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California Department of Food and Agriculture

Media Contacts: Steve Lyle, CDFA Public Affairs, (916) 654-0462,

California Department of Food and Agriculture
Release #08-052
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SACRAMENTO – Exotic pests and interesting insects from around the world are the highlights of the Insect Pavilion at the California State Fair.  Exhibits of butterflies, moths, beetles, a tarantula, a giant scorpion, lubber grasshoppers and tomato hornworms are among the insects featured this year.

“This pavilion is a wonderful example of efforts to educate the public on the threat of invasive species to California,” said CDFA Secretary AG Kawamura. “When citizens are aware of the potential threats to our food supply, they are better equipped to assist in detecting these pests before they spread. I applaud the State Fair for providing this exhibit and I encourage everyone to stop by and learn more about these pests.”

Mounted specimens of numerous invasive species include the Mediterranean fruit fly, boll weevil, gypsy moth, Asian longhorned beetle and the Colorado potato beetle. Interactive activities include petting a hissing roach, giant millipede or darkling beetle.

The California Department of Food and Agriculture is committed to protecting the state against the invasion of exotic pests and diseases.  Protecting agriculture from invasive pests also protects our food supply, our environment and our economy.

Information on exotic pests will be available at the pavilion.  The CDFA encourages citizens who think they have any of these unwanted pests to contact their local county agricultural commissioner.  Citizens can also contact the state’s pest hotline at 1-800-491-1899.

NOTE TO EDITORS:  Still photos and video of the insect pavilion are available. Photos may be downloaded at and media interested in video may contact the CDFA Office of Public Affairs.   

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