The quarantine quizzes continue. Click on any of the images below to get a larger, easier to see version. Answers are at the bottom.
I hope you’re all doing well and following the science, as ever-changing as it is, on this pandemic and staying safe. I also hope you enjoy this stupid goofy quiz.
1) Which of the following are milkweeds (Asclepias sp)?
A. 1, 3, 4, and 5
C. 5 and 6
D. 1, 4, 5, and 6
E. 3 and 5
F. All of them except 3
2) Which of these is the real common name of a moth? (In the spirit of fair competition, I’ll tell you that only one is correct.)
A. Parabolic pufferbelly
B. Tufted thyatirid
C. Lined loctapyrid
D. Common corditran
E. Eastern entroperamin
3) What species of grasshopper is this bird holding in its mouth?
A. It’s impossible to tell without a better view of the tarsal segments of its rear legs.
B. You’re joking, right?
D. All of the above.
4) Let’s try again. What species of plant is this bird sitting on? For context, the photo was taken on a hilltop in the Nebraska Sandhills.
A. Stiff sunflower
B. Prairie clover
C. Lead plant
D. Crown vetch
E. Seriously? You’re not going to ask about the bird?
5) Fine. What species of bird is it, you bunch of gripers?
A. Well, now that you ask, I’m not sure. If I just had a better view of its breast…
B. Henslow’s sparrow
C. Vesper sparrow
D. Grasshopper sparrow
E. Clay-colored sparrow
F. White-dotted Groundling
G. Wait, that last one is another moth, isn’t it? What’s your deal, anyway?
6) What is this?
A. A pile of dehydrated rabbit poop. Where did you even find something like that?
B. Seeds from showy tick trefoil (Desmodium canadense).
C. A mass of eggs laid in a communal pile by a bunch of ground beetles. The beetles take turns defending the eggs until they hatch.
D. Seeds from sand paspalum (Paspalum setaceum)
E. Whatever they are, they sure look like they’d stick to my socks.
F. Probably something to do with moths…
7) Which of these are bees native to North America?
A. I can’t tell about # 4 because I can’t see it’s back legs.
B. 1 and 6
C. All but 4
D. All but 3 and 4
E. 1, 5, and 6
F. 2 and 5
G. All of them are native North American bees. Even the bullfrog. Nothing matters anymore. Taxonomists will probably lump bullfrogs in with bees now because why not? Then they’ll change its Latin name about every three and a half years so no one can keep up. Good grief.
1) D is the correct answer. The species shown are: 1- Narrowleaf milkweed (Asclepias stenophylla), 2 – old field balsam (Gnaphalium jaliscense), 3 – Virginia mountain mint (Pycnanthemum virgnianum), 4 – green milkweed (A. viridiflora), 5 – common milkweed (A. syriaca), and 6 – green antelopehorn milkweed (A. viridis)
3) D It is, indeed, a grasshopper but I can’t tell what species.
4) C is the best answer. E can also be considered correct if that’s how you feel. Lead plant is really common throughout most of the Nebraska sandhills. It’s technically a shrub, but grows more like a wildflower. It’s a legume, has beautiful flowers, and you can make a nice tea from the leaves.
5) D and G Grasshopper sparrows are among the most common birds nesting in grasslands here in Nebraska but are rarely noticed by people because of their small size, non-fancy coloration, and insect-like call.
6) B and E
7) B. 1 and 6 are bees (Agapostemon and Andrena, respectively). 2 is a hover fly, 3 is a bee fly. 4 is a bull frog (I’m confident in that identification even without seeing the back legs). 5 is a honey bee, which is not native to the U.S. You can read more about bees, including why we shouldn’t be worrying about honey bees, in my Cool Green Science blog post.