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San Diego Botanic Garden’s Insect and Ladybug Festival July 23-24

Encinitas CA—  Aspiring entomologists are invited to San Diego Botanic Garden’s Insect Festival on Saturday and Sunday, July 23 – 24 from 10 am – 4 pm.  This one-of-a-kind festival is sure to intrigue bug-devotees of all ages. The event features thousands of fascinating creepy-crawlies, including live lizards, snakes and the famous Madagascar hissing cockroaches!

Bug collecting, interactive insect arts and crafts, as well as tasty cooked mealworm larva – in various flavors including mesquite, teriyaki and barbeque – are just some of the engaging activities scheduled at the Festival.  Local bug experts will be available for questions and more than 20 educational booths will instruct and entertain children and adults alike.

This year, Sam the giant Galapagos Tortoise will make a special guest appearance! Come and visit Sam at the Insect Festival on Saturday Morning from 10 – 11:30 am.

Learn the story of Sam’s journey back home at:

The Insect Festival is presented by the Rancho Santa Fe Garden Club and sponsored by K&M Pest Solutions.

This event is free with paid admission or membership. Children under 12 are free.

Visit SD Botanic Garden website for more information: