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Interested in a 2022 BugGuide gathering in New Mexico?

Photos of insects and people from the Spring 2021 gathering in Louisiana, April 28-May 2

National Moth Week 2020 photos of insects and people.

Photos of insects and people from the 2019 gathering in Louisiana, July 25-27

Discussion, insects and people from the 2018 gathering in Virginia, July 27-29

Photos of insects and people from the 2015 gathering in Wisconsin, July 10-12

Photos of insects and people from the 2014 gathering in Virginia, June 4-7.

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Gacko, Contributor

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 have moved from Texas to Virginia and am enjoying exploring the new flora and fauna in my new home-state. My deeply-felt thanks to the editors who take time to study and identify my rather poor photos. My feelings are not hurt if an editor sends one of my photos to Frass!