Close Encounters of the Insect Kind

Have nerves of steel? How about a stomach of steel?

You'll have a chance to get up close and very personal with a variety of insects this weekend, when the County's Department of Agriculture, Weights and Measures and Quail Botanical Gardens and Lloyd Pest Control host the Annual Insect and Garden Festival at Quail Botanical Gardens in Encinitas.

County Entomologist David Kellum will be on hand to answer questions about and introduce visitors to insects.  Insects will be available for holding, and for the brave, tasting.

There will also be crafts for children, bug collecting, gardening information and live animal demonstrations. “Regular food” will be offered for sale on site as well.

Children 12 and under are admitted free. Admission fees for adults are $12. For students, seniors and active duty military, admission is $8. Dollar-off coupons are available online at the Quail Botanical Gardens Web site at, under “Events,” or by visiting County Agriculture, Weights, and Measures’ Web site at


WHEN: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, July 11 and Sunday, July 12

WHERE: 230 Quail Gardens Drive at the Quail Botanical Gardens in Encinitas

Watch CTN video of last year's fair