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).
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.