Featured Entomology undergraduate student Kelsey Kruschinska

Interview with featured Entomology undergraduate student Kelsey Kruschinska


Name: Kelsey Kruschinska

Hometown: Lake City, MI

Future study plans: I would like to go on to get my master's in entomology and possibly even my doctorate.

Why study entomology? Insects are awesome! There are so many of them and they are very different and have different purposes in the world.

What or who inspired your interest in entomology? Casey Rowley and Dr. Walter Pett

What has been your best experience with entomology? In Dr. Pett’s class, we were able to put honey bees in the Children's 4-H Garden located on campus.

What do you wish other people understood about entomology? Not all insects are gross and out to get you.

If you could be an insect, which insect would you be and why? I would be a monarch butterfly because, like a monarch, I was raised in Michigan, and after graduation I intend to head south and then return to the Midwest come time to settle down.

Was there ever a time when you didn't like insects? The only insects that I have ever disapproved of are ones that can inflict pain upon me.

Although you work with insects, is there any particular insect or arthropod you do not like and why? I do not like wasps because they will sting you more than once. I also don't care for mosquitos because they can give you many different diseases. 

What is your opinion on entomophagy (eating insects) as practiced in other world cultures?  Would you try insect cuisine if given the opportunity? I think that eating insects is a very practical thing to do. There are so many of them and they are free to catch. I would definitely try insect cuisine!

What is your favorite way to spend your time outside of Entomology? I enjoy curling up on the couch with a movie and a bowl of ice cream.

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