Nevada Burning Man Festival Bugging Out Over Insect Swarms

Department of Public Works worker Scott “Spoono” Stephenson died of natural causes while supporting construction for the festival’s Black Rock City.


People who plan to attend the Burning Man festival next week are anxious about the bugs.

Stephenson, who was in his late 50s, was a ten-year staffer with Burning Man and participated in various charities that are affiliated with Burning Man, according to the organization’s statement. The desert, which is about 150 miles north of Reno, will transform into the Burning Man “Black Rock City” on August . 31.

Appears like followers won’t be the one revelers attending the upcoming pageant within the Nevada desert.

Burning Man CEO Marian Goodell said: “Spoono has been a fixture of our DPW since 2005”.

‘He will be missed by many of us including myself’.

As a founding member of Black Rock Solar, Stephenson helped provide low-cost energy services to clients in the nonprofit, public, low-income and educational sectors, according to the Reno Gazette Journal.

The website for Burning Man offers the 10 principles of Burning Man, which include radical inclusion, radical self-reliance, radical self-expression, gifting, communal effort, civic responsibility, leaving no trace, immediacy, decommodification and participation.

The festival, which has been held in Nevada since 1990, is named for the large effigy burned during the event.

Several photos uploaded to Twitter this week showed swarms of bugs, both on the ground and in the air.

Blogger John Curley wrote: ‘You may have seen the bug rumors on the internet.

On the Burning Man blog, Cobra Commander (again, this is a real person at Burning Man) said that if the bugs don’t let up they’re going to have to “nuke the whole city”, which is kind of extreme and maybe just code for doing salvia. Stink bugs aren’t really anything but, well, stinky, which is pretty much what we’ve always assumed to be the first word you’d use to describe Burning Man, anyway. They crawl all over you.


The bugs have no interest in eating people as their diet consists of plants, but it takes a sample bite for the bugs to realize the party goers are not the leafy menu they are searching for. Folks are seeing their vehicle tires covered with the bugs and they’ve got the insect bites to prove they’re plentiful.

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