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2013 BugGuide Gathering

The prevailing consensus at last year’s Gathering was that we would like to have our 2013 Gathering in Arizona, where all the moths are. Thanks to Margarethe Brummermann, our Bug Gathering 2013 will be held in environs of Pima County, Arizona, July 25-28, 2013. As last year, these dates are during National Moth Week.

Headquarters will be at the Research Station in Florida Canyon. Details will be posted with the next 24 hours

We would like a show of hands of those interested in attending the 2013 Gathering. The sign-up site will be posted as soon as John VanDyk has finished.

Margarethe Brummermann & Robert Lord Zimlich

We're done
Don't know if you are trying to keep track of when all the images are posted, but wanted to let you know we are finished. We have everything posted except for a couple images we somehow misplaced.

When we were at Madera with Doug Taron and John Watts, John Watts threw caution to the wind and almost jumped over the side of the hill to net a big beautiful Alaus. It must have been 45mm+. He let us get a couple of images which was very nerve wracking for fear it would escape. But now we can't find those images. Sorry John. Maybe you can post some of the pinned specimen. If we stumble onto them, we will post them, but otherwise, everything is done.

It was a great trip - lots of new species for us. Thanks to all who helped make it happen.

Always great
to see the Balabans and so many of their great on-site pix! I wish we were as caught up as J & J are, but we'll have plenty of bug pix to edit and post for the weeks and months ahead.

Thanks to Margarethe for coordinating the event and to everyone who brought lights, generators, etc.

Margarethe's June 3 announcement (on her blog) about the gathering has a lot of interesting info. Here's a link for any who didn't see it yet:

Are we adding
gathering-2013 to the remarks section of all the bugs we post so they can be found by SRER?

That's gathering_2013
... not gathering-2013. Please use an underscore, not a hyphen. The search engine is very literal.

Looks as if it should be an underscore between the words: gathering_2013. (See John VanDyk's email below.)

Also, if people want to find images from the gathering but only those actually taken at SRER, there will have to be a second tagging system... Maybe make sure "SRER" is in the Remarks field too? A search on gathering_2013 will also bring up images from, say, Pena Blanca, which is not part of SRER but people went there during the gathering and will be loading photos from there too.

Added a Guide Page
I added a Guide Page like we've done in previous years: where images can be posted.

Wish I could have been there!

Thanks John!
Any chance we could have the location for posting pix of bugs and people on the front page Calendar, like has been done in previous years?

I wanted to make sure there were some images up first before featuring them, but there are now so I added the links!

More magical wizardry by John!


To Margarethe and all the folks who made this event possible. Since we have never bug hunted in Arizona or the West, it was a real treat to see so many critters we never have seen. It was also great to meet such wonderful, knowledgeable, and just real nice folks like Eric and Art, as well as BugGuide friends from years past such as Jane & John Balaban, Loren and Babs Padelford. Roy and Kathy Morris were so generous to share their blacklighting setup with us and the rest of the hoard. I'll have a few pix I'd like to share, and even more look forward to seeing those that the rest of the attendees took. Great to meet y'all and THANKS again to you and BugGuide for making this happen!

Jon & Nancy Rapp

Great time had by all.
What a joy to see old friends and make new ones! Thank you, Margarethe Brummermann for facilitating this gathering. Thanks also to the many other local entomologists there in Arizona for lending their equipment and expertise to make the event a memorable one. Now we just need someone to set up a page for all our photos. Someone with more skills than myself!

I'll be at the Bug Guide Gathering Thursday and Friday evenings
Can't seem to find a way to add my name to the database, but I"ll be at the Bug Guide gathering on Thursday and Friday evenings (how could I not? - I live about 20-25 minutes away from Florida Canyon!). Unfortunately, I have to work during the day (will try to get off early), but am free on the weekend. Look forward to meeting everyone and perhaps taking you for a scorpion walk (three species occur at the SRES). Let me know where everyone is gathering for dinner on Thursday night (Arizona Family Restaurant?)

Dynastes grantii
What are the chances of finding this bad boy? And would we be able to take one home? I lack Coleopteran companionship.

Bring your Kaufman Guide
We don't have time to order copies of the Kaufman Field Guide to Insects of North America to sell at the gathering, but if you bring a copy with you I will be happy to sign it for you. Kenn and I wrote the book while we were both in Tucson, so most of the "oh my!" species you are likely to see at the gathering are in the book, plus other Sonoran Desert species as well....Also consider bringing a few containers to temporarily house specimens that others might like to photograph before releasing the insect or arachnid back to the wild.

Registration link very obscure.
I found the link to register for this gathering (see "calendar" at left on this page) to be highly confusing, not at all intuitive. When you click on "2013 gathering in Arizona," and then click "who is coming," you get a table that you can add your own name to. BUT, to do that, you need to click on the "wiki" link on the far left of that page, separate from the table. You are going OFF THE BUGGUIDE WEBSITE WHEN YOU DO THIS.

Maybe someone can make this much more obvious to us neophytes? Thank you.

Awesome choice . . .
I'm definitely interested!

So exciting
Beyond excited this is happening in Tucson!!! Can't wait to meet all the wonderful contributors! I have learned so much from everyone and cannot wait to continue my education!

The information site
is here and will slowly fill up with information

I plan to attend (Robyn Waayers)
When I log in and go to "Your Account" (= my account) -- or "Edit My Account" I cannot find a "Create Your Bugguide Gathering Info" button or anything like it.


OK - now it worked. On the ancient computer at work I did not see the login area on the Gathering page, but everything worked fine on my iPhone. I may just have missed the login link originally (I was scanning for a button).

That's what I did first, then
That's what I did first, then I saw a login on the actual gathering page linked to by the Balabans(wiki, a different URL than under, and that's what doesn't work for me. Then I tried the reset password link there, thinking maybe I needed to set myself up there too, but it did not direct me to someplace I could do that (or to someplace to change my password, like it says in the automatic email).

Is anyone (not just editors) already a member of supposed to be able to log in to that gathering site? "It gives: Sorry, unrecognized username or password." I logged out of bugguide to double check my password, and was able to get in to the main site.

Login help
If anyone cannot log into the gathering site, please contact me directly. It is a separate site but the login database is preseeded with BugGuide users, so if you joined BugGuide recently you might need some assistance.

I logged in successfully and am not an editor. I think any BG member is supposed to be able to do so.

Considering it too
I haven't been to one yet, but I like AZ. (How hot is it at that location in July?)

AZ Heat
My experience is that 100 degrees, give or take a few degrees, would be normal in the afternoon in the lower mesquite-dominated areas. Slightly cooler at higher elevations. Some humidity.

I also
I'm interested too.

Considering it.
I'm considering this. What is the current state of bunks and such, please? Thank you.

I'm planning to come.
I'm hoping to bring my Mom along this time.

Not sure I can make it this year
I've got a few other trips planned, so it doesn't look real likely for me.

...what sort of activities are done at these BugGuide gatherings? Are they done indoors, outdoors, during the day, in the evening, etc.?

Bug Swarm 2013
We're planning to make the trip from Nebraska. Looking forward to visiting SE Arizona again!

Loren and Babs Padelford
Bellevue, NE

Sounds great--I would definitely like to come.

Sounds fun. Thanks for putting it together.

We're there!
Just'll take a bit of driving to get there, but well worth it.

Jon & Nancy Rapp
Columbia, Missouri

I'll be there
I can't wait!

Hi Betsy!
My email to you has been getting rejected. Do you have a new email address?

Jon & Nancy Rapp

BugGuide Gathering 2013 @ Santa Rita Range, SEAZ, July 25-27
Details are starting to come in on this year's BugGuide Gathering which is being set up at the Santa Rita Experimental Range in southeast Arizona.

Margarethe Brummermann has made the initial arrangements, but is about to head out of country. She sent following in an email:

"The range manager is reserving 25 to 28th of July for us, U of A UAIC is the official host (carries the insurance)

So the first 30 can use the bunk beds at the station. Sleeping bags? Cost is minimal for those rooms. Others: should book motel rooms in Green Valley, Tucson, Sahuarita, all close by."

Santa Rita Experimental Range

In an earlier email, Margarethe Brummermann wrote:

"I think the Santa Rita Experimental Ranch in Florida Canyon, not too far from Interstate 19 and a Best Western in Green Valley, might be a good place ($15 night). Easy access to many canyons, bunk houses with kitchens..."

Hope to get more details from Mark shortly which I will post.

Mark Heitlinger
Santa Rita Experimental Range Manager
University of Arizona College of Agriculture
4101 N. Campbell Avenue
Tucson, AZ 85719
(520) 621-3246

Mike Quinn, Austin

I would like to come...
though I am an arachnologist. Are we allowed? I promise to keep my rugby talk to a minimum!

Allowed & Encouraged
It's always great to have an arachnologist at these! I'm not sure we've actually had one attend before?

I'm not sure I can come, but I will put it on the calendar.

Tentatively, depending on my
Tentatively, depending on my schedule at that point. Is this all about moths or more generally focused but with a particular fondness for moths?

Definitely all groups
Moths are showy, but beetles are fun! Great Chrysina, Strategus ...some very rare stuff, too

Good question.
Beetles are my favorite, so I hope we'll be covering all sorts of orders.

All I will be doing
If I can work it out to get there are beetles!

Definitely interested!
Just need to figure out logistics. I've also never driven that far from San Diego. I reckon the drive would be an amazing road trip though!

Drive to Tucson from SD
I drive from San Diego to Tucson and the Santa Ritas regularly. It's about a seven hour trip, and fairly flat and uninteresting for most of the way. Bring audio entertainment ; )

Easy drive from SD
6 to 7 hrs and Interstate 8 has little traffic!

Given that beetles are not out of the picture...
...I'm now 85.712% sure I'll be going! I've already put this on my calendar.

What can we expect on Thursday and Friday? Taking time out of my work week has a big impact on my work the following week. :(

We thought you were aiming
for the first week in August because of the full moon or something?

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