Welcome to Insect Lore

Visit Our Bugseum in Shafter California

Visit the Insect Lore Bugseum just minutes away from Bakersfield!

Insect Lore's Bugseum offers educational bug fun for the whole family and is the perfect destination for school field trips. Admission is free! Stop by today to see our incredible live insect displays. We nurture, house and exhibit live butterflies, ladybugs, ants and other interesting and exotic insects.

Bugseum in Shafter California


The Bugseum is a one-of-a-kind biological museum and the home of The Original Live Butterfly Garden. Come see how we grow and ship our butterflies, ladybugs and other insects.


Participate in educational activities at various stations throughout the Bugseum and see amazing collections of butterflies and insects from around the world.  Take a tour with our Insect Lore staff and observe first-hand how creatures transform through the miracle of metamorphosis.

The learning doesn’t have to end when you head for home. Visit our gift shop and browse our nature and science-themed products. You can raise your very own butterflies with the Live Butterfly Garden, watch Ants dig real sand tunnels in the Live Ant Hill, choose from our many bug viewers and catchers, and much more!



Open Monday to Friday, 9 am to 5 pm

and Saturday 10 am to 3 pm

Closed Sundays and Holidays


Insect Lore Bugseum

132 S. Beech Ave. Shafter, Ca
From Hwy 99 or I-5, take Lerdo Highway to Shafter. 
Turn South on Beech Avenue and look for the gigantic insects!