Entomology Games

The Entomology Games are a lively question-and-answer, college bowl-style competition on entomological facts played between university-sponsored student teams. It is an important and entertaining component of the ESA Annual Meeting. Each team is comprised of four players. The teams score points by answering questions correctly. The winning team wins gold medals for each team member and a plaque for the team's department. The runners-up wins silver medals for each team member and a plaque for the team's department. 

2021 In Person Games

Download the 2021 Question Bank - This is a helpful resource for all future participating teams.

First Place - Hawai'i: Ka Mea Kolo
Runner Up - Texas A&M University

2021 Virtual Entomology Games

Thank you for everyone who participated in the Virtual Entomology Games. 

Congratulations to the below winners.  Check your scores here or 
watch the answer reveal party!


The 2021 Virtual Entomology Games will be held the week of October 11. The games are open to everyone (students and non-students), EXCEPT for the teams competing in this year’s National Games in Denver. If you are not a player, alternate, or coach of one the 10 teams that qualified for Nationals, then you are eligible to play the Virtual Games. You do NOT need to be registered for the 2021 Annual Meeting in order to play the Virtual Games.

There are no restrictions on team size. You can play by yourself or with as many others as you want. At least one person on each team must be an active ESA member, but non-members are allowed to join them. One of our goals is to spread awareness of the Entomology Games, so if you know of students, colleagues, friends or family members that might be interested, we encourage you to form a team with them and give them a chance to see what the games are like.


The Virtual Games consists of a 40-question quiz spanning many different aspects and disciplines of entomology. You will receive one point for every correct answer. You do NOT lose points for an incorrect answer. So, although you are not required to provide an answer for every single question, we encourage you to make your best guess.

Like last year, the Virtual Games will be held via a third-party website called WikiQuiz (https://wikiquiz.org). The questions will be posted on WikiQuiz on Monday October 11, 5:00 PM Eastern / 2:00 PM Pacific. Once the quiz goes live, you will have until Wednesday October 13, 11:00 PM Eastern / 8:00 PM Pacific, to submit your answers. You can start the quiz at any point during this ~2-day window, and you can take as much time as you want to finish, as long as it’s submitted by the deadline above.

On Thursday October 14, 8:00 PM Eastern / 5:00 PM Pacific, we will host a one-hour Zoom meeting where Gamesmaster Deane Jorgenson will reveal the answers to the quiz, and announce the top-scoring teams. Add the reveal party to your GoogleYahoo, or Outlook calendar now.

You can consult the official WikiQuiz.org FAQ for general information on how the website works.

You can also consult the ESA website for examples of Entomology Games questions from previous games

How to sign up


If you are doing the virtual games as part of a team, only one person on your team should register.

The registration page says "Facebook is preferred", but we strongly encourage you to instead register via e-mail. We have successfully tested this with many large e-mail providers, but if you encounter difficulties, please contact Entomology Games committee chair David Plotkin (dplotkin@ufl.edu).

After clicking "Register with Email", you will receive an automated e-mail from WikiQuiz with the subject "Your Quiz/Exam/Test". The e-mail will contain a URL to access the Virtual Games questions. Do not share this URL with anyone except your teammates. Each team that registers receives a unique URL that WikiQuiz associates with the corresponding team name; this is how it automatically determines which teams have correctly answered a question during the scoring process.

We recommend that one person on your team opens the URL on their computer and shares their screen with their teammates via Zoom. The person sharing their screen should be in charge of typing in and submitting the answers. As stated earlier in the FORMAT section, you can meet with your teammates to work on the quiz at any time within the 2-day window (October 11, 5:00 E/ 2:00 P, through October 13, 11:00 E / 8:00 P).

How to submit answers

When you have answered all of the questions and are ready to submit, press the Save button and then refresh the webpage to ensure that all answers have been recorded by the website. We have found that, on rare occasions, a couple answers are not saved by the WikiQuiz system. After refreshing, carefully review every question and check that your answer is still in its corresponding text box. If an answer was deleted by the system, re-enter it, then Save and refresh again. If the answer persistently is not saved after multiple attempts, please notify us of the problem by e-mail (dplotkin@ufl.edu).

Once you have confirmed that all of your answers have been saved, and you are 100% certain you are ready to submit, the team captain should check the boxes numbered 1,2,3, and then press the blue 'Finish' button. After pressing the finish button, the webpage will display a timestamp at the bottom, indicating the time at which your answers were submitted. Make sure you do not close the webpage until after you see this timestamp, in order to guarantee that the submission was received.

Competition Questions/Game Rules

Points are scored by correctly answering questions asked by the moderator.  The two types of questions are Toss-ups and Bonuses with each question worth 10 points.

Each round begins with a Toss-up question.  The first player to signal answers the question.  They must do so without consultation with other team members.   They must be recognized by the moderator as the eligible respondent prior to giving the answer.  Repeated failure to be recognized by the moderator may result in turning the question over to the opposing team.  If no player signals within 10 seconds of completion of the question, no points are awarded and, the next Toss-up question begins.

If a player answers a Toss-up correctly, the team is awarded 10 points and is given a chance at a Bonus question.  All team members may confer on the answer to the Bonus question.  The team’s captain will act as spokesperson for the team, and their answer will be the official one.  On the turnover, a player must signal and be recognized before answering.  If a player answers a Toss-up incorrectly, the question is turned over to the other team without a deduction in score to the incorrect team.  If answered correctly, 10 points are awarded.

A player may interrupt the moderator before a Toss-up question has been completely read by signaling.  If a correct answer is given, the team scores 10 points and is given a chance at a Bonus question.  If an incorrect answer is given, the team is penalized 5 points and the entire question is repeated for the other team.  A correct answer by a member of the other team scores 10 points and a chance at a bonus question.  Bonus questions are never eligible to be answered by the opposing team.  Questions are read in their entirety only one time.

A game consists of 16 Toss-up questions.  The team with the most points at the end of the game is the winner.  If the score is tied at the end of the regulation game, the tie is broken by a sudden-death playoff.  The first correct answer to a Tie-Breaker Toss-up question wins the game.  An incorrect answer through an interruption (an answer given before question completely read) to a Tie-Breaker loses the game.

Questions and answers are prepared by the ESA National Entomology Games Committee.  Toss-up questions are categorized according to the following subject areas: (1) Biological Control, (2) Behavior & Ecology, (3) Economic & Applied Entomology, (4) Medical, Urban & Veterinary Entomology, (5) Morphology & Physiology, (6) Biochemistry & Toxicology, (7) Systematics & Evolution, and (8) IPM & Insect/Plant Interactions.  Bonus questions can come from any area of entomology but will draw heavily on the areas of history, cultural entomology, current events and people.  On the average, two Toss-up questions in each game will come from each subject-area category.  Note: some subject areas span multiple disciplines such as apiculture, molecular entomology, disease vectors, etc. and can be cross functional.

Team Pairings

The champion team will be determined by tournament format in which pairings are based upon the Branch level placing and scores.


Quiz Yourself: 2020 Entomology Games Questions

Previous Games videos are available here.

See the full list of past ESA Entomology Games results.