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Quiz about Crazy in Alabama
Quiz about Crazy in Alabama

Crazy in Alabama Trivia Quiz


What on earth am I getting into moving to Alabama? You should see the crazy invertebrates I've encountered, can you help me identify things I've never seen before?

A photo quiz by TemptressToo. Estimated time: 5 mins.
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Author
TemptressToo
Time
5 mins
Type
Photo Quiz
Quiz #
364,733
Updated
Dec 03 21
# Qns
10
Difficulty
Average
Avg Score
6 / 10
Plays
693
Last 3 plays: Guest 49 (4/10), parrarobbie (5/10), PurpleComet (9/10).
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Question 1 of 10
1. I found this thing just crawling along and thought, how cool, a fuzzy red ant! But my husband rushed up to keep me from petting this wingless type of wasp, equipped with a long whip-like stinger. What on earth is this crazy thing? Hint


Question 2 of 10
2. Lord have mercy, I strolled to our fence with my coffee to check my flowers and found these crazy orange caterpillars with fearsome looking black spines feeding on my passionflower. What on earth are these alien creatures feeding on my vines, future butterfly or moth?

Answer: (Butterfly or Moth)
Question 3 of 10
3. Not all things in Alabama are fearsome looking, as I was delighted to be able to rescue this little brown creature, that looked like a bird with a tail extending from its wings. It kept its wings tightly shut, so I almost skipped the iridescent blue of its body. What type of crazy butterfly have I rescued? Hint


Question 4 of 10
4. I really try to leave the crazy creatures I find living, but this one was too much to handle as it was acting like a wasp whipping its long abdomen around. Not wanting to take a chance on being stung, I sprayed this crazy thing with Windex, but was sad to find that I had killed any chances at finding gold from this what? Hint


Question 5 of 10
5. My next crazy thing was massive and mottled, hanging out under my front porch light. It didn't move a muscle when I put my hand beside it to give my dear reader an idea of the size. Since it was dark, I wasn't sure if the photo would turn out or not, but luckily it did and perhaps you can determine, is it a moth or butterfly?

Answer: (Moth or Butterfly)
Question 6 of 10
6. Have you ever seen an insect that fuzzy? I certainly hadn't, so I snapped a photo of this fly, characterized by its excessive body hair, lobbed antenna, and parasitoid young (which actually kill their host). What type of crazy fly did I capture? Hint


Question 7 of 10
7. Remember me mentioning how things grow bigger in the south, well this thing was HUGE, with distinct banding on its legs and eight eyes arranged in three rows (two being very large). An excellent hunter, this type of spider captures prey by ambush or even chasing it down. What kind of crazy spider is this? Hint


Question 8 of 10
8. Another very lovely rescue from my back porch, a butterfly native to the eastern United States and parts of Canada. This distinctive butterfly has a striking black and white pattern with long tails and a red dot located on the lower wings. You'd probably be crazy not to know the name of this stunning butterfly called a what? Hint


Question 9 of 10
9. Another great moth, this crazy thing was on my screen door one evening. This moth is fairly large, green and patchy, with wings resembling crumpled leaves. What type of crazy moth is this? Hint


Question 10 of 10
10. This last crazy creature almost needs no introduction at all. I was in the process of moving out of Alabama (can you blame me) when this thing came rolling out of my daughter's playhouse as I was cleaning it. One of the most venomous spiders in North America, which shiny black creature has a red hourglass on its abdomen? Hint



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1. I found this thing just crawling along and thought, how cool, a fuzzy red ant! But my husband rushed up to keep me from petting this wingless type of wasp, equipped with a long whip-like stinger. What on earth is this crazy thing?

Answer: cow ant

The cow ant is a member of the Mutillidae family of wasps. The females, which is what I captured, are wingless and vary vastly in appearance from the males. Only females are capable of stinging, using her ovipositor to deliver a powerful punch rumored to be very painful (thus their nickname, the "cow killer"). Male cow ants have wings and will carry the female off during mating.

Unlike true ants, the cow ant is fairly solitary and does not operate within a colony.
2. Lord have mercy, I strolled to our fence with my coffee to check my flowers and found these crazy orange caterpillars with fearsome looking black spines feeding on my passionflower. What on earth are these alien creatures feeding on my vines, future butterfly or moth?

Answer: butterfly

This crazy looking caterpillar will eventually become a beautiful orange butterfly called the Gulf Fritillary. The creature feeds exclusively on passionflower leaves, and this batch stripped my entire vine bare. The butterfly it will become is bright orange with black spots.

Although the caterpillar looks fearsome with all those spines, they are actually soft to the touch and do not sting. The caterpillars are toxic if eaten, thus birds avoid them.
3. Not all things in Alabama are fearsome looking, as I was delighted to be able to rescue this little brown creature, that looked like a bird with a tail extending from its wings. It kept its wings tightly shut, so I almost skipped the iridescent blue of its body. What type of crazy butterfly have I rescued?

Answer: skipper

This particular skipper, the long-tailed skipper, is a member of the Hesperiidae family. The butterfly is brownish in appearance initially, like a moth. The bright blue of the body is seen when the wings are spread, and this feature in collaboration with its daytime activity and clubbed antennae set it apart from moths.

This skipper is primarily found in South America, but its range does extend north into the extreme southern United States.
4. I really try to leave the crazy creatures I find living, but this one was too much to handle as it was acting like a wasp whipping its long abdomen around. Not wanting to take a chance on being stung, I sprayed this crazy thing with Windex, but was sad to find that I had killed any chances at finding gold from this what?

Answer: Mydas fly

The Mydas fly is a large fly from the family Mydidae. It is common of these creatures to mimic wasps, which is what threw me off as I'd never seen one before. These flies are commonly found in arid areas, being are rare elsewhere. The adult's life span being exceedingly short. Short enough, that there is not a lot of information on this type of fly, with experts disagreeing even on what they feed upon.
5. My next crazy thing was massive and mottled, hanging out under my front porch light. It didn't move a muscle when I put my hand beside it to give my dear reader an idea of the size. Since it was dark, I wasn't sure if the photo would turn out or not, but luckily it did and perhaps you can determine, is it a moth or butterfly?

Answer: moth

As they say, things are bigger in the South. Using the clues that this creature appeared at night, was drawn to my front porch light, and appeared mottled brown and black, it is safe to assume this is a moth. I haven't been able to identify the exact moth, but I've narrowed it to a type of hawkmoth from the family Manduca.
6. Have you ever seen an insect that fuzzy? I certainly hadn't, so I snapped a photo of this fly, characterized by its excessive body hair, lobbed antenna, and parasitoid young (which actually kill their host). What type of crazy fly did I capture?

Answer: Tachinid fly

I was quite fascinated to learn about Tachinid flies after capturing this one and photographing it in high resolution. Most flies are a essential nuisance, but the Tachinid fly is a particularly useful insect in that its larvae help keep crop-eating caterpillars in check.

As mentioned, the Tachinid's young are parasitoids, meaning they bore into the insect or caterpillar host, destroying them from within. The fly comes from the family Tachinidae, and they are true flies having two wings.
7. Remember me mentioning how things grow bigger in the south, well this thing was HUGE, with distinct banding on its legs and eight eyes arranged in three rows (two being very large). An excellent hunter, this type of spider captures prey by ambush or even chasing it down. What kind of crazy spider is this?

Answer: Wolf spider

Yes, this spider is dead. I screamed like a girl when I found it in my daughter's clothes hamper. It was very large, bigger than a U.S. fifty-cent piece (you can see the edge of that coin in the photo). Wolf spiders are members of the Lycosidae family, a word derived from the Greek word for "wolf." Unique of spiders are their eyes, with eyes of various shapes (many spiders have only six eyes and/or eyes that are fairly symmetrical in size).

The wolf spider has a bottom row of four small eyes, middle row of two large eyes, and top row of two medium-sized eyes.

This gives them excellent eyesight, coupled with their venomous bite, making them great hunters.
8. Another very lovely rescue from my back porch, a butterfly native to the eastern United States and parts of Canada. This distinctive butterfly has a striking black and white pattern with long tails and a red dot located on the lower wings. You'd probably be crazy not to know the name of this stunning butterfly called a what?

Answer: Zebra swallowtail

Easily identified by its distinctive wing patterns, the zebra swallowtail is dependent on trees of the pawpaw species, rarely venturing far from them. The butterfly feeds exclusively on the pawpaw tree and lays its eggs on the tree as well.

This particular butterfly was trapped in my screen room, so I revived it with some sugar water before sending it on its way.
9. Another great moth, this crazy thing was on my screen door one evening. This moth is fairly large, green and patchy, with wings resembling crumpled leaves. What type of crazy moth is this?

Answer: Sphinx moth

The Sphinx moth, or Pandora Sphinx moth, is a large, green moth native to North America. The moth is a member of the Sphingidae family, which also includes hawk moths and hummingbird moths. The Sphinx moth caterpillars feed almost exclusively on grape leaves, with the caterpillar a striking red-brown with a row of white spots.
10. This last crazy creature almost needs no introduction at all. I was in the process of moving out of Alabama (can you blame me) when this thing came rolling out of my daughter's playhouse as I was cleaning it. One of the most venomous spiders in North America, which shiny black creature has a red hourglass on its abdomen?

Answer: Black widow spider

My skin crawled while reading about the black widow spider. This particular spider was a female as the males are different in appearance, being smaller and drabber. The female black widow is widely rumored to eat the male after mating, however this only occasionally happens.

The black widow in one of the most venomous of spiders in the United States, however, deaths from widow bites are rare as the spider is not very large and does not inject a large amount of venom when it bites.
Source: Author TemptressToo

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