Bugging Out, In A Good Way

Bugging Out, In A Good Way
Girl Scouts get a close-up look at an African millipede.
Nearly a half million insects will be on display.
An Emperor Scorpion from Africa got some tattooed company at a previous insect fair at Cal Poly Pomona.

The Bronco Student Center will once again be swarming with creepy crawlers during the Insect Fair on Oct. 20 and Oct. 21, from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m.

Nearly a half million live insects and display insects from more than 20 exhibitors will be featured at the event sponsored annually by the Ag Bio Club.

“It really opens people's eyes,” says Plant Sciences professor Richard Kaae. “Most of the exhibitors are collectors, so all these beautiful bugs from around the world, are the kind of stuff you never see. It's quite amazing.”

Some of the features include an insect petting zoo, book and jewelry sales and the opportunity to taste some of the edible insects.

The insect fair will also hold Madagascar Hissing Cockroach races where participants may enter their own cockroach to race for 50 cents.

“People come back year after year because little kids are way into it,” Kaae said. “They can buy bugs to put in their collections, like scorpions, giant millipedes that are longer than 12 inches and tarantulas that people keep as pets.”

Admission to the insect fair is $4 for adults and $3 for students and children 12 and under. Children two and under are admitted free.

Free shuttles will be available to transport participants from the Insect Fair to the concurrent Pumpkin Festival at the pumpkin patch.