Oh? In California?
That leads to such questions as:
- "Does California have brown recluse spiders?"
- "Do millipedes really have 1000 legs?"
- "Are baby scorpions deadlier than adults?"
Those are some of the topics that UC Davis doctoral candidates Emma Jochim and Xavier Zahnle of the Jason Bond arachnology lab will discuss when they dispel myths about spiders and millipedes at the Bohart Museum of Entomology open house on Saturday, March 18. The theme: "Many-Legged Wonders."
The Bond lab's question-and-answer session about spider myths is set from 1 to 1:30 p.m. First-year doctoral student Iris Quayle will moderate. Lab members also will show some "rarer live arachnids such as 'vinegaroons' and 'whip spiders' in addition to tarantulas and scorpions," Jochim said. "We will also have millipedes that people can handle and many species of isopods."
Professor Bond is the Evert and Marion Schlinger Endowed Chair in Insect Systematics, UC Davis Department of Entomology and Nematology, and associate dean, College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.
- Princess Herbert, a Brazilian salmon-pink bird-eating tarantula (Lasiodora parahybana), age estimated to be around 20 (current oldest resident)
- Peaches, a Chilean rose hair tarantula (Grammostola rosea)
- Coco McFluffin, a Chaco golden knee tarantula (Grammostola pulchripes)
- Beatrice, a Vietnamese centipede (Scolopendra subspinipes), newest resident
- Two black widows (Latrodectus hesperus)
- One brown widow (Latrodectus geometricus)
Among the other residents are Madagascar hissing cockroaches, a giant cave cockroach, stick insects, a bark scorpion and ironclad beetles. A family arts-and-crafts activity is also planned.
The family arts-and-crafts activity, being planned by Jochim, will be molding arachnids and myriapods using model clay.
The Bohart Museum, directed by UC Davis distinguished professor Lynn Kimsey, houses a global collection of eight million insect specimens, plus the petting zoo and a gift shop stocked with insect-themed books, posters, jewelry, t-shirts, hoodies and more. Dedicated to "understanding, documenting and communicating terrestrial arthropod diversity," the Bohart Museum was founded in 1946 and named for UC Davis professor and noted entomologist Richard Bohart. The insect museum is open to the public Mondays through Thursdays, from 8 a.m. to noon, and 1 to 5 p.m.
More information is available on the Bohart website at https://bohart.ucdavis.edu or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Scorpions will be among the "Many-Legged Wonders" at the Bohart Museum of Entomology open house on Saturday, March 18. (Image courtesy of the Bond lab)
This is a vinegaroon, belonging to the arachnid order, Uropygi. (Photo courtesy of the Jason Bond lab)
The family arts-and-crafts activity, being planned by UC Davis doctoral candidate Emma Jochim, will be molding arachnids and myriapods using model clay.