Tag Archives: entomology quiz

What is it?

13 Sep

So, this time I decided to do a multiple What is it? post.  Trust me when I say that there are many strange and wondrous creatures out there and here are just a few.



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a. My worst nightmare

b. Goliath Stick insect

c. Amazonian tree grasshopper

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Photo credit: commons.wikimedia.org


a. Mole cricket

b. My worst nightmare

c. Burrowing Southern cockroach


a. Belthar’s Dark scorpion

b. African Cave spider

c. My worst nightmare

Photo credit: orionmystery.blogspot.com

Photo credit: orionmystery.blogspot.com


a. A pumpkin seed

b. A leafhopper

c. Early instar (development stage) of a grasshopper


a. My mother when I told her I was moving out.

b. Totally photoshopped image of jumping spider

c. The look my friend gives me when I say I love spiders

Superhero Insects and Animals

20 Aug

We all know the story of Spiderman. Well, I don’t know every detail (don’t tell the hubby) but I know that he got super powers after being bitten by a genetically modified spider…or something.

Anyway, it got me thinking, do insects, spiders and some animals really have super powers? Well, apparently some do.

Can you match the ‘superpower’ to the ‘superhero’?


1. Pulls 1,141x its own body weight.
2. Uses a form of morse code communication. 
3. Use photosynthesis for energy.
4. Resistant to high level radiation.
5. Can jump 100x body length.
6. Can fly 20 miles per hour.
7. Can glow in the dark.
8. Can beat its wings 1,046x per second.
9. Run at 50 body lengths per second.
10. Can convert their prey into zombies.


Now, match the above qualities with the super creature.

A. Locust
B. Wasp rider
C. Flea
D. Fireflies
E. Cockroach
F. Parasitic wasp
G. Pea aphid
H. Dung beetle
I. Scorpion
J. Species of midge


As always, answer below in comments or on facebook. 

Photo credits: http://listverse.com/2013/07/27/10-insects-with-abilities-straight-out-of-a-comic-book/

Strange Insects — Quiz

11 Aug

Every once in a while, I’ve come across something that just baffles me. (I mean besides why they don’t put more jam in jam doughnuts.) But, without having a background in anything related to entomology, it’s sometimes a challenge to figure out what it is.  See, those experienced in the field can look at a number of things to at least narrow it down to an order.  I’m getting better at it but, as you’ll see, some are just plain confusing.  (But, if you’re a follower of the blog, these might not be that hard 😉 )

Can you guess what is what?









Now, match these letters up to the picture you think belongs with it.

A. Pollen and nectar feeding katydid

B. Rhinoceros beetle larvae

C. Early instar of an owl fly

D. Giant huntsman on my face

E. Whip spider

F. Bird-dropping (Death’s head) spider

G. Mountain Katydid

H. Lady bug (beetle) larvae

Post your answers in the comments below or on Facebook.  Answers will be revealed in tomorrow’s post.  I will announce the person(s) that got the most correct.

*All photos property of Lisa Vankula-Donovan unless otherwise stated.**

Entomology Quiz #2

21 Jan

So, just because I like to keep you all on your toes (and learn some things myself) I decided to create another quiz.  Feel free to keep score and if you get all of them right, I’ll send you your very own tarantula!  (Just kidding, it’s a giant cockroach.)

1. Which statement is true?

a. All bugs are insects

b. All insects are bugs

c. both of the above

d. neither of the above

2. Which insect is considered to have one of the most poisonous bites?

a. Flea

b. Mosquito

c. Harvester ant

d. Assassin bug

3. Which insect mimics the physical appearance of an ant during one of its instars (growth stages)?

a. Katydid

b. Praying mantis

c. Mole cricket

d. Banded cockroach

4. Periodical cicadas live as nymphs underground for

a. 17 years

b. 13 years

c. Both a and b

d. Only b

5. What is one of the strongest insects?

a.  Fire ant

b. Lobster moth

c. Giant stick insect

d. Dung beetle

6. The biggest butterfly in the world, the Queen Alexandra’s birdwing,  has a wingspan of over:

a. 4 inches (10.16 cm)

b. 6 inches (15.24 cm)

c. 1 foot (30.48cm)

d.  2+ feet (60+cm)

7. During the larval stage some caterpillars can eat up to _______ times their own body weight?

a. 1,000

b. 10, 000

c. 22,000

d. 27,000

8. What is a group of dragonflies called?

a. Fetch

b. Swarm

c. Cluster

d. Mob

9. Some cicadas can produce sounds up to:

a. 90 decibels (train whistle)

b. 110 decibels (mower)

c. 115 decibels (Rock concert)

d. 120 decibels (pneumatic riveter)

10. (Last one, not really entomology based.) If you had to hold one of the following, which would you choose and why? (Write in comments below)

a. Giant hissing cockroach


b. Tarantula


c. Giant Weta

weta carrot

d. This scary looking bat



1. a, 2. c, 3. a, 4. c, 5. d, 6. c, 7. d, 8. a, 9. d, 10. Come on, you’re an adult.  No one can make you hold anything!

Entomology Quiz

1 Feb


So, I thought it would be fun to put together a little quiz for you.  Some of these answers I knew but even with my bucketfuls of curiosity about all things creepy crawly, some of these had me stumped.  So, how many will you get right? (Googling the answers is not allowed)

1. Entomology is the study of:

     a.  insects and animals

     b. just insects

     c. just animals

     d. entertainment

2. A spider is:

     a. an insect

     b. an arachnid

     c. both

     d. scary

3. Most grasshoppers make noise by:

     a. snapping their hindwings rapidly

     b. rubbing their abdomen against their wings

     c. rubbing the pegs on their back legs together

     d. Both a and c

4. The Periodical Cicadas spend how many years underground before emerging? 

     a. 3-5

     b. 7

     c. 13-17

     d. 21

5. How many different species of butterfly are there in the world?

     a. 438

     b. 4000-5500

     c. 15,000-28,000

     d. 100,000+

6. How many eyes do most spiders have?

     a. 4

     b. 8

     c. 12

     d. I’ve never been that close to one to find out.

7. What is this?

mole cricket

     a. Australian Toe Biter

     b. Mole Cricket

     c. Cane Weevil

     d. My worst nightmare

8. Nocturnal means active at night.  What is the word for things that are active during the day?

     a. Dayurnal

     b. Solcistinal

     c. Diurnal

     d. Employed

9. What insect has killed more humans than all the wars in history?

     a. mosquitoes

     b. bees

     c. flies

     d. fire ants

10. Certain types of grasshoppers and crickets have ears:

     a. on their feet

     b. under their wings

     c. on their front legs

     d. that are missing


1. b          6. b

2. b          7. b

3. d          8. c

4. c          9. a

5. c         10. c

1-3 right: Stick to studying the insides of your eyelids.

4-6 right: You know enough about entomology to impress people at your next nerd party.

7-10: Either you Googled the answers, are an Entomologist or have way too much time on your hands…like me.