Silver Argiope from Barbados

Subject: Can you identify this orb-weaver? Location: Barbados December 31, 2013 5:35 pm Hi, This spider had set up her (?) web about 2 feet from the entrance of a bee-hive and almost every time i saw it, there was a bee caught in its web. Smart eh? Anyways, i was wondering if you can … Read more

Robber Fly from Kenya

Subject: Fly identification Location: Masai Mara, Kenya December 31, 2013 2:45 pm We were hoping that somebody in your institution could help us identify this insect we saw at a lodge we were staying at in the Masai Mara. It was a couple of inches long and was the biggest fly we have ever seen! … Read more


Subject: Mystery bug Location: Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada December 31, 2013 11:56 am Hi! I dropped a box of strawberries on the floor and as I was picking them up I noticed this little guy. Not sure if he was a stow away from somewhere in California or not. I live in Saskatchewan, Canada, where currently … Read more

Mourning Cloak Butterfly rides Motorcycle

Subject:  mourning cloak hanging out on a motorcycle Location:  Long Beach, California December 31, 2013 5:20 AM Thank you for the quick response!  Actually, it was easy to explain, since I was taking the picture when my boss got back from his own lunch break.  And yes, potato bugs–we find those in our yard quite … Read more

Flower Beetle from Australia: Eupoecila inscripta

Subject: Pilbara Beetle Location: South Hedland, Western Australia December 31, 2013 3:10 am Hi, we recently had a cyclone in the Pilbara region of Western Australia and on cleaning up the debris, I found this little guy. I have found a couple of photos on the net, but the name of the beetle continues to … Read more