Thousands of pest photos submitted for identification.

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.

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.

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

seed bug

dirt-colored seed bug

5747  Location: Beamsville, Ontario.  All of a sudden we have found a large amount of these bugs in our front porch area and entering the home. Mark

This is a dirt-colored seed bug (Hemiptera/Heteroptera: Rhyparochromidae); it resembles Raglius alboacuminatus, a European species that has become established in the Pacific Northwest – see http://tinyurl.com/gmqq2g7 for an image. If this is that species, it would represent a significant range extension. You might query the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture (http://tinyurl.com/gn5gmlc) to see if there have been any other similar reports. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.

Horntail wood wasp

Horntail wood wasp pupa

5746   Hi, this bug is in my firewood. Some just under bark, and some in middle of wood. 

This is a pupa of a wood wasp known as a horntail (Hymenoptera: Siricidae). Their larvae tunnel in the wood of dead/dying trees, where they often fall victim to giant ichneumon wasps in the genus Megarhyssa – See http://tinyurl.com/jahprf2 for details. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.

dog-day cicadas or harvestflies

5745  Hello I’m Leo. I found this while sweeping outside my work, and I’ve never seen anything like it. It was HUGE (About the size of a Bic lighter) and wouldn’t fly when nudged. I’m in South Carolina, USA.   Thank you!

This is a cicada (Hemiptera/Auchenorrhyncha: Cicadidae); it appears to be in the genus Neotibicen. Cicadas in this genus (formerly placed in the genus Tibicen) often are called dog-day cicadas or harvestflies as they emerge from underground late in summer unlike their periodical (13- and 17-year cicadas) cousins. See http://tinyurl.com/nevclj9 for more detailed information. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.

 

Stink bug

Stink bug nymph

5744   Hi, my name is Ronna. I found this bug in my back yard in Moncton, NB on a hot sunny July day.  What is it?

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 http://tinyurl.com/hhywusm for more detailed information. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.

Assassin bug nymph in coffee beans

5743  I found this crawling in my coffee grinder, right after dumping some coffee beans in, so I’m guessing it came from in the bag of beans. At first I wondered if it was a foreign insect that came with the coffee, but that’s not the case since the beans I buy are roasted here in Guelph, Ontario, so any stowaway insects would not still be alive after roasting… so I’m guessing it’s a local critter! Please help me figure out what it is?!  thanks, Andrew

This is indeed a local species; it is a nymph of an assassin bug (Hemiptera: Heteroptera: Reduviidae) known as the masked hunter (Reduvius personatus), a peridomestic species with a wide distribution. See No. 5740 for another example. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.

Marbled Orb Weaver spider

5742   Hello,  My name is Joy and I live in Jemseg, NB.  Encountered this spider in my raspberry patch last evening.
Thanks. 

This is an orb weaving spider in the family Araneidae; it looks like Araneus marmoreus, known as the marbled orb weaver. This species is highly polymorphic, exhibiting a very wide range of individual variation in colour patterns. See http://tinyurl.com/zyq5dmu for more detailed information on this species. All orb weavers are harmless to humans. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.

 

Strange fungus

5741  Hi there.  This “nest” is inside a cottage in Haliburton ontario, any idea what it could be?   Patti

I have never seen anything quite like this before; it does not look like any insect or spider ‘nest’/egg sac or cocoon that I am familiar with. It is possible that it might be a fungal/fungus-like growth of some kind – see http://tinyurl.com/zns3y73 for an example (slime mould). Try cutting into it very carefully with a sharp knife to see what the interior looks like. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.

Assassin bug

Assassin bug

5740  IDENTIFY WHAT TYPE OF BUG THIS IS PLEASE AND THANK You. I was in Florida a few months back. Is it possible it might have came from the beach? Found it in my laundry room where all the scuba, beach items are kept. Please let me know ASAP Cheers! Debbie

This is a nymph of an assassin bug (Hemiptera: Heteroptera: Reduviidae) known as the masked hunter (Reduvius personatus). This is a peridomestic species with a wide distribution, and it does have 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.

Giant lichen orb weaver spider

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.

This is another orb weaving spider (family Araneidae) in the genus Araneus; likely Araneus bicentenarius, known as the giant lichen orb weaver – see http://tinyurl.com/jekst4y for an image. This species is widely distributed over the eastern half of North America. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV. 

Orb Weaving Spider

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

This is an orb weaving spider (family Araneidae) in the genus Araneus; a specific i.d. is not possible from this view. All orb weavers are harmless to humans. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV. 

Scarabe beetle

Scarab beetle

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

This is a scarab beetle (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae) in the genus Osmoderma, likely Osmoderma eremicola, known as the hermit flower beetle or leather beetle; see http://tinyurl.com/c69hhjy for additional information on this fascinating insect that I first encountered some 60 years ago on our family farm in North Dakota. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV. 

dobsonfly male

Male Dobsonfly

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

This is a male eastern dobsonfly Corydalus cornutus (Megaloptera: Corydalidae); Their long, forceps-like mandibles apparently are used primarily in courtship, they have little leverage and are incapable of inflicting more than a light pinch to humans skin. On the other hand, the much shorter mandibles of the female (see no. 5735) are very strong, and their bite can draw blood. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV. 

Dobsonfly

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.
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Unknown bugs make the news in Fredericton, NB.  Can you identify the bugs described in this article?  Sean.
http://globalnews.ca/news/2830945/mysterious-green-bugs-invade-new-brunswick-community/?sf31174804=1 

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

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

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 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.

pseudoscorpion

pseudoscorpion

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.