Sunday Quiz – An Inordinate Fondness for Beetles

Thick-legged flower beetle on ragwort

Dear Readers, I hope you will not mind that, for the second week in a row, I am featuring insects as the subject for the quiz – I am called ‘Bugwoman’ after all! The quote in the title comes from the British evolutionary biologist J.B.S Haldane, who said;

“If one could conclude as to the nature of the Creator from a study of creation it would appear that God has an inordinate fondness for stars and beetles.”

There are over 400,000 species of beetle that we know about, and they constitute 25% of all known animal life-forms, so it seemed appropriate that they should have a moment in the spotlight. In the quiz below, I’ve tried to choose beetles whose names and body-shape might give you a clue: they are all from the UK, but I’m sure that wherever you are in the world you might have something similar. Anyhoo, have a go!


Match the photo to the name. So, if you think photo 1) is a Rosemary beetle, your answer is 1)a).

Good luck!

a) Rosemary beetle (Chrysolina americana)

b) Rose Chafer (Cetonia aurata)

c) Bloody-nosed beetle (Timarcha tenebricosa)

d) Green Tiger Beetle (Cicindela campestris)

e) Golden-bloomed grey longhorn beetle (Agapanthia villosoviridescens)

f) Thistle tortoise beetle (Cassida rubiginosa)

g) Vine weevil (Otiorhynchus sulcatus)

h) Click beetle (Athous haemorrhoidalis)

i) 16-spot orange ladybird ( Halyzia 16-guttata)

j) Lily beetle (Lilioceris lilii)

k) Sexton beetle (Nicrophorus vespillo)

l) Devil’s coach-horse (Staphylinus olens)

m) Harlequin ladybird ( Harmonia axyridis)

n) Stag Beetle (Lucanus cervus)

o) Cockchafer/May bug ( Melolontha melolontha)

Answers will be published on Tuesday, so if you want to be ‘marked’, put your answer in the comments by 5 p.m. UK time on Monday. If you don’t want to be influenced by people who’ve answered before you, I suggest you do that old-school thing and write your responses down first :-). And even if you don’t feel confident to ‘go public’, have a go! You might be surprised by what you already know.


Photo One


Photo Two by George Chernilevsky / Public domain


Photo Three by Salicyna / CC BY-SA (


Photo Four by Hectonichus / CC BY-SA (


Photo Five by Galwaygirl / CC BY-SA (


Photo Six by spacebirdy(also known as geimfyglið (:> )=| made with Sternenlaus-spirit) / CC BY-SA (


Photo Seven by nick goodrum from Catfield in Norfolk, United Kingdom / CC BY (


Photo Eight by By André Karwath aka Aka - Own work, CC BY-SA 2.5,


Photo Nine by By I, Chrumps, CC BY-SA 3.0,


Photo Ten by Ben Sale from UK / CC BY (


Photo Eleven by Donald Hobern from Copenhagen, Denmark / CC BY (


Photo Twelve by AJC1 from UK / CC BY-SA (


Photo Thirteen by Ryan Hodnett / CC BY-SA (


Photo Fourteen by nick goodrum from Catfield in Norfolk, United Kingdom / CC BY (


Photo Fifteen by Siga / CC BY-SA (



6 thoughts on “Sunday Quiz – An Inordinate Fondness for Beetles

  1. Anne

    1d; 2n; 3j; 4a; 5l; 6i; 7c;8h; 9b; 10m; 11k; 12g; 13f; 14o; 15e
    An interesting process of elimination: we have stag beetles and weevils – the ladybirds got me though.

  2. Andrea Stephenson

    Beetles are really quite beautiful if we can get over our revulsion of insects – I was thrilled to come across a sexton beetle once – beside the body of a mole, there were two of them who fought each other, then one was chased off and the other started burying – I didn’t know what it was at the time or I would have stayed and watched.

  3. Fran & Bobby Freelove

    We nearly missed the quiz, we’ve been away.
    a, 4
    b, 9
    c, 7
    d, 1
    e, 15
    f, 13
    g, 12
    h, 8
    i, 10
    j, 3
    k, 11
    l, 5
    m, 6
    n, 2
    o, 14


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