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)

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

(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

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

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)


An unidentified pupa

Order: Neuroptera

Myrmeleon insertus

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)