Snuggles, a rose-haired tarantula. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Visitors check out the beaver/beetle display at the Bohart Museum of Entomology. In the foreground is Lynn Kimsey, museum director and UC Davis professor. At far left is undergraduate student Ivana Satre. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Visitors check out the beaver/beetle display at the Bohart Museum of Entomology. In the foreground is Lynn Kimsey, museum director and UC Davis professor. At far left is undergraduate student Ivana Satre. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Visitors check out the beaver/beetle display at the Bohart Museum of Entomology. In the foreground is Lynn Kimsey, museum director and UC Davis professor. At far left is undergraduate student Ivana Satre. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Bohart Museum director Lynn Kimsey smiles at the reaction of visitors to the beaver/beetle display. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Bohart Museum director Lynn Kimsey smiles at the reaction of visitors to the beaver/beetle display. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Bohart Museum director Lynn Kimsey smiles at the reaction of visitors to the beaver/beetle display. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

UC Davis entomology doctoral candidate Charlotte Herbert shows youngsters how scorpions fluoresce under ultraviolet light. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
UC Davis entomology doctoral candidate Charlotte Herbert shows youngsters how scorpions fluoresce under ultraviolet light. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

UC Davis entomology doctoral candidate Charlotte Herbert shows youngsters how scorpions fluoresce under ultraviolet light. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The bee display encompassed honey bees, bumble bees, sweat bees, sunflower bees and more. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
The bee display encompassed honey bees, bumble bees, sweat bees, sunflower bees and more. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The bee display encompassed honey bees, bumble bees, sweat bees, sunflower bees and more. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Holiday Gifts Buggin' Ya?

Entomologist/artist Stacey Rice wearing one of her prize-winning shirts--this one typifies UC Davis. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

So you're in a quandary. You have no idea what to get the nature lovers/insect enthusiasts on your holiday gift-giving list. It's buggin'...

Entomologist/artist Stacey Rice wearing one of her prize-winning shirts--this one typifies UC Davis. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Entomologist/artist Stacey Rice wearing one of her prize-winning shirts--this one typifies UC Davis. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Entomologist/artist Stacey Rice wearing one of her prize-winning shirts--this one typifies UC Davis. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Thursday, December 1, 2016 at 5:59 PM

A Big Cheer for a Crab Spider

A crab spider nails an agricultural pest, a lygus bug. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

What happened in our pollinator garden on June 3 probably would have promoted a standing ovation from agriculturists who grow cotton, strawberries,...

A crab spider nails an agricultural pest, a lygus bug. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A crab spider nails an agricultural pest, a lygus bug. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A crab spider nails an agricultural pest, a lygus bug. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Monday, June 6, 2016 at 4:37 PM
Tags: agriculturists (1), beans (1), beetles (8), berries (1), blanket flower (1), cotton (1), Gaillardia (1), Lygus bug (1), Lygus hesperus (1)

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