BBC Wildlife April 2016 issue quiz answers

Did you take our April 2016 issue wildlife quiz? We reveal the answers.

Where is one of the best places in the world to see jaguars? Find out below. © EcoVentures-Travel/iStock


Q1.) How high can ladybirds fly?

A1.) Lori Lawson Handley of the University of Hull recently identified the flightpaths of almost 9,000 ladybirds in a decade’s-worth of radar records collected at Rothamsted Research in Hertfordshire – insect radar traces vary according to the size, shape, speed and wingbeat of particular species. Some of the ladybirds flew at 1,100m, where airstreams enable them to travel spectacularly fast – some were clocked exceeding 60kph.

Read the full article: How high can ladybirds fly?


Q2.) Why do a grass snake’s eyes turn a cloudy blue prior to moulting?

A2.) Prior to moulting, a grass snake’s eyes turn a cloudy blue. It’s the result of a layer of oil forming between the old and new eye scales.

Read the full article: 7 things you never knew about the grass snake


Q3.) In winter, how many berries do waxwings typically eat per day?

A3.) Berries are incredibly important for waxwings in the winter and they typically eat 800-1000 berries a day, roughly twice their body weight!

Read the full article: 6 waxwing facts you need to know


Q4.) At what age do badger cubs emerge from the sett?

A4.) The survivors emerge from the sett when they are nine to ten weeks old. Watching a sett in late April and early May is the best time to see the cubs’ first foray above ground.

Read the full article: Understand badger behaviour


Q5.) Where is one of the best places in the world to see jaguars?

A5.) The Pantanal in Brazil is one of the best places in the world to see jaguars. The best time to visit is the dry season, from late April to early November.

Read the full article: 10 amazing jaguar facts


Q6.) Which spring flowers should you plant for bees?

A6.) Spring: bluebell, dicentra, crocus, viburnum, lungwort, pussy willow, crocus

Read the full article: How to make a bee-friendly garden


Q7. How many metres away from cover should you position your bird feeder?

A7.) Position your birdfeeder so it is about 2m away from cover to create a safer feeding station. Nearby vegetation can provide a lookout point for the birds and a place to dash to if disturbed. Keep your feeder away from fences, overhanging branches and low-lying bushes that a cat can hide in. 

Read the full article: Your guide to feeding garden birds


Q8.) How do humpback whales find prey?

A8.) It is thought that humpbacks find prey use their tubercles - a prominent series of bumps on the head. Each bump has a sensory hair, and it is possible that the whale uses these ‘whiskers’ to judge prey density in the water during bouts of feeding.

Read the full article: Your 60 second guide to humpback whales


Q9.) Do dock leaves really soothe nettle stings?

A9.) It is often claimed that crushed dock leaves relieve the pain because their alkaline sap neutralises the nettle’s formic acid, but dock leaf sap is acid too, so this cannot be true.

Read the full article: Do dock leaves really soothe nettle stings?


Q10.) How quickly can a sting from a box jellyfish kill a human?

A10.) A sting from a box jellyfish, the most venomous animal on Earth, can kill a human in two minutes.

Read the full article: 8 things you didn’t know about jellyfish

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