Read the assignment and write down the answers in English. You may use English-language Internet sources to help you.
a Write down the names of insects you know.
b List the names of colours you know.
Queensland is a state in Australia. Insect scientists in Queensland are studying a special kind of butterfly. It is called a caper white butterfly.
Read all about it here.
Read the text. Connect the words and expressions that have the same meaning in the text.
|1. hundreds of thousands||a. a kind of insect with a long thin body and brightly coloured wings|
|2. butterfly||b. a person who studies insects|
|3. phenomenon||c. a kind of worm with many legs that changes to become a butterfly|
|4. entomologist||d. a town or other area where people live in houses near a larger city|
|5. due to||e. an interesting fact or event that is unusual or difficult to explain fully|
|6. caterpillar||f. because of|
|7. suburb||g. difficult in a way that tests your abilities|
|8. random||h. existing or happening in many places|
|9. predict||i. most important aspect|
|10. normal habitat||j. something between 100,000 and 1,000,000|
|11. widespread||k. the outside lines|
|12. challenging||l. the place where a plant or animal usually lives or grows|
|13. edging||m. to know and say that something will happen in the future|
|14. key thing||n. with many special details|
|15. complicated||o. without a particular plan or pattern|
a Choose the best summary.
1 Because of heavy rains, thousands of butterflies have returned to western Queensland.
2 Insect researchers suspect that lots of butterfly caterpillars travel in only one direction.
3 Once every few years thousands of white butterflies appear in southeast Queensland.
4 Queensland is having problems with thousands of caper white butterflies.
b What do entomologists know about caper white butterflies? Select all correct answers.
1 There are usually more of them after it has rained a lot.
2 They are difficult to identify.
3 They are mostly white, but some of them are black.
4 They are well known for flying long distances.
5 They come to Queensland because they are hungry.
6 They have black and yellow spots underneath their wings.
7 They return to Queensland every year.
c When was the last time the white butterflies travelled from western to southeast Queensland?
1 In 2016.
2 Last year.
3 Six years ago.
4 Ten years ago.