A Case of Identity Theft! Camouflaged Insects at Bohart Museum Open House on March 10
Feb. 28, 2012
|Find the walking stick insect. It's the top "stick." Click to enlarge. This stick is a female Great Thin Stick Insect (Ramulus nematodes). Bohart Museum personnel have nicknamed them "Avatar Stick Insects," because the males are long, skinny and blue..(Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)|
DAVIS-- Just call it a case of identity theft.
A walking stick insect looks so much like a twig, that at first glance, you see nothing but its habitat.
A second look--or maybe a third or fourth--reveals a camouflaged insect.
In keeping with insect "identity theft," visitors to the Bohart Museum of Entomology will be treated to the theme, "Hide 'n' Seek: Insect Camouflage" at its special weekend opening from 1 to 4 p.m., Saturday, March 10. The museum is located in Room 1124 of the Academic Surge building on California Drive, UC Davis campus.
|Praying mantis on a sunflower at the Häagen-Dazs Honey Bee Haven on Bee Biology Road. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)|
The open house is free and open to the public.
"We will have specimens from the collection like leafy katydids and bark-like moths and butterflies with clear wings," said Tabatha Yang, education and outreach coordinator at the Bohart Museum.
"There will be live walking sticks to hold and touch," Yang said, "and people will have a chance to make some stick insects made from pipe cleaners that they can take and hide around their homes."
Staff and students will be on hand to answer questions.
The Bohart Museum, directed by Lynn Kimsey, professor of entomology at UC Davis, houses a global collection of more than seven million insect specimens, the seventh largest insect collection in North America, and is also the home of the California Insect Survey, a storehouse of the insect biodiversity. Noted entomologist Richard M. Bohart (1913-2007) founded the museum in 1946.
The Bohart Museum also features a year-around live “petting zoo” with such permanent residents as walking sticks and Madagascar hissing cockroaches.
The Bohart Museum's remaining weekend schedule for the 2011-2012 academic year includes:
Saturday, March 10, 1 to 4 p.m., “Hide ‘n’ Seek: Insect Camouflage”
Saturday, April 21: 10 to 3 p.m., UC Davis Picnic Day
Saturday, May 12, 1 to 4 p.m., “Pre-Moth’ers Day”
Sunday, June 3, 1 to 4 p.m., “Bug Light, Bug Bright…First Bug I See Tonight.”
Regular hours are from 9 a.m. to noon and from 1 to 5 p.m., Monday through Thursday. It is closed on Fridays and on major holidays. Admission is free.
More information is available on the Bohart website or by contacting Tabatha Yang, education and outreach coordinator at email@example.com or (530) 752-0493. Due to limited space, group tours will not be booked during the weekend hours.
--Kathy Keatley Garvey
UC Davis Department of Entomology