Spiderman fans and mealworm cookie gourmands are both in luck this weekend.
OK, so maybe the former group outweighs the latter by several orders of magnitude. Nonetheless, mealworm cookies will be part of the festivities – as will Marvel Comics’ Spiderman – at this weekend’s celebration of the 30th anniversary of the Insect Zoo at San Francisco Zoo.
Visitors will have the chance to see the many inhabitants of the largest bug zoo west of the Mississippi, plus hear special insect presentation, sing insect songs, hang out with tarantulas, learn about spiders, and participate in insect take-home crafts. Kids who dress up as their favorite bug get a dollar off the cost of admission to the zoo.
San Francisco’s Insect was one of the first of its kind, and remains one of the largest, said Joe Fitting, vice president of conservation and education at the zoo. He said people have all kinds of interesting fears and phobias about bugs, and the insect zoo is a great chance to get to see some fascinating and beautiful specimens of the world’s largest and most diverse phylum up close – and with no risk of danger.
And it may also be a chance to pocket some of those yummy mealworm cookies for later.