I was born and lived as a child in central Africa where I experienced unspoiled wildlife around me. One of my favorite memories is that of catching pink and black-striped lady beetles and, I must also say, that when termites and what we called locusts (I think they were really a species of Conehead Katydids) swarmed--it was snack time! (A quick saute in a little butter in a very hot skillet, sprinkle with salt...mmmm!) I also naturally love to sort and label things--which is what I do--help individuals and organizations de-clutter and organize! I love birds, wildflowers and bugs but, with due respect to the true collecting entomologists, I always thought collecting dead bugs in my house was kind of gross. So I was thrilled when I discovered the happy combination of the digital camera, the computer, and Bug Guide! My "Gacko" name came about because the first-born grandson got naming rights. I live in Desoto,Texas, just south of Dallas--in what is considered "north-central Texas." My feelings are not hurt if an editor sends one of my photos to Frass!
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