Thank you all for a fun week of pollinator enthusiasm and engagement on social media! We’re closing out the week with a fun video by James, another new member of TPI, on the Baltimore checkerspot butterfly!
Miss any of this week’s fun? Check out the links below!
Written by: Sylvie Finn, one of our newest TPI members!
It’s National Pollinator Week, so in an effort to learn about our diverse pollinators, take this quick quiz to see which pollinator is in your personality!
Directions: This is an old school keep-track-yourself type of quiz. Think personality quiz in a tween magazine. Grab a piece of scrap paper, keep track of how many A’s, B’s, C’s, etc you have, and at the end you will be able to discover something fabulous about yourself.
1. Imagine you step into your dream house. You look around and see:
A. Ornate geometric patterns B. Sophisticated plaster work all around C. The house you’re sitting in right now! D. This is a hard question…I’d rather have two totally different and exciting homes E. As long as there’s a stacked pantry, I’m happy! F. Something I build myself to my liking
2. Your friends would describe you as:
A. Hardworking B. Friendly C. High strung D. A social butterfly E. Loyal F. Hyper
3. On a Saturday night, you can be found:
A. Out on the town with “the girls” B. Working in your basement C. At a dive bar with your buddies hovering around the peanut and pretzel bowls at the bar D. Getting your beauty rest E. Cuddled up with a good book F. Indulging in your sweet tooth
4. Your personal style is:
A. Whatever your friends are wearing B. Stripes! C. All black every day D. Bold color choices E. Give me that fuzzy sweater F. Metallics anyone?
5. Your favorite color is:
A. Yellow B. Blue C. White D. Pink E. Ultraviolet F. Red
6. You get to the park and someone is sitting on your favorite bench, you:
A. Take a seat, there’s room for two B. Decide that going to the park was a horrible idea C. Linger in front of the bench until the person sitting there becomes uncomfortable and leaves D. Go to another bench, there are plenty of benches to go around E. What person? I see a bench, I sit F. I don’t have this problem, no one likes the kinds of benches I do
7. Your dream vacation:
A. Take me to a new city! I love a buzzing metropolis B. Exploring a cave with your pals C. An all-inclusive resort just for the all-you-can-eat buffet D. Mountains of Mexico, please and thank you E. Stay-cation works for me, as long as there are snacks F. Take me anywhere ~TroPiCaL~
8. For your birthday this year, you want:
A. A big party with all of my of friends and acquaintances B. A small party with only my closest friends C. To be left alone D. To fly in the sky! Paragliding? Skydiving? E. To make sure those around me are well fed F. To go on an adventure somewhere new
Time to find out which pollinator you are…
MOSTLY A’s: Honey bee (Apis mellifera)
are the “gold” standard for bees. Known for your incredible social intelligence
and honey making skills, you are very hardworking and constantly referenced.
You’re a total feminist, loving to live in female-dominated society.
are one of the lesser known pollinators and you like it that way. Your fast
paced lifestyle keeps others on edge and you always stay unconventional.
MOSTLY D’s: Monarch butterfly (Danaus plexippus)
are the poster child of all butterflies. Like a monarch, you are elegant and
have very specific taste. You also are a total travel junky and love to go to
new places beyond what your imagination can hold.
MOSTLY E’s: Bumble bee (Bombus spp.)
are everyone’s best friend, smart and oh so sweet. You know how to cuddle up
with a good book, but when you think theres some good food somewhere, you can
zoom there quite quickly.
You are many people’s favorite birds and a very special pollinator. While there are hundreds of species of humming birds in the tropics, you are the only one to grace us here in the North East. If people can catch a glimpse of you, you always dazzle them.
Every year, a week in June is dedicated to celebrating pollinators. All week long TPI will be posting pollinator-related videos, blog posts, etc. PLUS, you can play BINGO for a chance to win a prize!
To play Pollinator Week BINGO, which features flower-visiting insects you can find in the Northeastern USA this time of year, download and print the Bingo card (below) or screen shot the image on your phone. Take your card/phone outside and if you find the correct insect, mark it off on your printed card with a pen/pencil or with your phone’s photo annotation option.
If you get BINGO! (five in a row, vertical, horizontal, or diagonal, TPI logo is a free space), send a photo of your annotated card to email@example.com or tweet a photo and tag @PollinateTufts by 11:59 pm on Friday, June 26. Each completed BINGO! card will be entered in a drawing to win TPI swag and a voucher for a free pollinator-friendly plant at next spring’s TPI plant sale! Limit one entry per person.
For help identifying the insects you observe, download our identification guides or reach out to us with photos via email or Twitter!