5739   Hi there,  My name is Rebecca. I live in Hammonds Plains, NS. I found this spider on my back deck this morning. It’s a hot, sunny, feels like 27 degrees 8:30am.




5738  Could you please identify this spider for me. I have quite a few lurking around. They hide during the day and are only on Web in the early evening and night. Seem harmless enough. Just want to make sure. I think this is his underside




5737   July 23 in Port Glasgow, Ontario About an inch long and flies, what is it?  Tammy




5736  Bug for identification please. July 24, 2016. Brant County, Ontario. Lister.


Female Dobsonfly

5735 This photo was taken in Auburn, Ontario. My name is Jason O’Reilly. It landed on my kitchen window and stayed there all night and never moved an inch.

This is a female eastern dobsonfly, Corydalus cornutus (Megaloptera: Corydalidae); their aquatic larvae are known as hellgrammites and often used as fish bait.
See http://tinyurl.com/2ds89l5 for more detailed information.  Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV. 


Flower longhorn beetle

Flower longhorn beetle

5734   Good morning, my name is Pat, I found this little critter in a pail that had a bit of water on the bottom.  I live in Qualicum Beach BC, Vancouver Island on 2.5 acres surrounded by plenty of huge cedar, some white pine and fir trees.  The pail was on my deck.  Kind Regards,  Pat

This is a flower longhorn beetle (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae; subfamily Lepturinae); it looks like Ortholeptura valida, see http://tinyurl.com/z7vdzsx for an image. This is not a pest species. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV. 

caddisfly nymphs

Caddisflies nymphs

5733  Found these at a lake in northern Saskatchewan. Wondering if they’re biting us!!   Jackson

These are immatures (nymphs/naiads) of caddisflies (order Trichoptera). Case-building species such as your examples are either scavengers, feeding primarily on bits of decomposing organic matter, or herbivores, feeding on tender aquatic vegetation. They would not be biting you. See http://tinyurl.com/haaftbn for more detailed information. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.

Asian lady beetle

Asian Lily Beetle

5732   Please help me identify these bugs eating my plants.  My name is Maureen.  I live in Thunder Bay Ontario Canada.  The photo was taken today july 20th.  It has been a very wet summer – hot right now.  The bugs were found on my Lilly plant outside.  Thank you.

Asian lily beetle. They will completely destroy your lilies if left unchecked. Best way to get rid of them is manually killing them with needle nose pliers or fingers. Check lilies every day. Pierre Henri.

Green immigrant leaf weevil

New Brunswick green bug

5731     Hi my name is Kelly.  I took this picture in Noel, Nova Scotia.  I think this is some sort of beetle. I have never seen anything like this before.  Thanks.
Unknown bugs make the news in Fredericton, NB.  Can you identify the bugs described in this article?  Sean.

These are broad-nosed/short-snouted weevils (Coleoptera: Curculionidae; subfamily Entiminae); quite likely Polydrusus formosus, known as the green immigrant leaf weevil see – http://tinyurl.com/hfpfv66 for an image. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV. 


Carrion Beetle

Carrion beetle

5730   Hi, I found this little guy on my concrete patio. It is a about 1.25 inches in length when the head was up and tail not sort of curled like in the photo. The insect was alive when I took the photo and was playing dead. I do Live in Edmonton Alberta and have never seen something like this. Just wondering what it was..      Thanks. The Van Der Kley’s

This is a beetle in the family Silphidae (carrion/burying/sexton beetles); it looks like Nicrophorus guttula – the yellow-bellied burying beetle, see http://tinyurl.com/gv92rbj for an image. These beetles locate and bury the carcasses of recently deceased small mammals or birds, and then deposit their eggs on the carcass that their larvae will feed upon. Some species exhibit a fair amount of parental care for their offspring. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.

March fly

March Fly

5729  There are thousands of these “flys” around my outside light and on my outside door at nighttime. Can you tell me what they are?  Bill

This is a March fly (Diptera: Bibionidae). The adults are harmless nuisance pests, but the larvae of some species can damage plant roots – see http://tinyurl.com/zcq38lr for more detailed information. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.,

Orb Weavere

Orb Weaver spider

5728  This spider was found on a outdoor deck at Christina Lake in southern B.C. on the 28th of June on a hot afternoon in the shade. It was aproximately 2 inches long. Thanks for help with I.D. Is it poisonous? We have babies and young children. Should we worry?

This is an orb weaving spider in the genus Araneus. Like the vast majority of spiders, it has venom glands and thus technically is venomous, but all orb weavers are harmless to humans. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.

Daddy long legs drowned

Daddy long legs

5727     Found in my hot tub.   Hope you know what it is.  Thanks.  Garry

This appears to be a very dead (probably from drowning) arachnid in the order Opiliones. Commonly known as harvestmen or daddy long-legs, they are non-venomous and harmless to humans. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.

Tailed frog

Tailed frog

5726   Found around Valemount, British Columbia on 7/8/2016.   Roberta

This might be one of the so-called ‘tailed frogs’ in the genus Ascaphus. If so, it would have a short, stubby tail between its hind legs (cannot tell for certain from your image). See http://tinyurl.com/jgvaset for an example. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.

Long horned beetle?

long-horned wood-boring beetle

5725  Found around Valemount, British Columbia on 7/8/2016.   Roberta

This might be a long-horned wood-boring beetle (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae), but I cannot be certain because of the angle at which the photo was taken and not knowing its approximate size. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.



5724  Found this while I was on my bed. I think it pinched my finger when I was brushing it off my pants… Just wondering what it is. I am in Saskatchewan Canada. Thanks ! Paulina

This is an arachnid called a pseudoscorpion. They are general predators on other small arthropods and completely harmless to humans. See http://tinyurl.com/ox8sx4o for more detailed information. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.


Assassin bug

Assassin bug (the masked hunter)

5723  From Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.  My husband found this bug in our kitchen near one of our windows. It was end of June. Wondering if it is an Assassin bug/kissing bug and if i need to worry about possible infestation or parasites? Only seen this one so far.  Andrea

This is indeed an assassin bug (Hemiptera/Heteroptera: Reduviidae), but it is not a kissing bug. Specifically, it is Reduvius personatus, a peridomestic species known as the masked hunter. This species has a reputation for a very painful (but not dangerous) bite. See http://tinyurl.com/23g4bdy for more detailed information. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.

Click Beetle

Click Beetle

5722   Hello,  Found about 5 in the last week.  Always in kitchen. Started seeing them in mid June. In Montreal, Quebec. About 1cm in length. Don’t remember seeing any during the winter. Seem to see more of them in the house when it’s warm and humid outdoors (we usually have the a/c on pretty high)  Thank you.  Mario. T 

This is a click beetle (Coleoptera: Elateridae). They are accidental intruders that will not cause any damage to anything in your home. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.



Strange spider

Ground spider

5721   Vernon, B.C. July 2nd. I walked into my bathroom at night and flicked on the light. I caught this thing running hurriedly back and forth scroll the medicine cabinet shelf. I think it was startled by the light. After a couple passes, I watched it wiggle it’s spinners from side to side and descend a thread, when it escaped into a crevasse. I have never seen one before and am repulsed! Sorry I could not get a few more pictures.   -Robyn 

This is a very gravid female ground spider (family Gnaphosidae) in the genus Sergiolus, possibly S. montanus. This species shows considerable individual variation in colour pattern; see http://tinyurl.com/juoyle6 for a somewhat more slender example. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.

Dragonfly eating

Dragonfly nymph

5720  My mother took this picture at her cottage in Porter’s Lake NS Canada.  My mother said that the dragon fly was eating this other bug (brown one) she was wondering what kind of bug it is.

This is a nymph and newly emerged adult Hagenius brevistylus (Odonata: Gomphidae), a dragonfly known as the dragonhunter, as it commonly captures and feeds upon other dragonflies. See http://tinyurl.com/ju2f3we for more detailed information on this interesting species. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.


Signal Fly

Signal Fly

5719  This was taken July 4th in Embrun Ontario. They are found near the pool area and measure around 4 mm. They also bite and leaves a bump around 2mm. Can you tell me what they are? Terry

This does not look like any species of biting fly found in your area. It looks more like a signal fly (Diptera: Platystomatidae) in the genus Rivellia; see http://tinyurl.com/h6uzhfc for some examples. None of these flies are capable of biting, but they are reportedly attracted to sweat among other things. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.

Ermine moth

Ermine moth

5718  My name is Aaron, I just moved into a house in caledon Ontario. I have these little white insects with black spots making webs all over several of the bushes around my property. The bushes don’t look dead yet, but they look like they are being consumed by the nests of these bugs. I was hoping someone could tell me what they are, and more importantly what to do about them. Thanks.

This is an ermine moth (Lepidoptera: Yponomeutidae); their larvae spin webs in which they feed as a group. There are several species that look very much alike; see http://tinyurl.com/z3gvvwg for an example. Control recommendations include physical removal of the webbing ‘nests,’ and application of a pesticide registered for use on the affected plants – see http://tinyurl.com/hefgkna for detailed information. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.



sunflower moth caterpillar

I live in San Diego, CA  & have been finding these guys in & outside of my home. I’ve also been seeing a bunch of moths in the pantry & would rather not have these guys in the house at least. My name is Raid & they started appearing mid June. Thanks for any info you guys can provide!

This looks like a sunflower moth caterpillar (Lepidoptera: Pyralidae; Homoeosoma sp. – see http://tinyurl.com/jzw9b2o for an example. They feed primarily on sunflowers and other members of the family Asteraceae. They are accidental intruders indoors and will do no damage there. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV


Carrion beetle

Carrion beetle

5716  My name is Rebecca, I live in Barrie Ontario. My son loves catching and collecting bugs. He found this one in our back yard. I’ve looked it up on line and the closes I can find to it is a wasp Beatle. But the information I’m getting is they are almost extinct and are in Europe. Would love more info so I can let my 4 year old bug hunt know what he has.

This is a carrion/sexton/burying beetle (Coleoptera: Silphidae) in the genus Nicrophorus; it looks like N. tomentosus – see http://tinyurl.com/jojmhew for an image and http://tinyurl.com/hhdhbhn for more detailed information on its life history. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.

red-banded leafhopper.

red-banded leafhopper.

5715 Hamilton Ontario,   June 26th 2016,   30° Celsius
I was outside and it felt as of something bit me on the back of my leg. Thinking it was a mosquito I smacked it and instead it was this colourful bug that I was unable to identify. I took the photo after smacking the bug off my leg.  I am interested in what kind of bug this is.  Jewels. 

This is a leafhopper (Hemiptera/Heteroptera: Cicadellidae) in the genus Graphocephala, it looks like G. coccinea, known as the red-banded leafhopper. See http://tinyurl.com/jl3v6pa for images and more detailed information. Leafhoppers are strictly plant feeders, so any bite would be strictly accidental and of no consequence. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.


western poplar clearwing moth

Western poplar clearwing moth

5714  Photo taken June 25, 2016 in Williams Lake, BC. Thanks for your help in identifying. Debbie.

These are moths in the family Sesiidae; they look like Paranthrene robiniae, known as the western poplar clearwing moth; see http://tinyurl.com/zfrwrfd for some images. Their caterpillars tunnel in the wood of poplars and willows as well as ornamental birches, often in trees already weakened by wood-boring beetles. Many wasps in this family appear to be wasp mimics. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.


Rose chafer

5713   My name is Carley, I live in Nanaimo, BC it is mid-June and I noticed this egg cluster in my garden. It started to hatch three or four days ago, one picture is of the hatched eggs, the other is of the little bugs. Hopefully they are clear enough pictures to identify what has made a home in my flowers. Thank you,  Carley

Like no. 5710, this appears to be a rose chafer (Macrodactylus subspinosus; Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae). Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.



Rose Chafer

5712   Hello, I live in Ottawa Ontario and these bugs are everywhere eating my plants especially my fruit tree leaves. They started to show up on the 15th of June, and they where around all summer until the end of August.  They are around 3/8ths long and brown with black wings.

Like no. 5710, this appears to be a rose chafer (Macrodactylus subspinosus; Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae). Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.



Lady Bird Beetle Larva

5711   Something is eating the leaves on my snowball bush. This is the third year.  The leaves are like lace, but I can never see any grubs, day or night.  All I see is a number of these little characters.  Could this be the culprit?  If so, how do I spoil his lunch?  Brian

This is a larva of a lady bird beetle, likely that of the Asian multi-colored lady beetle, Harmonia axyridis. These are general predators on other small, soft-bodied insects and will not damage plants – see http://tinyurl.com/kp3ucph for more detailed information. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.



Rose Chafers

5710  A lady in UXBRIDGE took this picture this week. What are they and how to get rid of???   Thanks very much.    DR

These appear to be rose chafers (Macrodactylus subspinosus; Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae), a destructive pest species. See http://tinyurl.com/hdg4zfx for some control suggestions. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.