Riverside Insect Fair: Kids Love Coloring

The 3rd Annual Riverside Insect Fair was held last Saturday, April 29, 2017, 10am-4pm in downtown Riverside. This free community event is a collaboration between the Entomology Graduate Student Association at UC Riverside and the Riverside Metropolitan Museum.

This year I hosted my own educational booth at the event – an Invasive Insect Species Coloring Table! I created coloring pages featuring invasive and pestiferous insects, and my friend & colleague Tessa Shates contributed a few too! I’m quite pleased to say that coloring was a popular activity, and these coloring pages were a fun way to introduce children (and their parents!) to locally important invasive insects, and the field of invasion biology.

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All of the coloring pages that Tessa Shates and I created are available for personal and educational use for free here.

Writing along the Scientific Method (A message to aspiring scientists!)

Scientists write. A lot.

That’s the message that my colleague Amelia Lindsey and I shared yesterday with UC Riverside undergraduates nearly finished with their English course requirements.

We visited students in Liz Gumm‘s Applied Intermediate Composition course on the penultimate class of the quarter with a (hopefully) exciting and (definitely) enthusiastic lesson: “The writing never stops! You will continue to communicate with others, and it is important to do it well!”

Intrigued? I hope so! Check out our visual aids here.

Riverside Insect Fair: Insects are food, science, art and FUN!

The Second Annual Riverside Insect Fair was this past Saturday, April 30, 2016! This event, co-organized by the UC Riverside Entomology Graduate Student Association and the Riverside Metropolitan Museum, brought together scientists, artists, chefs, educators, conservationists to inspire the local community with the diverse and wondrous world of insects! Early morning rain subsided just before the Insect Fair got started, and the day was a wonderful success!

The Insect Fair had it all: vendors selling insect pets like millipedes and tarantulas, a tie-dye station with ground-up cochineal scale insects used to create pink dye, educational and informational booths from UC Riverside Entomology graduate students  with live & preserved insects & awesome displays of close-up pictures, a Bug Chef demonstrating techniques and recipes for fine insect cuisine, zookeepers from the San Diego Zoo and their animal friends, a fantastic line-up of family-friendly educational presentations, the always-popular Riverside Metropolitan Museum Nature Lab, the Northwest Mosquito and Vector Control District brought their hoverboat, the California Department of Food & Agriculture shared how to protect our city’s iconic citrus trees from invasive pests, and the UC Riverside Entomology Outreach Program brought lots of friendly insects to pet and hold!

The expansive world of insects and entomology was on full display all day, take a look at the highlights here:


Insects as food

Insects as art

Insects as fashion

Insects in science

Insects in nature

Insects as pets

Insects on household pets

Insects around our homes

Invasive insects


What a great day! A huge thank you to everyone who made the Riverside Insect Fair possible through donations, participation, and volunteered time! The second Riverside Insect Fair was a huge success, and I can’t wait to do it again next year! See you there!

Riverside Insect Fair – April 18, 2015

Tomorrow, April 18, 2015, 10am – 5pm is the first ever Riverside Insect Fair in Downtown Riverside, organized by the UC Riverside Department of Entomology graduate students and the Riverside Metropolitan Museum.

The event is free and there will be tons of vendors, educational booths, and fun activities for everyone!

Teaser: I created the below poster for this event. Have you seen the Bagrada bug where you live?
Insect Fair Bagrada Poster