In the late 1960s I read a story about graduate students studying entomology going to a distant planet that was much like Earth but the insects that lived there were different. But they were nonetheless insects.

One of the students bore the first name "Kip". If I recall correctly, they stayed in the house of a woman who told them that insects of a certain species on that planet were "a dime a dozen" (i.e. very numerous). Each of them had a leave of absence from some university so they could make that trip, and that was where I first encountered the term "leave of absence".

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  • @Danny3414 : It was in the late '60s. – Michael Hardy Nov 14 '17 at 22:55

The Space Plague by A.M. Lightner

The Kirkus review mention class entomological field trip on planet Acoma.

Searching inside the Google book there's Kip.

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