Don’t Be a Fool! April Fool’s Contest

By Joe Sebastiani, Seasonal Program Team Leader

Answer the following questions about nature.  E-mail your answers to  The person with the most correct answers wins a $5 gift certificate for any Delaware Nature Society program.  You have until 11:59 p.m. April 3rd to send in your answers.  The winner will be announced on Wednesday, April 4th.  THE ANSWERS ARE POSTED WITH EACH QUESTION.


1. This Cabbage White is a moth that is actually from Europe, but is naturalized in eastern North America. True or false? FALSE. THE CABBAGE WHITE IS ACTUALLY A BUTTERFLY.
2. This albino Eastern Bluebird was found at the Bucktoe Creek Preserve several years ago. True or false? FALSE. THIS IS AN ALBINO EASTERN WOOD-PEWEE, NOT AN EASTERN BLUEBIRD.


3. The old name for this duck is the Oldsquaw. True or False? TRUE.


4. Monarch butterflies like this one pictured grow up from caterpillars that only eat milkweed, and by doing so, become toxic. True or false? FALSE. THE BUTTERFLY ABOVE IS A VICEROY.


5. A honeybee colony is almost completely populated by female bees like this forager. True or false? TRUE.


6. This orchid is called a Showy Orchis and is native to Delaware and can be found blooming in the woods in spring. True or False? TRUE.

7.  Go to the Staff Contributors section of the blog, above.  What kind of Turtle is Jason Beale holding?  C. RED-BELLIED COOTER

a. Eastern Painted Turtle, b. Snapping Turtle, c. Red-bellied Cooter, or d. Mud Turtle

8. In that same section, Jim White is holding a: B. SNAPPING TURTLE.

a. Eastern Painted Turtle, b. Snapping Turtle, c. Red-bellied Cooter, or d. Mud Turtle

9.  The name of the wetland at the entrance to Ashland Nature Center is called: B. WAXWING MARSH.

a. Snapper Swamp, b. Waxwing Marsh, c. Pollywog Bog, or d. Kingfisher Meadows

10. Osprey usually return to Delaware around which holiday? C. ST. PATRICK’S DAY.

a. Easter, b. President’s Day, c. St. Patrick’s Day, or d. Earth Day

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