Saturday's Insect-O-Rama event brought an up-close look at the insect kingdom to Saint Joseph.
Those in attendance got a chance to learn about everything from bugs crucial to the ecosystem like honey bees, to tips on how to avoid harmful critters like mosquitoes and ticks.
Organizers say, while farmers and gardeners know how important insects can be, many at the event were surprised to find out how important they are.
"So many people might be repulsed by insects, but in all honesty, we can't survive without them. so, it is kind of nice to get people out and share the diversity of the insect world," Naturalist Shelly Cox said.
The event also featured an edible bug expert who demonstrated how to serve up insects like grasshoppers and crickets, right out of the garden.