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Saturday Quiz – Dawn Chorus – Version 2!

Title Photo by Brian Robert Marshall / Song thrush near Faringdon Folly

Song thrush singing (Title Photo)

Hi Everyone, here’s a revised version of the quiz – hopefully you shouldn’t be able to see the bird names this time, which rather defeated the object :-). Same ten birds (plus one), but in a different order. Many thanks to Claire, Rosalind and Mike for letting me know. Unfortunately while I can preview the post, for some reason it appears that the mail that you get is not the same, which is most unhelpful. I shall asking WordPress if there’s any way of previewing the email before it goes out. 

Dear Readers, International Dawn Chorus Day was on the first Sunday in May, but in many places the birds are still going strong. How are your identification skills, though? Below are the songs of 10 British birds that you can often hear first thing in the morning, so let’s see how good you are at telling one from another. I’ve made this multiple choice because it ain’t as easy as it sounds. I’ve also tried not to include too many birds that sound the same, but until you get your ‘ear in’ that can be a tough call. I will do a quick post on what I’ve learned about bird songs next week.

Simply match the sounds to the birds. So, if you think song (1) is a blue tit, your answer is 1) a).

As usual, answers in the comments by Thursday 3rd June (5 p.m. UK time) and I will post the results on Friday 4th June. I will ‘disappear’ any answers that I spot, but if you are easily influenced by what came before, write them down first.

Onwards!

Species: 

A) Blue Tit

B) Blackbird

C) Song Thrush

D) Chiffchaff

E) Woodpigeon

F) Great Tit

G) Goldfinch

H) Robin

I) Wren

J) Chaffinch

The Songs….

1)

2)

3)

4)

5)

6)

7)

8)

9)

10)

And finally, this is about as un-British a bird as you could hope to find. An extra point for anyone who can guess what on earth this is…..

11)

Saturday Quiz – Dawn Chorus

Title Photo by Brian Robert Marshall / Song thrush near Faringdon Folly

Song thrush singing (Title Photo)

Hi all, it’s come to my attention that the mail you received this morning might have included the answers to all the questions below 🙁 – let me know in the comments if this has happened to you! What I intend to do is to mix the sound files up later this afternoon and see if I can remove any ID so you can still have a go. Blooming WordPress…..

Dear Readers, International Dawn Chorus Day was on the first Sunday in May, but in many places the birds are still going strong. How are your identification skills, though? Below are the songs of 10 British birds that you can often hear first thing in the morning, so let’s see how good you are at telling one from another. I’ve made this multiple choice because it ain’t as easy as it sounds. I’ve also tried not to include too many birds that sound the same, but until you get your ‘ear in’ that can be a tough call. I will do a quick post on what I’ve learned about bird songs next week.

Simply match the sounds to the birds. So, if you think song (1) is a blue tit, your answer is 1) a).

As usual, answers in the comments by Thursday 3rd June (5 p.m. UK time) and I will post the results on Friday 4th June. I will ‘disappear’ any answers that I spot, but if you are easily influenced by what came before, write them down first.

Onwards!

Species: 

A) Blue Tit

B) Blackbird

C) Song Thrush

D) Chiffchaff

E) Woodpigeon

F) Great Tit

G) Goldfinch

H) Robin

I) Wren

J) Chaffinch

The Songs….

1)

2)

3)

4)

5)

6)

7)

8)

9)

10)

And finally, this is about as un-British a bird as you could hope to find. An extra point for anyone who can guess what on earth this is…..

11)

Saturday Quiz – What’s the Bee? – The Answers!

Title Photo by Patrick Rock, CC BY 3.0 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0>, via Wikimedia Commons

Bumblebee….(Title Photo)

Dear Readers, we all did very well this week! Claire got 10/11, Fran and Bobby got 10 1/2 out of 11 ( Number 8 was an ashy mining bee), and the joint winners this week are Mike from Alittlebitoutoffocus and Mal from FEARN with 11 out of 11. Well done everybody!

Photo One By Kyd (Joseph Clayton Clarke) - http://www.oldbookart.com/, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=18557519

1)

This is Mr Bumble the Beadle from Charles Dickens’s Oliver Twist, so I’m looking for ‘Bumblebee’.

Photo Two By A&M Records - Billboard Magazine, page 2, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=75866990

2)

The lovely Carpenters, so this is Carpenter Bee. And here’s a link to probably my favourite Carpenters song, though it’s a close run thing between this and ‘Rainy Days and Mondays’….

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=__VQX2Xn7tI

 

3)  Alone Again (Naturally) – YouTube

Solitary Bee!

4)

Photo Four by Ben Rollman from https://www.flickr.com/photos/xadrian/7930303196/

4)a)

PLUS

Photo 4b I, MarcusObal, CC BY-SA 3.0 <http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/>, via Wikimedia Commons

4)b)

Hairy-footed flower bee. You’re welcome 🙂

Photo Five Tony Hisgett from Birmingham, UK, CC BY 2.0 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0>, via Wikimedia Commons

5)

This is the famous Ivy restaurant in London’s Covent Garden, so the answer is Ivy Bee

Photo Six By MesserWoland, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=985225

6)

Mason Bee

7)

Photo 7a Faizan Rabbani, CC BY-SA 4.0 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0>, via Wikimedia Commons

7a)

PLUS

Photo 7b Evan-Amos, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

7b)

Leaf-Cutter Bee

8)

Photo 8a I, MarcusObal, CC BY-SA 3.0 <http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/>, via Wikimedia Commons

8)a)

PLUS

Photo 8b from https://picryl.com/media/war-production-drive-anthracite-rallies-coal-mining-is-serious-business-an

8)b)

Ashy Mining Bee

9)

Photo 9a from https://www.flickr.com/photos/shallowend24401/2951338099 by Brian

9)a)

Photo 9b from https://barbrosthreads.com/2014/09/08/hand-carders/

9) b)

Wool Carder Bee

10)

Photo Ten 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

10)

Cuckoo Bee

And finally, what’s the bee-related link to these lyrics?

11)

The Bee Gees of course! And here’s the official video. Get a load of those trousers !!!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fNFzfwLM72c

And because it’s Friday, here’s some more Bee Gees with John Travolta 🙂 from 1977. Sigh.

Saturday Night Fever (Bee Gees, You Should be Dancing) John Travolta HD 1080 with Lyrics – YouTube

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Saturday Quiz – What’s the Bee?

Title Photo by Patrick Rock, CC BY 3.0 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0>, via Wikimedia Commons

Bumblebee….(Title Photo)

Dear Readers, we’ve had a lot of tricky quizzes just lately, so I wanted to make this one fun, in honour of World Bee Day (which was on 20th May). So, all you need to do is guess the type of bee from the clues. So, if you think Photo One shows a Mayor, your answer would be ‘Mayor bee’. Some of the clues have more than one photo, so you will have to combine them to make the name of the bee. Some are species and some are just types of bee, so hopefully it won’t be too UK-specific. But let’s see how we all get on!

The song for Question Three is very sad but I think you could guess the name of the bee just from the title, so you don’t have to listen if you’re feeling down-hearted already.

As usual, answers in the comments by 5 p.m. UK time on Thursday 27th May please. Answers will be posted on Friday 28th May. I will hide any answers as soon as I see them, but just in case you might want to write your answers down first if you are easily influenced (like me 🙂 ).

Onwards!

Photo One By Kyd (Joseph Clayton Clarke) - http://www.oldbookart.com/, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=18557519

1)

Photo Two By A&M Records - Billboard Magazine, page 2, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=75866990

2)

3)  Alone Again (Naturally) – YouTube

4)

Photo Four by Ben Rollman from https://www.flickr.com/photos/xadrian/7930303196/

4)a)

PLUS

Photo 4b I, MarcusObal, CC BY-SA 3.0 <http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/>, via Wikimedia Commons

4)b)

Photo Five Tony Hisgett from Birmingham, UK, CC BY 2.0 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0>, via Wikimedia Commons

5)

Photo Six By MesserWoland, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=985225

6)

7)

Photo 7a Faizan Rabbani, CC BY-SA 4.0 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0>, via Wikimedia Commons

7a)

PLUS

Photo 7b Evan-Amos, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

7b)

 

8)

Photo 8a I, MarcusObal, CC BY-SA 3.0 <http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/>, via Wikimedia Commons

8)a)

PLUS

Photo 8b from https://picryl.com/media/war-production-drive-anthracite-rallies-coal-mining-is-serious-business-an

8)b)

9)

Photo 9a from https://www.flickr.com/photos/shallowend24401/2951338099 by Brian

9)a)

Photo 9b from https://barbrosthreads.com/2014/09/08/hand-carders/

9) b)

10)

Photo Ten 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

10)

And finally, what’s the bee-related link to these lyrics?

11)

Well, you can tell by the way I use my walk
I’m a woman’s man, no time to talk
Music loud and women warm, I’ve been kicked around
Since I was born
And now it’s alright, it’s okay
And you may look the other way
We can try to understand
The New York Times’ effect on man

Have fun!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Saturday Quiz – Endemic – The Answers!

Title Photo by By https://www.flickr.com/photos/francesco_veronesi/ - https://www.flickr.com/photos/francesco_veronesi/15101234309/, CC BY-SA 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=36447354

Helmet Vanga, endemic to Madagascar (Title Photo)

Dear Readers, just a few people had a bash at the quiz this week, and very well they did too – Claire got 19 out of 30, but the winners this week are Fran and Bobby Freelove with 26 out of 30! I should point out in all fairness that the lovely Mangrove Hummingbird in the third photo is actually endemic to Costa Rica, not Colombia, but I’ve given you full marks because Costa Rica wasn’t listed as an option, and Colombia makes perfect sense under the circumstances. 

Did you know that 20th May was National Bumblebee Day? That might be a clue to tomorrow’s quiz….

Photo One by By JJ Harrison (https://www.jjharrison.com.au/) - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=12262604

1) K) Australia Tasmanian Devil (Sarcophilus harrisii)

Photo Two by By Giovanni Mari - Flickr, CC BY-SA 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=24185462

2) G) China Golden snubnosed monkey (Rhinopithecus roxellana)

Photo Three by By Jorge Obando Nature Photo - Mangrove Hummingbird ♂, CC BY-SA 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=66096010

3)B) Colombia Mangrove hummingbird (Amazilia boucardi) (should actually have been Costa Rica!)

Photo Four by By The original uploader was Wragge at English Wikipedia. - Transferred from en.wikipedia to Commons., CC BY-SA 2.5, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=4338587

4) J) Ecuador Marine Iguana ((Amblyrhynchus cristatus))

Photo Five by By @rawjeev / Rajeev B / Rawlife - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=57143447

5)L) India Whitebellied treepie (Dendrocitta leucogastra)

Photo Six by By V31S70 - https://www.flickr.com/photos/veisto/8558671034/, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=25261635

6)H) Japan  Japanese giant salamander (Andrias japonicus)

Photo Seven by By JialiangGao www.peace-on-earth.org - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=3152673

7) M) Madagascar  Parson’s chameleon (Calumma parsonii)

Photo Eight by By Paula Olson, NOAA - http://www.fisheries.noaa.gov/pr/species/mammals/porpoises/vaquita.html, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=30588208

8) C) Mexico Vaquita (Phocoena sinus)

Photo Nine by By Department of Conservation - https://www.flickr.com/photos/docnz/4015891720/, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=48081940

9) F) New Zealand Kakapo ((Strigops habroptilus))

Photo Ten by By colin houston - originally posted to Flickr as Mauritian (echo) parakeet(Psittacula echo), CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=3816850

10) I) Mauritius Echo Parakeet (Psittacula eques)

Photo Eleven by By Gregg Yan - Low resolution derivative work from original photograph personally provided by photographer., CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=19210444

11) N) Phillippines Giant golden-crowned flying fox (Acerodon jubatus)

Photo Twelve by By Maureen Leong-Kee from Boca Raton, FL, United States - file369 Seychelles Kestrel side vies, CC BY-SA 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=7419527

12) O) Seychelles Seychelles kestrel (Falco araeus)

Photo Thirteen by By Bl1zz4rd-editor - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=79060869

13) D) South Africa  African penguin (Spheniscus demersus)

Photo Fourteen by By Carlos Delgado - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=34667538

14) A) Sri Lanka Toque Macaque (Macaca sinica)

Photo Fifteen by By Jörg Hempel - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0 de, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=45026917

15) E) USA Nene ((Branta sandvicensis))

Photo Credits

Title Photo  By https://www.flickr.com/photos/francesco_veronesi/https://www.flickr.com/photos/francesco_veronesi/15101234309/, CC BY-SA 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=36447354

Photo One By JJ Harrison (https://www.jjharrison.com.au/) – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=12262604

Photo Two By Giovanni Mari – Flickr, CC BY-SA 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=24185462

Photo Three by By Jorge Obando Nature Photo – Mangrove Hummingbird ♂, CC BY-SA 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=66096010

Photo Four  By The original uploader was Wragge at English Wikipedia. – Transferred from en.wikipedia to Commons., CC BY-SA 2.5, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=4338587

Photo Five  By @rawjeev / Rajeev B / Rawlife – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=57143447

Photo Six  By V31S70 – https://www.flickr.com/photos/veisto/8558671034/, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=25261635

Photo Seven  By JialiangGao http://www.peace-on-earth.org – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=3152673

Photo Eight  By Paula Olson, NOAA – http://www.fisheries.noaa.gov/pr/species/mammals/porpoises/vaquita.html, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=30588208

Photo Nine by By Department of Conservation – https://www.flickr.com/photos/docnz/4015891720/, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=48081940

Photo Ten By colin houston – originally posted to Flickr as Mauritian (echo) parakeet(Psittacula echo), CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=3816850

Photo Eleven by By Gregg Yan – Low resolution derivative work from original photograph personally provided by photographer., CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=19210444

Photo Twelve by By Maureen Leong-Kee from Boca Raton, FL, United States – file369 Seychelles Kestrel side vies, CC BY-SA 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=7419527

Photo Thirteen by By Bl1zz4rd-editor – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=79060869

Photo Fourteen by By Carlos Delgado – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=34667538

Photo Fifteen  By Jörg Hempel – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0 de, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=45026917

Saturday Quiz – Endemic

Title Photo by By https://www.flickr.com/photos/francesco_veronesi/ - https://www.flickr.com/photos/francesco_veronesi/15101234309/, CC BY-SA 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=36447354

Helmet Vanga, endemic to Madagascar (Title Photo)

Dear Readers, an endemic species is one that is found in only one country or geographic region, and nowhere else in the world. So, for this quiz, can you match the photo of the animal to the country? I will give an extra point if you can name the species, so there’s a total of 30 points to be won. I think this is mega-difficult though, so if anyone gets all the countries right that will be deserve a huge round of applause.  So, if you think photo 1 is from Sri Lanka and that the animal is a flugel hound your answer is 1) A) flugel hound. You might want to check the species though :-).

All answers in the comments by 5 p.m. UK time next Thursday (20th May) please. I’ll post the answers on Friday 21st May. As soon as I see your reply in the comments I shall hide it away so it can’t influence the easily-swayed (like me) but write your answers down first if you don’t want to be affected by the brilliance of others.

Onwards!

Countries

A) Sri Lanka

B) Colombia

C) Mexico

D) South Africa

E) USA

F) New Zealand

G) China

H) Japan

I) Mauritius

J) Ecuador

K) Australia

L) India

M) Madagascar

N) Phillippines

O) Seychelles

 

Photo One by By JJ Harrison (https://www.jjharrison.com.au/) - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=12262604

1)

Photo Two by By Giovanni Mari - Flickr, CC BY-SA 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=24185462

2)

Photo Three by By Jorge Obando Nature Photo - Mangrove Hummingbird ♂, CC BY-SA 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=66096010

3)

Photo Four by By The original uploader was Wragge at English Wikipedia. - Transferred from en.wikipedia to Commons., CC BY-SA 2.5, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=4338587

4)

Photo Five by By @rawjeev / Rajeev B / Rawlife - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=57143447

5)

Photo Six by By V31S70 - https://www.flickr.com/photos/veisto/8558671034/, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=25261635

6)

Photo Seven by By JialiangGao www.peace-on-earth.org - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=3152673

7)

Photo Eight by By Paula Olson, NOAA - http://www.fisheries.noaa.gov/pr/species/mammals/porpoises/vaquita.html, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=30588208

8)

Photo Nine by By Department of Conservation - https://www.flickr.com/photos/docnz/4015891720/, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=48081940

9)

Photo Ten by By colin houston - originally posted to Flickr as Mauritian (echo) parakeet(Psittacula echo), CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=3816850

10)

Photo Eleven by By Gregg Yan - Low resolution derivative work from original photograph personally provided by photographer., CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=19210444

11)

Photo Twelve by By Maureen Leong-Kee from Boca Raton, FL, United States - file369 Seychelles Kestrel side vies, CC BY-SA 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=7419527

12)

Photo Thirteen by By Bl1zz4rd-editor - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=79060869

13)

Photo Fourteen by By Carlos Delgado - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=34667538

14)

Photo Fifteen by By Jörg Hempel - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0 de, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=45026917

15)

Saturday Quiz – Of Cabbages and Kings – The Answers!

Title Photo by Terren, CC BY 2.0 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0>, via Wikimedia Commons

Ornamental Cabbages (Title Photo)

Dear Readers, we have a three-way split for First Prize this week, with Mal from FEARN, Anne and Fran and Bobby Freelove all identifying all 15 of the plants correctly. Well done all of you! I shall have to think of something fiendish for tomorrow 🙂 you’re all too good at this stuff…..

Photo One by Bob Jones 

1) F) Sea Kale (Crambe maritima)

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

2) I) Wallflower (Erysimum cheiri)

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

3) J) Charlock (Sinapsis arvensis)

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

4) A) Oilseed Rape (Brassica napus)

Photo Five by Tony Atkin / Garlic Mustard - Alliaria petiolata

5) O) Garlic Mustard (Alliaria petiolata)

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

6) M) Horseradish (Amoracia rusticana)

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

7) N) Hoary Cress (Lepidium draba)

Photo Eight by Nick Moyes at https://www.flickr.com/photos/21874898@N05/2120901133

8) B) Danish Scurvygrass (Cochlearia danica)

Photo Nine by Σ64, CC BY 4.0 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0>, via Wikimedia Commons

9) H) Shepherd’s Purse (Capsella bursa-pastoris)

Photo Ten by CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=133378

10) C) Thale Cress (Arabidopsis thaliana)

Photo Eleven by Sten Porse, CC BY-SA 3.0 <http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/>, via Wikimedia Commons

11) D) Cuckooflower/Lady’s Smock (Cardamine pratensis)

Photo Twelve by CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=107188

12) G) Honesty (Lunaria annua)

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

13) E) Watercress (Nasturtium officinale)

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

14) L) Dame’s Violet (Hesperis matronalis)

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

15) K) Hairy Bittercress (Cardamine hirsuta)

Photo Credits

Title Photo by Terren, CC BY 2.0 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0>, via Wikimedia Commons

Photo One by Bob Jones 

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

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

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

Photo Five by Tony Atkin / Garlic Mustard – Alliaria petiolata

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

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

Photo Eight by Nick Moyes at https://www.flickr.com/photos/21874898@N05/2120901133

Photo Nine by Σ64, CC BY 4.0 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0>, via Wikimedia Commons

Photo Ten by CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=133378

Photo Eleven by Sten Porse, CC BY-SA 3.0 <http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/>, via Wikimedia Commons

Photo Twelve by CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=107188

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

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

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

Saturday Quiz – Of Cabbages and Kings

Title Photo by Terren, CC BY 2.0 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0>, via Wikimedia Commons

Ornamental Cabbages (Title Photo)

Dear Readers, the cabbage family (Brassicaceae) has some of the commonest ‘weeds’ in the UK, and yet it is very tricky as far as identification goes. So, this week, I am going to make the quiz a multiple choice, and I’m going to try to avoid including too many easily-confused tiny plants with white or yellow flowers. There are some real beauties to be found among the little chaps – some ‘Kings’ if you’ll forgive me :-).

So, here we go. All  you need to do is to match the photo to the species name – so, if you think the plant in Photo 1 is Oilseed Rape, your answer is 1) A).

All answers in the comments by 5 p.m. UK time next Thursday (13th May) please. I’ll post the answers on Friday 14th May. As soon as I see your reply in the comments I shall hide it away so it can’t influence the easily-swayed (like me) but write your answers down first if you don’t want to be affected by the brilliance of others 🙂

Onwards!

Species Names

A) Oilseed Rape (Brassica napus)

B) Danish Scurvygrass (Cochlearia danica)

C) Thale Cress (Arabidopsis thaliana)

D) Cuckooflower/Lady’s Smock (Cardamine pratensis)

E) Watercress (Nasturtium officinale)

F) Sea Kale (Crambe maritima)

G) Honesty (Lunaria annua)

H) Shepherd’s Purse (Capsella bursa-pastoris)

I) Wallflower (Erysimum cheiri)

J) Charlock (Sinapsis arvensis)

K) Hairy Bittercress (Cardamine hirsuta)

L) Dame’s Violet (Hesperis matronalis)

M) Horseradish (Amoracia rusticana)

N) Hoary Cress (Lepidium draba)

O) Garlic Mustard (Alliaria petiolata)

Photo One by Bob Jones 

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

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

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

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Photo Five by Tony Atkin / Garlic Mustard - Alliaria petiolata

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

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

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Photo Eight by Nick Moyes at https://www.flickr.com/photos/21874898@N05/2120901133

8) (The little white plant, not the daisy) (The location is the clue 🙂 )

Photo Nine by Σ64, CC BY 4.0 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0>, via Wikimedia Commons

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Photo Ten by CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=133378

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Photo Eleven by Sten Porse, CC BY-SA 3.0 <http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/>, via Wikimedia Commons

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Photo Twelve by CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=107188

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

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

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

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Saturday Quiz – Legless – The Answers

Title Photo by Greg Schechter from San Francisco, USA, CC BY 2.0 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0>, via Wikimedia Commons

Eastern Garter Snake (Title Photo) – Definitely not from the UK!

Good Morning, Dear Readers! Some splendid scores this week, and everyone did remarkably well. In fifth place we have Belinda with 17.5 out of 24, only just behind Rosalind and Mike with 18. Then came Fran and Bobby Freelove with 22 out of 24, but the winner this week is Claire with 23.5 out of 24. Congratulations to everyone, and let’s see what I have in store for you all tomorrow 🙂

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

1) Grass Snake (Natrix natrix)

Photo Two by Bernard DUPONT from FRANCE, CC BY-SA 2.0 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0>, via Wikimedia Commons

2) Slow-worm (Anguis fragilis)

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

3) Leopard/Great Grey Slug (Limax maximus)

Photo Four by Bj.schoenmakers, CC0, via Wikimedia Commons

4) Ramshorn Snail (Planobarius corneus)

Photo Five by s shepherd schizoform on flickr, CC BY 2.0 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0>, via Wikimedia Commons

5) Earthworm/Lob Worm (Lumbricus terrestris)

Photo Six by By Flickr user Rae's - https://www.flickr.com/photos/35142635@N05/15390553766/in/set-72157647844789000, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=39818346

6) New Zealand Flatworm (Arthurdendyus triangulatus)

Photo Seven by Bernard DUPONT from FRANCE, CC BY-SA 2.0 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0>, via Wikimedia Commons

7) Adder (Vipera berus)

Photo Eight by By Prashanthns - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=4194945

8) Large Black Slug (Arion ater)

Photo Nine by Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=1732361

9) Garden Snail (Cornu aspersum)

Photo Ten by Thomas Brown, CC BY 2.0 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0>, via Wikimedia Commons

10) Smooth Snake (Coronella austriaca)

Photo Eleven by By FelixReimann - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=7433690

11) Aesculapian Snake (Zamenis longissimus) – There was a population by the Regent’s Canal in London following an escape from London Zoo….

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

12) Brown-lipped Banded Snail (Cepaea nemoralis)

Photo Credits

Title Photo by Greg Schechter from San Francisco, USA, CC BY 2.0 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0>, via Wikimedia Commons

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

Photo Two by Bernard DUPONT from FRANCE, CC BY-SA 2.0 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0>, via Wikimedia Commons

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

Photo Four by Bj.schoenmakers, CC0, via Wikimedia Commons

Photo Five by s shepherd schizoform on flickr, CC BY 2.0 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0>, via Wikimedia Commons

Photo Six by By Flickr user Rae’s – https://www.flickr.com/photos/35142635@N05/15390553766/in/set-72157647844789000, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=39818346

Photo Seven by Bernard DUPONT from FRANCE, CC BY-SA 2.0 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0>, via Wikimedia Commons

Photo Eight by By Prashanthns – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=4194945

Photo Nine by Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=1732361

Photo Ten by Thomas Brown, CC BY 2.0 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0>, via Wikimedia Commons

Photo Eleven by By FelixReimann – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=7433690

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

Saturday Quiz – Legless!

Title Photo by Greg Schechter from San Francisco, USA, CC BY 2.0 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0>, via Wikimedia Commons

Eastern Garter Snake (Title Photo)

Dear Readers, many creatures make their way in this world without having a leg to stand on, and so I thought this week we’d see how many we can identify.  Reptiles and invertebrates seem to have the monopoly on going legless (although biologists in Victorian times thought that birds of paradise didn’t have legs because that’s how the skins were prepared), so that’s what we’ll concentrate on!

One mark for each correct identification to species level, and I reserve the right to give half a point for a good try. I’ve just selected twelve critters this week as this isn’t a multiple choice, so I think it’s probably a bit harder! One of the snakes is only known from three populations in the UK, two in Wales and one close to London Zoo, so there’s a clue 🙂

As usual, answers in the comments by 5 p.m. UK time on Thursday 6th May, and the results will be posted on Friday 7th May. I will hide the answers in the comments as soon as I see them, but if you are easily influenced you could write your answers on a piece of paper first.

So, let’s see how good your ID skills are, and have fun!  🙂

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

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Photo Two by Bernard DUPONT from FRANCE, CC BY-SA 2.0 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0>, via Wikimedia Commons

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

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Photo Four by Bj.schoenmakers, CC0, via Wikimedia Commons

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Photo Five by s shepherd  schizoform on flickr, CC BY 2.0 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0>, via Wikimedia Commons

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Photo Six by By Flickr user Rae's - https://www.flickr.com/photos/35142635@N05/15390553766/in/set-72157647844789000, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=39818346

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Photo Seven by Bernard DUPONT from FRANCE, CC BY-SA 2.0 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0>, via Wikimedia Commons

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Photo Eight by By Prashanthns - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=4194945

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Photo Nine by Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=1732361

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Photo Ten by Thomas Brown, CC BY 2.0 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0>, via Wikimedia Commons

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Photo Eleven by By FelixReimann - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=7433690

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

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