Bohart Museum Open House: Moths!
The Bohart Museum of Entomology will celebrate National Moth Week on Saturday night, July 22 with an indoor-and-outdoor open house featuring blacklighting, moth displays including “the Trump moth,” and free refreshments. National Moth Week, set July 22-30, celebrates the beauty, life cycles, and habitats of moths.
The event, to take place from 8 to 11 p.m. in Room 1124 of the Academic Surge Building on Crocker Lane, is free and open to the public. The blacklighting demonstration will occur after sundown. Hot chocolate and cookies will be served.
Bohart Museum scientists will be on hand to discuss moths and answer questions. They will include Bohart associate and entomologist Jeff Smith, who curates the moth and butterfly specimens. Also expected: "Moth Man" John DeBenedictis of Davis and Bohart senior museum scientist Steve Heydon who will show the crowd the moths flying into the blacklighting and mercury vapor lighting setup. -more-
How Cool Was That?
Just soak in the annual Bruce Hammock Lab Water Balloon Battle.
The 14th annual event took place Friday, July 21 at 3 p.m. on the Briggs Hall lawn.
Some 50 participants, including professors, researchers, graduate students, staff, students and family members, tossed 3000 water balloons in 15 minutes on the thirsty Briggs Hall lawn. Joining in were the Aldrin Gomes lab, UC Davis Department of Physioogy and Membrane Biology, College of Biological Sciences, and lab members of the late Larry Godfrey, UC Davis Department of Entomology and Nematology.
Bruce Hammock, a distinguished professor who holds a joint appointment with the UC Davis Department of Entomology and Nematology and the UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center, launched the annual event in 2003 as a form of camaraderie and as a means of rewarding the lab members for their hard work. The international Hammock lab researchers, postdoctorates, graduate students, visiting scholars, staff and undergraduates. -more-
Trying His Hand at Maggot Art
UC Davis forensic entomologist Robert Kimsey, a past president of the North American Forensic Entomology Association (NAFEA) tried his hand at maggot art at the Bohart Museum of Entomology open house on Sunday, July 9. NAFEA members helped present the program as part of their outreach activities. From left are NAFEA members Royce Cumming of Salinas Valley; Kimsey; and Greg Nigoghosian of Purdue University. NAFEA is meeting for a conference at UC Davis July 7-12.
In maggot art, maggots are dipped into non-toxic, water-based paint and placed on a “canvas” (paper) to crawl around and create a painting. The activity, coined by entomologist Rebecca O'Flaherty, a former graduate student at UC Davis, is a traditional part of the UC Davis Department of Entomology and Nematology's Briggs Hall offerings at the campuswide UC Davis Picnic Day. -more-
Christian Nansen: Rice Research Reveals Dilemma for Farmers in Asia
Newly published research by a seven-member international team of scientists, including UC Davis agricultural entomologist Christian Nansen, points out the dilemma that rice farmers in Bangladesh and elsewhere in Asia are facing: Should we increase fertilizer inputs on our rice fields to maximize yields but then also increase the risk of a pest outbreak by the brown planthopper, Nilaparvata lugens? The planthopper is a major pest of rice in Asia, and it is resistant to many of the available insecticides.
Their research, “Higher Fertilizer Inputs Increase Fitness Traits of Brown Planthopper in Rice,” published July 5 in Scientific Reports of the journal Nature,” is online at http://rdcu.be/tWnE. -more-
Bee Conference at UC Davis Headed by Eric Mussen: It's All the BuzzWestern Apiculture Society (WAS) of North America, an educational beekeeping conference set Sept. 5-8 in Davis, where the organization took root.
President Eric Mussen, Extension apiculturist emeritus, UC Davis Department of Entomology and Nematology, is serving his sixth term as president since its founding at UC Davis by faculty members Norm Gary and Mussen, along with then postdoctoral fellow Becky Westerdahl, now an Extension nematologist in the department.
The conference, to be held primarily in the UC Davis Activities and Recreation Center (ARC), kicks off with the three co-founders engaging in nostalgia. Many former WAS officers and founding members are expected to attend and participate in the lively session.
The conference is open to all interested persons; registration is now underway at http://www.westernapiculturalsociety.org/ The pre-registration deadline is July 31; the cost will advance after that. -more-
Issues in Entomology: Medfly DebateThe 30-Year Debate on a Multi-Billion-Dollar Threat: Tephritid Fruit Fly Establishment in California."
It begins with: "It is virtually impossible to overstate the seriousness of the tephritid fruit fly threat to the $25 billion California fruit and vegetable industry constituting over half of the overall $47 billion agriculture economy of the state. Consider these facts: a total of 17 different species of fruit flies have been detected in California, several of which are detected every few years and one of which is detected every year (Papadopoulos et al. 2013). More than 350 California cities have experienced fruit fly outbreaks, seven cities (e.g., Fresno, Bakersfield) of which are located in one of the world's most productive agricultural regions—the Central Valley."
UC Davis Entomology Ranked Among Best in the World: No. 7Times Higher Education World University Rankings.
The rankings show UC Davis as No. 7 globally, scoring 89.88 of a possible 100. Of the top 10, two are in California. UC Riverside is ranked as No. 2.
Performance indicators are grouped into five areas: Teaching (the learning environment); research (volume, income and reputation); citations (research influence); international outlook (staff students and research) and industry outcome (knowledge transfer). -more-
In the Spotlight
- Department News
- Tabatha Yang: Citation for Excellence!
- Migrant Education Program VisitedStudents Visit the Bohart
- Christian Nansen: Drone Program
- Shirley Gee: 40 Years of Service
- Anthony Cornel: Novel Way to Render Female Mosquitoes Infertile
- Rick Karban's Plant Communication Book
- Watch UC Davis Bee Symposium Presentations on YouTube
- Eric Grissell: Giving Back
- History of Our Bee Garden
- 'I Wanna Be an Entomologist' by Heather Wilson
Blogs, Books, and Other Connections
- Ecology 180 Blog; class led by Louie Yang
- Alex Wild's Compound Eye Blog: Some of Best Nature/Science Photographs
- UC Davis Department of Entomology (Facebook)
- Harry H. Laidlaw Jr. Honey Bee Research Facility (Facebook)
- Häagen-Dazs Honey Bee Haven (Facebook)
- E.L. Niño Bee Lab (Facebook)
- Bug Squad blog (Kathy Keatley Garvey)
- Robbin Thorp Co-Author of California Bees and Blooms
- Robbin Thorp Co-Author of Bumble Bees of North America
- Apiary newsletter, from the UC apiaries (Elina L. Niño)
- Apiary newsletter, from the UC apiaries (archived, Eric Mussen)
- New Ant Book (free): Photos by Alex Wild
- Insect Note Cards, Benefitting UC Davis Honey and Pollination Center
|Bruce Hammock Lab Water Balloon Battle||7/21/2017|
|Bohart Museum Open House: Moth Night||7/22/2017|
|Western Apicultural Society 40th Anniversary Conference||9/5/2017|
Bee Biology (Website, the Harry H. Laidlaw Jr. Honey Bee Research Facility is under construction. See history of bee garden)
Häagen-Dazs Honey Bee Haven Also see Häagen-Dazs Honey Bee Haven Annual Report
Apiary Newsletters (archived copies, Eric Mussen)
How to Write Like a Professor (James R. Carey)
What's This Bug? (CDFA)