Bohart Museum Open House: "Un-Belize-able!"

The first open house of the 2016-2017 calendar will be on Sunday, Sept. 18, 2016 from 1-4 pm. It will be about a summer collecting trip to Belize by the Bohart scientists, associates and students. Learn how they collected insects and see some of the specimens.

We have closed the online gift shop

Unfortunately we have had to close our onilne gift shop. However, we still have our gift shop in the museum so you can still come in and buy t-shirts, posters and collecting equipment. If you live out of the area and would like to purchase something, you can always contact us and we can make arrangements.

New Faces

Daercio Lucena

Join us in welcoming visiting scientist Daércio Lucena to the Bohart Museum. Lucena is a visiting graduate student from The University of São Paulo in Brazil. He is here for three months and is studying wasps in the family Chrysididae.

Arizona Insect Collecting Trip 2014

Arizona 2014 Collecting Trip Photo courtesy of Alex Nguyen

This summer, Bohart collections manager Steve Heydon, along with a group of past and current students, traveled to Arizona to collect insects. The trip lasted a week and took place in southern Arizona, where the group used a variety of collecting techniques including sweeping, blacklighting, and using a malaise trap.

San Francisco BioBlitz 2014

BioBlitz 2014 Photo courtesy of Alex Nguyen

This spring, Bohart staff members Lynn Kimsey and Steve Heydon, went with the UC Davis entomology club, to participate in the 2014 BioBlitz. This year the BioBlitz took place in the Golden Gate national parks area and it represents a collaborative effort amongst scientists, along with the public, to observe and catalog the species diversity within the parks.

Biodiversity Day 2014

Matan Shelomi showing insects to visitors at the Bohart Museum of Entomology during Biodiversity Museum Day 2014 Photo courtesy of Alex Nguyen

This years Biodiversity Day on a February 8th was a huge success, even though it was one of the rainiest days of the entire winter! We had more than one thousand people come though campus and visit the museums. Besides the Bohart Museum of Entomology, five other museums were open to the public including the Museum of Wildlife and Fish Biology, the Botanical Conservatory, the Center for Plant Diversity, the Anthropology Colections, and the Paleontology Collections.Most of these coleections are normally closed to the public, so this was an opportunity to see some very special specimens. Be sure to mark your calendar's for next years Biodiversity Day which will take place on Sunday, February 8, 2015.

New Faces

Toheed Iqbal

Join us in welcoming Toheed Iqbal to the museum. He comes from the Agricultural University of Peshawar in northern Pakistan. Toheed is visiting us for 6 months to study parasitic wasps in the family Chalcididae, particularly the diversity of Chalcidids in Pakistan.

Millipede Expert Rowland Shelley Visits the Museum


Red millipede

After describing them as new secies in 1995 from specimens already preserved in museums, Rowland Shelley of the North Carolina State Museum of Natural Sciences, with assistance from Daren Ross, a citizen scientist, collected these specimens during his trip to California. Daren found these millipedes on a limestone outcropping near the Auburn Reservoir. This was the first time Rowland had seen living specimens. Though they look very similar, they come from two different genera. Before this, the red species (Ochthocelata adynata) was only known from two individuals collected in 1941!

Jean Jackman Reports On Her Visit to the Bohart Read more.



UC Davis Biodiversity Museum Day!

Saturday, February 8, 2014 the Bohart along with other research collections at UC Davis will have special open hours from Noon-4:00 pm. Click here for more information on this event.

Click here for the complete 2013-2014 schedule for Bohart Special Weekend Hours


Moth-er's Day

January Open House to feature "Snuggle Bugs"!

Sunday, January 12, 2014 the Bohart will have special open hours from 1:00-4:00 pm. Click here for more information on this event.

Click here for the complete 2013-2014 schedule for Bohart Special Weekend Hours.


Explorit's spider logo

If you are curious and interested in spiders, Explorit Science Center is hosting workshops, events and community science projects on spiders this summer and fall. They've even launched a writing program (stories, songs or poems) about spiders. Click here for more information on their spider reading and writing program.