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Can You Bear It? Plush Water Bears Are All the Rage at the Bohart Museum of Entomology

UC Davis student and Bohart associate Emma Cluff holds a plush water bear from the Bohart Museum's gift shop. It costs about $30, plus tax, will all proceeds to finance educational programs at the Bohart. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Move over, teddy bears! There's a new bear in town. Stuiffed toy animals resembling tardigrades, aka "water bears," are all the rage at the Bohart Museum of Entomology's year-around gift shop at the University of California, Davis. The bright blue...

Posted on Tuesday, August 14, 2018 at 4:54 PM

Meet the 'Extreme Insects' Aug. 19 at Bohart Museum of Entomology Open House

A sand wasp, Bembix americana, foraging on seaside daisies at Bodega Bay. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Talk about extremes! Have you ever thought about how some insects have adapted to fire, ice, acid, hot water, salt and the desert? Have you ever seen an ambrosia beetle, a red turpentine beetle, an ice cricket, a brine fly or a sand wasp? You will if...

Bugs Share Spotlight with Pigs, Polar Bears and Pigeons: ACE Awards

Children of California migratory workers react to a Madagascar hissing cockroach during their tour of the Bohart Museum of Entomology. A news story about the event won a gold or first-place award in the ACE competition. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

This was a case of bugs sharing the spotlight with pigs, polar bears and pigeons.   Six communicators affiliated with the University of California, Davis, or the University of California Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources (UC ANR)...

Itsy Bitsy Spider

Yes, we can see you. A crab spider on Mexican sunflower (Tithonia). (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The itsy bitsy spider climbed up the water spout. Down came the rain and washed the spider out. Out came the sun and dried up all the rain and the itsy bitsy spider climbed up the spout again.--Nursery Rhyme It was an itsy bitsy spider. But it wasn't...

Posted on Thursday, August 9, 2018 at 5:00 PM
Focus Area Tags: Environment Yard & Garden

Portrait of My Old Flame

A flame skimmer dragonfly (Libellula saturata) perches on a bamboo stake in a Vacaville pollinator garden. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Just call it "my old flame." Well, it's not mine, but it is a flame of sorts, a flame skimmer dragonfly (Libellula saturata) and it's firecracker red. We see this species frequenting our pollinator garden in Vacaville, which includes a fish pond,...

Posted on Wednesday, August 8, 2018 at 5:00 PM
Focus Area Tags: Yard & Garden
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