The Bugstock attendees are a group of people that enjoy exploring the wilderness areas of Louisiana in search of insects and related arthropods. During most of the year they are spread throughout the state in cities like Baton Rouge, New Orleans, Houma and around Acadiana, where they launch smaller excursions. These smaller groups have journeyed throughout the state and have visited spots from Cameron to Webster parishes and from Vernon to St. Tammany parishes with many points in between. Almost every weekend from early spring through late fall there will be at least one trip underway. Once or twice a year they swarm together to hold a much larger event dubbed "Bugstock".
Bugstock was conceived as a gathering of entomologically interested people living in Louisiana, but natives of neighboring states are also welcome. The attendees are as varied as the insects they encounter and include a range from people who are only interested in insects to people who work with them for a living.
The hub site is an 130 acre property (generally referred to as "the farm") that includes: pasture, hardwood stands, gullies, swampy areas and a pond and that is bordered on one side by a small bayou. It has electricity and bathroom facilities but the majority of the property is largely untouched wilderness. Although the land has been explored for years without any major accidents, anyone attending will need to protect themselves against potentially harmful creatures, plants and situations such as: snakes, spiders, wasps, thorns, poison ivy, ticks, falling and any others. These are the same hazards many of us have always faced when searching for insects at any other site.
Bugstock #8: Oct 16th - 18th , 2009
Bugstock #7: Aug 21st - 23rd, 2009
Bugstock #6: May 22nd - 24th, 2009
Bugstock #5: Oct 24th - 26th, 2008
Bugstock #4: Aug 8th - 10th , 2008
Bugstock #3: May 30th - June 1st, 2008
Bugstock #2: Sept 7th - 9th, 2007
Bugstock #2 was another success, also held at "The Farm" in Washington. These dates were also chosen for lack of lunar activity.
Bugstock #1: June 15th - 17th, 2007
The first annual Bugstock meeting took place on June 15th, 2007, near Washington, Louisiana. The main event was on Saturday, with day and night collecting, but there were also smaller collecting parties on Friday the 14th and Sunday the 16th. The date was chosen for it's lack of lunar activity, which is better for blacklighting at night.