Big day for little bugs

Campus was crawling with activities from Monday, Feb. 19 to Thursday, Feb. 22 for the 30th annual Bug Buffet. Events kicked off with the student Bug Cook-off Competition and an address by President Cruzado in light of the 125th birthday celebration.

The famous Bug Buffet took place in the SUB; tables displayed an unfamiliar spread of free food for everyone to try. Anyone could stop by and check out the menu, which included: larval latkes, tropical smoothies, chirpy pizza, locust shish kebabs, Montana monster chirp cookies, ants on a log, pear-ant salad and Tenebrio (mealworm beetle) dream bars.

The SUB was filled with MSU students and faculty, as well as students from Bozeman schools and community members. Upon entrance to the ballroom, everyone was handed a menu. Once inside, they were guided along by informational posters and booths set up explaining various topics related to the insects. The MSU Committee on Insects for Feed and Food had information about the amounts of resources different livestock require, and what percentage of each creature is edible. Insects use the least amount of resources, and are 95 percent edible. Local businesses that sell insects and insect products also had items for purchase by the door.

Other events for the week were a film screening in the Procrastinator of “Bugs on the Menu,” some field trips, lectures and an academic conference.

Many departments across campus take part annually to support this fun week of events. They include: the College of Agriculture, the College of Education, Health and Human Development, Jake Jabs College of Business and Entrepreneurship, the College of Letters and Science, the Office of International Programs, MSU Department of Ecology, Residence Life and the Office of the President. Generous donors provided students with various ingredients such as crickets, cricket powder, mealworms, rice, pasta, ants, grasshoppers, as well as funding for the entire event.