Thousands of pest photos submitted for identification.

ground-nesting bee

ground-nesting bee

6103  Hi. i found tons of these on my garden flowersbtoday on lac largille val des bois quebec. Not sure if its a green wasp. we have a wasp nest under the eavestrough. its new this spring. we have tons of bees as well. please help me id it.    thanks Sonja 

This is a solitary ground-nesting bee, but I cannot see the details needed to confidently say to which family it belongs. It most likely is a halictid (‘sweat bee’), but some megachilids (leaf-cutter bees) can be similar in appearance. In either case, it is a valuable pollinator that should be allowed to carry out its duties.  Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.

tile-horned prionus

tile-horned prionus

6102   Hi,   Attached is a photo of a beetle we found by an outside doorway of our home. We live in Lake Country, BC Canada where it is summer and has been very hot and dry. It is 2 inches long.  It does have a bit of white dust or something on its body, antennae and legs.  Thanks!

This appears to be a tile-horned prionus, Prionus imbricornis (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae); see https://tinyurl.com/y7t26gw3 for an image and more detailed information. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.

leaf beetle

leaf beetle

6101   Hi. My name is Teresa. I have an infestation of these bugs on one type of bush at my camp site in Saskatchewan Landing Provincial Park. (first noticed in mid to late June but still active as they move to new bushes) Do you know what they are?

This is a leaf beetle (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae); it looks like Blepharida rhois, known as the sumac flea beetle. See https://tinyurl.com/y7w539sb for some images. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.

 

female wolf spider

female wolf spider

6100  Aldershot area which is on the border between Hamilton and Burlington, Ontario. I searched through the spiders on your website but couldn’t find this one.   Found this spider today in an empty plant container. Took its pic and let it go. It’s body was about 1/2″ long. What’s curious is the three red orbs that seem to be attached to its body.  Maybe the red orbs are eggs? And it seems to be missing a leg.

This is a female wolf spider (family Lycosidae) with her egg sac; the red objects are mites. Many mites seen in such situations are phoretic (essentially hitchhikers getting a free ride), but some, such as those in the genus Leptus, are ectoparasitic, feeding on the spider’s fluids. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.

long-horned wood-boring beetle

long-horned wood-boring beetle

6099   I found it in Moncton, NB (August)   There have been several of them flying around and landing on the deck. Mike. 

This is a long-horned wood-boring beetle (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae) in the genus Monochamus, it looks like a northeastern pine sawyer, M. notatus – see https://tinyurl.com/y9huk6a3 for an image. This does not appear to be a serious pest, as its larvae bore in trees that already are dead or dying.  Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.

German cockroach and nymphs

German cockroach and nymphs

6098  Hello.   I have had the attached bugs for approximately 4-5 months (spring until end of summer).  They are approximately an inch (adult) and are mostly in the kitchen. They come out at night. They are indoors.   I am in Ottawa Ontario. Joanne, Thank you. 

Like No. 6097, these also are German cockroaches, an adult and two young nymphs. See https://tinyurl.com/h3nd9z8 elsewhere on this site for some control recommendations. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.

German cockroach nymph

German cockroach nymph

6097   Hello ,   Found this insect in the 5th floor apartment, Noticing since 2 months (may), Toronto.   This comes in night outside specially in bathroom , earlier was in kitchen dustbin cabinet too but now after lot of cleaning reduced in kitchen,  found today in bedroom under the bed hiding when we were moving the bed , always prefers dark they are getting too many now.  Please suggest have small kids in home , are they dangerous any remedy to get rid off.  One more thing, they live in small sliding gaps between wooden floor and adjoining wall junction.  Thanks ,  Gaurav

This is a nymph of a German cockroach, Blattella germanica (Blattodea: Ectobiidae), a cosmopolitan pest species that can be difficult to bring under complete control. See https://tinyurl.com/h3nd9z8 elsewhere on this site for some control recommendations.  Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.

pole borer

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6096    Could you identify this for me please?  Found it while emptying my dehumidifier in the basement. About 1 inch in length.  Sarah M.   Toronto, Ontario.  July, 2017.  Thank you.

This is a pole borer, Neandra brunnea (Coleoptera: Ceranbycidae; subfamily Parandrinae). See https://tinyurl.com/y97oksfo for an image and more detailed information. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.

dirt-colored seed bug or false chinch bug

dirt-colored seed bug or false chinch bug

6095  We just suddenly have thousands of these invading our back yard. We are in Penticton BC Canada in the south Okanagan Valley.

This is a nymph of a bug in the superfamily Lygaeoidea, possibly either a dirt-colored seed bug (family Rhyparochromidae) or a false chinch bug (family Lygaeidae). In either case, these are nuisance pests that do little actual harm. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.

 

leaf-footed bug nymph

leaf-footed bug nymph

6094    Please tell me what this is.   I live in Quinte West, Ontario and this bug was on my screen door around dinner time. I live close to a creek and have many spruce and cedar trees around. The she’ll on its back almost looks prehistoric with spikes on it.  Hope to hear from you. Dana 

This is a nymph of a leaf-footed bug (Hemiptera/Heteroptera; Coreidae); likely Acanthocephala terminalis – see https://tinyurl.com/yck2aytl for an image. This does not appear to be a serious pest species. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.

Sphinx moth caterpillar

Sphinx moth caterpillar

6093  Hi.  Photo taken yesterday near Franklin Qc.    Arnold 

This is a caterpillar of a sphinx moth (Lepidoptera: Sphingidae; it appears to be that of a bedstraw hawk moth, Hyles gallii -see https://tinyurl.com/y9r6smr8 for images and more detailed information. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.

dragonfly naiad (nymph)

dragonfly naiad (nymph)

6092   Hello,  My name is Tammy. I am from Winnipeg, MB. We found this bug crawling along the wet sand on the eastern shore of Lake Winnipeg. Can you identify it?

This is a naiad (nymph) of a dragonfly that has completed its aquatic development and is seeking a safe place to undergo metamorphosis to the adult winged stage. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.

 

long-horned wood-boring beetle

long-horned wood-boring beetle

6091  I just found this insect on my clematis vine. It is 10:30pm, still very hot here in Kamloops.  The body is close to 4 cm.  I would appreciate identification. Thank you.  Lynne

This is a long-horned wood-boring beetle (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae), possibly Ergates spiculatus, known as the timberworm -see https://tinyurl.com/ybxpjl8b for images and more detailed information. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.

Stink bug nymph

Stink bug nymph

6090   I spotted this small bug while camping at Awenda Provincial Park in Ontario and thought at first it could be a tick, but then compared the picture to tick pictures online and it looks different. Could you please identify this bug for me? Thanks.  Angela

This is a nymph of a stink bug (Hemiptera/Heteroptera: Pentatomidae. It appears to be one of the predatory species in either the genus Perillus or Podisus; I cannot tell for certain. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.

Dermestidae carpet beetle larva

Dermestidae carpet beetle larva

6089    Hello.  We have been noticing more and more of these popping up in our home. I live in barrie ontario and these photos were taken in July 2017.    They are indoors in the kitchen. I find one or two everyday. Today was the last draw as I found one in my lunch bag. It’s pretty hot out lately. I see them during the day and at night.   Thanks for your help.  Andrew

This is a larva of a beetle in the family Dermestidae (carpet/skin/hide/larder beetles and allies). I cannot tell for certain whether it has two sharp curved ‘spines’ (urogomphi) at the end of its abdomen; if it does, it is in the genus Dermestes (larder beetles), if it does not, it likely would be in the genus Attagenus (black carpet beetle and relatives). Either of these can infest a wide variety of organic materials, including dry stored food products, so you should carefully check all your food storage areas for signs of infestation. See https://tinyurl.com/zl9w25c elsewhere on this site for some control recommendations.  Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.

roundheaded poplar borer

roundheaded poplar borer

6088   Found this Beetle in Sherwood Park Alberta.  Mike C. 

This is a roundheaded poplar borer, Saperda calcarata (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae), see https://tinyurl.com/3t6lf74 for an image and more detailed information.  Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.

darkling beetle

darkling beetle

6087  Hello, could you help me in identifying this bug found indoors in Montreal, Canada.  kindly yours, Danny

This is a darkling beetle (Coleoptera: Tenebrionidae), likely in the genus Tenebrio – see https://tinyurl.com/pf53k4 for an example. Their larvae are known as mealworms, and they occasionally can become pests of grains that have been improperly stored – see https://tinyurl.com/y8craz7d for details.  Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV. 

Fishfly

Fishfly

6086   Hi, I’m Lorraine from North Vancouver BC. This flying bug showed up on the morning of July 21, and has been resting on an exterior brick wall all day long. I live in a forested area with many hemlock and cedar trees, as well as large maples. We also have some dead or decaying trees that woodpeckers peck away at in search of bugs. The weather today was cloudy and much cooler than usual for this time of year, with a bit of light rain. The only bugs that I see regularly are spiders, ants, including carpenter ants, hornets, wasps, leatherjackets, and mosquitoes. This bug is about 3 inches long. I have never seen a bug this large. It look like a boring insect, so I’m wondering if this bug is harmful to our beautiful trees. Hope not! Lorraine, North Vancouver, BC

This is a fishfly (Megaloptera: Corydalidae; subfamily Chauliodinae); it looks like Dysmicohermes disjunctus – see https://tinyurl.com/y7gjkpkk for an image. These insects are completely harmless.   Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.

giant lichen orb weaver

giant lichen orb weaver

6081   Hello, My name is Danielle, I was in Penetanguishene, Ontario visiting some family when we came across this spider. It was sitting on the screen of the kitchen window with its legs all tucked together and facing out in front of its body. It was rather large, its body being roughly the size of a quarter and quite bulbous. After looking at a few references online, I believe it may possibly be a “cat face” orb weaver. Thanks for your help.  – Danielle 

This appears to be Araneus bicentenarius, known as the giant lichen orb weaver; see https://tinyurl.com/y8zhpmjz for images and more information. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.

brown prionid

brown prionid

6085   Please help me what is this. It was climbing up my coach after everyone came inside. It is summer at night time around 10 all the lights are on and they were never shut off we are remodelling our kitchen sink so there was a hole in our kitchen or maybe you could have come inside I’m not sure live in New Hampshire in a mobile home park

This appears to be a brown prionid, Orthosoma brunneum (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae), see https://tinyurl.com/kbm3n7z for images and more information. These will not cause any damage to or in your home.  Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.

scale insects

scale insects

6084  Mike  here in Winters, California. These photos were taken on a Salvia Clevlandii leaf, date and time as noted on photos.  They were taken with an Aven eScope, so I don’t know the magnification, but these were not visible to the naked eye. Any help greatly appreciated as this has turned into an infestation of over a dozen previously healthy plants.  Thank you.  

These appear to be scale insects of some kind; try applications of an insecticidal soap for control. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.

pupa and larva of a lady beetle

6083  Good morning, I found these insects on my Italian plum tree on Vancouver Island. They attach to leaves and fruit by punchers on they back end and cause damage. They are about 4-5mm in length. Any ideas?

These are a pupa and larva of a lady beetle (Coleoptera:, Coccinellidae); likely the Asian multi-colored lady beetle, Harmonia axyridis. These are not damaging your plants, but feed on aphids and other small, soft-bodied insects – see https://tinyurl.com/3cc75vc for more detailed information. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.

Stink Bug

Stink Bug

6082  Hi, We found this crawling in our rooftop deck, middle of the day, mid-summer and have never seen one before. It’s about 1.5cm. We have a lot of container plants and something has been chomping on a few, but we can’t find the culprit. Could this be it? Is it a beetle / weevil? Anything to be worried about? Thanks! Carole A., Vancouver, BC.

This is not a beetle, but a stink bug (Hemiptera/Heteroptera: Pentatomidae), likely in the genus Chlorochroa  – see https://tinyurl.com/y8ugbelr for an example. It would not be responsible for any ‘chomping’ damage, as it has piercing-sucking rather than chewing mouthparts. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.

 

lined June beetles

lined June beetles

6080  Hello. My son Griff found this fuzzy winged critter outside our barn this morning right below a birds nest. It’s been a late summer here in Aldergrove, BC. The heat just recently arrived and its July 2017. I did a bit of looking and I’m guessing a scarub beetle of some sort perhaps?   Thanks! Shannon

This is one of the lined June beetles (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae) in the genus Polyphylla, possibly the 10-lined June beetle, Polyphylla decemlineata. See https://tinyurl.com/y7cqxh3u for more detailed information.  Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.

 

Japanese beetle

Japanese beetle

6079 What kind of pest is this.   Stripping tree about 40 of them on a yearling birch.

This is a Japanese beetle, Popillia japonica (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae), a very obnoxious pest in many parts of North America. Their larvae are turf pests, feeding on the roots of grasses, and the adult beetles feed voraciously on foliage and soft fruits. See https://tinyurl.com/hzjj3my for more detailed information.  Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.

‘dog-day’ cicada

‘dog-day’ cicada

6078   Is this some kind of clear wing Sphinx moth? It’s about 4cm long. I was mowing grass in Georgetown Ontario yesterday and this insect was very angry at my lawn mower. It kept attacking it for over 5 minutes then it came at me. I shut down the lawn mower and it left. When I started it up, it came back and when it pitched on the mower I swatted it. The green in the picture is grass blades I think. Steve.

This is a cicada (Hemiptera/Auchenorrhyncha: Cicadidae); likely one of the so-called ‘dog-day’ cicadas in the genus Neotibicen – see https://tinyurl.com/ybltmat5 for details. These insects are harmless; regardless as to how you interpreted its actions, I can assure you that it was not its intent to ‘attack’ anything.  Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.

water boatmen

water boatmen

6077   Hi, would you be able to identify these bugs and let me know if I should control them.. We started seeing them recently (July 2017) and they are just too many! I live in Edmonton AB. Thank you very much. Ayumi

No need for any control; these are water boatmen (Hemiptera/Heteroptera: Corixidae). These aquatic insects are good fliers and are attracted to lights at night. See https://tinyurl.com/ycngsjtx for more detailed information.  Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.

wharf borer

wharf borer

6076  Good day! My name is Hassanal and I would like to ask for help in identifying this insect. We just transferred into a new apartment and this insect is everywhere. It doesn’t bite/sting (well, so far), doesn’t eat the remains of the food and it flies. Location: Gatineau, Quebec – We are living in the basement with large windows.  Size: Quarter of an inch.  Season: Summer.    Weather: Sunny + rainy.  Location: Indoor.  
Yours truly,  Hassanal

This is a wharf borer, Narcerdes melanura (Coleoptera: Oedemeridae). See https://tinyurl.com/obonjsx for an image and more detailed information.  Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.

 

larva of dermestid beetle

larva of dermestid beetle

6075   I live in ontario Canada.  Its mid july and i have found 1 on my kitchen counter ..a few in my sons room on his clothes and many in my car and in the trunk of my car.

This is a larva of dermestid beetle (Coleoptera: Dermestidae); likely in the genus Dermestes, such as the larder beetle, D. lardarius – see https://tinyurl.com/nw92wz for more detailed information. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.

 

Elm seed bug

Elm seed bug

6074   Hi;  Would you be able to identify this bug and let us know if we should be concerned that we have been finding them around our condo lately. We live in Kelowna BC.   Thank you.  Chels

This looks like another elm seed bug.  See #6072 found in your neighboring community of Vernon.  It looks like these guys snuck across the border into the Okanagan Valley.  Not serious but a nuisance.

sexton/burying beetle

sexton/burying beetle

6073   Located on Vancouver island near Cumberland.   Dawn

This is a sexton/burying beetle (Coleoptera: Silphidae) in the genus Nicrophorus, likely N. marginatus; see https://tinyurl.com/ybbzekxl and https://tinyurl.com/yb3q87kk for images.  Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.

Elm seed bugs

Elm Seed bugs

6072  Hello,   My name is Rachel. My husband and I recently moved to Vernon, BC. It’s July and we have noticed an abundance of these bugs on the outside of our house (photo attached), crawling around the edges of our windows and around the porch overhang and wooden garage door. They do seem to smell bad when squished, but when researching stink bugs, they don’t seem to look like your “average” stink bug. They start to come into the house via the poorly installed screens for our windows, which we have to fix. They’re bodies are about 1cm and they have wings. They also seem to have sort of yellow and black striped sides. I hope that’s enough info to identify these bugs!

This is an elm seed bug, a recent  immigrant from Europe (Identified in US in 2012).  They have become well established in the northwest US states and have apparently now moved into Canada.  Elm seed bugs feed mostly on elm seeds, but can be found on other trees.  Luckily, the bugs are not a concern for the health trees, but they have become a nuisance pest, similar to boxelder bugs, by entering homes and buildings in the spring, late summer and fall.  Read more:  https://extension.usu.edu/news_sections/agriculture_and_natural_resources/elm-seed-bug

wharf borer

wharf borer

6071   Hi, Found this in our work kitchen in Toronto just yesterday (in July).  Curious what you think it is.  Tanbark borer? Nico

Although this superficially resembles a tanbark borer, it actually is a wharf borer, Narcerdes melanura (Coleoptera: Oedemeridae). See https://tinyurl.com/obonjsx for an image and more detailed information.  Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.