5776

5776

5776 About 2.5 inches long, on a path in the community forest. What is this thing?

Wood Rat

Wood Rat

Caught on my small mousetrap in my back yard in Pleasantiew  Edmonton

This looks like a young wood rat.  For more photos and information see:  http://pestcontrolcanada.com/wildlife-control/wood-rat-pack-rat

 

5775

5775

5775  These larval sacks were protected in some fine insulating substance just like wool. Found them in a junction box on a wall outside.  (It even smelled like lambs wool.)  There were about ten of these brown, slightly crispy-shelled sacks.  Only one sack contained a set of 30 or so active larvae, the rest were nearly all milky, yellowish/white liquid. We’re in the Portland, Oregon, U.S. area. Really curious and unusual.  Can anyone help? Barrett and Susan.

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5774

5774     Hello,  We seem to finding more and more of these critters in our house near Calgary.  They started in one area in the basement and in an area in the garage but they are becoming more prevalent and found in other areas of the house.  They are only a couple of mm long and they are extremely slow moving.  When bothered they stop moving altogether and you could assume that they are dead.  They have 6 legs and a hard shell body.  The body appears to have a mottled, and slightly rough appearance.   What are they and how can we get rid of them?   Thanks,   Jeff

5773

5773

 5773  Please identify. Osgoode,   Ontario,  taken at dusk.  Bruce and Terri  

5772

5772

5772   Hello.  I found this guy in a 5th wheel in Slave Lake AB.  He had hitched a ride from somewhere either there in the vicinity or in the Rocky Mountain House and Jasper areas. He was big for an insect, I thought, about an inch long….   I caught him in a plastic glass and put him outside. Any ideas?  I did look at your other pictures.  Lorie

 

5771

5771

5771  Any idea what this bug is?  I found it on a leaf in my garden on August 6th, 2016, Mississauga, Ontario.  Regards,  Mike C

5770

5770

5770  Can you Please adv8ise what this is, photo taken in my sons backyard this evening , Aug 15, 2016, Cambridge, Ontario, Canada?  Thank You  Christine

5769

5769

5769  Hello. This is in my garden. I would really like to know what it is!! I am terrified of them but I find this one intriguing. In the past 7 days its doubled in size. Hope you can help!!  Erin

 

Aphids

Aphids

5768  The attached photo was taken in the Boundary Waters of Minnesota in August, on the bark of a birch tree. It appears to be a tight cluster of fifty or sixty black 1/4″ six-legged insects(?), being “herded” (so it appears) by six or eight large black ants moving around the perimeter of the cluster. (You can see a couple of the ants on the periphery if you look carefully.)  Any help? Thank you.  Dick

These are aphids (Hemiptera/Sternorrhyncha: Aphididae), also known as plant lice, being tended by ants. The ants provide the aphids some protection against predators and in turn feed off the sugary secretions (‘honeydew’) of the aphids. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.

Bald faced hornets

Bald-faced hornets

5767  Hi my name is Diana and I live in Tecumseh Ontario and it is mid August. I have a Manitoba maple infestation of wasp like bugs that fly and sting. They are burrowing in the trunk of the tree.  There is no visible nest near them, yet they are swarming and burrowing into the trunks crevices from the ground up to  about 7 feet. We have a tree  that is approximately 20 feet away that has just recently died we’ve been told of Dutch elm disease, but I noticed these bugs in that tree as well.  There are bored holes throughout the trunk.  We thought the tree was in distress because of draught conditions here but it didn’t matter how much we watered it didn’t rebound.  Both trees looked very healthy in April /May.  The picture I am sending is of a medium sized bug… There are smaller ones and there is also a much larger one that I have seen where the body is almost 2 inches longer. 

These are bald-faced hornets, Dolichovespula maculata (Hymenoptera: Vespidae). They do not bore in trees, but may thoroughly investigate any crevices/cavities for other arthropods to prey upon. At this time of year, they still are primarily carnivorous, seeking out protein to feed their young. See http://tinyurl.com/htdelhs for more detailed information. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.

Bed Bug

Bed Bug

5766  Beside the tweezers. Found in the corner of drywall. Summertime in Oshawa Ontario.  Jen

Unfortunately, this is a bed bug. See http://tinyurl.com/hwz5tea elsewhere on this site for more information and control recommendations. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.

 

Mud dauber wasp

Mud dauber wasp

5765  Can you tell me what this is and is it dangerous?

This is a thread-wasted wasp (Hymenoptera: Sphecidae), it appears to be Sceliphron caementarium , known as the black-and-yellow mud dauber. They are  of danger only to the spiders that they capture, sting, and paralyze as provisions for their larvae. See http://tinyurl.com/gpubxfa for much more detailed information on these fascinating creatures. Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.

Stink bug nymph

Stink bug nymph

5764   Good evening,  I came upon your website when I was trying to identify an insect I found outside in my tomato garden. I scanned through some pictures on your website but I didn’t see my exact bug. I’ve attached 2 photos of it having some lunch. I took these today, August 7th in Nova Scotia. It’s been fairly warm and dry here lately, if that matters. I have 3 raised garden beds inside a chain link dog kennel enclosure (to keep deer from eating my tomatoes) Anyhow, that’s where this sucker was at, on one of the posts.  Thanks in advance for any help you may be able to provide.  Kelly

This is a nymph of a stink bug (Hemiptera/Heteroptera: Pentatomidae) in the genus Podisus. Bugs in this genus are known as soldier bugs, and as general predators on many other arthropods often are considered beneficial by gardeners. See no. 5744 for another example and http://tinyurl.com/hhywusm for more detailed information. Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.

 

hump-winged cricket

hump-winged cricket

5763  Location of photo: North Okanagan   BC.  Question: Could you possible identify the following insect? It’s body is about one inch long.  Thank you .  Sincerely,  Heather

This appears to be Cyphoderris monstrosa, a hump-winged cricket (Orthoptera: Prophalangopsidae) known as a great grig -see http://tinyurl.com/zctwakz for an image. Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.

marbled orb weaver spider

marbled orb weaver spider

5762  I believe this to be an orb weaving spider – I don’t see one exactly like this on your site. This was found in Montreal, Quebec but may have hitched a ride back from the region north of Quebec City. Thank you for your help, we are fascinated by this amazing creature.  -Angus

This is an interesting colour variant of Araneus marmoreus, commonly known as the marbled orb weaver. It appears to be variety pyramidatus, which supposedly is found only in Europe; see http://tinyurl.com/zklhycz  Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.

 

Mayfly exoskeleton

Mayfly exoskeleton

5761  Kingston Ontario.  Live near water… Siding is covered with these for several weeks… Only about 1/4 long.  Don

This is a shed ‘skin’ (exoskeleton) of an immature mayfly. These insects are a vital part of the freshwater food web, but they can become nuisances when they emerge by the gazillions – see http://tinyurl.com/hkxk3y6. Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.

Cicada nymph

Cicada nymph

5760 Found in our yard  we live in Georgetown Ontario.  Peggy 

This is a nymph of a cicada (Hemiptera/Auchenorrhyncha: Cicadidae), likely in the genus Neotibicen. These usually are called either annual cicadas (some emerge every year after spending two to five years underground) or dog-day cicadas (because they usually emerge in late summer). Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV. 

 

orb weaving spider

orb weaving spider

5759   My daughter may have got bit what is this? Is this even a spider.

This is an orb weaving spider (family Araneidae) in the genus Neoscona, likely N. arabesca – see http://tinyurl.com/j8zzap9 for an image. These spiders very seldom bite unless they are picked up and handled carelessly, and their bite is not at all dangerous to humans. Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.

 

broad-nose/short-snouted weevil

broad-nose/short-snouted weevil

5758  Hello,  I have been finding 2-3 of these a month in my (finished) basement in Calgary Alberta, year round.  They are often dead when I find them.  They move slowly and have a strong shell.  The largest was nearly 1 cm long but almost always they are around 7-8mm.  I think they are ‘Weevils’ but they don’t have the long snout that all other weevils seem to have.  If you could help me identify them I would be very grateful.  Tips for getting rid of them would also be good.  We don’t have any food downstairs, and I’ve never seen one anywhere near our kitchen.  Best, Rob

This is a broad-nose/short-snouted weevil (Coleoptera: Curculionidae; subfamily Entiminae). It might be a black vine weevil, Otiorhynchus sulcatus – see http://tinyurl.com/zjc5mfg for an image. These weevils often enter buildings in search of shelter, but do no harm there.  Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.

 

leaf-footed bug

Leaf footed bug

5757   Lone Pine, Ca. Hot dry dessert at the base of Mt. Whitney. It was on my leg yesterday afternoon. I panicked at hit it and it sat still in the ground. Looks like it flies. Didn’t smell anything or hear it make a noise. My husband smashed it before I could study it. Lived here my entire life and have never seen one. People commented that they have been seeing them here lately. Jen.

This is a leaf-footed bug (Hemiptera/Heteroptera: Coreidae) in the genus Leptoglossus; likely L. clypealis – see http://tinyurl.com/zxjctfe for an image and http://tinyurl.com/gqdkvkd for more detailed information. Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.

Wood Wasp

Wood Wasp

5756   Randy from Alberta. Just noticed him hanging around my backyard and you can hear those 4 wings as it Flys. About 2.5-3″ long from head to stinger. 

This is wood wasp (Hymenoptera: Siricidae) in the genus Urocerus, it looks like Urocerus flavicornis; see http://tinyurl.com/gptjc33 for an image. Their larvae tunnel in the wood of dead/dying/unhealthy trees. Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.

Wood boring beetle

Metallic wood-boring beetle

5755   This bug was found in Brockville Ontario, Canada, while camping by a lake. He has wings as I did see it fly. Could you please identify it for me? Thanks so kindly!  Eva

This is a metallic wood-boring beetle (Coleoptera: Buprestidae). Also called jewel beetles because of their often iridescent colours, their larvae (flat-headed wood borers) usually are found tunneling under the bark of trees. Some species can be serious pests. Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.

 

Strawberry worms

Millipedes in strawberries.

5754  These worms have been destroying my strawberries.  Found near Winnipeg, MB.  Dave

These ‘worms’ actually are millipedes, arthropods in the class Diplopoda. Some species will indeed damage tender plant parts (including soft fruits) that are close to or on the ground. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.

 

 

Cicada exoskeleton

Cicada exoskeleton

5753   This bug (carcass) was about an inch long (a bit less).  Seen this week in Ottawa.  Hot weather.  Outdoors.

This is the exoskeleton of a cicada, likely one of the so-called annual (some emerge every year after spending two to five years underground) or dog-day (they usually emerge in late summer) cicadas. Most of these are in the genus Neotibicen. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.

Earwig

Earwig

5752  The attached photo is a bug that crawled out of a plum pit that my daughter was eating. They are from BC and I had just bought them today. Please tell me what this bug is. Thank you, Angela

This is an earwig (order Dermaptera). Earwigs are very common nuisance pests that usually do little if any actual harm; occasionally, they may cause damage to very tender vegetation. See http://tinyurl.com/h5m54vn for more detailed information. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.

Comb footed spider

cobweb/comb-footed spiders

5751  Hi I am from Newfoundland Canada and I found these little guys climbing on my house right above my door and I’m just wondering what kind of spider they are. Can you help me please? I found it weird that 2 of them were hanging out together and seemed to be following each other.

These are cobweb/comb-footed spiders in the family Theridiidae; likely Enoplognatha ovata, an extremely variable species  -see http://tinyurl.com/jfpmop9 for an example. They are harmless to humans. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.

 

Seed bug nymph

Nymph of dirt coloured seed bug.

5750  Thanks for the help,  we are being invaded in central Kelowna near the downtown core.  The bugs have been covering our buildings and it is hard to keep them out.  They look a little like a boxelder bug but lack the red marks, and they are about 1/8 inch long in the small version with a mostly red body,  and about a quarter inch long or more in the larger version. I really need to get them out of my home and off my door and walls,  please help. Armand

This appears to be a nymph of a bug in the superfamily Lygaeoidea, such as a dirt-coloured seed bug (Hemiptera/Heteroptera: Rhyparochromidae). These tend to be nuisance pests that do very little actual harm. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.

5749

A strange one

5749   In Ottawa, ON, about 3mm long, swarms of them came out on a hot summer day and running around the concrete/pavers.

I hate to admit it, but this one has me (temporarily, at least) completely bamboozled. It superficially resembles a nymph of a damsel bug (see http://tinyurl.com/hg5ues5 for an example), but I do not know of any damsel bugs having this colour pattern, and being predators, it would be extremely unusual to see large numbers of them in one place. I’ll keep trying… Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.

 

Yellowjacket wasp

Yellowjacket wasp

5748  Hi. My name is Sarita.I live in Surrey, BC,. We have a lot of bees (picture attached) in our house. I need your help how we can remove them and their nest. Thanks. Sarita.  Enclosed: indoor pictures of bee.

 This is not a bee.  It is a Yellowjacket wasp.  If you can find the nest and it is easily accessible there are aerosol pesticides that can be sprayed into the nest, but use caution and plan an escape route.  You could also call an experienced pest professional and avoid the risks.   http://pestcontrolcanada.com/british-columbia/surrey