There was the bee family: the queen bee, the drone and the worker bee. That would be entomologist Leslie Saul-Gershenz and biologist Norman Gershenz, the husband-wife team behind SaveNature.Org, a non-profit Bay Area-based organization devoted to insects.
Leslie, who holds a doctorate in entomology from UC Davis, is the associate director of research, Wild Energy Initiative, John Muir Institute of the Environment at UC Davis. The worker bee? That would be their service dog. The "worker" bee, however,spent most of her time sleeping beneath a table while the queen bee and drone mingled in the hive of activity around them.
Forensic entomologist Robert Kimsey wore his ghillie suit. Bohart associate Emma Cluff came dressed as "The Mad Hatter." Tabatha Yang, education and outreach coordinator, disguised herself as a monarch caterpillar.
One of the highlights was a parasitoid pinata crafted by doctoral student Charlotte Herbert Alberts and husband, insect enthusiast George Alberts. They drew inspiration from the party invitation of artist and entomology alumnus Nicole Tam.
Of her art, Tam said: "All good things come in groups of three like the heads of Kerberos. Also, I just really wanted to draw a three-headed wasp! The wasps I used for this art piece were from the genera Polistes, Synoeca, and Dolichovespula."
The Bohart Museum, located in Room 1124 of the Academic Surge Building on Crocker Lane, houses a global collection of nearly eight million specimens. It is also the home of the seventh largest insect collection in North America, and the California Insect Survey, a storehouse of the insect biodiversity. In addition, it maintains a live "petting zoo," featuring Madagascar hissing cockroaches, walking sticks or stick insects, tarantulas; and a year-around gift shop stocked with T-shirts, sweatshirts, books, jewelry, posters, insect-collecting equipment and insect-themed candy.
Director of the museum is Lynn Kimsey, professor of entomology at UC Davis. The staff includes Steve Heydon, senior museum scientist; Tabatha Yang, education and outreach coordinator; and Jeff Smith, who curates the Lepidoptera (butterflies and moths) section.
The museum is open to the public Mondays through Thursdays from 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 5 p.m., except on holidays. More information on the Bohart Museum is available on the website at http://bohart.ucdavis.edu or by contacting (530) 752-0493 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Lynn Kimsey, director of the Bohart Museum of Entomology, welcomes the crowd to the Halloween party. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Forensic entomologist Robert Kimsey wore his ghillie suit. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Bohart associate Emma Cluff dressed as "The Mad Hatter" at the Bohart Museum of Entomology's Halloween party. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Charlotte Herbert Alberts and husband George Alberts with the parasitoid pinata they created. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
The bee family: drone Norman Gershenz, queen bee Leslie Saul-Gershenz, and their pooch, a worker bee. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Parras Mcgrath drew a lot of comments with this costume. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
This was the first Halloween party for visiting scholar Syed Fahad Shah, a lecturer in the Department of Entomology, University of Agriculture, Peshawar, Pakistan. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
What's a Halloween party without a spider? (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
The petting zoo featured a new addition at the Bohart Museum of Entomology: a skull. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)