Essig Museum News - November 2020
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Essig Museum News

Keep up to date with the latest research, education, and events of the Essig Museum of Entomology, UC Berkeley's terrestrial arthropod collection (insects, spiders, scorpions, and their kin). Member of the Berkeley Natural History Museums.

Essig Museum Tour - December 16

Join us on Wednesday, December 16, at 1:00-3:00pm or 6:00-8:00pm for a virtual tour and insects under the microscope. Open to the public. Learn more ... 

Eight Eyed Expedition

Calling all citizen scientists - We need your help! This project will collect and sequence the genomes of native Tetragnatha spiders found in California to better understand the spatial organization of genetic variation in these species.  Learn more about the Eight Eyed Expedition project and how you can help.
For more about citizen science projects, visit us at

With rain comes termites and ants

When you live underground, how do you know what time of year it is? Subterranean termites (the kind that destroy houses) emerge after ground penetrating rain to mate and start new colonies. Argentine ants, on the other hand, normally live in flood plains near rivers. When the rivers rise during floods, the ants move to higher ground (or up into your house). Fall rain also brings out rain beetles.

Coronavirus closure update

Essig Museum staff continue to work from home as part of the county's shelter in place orders. However, we are preparing for our gradual return to campus to resume specimen loans, research visits, and outreach and education efforts. Thank you for your patience and support.

Essig Brunch Seminar Series

Essig Brunch seminar goes virtual in 2020 - Fridays 10:10 - 11:00 am

Essig Brunch is a weekly seminar series run by our graduate students in Arthropod Science featuring local and visiting researchers presenting on a wide range of entomology topics.

Dec. 4 - No seminar (Priscilla Seaborn postponed to Spring 2021 semester)

Dec. 11 -
Dr. Aide Macias-Muñoz, UC Santa Barbara
"Adapting to diurnal and nocturnal light environments: Vision in butterflies and moths"

Visit the Essig Brunch website for past and upcoming talks.

A Zoom account is required to join in (sign up for a free Zoom account)
Zoom link:

Going to be in town and want to give a talk: email us at

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