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Bug Camp | June 14-18, 2015 | 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. Our lab and classroom are in the Clay Lyle Entomology Complex and 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 and night collecting; using a scanning electron microscope; a tour of a bee hive, a taste of honey and honey judging; edible insects (entomophagy); forensic entomology and lab; 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; Integrated Pest Management, and more. Repeat campers may have the opportunity to engage in a science fair research project. There is always something new! Sessions are led by departmental faculty members, associates, 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 our newsletter, The Gloworm, mailing list. Please provide an email address.


Mississippi State University's Basic Insect and Plant Ecology camp, better known as Bug and Plant Camp, is the oldest residential entomology camp in the world. The camp is intergenerational, providing an oppourtunity for children as well as their parents, grandparents or other caregivers. Campers have the opportunity to learn about different aspects of entomology while enjoying the outdoors. Collecting trips are interspersed with briefings on medical entomology, insect photography, bee ecology and using Global Positioning Systems to identify insect collection sites. Staying overnight allows campers to collect bugs in the evening using black lights. Campers tour the insect rearing lab, the electron microscope lab and MSU's entomological museum. Campers ages 10 and older are welcome to attend.


June 14-18, 2015


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.


$400 per person 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 that are $6 per pack and you may 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!
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  • Sam D. Hamilton Noxubee National Wildlife Refuge
  • Mississippi State Department of Health
  • Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality