Hello again. Last week’s quiz seemed to get good reviews, so I thought I’d try another one. Don’t count on this being a weekly thing – we’ll see how it goes. I did notice that many people remarked that they did very well on the quiz, which tells me it was probably too easy. I’ll make this week’s a little trickier. Good luck! The answers are at the bottom of the page.
1) Which of these creatures is a true bug? (Choose all that apply)
2) One of the following is the common name of a moth, one is a mushroom, and one is a seashell. Label them correctly.
A. The Green Marvel
B. Cloud Ear
C. False Angel Wing
3) What happened in this photo?
A. A raccoon was grabbed by a swooping eagle but was heavy enough that the eagle ended up dragging it several times before finally getting into the air.
B. A river otter was sliding across snow-covered ice as it traveled (because otters are too cool to just walk like a normal animal).
C. A beaver was walking across the snow and let its tail drag behind it much of the time.
D. Chris’ kids were screwing around on the ice. No one got hurt.
4) Three of the following are official common names of moths. Which name did I make up?
A. Rose Hooktip
B. Black-blotched Schizura
C. Shady Dragon
D. The German Cousin
5) What is this beautiful Black and Yellow Garden Spider doing in this photo?
A. It just caught a beetle, wrapped it up and is preparing to suck the liquefied innards out of it (like any self-respecting spider does).
B. It is preparing a coccoon, in which it will transform into a beautiful moth.
C. It is protecting its eggs, which are encased inside that silken bag.
D. Wait, spiders can turn into moths??
E. This is a quiz. I can’t tell you that. You have to guess.
6) I made up another moth name. Which of these is not the official common name of a moth species?
A. Intrepid Burglar
B. Scurfy Quaker
C. Exhausted Brocade
D. Confused Woodgrain
7) Why isn’t this plant green?
A. It’s dead.
B. It turns green during the day when the sun is out but stores its chlorophyll below ground overnight to keep it safe. This is a photo from early morning.
C. It’s a parasitic plant so it doesn’t need chlorophyll.
D. It’s a teenaged plant (in plant years). All the plants around it are green so it decided to be pinkish-brown. It doesn’t need to conform to your societal expectations.
8) I can’t stop with the moth thing. The names are so incredibly wonderful. Which of these is NOT an official common name of a moth?
A. The Beggar
B. Welsh Wave
C. Snaky Arches
D. Fuzzy Zoeller
- The answer is B. A and C are beetles and D is a tick (count the legs!). True bugs are those in the taxonomic order Hemiptera, which includes stinkbugs, cicadas, leafhoppers, and, in this case, boxelder bugs.
- In order, they are A. Moth, B. Mushroom, and C. Seashell
- This photos shows where an otter slide across the ice – repeatedly – as it traveled down a frozen stream/wetland. I’ve heard they do this as an energy saving trick, but those of us with extensive otter experience know they’re just doing it to show off.
- The one I made up is C, but you have to admit, ‘Shady Dragon’ would be a great moth name.
- No, spiders can’t transform into moths. Why would they want to? They’re SPIDERS. It’s hard to be cooler than that. The correct answer is C. This female spider was sitting with her egg case just below her spectacular web.
- The answer is A. If I ever get to name a moth, I think I’ll name it ‘Intrepid Burglar’.
- The answer is C. This is clustered broomrape (Orobanche fasciculata) and it is a parasitic plant, drawing nutrients from its neighbors. Thus, it doesn’t need to produce its own clorophyll.
- Fuzzy Zoeller is an American professional golfer, so D is the answer. As far as I know, he is not a moth, but I don’t really watch professional golf