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Bug Camp | June 12-16, 2016 | Register

Welcome to Bug Camp

MSU's Bug and Plant Camp is the oldest "bug camp" in the world. We start early every morning and collect into the night at this very active academic camp. Working from our lab and classroom in the Clay Lyle Entomology Complex, we will be collecting on the Sam D. Hamilton Noxubee National Wildlife Refuge and at other locales. Activities and topics may include: collecting and pinning insects; black lighting (night collecting); using a scanning electron microscope; touring a bee hive, a taste of honey and honey judging; edible insects (entomophagy); forensic entomology; forest entomology; insect and plant interactions including carnivorous plants and edible wild plants; medical entomology and insect diseases such West Nile Virus; insect parasites; veterinary entomology; aquatic insects and water quality monitoring; plant ecology and plant diseases; and integrated pest management (IPM). There is always something new! Sessions are led by departmental faculty members, other extension specialists, associates, campers, and students. Campers are invited to join us for BugFest at the Crosby Arboretum in September to teach others what they have learned. We will add campers and others with an interest in entomology to the mailing list for our newsletter, The Gloworm. Please provide an email address.


June 12 – 16, 2016


7:00 am - 11:00 pm

Who is eligible:

Age 10 and up. Extension agents, teachers, parents, environmental educators, and museum curators are welcome. We provide teachers with Continuing Education Units.

Special Restrictions:

Interest in insects! Space is limited so register early. We do maintain a waiting list. Contact Dr. John Guyton at 662-325-3482 to be added to it.

Camp Type:

Overnight Camp

Sponsoring Units:

Department of Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Entomology and Plant Pathology; MSU Extension Service; College of Agriculture and Life Science

Other Information:

Contact Lois Connington at lois.connington@msstate.edu for a registration form or other information. On-line registration is not available at this time. Drs. John Guyton, Lelia Kelly, Jeff Harris, and Mike Williams (emeritus) are co-directors.


$425 includes dorm, meals, onsite transportation, a camp t-shirt, and all the insects you can catch. Campers will need 3 or 4 packs of insect pins ($6 per pack, available for purchase at camp). You may also want to purchase an insect collection box for $35.


Dr. John Guyton
Box 9775
Miss. State, MS 39762

History of Bug Camp

Bug Camp was the vision of Dr. Mike Williams and it was immediately popular. Dr. John Guyton joined him in 1997 and camp steadily grew and became more focused. Along the way Dr. Lelia Kelly joined the team and helped develop the insect plant connection.

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What to bring to camp

First of all you are about to go on an adventure so come prepared to learn, meet a lot of entomologist and other people just like you who love bugs and plants! And, bring that great big bug camp smile. We are going to chase bugs, learn what they are and what they are good for. We will start early, go fast and stay out late!
Download what to bring to camp (and not bring) to camp


  • Sam D. Hamilton Noxubee National Wildlife Refuge
  • Mississippi State Department of Health
  • Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality