Crosby Arboretum 7th Annual BUGFEST was a GINORMOUS Success!

7th annual Bugfest September 2013. Image by Sr. Curator, R. Stafne.

7th annual Bugfest September 2013. Image by Sr. Curator, R. Stafne.

Last Friday and Saturday, The Crosby Arboretum hosted the 7th annual BUGFEST! The two day event attracted about 1000 visitors, the highest Bugfest in Arboretum history.

7th annual Bugfest September 2013. Image by Sr. Curator, R. Stafne

7th annual Bugfest September 2013. Image by Sr. Curator, R. Stafne

With only a few staff members and a handful of Arboretum Volunteers, it was amazing that the event was pulled off so well. The visitor parking lot was filled both days and overflow parking had to be used.

7th annual Bugfest September 2013. Image by Sr. Curator, R. Stafne.

7th annual Bugfest September 2013. Image by Sr. Curator, R. Stafne.


Thank you to everyone who showed patience with parking and admissions.

7th annual Bugfest September 2013. Image by Sr. Curator, R. Stafne.

7th annual Bugfest September 2013. Image by Sr. Curator, R. Stafne.

The event, while coordinated by MSU Crosby Arboretum, is held mostly due to the participation of MSU Associate Extension Professor Dr. John Guyton. He and his graduate and undergraduate students, not to mention past Bugcampers, work to introduce visitors young and old to insect collecting and identification.

7th annual Bugfest September 2013. Image by Sr. Curator, R. Stafne.

7th annual Bugfest September 2013. Image by Sr. Curator, R. Stafne.

On Friday morning, visitors were greeted by Arboretum Volunteers and ushered to the Gift Shop for admission. Arboretum Volunteer Jean MacInnis worked hard leading groups from the front back to the event.

7th annual Bugfest September 2013. Image by Sr. Curator, R. Stafne

7th annual Bugfest September 2013. Image by Sr. Curator, R. Stafne

Guests ventured from the Visitor Parking lot through the Arrival Journey (woods).

7th annual Bugfest September 2013. Image by Sr. Curator, R. Stafne.

7th annual Bugfest September 2013. Image by Sr. Curator, R. Stafne.

After paying and getting their hand stamped, it was off to the exhibits!

Buddy Broadway, local beekeeper, answered questions and talked to folks about bees, honey and beekeeping.

7th annual Bugfest September 2013. Image by Sr. Curator, R. Stafne.

7th annual Bugfest September 2013. Image by Sr. Curator, R. Stafne.

The USDA APHIS housed in Biloxi, Mississippi presented information on invasive insects and those that are a threat to Mississippi.

7th annual Bugfest September 2013. Image by Sr. Curator, R. Stafne.

7th annual Bugfest September 2013. Image by Sr. Curator, R. Stafne.

Slush Factory Snoballs provided cool, tasty snoball treats for just a couple bucks!

7th annual Bugfest September 2013. Image by Sr. Curator, R. Stafne.

7th annual Bugfest September 2013. Image by Sr. Curator, R. Stafne.

Harriet Greulich had tables of insect-related crafts for children to create. Ms. Greulich, an Arboretum Volunteer, was one of two who represented the Greater Picayune Area Arts Council.

7th annual Bugfest September 2013. Image by Sr. Curator, R. Stafne.

7th annual Bugfest September 2013. Image by Sr. Curator, R. Stafne.

After arriving, Friday guests were seated for a brief orientation that included instruction on the proper use of the insect collecting equipment.

7th annual Bugfest September 2013. Image by Sr. Curator, R. Stafne.

7th annual Bugfest September 2013. Image by Sr. Curator, R. Stafne.

From there they checked out equipment in groups of three from Crosby Arboretum Volunteers. Arboretum Volunteers and staff prepared and filled jars for collecting during September.

7th annual Bugfest September 2013. Image by Sr. Curator, R. Stafne.

7th annual Bugfest September 2013. Image by Sr. Curator, R. Stafne.

Visitors strolled the Arboretum trails looking for insects in all sorts of places. These children in the image below were viewed collecting across the Piney Woods Pond.

7th annual Bugfest September 2013. Image by Sr. Curator, R. Stafne.

7th annual Bugfest September 2013. Image by Sr. Curator, R. Stafne.

Children had fun practicing “sweeping” with their nets, even when they didn’t catch many “bugs”.

7th annual Bugfest September 2013. Image by Sr. Curator, R. Stafne.

7th annual Bugfest September 2013. Image by Sr. Curator, R. Stafne.

Once they were finished collecting, they returned to the Pinecote Pavilion to have their collected insects identified ,and in most cases, pinned.

7th annual Bugfest September 2013. Image by Sr. Curator, R. Stafne

7th annual Bugfest September 2013. Image by Sr. Curator, R. Stafne

Live collection and ID with a return to the Arboretum was also an option for those not interested in killing and pinning insects.

7th annual Bugfest September 2013. Image by Sr. Curator, R. Stafne.

7th annual Bugfest September 2013. Image by Sr. Curator, R. Stafne.

I saw many wonderful pinned collections. Everyone was able to take home their “pinned insects” on foam core mounted boards that were cut last Sunday by Arboretum Staff Member Terry Johnson.

7th annual Bugfest September 2013. Image by Sr. Curator, R. Stafne.

7th annual Bugfest September 2013. Image by Sr. Curator, R. Stafne.

Many fine insect collections were available for guests to view and admire!

7th annual Bugfest September 2013. Image by Sr. Curator, R. Stafne.

7th annual Bugfest September 2013. Image by Sr. Curator, R. Stafne.

The USDA ARS was represented by Dr. Blair Sampson who assisted with id and collections.

A live, active beehive was available for viewing and visitors could ask questions of an MSU Extension Associate.

7th annual Bugfest September 2013. Image by Sr. Curator, R. Stafne.

7th annual Bugfest September 2013. Image by Sr. Curator, R. Stafne.

Friday night and Saturday morning Arboretum Volunteer and area teacher Mary Cordray hosted the Buggy Midway with fun activities for children! Arboretum Volunteers assisted.

7th annual Bugfest September 2013. Image by Sr. Curator, R. Stafne.

7th annual Bugfest September 2013. Image by Sr. Curator, R. Stafne.

The Children’s Medical Group provided information on insect stings and bites.

Friday night in the Pinecote Pavilion was breathtaking and fun.

7th annual Bugfest September 2013. Image by Sr. Curator, R. Stafne.

7th annual Bugfest September 2013. Image by Sr. Curator, R. Stafne.

Viewing the insect collections at night was perhaps even more beautiful than during the day!

7th annual Bugfest September 2013. Image by Sr. Curator, R. Stafne.

7th annual Bugfest September 2013. Image by Sr. Curator, R. Stafne.

Dr. Guyton brought cool commemorative t-shirts that sold for $20.

7th annual Bugfest September 2013. Image by Sr. Curator, R. Stafne.

7th annual Bugfest September 2013. Image by Sr. Curator, R. Stafne.

The roach races brought lots of excitement. Folks gathered around the Portentosa Speedway! Volunteers conducted the roach races every so many minutes Friday evening and Saturday. (would you like to Volunteer to run the roach races next September 2014? Contact me next summer!)

7th annual Bugfest September 2013. Image by Sr. Curator, R. Stafne

7th annual Bugfest September 2013. Image by Sr. Curator, R. Stafne

I laughed myself silly when I learned that portentosa is the species name for Madagascar Hissing Cockroach (the roaches being raced).
Their scientific name is Madagascar hissing cockroach (Gromphadorhina portentosa).

7th annual Bugfest September 2013. Image by Sr. Curator, R. Stafne

7th annual Bugfest September 2013. Image by Sr. Curator, R. Stafne

Where else can you cheer on roaches in a ROACH RACE AND perhaps adopt the winner?

7th annual Bugfest September 2013. Image by Sr. Curator, R. Stafne

7th annual Bugfest September 2013. Image by Sr. Curator, R. Stafne

Saturday, Crystie Baker with the Mississippi Museum of Natural Science had a table and talked about insects and insect predators such as bats and toads. Kids could also create a pipe-cleaner butterfly to take home.

7th annual Bugfest September 2013. Image by Sr. Curator, R. Stafne.

7th annual Bugfest September 2013. Image by Sr. Curator, R. Stafne.

The Audubon Nature Institute BUGMOBILE was at the Arboretum on Saturday morning.

7th annual Bugfest September 2013. Image by Sr. Curator, R. Stafne

7th annual Bugfest September 2013. Image by Sr. Curator, R. Stafne

The Audubon staff did a wonderful job engaging the audience.

7th annual Bugfest September 2013. Image by Sr. Curator, R. Stafne

7th annual Bugfest September 2013. Image by Sr. Curator, R. Stafne

The Bugmobile was made possible by the generous donations of two Arboretum Foundation Board Members: Ruth Cook and Fay Bright. THANK YOU! (Interested in helping out with educational opportunities through a donation? Call Pat Drackett, Arboretum Director 601-799-2311).

7th annual Bugfest September 2013. Image by Sr. Curator, R. Stafne

7th annual Bugfest September 2013. Image by Sr. Curator, R. Stafne

Hungry? Not if you stopped by Saturday afternoon! Dr. Guyton cooked up meal worms in rice and folks could get a free sample of the yummy creations. (Yes, I did taste some too.)

7th annual Bugfest September 2013. Image by Sr. Curator, R. Stafne

7th annual Bugfest September 2013. Image by Sr. Curator, R. Stafne

Dr. and Mrs. Peggy Guyton created a “photo stand-in” and a grasshopper sign for our event. THANK YOU!

7th annual Bugfest September 2013. Image by Sr. Curator, R. Stafne.

7th annual Bugfest September 2013. Image by Sr. Curator, R. Stafne.

It was a great event for families:

7th annual Bugfest September 2013. Image by Sr. Curator, R. Stafne

7th annual Bugfest September 2013. Image by Sr. Curator, R. Stafne

First timers:

7th annual Bugfest September 2013. Image by Sr. Curator, R. Stafne

7th annual Bugfest September 2013. Image by Sr. Curator, R. Stafne

And frequent visitors of the Arboretum alike:

7th annual Bugfest September 2013. Image by Sr. Curator, R. Stafne

7th annual Bugfest September 2013. Image by Sr. Curator, R. Stafne

I would like to thank the following Crosby Arboretum Volunteers for their hard work preparing for and working this annual event: Robin Craft, Lillie Burton, Amy LeMien, Brenda Myers, Diane Lafferty, Mary Cordray, Harriet Greulich, Cindy & Dick Murchison, Sue Stine, Heidi Forgione (and son Mickey), Tim Chastain (and son Nick), Paul and Jean MacInnis,Teri Borne and Reba Beebe (Arboretum Foundation Board Member). I sure hope I didn’t miss anyone.

Many of us put in 13-14 hours on Friday. It was a lot of work, but a good time. If you would like to be an exhibitor with a table or Volunteer to help out next year, please contact me at 601-799-2311 ext 101 or rstafne@ext.msstate.edu.

Please enjoy this slideshow of ~150images that I captured Friday and Saturday:

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I will try to get video posted to our Youtube channel by the end of the week.

Lastly, here is a photo of me greeting newly arriving guests on Friday.

7th annual Bugfest September 2013. Image by Sr. Curator, R. Stafne

7th annual Bugfest September 2013. Image by Sr. Curator, R. Stafne

Sr. Curator, R. Stafne

All images and text copyright Mississippi State University, 2011-2013

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3 thoughts on “Crosby Arboretum 7th Annual BUGFEST was a GINORMOUS Success!

  1. We had a great time as always! Thank you so much to everyone who worked so hard to put this event together! :)

  2. Fay Bright

    Congratulations on a wonderful job! Sounds like a huge success. Loved the butterfly photo board. Fay

    Sent from my iPad

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