I don’t know about you, but I needed a distraction this week so I made this quiz. I hope you enjoy it.
What kind of snake is this?
A. It’s not a snake, it’s a legless lizard
B. Gardener snake
C. Garter snake
D. Lined Snake
E. Wet Banded Snake
What is a better name for the lined snake in the above photo?
B. Stripy Snake
C. Hang on, is it spelled ‘Stripy’ or ‘Stripey’?
D. Both, apparently
What kind of plant is shown above?
A. False gromwell
B. Western marbleseed
C. Onosmodium molle
D. Onosmodium bejariense DC. ex A. DC. var. occidentale (Mack.) B.L. Turner
E. Good grief
F. All of the above, depending upon who you ask
What is a better name for the plant above that goes by all those names?
C. It’s not a plant, it’s a legless lizard
D. Onosmodium bejariense DC. ex A. DC. var. occidentale (Mack.) B.F. Turner
E. Wait, isn’t that the same as one of the actual names?
F. Nope. How much time are you willing to waste finding the difference?
What species of plant is shown in the above photo?
A. Canada wildrye
B. Canada goldeneye
C. Green Foxtail
E. Foxtail Barley
F. Barely Foxtail
G. Foxy Oats
H. Isn’t goldeneye a duck?
I. Yes, and a plant and a James Bond movie
J. Good grief
K. Also, you skipped D
In many plant texts, foxtail barley (pictured above) is described as being found in many habitats, including roadsides, pastures, and ‘waste areas’. What are ‘waste areas’?
A. Dry wetlands
B. Flood-prone sites
C. Anywhere foxtail barley and other cool opportunistic plants are found
D. Dynamic and interesting ecological sites that we should stop denigrating with lazy nomenclature
We can all agree the answer to the above question is D, right?
In the above photo, there are four insects. What is the total number of wings on those four insects? You can click on the photo to see a larger version of it.
Isn’t it fun that only the plains lubber (grasshopper) in the above photo has two wings and all the others have four wings each?
Look at the above photo. What the heck??
A. No kidding
C. It sure is fuzzy
What is a better name for the Pearly Wood-Nymph Moth shown in the above photo?
A. Shaggy Dream-Haunter Moth
This grasshopper is really well camouflaged.
What is the most logical explanation for why this dead cicada is stuck to this barbed wire fence?
A. It was put there by a loggerhead shrike
B. It’s not a cicada, it’s a legless lizard
Wouldn’t it be appropriate to end this quiz with a photo of an actual legless lizard?