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Upcoming Events

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.

Photos of insects and people from the 2013 gathering in Arizona, July 25-28

Photos of insects and people from the 2012 gathering in Alabama

Photos of insects and people from the 2011 gathering in Iowa

Photos from the 2010 Workshop in Grinnell, Iowa

Photos from the 2009 gathering in Washington

Ken Wolgemuth, Contributing Editor
Full name:
Ken Wolgemuth
City, state, country:
Juniata County, Pennsylvania

I have a zoology degree from Colorado State and was fortunate enough, as a work-study student there, to spend a couple of years mounting specimens for hymenopterist Howard Ensign Evans--an experience that only served to deepen my interest in all things buggy. After college, I spent two years with the Peace Corps in Sierra Leone, West Africa--living in a house frequented by giant rats, spitting cobras and driver ants--and may be the only volunteer ever to have required medical evacuation as the result of a Frisbee accident. I've worked as a park ranger, a laborer, an industrial chemist and a bureaucrat, and I've been an amateur naturalist and a nature writer for some 30 years.

Any editor should feel free to frass any image of mine that does not, in his or her considered opinion, add value to the Guide. My feelings won't be hurt--I promise.

"Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn't go away."

--Philip K. Dick

"Rejoice with fate."

--Henry D. Thoreau

"I was going to buy a copy of The Power of Positive Thinking, and then I thought: What the hell good would that do?"

--Ronnie Shakes