bug camp

Bug Camp | June 15-19, 2014

Welcome to Bug Camp

Welcome to the 2014 Bug and Plant Camp. We are busy getting ready for another camping season, and as always there will be exciting new activities at camp. We have three new camp staff members. Dr. Krish Krishnan, who will be doing sessions on Insect Physiology, is looking forward to camp. Our new Bee Specialist, Dr. Jeff Harris, will be adding honey judging to our bee hive tour and honey tasting. Ms. Lois Connington will be joining us as my associate/assistant during February. We are getting better with the scanning electron microscope and this summer we will be training you to use it so go ahead and start thinking about what you might like to see up close! It ranges up to 10,000X. There might even be an opportunity for some training on larger electron microscopes! And there will be more surprises.

There are several forms we need as soon as possible: your health medical form, photo permission, code of conduct form and a copy of your medical insurance card.

As soon as you are registered for camp we will add you to our newsletter, The Gloworm, e-mail list. The Gloworm contains plant and arthropod or insect stories, opportunities to join us for various events we participate in around Mississippi and occasionally other states and other items of interest. We may include camp updates as well as the schedule develops.

We are looking forward to seeing you in June.


Mississippi State University's Basic Insect and Plant Ecology camp, better known as Bug 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.

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