P-O Naturally – Test your Knowledge!
With Lesley McLaren
In this edition we’re taking another quizzical look over the year’s articles – with one or two extra questions thrown in! Have you been paying attention?
Will you be the POL teacher’s pet or rather the class clown? (Answers at the bottom of the page)
A : MAKE YOUR CHOICE
- a. Charles the Great (c.742-814), aka Karl der Grosseand Charlemagne; King of the Franks, a Germanic tribe in present-day Belgium, France, Luxembourg, the Netherlands and western Germany. Legend has it an angel showed him how to use the thistle to treat his soldiers, who were dying of plague.
- c. Bonelli’s. Appearance is often confused with Short-toed, which is the most common.
- b. It would point a lost child home
- d. Great Reed Warbler.
- b. Marcassin (Bête rousse = 6-12mths;Bête noire = adultmale 1yr; Ragot = 2yr old)
- b. 6*
Erratum: Our thanks go to an observant reader of the Summer 2020 edition of PO Life, for pointing out that we pictured the wrong flower as Autumn Crocus/Colchique d’automne. It should have been this one:
B : TRUE OR FALSE
- True. The Booted is small for an eagle, with a wingspan of 1.1-1.35m compared with Short-toed eagles (1.62-1.78m) and Golden eagles (1.9-2.2m).
- False. But you will be very lucky to see one!
- False. Though they are closely related. Most obvious difference: Beech (or Stone) Marten has a white patch under the chin and top of the chest which divides in two running down each front leg. Chin and upper breast patch of the Pine Marten is more cream or apricot and doesn’t divide in two but forms a solid patch. In fact, we only have Beech Martens in the P-O and, helpfully, their Catalan name is Gorjablanc.
- True. One dragonfly that migrates is the Southern Darter.
- True. Tannin in raw acorns can be toxic to dogs, horses, cattle and humans. But by leaching acorns to remove the tannin, they can be made safe for human consumption.
C : DON’T YOU JUST KNOW
- Deathshead Hawkmoth (Le Sphinx tête de mort). Wingspan 13cm! Gets its name from the skull-like pattern on its thorax. NB. Like the moth, the caterpillar is huge but harmless.
- Among other things: Provide access from your garden to your neighbours’; place a ramp in a pond (even a swimming pool); supply (cat) food & water (never milk); check compost heap before burning it.
- Pyrenean Desman (Le Desman des Pyrénées). These small, semi-aquatic insectivores live near mountain streams and waterfalls. Essentially nocturnal and very endangered. Find out more here.