Can You Name the Insect from a Description?


By: Becky

5 Min Quiz

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About This Quiz

Are you an amateur entomologist, or do you just know a little bit about a little bit? If you are the king of trivia night because you know enough about most subjects to be dangerous, this quiz might appeal to you. Forgive us if it's a bit buggy, though. Ready to find out how much you really know about bugs?

Ok, so spiders are bugs, right? Well, if we look at the definition of "bug," which is "an insect," then no, a spider is not a bug. We, however, like to think of a bug as a creepy crawly creature, which includes spiders. So, to us, spiders are bugs, but they aren't insects. Spiders are not insects because spiders are arachnids. But, let's confuse things a bit more... ticks are also arachnids. Who knew? So, although spiders might bug you, they aren't insects. Remember that for future reference.

The point of all this is that you'll need to know your insects to do well on this quiz. We've compiled a list of 35 commonly known insects for you to test your buggy knowledge. You won't get any prizes for getting them all correct, but your Facebook friends are certain to be jealous.

Ready? Let's find out if you know as much as you think you do.

What insect has hardened wings?

Beetles have hardened wings. This feature gives them a particularly hard exoskeleton, which makes a crunching noise when you step on them.


Which of the following insects helps pollinate plants?

Bees help pollinate plants and flowers. Without them, we wouldn't be able to grow food.


What brightly colored insect is related to a moth?

Butterflies are related to moths. Brightly colored butterflies are typically poisonous, and their bright colors signal to animals not to eat them.


What insects live in a hill?

Ants live in hills and other colonies. Ants have been around for more than 140 million years.


The female of what species feeds on blood?

Female mosquitoes feed on the blood of mammals to nourish their young. Because of their ability to pierce the bloodstream, mosquitoes transmit blood-borne diseases.


What little lady is actually a beetle?

Ladybugs, or ladybirds (in Europe), are actually beetles. Some experts insist that ladybugs do not meet the actual definition of a bug.


What insect likes to munch on houses?

Termites feed on wood, which means your home is at risk. They can cause a lot of damage. Interestingly, termites are related to cockroaches.


What insect might you find on your dog?

Fleas, like mosquitoes, feed on the blood of mammals. These parasites can jump as much as 100 times their length.


The larvae of what insect are used in fishing?

Fly larvae, called maggots, are sometimes used by fishermen. Flies lay their eggs in a food source for the larvae.


You'll probably need to throw away your mattress if you see what bug?

Bedbugs are difficult to get rid of. This is why bedbug infestations strike fear into moms everywhere. The first evidence of an infestation might be small bites, since these insects feed on the blood of mammals.


Jiminy was what kind of bug?

Jiminy Cricket was Pinocchio's friend in the Disney adaptation of the story. In real life, crickets make a chirping noise by rubbing their wings together.


What insect was depicted on television as having burrowed into a man's brain?

Earwigs are creepy looking insects, but they didn't get their name from making their way to the brain through the ear canal. In fact, their name comes from the shape of their hind legs, which look a bit like a human ear.


What insect is sometimes called "the devil's darning needle"?

Dragonflies have been traditionally looked upon in a negative way in Europe, sometimes being referred to as the devil's darning needle. Many rain forest species are in danger of elimination.


What insect is called a greenfly?

Aphids are sometimes called greenflies and blackflies. However, sometimes they are white and fluffy. Nature, right?


What bug prays?

The praying mantis is named such because it often adopts a position that makes it look like it's praying. It is true that the female sometimes bites off the head of the male after mating.


What bug is common in schools and day cares?

A little grammar lesson... louse is the singular form of lice. Lice are common in schools and day care centers because they are easily transmitted between children.


Which insect is used as a name for a young one?

Mr. Miyagi, of Karate Kid fame, often wished patience on his grasshopper, or his student. Grasshoppers are related to crickets and have been around for more than 250 million years.


What insect has wings with fringe?

Thrips have fringed wings. Thrips feed on plants and are considered pests on many farms.


What insect is considered a pest in the home?

Cockroaches are considered a pest in the home, but we suppose that just about any bug could be considered a pest if there were enough of them. The thing about cockroaches is that they are associated with a lack of cleanliness. Interestingly, only about 30 out of thousands of cockroach species are known to cohabitate with humans. And, P.S., they couldn't really survive a nuclear war.


What insect is a sort of angry bee?

Wasps are known as angry, stinging insects. They live in colonies in nests that they make using their saliva and chewed plant matter.


What bug is also called a Canadian soldier?

Mayflies are also called Canadian soldiers. These insects are found near water because adult mayflies lay their eggs in water.


What insect was part of a plague in the Bible?

Locusts played a role in helping Moses free the slaves in Egypt. Locusts are related to grasshoppers and do not usually live in groups.


What insect is called a bush bug in the U.K.?

They are called katydids in the U.S. and bush bugs in the U.K. These grasshopper cousins are nocturnal and look like small green leaves.


Which of the following bugs has a whole host of fun names?

The potato bug might also be called a pillbug, a roly poly or a doodlebug, but its formal name is Armadillidium vulgare. Some people keep them as pets because they are considered so cute.


What bug eats old books?

Booklice, or Psocoptera, don't really eat old books, but they do eat the glue that was used to bind old books. That's why these bugs are often found in old books.


What insect gets its name because it looks like part of a fish?

Scale bugs secrete a waxy substance that makes them look like a fish scale or a shell. Scale bugs are plant parasites.


What amorous bug also has a less than amorous name?

The kissing bug is also known as the vampire bug. These bugs are attracted to humans because of the way they smell.


What insect can tolerate only clean water?

The stonefly is said to be so intolerant of pollution that they will not go near polluted water. So, if you see one near water, you can bet that water is drinkable. Good to know if you find yourself in the midst of a zombie apocalypse.


What bug emerges from the ground about every 15 years?

Cicadas live in their young stage under the ground and emerge at about 15 years to mate. There are, however, some species that emerge more often, sometimes even annually.


What bug has wings that look like nets?

The lacewing has wings that are lacy and resemble nets. These intricate patterns are actually veins.


What bug looks like a hairy ant?

Velvet ants seem like hairy, fuzzy ants, but they aren't actually ants, they're wasps. They may also be called panda ants if they are black and white, because they look like... well... tiny pandas.


What insect has a three-pronged tail?

The jumping bristletail has a three-pronged tail. These bugs have been around for more than 250 million years, according to fossil evidence.


What flying insect resembles a scorpion?

The scorpionfly resembles a scorpion, which is how it got its name - the fly, not the scorpion. In the scorpionfly, though, the taillike structure that resembles the tail of the scorpion are the scorpionfly's reproductive organs.


You might find what insect crawling on your basement floor?

Silverfish love damp environments, so you might spy one occasionally in your basement. Silverfish get their name because they move in a swimming motion, like a fish.


What type of insect was Charlotte of "Charlotte's Web"?

Charlotte was actually not an insect, she was an arachnid. Spiders are arachnids, which might be bugs, but they aren't technically insects. Congratulations if you got this tricky question right!


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