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I am proposing hosting our Bug Swarm 2012 in Mobile, Alabama. My 3-acre yard, a veritable ecosystem, is alone worth the trip, as evidenced by my already 5,000+ images. I have had as many as 22 house guests in my home. Bring tents and you can hunt bugs all night long.

Other major bug sites, including aquatic collectors paradise, within an hour of my house:

Biophilia Nature Center

5 Rivers - Alabama's Delta Resource Center

Village Point Nature Preserve

Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge

Dauphin Island Sea Lab

Gulf Shores Little Lagoon

And, when's the last time you you navigated estuaries in an Air Boat?

I would like a show of hands of those interested in attending. I'm thinking July 26-29, 2012, as these dates are during National Moth Week. Since my only Bug Swarm was hosted by a university with a staff, I am open to any advice ... like getting free stuff :)

My home will serve as HQ
1911 Navco Road
Mobile, AL 36605
GPS Coordinates: 30.622727, -88.105726

Robert Lord Zimlich

Anyone heard from Bob?
Looks like the onshore winds are coming right at Mobile!

lots of limbs ... moth count down

Sounds like you are ok though
and you should discover some interesting critters, no?

Lots of Mayflies I haven't seen before. I checked my Tulip tree for cats crawling back up the tree, to no avail. They're probably in Dirk's yard by now. Speaking of Dirk, what a resource we discovered ... he's going to help me mount my moths for BOLD.

OK, we're finished
with all our images from Bug Swarm 2012. We looked at the Discover Life info, but our brains just hurt, so we didn't upload anything there. How important is this? Are we trying to get them all our moth week moth images, or have we missed the deadline?

Secondly, is there any entity that is trying to collect all the data from the swarm as there has been at past swarms? If not, should we begin frassing images that we posted from the swarm that are not needed for the guide?

Always great to see folks and meet new BugGuiders. Thanks all for a great time!

I will Upload
A secured server, curated database is a pain and steep learning curve. First, you have to d/l an SSH Client proggie so you can u/l images. It is screwy, because They d/l from the secured server, then you can edit with detail. After reviewing, they post it. Every time I check the site, I find duplicates, data missing. Bug Guide is SO user-friendly. I finally decided I will upload one of each moth photoed during the Gathering will be easier than trying to explain :)

Great, will you then frass any of our moth images
from the swarm that aren't actually needed for the guide? Thanks, Bob. And thanks for setting everything up for the gathering.

You're most welcome
I was glad to do it. Again, thanks you for all the snacks. prizes and support. I'm interested in seeing how many new taxa were found for Alabama, during the Gathering. I'm thinking Quinn, alone, added at least a dozen

Swarm 2012 - locations
Here's the places I collected:

Zimlich Zone
1911 Navco Road, Mobile, Mobile County, Alabama
07/26/12 (Thursday)

5 Rivers, Alabama's Delta Resource Center
Spanish Fort, Baldwin County, Alabama
07/27/12 (Friday)

Meaher State Park,
Spanish Fort, Baldwin County, Alabama
07/27/12 (Friday)

Dirk Bayer's Residence
Bon Secour or Foley(??), Baldwin County, Alabama
07/27/12 (Friday)

Some people also went to:

Dauphin Island, Mobile County, Alabama
07/28/12 (Saturday)

Any idea what the schedule is like?
Anything going on Thursday? If there is, I'm thinking I might take Wednesday to drive and be around for Thurs.

Moth setups
Betsy & I will be setting up moth stations for best results. We've had about 6 weeks of rain and moth observations are down :(

So, Thursday is just things going on in the evening?
Might get up early Thursday then.

nothing "planned." Diane Young & her husband will be here

wow, i wanna come!!!! where exactly?

Just added location, above
Look forward to seeing you here, Be sure to check-in on the planning site. Also add some information about yourself, on your BG Account Page, i.e., your interest in insects, experience, email.

i am terrible at working forums...
so i filled out my profile for this site, also thought i wrote a reply to this, anyway, i am 30, i am off all summer, i was supposed to be in europe, but that fell through at the last minute. so now i am free all summer, i have been checking out bugguide for about 5 years, i really enjoy insects, as well as the rest of nature. i was in school to become a wildlife manager, quit to be back with my family. there is a musician performing in georgia on the 28th that i really really would like to see, if that wouldn't be offensive to anyone. happy bug hunting!!

That musician's name wouldn't be
Justin Vernon, would it?

no, its actually a strange rap/folk artist fusion fella named astronautilis, trying to get someone to go to both bug convention and then to see this guy perform has been interesting, it may be just me... .. anywho, this is a video of the fella

I'm coming in about
I'm flying in on Wednesday arriving around noon. Any suggestions for spending the afternoon?

Yep, count me in
It's not that far from Georgia, lol, just next door, so Judy and I will be there, besides I want to visit the WW II battleship U.S.S. Alabama. Looking forward to some coastal bugs.

Looking more and more likely
That Peter and I should both be there.

I am interested but unsure if
I am interested but unsure if I can attend yet!

I'll be there...
Just stumbled upon this... since I live in Mobile, I would be foolish not to come!

I'm interested.
I'm interested.

2011 Gathering Planning Site
Coming Soon!

And here it is

If you are planning to attend, please click on the "Who is Coming" link and follow the instructions there so Robert can get a better idea of how large and unruly the crowd is going to be.

Thanks, John. Just a warning, Bob- If my best friend does come down with me, the crowd may or may not be large, but it will certainly be unruly :P

Just need to know
I just need to know how many are coming, so I can work out logistics

Just a max of 2 with my party.

Andrew, if you're bringing an unruly friend maybe we can find another wild hemp patch like we did in Iowa!

I completely forgot about that

and I remember the '60's

Oh, Stephen
So long as you can still host Bug Quiz 2012 :)

I'm Mobile-ized!
Count me in! It should be an in-tents experience!

So, U R bringing UR tent? In da werdz a Buhwheat, "O-tay."

2012 Swarm
My husband and I attended the 2008 Swarm in the Smokies and we thoroughly enjoyed it! We saw some incredible insects and met many wonderful people. I'll try to see if we can attend the Mobile Swarm. My parents live near Pensacola, so we might be able to do this.
On another note, for any folks who are on Facebook, I have just started a Tennessee Moth Enthusiasts page:
I've put Bug Guide as a resource for people in the group. I'm working on getting some new "converts"! :)

I live in birmingham! I would
I live in birmingham! I wouldn't mind the drive. It would be nice to finally meet some fellow bug lovers.

Welcome to Bug Guide!
See photos from last year's Gathering at Iowa State. Start posting some bugs :)

Count me in
I am definitely interested in attending. An easy drive from Auburn, Alabama and as a staff member at Auburn University, I can also visit our labs in that area.

Looking forward to meeting ...
the person who has beat me to so many new taxa for Alabama. Just when I think I found something new ... there you are 3 years before me :)

It will be great to meet you

Is this still being planned?
I just ran across the thread and wondered. I may be able to attend.


Brian Grant

It's a go
If you've never been to a swarm, you B miss'n out

I'm coming...
I'm for sure going to the bugswarm! Although with it hitting close to 90F in Kansas City in late March...I hate to think what the temperature will be in Mobile in July! But, what the long as there are great bugs and bug will be fun!

Hot Damn!

I'm sure
it will be way hotter and more humid than Kansas City!

I'll try to come...
Mobile is a long way from California, but I'll be right next door in Pensacola some time over the summer, and I'll see if I can work out the timing to allow me to attend the Bug Swarm.

This certainly sounds fun, but I'm not sure I'll be able to come.

Southern Bugs
It's a bit early yet, but if I can swing the time I'd love a change to shoot some southern bugs... the best I get is Southern Ontario!

I will be attending
I will be there, so count me in

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