The “Good Bug, Bad Bug” Quiz

All bugs serve an important role in the ecosystem—but not necessarily in your garden! Can you tell the difference between a beneficial insect and a tiny intruder? Find out with our ‘Good Bug, Bad Bug’ quiz!

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Is this a good bug, or a bad bug?
Spotted Lanternfly is an invasive species native to Southeast Asia. Since they appeared in the United States in 2014, they’ve been known to take over and ravage trees and other landscape plants mercilessly!
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Japanese Beetles are a type of scarab beetle, and they’re the bane of gardeners all over North America. They’re notoriously hard to control, and they’ll eat any plant in sight!
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Praying Mantis are unusual-looking bugs—some think they almost look human!—but they’re one of the most effective predators of smaller, “bad bugs” that can infest your garden.
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Aphids are harmless on their own, but they reproduce like crazy—and that’s when they become a problem. In large numbers, aphids will suck the life out of your garden plants!
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This one was a bit of a trick question. While female mosquitos are no good for us humans, the males don’t suck blood—in fact, they’re very important pollinators!
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Is this a good bug, or a bad bug?
Mason Bees don’t look a lot like bumblebees thanks to their shiny blue bodies, but these solitary pollinators are some of the hardest workers in the garden!
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Slugs not only feed on plant material, but they also drag diseases from one plant to the next. Bad news for your yard!
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These cute polka-dotted bugs are some of the most fearsome predators in your yard—but at least they’re on your team!
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Emerald Ash Borers are another invasive species that got their name from their favorite victim: ash trees. As mesmerizing as their jewel-green bodies are, the damage they do is definitely not pretty.
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One of the most beloved pollinators, the Monarch butterfly is known for its distinctive wing markings and its incredible trans-continental migration pattern. Of course, it’s also an excellent pollinator!
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Good thing you took this quiz! We hope you’ve learned a few new species to look out for this year. Share this quiz to spread the word to your friends!
4–6 Correct
We might have got you on a few of the tougher questions, but you’ve got a solid understanding of which bugs to watch out for. Help us spread the word by sharing this quiz!
7–10 Correct
You’re practically an entomologist! Have you considered teaching a class on bugs? Make sure to share this quiz to help others learn as much as you have!