Burning Man Is Crawling With Big, Biting Bugs

In the days leading up to the desert event, early arriving Burners find an infestation
By Elizabeth Armstrong Moore,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 20, 2015 8:04 AM CDT
Burning Man Is Crawling With Big, Biting Bugs

There's a burning question in the days leading up to this year's Burning Man: Who let the bugs out? And while that may seem like an ordinary question at the start of any Burning Man, this year it's particularly literal as early-arriving Burners photograph an apparent infestation ahead of the festival's start on Aug. 30, reports Business Insider. The complaint originated on the Burning Man blog, where John Curley wrote: "It’s not a localized occurrence, it’s everywhere. We don’t know where they came from, but there are two main theories: One is that all the spring and summer rain has hatched critters that lie dormant, or usually come to life at a different time of year. Or maybe they hitchhiked in on a load of wood."

The bugs are clearly bloodthirsty, reports SF Weekly, with images of bites now making the rounds. One woman reportedly had a bug fly into her mouth and lodge itself between her teeth. (Apparently they taste bitter.) Another wrestled one out of her bra. A self-described entomologist is calling them winged ants and stink bugs. Time will soon tell if the bugs put a damper on the impending festivities, because the critters are clearly no picnic. "They bite," Curley writes. "They crawl all over you. They get up and in you." And so far, they don't seem to mind the burning hot desert sun. (Check out what revelers at a Burning Man knock-off in Israel accidentally torched.)

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