Volume 7: no. 6
June has been full! We started the month with camp, which was a blast. There were 52 campers after the dust all settled, with folks from Florida to Illinois and places in between in attendance. We divided into `bug groups' this year and that was an invitation to get the competition going. Those campers who really wanted to go home with a collection, got one. Luna moths were probably the most sought after prize this year, but there were a number of other `neat' insects available, as well. The daytime collectors had a great selection of dragonflies this year. I don't think I've ever seen as diverse a selection of Odonata as is available at Wall Doxey State Park. The park personnel were great (campers should write them a note of thanks!). After camp I also had a collection of baseball caps - it's really interesting what I get to collect each year besides insects - sorry guys they went in file 13! We're already beginning to formulate plans for Entomology Camp 2000. The majority of campers asked that we consider having it on MSU campus next year, so we are exploring that idea and moving ahead with it. We're open to suggestions about camp, so send them in. If you haven't visited the `bugcamp WWW' check it out at - www2.msstate.edu/~mrwms/bugcamp.
Both 4-H Club Congress, for seniors, and Project Achievement Days, for Juniors, was an entomological success this year. Thanks to all the participants and congratulations to all the winners. 4-H entomology projects strive to make learning fun and I think we are succeeding.
Area state 1st Andrea Patterson* 2nd Stephen Baker* 3rd Justin Alexander* NW 1st Cody Hardin 2nd Steven Cullen 3rd Alex Gregory SW 1st Gregory Holloway 2nd Bernard Robinson 3rd Zack Cawthorne SE 1st Bryant Steele 2nd Darryl Jones 3rd NE 1st Justin Evans 2nd Jonathan Alexander 3rd
1st Andrea Patterson*
2nd Stephen Baker*
3rd Justin Alexander*
1st Cody Hardin
2nd Steven Cullen
3rd Alex Gregory
1st Gregory Holloway
2nd Bernard Robinson
3rd Zack Cawthorne
1st Bryant Steele
2nd Darryl Jones
1st Justin Evans
2nd Jonathan Alexander
Area state 1st Andrea Patterson* 2nd Justin Alexander* 3rd NW 1st Ken Oakes 2nd Kathryn Benson 3rd Steven Cullen SW 1st 2nd 3rd SE 1st Ashton Smith 2nd Brandi Nicholson 3rd Alan Humphrey NE 1st Mary Long 2nd Wesley Cox 3rd Barrett Griffin
1st Andrea Patterson*
2nd Justin Alexander*
1st Ken Oakes
2nd Kathryn Benson
3rd Steven Cullen
1st Ashton Smith
2nd Brandi Nicholson
3rd Alan Humphrey
1st Mary Long
2nd Wesley Cox
3rd Barrett Griffin
Area state 1st Andrea Patterson* 2nd Kimberly Connerly* 3rd Ambakisye Smith NW 1st Roderick Crump 2nd Robbye Simmons Blue Ribbon - age 10- 11 SW 1st David Bates Blue Ribbon - age 10- 11 Justin Nettles SE 1st Christopher Tramill Blue Ribbon - age 10- 11 Leann Williams NE 1st Jonathan Alexander 2nd Shaneka McGaughy (12-13) Blue Ribbon - age 10- 11 Katie McFadyen
(12 - 13)
1st Andrea Patterson*
2nd Kimberly Connerly*
3rd Ambakisye Smith
1st Roderick Crump
2nd Robbye Simmons
Blue Ribbon - age 10- 11
1st David Bates
Blue Ribbon - age 10- 11 Justin Nettles
1st Christopher Tramill
Blue Ribbon - age 10- 11 Leann Williams
1st Jonathan Alexander
2nd Shaneka McGaughy (12-13)
Blue Ribbon - age 10- 11 Katie McFadyen
Andrea Patterson of Itawamba county took top honors in the Insect ID, Insect Collection and Entomology Visuals at 4-H Club Congress. She's our first ever triple crown winner in senior contests.
The most hotly contested events in entomology were the Linnaean Games. We had a total of 17 teams of 4 compete. Questions are submitted by each team for the competition 3 weeks prior to the games. Then each team prepares from the 4-H Entomology Manual. Four Companies joined with the Mississippi Entomological Association to `sweeten the pot' with cash prizes to the winners. The Senior team received $100 for each team member and the Junior winners in each district received $25 for each team member. Our sponsors are Bayer, Dow Agroscience, Novartis, and Zeneca. The Games were already growing in popularity, but this should make them take root and boom! Thanks guys and the young folks thank you too!
Area 1999 Linnaean Games First Place Second Place Third Place State NW SW SE NE
Oktibbeha County David Willers - 3rd Caleb Layton - 1st Thomas Hannigan Tee Thompson
Covington County Stephen Baker - 2nd Kate Humphrey Trish Clark James Gibson
Attala County Rebecca Oakes Rebecca Armstrong Morgan Burdine Blake MacDavid
Attala County Alex Gregory Steven cullen - 2nd Josh Thrasher Johnathan Massey
Yalobusha County Allen Holland - 1st Audrey Harrison Adam Jefferys Andrew Jefferys
Pike County Nicki Rose - 2nd Justin Nettles - 1st Delorean Hall Dominique Steptoe
Copiah County Zach Cawthorne - 3rd Gregory Holloway Bernard Robinson Samatha McCardle
Forrest County Rachel Bayes Season Johnson - 3rd Rebekah Carson Erica Shafer - 1st
Covington County Alan Humphrey - 2nd Brandi Nicholson Shauna Dickens Brian Nicholson
Lee County David Rhea Stephen Rhea - 3rd Joseph Rhea - 1st Harry Howell
Tishomingo County Beau Nichols Joseph Burns Donovan Cain Dewayne Morgan
Oktibbeha County Katie McFadyen Andrea Hannigan Andrew Beggs Blake Bennett
1999 Linnaean Games
2000 Bee Essay Contest
The American Beekeeping Federation has announced the 2000 Essay. For the turn of the century 2000 essay contest, the essay topic is "Honey Bees and Humans through the Centuries." The Mississippi Contest deadline is December 1, 1999. Mississippi contest winners also receive cash awards for the top 3 essays from Mississippi, compliments of the Mississippi Beekeepers Association. State awards are $100, first place, $75 for second and $50 for third. National awards are $250, $100 and $50. The contest rules are being mailed to 4-H agents, so check with them about the essay or look on the 4-H entomology web page at Mississippi State Extension Service.
We have once more saved a small space to talk about that which brings us - insects! Summer days, early in the morning or late in the afternoon are ideal times to chase the ever elusive dragon flies. They and their cousins the damsel flies are almost always associated with water and can be found around both large and small bodies. There is a neat listing on Odonata on the INTERNET at - http://www.hanslope.demon.co.uk/dragonfly.
Dragonflies are probably the ideal insect to begin with to learn identification skills. They are relatively large and usually brightly and distinctively colored. They can easily be observed with the naked eye or a pair of close focus binoculars on warm summer days. I'm not saying that identification is trivially easy, many of the damselflies need close inspection to be sure of the species, but they are certainly easier to identify than beetles many of which look very similar indeed. Taken from the web page of G. H Mahoney, a British Dragonfly enthusiast!
Collecting dragonflies using Rob Cannings's method:
1) Use a long-handled aerial net at least 18" diameter. Dark net may be preferable to a light one.
2) Watch awhile before swinging at a patrolling dragonfly. This will allow you to position yourself most advantageously. Choose a concealed location if possible. Move deliberately, keeping the net as inconspicuous as possible until the moment of truth.
3) Swing at fast-flying, agile species from behind as they fly by; many will easily dodge a net swung head-on.
4) Place the live specimen in a glassine envelope (3.5" x 2.25" is best), the wings together above the back. Place pairs caught in tandem in the same envelope if possible. If too large to go together in a single envelope, indicate that they were in tandem on both envelopes. Write the collection number cross-referenced to field notes or full collecting information on the envelope in ink which will not dissolve and run in acetone, if they are to be so treated.
1) In the field, keep the envelopes containing live dragonflies in as cool a place as possible. Store in a non-crushable box, such as plastic Tupperware or similar fare.
2) Since the color of some species fades soon after capture (e.g. some Aeshna), soak them in acetone as soon as is practical. From Terry Morse - http://www.afn.org/~iori/morse2.html
Dr. Michael R. Williams
Entomology & Plant Pathology
Mississippi State, MS 39762-9775
phone - 601-325-2085
home - 601-323-5699
FAX - 601-325-8837