This is a true story.
During one of my search-education classes for K12 teachers, I was asked if I could "search for this big brown bug I found in my back yard last week."
I was dubious that this would be easy to search for--insect identification is well-known to be hard under the best of circumstances, and I wasn't at all sure I would be able to find the particular bug she was talking about.
But what the heck... let's give it a try.
"Tell me a little more about the bug," I said. "How big was it? What color was it? Anything else to go on?"
It turned out that the insect was pretty big, very ugly, slow-moving and brown with dark stripes on the abdomen.
With just that amount of information, I was able to do 2 searches and find the answer. She confirmed that this was in fact the bug she'd seen.
Now... Can YOU figure out what this bug might have been?
A big hint: The thing that confirmed it for us was the presence of stripes on the abdomen.
Give it a try. Come back tomorrow for the answer!