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Re: Insect Quiz (RV)

Unread postby onewithnature » Sun May 24, 2009 2:51 am

I would go for John Haldane having said it.

"If one could conclude as to the nature of the Creator from a study of creation, it would appear that God has an inordinate fondness for stars and BEETLES."

Using sheer numbers of species as a criterion for success, these are the most successful animals on Earth. If single examples of every plant and animal species were placed in a row, every SECOND species would be AN INSECT, and every SECOND species of insectS would be a BEETLE."

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Re: Insect Quiz (RV)

Unread postby AFRICAT » Sun May 24, 2009 6:07 pm

I feared it was somewhat vague when I tried to formulate the question, but you did an excellent job on first try. Let me make it clearer, now that you got the speaker and the insect right....

Every ____#____ would be a BEETLE, and every ___#___ would be a _______ (kind of beetle).....

Try again, hopefully it will be clearer.

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Re: Insect Quiz (RV)

Unread postby AFRICAT » Mon Jun 01, 2009 10:36 pm

C'mon...just guess! Let's get this one moving along as well.

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Re: Insect Quiz (RV)

Unread postby Imberbe » Mon Jun 01, 2009 10:59 pm

Dung beetle? :)
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Re: Insect Quiz (RV)

Unread postby onewithnature » Tue Jun 02, 2009 12:38 am

Every ____#____ would be a BEETLE, and every ___#___ would be a _______ (kind of beetle).....

Every SECOND INSECT would be a beetle, and every SECOND BEETLE would be a LADYBIRD.

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Re: Insect Quiz (RV)

Unread postby AFRICAT » Tue Jun 02, 2009 8:40 am

Nope to the numbers, and also no to dung beetles and ladybugs...

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Re: Insect Quiz (RV)

Unread postby AFRICAT » Thu Jun 04, 2009 4:20 pm

Here's the answer, so anyone is free to post the next question:

Using sheer numbers of species as a criterion for success, these are the most successful animals on Earth. If single examples of every plant and animal species were placed in a row, every FIFTH species would be A BEETLE, and every TENTH species would be a WEEVIL.

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Re: Insect Quiz (RV)

Unread postby Imberbe » Mon Jun 08, 2009 11:14 pm

:twisted: Is that a challenge? :lol:

OK, why will a cool lady cricket and her hot male suitor never mate? :wink:
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Re: Insect Quiz (RV)

Unread postby Siobain » Mon Jun 08, 2009 11:39 pm

Because he has mated with her before and therefore carries her mark
so she will never mate with him again?
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Re: Insect Quiz (RV)

Unread postby Imberbe » Mon Jun 08, 2009 11:46 pm

No. :wink:
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Re: Insect Quiz (RV)

Unread postby AFRICAT » Tue Jun 09, 2009 1:50 pm

Hm-m-m-m...

COULD be: He didn't even bother to take her out to dinner first.
She didn't know he was rich.
She wasn't "THAT kind of cricket".
Unfortunately, he was a dead ringer for Jiminy.
Although they say stinger size doesn't matter, she knew
differently from personal experience.

But I'm putting my money on the fact that he didn't whisper sweet nothings and serenade her with her favorite song..i.e. the courtship involves species specific songs to attract a mate?

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Re: Insect Quiz (RV)

Unread postby AFRICAT » Wed Jun 10, 2009 10:16 am

Only thing I can think of is essentially the same concept as before, re: not the right "song" for the species the female is.

The volume and pitch of the male's call is unique and helps suitable partners to locate one of their own species.

Maybe she was deaf, or he had lost his wings and couldn't produce any sound, or she was too far away to hear it...obviously, I don't really know the exact answer you're looking for...

Anybody else?

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Re: Insect Quiz (RV)

Unread postby Imberbe » Wed Jun 10, 2009 11:46 am

The volume and pitch of the male's call is unique and helps suitable partners to locate one of their own species.


You are so close. But I want to point to a specific fact, which you haven't picked up on yet.

The clues (2) are in the way I formulated the question. :)
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Re: Insect Quiz (RV)

Unread postby Siobain » Wed Jun 10, 2009 1:56 pm

The temperature is too cold for the crickets to breed. A good temperature
for them to breed is about 25 degrees celsius. The babies like it a bit
warmer.
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Re: Insect Quiz (RV)

Unread postby AFRICAT » Wed Jun 10, 2009 2:55 pm

But wouldn't the external temperature be the same for both the "cool" female and the "hot" male?...


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