If you happen to’re not massive on bugs, you’ll be–or ought to be–after seeing UC Davis entomologist Gwen Erdosh’s latest interview with reporter Ashley Williams on Good Day Sacramento.
Erdosh, 21, an undergraduate entomology main and president of the UC Davis Entomology Membership, is keen about bugs. Nicely, make that keen about arthropods. Nicely, make that keen about “all arthropods on the planet.”
Half One of many two-segment interview is at https://cbsloc.al/3G81QaT.
Billed as “bringing bugs to the plenty,” this system explored critters resembling a Madagascar hissing cockroach, an Atlas moth caterpillar, an Australian supermodel, and a rain forest mantis.
Greater than 22,000 followers comply with her Instagram account, @gwentomologist, the place she uploads academic and entertaining posts, illustrated along with her unbelievable macro pictures.
“The primary level of my web page is to lift consciousness for conservation of bugs,” Erdosh advised Williams. Second level: to assist of us overcome their worry of bugs by seeing their magnificence and peculiarities.
Erdosh confirmed bugs from the Bohart Museum of Entomology, in addition to bugs being reared by her buddies.
Holding an Atlas caterpillar, Erdosh advised the Good Day Sacramento reporter: “That is going to change into the most important moth on the planet.”
Erdosh then confirmed Williams the huge frass (poop), the scale of a raisin.
In a traditional quote of the day: Williams deadpanned that “It has no downside with bowel actions.”
That prompted one of many Good Day Sacramento anchors to quip: “After I awoke this morning I might have wager massive cash I used to be not going to see caterpillar poop right here in the present day however right here we’re.”
Erdosh is a member of the UC Davis Analysis Students Program in Insect Biology (RSPIB), and a member of the lab of group ecologist Louie Yang, a professor within the UC Davis Division of Entomology and Nematology. In her present analysis venture, she goals to find out whether or not ambient smoke from California’s wildfires hinders an insect’s capability to find meals. She not too long ago obtained a UC Davis Provost’s Undergraduate Analysis Fellowship.
Erdosh knew at age 12 that she wished to change into an entomologist. Her profession plan: to obtain a doctorate in entomology and be a part of academia as a professor and researcher. She’s off to an important begin! At age 16, she interned within the lab of Jason Dombroskie at Cornell College.
And fairly appropriately, Gwen Erdosh sports activities a set of insect-themed T-shirts. The one she wore on the Good Day Sacramento program: a T-shirt lettered with “Wait, I See a Bug!”
(See “The Wonderful World of ‘Gwentomologist’ Gwen Erdosh” on the Dec. 23, 2021 Bug Squad weblog.)