Care for a cricket? Well, then you are in luck. Eating insects is one of the activities the University of California Cooperative Extension will serve up at its InsectBlitz at Elkus Ranch in Half Moon Bay on Saturday.

The "insectival" is the Cooperative Extension's insect-themed festival to celebrate its 100-year anniversary.

"People will be doing a service by collecting and contributing their insect counts to science, and we will have entomologists on hand to identify the species,” said Virginia Bolshakova, director for UCCE in San Mateo and San Francisco counties in a prepared release.

The insect data collected on Saturday will be used for a study on the biodiversity of insects in the area.

In some parts of the world, edible insects such as grasshoppers, ants and larvae are a protein source and an option for feeding the growing population.

"We will be offering food tastings of plain toasted crickets, spicy superworms and chile-lime crickets," said Mary Vollinger, UC Cooperative Extension nutrition program manager in the release. 

Other hands-on experiences include repurposing junk-drawer items to craft robot bugs and bug ornaments.

Admission is free from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sept. 13 at Elkus Ranch, 1500 Purisima Creek Road in Half Moon Bay. To register or to get more information, visit http://cesanmateo.ucanr.edu/Centennial.

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