The Insectarium, was opened in 1992 by Steve Kanya, who owned Steve’s Bug-Off Exterminating Company.
Imagine, if you can, a kitchen deliberately infested with big cockroaches. Thousands of big cockroaches, scuttling across every surface. The kind of roaches that turn into an airborne swarm when conditions are right.
And then the power goes out.
Actually, this amusing scenario hasn’t happened. Yet. Which is why we should all hope that the power never goes out in the Insectarium.
The second floor is where visitors are offered the opportunity to eat cheddar-flavored beetle larvae. They say the average American ingests up to two pounds of bug parts each year, mostly mixed in with their vegetables.
The third floor of the attraction houses live exhibits: terrariums of centipedes, beetles, stink bugs, tarantulas. The Black Widow and Ecuadorian Bird-Eating spiders are cozy neighbors. In one corner is a pet-a-bug table, where visitors are invited to stroke a Madagascar hissing cockroach and a whip-tail scorpion. Kids can pose as insects or can crawl through a bungee-cord spider’s web. Hand-painted murals of oversized ladybugs, caterpillars, and spiders fill the walls.