More detailed, and admittedly confusing, instructions can be found below.
If you have problems getting BugsCEP running then please see the support page. It is an aging piece of software and Windows updates frequently kill it.
Note: If you have trouble downloading, please see the Support page. See also the important information regarding recent Microsoft updates which may, if you are unlucky, kill some of BugsCEP's functionality.
Latest data file update: 28th April 2021 (14 Mb zipped, 63 Mb unpacked, 417081 records) Includes major update to dating evidence, taxonomic updates and new sites.
Please download and install the appropriate version of the BugsCEP software package for your operating system below. Then replace the bugsdata.mdb file in the installation folder (usually C:\BugsCEP\, C:\program files\BugsCEP or C:\program files (x86)\BugsCEP) with the file contained in the following zip file:
Bugs data update file (bugsdata.zip) (please see the note below about exporting your existing data BEFORE updating)
There is now an experimental climate envelope explorer module built in to BugsMCR. Click on the SCR Explorer button to activate it after downloading the following version of the BugsCEP frontend.
Experimental BugsCEP program file with Species Climate Range (SCR) Explorer (place in folder with installed BugsCEP and bugsdata file). It should be self explanatory, but contact Phil for help as needed.
If you have problems getting BugsCEP installed or running please make sure you install it in C:\BugsCEP\ (see installation instructions below).
Click on a beetle to download (ca. 52Mb):
Software last updated: 25th January 2010 (please use the update file above to make the database current)
Software last updated: 30th October 2007 (please use the update file above to make the database current)
EXTREMELY IMPORTANT: Please remember to export any countsheets that you have created before installing a newer version, otherwise they will be lost. Export the spreadsheets using the [Export] button on the Countsheet Manager or Countsheet Editor, you can then import them as instructed here. At the moment site and sample meta data will have to be re-entered manually, but a full export/import/update routine will be added later.
Please report any problems to phil.buckland (at) arke.umu.se
Alternative downloads and related databases
BugsCEP is also available through the NOAA Palaeoclimatology Branch (insects section), as are a number of related palaeoenvironmental datasets. The version of Bugs on bugscep.com is always the most recent version.
The Windows 2000 version is most likely to run on Windows NT4, but hasn't been tested recently. Windows 98 is unsupported, but if it still runs then please let us know!
Phil Buckland's thesis, which documents the development, testing and implementation of BugsCEP is now available for download from Umeå University Library. Chapter 3 provides a description of the data included in BugsCEP and instructions.
Note: On some systems, the setup will restart your computer without warning! Please really make sure you close all other programs and documents before installing.
The first time you run BugsCEP you will be asked to complete two tasks:
The data retrieval screen will then open. See the Online Help for further instructions, or use the application help built into BugsCEP.
Please let us know if you have any problems or questions.
BugsCEP will technically run on pretty much any MS Windows PC capable of running at least MS Windows 2000 (antique machines with less than 256Mb RAM or slower than 900MHz may have trouble).
BugsCEP requires between 60-150Mb of harddrive space to install, and should be given at least 20Mb of extra space to run.
MS Excel must be installed in order to use to climate and environmental reconstruction modules (BugsMCR and BugStats), but the rest of the database will still be accessible even without it.
BugsCEP appears to be more sensitive to the version of Office installed than version of Windows. It will work on these versions of Windows, although whether you can get it to do so is a combination of luck and computing skills. Usually, you will be able to browse, query and enter data without any problems once it is installed. Windows 10 does not create a Start Menu item, and BugsCEP must be started by double clicking the file in the installation directory from Windows Explorer or a file manager.
There are problems when creating environmental reconstruction (Ecofigs) and climate change (MCR) diagrams to work with versions of Office (specifically Excel) newer than 2013. Unfortunately there is no immediate solution to this and we need hackers to help us!
Last edited: 14th June, 2020