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Santa Paula, California

Obscura Society LA: Inside the Insectary

An up close encounter with battling bugs at the oldest commercial insectary in the United States.

In celebration of Atlas Obscura's Rivals Week, we invite you to join us at a bug farm to explore the ongoing battle between beneficial organisms and crop-eating pests. 

A pioneer in sustainable pest management, the Associates Insectary was founded in 1928 to provide beneficial bugs to farms and vineyards to control nuisance bugs. During this tour, we'll learn about the bug growing business and meet the unsung heroes of the agriculture industry, Rumina decollata (a snail that feeds on its own cousin), Anagyrus pseudococci (a parasite who battles vine mealybug), and Neoseiulus californicus (a good mite that eats the young of bad mites). Who will be king of the potato plant? 

Double feature! Afterwards, join us for a private tour of the Western Foundation of Vertebrate Zoology, the world's largest collection of bird eggs and nests dedicated to research, education, and conservation. This vast ornithological collection contains 56,000 study skins, 250,000 sets of eggs, and 18,000 nests. Don't miss this incredible day of birds and bugs!

9:45 am - 11:30 pm Inside the Insectary
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm The Bird Museum
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm Optional Lunch! (not included in ticket price)

Notes for this adventure:

This event takes place on a weekday (Friday).

Ages 12 and up. All minors must be accompanied by an adult.

Santa Paula is located about 65 miles from Los Angeles. 

Expect unusual smells and insects flying and crawling around or near you while on the tour.

Dress for the farm! Wear closed-toed shoes, sunglasses, hats, sunscreen, and bring bottled water.

There are no public restrooms, please go before you arrive!

Photography is acceptable in most areas.

Street parking is available. Enter through the first gate which is closest to 13th Street. 

A signed liability waiver is required from all attendees

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