Bees Quiz
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1. Which of these statements is true of the ‘Cuckoo Bumblebee’?:
a) This particular species has a distinct wing vein pattern, thought by the discoverer to resemble that of the wing of a cuckoo bird.

b) The 'cuckoo bumblebee' is the common name for the scientific name, which is actually “Bombus cuckularis”

c) Cuckoo bumblebees behave in ways similar to the cuckoo bird – that is, they lay their eggs in the nests of other bumblebees.

d) The species is named after its discoverer, a Victorian amateur entomologist, Reverend Edward Cucklow (whose own nickname was Reverend Cuckoo!)

2. For what reason do honey bees make honey?

    a) For feeding their larvae.
    b) For humans to eat.
    c) For storing food to feed the colony over winter when they are unable to forage.
    d) They have nothing better to do.

3. Neonicotinoids are a group of controversial systemic insecticides: in independent research, some have been found to kill bees even in very tiny amounts (this does not necessarily mean that those not tested don't kill bees). Some of these ingredients are even contained in household pesticides and may be used on lawns, golf courses and may be sprayed by councils in public places. But which of the following chemicals are neonicotinoids?

a) Imidacloprid, Thiacloprid and Thiamethoxam
b) Thiacloprid, Acetimacloprid and Imidacloprid
c) Dinotefuran, Nitenpyram and Clothianidin
d) All of the chemicals mentioned above

4. The tendency of some species to become nest parasites of others is sometimes called....

    a) Parasintillism
    b) Cuckulism

    c) Inquilinism

    d) Ventriloquism

5. Which of the following formulae best describes honey (all are nonsense except one!):

a) Nectar + Pollen + Sugar + Wax = Honey (fructose + sucrose)
b) Sucrose (nectar) + invertase (bee enzyme) = fructose + glucose (honey)
c) Glucose + Fructose + Invertase + Pollen + Water = Honey
d) Sucrose (bee enzyme) + invertase + sunlight + wax enzyme = honey.

6. Bees collect pollen. But to which part of the flower is pollen attached?

    a) Stigma
    b) Sepals
    c) Carpels
    d) Anther

7. Bees belong to which insect order?

    a) Hymenoptera
    b) Apidoptera
    c) Apidae
    d) Lepidoptera

8. A scientific study examined sunflower plants that were grown in soil where imidacloprid (neonicotinoid insecticide) treated seeds had been cultivated 1 or 2 years previously. Despite the fact that no imidacloprid had been used in the 1 or 2 year time interval prior to testing, imidacloprid was present in 97% of these soils. The study found that, astonishingly, residues of imidacloprid were taken up from the soil by sunflowers as they grew, and then became available in the flower heads at levels toxic to bees. Which scientific study was it?:

    a) Bonmantin et al 2005
    b) Henk Tennekes, 2010
    c) Girolami et al 2009
    d) Colin et al 2004

9. Which of these bees collects pollen on the underside of its abdomen, rather than in pollen baskets on the hind legs?

    a) The honey bee
    b) The leafcutter bee
    c) A specific species of bumblebee: Bombus vestalis
    d) The Winkelpicker bee (US native species)

10. Why are bees and other pollinators, experiencing problems and declines?

    a) It's because of colony collapse disorder (CCD).
    b) It's because of varroa mites.
    c) It's because of a combination of factors, including habitat loss, pesticides, and diseases.
    d) It's because there are not enough beekeepers.

11. How dangerous are bee stings really? Do they pose a significant threat? Take the USA for example, from a population of 281 million (Census data):

- More than 20,000 people in the USA die from flu every year (Source: U.S. Centers for Disease Control)

- On average, 90 people are killed every year in the U.S. by lightning. [NOAA Technical Memorandum NWS SR-193]

- In the year 2000, there were 15,517 murders in the USA (FBI crime figures).

Meanwhile, in the year 2000 (the latest figures I have), the World Health Organisation reported how many deaths from bee stings in the USA?:

    a) 215
    b) 8024
    c) 54
    d) 570

12. Which of the following is a species of Carpenter bee? (Only one of these is correct – the rest are invented!):

    a) Xylocopa woodicitus – The Woodcutter Carpenter Bee
    b) Xylocopa negra – The Black Carpenter Bee
    c) Xylocopa violacea – The Violet Carpenter Bee
    d) Xylocopa lapidarius – The Red-Tailed Carpenter Bee

13. How many native species of bumblebee does North America have? Is it about....

    a) 600
    b) 50
    c) 2000
    d) 250

14. In the act of feeding, honey bees are also communicating with each other. This is known as:

    a) trophallaxis
    b) anaphylaxis
    c) prophylaxis
    d) swarming

15. How many times per second do bumblebees beat their wings?

    a) 100 times per second
    b) 200 times per second
    c) 500 times per second
    d) 1000 times per second

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