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Saturday Quiz – Country Cattle

Title Photo By Amanda Slater from Coventry, England - Suffolk Plough Team, CC BY-SA 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=4967465

A Team of Suffolk Punches (Title Photo)

Dear Readers, Saturday 10th April is National Farm Animal Appreciation Day. Who knew there was such a thing? And considering what farm animals have done for human beings over the millenia, it’s well overdue. This week’s quiz is simply a question of looking at the photos, and deciding which country the breed came from: there are fifteen in all, three from each country. An extra point if you can name the breed, so that’s a maximum of 30 points.

So, if you think the animal in Photo 1 is from France, and the breed is ‘Stripey Cow’ your answer is 1)A – Stripey Cow.

As usual, pop your answers into the comments by 5 p.m. UK time on Thursday 15th April – as soon as I see them, I shall acknowledge them and then disappear them as if by magic. I’m not always the quickest on the draw though (especially as I’m working for most of next week), so write your answers down before you put them in the comments if you’re easily influenced.

Countries 

A – France

B- Scotland

C- Belgium

D. Austria

E. USA

 

Photo One by Jamain, CC BY-SA 3.0 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0>, via Wikimedia Commons

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Photo Two By forum www.concoursvaches.fr, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=10644416

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Photo Three by By Vassil - Own work, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=2256419

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Photo Four by INRA DIST from France, CC BY 2.0 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0>, via Wikimedia Commons

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Photo Five by By No machine-readable author provided. Kries assumed (based on copyright claims). - No machine-readable source provided. Own work assumed (based on copyright claims)., CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=281138

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Photo Six by By Florida Cracker Cattle Association - crackercattle.org, Attribution, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=7967131

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Photo Seven by By --Böhringer - Own workQuelle: [1], CC BY-SA 2.5, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=6504675

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Photo Eight by By Iain and Sarah from London, UK - Sheep, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=4671729

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Photo Nine by By seppingsR - Liz, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=3763595

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Photo Ten by By ripperda - wyandotte haan, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=10682244

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Photo Eleven by By Shcaroline - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=97347585

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Photo Twelve by By Eric Dobis - Flickr, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=36620305

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Photo Thirteen by By Keith Roper - Mare & Foal 3Uploaded by sporti, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=27193415

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Photo Fourteen by By Bonnie U. Gruenberg - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=19697412

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Photo Fifteen by By L. Mahin - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=2545691

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Saturday Quiz – Easter Eggs – The Answers!

Title Photo by Tony Alter from Newport News, USA, CC BY 2.0 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0>, via Wikimedia Commons

Song sparrows in nest (Title Photo)

Dear Readers, excellent performances all round this week! We had Mike with 16 out of 20, Andrea with 18 out of 20 and at the top were Fran and Bobby Freelove with 20 out of 20. Thank you all for taking part, and let’s see what I can come up with for tomorrow…

Eggs

Photo One by חי, CC BY-SA 3.0 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0>, via Wikimedia Commons

1. E.  Snail. These eggs always remind me of polystyrene when I find them!

Photo Two by CC BY 2.5, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?curid=5978713

2. H. Grass Snake

Photo Three by By Manyman - Own work, CC BY 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=4438036

3. G. Blackbird

Photo Four by Thomas Love, CC BY-SA 3.0 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0>, via Wikimedia Commons

4. J. Robin. The American Robin’s eggs are ‘Robin-egg blue’, but the UK bird has these speckledy eggs.

Photo Five by Muséum de Toulouse, CC BY-SA 4.0 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0>, via Wikimedia Commons

5. B Black Guillemot. The eggs have evolved this special elongated shape to stop them from rolling off of cliff edges!

Photo Six by Merike Linnamagi https://www.flickr.com/photos/mercar/5496509766/

6. C. Great Crested Newt

Photo Seven by No machine-readable author provided. Polarit~commonswiki assumed (based on copyright claims)., CC BY-SA 3.0 <http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/>, via Wikimedia Commons

7. D. Curlew

Photo Eight by nottsexminer, CC BY-SA 2.0 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0>, via Wikimedia Commons

8. I. Wren. The nest is started by the male and then completed by the female, who also does all the incubating and feeding.

Photo Nine by Karz09, CC BY-SA 4.0 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0>, via Wikimedia Commons

9. A)  Lacewing

Photo Ten by W. Schön, CC BY-SA 3.0 DE <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/de/deed.en>, via Wikimedia Commons

10. F. Peacock Butterfly

Adults

Photo A by Francesco Schiavone, CC BY 4.0 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0>, via Wikimedia Commons

A.

Photo B by Boaworm, CC BY 3.0 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0>, via Wikimedia Commons

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Photo C by Alexandre Roux from https://www.flickr.com/photos/30142279@N07/49671281787

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Photo D by By Andreas Trepte - Own work, CC BY-SA 2.5, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=15771576

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Photo E by Sid Mosdell from https://www.flickr.com/photos/sidm/8008555562

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Photo F by nick goodrum from Catfield in Norfolk, United Kingdom, CC BY 2.0 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0>, via Wikimedia Commons

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Photo G by Stuutje1979, CC BY-SA 3.0 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0>, via Wikimedia Commons

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Photo H by By Andreas Eichler, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=83127338

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Photo I by By Joefrei - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=40585850

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Photo J by By © Francis C. Franklin / CC-BY-SA-3.0, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=31367900

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Photo Credits

Title Photo by Tony Alter from Newport News, USA, CC BY 2.0 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0>, via Wikimedia Commons

Photo One by חי, CC BY-SA 3.0 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0>, via Wikimedia Commons

Photo Two by CC BY 2.5, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?curid=5978713

Photo Three By Manyman – Own work, CC BY 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=4438036

Photo Four by Thomas Love, CC BY-SA 3.0 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0>, via Wikimedia Commons

Photo Five by Muséum de Toulouse, CC BY-SA 4.0 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0>, via Wikimedia Commons

Photo Six by Merike Linnamagi https://www.flickr.com/photos/mercar/5496509766/

Photo Seven by No machine-readable author provided. Polarit~commonswiki assumed (based on copyright claims)., CC BY-SA 3.0 <http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/>, via Wikimedia Commons

Photo Eight by nottsexminer, CC BY-SA 2.0 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0>, via Wikimedia Commons

Photo Nine by Karz09, CC BY-SA 4.0 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0>, via Wikimedia Commons

Photo Ten by W. Schön, CC BY-SA 3.0 DE <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/de/deed.en>, via Wikimedia Commons

Photo A by Francesco Schiavone, CC BY 4.0 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0>, via Wikimedia Commons

Photo B by Boaworm, CC BY 3.0 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0>, via Wikimedia Commons

Photo C by Alexandre Roux from https://www.flickr.com/photos/30142279@N07/49671281787

Photo D by By Andreas Trepte – Own work, CC BY-SA 2.5, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=15771576

Photo E by Sid Mosdell from https://www.flickr.com/photos/sidm/8008555562

Photo F by nick goodrum from Catfield in Norfolk, United Kingdom, CC BY 2.0 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0>, via Wikimedia Commons

Photo G by Stuutje1979, CC BY-SA 3.0 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0>, via Wikimedia Commons

Photo H By Andreas Eichler, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=83127338

Photo I By Joefrei – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=40585850

Photo J By © Francis C. Franklin / CC-BY-SA-3.0, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=31367900

Saturday Quiz – Easter Eggs….

Title Photo by Tony Alter from Newport News, USA, CC BY 2.0 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0>, via Wikimedia Commons

Song sparrows in nest (Title Photo)

Dear Readers, this week I would like you to look at some photos of eggs, and some photos of adult animals, and see if you can match them up. Easy, eh? And I’ve only chosen ten of each, so hopefully you can enjoy your Easter break/weekend without too much fiddling about.

I will give one mark for successfully matching the photos, and a second mark if you can tell me what the animal is called. So, if you think that the eggs in Photo 1 were laid by the creature in Photo A then your answer is 1) A). And if you think that the creature in Photo A is a buzzard, you can put that down too, though I’d recommend a visit to SpecSavers.

They are all UK species, but hopefully this will still be accessible for people from other places.

The answers will be published on Friday 8th April, so answers in the comments by Thursday 7th April at 5 p.m. UK time as usual, please. When I see any responses I will acknowledge and then ‘disappear’ them, but write your answers down before you look at the comments if you are easily influenced like I am :-).

So, onwards! Eggs first and then adults. And here is a teeny tiny clue: the eggs of British birds are not necessarily the same colour as the eggs of their North American counterparts.

Have fun!

Eggs

Photo One by חי, CC BY-SA 3.0 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0>, via Wikimedia Commons

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Photo Two by CC BY 2.5, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?curid=5978713

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Photo Three by By Manyman - Own work, CC BY 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=4438036

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Photo Four by Thomas Love, CC BY-SA 3.0 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0>, via Wikimedia Commons

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Photo Five by Muséum de Toulouse, CC BY-SA 4.0 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0>, via Wikimedia Commons

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Photo Six by Merike Linnamagi https://www.flickr.com/photos/mercar/5496509766/

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Photo Seven by No machine-readable author provided. Polarit~commonswiki assumed (based on copyright claims)., CC BY-SA 3.0 <http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/>, via Wikimedia Commons

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Photo Eight by nottsexminer, CC BY-SA 2.0 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0>, via Wikimedia Commons

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Photo Nine by Karz09, CC BY-SA 4.0 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0>, via Wikimedia Commons

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Photo Ten by W. Schön, CC BY-SA 3.0 DE <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/de/deed.en>, via Wikimedia Commons

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Adults

Photo A by Francesco Schiavone, CC BY 4.0 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0>, via Wikimedia Commons

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Photo B by Boaworm, CC BY 3.0 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0>, via Wikimedia Commons

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Photo C by Alexandre Roux from https://www.flickr.com/photos/30142279@N07/49671281787

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Photo D by By Andreas Trepte - Own work, CC BY-SA 2.5, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=15771576

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Photo E by Sid Mosdell from https://www.flickr.com/photos/sidm/8008555562

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Photo F by nick goodrum from Catfield in Norfolk, United Kingdom, CC BY 2.0 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0>, via Wikimedia Commons

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Photo G by Stuutje1979, CC BY-SA 3.0 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0>, via Wikimedia Commons

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Photo H by By Andreas Eichler, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=83127338

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Photo I by By Joefrei - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=40585850

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Photo J by By © Francis C. Franklin / CC-BY-SA-3.0, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=31367900

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Saturday Quiz – Coming Soon! The Answers

Title Photo By I, Malene, CC BY 2.5, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=20612

Title Photo – Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica)

Dear Readers, congratulations this week to  Fran and Bobby Freelove and Mike from Alittlebitoutoffocus, who all got a magnificent 20 out of 20, so well done Fran and Bobby and Mike! Let’s see what’s in store for us all tomorrow 🙂

Photo One By Dick Daniels (http://carolinabirds.org/) - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=11192172

1) G) Garganey (Anas querquedula)

Photo Two By The original uploader was Tgo2002 at English Wikipedia. - Own work by the original uploader, CC BY 2.5, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=26612575

2)J) Puffin (Fratercula arctica)

Photo Three By Ómar Runólfsson - Manx Shearwater - Puffinus puffinus - SkrofaUploaded by snowmanradio, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=16473743

3)O) Manx Shearwater (Puffinus puffinus)

Photo Four By Sabine's Sunbird - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=4240864

4)I) Sooty Shearwater (Puffinus griseus)

Photo Five By JJ Harrison (https://www.jjharrison.com.au/) - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=17835190

5)F) Little Tern (Sterna albifrons)

Photo Six By AWeith - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=51595424

6)M) Arctic Tern (Sterna paradisaea)

Photo Seven By Erik Christensen - With permission from: Murray Nurse, Guildford , England, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=9508570

7)K) Great Skua (Stercorarius skua)

Photo Eight By Jinesh PS - Previously unpublished work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=81494339

8)N) Arctic Skua (Parasitic Jaeger) (Stercorarius parasiticus)

Photo Nine By MPF - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=59782

9)C.) Kittiwake (Rissa tridactyla)

Photo Ten By Sreedev Puthur - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=35459331

10)P) Little Ringed Plover (Charadrius dubius)

Photo Eleven By JJ Harrison (https://www.jjharrison.com.au/) - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=86319610

11)E) Whimbrel (Numenius phaeopus)

Photo Twelve By Yathin S Krishnappa - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=21376478

12)A). Osprey (Pandion haliaetus)

Photo Thirteen By Mike Prince from Bangalore, India - Eurasian Hobby, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=62046802

13) Q) Hobby (Falco subbuteo)

Photo Fourteen By Yuvalr - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=16798749

14) R) Turtle Dove (Streptopelia turtur)

Photo Fifteen By Dûrzan cîrano - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=11116145

15)H) Nightjar (Caprimulgus europaeus)

Photo Sixteen By Cuculus_canorus_vogelartinfo_chris_romeiks_CHR0791.jpg: Vogelartinfoderivative work: Bogbumper (talk) - Cuculus_canorus_vogelartinfo_chris_romeiks_CHR0791.jpg, GFDL 1.2, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=16077960

16)B) Cuckoo (Cuculus canorus)

Photo Seventeen By Peterwchen - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=93628623

17) T) House Martin (Delichon urbica)

Photo Eighteen By Riparia_riparia_-Markinch,_Fife,_Scotland_-flying-8.jpg: Nigel Wedge from Fife, Scotlandderivative work: Snowmanradio (talk) - originally posted to Flickr as The Juvenile House Martin and uploaded to commons as Riparia_riparia_-Markinch,_Fife,_Scotland_-flying-8.jpg, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=16507846

18) D) Sand Martin (Riparia riparia)

Photo Nineteen By Paweł Kuźniar (Jojo_1, Jojo) - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=962740

19) S) Swift (Apus apus)

Photo Twenty By GabrielBuissart - self-made, Romelaere Clairmarais, FR., CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=2132086

20)L) Ring Ouzel (Turdus torquatus)

Photo Credits

Title Photo By I, Malene, CC BY 2.5, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=20612

Photo One By Dick Daniels (http://carolinabirds.org/) – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=11192172

Photo Two By The original uploader was Tgo2002 at English Wikipedia. – Own work by the original uploader, CC BY 2.5, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=26612575

Photo Three By Ómar Runólfsson – Manx Shearwater – Puffinus puffinus – Skrofa Uploaded by snowmanradio, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=16473743

Photo Four By Sabine’s Sunbird – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=4240864

Photo Five By JJ Harrison (https://www.jjharrison.com.au/) – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=17835190

Photo Six By AWeith – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=51595424

Photo Seven By Erik Christensen – With permission from: Murray Nurse, Guildford , England, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=9508570

Photo Eight By Jinesh PS – Previously unpublished work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=81494339

Photo Nine By MPF – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=59782

Photo Ten By Sreedev Puthur – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=35459331

Photo Eleven By JJ Harrison (https://www.jjharrison.com.au/) – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=86319610

Photo Twelve By Yathin S Krishnappa – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=21376478

Photo Thirteen By Mike Prince from Bangalore, India – Eurasian Hobby, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=62046802

Photo Fourteen By Yuvalr – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=16798749

Photo Fifteen By Dûrzan cîrano – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=11116145

Photo Sixteen By Cuculus_canorus_vogelartinfo_chris_romeiks_CHR0791.jpg: Vogelartinfoderivative work: Bogbumper (talk) – Cuculus_canorus_vogelartinfo_chris_romeiks_CHR0791.jpg, GFDL 1.2, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=16077960

Photo Seventeen By Peterwchen – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=93628623

Photo Eighteen By Riparia_riparia_-Markinch,_Fife,_Scotland_-flying-8.jpg: Nigel Wedge from Fife, Scotlandderivative work: Snowmanradio (talk) – originally posted to Flickr as The Juvenile House Martin and uploaded to commons as Riparia_riparia_-Markinch,_Fife,_Scotland_-flying-8.jpg, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=16507846

Photo Nineteen By Paweł Kuźniar (Jojo_1, Jojo) – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=962740

Photo Twenty By GabrielBuissart – self-made, Romelaere Clairmarais, FR., CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=2132086

Saturday Quiz – Coming Soon!

Title Photo by By I, Malene, CC BY 2.5, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=20612

Title Photo – Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica)

Dear Readers, a few months ago we had a quiz on autumn migrants to the UK but now, as the seasons turn, they are leaving and the spring migrants are arriving. So, this week, can you match the name of the bird to the photo? I have only chosen birds that are summer visitors only (in some species there are residents and migrants), but even so there are still twenty species, so just as well I’ve given you a week :-). I have also been cheeky and sometimes chosen two closely-related species just so that you don’t get bored.

As I was preparing the quiz I noticed two things. Firstly, there are a lot of summer visitors, especially amongst the ‘little brown jobs’ such as the chats and the warblers, so I am going to do a separate quiz on this bunch in a few weeks for the masochists among you. Secondly, spring is such an exciting time for birdwatchers in the UK! With any luck we’ll be able to get out and about a little bit more this year, Covid willing. I have never noticed the comings and goings of creatures as much as I have this year, and there is something rather nice about tuning in in this way. I’m sure a lot of those reading this will have had similar experiences. Earlier on this week I was asking about those ‘magic animals’ that turn up rarely, but when I was watching my hairy-footed flower bees earlier this week, I thought about how precious those ‘regular’ creatures are too.

As usual, the solutions will be published next Friday (2nd April) so if you would like to be marked, please put your answers in the comments by Thursday 1st April. As soon as I see any answers I will acknowledge them and then ‘disappear’ them so that they don’t influence other people, but if you’re easily swayed by other people’s brilliance (like me 🙂 ) you might want to write your answers down first.

Match the species name to the photo. So if you think the bird in Photo 1 is an osprey, your answer is 1) A)

Onwards!

Species Names

A. Osprey (Pandion haliaetus)

B. Cuckoo (Cuculus canorus)

C. Kittiwake (Rissa tridactyla)

D. Sand Martin (Riparia riparia)

E. Whimbrel (Numenius phaeopus)

F. Little Tern (Sterna albifrons)

G. Garganey (Anas querquedula)

H. Nightjar (Caprimulgus europaeus)

I. Sooty Shearwater (Puffinus griseus)

J. Puffin (Fratercula arctica)

K. Great Skua (Stercorarius skua)

L. Ring Ouzel (Turdus torquatus)

M. Arctic Tern (Sterna paradisaea)

N. Arctic Skua (Parasitic Jaeger) (Stercorarius parasiticus)

O. Manx Shearwater (Puffinus puffinus)

P. Little Ringed Plover (Charadrius dubius)

Q. Hobby (Falco subbuteo)

R. Turtle Dove (Streptopelia turtur)

S. Swift (Apus apus)

T. House Martin (Delichon urbica)

 

Photo One by By Dick Daniels (http://carolinabirds.org/) - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=11192172

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Photo Two by By The original uploader was Tgo2002 at English Wikipedia. - Own work by the original uploader, CC BY 2.5, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=26612575

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Photo Three by By Ómar Runólfsson - Manx Shearwater - Puffinus puffinus - SkrofaUploaded by snowmanradio, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=16473743

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Photo Four by By Sabine's Sunbird - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=4240864

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Photo Five by By JJ Harrison (https://www.jjharrison.com.au/) - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=17835190

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Photo Six by By AWeith - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=51595424

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Photo Seven by By Erik Christensen - With permission from: Murray Nurse, Guildford , England, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=9508570

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Photo Eight by By Jinesh PS - Previously unpublished work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=81494339

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Photo Nine by By MPF - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=59782

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Photo Ten by By Sreedev Puthur - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=35459331

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Photo Eleven by By JJ Harrison (https://www.jjharrison.com.au/) - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=86319610

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Photo Twelve by By Yathin S Krishnappa - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=21376478

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Photo Thirteen by By Mike Prince from Bangalore, India - Eurasian Hobby, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=62046802

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Photo Fourteen by By Yuvalr - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=16798749

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Photo Fifteen by By Dûrzan cîrano - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=11116145

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Photo Sixteen by By Cuculus_canorus_vogelartinfo_chris_romeiks_CHR0791.jpg: Vogelartinfoderivative work: Bogbumper (talk) - Cuculus_canorus_vogelartinfo_chris_romeiks_CHR0791.jpg, GFDL 1.2, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=16077960

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Photo Seventeen by By Peterwchen - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=93628623

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Photo Eighteen by By Riparia_riparia_-Markinch,_Fife,_Scotland_-flying-8.jpg: Nigel Wedge from Fife, Scotlandderivative work: Snowmanradio (talk) - originally posted to Flickr as The Juvenile House Martin and uploaded to commons as Riparia_riparia_-Markinch,_Fife,_Scotland_-flying-8.jpg, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=16507846

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Photo Nineteen by By Paweł Kuźniar (Jojo_1, Jojo) - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=962740

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Photo Twenty by By GabrielBuissart - self-made, Romelaere Clairmarais, FR., CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=2132086

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Quiz – What’s That Moth? – The Answers

Title Photo by gailhampshire from Cradley, Malvern, U.K, CC BY 2.0 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0>, via Wikimedia Commons

A Six-Spot Burnet Moth (Zygaena filipendulae)

Dear Readers, everyone did brilliantly this week – Claire got 9 out of 12, Anne got 11 out of 12 and we have joint winners – Fran and Bobby Freelove and Mike at Alittlebitoutoffocus both with 12/12. Well everybody! Let’s see what I’ve got in store for Saturday 🙂

Photo One by By Rasbak - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=7195872

1)d) Leopard Moth (Zeuzera pyrina)

Photo Two by By Edward H. Holsten, USDA Forest Service, Bugwood.org - This image is Image Number 0805048 at Insect Images, a source for entomological images operated by The Bugwood Network at the University of Georgia and the USDA Forest Service., CC BY 3.0 us, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=4065666

2) e) Red-belted Clearwing (Synanthedon_culiciformis)

Photo Three by By Hamon jp - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=4938452

3)i) Peach Blossom (Thyatira batis)

Photo Four by Les Round from https://butterfly-conservation.org/moths/figure-of-eighty

4) j) Number Eighty (Tethea ocularis)

Photo Five by By User:Chrkl - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=220981

5) b) Large Emerald (Geometra papilionaria)

Photo Six by By Charles J. Sharp - Own work, from Sharp Photography, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=38292321

6) k) Bloodvein (Timandra comae)

Photo Seven by Iain Leach from https://butterfly-conservation.org/moths/argent-sable

7) h) Argent and Sable (Rheumaptera hastata)

Photo Eight By Kulac - Self-published work by Kulac, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=2041063

8) l) Scorched Wing (Plagodis dolabraria)

Photo Nine by By ©entomartIn case of publication or commercial use, Entomart wishes then to be warned (http://www.entomart.be/contact.html), but this without obligation. Thank you., Attribution, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=294710

9) f) Swallow-tailed Moth (Ourapteryx sambucaria)

Photo Ten by By ©entomartIn case of publication or commercial use, Entomart wishes then to be warned (http://www.entomart.be/contact.html), but this without obligation. Thank you., Attribution, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=287301

10) a) Ruby Tiger (Phragmatobia fuliginosa)

Photo Eleven by By Mick Talbot - British Moths, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=9018635

11) c) Gothic (Naenia typica)

Photo Twelve by Patrick Clement from West Midlands, England, CC BY 2.0 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0>, via Wikimedia Commons

12) g) Double Line Moth (Mythimna turca)

Photo Credits

Title Photo by gailhampshire from Cradley, Malvern, U.K, CC BY 2.0 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0>, via Wikimedia Commons

Photo One  By Rasbak – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=7195872

Photo Two  By Edward H. Holsten, USDA Forest Service, Bugwood.org – This image is Image Number 0805048 at Insect Images, a source for entomological images operated by The Bugwood Network at the University of Georgia and the USDA Forest Service., CC BY 3.0 us, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=4065666

Photo Three  By Hamon jp – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=4938452

Photo Four by Les Round from https://butterfly-conservation.org/moths/figure-of-eighty

Photo Five  By User:Chrkl – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=220981

Photo Six  By Charles J. Sharp – Own work, from Sharp Photography, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=38292321

Photo Seven by Iain Leach from https://butterfly-conservation.org/moths/argent-sable

Photo Eight By Kulac – Self-published work by Kulac, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=2041063

Photo Nine by By ©entomartIn case of publication or commercial use, Entomart wishes then to be warned (http://www.entomart.be/contact.html), but this without obligation. Thank you., Attribution, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=294710

Photo Ten by By ©entomartIn case of publication or commercial use, Entomart wishes then to be warned (http://www.entomart.be/contact.html), but this without obligation. Thank you., Attribution, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=287301

Photo Eleven by By Mick Talbot – British Moths, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=9018635

Photo Twelve by Patrick Clement from West Midlands, England, CC BY 2.0 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0>, via Wikimedia Commons

Saturday Quiz – What’s That Moth?

Title Photo by gailhampshire from Cradley, Malvern, U.K, CC BY 2.0 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0>, via Wikimedia Commons

A Six-Spot Burnet Moth (Zygaena filipendulae)

Dear Readers, I have long been fascinated by the descriptive common names of moths – it’s pretty clear why the one above is called the six-spot burnet, for example. So let’s see if we can match the names in the list below to the photos of the moths. I’ve tried to pick ones where the names describe what you’re looking at, so even if you aren’t familiar with British moths you can hopefully have a go. One thing this quiz has really made me want to do is to get out my humane moth trap to see what’s on the wing at the moment, so watch this space!

As usual, all answers in the comments by 5 p.m. UK time next Thursday (25th March), please. Answers will be posted on Friday 26th. I shall disappear your answers as soon as I see them, but if you don’t want to be influenced, write your answers on a scrap of paper first!

Pick your moth from the list below. So, if you think that the moth in Photo One is a ruby tiger, your answer is 1) a)

Onwards, and good luck!

Moth Names

a) Ruby Tiger

b) Large Emerald

c) Gothic

d) Leopard Moth

e) Red-belted Clearwing

f) Swallow-tailed Moth

g) Double Line Moth

h) Argent and Sable

i) Peach Blossom

j) Number Eighty

k) Bloodvein

l) Scorched Wing

Photo One by By Rasbak - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=7195872

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Photo Two by By Edward H. Holsten, USDA Forest Service, Bugwood.org - This image is Image Number 0805048 at Insect Images, a source for entomological images operated by The Bugwood Network at the University of Georgia and the USDA Forest Service., CC BY 3.0 us, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=4065666

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Photo Three by By Hamon jp - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=4938452

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Photo Four by Les Round from https://butterfly-conservation.org/moths/figure-of-eighty

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Photo Five by By User:Chrkl - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=220981

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Photo Six by By Charles J. Sharp - Own work, from Sharp Photography, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=38292321

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Photo Seven by Iain Leach from https://butterfly-conservation.org/moths/argent-sable

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Photo Eight by By Kulac - Self-published work by Kulac, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=2041063

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Photo Nine by By ©entomartIn case of publication or commercial use, Entomart wishes then to be warned (http://www.entomart.be/contact.html), but this without obligation. Thank you., Attribution, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=294710

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Photo Ten by By ©entomartIn case of publication or commercial use, Entomart wishes then to be warned (http://www.entomart.be/contact.html), but this without obligation. Thank you., Attribution, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=287301

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Photo Eleven by By Mick Talbot - British Moths, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=9018635

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Photo Twelve by Patrick Clement from West Midlands, England, CC BY 2.0 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0>, via Wikimedia Commons

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Saturday Quiz – Mountain ‘Weeds’ – The Answers

Dear Readers, we have a tie at the top this week, with FEARN and Fran and Bobby Freelove both coming in with 16 out of 20, and Mike from Alittlebitoutoffocus only a tiny bit behind with 13/20, so well done everybody – not an easy quiz! Let’s see if I’ve been kinder tomorrow….

1) Yellow Corydalis ( Corydalis lutea) – originally from the Italian/Swiss Alps

2) Butterfly Bush (Buddleia davidii) – originally from the Himalayas and mountainous regions of China)3) Himalayan Honeysuckle (Lonicera formosa) – originally from (surprise surprise) the Himalayas

4) Trailing Bellflower ( (Campanula poscharskyana) – originally from the Dinaric Alps in what was Yugoslavia

5) Thale Cress (Arabidopsis thaliana) – a cheeky one! Actually widespread all over Europe, but originally discovered in the Harz Mountains in Germany

6) Fox and Cubs ( (Pilosella aurantiaca) – originally from the Carpathian mountains of Slovakia, Moldova and Romania

7) Purple Toadflax (Linaria purpurea) from the Italian Alps and Italian Apennine mountains)

8) Gallant Soldier ( (Galinsoga parviflora) – from the Andes

9) Rhododendron ( (Rhododendron ponticum) – from the Himalayas

10) Giant Hogweed (Heracleum mantegazzianum) – from the Caucasus Mountains of Russia, Georgia and Armenia

 

 

 

Saturday Quiz – Mountain ‘Weeds’

Dear Readers, many of the ‘weeds’ that have made their home in the UK came originally from mountainous areas. But which mountain range did these plants come from originally? One mark for the species, a second mark if you can name the mountain range that they came from.

Answers in the comments by 5 p.m. on Thursday 11th March please – I will unapprove your answers when I see them so that other people can’t see them, but I’m not always the speediest, so write your answers down old-school on a piece of paper first if you don’t want to be influenced.

Onwards!

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5) This one has a wide distribution, so can you tell me where it was first found?

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Saturday Quiz – Wasp, Moth, Bee or Fly? The Answers!

Title Photo by Siga, CC BY-SA 4.0 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0>, via Wikimedia Commons

Hornet Hoverfly (Volucella zonaria) (Title Photo)

Dear Readers, unusually we have a clear and run away winner this week, with Fran and Bobby Freelove not only getting all the insects in the right groups, but naming pretty much all of the species – they end up with 22.5 out of 24 (I was giving one mark for the correct species and one for the correct family). And in the following pack, we have Leo with 12 out of 12 for family ID, Claire with 11 and Mike with 10. It was a very tricky quiz so well done to everyone who took part!

Handy hints: Flies always have those big compound eyes which take up most of their faces (clearly seen in the title photo, and in the marmalade hoverfly). They also always have teeny tiny antennae. Flies also only have two wings, although this isn’t so easy to see in all of the photos.

Moths have thick, extravagant antennae, and no waist at all.

Bees often have antennae with a ‘kink’ or elbow in them, and have small oval-shaped eyes. They can be hairy, but then so can everyone else (have a look at the beefly). They have four wings, which, along with their eyes, is the easiest way of distinguishing them from flies.

Wasps tend to be slender, with a marked ‘waist’, but I think they are probably the hardest group to definitely identify. This is not helped by there being many families of ‘wasps’ – the ruby-tailed wasp in the first photo is in a different family from the other two examples. In this quiz, it was probably easiest to assume that if you didn’t know what it was, it was a wasp.

Photo One by gailhampshire from Cradley, Malvern, U.K, CC BY 2.0 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0>, via Wikimedia Commons

1) Ruby-tailed Wasp (Chrysis Ignita) – WASP

Photo Two by Hectonichus, CC BY-SA 3.0 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0>, via Wikimedia Commons

2) Ivy Bee (Colletes hederae) – BEE

Photo Three by André Karwath aka Aka, CC BY-SA 2.5 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.5>, via Wikimedia Commons

3) Marmalade Hoverfly (Episyrphus balteatus) – FLY

Photo Four by jp hamon, CC BY-SA 3.0 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0>, via Wikimedia Commons

4) Dark-Edged Beefly (Bombylius major) – FLY

Photo Five by gailhampshire from Cradley, Malvern, U.K, CC BY 2.0 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0>, via Wikimedia Commons

5) Hairy-Footed Flower Bee (Anthophora plumipes) – BEE

Photo Six by By Ian Kimber - Photo by Ian Kimber of ukmoths.org.uk who kindly granted permission by e-mail to use under a GFDL and/or CC-BY-SA license., CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=1313245

6) Lunar Hornet Moth (Sesia bembeciformis) – MOTH

Photo Seven by Alvesgaspar, CC BY-SA 3.0 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0>, via Wikimedia Commons

7) Heath Potter Wasp (Eumenes coarctatus) – WASP

Photo Eight By Bruce Marlin - Own work, CC BY-SA 2.5, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=662209

8) Wool Carder Bee (Anthidium manicatum) – BEE

Photo Nine by Lamiot, CC BY-SA 3.0 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0>, via Wikimedia Commons

9) Six-Belted Clearwing (Bembecia ichneumoniformis) – MOTH

Photo Ten by By Algirdas - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=1803749

10) Tachina fera (Hoverfly) – FLY

Photo Eleven by Slimguy, CC BY 4.0 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0>, via Wikimedia Commons

11) Big-Headed Digger Wasp (Ectemnius cephalotes) – WASP

Photo Twelve by M kutera, CC BY-SA 4.0 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0>, via Wikimedia Commons

12) Narrow-Bordered Bee Hawkmoth (Hemaris tityus) MOTH

Photo Credits

Title Photo by Siga, CC BY-SA 4.0 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0>, via Wikimedia Commons

Photo One by gailhampshire from Cradley, Malvern, U.K, CC BY 2.0 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0>, via Wikimedia Commons

Photo Two by Hectonichus, CC BY-SA 3.0 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0>, via Wikimedia Commons

Photo Three by André Karwath aka Aka, CC BY-SA 2.5 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.5>, via Wikimedia Commons

Photo Four by jp hamon, CC BY-SA 3.0 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0>, via Wikimedia Commons

Photo Five by gailhampshire from Cradley, Malvern, U.K, CC BY 2.0 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0>, via Wikimedia Commons

Photo Six by By Ian Kimber – Photo by Ian Kimber of ukmoths.org.uk who kindly granted permission by e-mail to use under a GFDL and/or CC-BY-SA license., CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=1313245

Photo Seven by Alvesgaspar, CC BY-SA 3.0 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0>, via Wikimedia Commons

Photo Eight By Bruce Marlin – Own work, CC BY-SA 2.5, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=662209

Photo Nine by Lamiot, CC BY-SA 3.0 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0>, via Wikimedia Commons

Photo Ten  By Algirdas – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=1803749

Photo Eleven by Slimguy, CC BY 4.0 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0>, via Wikimedia Commons

Photo Twelve by M kutera, CC BY-SA 4.0 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0>, via Wikimedia Commons