Call for questions for the 2020 Entomology Games

The Entomology Games Committee is excited to open the annual call for submissions for new questions to include in the Entomology Games question bank.

Questions that would allow student competitors to demonstrate broad knowledge in entomology are encouraged. For a list of general subject areas used to categorize the questions, please visit the ESA website. We are also soliciting questions focused on historical entomologists from underrepresented groups. Please be as detailed as possible with citations for answers so the Entomology Games committee is able to complete additional research if required.  

Examples of questions, answers and citations are below.  

Behavior and Ecology

Question: What is the family of the insect whose behavior must be observed in order to correctly use Dolbear's Law to calculate air temperature?
Answer: Gryllidae [Dolbear’s law relates air temperature to the rate at which snowy tree crickets chirp]


Biochemistry and Toxicology

Question: What target site, originally named after a toxic alkaloid extracted from a tropical South American plant, is shared by all diamide insecticides?
Answer: Ryanodine receptors

Biological Control

Question: At the end of the 20th century, it was estimated that more than half of the successful biological control projects in the world have been against insect pests in what superfamily?
Answer: Coccoidea

Economic and Applied Entomology

Question: On October 19, 2018, secretary of agriculture Sonny Perdue officially announced that what pest species had been eradicated from all cotton-producing areas in the continental U.S.?
Answer: Pink bollworm (Pectinophora gossypiella)

IPM and Plants

Question: What aphid species, which usually overwinters on Prunus trees, is a vector for more plant viruses than any other aphid?
Answer: Green peach aphid (Myzus persicae)

Medical and Veterinary Entomology

Question: The Diptera-vectored causative agents of Calabar swelling, elephantiasis, river blindness, and dirofilariasis all belong to what phylum?
Answer: Nematoda

Morphology and Physiology

Question: In an insect egg, what is the name of the small opening in the outermost chorion layer that allows sperm to enter?
Answer: Micropyle

Systematics and Evolution

Question: What is the name of the superorder that contains both Mantodea and Blattodea?
Answer: Dictyoptera
Source: Johnson, N. F., & Triplehorn, C. A. (2005). Borror and DeLong's Introduction to the Study of Insects. Belmont, CA: Thompson Brooks/Cole.

Bonus (history)

Question: In the 1990s, insect drawings were printed on some German banknotes as an homage to the influential illustrations of what 17th-century, German-born entomologist?
Answer: Maria Sibylla Merian

Bonus (culture)

Question: Name any one of the four Oscar-winning actors and actresses who voiced an ant in the 2006 animated movie "The Ant Bully."
Answer: Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts, Regina King, Nicolas Cage.

Submit a question(s) to the Entomology Games Committee 

Submissions Due by August 21, 2020
Thank you for your interest in the Games! We are looking forward to hearing from you!
Contact Rosina Romano with any questions