A poster by naturalist Greg Kareofelas and entomologist Fran Keller exhibits the male California dogface butterfly (high) and the feminine.
Fast, what is the California state insect?
You might know that the California grizzly bear (Ursus californicus) is the official state animal.
You might know that the California quail (Lophortyx californica) is the official state chook.
You might know that the California red-legged frog (Rana draytonii) is the official state amphibian.
And chances are you’ll know that the golden trout (Salmo agua-bonita) is the official state fish.
However…drum roll…do you know that California has an official state insect? No, it isn’t a girl beetle or ladybug. Or a honey bee. Or a monarch.
It is the California dogface butterfly (Zerene eurydice), which the state Legislature designed because the state insect 50 years ago–in 1972. The butterfly is discovered solely in California from the foothills of the Sierra Nevada to the Coast Ranges and from Sonoma south to San Diego. The male, which sports activities a yellow silhouette of a canine’s head on its wings, is named “the flying pansy.” The feminine is generally strong yellow aside from a single black spot on its higher wings.
The Bohart Museum of Entomology, situated within the Educational Surge Constructing on Crocker Lane, will have a good time the fiftieth anniversary of the butterfly’s designation because the state insect in the course of the 108th annual UC Davis Picnic Day on Saturday, April 23. See the Bohart reveals on the East Educational Surge entrance from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Entomologist Fran Keller, a professor at Folsom Lake Faculty, a Bohart Museum scientist, and UC Davis doctoral alumnus, can be there with Bohart affiliate Greg Kareofelas to share their experience on the butterfly. Kareofelas is a volunteer tour information for the Placer Land Belief’s conservation web site in Auburn. It is essentially the most prevalent habitat of the butterfly; it’s there as a result of its larval host plant, false indigo (Amorpha californica) thrives there.
Kareofelas has reared–and photographed–a dogface butterfly from egg to grownup. And he is additionally grown false indigo.
Keller authored a 35-page kids’s ebook, “The Story of the Dogface Butterfly,” with pictures by Kareofelas and Keller and illustrations by then UC Davis scholar Laine Bauer. The ebook tells the untold story of the California dogface butterfly, and the way schoolchildren turned concerned in convincing the State Legislature to pick out the colourful butterfly because the state insect.
A Bohart Museum poster by Kareofelas-Keller depicts the female and male butterfly. Each the poster and the ebook can be found on the market within the Bohart present store (additionally on-line). Internet proceeds profit the insect museum’s training, outreach and analysis applications.
Along with the California dogface butterfly, the Bohart Museum’s Picnic Day actions will give attention to monarch butterflies; the touring show reveals that graduate college students created; and the ever-popular reside “petting zoo,” comprised of Madagascar hissing cockroaches, stick bugs and tarantulas.
Residence of worldwide assortment of eight million insect specimens, the Bohart Museum is directed by Lynn Kimsey, UC Davis distinguished professor of entomology. The workers consists of senior museum scientist Steve Heydon; training and outreach coordinator Tabatha Yang, and entomologist Jeff Smith, who curates the lepidoptera assortment.
Different entomological shows and actions throughout Picnic Day will happen at Briggs Corridor from 9 a.m. to five p.m. A brand new addition at Briggs is caterpillar biology. Grace Horne, a graduate scholar within the laboratory of Emily Meineke, assistant professor of city panorama entomology, will show hornworm caterpillars and pupae, and he or she’ll talk about butterfly and moth biodiversity and biology, together with city biodiversity and their interactions with their host vegetation.
Capital Public Radio Piece on Dogface Butterfly (that includes Greg Kareofelas)
Pacific Land Belief web site (PLT maintains a conservation web site in Auburn that is the house of the California dogface butterfly)