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UD team places third in national insect trivia competition hosted by the Entomological Society of America

At the 2017 National Linnaean Games held in Denver, Colorado and hosted by the Entomological Society of America (ESA) as part of their annual meeting, the Entomology Trivia Team at the University of Delaware showed strong, finishing third overall—the highest finish in club history. The team not only finished third overall but also ousted the perennial powerhouse team from the University of California at Riverside which, Ashley Kennedy, a doctoral level student in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, said helped put the club on the map.

“I think it really helped draw attention to how the University of Delaware has a strong entomology program,” Kennedy said.

Entomology is the branch of zoology that deals with insects. According to Smithsonian Magazine, the Linnaean Games are named for Carl Linnaeus, the 18th-century father of binomial nomenclature, in which each species of animal or plant receives a name of two terms of which the first identifies the genus to which it belongs and the second the species itself.

The team at UD this year was made up of all graduate students including Kennedy, Sean Boyle, who just finished his master’s degree at UD, Tyler Hagerty, a master’s level student in the Department of Entomology and Wildlife Ecology, and Danielle Novick, a doctoral level student in the Department of Animal and Food Sciences.