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1

What are the three characteristics that seperate insects from other arthropods?

a. Long legs, cylindrical bodies and two pairs of legs per body segment.

b. Long, flattened body with numerous segments.

c. Three distinct body regions: head, thorax and abdomen. Three pairs of legs, and often, two pairs of wings arise from the thorax.

d. To pairs of antennae and branched appendages. Five pairs of appendates are associated with the head, including a pair of jointed mandibles.

c. Three distinct body regions: head, thorax and abdomen. Three pairs of legs, and often, two pairs of wings arise from the thorax.

2

A cluster of brighly colored, red and white immature insects in a tree are:

a. giant mesquite bug nymphs

b. red admiral butterfly caterpillars

c. blister beetle larva

d. kissing bug nymphs

a. giant mesquite bug nymphs

3

Pepsis wasp adults are often seen feeding on nectar. Their young feed on:

a. nectar

b. tarantulas

c. bee larvae

d. butterfly caterpillars

b. tarantulas

4

Many ant species care for hemipteran insects, and in exchange the ants receive:

a. protection

b. food

c. shelter

d. nothing

b. food

5

Flies have two pairs of wings; bees and wasps have one pair.

 

True or False

False

6

The loud buzzing sound one hears on a hot summer day is a male cicada trying to attract a mate.

 

True or False

True

7

Butterfly antennae are thin with a knob at the end; moth antennae are often feathery without a knob.

 

True or False

True

8

When at rest dragonflies hold their wings over or along the back; damselflies hold their wings out to the side.

 

True or False

False

9

Harvester ants play an important role in grassland ecosystems.

 

True or False

True

10

Termites do not break down natural woody material and play little role in grassland ecosystems.

 

True or False

False

11

Insects colored orange, black, yellow or red are usually distateful to predators.

 

True or False

True

12

Honey bees are native to the Sonoran Desert.

 

True or False

False

13

Honey bees seen on the Museum grounds are essentially all Africanized bees.

 

True or False

True

14

A high percentage of flowering plants in the Tucson Mountains are pollinated by bees.

 

True or False

True

15

Approximately 700 bee species live in the Sonoran Desert region.

 

True or False

True

16

Check the ecosystem services that insects provide. They ...

___ are part of the food web.

___ are important waste disposers.

___ are important pollinators.

___ cycle nutrients through the ecosystem.

_X__ are part of the food web.

_X__ are important waste disposers.

_X__ are important pollinators.

_X__ cycle nutrients through the ecosystem.

17

Check the insects(s) associated with palo verde trees.

___ Bruchid beetles

___ Palo verde webber

___ Palo verde root borer

___ Digger bee

___ Iron-cross blister beetle

_X__ Bruchid beetles

_X__ Palo verde webber

_X__ Palo verde root borer

_X__ Digger bee

_X__ Iron-cross blister beetle

18

Check the structure(s) constructed by arthropods.

___ Mud dauber nest cells

___ Cocoons

___ Dams in rivers

___ Paper wasp nests

___ Ant lion pits

___ Trap door spider burrows with hinged doors

_X__ Mud dauber nest cells

_X__ Cocoons

___ Dams in rivers

_X__ Paper wasp nests

_X__ Ant lion pits

_X__ Trap door spider burrows with hinged doors

19

You are preparing for a tour; check the following materials you could add to your insect interpretation.

___ Sharpshooter

___ Mesquite twig girdler

___ Carpenter bee

___ Cochineal

___ Cidada

_X__ Sharpshooter

_X__ Mesquite twig girdler

_X__ Carpenter bee

_X__ Cochineal

_X__ Cidada

20

Check the important role(s) bees play in the environment.

___ Pollination

___ Aeration of the soil

___ Nitrogen-rich feces fertilize the soil

___ Serve as food for many animals

_X__ Pollination

_X__ Aeration of the soil

_X__ Nitrogen-rich feces fertilize the soil

_X__ Serve as food for many animals

21

Match the insect order to the common names of insects in that order.

Isoptera (equal wings)

Neuroptera (nerve wings)

Coleoptera (sheath wings)

Odonata (tooth)

Lepidoptera (scale wings)

Hymenoptera (membrane wings)

Diptera (two wings)

Hemiptera (half wings)

Orthoptera (straight wings)

______

bees, wasps, ants

moths and butterflies

flies

grasshoppers, crickets and katydids

damselflies, dragonflies

beetles

true bugs, cicadas and hoppers

termites

ant lions and lacewings