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Riverside Virtual Insect Fair

 

Virtual Riverside Insect Fair & The Weekend Buzz

Fly around the web all week long from April 12-16, 2021 to join us for our first Virtual Riverside Insect Fair! Then join us for The Weekend Buzz on April 17th & 18th with extra surprises by Chef Robert and more! 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! Visit back here for more fun & resources!



 

Live Presentations

 

Monday, April 12, 2021

12 PM
What’s Eating You?
Biting Insects
Alec Gerry

2 PM
All Things Pollination Panel
Hollis Woodard, Jake Cecala, Chris Allen

 

Wednesday, April 14, 2021

10 AM
Northwest Vector Control
Northwest Vector Control

12 PM
Opening of a Bee Hive
Baer Lab

2 PM
Diversity in Entomology Panel
Laura Harmon, Jessica Webb, Hannah Chu, Chris Allen, Laura Leger, Quinn McFrederick, Jessica Purcell, Amy Murillo, Tom Perring

 

Thursday, April 15, 2021

10 AM
Documenting Pathogens in Wild Bees and Ants
Chris Allen

12 PM
Insect Damage Panel
Jaimie Kenney, Tessa Shates, Ian Wright, Tobias Moyneur, Deena Husein

2 PM
Meet Our Friends – Bug Basics Panel
Rebecca Keim, Ian Wright, Mari West

 

Friday, April 16, 2021

2 PM
Urban and Medical/Veterinary Entomology Panel
Alec Gerry, Amy Murillo, Julie Tsecouras, Ben Nyman

 

 

Recorded Sessions

 

Monday, April 12, 2021

Museum of Riverside: Build-A-Bug
Museum of Riverside

The Painted Lady Butterfly Migration
Jo’lene Saldivar

A Field Day on a Dairy
Xinmi Zhang

How Do Ants Cooperate During an Emergency?
Jessica Purcell

The Fascinating World of Predators, Pollinators, and Parasitoids!
Heraty Lab

 

Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Mr. Brian’s Family Story Time
Mr. Brian

Rock Bug Art: Ladybug
Kim Cobb

The Path Most Traveled
Tobias Moyneur

Bugs and Backyard Chickens
Amy Murillo

Library-To-Go Craft
Riverside Public Library

Cook with Chef Robert: Nothing but Crickets
Chef Robert

 

Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Become a Citizen Scientist Today with iNaturalist
Jaimie Kenney

Bilingual Storytime with Ms. Yesenia
Ms. Yesenia

Cook with Chef Robert: A Buggy Dinner Meal
Chef Robert

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

The Secret Gardeners
Rebecca Keim

Meet the Mutualists: Insects, Plants, and Soil Microbes
Rafferty Lab

 

 

Thursday, April 14, 2021

Evening Storytime with Ms. Abby
Ms. Abby

Cook with Chef Robert: Bee-licious Appetizers
Chef Robert

Meet a Scientist: Hollis Woodard
Hollis Woodard

Small Things Can Tell a Big Story
Museum of Riverside

Backyard Bugs: Assassin Bugs of California
Weirauch Lab

Insect Origami
John So

 

Friday, April 16, 2021

the weekend buzz

Asian Citrus Psyllid Scouting Techniques
Tobias Moyneur

How to Photograph Jumping Spiders
Ian Wright

Introduction to Macrophotography
Ian Wright

Museum of Riverside: Teen & Adult Beetle Paper Cut Art
Kim Cobb

Rock Bug Art: Colorado Potato Beetle
Kim Cobb

Teen Activity
Riverside Public Library

Tied Up Hormones: A Simple Experiment to Observe Insect Puberty
Hannah Chu

Cook with Chef Robert: Buzzing Mocktails
Chef Robert

 

 

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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.

 

 

Partners

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Biographies

 

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 love evolution, symbiosis, social insects and much more!

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