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MQ: Insects

  1. 1. MetaQuizziks Meetings Topic: Insects
  2. 2. These insects use camouflage to fool their predators, even going so far at to sway in the wind so as to maintain their disguise. The species in the picture was named Phobaeticus chani after Datuk Chan Chew Lun, the amateur naturalist who discovered it in 1989.What name are they commonly known by? 1
  3. 3. And the answer is ….
  4. 4. Borneo walking stick
  5. 5. Oh, de ___ ____, Come from Mexico, dey say, Come all de way to Texas, Jus' a-lookin' foh a place to stay, Jus' a-lookin' foh a home, Jus' a-lookin' foh a home. De first time I seen de ____ ____, He was a-settin' on de square. De next time I seen de ____ ____, He had all of his family dere. Jus' a lookin' foh a home, Jus' a-lookia' foh a home. Fill and connect. 2
  6. 6. And the answer is ….
  7. 7. Boll Weevil. On the left is the vandalized monument to the Boll Weevil in Enterprise, Alabama.
  8. 8. <ul><li>This species uses what can be called as a “two pass algorithm”. A particular hair needs to be accessed twice for the “action” to take place. </li></ul><ul><li>This requirement for redundancy is in order to not waste energy in “taking action” against useless objects </li></ul><ul><li>It is the rapid movement of the hair and lobes that allows for the “action” to take place </li></ul><ul><li>What species am I talking about and what is the action? </li></ul>3
  9. 9. And the answer is ….
  10. 10. <ul><li>The Venus Fly Trap </li></ul>
  11. 11. <ul><li>This ant was discovered in Madagascar. Its bizarrely-shaped abdomen is an adaptation for hunting down obscure spider eggs. It is named after a tool which helped scientists discover it? What? </li></ul>4
  12. 12. And the answer is ….
  13. 13. <ul><li>Google. They used Google Earth to discover it. </li></ul>
  14. 14. <ul><li>Charles Woodworth, the founder of the Entomology department at UC Berkeley is said to have bred them in large quantities and suggested a possible use to his friend W.E. Castle. </li></ul><ul><li>What precedence did Woodworth thus set? </li></ul>5
  15. 15. And the answer is ….
  16. 16. <ul><li>Drosophilia or fruit fly, used in genetics </li></ul>
  17. 17. Connect 6
  18. 18. And the answer is ….
  19. 19. Lady Bird. On the right is “Lady Bird” Johnson
  20. 20. Connect Kaggalipura village on Kanakapura Road, with a chemical reaction involving the enzyme luciferase, magnesium ions, adenosene triphosphate and oxygen. 7
  21. 21. And the answer is ….
  22. 22. Fireflies
  23. 23. Connect 8
  24. 24. And the answer is ….
  25. 25. Predicta Moth - Darwin predicted the existence of the moth. The Star of Bethlehem Orchid boasts a nectar well that often reaches about 12” in depth, too deep for the average moth or bee to reach the nectar and therefore unlikely to attract the insect assistance the orchid needs to pollinate. Darwin suggested that some species of insect existed on Madagascar with a physical attribute--possibly a retractable proboscis--that allowed it to tap the orchid's nectar well. When the moth was discovered decades later, it was found to have a coiled proboscis that, when unfurled, measured 10 to 12 inches. Darwin also correctly predicted that the insect would be nocturnal, as the star orchid only released its fragrance at night.
  26. 26. What is blanked out? 9
  27. 28. And the answer is ….
  28. 29. Honey-pot ants drink nectar and hang upside down in the nest and act as mobile larders.
  29. 30. The obelisk posture is a handstand-like position that dragonflies and damselflies assume on certain days. What is the purpose? 10
  30. 31. And the answer is ….
  31. 32. To minimize exposure to the sun and avoid over-heating
  32. 33. A form of biotherapy. Explain. 11
  33. 34. And the answer is ….
  34. 35. A wound being cleaned by maggots
  35. 36. At least 109 people died of a disease in Ningbo, south of Shanghai, in 1940, after Japanese war planes dumped certain insects over the city center. The three Chapekar brothers in 1897 shot and killed W. C. Rand, an Indian Civil Services officer who headed a special committee setup in Pune. Connect. 12
  36. 37. And the answer is ….
  37. 38. Bubonic plague

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