A Madagascar hissing cockroache. Photo by Rachel Cobb

If you like insects, the San Diego Botanic Garden in Encinitas will have thousands on display this weekend at the Insect Festival.

The event from from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday features bug experts, 20 educational booths, lizards, snakes, the famous Madagascar hissing cockroaches and thousands of other bugs

Bug collecting, interactive insect arts and crafts, and “tasty” cooked mealworm larva – in mesquite, teriyaki and barbeque flavor– are some of the activities scheduled at the festival.

The festival is presented by the Rancho Santa Fe Garden Club and sponsored by K&M Pest Solutions. It’s free with paid admission or membership to the garden. Children under 12 are free

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Chris Jennewein

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.