What is Street Creatures? This is the game I run on Twitter every Friday. I’ve
collected all the past quizzes here in one place so you can either relive them, or play
them for the first time.
How does it work? Provided are four, seemingly unrelated clues, that are all
connected by a wild organism that can be found in a city. Look at the four clues,
do some research, and when you think you’ve figured it out, click on ‘Answer’
to reveal what connects the clues, and how they are connected.
Cabbage/small white butterfly (Pieris rapae)
North American butterflies were assigned numbers in ‘Check List of Lepidoptera of North America’ by Hodges, and these numbers are still referenced today and referred to as ‘Hodges Number’. So this is the number assigned to Pieris rapae.
Native to Europe where it’s known as the Small White, Asia & N. Africa, this butterfly was introduced to North America from Quebec and has since spread through most of the continent, even Hawaii. It was also introduced to New Zealand & Australia.
This butterfly is a well-known, and often cursed (by some of you!) pest, so it’s no surprise we try to control it. One of those ways is by introducing parasitic wasps like Cotesia sp.
Found in the Brassicaceae family of plants, which includes cabbage and broccoli, this compound is what females look for when laying eggs. Although it deters other insects, these butterflies actively seek it out.