Experience the wonderful world of insects. See and touch rare and intriguing specimens, talk to entomologists and enthusiasts, and learn how insects impact our lives!
$2: Students and Children 2-12
FREE for kids under 2
The Insect Fair is a collaboration between the Pumpkin Festival at Cal Poly Pomona and the Huntley College of Agriculture Plant Science Department Agricultural Biology Student Club.
Experience an educational interactive insect zoo with live arthropods (walking sticks, scorpions, tarantulas, vinegaroons, millipedes, praying mantids, hissing cockroaches, and more). View honeybees through an observation hive and learn about beekeeping on farms and urban areas. Visit experts from San Gabriel Valley Mosquito and Vector Control District about safe solutions to reduce mosquito-borne diseases. Discover California butterflies and other local insects. Observe Metamorphosis as a Caterpillar changes into a Beautiful Butterfly. Marvel at insects from around the world. Purchase insects for your collection, a live pet, or insect-related art and jewelry. Talk with Cal Poly Pomona students and faculty about how you can make a career as an insect expert!
If you are interested in being an exhibitor/vendor at the event, contact:
Dr. Eileen Cullen
Insect Zoo – Huntley College of Agriculture
Cal Poly Pomona students will show and tell, and educate visitors on special critters! Walking sticks, millipedes, hissing cockroaches, praying mantids, scorpions, tarantulas, and more.
Insect Pollination Matters – College of Science, Biological Sciences
Students from a Cal Poly Pomona research lab (Dr. Joan Leong) will offer games and demonstrations on insect pollinators. Come learn about the amazing diversity of local, native bee pollinators in Southern California!
UC Riverside Entomology Graduate Student Association UC Riverside entomology students teach members of the public what entomology is and why it is important. Visit with students showing live insects, preserved collections, and educational displays.
Chaparral Mountain Honey Company
Bruce and Nancy Steele will share over 46 years of beekeeping experience. Observe honeybees in their hive, can you locate the Queen? Taste and purchase 8 varieties of southern California honey, and 1 new variety from Arizona as flavors vary by floral source.
How & Why We Eat Bugs - A Guided Tasting by @Bugible
Over 2 billion people eat bugs for their nutrition, sustainability, and delicious taste! Learn about the wonderful world of edible bugs and taste snacks like roasted mealworms, ants, or grasshoppers!
San Gabriel Valley Mosquito & Vector Control
EcoHealth Vector Education promotes ecologically safe solutions to reduce mosquito populations and mosquito-borne diseases through California Next Generation Science Standards-aligned programs.
Adventures in Living Science
Live Insect Presentations and Activities. Learn about symbiosis between hissing cockroaches and the mites that live on their bodies! Purchase a millipede or cockroach pet.
View and buy preserved insects purchased directly from insect farms worldwide. Looking for Butterflies? Tarantulas? Beetles? Insect World has you covered.
Rivers & Lands Conservancy
The endangered Delhi Sands Flower-loving Fly (DSF) and its habitat are only found in a small area of California’s Inland Empire. Come learn how the Conservancy is restoring DSF habitat and how you can help!
Adriann Helton brings nature and art together offering real insect jewelry and décor for your home. Sustainably sourced creations educate on insect conservation and celebrate insect biodiversity.
Insect-related children’s items for sale – butterfly nets, magnifying glasses and a wide variety of rubber bugs and other animal replicas.
Molded and cast from real specimens, exquisitely detailed insect replicas. Great educational tools and wearable art for the fashion-forward insect lover - without the fragility of a real bug.