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Ox-eye daisies

January 27, 2017, Page A6, A10

NATURE NOTES

By Annie Reid
Westborough Community Land Trust

Review your nature knowledge – Nature Notes quiz 2016

Let’s hope 2017 doesn’t bring another drought! We’ve already had a dose of winter and a January thaw. But for now, have fun getting ready to enjoy nature in the year ahead. Review your knowledge of local nature with the Nature Notes quiz 2016.

QUIZ:
Reviewing local nature

gypsy moth

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Male gypsy moth

katydid

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Katydid

moose

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Moose

coyote

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Coyote

loon

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Loon

prairie warbler

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Prairie warbler

Choose your answers from the drop down lists. Check your answers by clicking the "Show Answers" button. The answer page will contain links to the 2016 “Nature Notes” columns where you can read last year’s columns, or any of more than 235 past columns.


Match these descriptions with possible answers from the list below:

1.   I’m a non-native bird that’s considered an invasive species, and I probably live near you.

2.   I’m crow-sized raptor and I specialize in capturing birds.

3.   I too eat birds, but I’m the size of a blue jay and occasionally get eaten by the bird of prey mentioned above.

4.   After emerging from a polyester-lined burrow, I head for early-blooming trees.

5.   I arrive in spring and sing a catchy, rapidly rising song

6.   You might see me on a reservoir or large lake, perhaps with a chick riding on my back, or you might hear my calls, which sound like crazy laughter or like a haunting wolf-like howl.

7.   Kids have fun with me – making chains and garlands or chanting “loves me, loves me not” as they pluck my petals.

8.   My hairy caterpillars defoliated your trees – and will do so again, unless it rains enough in the spring to trigger an outbreak of the fungus that kills off my caterpillars.

9.   In the weeks before the appearance of the caterpillars mentioned above, my own little green caterpillars feasted on your trees.

10.   You probably recognize my summer song, which I make by rubbing wings together, and which I hear with an “ear” on my front legs.

11.   It’s fun to find me growing in the woods, but in spite of my name and looks, I’m not something to eat.

12.   Wildlife and roadways are not a good mix, and I’m a bigger hazard than deer if I step out onto a local road during my travels.

13.   Decades ago I moved into Massachusetts from the Midwest, and at certain times of year you might hear me or my family through an open window.

14.   I no longer live in New England, due to hunting and the removal of forests in the 1800s, but I can still be found in Canada.

15.   I’m not a firefly, but I too glow in the dark, thanks to the chemical reactions of bioluminescence.


Possible answers:
- Cellophane bee (Colletes inaequalis)
- Common loon (Gavia immer)
- Cooper’s hawk (Accipiter cooperii)
- Eastern coyote (Canis latrans var)
- Eastern wolf (Canis lycaon)
- Gypsy moth (Lymantria dispar dispar)
- House sparrow (Passer domesticus)
- Katydid (family Tettigoniidae)
- Moose (Alces alces)
- Night light mushroom (Panellus stipticus)
- Onion-bagel mushroom (Pholiota aurivella)
- Ox-eye daisy (Leucanthemum vulgare, Chrysanthemum leucanthemum)
- Prairie warbler (Setophaga discolor, Dendroica discolor)
- Sharp-shinned hawk (Accipiter striatus)
- Winter moth (Operophtera brumata)






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