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Whoa, I Haven't Seen That Bug Before! Quiz


I lived in Vermont and New Hampshire, then moved to southern Nevada. Many bugs and insects are the same in both places, but there are some that are usually found in one place or the other. Join me for a look at some different species.

A photo quiz by CmdrK. Estimated time: 3 mins.
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Author
CmdrK
Time
3 mins
Type
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386,671
Updated
Dec 03 21
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1. Let's go play in the sand. Or, maybe not. What kind of spider is this? Hint

wolf
glass
tarantula
brown recluse

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2. Swat this one while you have a chance. Native to New England but not the Mojave Desert, what are we looking at here? Hint

mosquito
aphid
bottle fly
bed bug

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3. The first time I saw one of these in the Mojave Desert I thought it was a bumblebee who had joined a biker gang, but it turns out to be a hardworking tradesperson. Which of these is it? Hint

carpenter bee
rugby bee
sweat bee
killer bee

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4. It's always a good idea to stay out of her way. What kind of spider is she? Hint

garden
spitting
ant mimic
black widow

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5. This insect isn't usually dangerous, although some people may get an allergic reaction to it but it makes up for that in its persistence in biting you. What exactly is this? Hint

sand fly
horse fly
black fly
bottle fly

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6. This is certainly a prettier sight to see than some of the others in this quiz. This butterfly is named for a goddess, so it is named ___? Hint

Saturn
Gorgon
Viceroy
Aphrodite

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7. A very social insect, but not one that you would want to socialize with, they cause much damage in warmer climates. Which wood lover is this? Hint

cockroach
woodworm
carpenter ant
termite

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8. Despite the appearance in the picture, this is another small spider but with a dangerous bite. It is sometimes called a fiddleback or violin spider, but by what non-sociable-sounding name might we know it? Hint

wolf
brown recluse
huntsman
hobo

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9. Despite its voracious appetite this beetle has declined in population over the years. It sounds like it would be right at home with some of the early New England settlers. What is its name? Hint

Leaf beetle
Puritan tiger beetle
Flower chafer
Sap beetle

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10. Isn't this beautiful? This is another endangered species in the U.S. Its only New England home is in New Hampshire. What is the name of this butterfly? Hint

Karner blue
Great eggfly
Frosted elfin
Indian leaf


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Quiz Answer Key and Fun Facts
1. Let's go play in the sand. Or, maybe not. What kind of spider is this?

Answer: tarantula

This is a Mexican red-kneed tarantula, my favorite tarantula species (really), especially when viewed from a distance - like three miles! Tarantulas are big, hairy and have a scary reputation but they don't always bite; they may just release some of their body hairs, which can cause tormenting itching in some people. This is a desert dweller; it doesn't care much for snow sports.
2. Swat this one while you have a chance. Native to New England but not the Mojave Desert, what are we looking at here?

Answer: mosquito

I know this one was very easy to identify but for those of us who come from forested New England, it's great to brag about living where mosquitoes don't. They're very uncommon in the Mojave Desert, partly because of the dearth of standing water. Even the Las Vegas Strip, with all its fountains, ponds and waterfalls, doesn't have a noticeable population of them.

Some mosquitoes may arrive stowed away in tourists' luggage, but they don't last long. And we're just fine with that.
3. The first time I saw one of these in the Mojave Desert I thought it was a bumblebee who had joined a biker gang, but it turns out to be a hardworking tradesperson. Which of these is it?

Answer: carpenter bee

The carpenter bee comes by its name honestly because it will drill or bite through wood when making a nest. There are some species of carpenter bee that have yellow or white markings but all-black seems to be the predominant color scheme in southern Nevada.

There are some carpenter bees in southern New England but they seem happy to stay there rather than venturing into the colder northern region.
4. It's always a good idea to stay out of her way. What kind of spider is she?

Answer: black widow

The most venomous spider in North America, the female black widow is the one that bites.They are relatively small but their venom is powerful. The males may have red or yellow stripes, the female has the red hourglass on her abdomen. With all the various types of bugs, venomous or not, out here it's not unusual for those of us in the southwest to have an exterminator come around every month or two. My exterminator found a black widow in my garage.

It doesn't live there anymore.
5. This insect isn't usually dangerous, although some people may get an allergic reaction to it but it makes up for that in its persistence in biting you. What exactly is this?

Answer: black fly

Spring means the cold in northern New England goes away, the trees leaf out, the grass turns green and the black fly is just waiting to bite a chunk out of you. They are small and always hungry. They are in season from about mid-May to mid-June. They are bad enough in New England, but a plague in Canada. Except for the occasional colony found near slowly flowing water they aren't a problem in the desert southwest.
6. This is certainly a prettier sight to see than some of the others in this quiz. This butterfly is named for a goddess, so it is named ___?

Answer: Aphrodite

It is the Aphrodite fritillary butterfly to be exact, named for the Greek goddess of beauty and love. Fritillary means that it has orange-brown wings with black checks. Check! The males patrol for females during the warm hours of the day so you'd think they would be a natural for Las Vegas but no, except for a few in northern Arizona and New Mexico, they prefer more temperate climates, up through New England into Canada.
7. A very social insect, but not one that you would want to socialize with, they cause much damage in warmer climates. Which wood lover is this?

Answer: termite

There are many species of termite; this one is in its winged stage. Once established they may be there to stay. Termite queens can live 30 to 50 years, the longest-lived of all insects. They cause billions of (your choice of monetary units) in damages each year.

They are found in most of the United States, and worldwide for that matter. The only thing that keeps them out of northern New England is the -20 degree Fahrenheit winter.
8. Despite the appearance in the picture, this is another small spider but with a dangerous bite. It is sometimes called a fiddleback or violin spider, but by what non-sociable-sounding name might we know it?

Answer: brown recluse

The brown recluse spider was primarily found in the central and southern U.S. but has expanded its territory into the Sonoran and Mojave deserts. A bite from one of these is nothing to be casual about. They can cause some painful and very ugly bites which can necrotize. They normally nest in rotting tree bark but find cardboard an acceptable substitute. They will also crawl in between the sheets of that little-used bed in your guest bedroom. Ack!
9. Despite its voracious appetite this beetle has declined in population over the years. It sounds like it would be right at home with some of the early New England settlers. What is its name?

Answer: Puritan tiger beetle

Only a half inch (13 mm) long, it grabs its prey much like a tiger would, hence that part of its name. They like the sand and clay deposits left from the last ice age. The Connecticut River, the boundary between Vermont and New Hampshire, and continuing through Massachusetts and Connecticut was their home territory. Dam-building and modifications to the river destroyed most of their habitat and they are now an endangered species.

The arid caliche soils of the Mojave Desert are not to their liking.
10. Isn't this beautiful? This is another endangered species in the U.S. Its only New England home is in New Hampshire. What is the name of this butterfly?

Answer: Karner blue

The Karner blue is the state butterfly of New Hampshire. Its wingspan is only about an inch (2.5 cm). There are some populations of it in the midwest and the Atlantic states but the New Hampshire population is dying out. Its larvae are solely dependent on wild blue lupines for food. Efforts to reseed the plants have only had moderate success.

The only range left for Karner blues in New Hampshire is in the city of Concord's pine barrens, which are right behind one of the places I worked. We were always on the lookout for them during summers, but never saw one.
Source: Author CmdrK

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