Riverside Insect Fair

Riverside Virtual Insect Fair


Riverside Insect Fair

Buzz on by for the Riverside Insect Fair on Saturday, April 30, 2023 from 10 am – 4pm in-person at the Main Library (3900 Mission Inn Ave). Get the chance to buzz in on Storytime fun with the Library, explore a Day in My Life with UC Riverside Entomology Graduate Students, learn how to create your own bug collection, shop and much more!



Video Resources


Monday, April 12, 2021

Museum of Riverside

What makes an insect an insect? Learn about the body parts that all insects share and build your own with materials provided by the Museum of Riverside. Kit will also include magnifying glass, a collection jar and instructions for observing insects at home. Video tutorial will be available on Riverside Insect Fair’s website.


The Painted Lady Butterfly Migration
UC Riverside

Learn how Riverside County ecosystems are used by painted lady butterflies during their migration


A Field Day on a Dairy
UC Riverside

A field work day on a dairy farm. Learn one of the methods to collect biting insects with UCR Entomology Graduate Student, Xinmi Zhang.


How do ants cooperate during an emergency?
UC Riverside

Ants form rafts when their habitat floods. Find out how they do it!


The World of Wasps
UC Riverside

An introduction to the most incredibly diverse group of insects- Hymenoptera (Ants, Bees, and Wasps)



Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Mr. Brian's Family Story Time
Riverside Public Library

Lice may be uncomfortable, spiders may be scary and Rolly Pollies maybe cute, but remember wherever they are, they are happier not in a jar. Join Mr. Brian as he reads and sings about bugs.


Rock Bug Art: Ladybug
The Lovely Bug

Join Kim Cobb, owner of The Lovely Bug in creating a Rock Bug Art piece. Once you’re finished creating your buggy art show it off in your garden or window seal.


The Path Most Traveled
UC Riverside

Interesting foraging behavior of the Argentine ant


Bugs and Backyard Chickens
UC Riverside

An introduction to insect pests of backyard chickens. It is recommended to watch this prior to the LIVE Urban and Medical/Veterinary Entomology Panel.


Cook with Chef Robert: Nothing but Crickets
Chef Robert

Join Chef Robert as he take a twist on the classic Lemon Honey Stir Fry by adding crickets as his protein.



Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Become a Citizen Scientist Today with iNaturalist
UC Riverside

How entomologists use data from iNaturalist in their research, how to add an observation to iNaturalist


Bilingual Storytime with Ms. Yesenia
Riverside Public Library

Join Ms. Yesenia as she reads stories about bugs in both English and Spanish. For ages 5 and under.


Cook with Chef Robert: A Buggy Dinner Meal
Chef Robert

Cook alongside Chef Robert as he teaches you how to make a healthy dinner with some fun buggy surprises.


Museum of Riverside: What's for Dinner?
Museum of Riverside

What exactly do insects eat and how do they do it? Learn about four different mouth parts and how these specialized structures help insects chow down! Kit will also include magnifying glass, a collection jar and instructions for observing insects at home. Video tutorial will be available on Riverside Insect Fair’s website.


The Secret Gardeners
UC Riverside

A day in the life of a harvester ant colony


Meet the Mutualists: Insects, Plants, and Soil Microbes
UC Riverside

Video compilation with sections on each lab member's research on plant-pollinator interactions and other mutualisms


Bee there, do that!
UC Riverside

Watch a video montage on spanning bees that the McFrederick Lab works on.



Thursday, April 15, 2021

Evening Storytime with Ms. Abby
Riverside Public Library

Can you flap your wings like a ladybug or wriggle along like a caterpillar? Join Ms. Abby for her storytime about lazy ladybugs and hungry caterpillars. For ages 6 and under.


Meet a Scientist: Hollis Woodard
UC Riverside

Dr. Hollis Woodard explains the motivation behind her research on bumble bee physiology, behavior, and conservation. Then, she briefly describes the behaviors of a foraging bumble bee in the field.


Small Things Can Tell a Big Story
Museum of Riverside

Join us for a behind the scenes look at the Museum’s entomology collection. Why does the Museum of Riverside collect insects? What can we learn from these collections and how do they help us understand climate change?


Backyard bugs: Assassin bugs of California
UC Riverside

An introduction to commonly encountered assassin bugs of California.


Insect Origami
UC Riverside

Instructional video for beginner and/or advanced insect origami


A Day in the Life of a Plant Bug
UC Riverside

UC Riverside Entomology Graduate Student, Tatiana Bush provides an introduction to plant bugs in California.


Storytime with Councilmember Edwards
City of Riverside

Join Councilmember Edwards for storytime as she reads Super Fly Guy with her daughter Ramona.



Friday, April 16, 2021

Asian Citrus Psyllid Scouting Techniques
UC Riverside

How to sample for the Asian citrus psyllid for backyard home owners.


How to Photograph Jumping Spiders
UC Riverside

We'll cover how to find and photograph jumping spiders including their biology, macrophotography techniques, and equipment.


Museum of Riverside: Teen & Adult Beetle Paper Cut Art
The Lovely Bug

Create a unique, insect-inspired, 3-D cut-paper art piece. This activity will be created and led by local artist, Kim Cobb, owner of The Lovely Bug.


Rock Bug Art: Colorado Potato Beetle
The Lovely Bug

Join Kim Cobb, owner of The Lovely Bug in creating a Rock Bug Art piece. Once you’re finished creating your buggy art show it off in your garden or window seal.


Teen Activity
Riverside Public Library

Learn how to create an origami butterfly corner bookmark. A fun and easy way to keep your place and decorate your book!


Tied up hormones: A simple experiment to observe insect puberty
UC Riverside

Did you know that insects go through puberty too? If they do go through puberty, how? One early question of scientists studying insect development was whether insects use hormones to mature into an adult, kind of like us! An experiment that was done to test this idea, called a ligation experiment, involves tying a string in the middle of an immature insect to block normal hormone signaling in half of the insect. This video will demonstrate the ligation experiment using house fly larvae to show what happens when only half of a larva can receive hormones!


Cook with Chef Robert: Buzzing Mocktails
Chef Robert

Learn to make some tasty mocktails inspired by some of your favorite bugs.


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Photo Gallery

A photo of two girls both smiling and standing in front of a booth showcasing their butterfly wing costume inspired by Pink Lady Butterflies at the Riverside Insect Fair.
A photo of Chef Robert’s Cashew Crickets Stir Fry freshly made in a pan garnished with green onions.
A portrait of an art piece made from recycled cans created by Mariposa Alley artist, Martin Sanchez which is inspired by Riverside Insect Fair Praying Mantis logo.
The photo is focused on someone holding one of the Madagascar Hissing Cockroaches while in the background a family is observing the other insects from the Touch-A-Bug booth.


An animal educator from Kreepy Kreatures is showcasing one of their tarantulas to the audience at the main stage. Behind the educator, a young girl is smiling with excitement and interest to see the arachnid.
Located at the Touch-A-Bug Booth is a child holding one of the many Vietnamese Walking Sticks while a UCR student is holding the other two walking sticks.
UCR Entomology Graduate Students are leading the Honeybee Comb Relay Race at the main stage. A young boy and girl are running together with an empty beehive frame to enter it into the beehive box.
A girl is smiling standing in front of the Praying Mantis art piece holding a blue bag.


Two people are interacting at the Touch-A-Bug booth holding two insects from the collection.
A girl is smiling into the camera as she holds one of the beetles from the Touch-A-Bug booth.
An up close up shot of the Hercules Beetle being held by someone.
An up close up shot of the Rhinoceros Beetle being held by someone.




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Madison Sankovitz

Madison Sankovitz studies ecology and genomics of social insects, which are insects that live in colonies. Sankovitz is interested in the ways in which ants impact soil ecosystems through their subterranean nest-building, and how ant populations are impacted by climate.

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Dani Ruais

Did you know that we can rear and release tiny parasitic wasps to help control pest insects in agricultural systems? These tiny wasps, which are harmless to humans, are called parasitoids. Dani Ruais study these parasitoids in order to help growers integrate them into successful pest management strategies for their crops.

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Quinn McFrederick

Dr. Quinn McFrederick leads the McFrederick lab which aims to understand the evolution and ecology of the relationship between wild bees and their symbiotic microbes.

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Samantha Smith

Thread-legged assassin bugs are a group of insects found all over the world, several of which use spiderwebs to both steal prey caught in the web and to attack the resident spider who built the web! Samantha Smith studies relationships between these fascinating insects, and the evolution of this incredible behavior.

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Stephanie Castillo

Stephanie Castillo studies the biodiversity and diversification of assassin bugs (Reduviidae), specifically the lobe-headed bugs (Pseudocetherinae) and pirate assassin bugs (Peiratinae). Currently, Castillo is documenting and describing over 20 new species of Pseudocetherinae that are unknown to science but have been sitting in natural history museums around the world for many decades under the wrong classification or without a name.

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Mari West

Within ant and other social insect colonies, the majority of individuals are sterile female workers, meaning that they do not produce their own offspring. Instead, they carry out several colony maintenance tasks, such as collecting food, building the nest, and raising the developing offspring of one or several reproductive queens. Mari West studies what factors impact which tasks individual ant workers perform. Specifically, West is interested in whether the size and genetics of ant workers impact task choice, specialization, and efficiency and how these behaviors are coordinated at the colony level.

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Tessa Shates

Tessa Shates works on plant-infecting viruses that are spread by small, sap-sucking insects called aphids. These viruses infect our crop plants, but Shates specifically looks for crop-viruses in native California wild squash using field research and molecular lab techniques. Picture is Shates holding two dixie squash plants - one is "healthy" (left) and the other is infected with the "Cucurbit aphid-borne yellows virus" I found in my wild sqush plants (right).

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Jake Cecala

Did you know there are actually several species of bees humans use to pollinate crops? One such species is the alfalfa leaf-cutter bee. Jake Cecala is conducting research on how diet quality and exposure to pesticides influence the health and reproduction of this important pollinator.

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Dr. Hollis Woodard

Dr. Woodard leads the Woodard Lab and a research group that uses bumblebees as a model system for understanding the proximate mechanisms underlying adaptation, sensitivity, and resilience.

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Chris Allen

Chris Allen studies disease transmission among floral visiting insects.

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Jaimie Kenney

Jaimie Kenney is broadly interested in the biology and ecology of plant pathogens and their insect vectors beyond the borders of agriculture in natural ecosystems. Her research at UCR focuses understanding relationships between tiny, sap-sucking insects called psyllids, the bacterial plant pathogens they transmit, and California native plants.

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Dr. Alec Gerry

Dr. Gerry is a Professor of Veterinary Entomology at the University of California at Riverside. Previously, Dr. Gerry was employed as a Senior Public Health Biologist for the California Department of Public Health and as a medical entomologist in the United States Army. Dr. Gerry studies the biology, ecology, and integrated management of pest arthropods and disease vectors of animals. Of particular interest is insect dispersal, the impact of ectoparasites to their hosts, and the behavior of biting flies that transmit pathogens.

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Dr. Amy Murillo

Dr. Murillo studies insect and mite pests that negatively impact animals, such as chickens. She develops and tests new control techniques to keep animals healthy and happy.

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Xinmi Zhang

Xinmi Zhang research interests focus is on veterinary entomology. Particularly, Zhang is interested in the host-seeking activity of biting midges on southern California dairies, overwintering mechanism of bluetongue virus that biting midges can transmit, and the species diversity of biting midges in SoCal desert areas.

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Ian Wright

Ian Wright is an entomologist and professional photographer working on Asian citrus psyllid biocontrol in the Entomology department at UC Riverside. He is broadly interested in natural history, conservation biology, and documenting biodiversity.

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Jessica Maccaro

I’m a first year PhD student in the McFrederick lab, where we study bee-microbe interactions. I’m interested in how the fungus, Ascosphaera, has evolved to become pathogenic to bees. I also study bees that have ditched their vegetarian lifestyle and began to eat dead bodies! I love evolution, symbiosis, macro photography, all things outdoorsy and much more - let's connect!

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Tatiana Bush

Tatiana Bush is a 4th year undergraduate in the Heteropteran Systematics lab. She works on the molecular phylogenetics of California species of the subfamily Phylinae within the plant bug family Miridae.

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