Picnic Day Draws Huge Crowds at Briggs and Bohart
April 19, 2011
Graduate student Andrew Merwin (left), who co-chaired the Entomology Department's Picnic Day events, cheers on a termite following the pheremonelike scent of an ink trail. With him are Denneal Jamison-McClung and son Alex, 7 of Davis. (Photos by Kathy Keatley Garvey) Forensic enotmologist Bob Kimsey, co-chair of the UC Davis Department of Entomology's Picnic Day events, operates a booth in 122 Briggs Hall. Extension apiculturist Eric Mussen (Show Me the Honey) offers samples of Gimbal's Fine Candies. He chaired the honey-tasting event. From left are William McCurdy (he's a teacher in Elk Grove who borrows insects from the Bohart Museum of Entomology); mother-in-law Cheryl Davies of Livermore, a 1966 graduate of UC Davis; wife Bryce Davies-McCurdy and daughter Madison Davies, 5. Graduate student Matan Shelomi sells T-shirts at PIcnic Day. He is studying for his doctorate in entomology with major professor Lynn Kimsey, director of the Bohart Museum of Entomology.
DAVIS--The Department of Entomology activities and displays during the UC Davis Picnic Day on Saturday, April 16, drew more than 3000 people.
Forensic entomologist Robert Kimsey and graduate student Andrew Merwin from the Michael Parrella lab chaired the Briggs Hall events, while insect systematist Lynn Kimsey, director of the Bohart Museum of Entomology and professor of entomology, headed the events at the Bohart Museum.
Noah Rosenbaum, 5, of Davis, examines a walking stick at the Bohart Museum of Entomology. Diane Ullman, associate dean for Undergraduate Academic Programs, College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, and professor of entomology, creates Maggot Art. Forensic graduate student Rebecca O'Flaherty coined the term, "Maggot Art." This is the work that Diane Ullman created at Picnic Day with a maggot dipped in water-based paints. A tarantula at the Bohart Museum of Entomology changes hands: it was a popular attraction during Picnic Day. Go, maggot, go! A maggot races across the "canvas" of an artist.
--Kathy Keatley Garvey
UC Davis Department of Entomology