Burning Man Festival: Swarms of Bugs Infest Site of Annual Event

Like Burningman [sic] wasn’t gross enough’.


Experts who spoke with Gizmodo identified some of the bugs based on the images posted to social media.

Burning Man organizers and volunteers setting up for the annual festival dedicated to art and free expression are contending with a new challenge: bugs.

Indeed, on the Burning Man website, spokesman John Curley acknowledges that the Internet buzz about the bugs is fact-based.

‘We are here to tell you that they are all true. Maybe the biters have been laying dormant all spring, and and recent bouts of rain have brought the hell beasts to life earlier than usual. Especially not at night, when they swarm the klieg lights and tend not to bite.

You saved all year for the tickets, put together an iconoclast outfit that flaunts your best bits, stockpiled water and tradable knick knacks, hopped in an RV created to look like a unicorn, and finally got underway.

Heat exhaustion, dehydration that will put you in the med tent with a saline drip stuck in your arm, injuries garnered from a tent that wasn’t staked down during a 100-mph dust storm – these are the real dangers that stalk Burning Man, and they’ve always been there.

Curley wrote: ‘All we know is that if you pick up some wood, you’re likely to uncover hundreds or thousands of the things’. Curley writes that several burners had to seek medical attention for the stinging welts left behind by the bug’s bites.

In the air: @BryanWarner775 tweeted on Wednesday regarding this image: “Photograph taken two nights ago”.

This isn’t the first time Burning Man has been dogged by trouble before the festival even began. (*Raises fists in the name of climate change.*) Or, maybe the teeny agitators “hitchhiked in on a load of wood from somewhere”.


In a letter Thursday to employees, the Burning Man organization said Scott “Spoono” Stephenson, who was in his late 50s, died “in the city he loved most”.

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