Next weekend is the 24th Annual Bug Fair at the Natural History Museum in Los Angeles!
The Bug Fair has been a favorite annual tradition for me and my clan for the last 6 years. We like to get there early to avoid the crowds and we always stay late to explore the rest of the museum, which is open and operates like any other day at the museum.
The first floor of the museum is filled to the brim with live and preserved insect specimens, entomology books and supplies, and even bug related products, like fresh honey and silk.
(Insect display from last year. Photo by Jon Dragonette)
The museum also hosts a bug cook-off which I have to say, I've never actually participated in. At the 2006 Bug Fair, my best friend tried some Cajun Crickets and Popcorn Ants, and she said the Crickets were fishy and that the ants tasted like butter at first, then followed by an intense bitter after taste.
(Photographic evidence of Marie's Pop Corn Ants)
Since I'd rather wear and stare at my bugs then eat them (thankyouverymuch), I'm not exactly sure about the details of the cook off, but the Natural History Museum's website has the low down on the entire event.
If you decide to go, don't forget to check out the Pavilion of Wings too!
See you there!