BugGuide 2020 Gathering Details

Spring 2020 BugGuide Gathering Cancelled

The Spring 2020 BugGuide Gathering will NOT take place May 14-17, 2020 at Allen Acres located near Piktkin, Louisiana. This is the same location as last year; you can see photos from last year's event here.

This event might be rescheduled in 2021.

Note that there is a Fall 2020 BugGuide Gathering in Florida which is in the planning stages for October 15-18.

Charles Allen had volunteered to coordinate the spring event, and Valerie Bugh the October event.

Allen Acres is a Bed and Breakfast. The Bed and Breakfast Rooms are sold out so we are offering a room with dorm type air mattresses at $30 per night (includes breakfast and air conditioned space). Camping is available at $30 per night (includes breakfast also). If you bring a camper, we do not have hookups but can provide electricity for a fan.

Note: all meals are $10 per person except breakfast which is part of the B and B

The nearest town is Deridder, La about 25 miles and these are the three motels listed. These prices are estimates.

Best Western Plus DeRidder Inn & Suites
1055 N Pine St, DeRidder, LA 70634•(337) 460-2066

Quality Inn
505 E 1st St, DeRidder, LA 70634•(337) 462-0022

Americas Best Value Inn DeRidder
1715 N Pine St, DeRidder, LA 70634•(337) 460-7747

There are hotels also on Leesville, Louisiana about 30 miles away and also in Oakdale, Louisiana about 35 miles away.

The closest airport is in Alexandria, La (AEX) and is about a 50-minute drive from Allen Acres.


This was a proposed schedule but y'all are welcome to make your own schedule. We have scheduled two tours; our own property, longleaf pine, and pitcher plant bog/baygall. A butterfly count was being pursued for Saturday morning, May 16.

Thursday May 14, 2020

  • 1 pm till check-in,
  • 7 pm dinner (supper) Gumbo, potato salad
  • 9 pm sheet checking

Friday May 15, 2020

  • 5:30 am sheet checking
  • 8 am breakfast
  • 9 am Baygall, pitcher plant bog, and longleaf pine ecosystems tour
  • 12 noon lunch soup and sandwiches
  • 1:30 pm botanical tour of Allen Acres
  • 7 pm dinner (supper) pasta with shrimp or chicken
  • 9 pm sheet checking

Saturday May 16, 2020

  • 5:30 am sheet checking
  • 8 am breakfast
  • 9 am butterfly count led by Craig Marks
  • 12 noon lunch soup and sandwiches
  • 7 pm dinner (supper) fried rice, stir fry, sweet and sour pork
  • 9 pm sheet checking

Sunday May 17, 2020

  • 5:30 am sheet checking
  • 8 am breakfast


To register or for more info; email native@camtel.net or call 337-328-2252