Maija Hildebrand didn’t flinch as she picked up a two-inch long Madagascar hissing cockroach.
The Montessori School House student said she had been a little scared of some insects and arachnids before coming to the Arizona Insect Festival at the University of Arizona Sunday. She was among the thousands at the annual festival.
“I only got the nerve to hold the cockroach after I held the tarantula,” Maija said.
After holding a tarantula and before hanging out with the cockroach – his name is “Robert, and that’s my dad’s name” – Maija stopped by the edible insect stand.
“I covered up the worms with sauce, and I flipped over the cookie so I couldn’t see it, and I just popped it in my mouth and chewed it up,” she said.
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