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Cockroaches
Order: Blattaria



An arboreal (tree-dwelling) cockroach, possibly Pelmatosilpha sp.


Beetles and Weevils
Order: Coleoptera


   
Larvae of family Scarabaeidae and Lampyridae, possibly Aspisoma sp.


   
Long snout weevils, family Curculionidae


               
Various, species undetermined



Lagochirus araneiformis (family Cerambicidae)



Click beetle (family Elateridae), possibly Chalcolepidius silbermani


   
Dung beetle (family Scarabaeidae) Digitonthophagus gazella



 Phileurus valgus (Family Scarabaeidae)



Flies
Order: Diptera



Bee fly (family Bombyliidae)



Flower fly (family Syrphidae), species undetermined



Flower fly (family Dolichopodidae), species undetermined



Most likely a botfly (family Scarcophagidae), species undetermined



Cactus fly (family Neriidae), possibly genus Nerius


   
Hippoboscid ectoparasitic fly



Flower fly (family Stratiomyidae) possibly Hermetia illucens



Carrion fly (family Syrphidae) possibly Ornidia obesa




Robber fly (family Asilidae) possibly Ommatius sp.


   
A hoverfly (family Syrphidae)




Bugs and Planthoppers
Order: Hemiptera



Species undetermined



Species undetermined



Species undetermined



Species undetermined


   
Pyrrhocorid bugs (Dysdercus andreae)



Coreid bug, species undetermined


   
Immature (left) and adult (right) Scutellerid jewel bugs (Pachycoris fabricii)



Species undetermined


   
Stinkbug
(Vulsirea nigrorubra) with eggs (left) and young (right)


   
Leaf footed bug (Leptoglossus phyllopus)



Stinkbug nymphs, possibly Vulsirea sp.



Species undetermined



Assassin bug (family Reduviidae), species undetermined


   
Nymph of an ambush bug, species undetermined



Species undetermined


   
Planthoppers (family Fulgoroidea), species undetermined



Wasps and Bees
Order: Hymenoptera



Parasitic wasp (possibly family Braconidae), species undetermined



Ichneumon wasp (family Ichneumonidae), species undetermined



Scoliid wasp, probably Campsomeris sp.



A large mudpot wasp (species undetermined) dragging its prey, a katydid


   
A tarantula hawk wasp (Pepsis ruficornis), whose sting is said to be almost as painful as the bite from a bullet ant. Females search the slopes of the Quill for a tarantula, which they paralyse with their 7mm long stinger. The spider is then dragged into an underground nest where the wasp lays a single egg on the unfortunate creature. When the wasp larva hatches it buries into its victim and devours it from the inside out.



Pepsis sp.


   
Sand wasp (Stictia signata)


   
Tiny wasps in the crater of the Quill, possibly Melissodes rufodentata


       
These funny-looking creatures are neuropteran larvae


       
Anthophora eustatiensis, a solitary bee endemic to Statia and St. Kitts



Anthophora eustatiensis aggregating on a branch.
Scientists are not sure why they behave like this but it has been observed a few times


   
Honey bee (Apis mellifera)


   
Centris decolorata bees aggragating on an Acacia shrub (left). Normally these are solitary bees but from time to time they swarm together in this manner



Centris lanipes


           
Centris smithii, sleeping on a twig (left), and caught during a pollination study



Megachile sp.


   
Mesoplia rufipes



A tiny Lasioglossum sp. bee


       
Statia's largest bee, the Carpenter bee (Xylocopa mordax), females are black and a common sight; males are orange and rarely seen



Termites
Order: Isoptera



Possibly Nasutitermes sp. (family Termitidae)


Butterflies and Moths

Order: Lepidoptera


       
Tropical Dead Leaf (Anaea minor), whose closed wings resemble, well, a dead leaf, but in flight is a brilliant flash of orange-red



Anartia jatrophe



Appias drusilla



Black Witch moth (Ascalapha odorata)


   
Ascia monuste


   
The aptly-named Red Rim (Biblis hyperia)


   
Two Monarch (Danaus plexippus) butterflies mating (left)


       
Gulf Fritillary (Dione vanillae)


    
Caribbean Duskywing (Ephyriades arcas philemon), female (left) and male (right)



Eumorpha vitis, a type of hawkmoth and possibly orchid pollinator


   
  Phoebis sennae



Hieroglyphic moth (Diphthera festiva)


   
A freshly emerged Zebra Longwing (Heliconius charitonia) (left), and basking in a patch of sunlight in the Quill (right)


   
A Hummingbird moth, possibly Aellopos tantalus



A male Great Eggfly (Hypolimnis mippisus). Females mimic the Monarch butterfly


       
Tropical Buckeye (Junonia genoveva) caterpillar and butterfly



Electrostrymon angerona (TBC)



Leptotes cassius


   
Eurema lisa


       
    Marpesia petreus


  
Utetheisa ornatrix


    
 possibly Apogeshna stenialis (family Crambidae)


  
Family Geometridae


 
Sphacelodes vulneraria (family Geometridae)



Papilio demoleus


   
Polygonus leo leo




Protambylix strigilis
caterpillar


       
Manduca sexta


       
Pseudosphinx tetrio
, a type of sphinx moth


   
Tropical Checkered Skipper (Pyrgus oileus)



Antillean Hairstreak (Strymon acis)


   
Strymon bubastus ponce



Painted Lady (Vanessa cardui)


   
Fiery Skipper (Wallengrenia otho) inside the Quill crater


                   
Various unidentified caterpillars



Caterpillar, species undetermined (photo courtesy of Fraukje Vonk)


      
Chrysalises


 
An unidentified pupa



Owlflies
Order: Neuroptera



Myrmeleon insertus



Dragonflies
Order: Odonata


       

Orthemis sp.




Grasshoppers, Katydids and Crickets
Order: Orthoptera



Immature grasshopper, family Acrididae



Cricket, possibly Amphiacusta sp.


       
Various katydids, species undetermined (far left: unspecified nymph, middle: juvenile Mastophyllum scabricolle, right: adult Neoconocephalus sp.)


Walking Sticks
Order: Phasmatodea



Clonistria or Bacteria sp.



And finally..... a few Millipedes


                

Flatback millipede (order: Polydesmida)         Trigoniulus lumbricinus/corallinus (order: Spirobolida, family Rhinocricidae)   


 
                                                                                                        Possibly Asiomorpha coarctata (order: Polydesmida, family Paradoxosomatidae)