Here is a “different” kind of puzzle. Each pair here contains two similar (or similarly named) plants or animals. Can you match each creature or plant with its description?

What is the difference between a…

1. Skink & Skunk?
A. This is a black mammal with a white stripe down its back. It defends itself by lifting its tail and spraying a stinky liquid.
B. This is a smooth shiny lizard. Several of the species found in the Chesapeake watershed have bright blue tails when they are young.

2. Blue Jay & Blue Bird?
A. This is a large, blue bird with gray and black in its wings and a white belly. It has a large blue crest on its head. It eats whatever it can get: acorns, seeds, eggs and nestlings of other birds.
B. This is a medium-size bright blue bird with a reddish brown breast and white belly. It mostly feeds on insects, but will eat seeds and berries.

3. Toadstool & Toadflax?
A. This is a name used to describe several wildflowers in the snapdragon family. One species, butter-and-eggs, gets its name from its bright yellow-and-orange flowers.
B. The is the part of the mushroom that grows above the ground. It is frequently used to describe a mushroom that is poisonous.

4. Staghorn Sumac & Poison Sumac?
A. This shrub has hairy, dark red berries. It is found in dry areas such as fields and clearings.
B. This shrub has white berries. It is found in wet areas. Do not touch it! Skin that comes into contact with this shrub can become itchy, inflamed or blistered!

5. Butterfly & Moth?
A. Usually, this insect is seen during the day; has a knob at the end of its antenna; and often rests with its wings held together.
B. Usually, this insect is seen at night; has a featherlike antenna; and often rests with its wings open over its body.

6. Dragonfly & Damselfly?
A. The eyes of this insect are usually on the side of its head. Its wings are almost the same shape, and when resting, these wings are held together.
B. The eyes of this insect are at the top of its head. Its pairs of wings have slightly different shapes, and when resting, the wings are held open.

7. Canada Goose & Canadian Goose
A. This is any goose from Canada
B. This is a large goose with a brown body, black neck and black-and-white head.


1. A) Skunk  B) Skink
2. A) Blue Jay  B) Bluebird
3. A) Toadflax  B) Toadstool
4. A) Staghorn  B) Poison
5. A) Butterfly B) Moth
6. A) Damselfly B) Dragonfly
7. A) Canadian Goose  B) Canada Goose