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Oh, What a (Moth) Night!

Visitors gather at the blacklighting display just outside the Bohart Museum of Entomology. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Oh, what a (Moth) Night! It was a family night in more ways than one. Families who attended the Bohart Museum of Entomology's annual Moth Night...

Visitors gather at the blacklighting display just outside the Bohart Museum of Entomology. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Visitors gather at the blacklighting display just outside the Bohart Museum of Entomology. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Visitors gather at the blacklighting display just outside the Bohart Museum of Entomology. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A photograph of entomologist Richard Bohart, for whom the Bohart Museum of Entomology is named, anchors this display. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A photograph of entomologist Richard Bohart, for whom the Bohart Museum of Entomology is named, anchors this display. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A photograph of entomologist Richard Bohart, for whom the Bohart Museum of Entomology is named, anchors this display. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Visitors read the display in the Bohart Museum hallway. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Visitors read the display in the Bohart Museum hallway. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Visitors read the display in the Bohart Museum hallway. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The youngsters work at coloring and stringing together cocoons for bracelets and necklaces. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
The youngsters work at coloring and stringing together cocoons for bracelets and necklaces. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The youngsters work at coloring and stringing together cocoons for bracelets and necklaces. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Bohart associate Emma Cluff displays the giant luna moth that she and Kelly Davies created. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Bohart associate Emma Cluff displays the giant luna moth that she and Kelly Davies created. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Bohart associate Emma Cluff displays the giant luna moth that she and Kelly Davies created. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Richard Peigler, a biology professor at the University of the Incarnate Word, San Antonio, Texas, donated the textiles to the Bohart Museum. It is part of its permanent collection. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Richard Peigler, a biology professor at the University of the Incarnate Word, San Antonio, Texas, donated the textiles to the Bohart Museum. It is part of its permanent collection. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Richard Peigler, a biology professor at the University of the Incarnate Word, San Antonio, Texas, donated the textiles to the Bohart Museum. It is part of its permanent collection. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

This is a woman's dupatta (shawl) of muga silk handwoven in Assam. It is richly embroidered by hand in traditional Assamese motifs. Moth expert Richard Peigler of San Antonio, Texas, donated this piece and many others to the Bohart Museum. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
This is a woman's dupatta (shawl) of muga silk handwoven in Assam. It is richly embroidered by hand in traditional Assamese motifs. Moth expert Richard Peigler of San Antonio, Texas, donated this piece and many others to the Bohart Museum. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

This is a woman's dupatta (shawl) of muga silk handwoven in Assam. It is richly embroidered by hand in traditional Assamese motifs. Moth expert Richard Peigler of San Antonio, Texas, donated this piece and many others to the Bohart Museum. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Entomologist Jeff Smith (second from left), curator of the Lepidoptera collection, answers questions from the crowd. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Entomologist Jeff Smith (second from left), curator of the Lepidoptera collection, answers questions from the crowd. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Entomologist Jeff Smith (second from left), curator of the Lepidoptera collection, answers questions from the crowd. (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)

See Silkworm Moths and Silk at the Bohart Museum of Entomology Open House

The Tussah silk moth, Antheraca pernyi, from the Bohart Museum of Entomology collection. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

If you own a silk shirt or blouse, a silk tablecloth, or a silk handkerchief, you may not have thought much about its insect origin. You will if you...

The Tussah silk moth, Antheraca pernyi, from the Bohart Museum of Entomology collection. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
The Tussah silk moth, Antheraca pernyi, from the Bohart Museum of Entomology collection. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The Tussah silk moth, Antheraca pernyi, from the Bohart Museum of Entomology collection. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Tussah silk is displayed at the Bohart Museum of Entomology. The exhibit features a hand-woven tablecloth and a handkerchief. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Tussah silk is displayed at the Bohart Museum of Entomology. The exhibit features a hand-woven tablecloth and a handkerchief. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Tussah silk is displayed at the Bohart Museum of Entomology. The exhibit features a hand-woven tablecloth and a handkerchief. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

People with mulberry trees can relate to this display in the Bohart Museum of Entomology. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
People with mulberry trees can relate to this display in the Bohart Museum of Entomology. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

People with mulberry trees can relate to this display in the Bohart Museum of Entomology. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Wednesday, July 31, 2019 at 8:02 PM

Well, Yes, That's What It Is!

Lynn Kimsey, director of the Bohart Museum of Entomology, sits next to her well-used microscope. Its cover is a pack rat, a stuffed toy animal. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

If you should walk into the office of Lynn Kimsey, director of the Bohart Museum of Entomology at the University of California, Davis, you may not...

Lynn Kimsey, director of the Bohart Museum of Entomology, sits next to her well-used microscope. Its cover is a pack rat, a stuffed toy animal. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Lynn Kimsey, director of the Bohart Museum of Entomology, sits next to her well-used microscope. Its cover is a pack rat, a stuffed toy animal. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Lynn Kimsey, director of the Bohart Museum of Entomology, sits next to her well-used microscope. Its cover is a pack rat, a stuffed toy animal. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Like a Moth to a Flame: Moth Night at Bohart Museum of Entomology

Like a moth to a flame... That's what it will be like when folks flock to the Bohart Museum of Entomology on Saturday night, Aug. 3 for its annual...


"Moth Man" John DeBenedictus (left) shows Professor Jason Bond the insects on the sheet in the Bohart Museum's blacklighting display last year. Bond is the Evert and Marion Schlinger Endowed Chair in Insect Systematics, UC Davis Department of Entomology and Nematology. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

"Moth Man" John DeBenedictus (left) shows Professor Jason Bond the insects on the sheet in the Bohart Museum's blacklighting display last year. Bond is the Evert and Marion Schlinger Endowed Chair in Insect Systematics, UC Davis Department of Entomology and Nematology. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

These Atlas moths (Attacus atlas), found in the rain forests of Asia, will be displayed at the Bohart Museum's Moth Night. The moth's wingspan can measure 10 to 11 inches. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
These Atlas moths (Attacus atlas), found in the rain forests of Asia, will be displayed at the Bohart Museum's Moth Night. The moth's wingspan can measure 10 to 11 inches. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

These Atlas moths (Attacus atlas), found in the rain forests of Asia, will be displayed at the Bohart Museum's Moth Night. The moth's wingspan can measure 10 to 11 inches. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Entomologist Jeff Smith, who curates the Lepitopdera collection at the Bohart, shows visitors part some of the moths. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Entomologist Jeff Smith, who curates the Lepitopdera collection at the Bohart, shows visitors part some of the moths. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Entomologist Jeff Smith, who curates the Lepitopdera collection at the Bohart, shows visitors part some of the moths. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

This tasar silk display will be among the silk displays featured at the Bohart Museum of Entomology. It is the work of Bohart associate Emma Cluff. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
This tasar silk display will be among the silk displays featured at the Bohart Museum of Entomology. It is the work of Bohart associate Emma Cluff. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

This tasar silk display will be among the silk displays featured at the Bohart Museum of Entomology. It is the work of Bohart associate Emma Cluff. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

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