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Jasmin Ramirez Bonilla: Targeting Cucumber Beetles on Melons

Jasmin Ramirez Bonilla targets the Western striped cucumber beetle, Acalymma trivittatum. (Photo by Jasmin Ramirez Bonilla)

The Beatles rocked the music world, drawing millions of fans. Other beetles--cucumber beetles--ravage agricultural crops, drawing millions of foes. Enter Jasmin Ramirez...

Jasmin Ramirez Bonilla targets the Western striped cucumber beetle, Acalymma trivittatum. (Photo by Jasmin Ramirez Bonilla)
Jasmin Ramirez Bonilla targets the Western striped cucumber beetle, Acalymma trivittatum. (Photo by Jasmin Ramirez Bonilla)

Jasmin Ramirez Bonilla targets the Western striped cucumber beetle, Acalymma trivittatum. (Photo by Jasmin Ramirez Bonilla)

UC Davis graduate student Jasmin Ramirez Bonilla also targets the Western spotted cucumber beetle, Diabrotica undecimpunctata undecimpunctata--a milder pest but still a pest of melons. (Photo by Jasmin Ramirez Bonilla)
UC Davis graduate student Jasmin Ramirez Bonilla also targets the Western spotted cucumber beetle, Diabrotica undecimpunctata undecimpunctata--a milder pest but still a pest of melons. (Photo by Jasmin Ramirez Bonilla)

UC Davis graduate student Jasmin Ramirez Bonilla also targets the Western spotted cucumber beetle, Diabrotica undecimpunctata undecimpunctata--a milder pest but still a pest of melons. (Photo by Jasmin Ramirez Bonilla)

Why More Water Bears Are Heading for the Bohart Museum of Entomology

Lynn Kimsey, director of the Bohart Museum of Entomology, with part of the museum's tardigrade collection. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The Bohart Museum of Entomology at UC Davis, which houses one of the largest collections of water bears or tardigrades in the world, stands to get even more over the next...

Lynn Kimsey, director of the Bohart Museum of Entomology, with part of the museum's tardigrade collection. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Lynn Kimsey, director of the Bohart Museum of Entomology, with part of the museum's tardigrade collection. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Lynn Kimsey, director of the Bohart Museum of Entomology, with part of the museum's tardigrade collection. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The proposed water bear sculpture at Bohart Museum of Entomology. The Bohart Museum Society has set up a go-fund-me account.
The proposed water bear sculpture at Bohart Museum of Entomology. The Bohart Museum Society has set up a go-fund-me account.

The proposed water bear sculpture at Bohart Museum of Entomology. The Bohart Museum Society has set up a go-fund-me account.

Posted on Thursday, July 9, 2020 at 5:27 PM
Focus Area Tags: Environment Innovation

The Entomology Games: Righting a Wrong Name

The 2018 UC team, comprised of UC Davis and UC Berkeley graduate students, won the national Linnaean Games championship. From left are graduate students Zachary Griebenow and Brendon Boudinot of UC Davis, captain Ralph Washington Jr. of UC Berkeley (he received his bachelor's degree in entomology from UC Davis) and Emily Bick of UC Davis. (ESA Photo)

The governing board of the 7000-member Entomological Society of America (ESA) announced July 6 that it has changed the name of the student trivia contest from "Linnaean...

The 2018 UC team, comprised of UC Davis and UC Berkeley graduate students, won the national Linnaean Games championship. From left are graduate students Zachary Griebenow and Brendon Boudinot of UC Davis, captain Ralph Washington Jr. of UC Berkeley (he received his bachelor's degree in entomology from UC Davis) and Emily Bick of UC Davis. (ESA Photo)
The 2018 UC team, comprised of UC Davis and UC Berkeley graduate students, won the national Linnaean Games championship. From left are graduate students Zachary Griebenow and Brendon Boudinot of UC Davis, captain Ralph Washington Jr. of UC Berkeley (he received his bachelor's degree in entomology from UC Davis) and Emily Bick of UC Davis. (ESA Photo)

The 2018 UC team, comprised of UC Davis and UC Berkeley graduate students, won the national Linnaean Games championship. From left are graduate students Zachary Griebenow and Brendon Boudinot of UC Davis, captain Ralph Washington Jr. of UC Berkeley (he received his bachelor's degree in entomology from UC Davis) and Emily Bick of UC Davis. (ESA Photo)

In this 2018 photo of the national award-winning UC team, Brendon Boudinot of UC Davis answers a trivia question, while captain Ralph Washington Jr. of UC Berkeley listens. Boudinot just received his doctorate in entomology from UC Davis. (ESA Photo)
In this 2018 photo of the national award-winning UC team, Brendon Boudinot of UC Davis answers a trivia question, while captain Ralph Washington Jr. of UC Berkeley listens. Boudinot just received his doctorate in entomology from UC Davis. (ESA Photo)

In this 2018 photo of the national award-winning UC team, Brendon Boudinot of UC Davis answers a trivia question, while captain Ralph Washington Jr. of UC Berkeley listens. Boudinot just received his doctorate in entomology from UC Davis. (ESA Photo)

Ready for the Virtual Moth Open House at the Bohart Museum of Entomology?

You will learn about amazing moths at the Bohart Museum of Entomology's Virtual Moth Open House from 1 to 2 p.m., Saturday, July 25. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

There will be no hot chocolate.   There will be no cookies.   But not to worry--there will be moths! And lots of them!   It's traditional for the...

You will learn about amazing moths at the Bohart Museum of Entomology's Virtual Moth Open House from 1 to 2 p.m., Saturday, July 25. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
You will learn about amazing moths at the Bohart Museum of Entomology's Virtual Moth Open House from 1 to 2 p.m., Saturday, July 25. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

You will learn about amazing moths at the Bohart Museum of Entomology's Virtual Moth Open House from 1 to 2 p.m., Saturday, July 25. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

At previous Moth Nights,
At previous Moth Nights, "Moth Man" John DeBenedictis of Davis helped coordinate the blacklighting display at the Bohart Museum of Entomology. Here he chats with visitors. Blacklighting will be one of the topics at the Bohart Museum's Virtual Moth Open House on July 25. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

At previous Moth Nights, "Moth Man" John DeBenedictis of Davis helped coordinate the blacklighting display at the Bohart Museum of Entomology. Here he chats with visitors. Blacklighting will be one of the topics at the Bohart Museum's Virtual Moth Open House on July 25. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Entomologist Jeff Smith curates the Lepidoptera collection at the Bohart Museum of Entomology and will be featured at its Virtual Moth Open House on July 25. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Entomologist Jeff Smith curates the Lepidoptera collection at the Bohart Museum of Entomology and will be featured at its Virtual Moth Open House on July 25. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Entomologist Jeff Smith curates the Lepidoptera collection at the Bohart Museum of Entomology and will be featured at its Virtual Moth Open House on July 25. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Tuesday, July 7, 2020 at 5:26 PM

So Bee It...

A honey bee heads toward a Mexican sunflower, Tithonia rotundifolia, in Vacaville, Calif. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The honey bees love it. So do the long-horned bees, bumble bees, carpenter bees, European paper wasps, syrphid flies, butterflies, blister beetles, spotted cucumber...

A honey bee heads toward a Mexican sunflower, Tithonia rotundifolia, in Vacaville, Calif. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A honey bee heads toward a Mexican sunflower, Tithonia rotundifolia, in Vacaville, Calif. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A honey bee heads toward a Mexican sunflower, Tithonia rotundifolia, in Vacaville, Calif. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Ah, this Mexican sunflower is all mine. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Ah, this Mexican sunflower is all mine. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Ah, this Mexican sunflower is all mine. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

It pays to keep a lookout while you're foraging on the ever-popular Mexican sunflower, genus Tithonia. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
It pays to keep a lookout while you're foraging on the ever-popular Mexican sunflower, genus Tithonia. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

It pays to keep a lookout while you're foraging on the ever-popular Mexican sunflower, genus Tithonia. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Monday, July 6, 2020 at 5:35 PM

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