Ever seen a crab spider hanging out on a flower?
Ever seen a crab spider hanging out with two male longhorned bees which might be sleeping in a single day on a flower?
Such was the case final evening when a Mexican sunflower, Tithonia rotundifola, drew two Melissodes agilis and one crab spider. Ah, it was only a teeny tiny crab spider.
The subsequent morning two of the floral tenants (the bees) had been nonetheless there, however the third tenant, the crab spider, was gone.
Undecided if the bees received a very good evening’s sleep….
Need to study extra about spiders?
No, do not run away!
Remember to attend the Bohart Museum of Entomology open home, themed “Eight-Legged Encounters,” from 1 to 4 p.m., Saturday, June 25 within the Tutorial Surge Constructing on Crocker Lane, UC Davis. Members of the American Arachnological Society (AAS) will kick-off their annual assembly by co-hosting the occasion. It is free and household pleasant.
Some 20 tables can be arrange within the Tutorial Surge Constructing hallway. A powerhouse of arachnologists will take part, in keeping with arachnologist Jason Bond, affiliate dean, Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, and the Evert and Marion Schlinger Endowed Chair in Insect Systematics, UC Davis Division of Entomology and Nematology. He’s internet hosting the June 26-30 convention with Lisa Chamberland, postdoctoral analysis affiliate, Division of Entomology and Nematology, and Joel Ledford, assistant professor of educating, Division of Plant Biology, Faculty of Organic Sciences.
“There can be everything–spider specimens, dwell arachnids, actions, art work, and many others., on the open home,” Professor Bond mentioned.
Professor Eileen Hebets of the Faculty of Organic Sciences, College of Nebraska, Lincoln, is co-hosting the open home as a part of a U.S. Nationwide Science Basis (NSF) grant, “Eight-Legged Encounters” that she developed as an outreach undertaking to attach arachnologists with communities, particularly youth. She seeks to teach the general public “concerning the wonders of biology and the potential for scientific discovery utilizing a charismatic and fascinating group of animals–arachnids. Arachnids (spiders and their family) are ubiquitous, thriving in most liveable environments on our planet (together with underwater),” as talked about on her web site.
AAS can be sponsoring a lecture sequence from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, June 28, within the newly constructed 600-seat lecture corridor, California Corridor. It is free and open to the general public. It will likely be fairly informal, Bond mentioned. Arachnologists will share a few of their analysis.
Directed by UC Davis distinguished entomology professor Lynn Kimsey, the Bohart Museum homes eight million insect specimens; a dwell “petting zoo” (Madagascar hissing cockroaches, stick bugs and tarantulas); and an insect-themed reward store. It’s situated in Room 1124 of the Tutorial Surge Constructing. See extra info on its web site at https://bohart.ucdavis.edu/.