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Bug Fair Reminder.

Just a reminder that the Los Angeles "Bug Fair" will be held at the Los Angeles County Museum of Natural History, May 21-22, 2005. Troy and I will be there promoting this website, but we will be one of over fifty "vendors," including commercial specimen dealers, booksellers, and various other educational entities. Contact me for more info if you like.

Great photo, thanks for sharing that.

Some photos from the fair
Here's the whole spread. We had various photos to grab people's attention along with some sample pages from the site. People could try out the site if they wished, and some parents had to drag their kids away :). The little frame had about 650 or so photos from the site on it that it displayed in a rotation.

And here's a closer view:

Thanks to the Lorquin Entomological Society for taking these photos for us.

We're SO photogenic:-)
We really should switch the nametags properly. Hahahahaha!

Ooh, I like your stag beetle!
Ooh, I like your stag beetle! *swoon*


So how did it go?

Ditto Eric's comments
Sorry guys, I'm running on empty here and will have to wait till later this week to look over all the postings from this week and catch up on the site. I checked in a little from the road, but haven't had a chance to peruse everything.

I got back home around midnight last night. My plane was late getting in because it was rerouted around bad weather. Then I got stuck in late night traffic because of an accident. Back to work today and as is often the case after a vacation there was plenty to do. Then towards the end of the day my wife calls and tells me her sister had a baby boy, so it's off to the hospital. Whew! My bags are still sitting unpacked :).

At the fair, we handed out around 400-500 "business" cards for the website. The response from the public was enthusiastic, especially after they heard the words "free website" :).

Eric was a pleasure to be around and shares his wealth of knowledge as freely in person as he does here at BugGuide. We even had the opportunity to explore an unexpectedly rich bug fauna at our inn's garden. Thanks Eric for the invitation, for your help with the exhibit, and for your excellent company in Los Angeles.

I somewhat guiltily left Eric earlier than originally planned to head towards Las Vegas so I could do some photography in the Mojave desert. I didn't find as much as I'd hoped for, but I did find the usual suspects (darkling beetles, ironclad beetle, black widow) and a few unexpected surprises (silverfish?, a solpugid?, some large adult antlions). Unfortunately on my second night I inhaled some windblown dust and have since developed a sore throat :(.

I'll post a few photos of our table when I get a chance.


Glad that it went so well.
It would have been fun to be there.
Bug photography may never become as popular as birdwatching, but I am sure that it is going to keep growing as a hobby in the near future. Digital photography is making it possible for lots of people to join in this experience; and there is so much to see and learn!

Went well:-)
I thought it went very well. It was certainly great to be able to meet Troy in person. Our booth was right near a main entrance to the museum, so we got lots of traffic, though many folks seemed to not want to "bottleneck" the passage. Troy handed out lots of card with the website URL, and we have already had at least one new contributor to this site as a result of our contact at the fair. Troy said he enjoyed having the chance to actually observe how people use the site, and he has some ideas on how to make it even better. I'll let him chime in when he gets back to Atlanta.

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