Gardening Quiz - Friends and Foes - Pests 2 (Questions)

It is often the smallest pests that cause the most damage in the garden. The reason for this is that they are small enough to go unnoticed until conditions favour their reproduction and then their numbers explode, seemingly overnight.

The secret for success lies in earlier identification of the beetle, bug, fly, insect, minor, moth or nematode that starts attacking your crops. This quiz will help you recognize the most common adversaries and then take the necessary action to combat them.

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1. This beetle is less than 1cm long but it can cause great damage. What is its name?
[ ] Lily beetle
[ ] Myosotis beetle
[ ] Nerine beetle
[ ] Onion beetle
2. What is the name of this prehistoric looking insect?
[ ] Skin insect
[ ] Sheet insect
[ ] Shell insect
[ ] Scale insect
3. This is a capsid bug. How long is its body?
[ ] Between 1mm and 3mm
[ ] Between 3mm and 6mm
[ ] Between 6mm and 12mm
[ ] Between 12mm and 24mm
4. Where are you most likely to see mealybugs?
[ ] On greenhouse plants
[ ] On onions
[ ] On potatoes
[ ] In the Soil
5. Leaf miner damage is caused by the larvae of which type of insect?
[ ] Beetle
[ ] Butterfly
[ ] Moth
[ ] Wasp
6. Which pest causes damage to apples such as this?
[ ] Codling moth
[ ] Ghost moth
[ ] Goat moth
[ ] Leopard moth
7. These highly magnified potato roots show an infestation of potato cyst nematode. What is the name most usually given to this pest?
[ ] Potato eelworm
[ ] Potato perchworm
[ ] Potato pikeworm
[ ] Potato tenchworm
8. This onion has been attacked by the larvae of the onion fly which looks similar to what other type of fly?
[ ] Blow-fly
[ ] Caddisfly
[ ] Fruit fly
[ ] House fly
9. What is the name of this tiny pest that can sometimes be seen in swarms on germinating seedling trays?
[ ] Flea beetle
[ ] Flea fly
[ ] Flea miner
[ ] Flea mite
10. The habits of the larvae of this pest result in 'maggoty' peas. What is its name?
[ ] Aphid
[ ] Pea midge
[ ] Pea moth
[ ] Whitefly
Gardening Quiz - Friends and Foes - Pests 2 (Answers)
1. This beetle is less than 1cm long but it can cause great damage. What is its name?
[x] Lily beetle
[ ] Myosotis beetle
[ ] Nerine beetle
[ ] Onion beetle
2. What is the name of this prehistoric looking insect?
[ ] Skin insect
[ ] Sheet insect
[ ] Shell insect
[x] Scale insect
3. This is a capsid bug. How long is its body?
[ ] Between 1mm and 3mm
[x] Between 3mm and 6mm
[ ] Between 6mm and 12mm
[ ] Between 12mm and 24mm
4. Where are you most likely to see mealybugs?
[x] On greenhouse plants
[ ] On onions
[ ] On potatoes
[ ] In the Soil
Mealybugs need warm, humid conditions in which to live
5. Leaf miner damage is caused by the larvae of which type of insect?
[ ] Beetle
[ ] Butterfly
[x] Moth
[ ] Wasp
6. Which pest causes damage to apples such as this?
[x] Codling moth
[ ] Ghost moth
[ ] Goat moth
[ ] Leopard moth
All of these moths can be found in the U.K. but it is the codling moth that causes so much damage in apple orchards
7. These highly magnified potato roots show an infestation of potato cyst nematode. What is the name most usually given to this pest?
[x] Potato eelworm
[ ] Potato perchworm
[ ] Potato pikeworm
[ ] Potato tenchworm
8. This onion has been attacked by the larvae of the onion fly which looks similar to what other type of fly?
[ ] Blow-fly
[ ] Caddisfly
[ ] Fruit fly
[x] House fly
9. What is the name of this tiny pest that can sometimes be seen in swarms on germinating seedling trays?
[x] Flea beetle
[ ] Flea fly
[ ] Flea miner
[ ] Flea mite
10. The habits of the larvae of this pest result in 'maggoty' peas. What is its name?
[ ] Aphid
[ ] Pea midge
[x] Pea moth
[ ] Whitefly
Pea midge is also a problem but it attacks the growing tips of plants and does not result in peas infested with maggots