January 14, 2010
Our fellow college professor Sharon from the Speech Department accompanied us to the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles today where Lila Higgins was gracious enough to give us a tour. We met with Karen Wise who is in charge of Public Programs, and Dr. Brian Brown was kind enough to show us many interesting butterflies and beetles in the insect collection as well as an Ant Decapitating Fly he was viewing under a microscope. We also went behind the scenes at the Insect Zoo where Lisa remembered meeting us at the UC Riverside Insect Collection several years ago. Our trip was thoroughly delightful, and perhaps the high point was the rarities in the insect collection that are locked away for safe keeping. There we saw several bilateral hermaphrodites of moths and butterflies that are male on one half and female on the other, an oddity made even more obvious when the species exhibits sexual dimorphism. We look forward to future collaborations with the North Campus garden at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles.
Correction courtesy of Eric Eaton
Was reading the entry on WTB about your trip to the natural history museum. I hate to point out an error, but….
The half male/half female specimens are NOT bilateral “hermaphrodites.” They are properly called bilateral gynandromorphs. They are rare and spectacular indeed!