Insect and Arachnid-Inspired T-Shirts Are All the Fashion

Love insects and arachnids?

Members of the Entomology Graduate Student Association (EGSA)  of the UC Davis Department of Entomology and Nematology design insect and arachnid-themed T-shirts that are all the fashion.

The critters climb, crawl, jump, roll, flutter, buzz, fly or otherwise position themselves on EGSA T-shirts.

If you've ever seen the EGSA booth at Briggs Hall during the campuswide annual UC Davis Picnic Day, you know how popular the T-shirts are.

They are hot-ticket items during the holiday season, too. They can be viewed and ordered online at

EGSA president Mia Lippey, a doctoral student in the laboratories of UC Davis distinguished professor Jay Rosenheim and assistant professor Emily Meineke, says that currently, the designs offered are:

  1. The Beetles (in black or red)
  2. Entomo Gothic (a play on the American Gothic, in grey)
  3. Whip Scorpion (in lavender and black)
  4. Bee-Haw (in black)
  5. They See Me Rollin' (dung beetles rolling a poop, in heather blue)
  6. Et in Terra (dark green)
  7. Entomophagy (in blue and green)

All T-shirts come in sizes from XS to XXL. 

"The Beetles" T-shirt is EGSA's all-time best seller. Instead of the English rock band John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Star crossing Abbey Road in single file (that's the iconic image on the cover of their album, Abbey Road), think of The Beetles (four insects) crossing Abbey Road in single file. Beneath the images of the beetles are their family names: Phengogidae, Curculionidae, Cerambycidae and Scarabaeidae. Think glowworm, snout, long-horned, and scarab beetles.

One of the newer designs is "Bee Haw," of a honey bee disguised as a cowgirl, complete with hat and rope.  The entomophagy ("eating insects") T-shirts are also "in," as are those that whip and roll--whip scorpions and dung beetles. 

They are also great conversation pieces! What's that design on your shirt? Where did you get it?