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Bug and Plant Camp exhibit

A newly installed exhibit on the second floor of the library highlights Bug and Plant Camp – a five day, residential, intergenerational summer camp run by Mississippi State University's Department of Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Entomology and Plant Pathology in partnership with the Mississippi State Department of Health, Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality, and the Sam D. Hamilton Noxubee National Wildlife Refuge. Originally known as Bug Camp, the event was first held in 1994 and this year marks its twentieth anniversary. It is believed to be the longest continuously-running camp of its kind.

At Bug and Plant Camp, campers gain a basic understanding of entomology as well as other topics introduced by faculty and graduate students in the department, Extension Service specialists, and outside experts. In the past, these topics have included insect-plant interactions, forensic entomology, pollination, bee keeping, detection of plant viruses, and the use of the scanning electron microscope to get a better view of the amazing world of plants and insects. One favorite activity is night collecting of insects attracted to black lights.

Highlights of the library display include numerous photos, collecting equipment, pinned insects, preserved spiders, and bee keeping equipment including a full bee keeper's suit.

The exhibits may be viewed on the second floor the Mitchell Memorial Library from now until the end of June.

For more information on the camp, please visit the Bug Camp website at or contact Dr. John Guyton at 662-325-3482 or

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