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Correctly named bugs will show up below
The word 'bug' here is used in its colloquial sense and not a true taxonomic sense. Many of these are not taxonomically 'true bugs.'
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Feb 19th, 2011 at 05:16 GMT
Some of these bugs are so creepy I literally got the chills haha
Feb 19th, 2011 at 05:49 GMT
i smashed a number 8 today
Feb 19th, 2011 at 06:30 GMT
I'm almost hit my computer screen when I saw #3! I hate those things.
Feb 19th, 2011 at 13:34 GMT
Nice close-up on #20. Now I see why mother-in-law didn't work.
Feb 19th, 2011 at 15:17 GMT
Great looking quiz. I call #6 wooly worm.
Feb 19th, 2011 at 15:28 GMT
I like it, but "Stick insect" should be accepted for "stickbug".
Feb 19th, 2011 at 16:07 GMT
Thanks, googlebird and Manticore. I tried to include as many variations as I could, but I'd be thrilled to hear other suggestions from folks. A lot of bugs have colloquial/regional names and the web isn't often a good source for finding them. I'll add the alternates you've suggested.
Feb 19th, 2011 at 17:26 GMT
I have heard skeeter bug and water skeeter for water strider. also, how about accepting caterpillar for #6?
Feb 19th, 2011 at 18:27 GMT
I entered locust and got cicada correct, but I was trying to describe number 9. I believe locust is more commonly associated with swarming grasshoppers than cicadas.
Feb 19th, 2011 at 18:43 GMT
@loganite- added. @dragynbob- you're completely right. A locust is the swarming phase of a short-horned grasshopper and number 9 is a photo of a short-horned grasshopper. I've switched it. Thanks!
Feb 21st, 2011 at 06:33 GMT
Very nice, Hejman! I was actually in the process of making the same quiz myself.
Feb 21st, 2011 at 15:19 GMT
This is great, thank you. I felt very proud of getting katydid only to find I should have been more proud of lacewing but both then tinged with a large dose of shame for not getting Cicada. Can you add water boatman as a UK name for #12?
Feb 24th, 2011 at 13:00 GMT
For some reason, housefly never registered in my mind. I kept thinking "Blue Bottle Fly... why isn't it working???"
Feb 24th, 2011 at 23:52 GMT
Actually, tallsaul, now that you say that, I found that picture under a scientific description of musca domestica, the house fly. But the house fly typically has a dark body, whereas the slightly larger blue bottle fly has a bright blue body as the fly in the photo does. I'm going to add blue bottle as an alternate answer. Great catch!
Mar 15th, 2011 at 11:55 GMT
could you also please accept 'bee' or 'honey bee' for number 10?
Apr 9th, 2011 at 04:35 GMT
@alistardragon: a honey bee is a completely different species than the bumblebee in the picture.
Feb 14th, 2012 at 14:08 GMT
Brilliant, thank you
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Mar 29th, 2012 at 04:10 GMT
Please, do not whack your computer monitor with a rolled up newspaper while taking this quiz.
Mar 29th, 2012 at 04:28 GMT
this was one of the hardest quizzes I have ever taken; I kept shivering every few seconds.
Mar 29th, 2012 at 04:29 GMT
[Puts on nerd glasses] Well, technically, most of these aren't 'bugs.'
Mar 29th, 2012 at 04:31 GMT
Kill them! Kill them all with fire!
Mar 29th, 2012 at 05:08 GMT
Should accept 'woolly bear (caterpillar)' with two 'l's. Or even just 'caterpillar'.
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Mar 29th, 2012 at 05:12 GMT
@MasterNachosII: "bugs" isn't a scientific term; it just refers to general creepy crawlies. If you wanted to say true bugs you could just say hemiptera.
Mar 29th, 2012 at 05:25 GMT
Sorry @Kororaa, "Bug" is a scientific term referring to hemiptera, which is an order of insects. It certainly doesn't include scorpions!
Mar 29th, 2012 at 05:34 GMT
I was just bugged I didn't know the Japanese beetle. Sneaky critter.
Mar 29th, 2012 at 06:18 GMT
I don't think that's a picture of a house fly. The metallic body makes me think it's a green or blue bottle fly. The house flies I'm familiar with have gray and black stripes along the top of their thorax. And the top left insect is a Ladybird Beetle. Lady bug is it's common and less accurate name.
Mar 29th, 2012 at 06:48 GMT
These are gorgeous photos, which completely negated the creepiness factor for most of them. Most. Not the dung beetle or the cockroach.
Mar 29th, 2012 at 07:27 GMT
I thought the lacewing fly was a damselfly and the katydid was an aphid.
Mar 29th, 2012 at 08:07 GMT
really disappointed not to see fruit flies on here. hours in biology labs in university has made this a very familiar bug to probably a whole lot of people. i was so ready to type in "drosophila melanogaster" too!! :-)
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Mar 29th, 2012 at 09:17 GMT
@kororaa as far as I know, the difference between insects and bugs is that bugs suck things. As a matter of fact beetles are one group within the whole picture that have piercing mouth parts.
Mar 29th, 2012 at 10:48 GMT
I typed "lightening bug" multiple times thinking I spelled it wrong, before choosing "firefly" -- must be a Pennsylvania thing, but thats what the kids called them in the other states that I lived in. Good quiz
Mar 29th, 2012 at 11:49 GMT
This quiz bugs me.
Mar 29th, 2012 at 12:12 GMT
you should accept pond skater for water strider and Cockchafer or Maybug for Japanese Beetle, those are the British names anyway...
Mar 29th, 2012 at 12:24 GMT
@mrmanheim: You did spell it wrong. It's 'Lightning', not 'Lightening'. I tried Lightning Bug myself to find out if it would work, and it did. @Hejman: I really like this quiz. I was expecting it to be loaded with hair-raisingly creepy bugs, but for me, they look brilliant and colourful. Execept the dung beetle and scorpion, but they don't creep me out either.
Mar 29th, 2012 at 12:42 GMT
I can't believe how many of these bugs I actually got. Maybe it's because I kinda like them. But if anyone ever comes up with the idea to do a movie that involves a giant Southern Yellowjacket, I'm staying far away. That picture kept freaking me out...imagine a 50 foot one.
Mar 29th, 2012 at 12:58 GMT
can you accept 'Japanese water beetle' as well. That's what I have always heard them called.
Mar 29th, 2012 at 13:21 GMT
lightning bug works, if you spell it right..
Mar 29th, 2012 at 13:50 GMT
Surprised scorpion made the quiz and no spiders did, especially since scorpions are more closely related to spiders and horseshoe crabs than than other organisms most people consider 'bugs'
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Mar 29th, 2012 at 13:55 GMT
@griffinite: "As far as you know" isn't very far. Bugs ARE insects (count the legs, how hard is that?) and have piercing mouthparts. Beetles DO NOT have piercing mouthparts. Beetles chew. Crazy ignorant- have you ever tried looking up information on the interwebs?
Mar 29th, 2012 at 13:59 GMT
Why is "bee" not accepted?
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