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wingless parasitic wasp

wingless parasitic wasp

5818   Hi. I found this ant running around the edge of my cat’s water bowl. It is red with a black head and long pointy thing on the butt end. Can you tell me about it? It was in Gibsons, BC. Thanks!  Tracy

This is not an ant, but a small wingless parasitic wasp of some kind. See http://tinyurl.com/gmt2x2k for another example. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.

 

Phorid flies pupae

Phorid flies pupae

5817   My name is Ellie…  These photos were taken in Columbus, Ohio.  In October, these bugs were found under the cat’s water bowl on an ident on the underside of the bowl. The area around where they were found was wet and bowl had not been moved for a bit. (The apartment has AC and cat is only an indoor cat.) They all measure about a quarter of a centimeter. They are a light brown/ tan color with very small reddish-brown coloring on “face” and tail end. It appears that they have antenna. They look like very small grains of rice- or like a oval pill shape.  Thank you!

These are the pupae of flies in the family Phoridae (scuttle/hump-backed flies). These are very common nuisance pests whose larvae develop quickly in bits of decomposing organic matter. They are frequent ‘guests’ in our kitchen where we have a small composting bin. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.

 

male orb weaving spider

Male orb weaving spider

5816  Seen crawling up the wall at my school! Please let me know if we should be cautious! please help, I’ve been scouring the Internet for hours and can’t seem to find anything that resembles this.

This is a male orb weaving spider, likely in the genus Araneus. Unlike the females, males often are found wandering about off their web. They are completely harmless. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.

Tenebrionidae larvae of a beetle

larvae of a beetle in the family Tenebrionidae

5815   I found these in a light hanging from the roof. How would they get there? Is this something I should be worried about? And please tell me what they are.

These appear to be the larvae of a beetle in the family Tenebrionidae, which includes nuisance pests such as the yellow mealworm. They are unlikely to cause any harm in their current location, but you might want to periodically check any areas where you store grains, seeds, etc. for any signs of infestation. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.

Stink bug

Stink Bug

5814  Can  you please help me identify this bug.    It appears to have 2 legs on each side and antennae on its head.  I live in Windsor Ontario. Sherri

This looks like a brown marmorated stink bug, Halyomorpha halys (Hemiptera/Heteroptera: Pentatomidae), an invasive species that has become widely established in North America. See http://tinyurl.com/nkexo3 for more detailed information. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.

MILKWEED BUG

Milkweed bug

Hello there I have lived in Bowmanville Ontario for about 15 years now and I have never seen this bug, until 3 days ago I saw one and thought nothing of it. Then I saw a post on Facebook warning if you see this bug in your house then go to a disease heath center immediately. Now today being Thursday October 6th 2016 I have approx. 30 to 50 gathering/flying around the front, sides, windows of my house as well as the Garage door. They seem to love window screens and anywhere there is a lot of hot sun. My research has show me they are native far southern than me but I’m wondering since we have had such a hot summer if it is possible the migrated north and cause a potential issue. Please take a look at the attached photo and let me know. Thank you, Greg

This a Milkweed bug that looks remarkably like boxelder bugs until you compare the two together.  The differences are then quite obvious.  For milkweed bug information visit the Nature Trust of British Columbia web site. http://www.naturetrust.bc.ca/blog/?m=201104

moth in the family Geometridae

moth in the family Geometridae

5812 Good day.  I found this moth clinging to my backdoor and have no idea what kind of moth it is.  I live in Calgary Alberta.  Can you help?

This is a moth in the family Geometridae. Their larvae often are called inchworms, measuring worms, loopers, etc. because of their peculiar method of locomotion see http://preview.tinyurl.com/jukyqtu for a video clip.  Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.

click beetle

click beetle

5811  Can you please help In identifying this bug found in my house, London Ontario. Thank  you.  Mark

This is a small click beetle (Coleoptera: Elateridae); these are accidental intruders that will do no damage indoors. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.

Powder post beetle damage

Powder post beetles

5810  Hi could you identify what insect makes these holes? I believe it may be a beetle of some kind. Brad.  Walkerton Ontario.

The size of the holes and the very fine sawdust would indicate powder post beetles are doing the damage.
See http://tinyurl.com/gqgf7gr for tips on distinguishing the types of wood-boring beetles based on their frass characteristics. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.

 

mygalomorph spider

mygalomorph spider

5809   Hi,   I live in Kelowna BC  This beauty was found in my garage in November 2015.  I recently (couple of weeks ago – August 2016)  found another while walking down the road not far from my house.  I am curious as to what it is.  They are approximately the size of a loonie.  Thank you Corinne 

This is a mygalomorph spider (the group to which tarantulas, etc. belong), possibly a male in the genus Antrodiaetus, see http://tinyurl.com/j3oluh9 for an example. Males of these spiders often are found wandering about, apparently in search of a mate, while the females usually are found in their burrows. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.

nymph or exoskeleton of a nymph of a cicada

nymph or exoskeleton of a nymph of a cicada

5808   What kind of bug is this please?   This was taken in Toronto this morning. (Sept. 29) Roland.

This is either a nymph or exoskeleton of a nymph of a cicada (Hemiptera/ Auchenorrhyncha: Cicadidae), likely that of one of the so-called ‘dog-day’ cicadas in the genus Neotibicen. The nymphs of these insects spend one to several years underground, feeding on the sap from tree roots. When they complete their nymphal development, they tunnel to the surface where they climb some handy nearby object, rest a bit, and then the exoskeleton splits, and the adult cicada emerges – see http://tinyurl.com/gvjaw87 for a short video clip. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.

redlined carrion beetle

carrion/burying beetle

5807  HI my name is Kevin. I’m from Sundre, Alberta, Canada. It’s the beginning of fall.  I have found these beetles in my house before and upon hours of looking online I can’t seem to find a match for them. Ive found some close but not the same. This one is approximately 2-2.5cm long. And they smell absolutely vile when you kill them.

This is Necrodes surinamensis, a carrion/burying beetle (Coleoptera/Silphidae) known as the redlined carrion beetle. Beetles in this family are nature’s recyclers, disposing of the carcasses of small birds and mammals as they feed their young; see http://tinyurl.com/hc2ns72 for more details. In the future, please release outdoors any of these that should find their way inside, so that they may carry out their duties.
Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.

western conifer seed bug

western conifer seed bug

5806    Can you please let me know what kind of bugs these are? My husband mentioned how they looked like Chagas (the kissing bugs) and I’ve been worried ever since. We live in Bc Canada and they have been all over our house for the past month. Thanks

This is a harmless nuisance pest; it’s a leaf-footed bug (Hemiptera/Heteroptera: Coreidae); likely a western conifer seed bug, Leptoglossus occidentalis. These commonly enter buildings in search of shelter, but do no harm there; see http://tinyurl.com/ybmonu3 for more detailed information.  Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.

 

predaceous diving beetle

predaceous diving beetle

5805   Hi. My name is Tim, and I am located in Hanwell, New Brunswick. I found this dried out husk in my patio door track. I believe it may be a dried out, deflated June Bug, but I wanted to make sure it wasn’t something nasty that got into my house. It appears to be a very dark green with a split down it’s back. It is a large specimen.  This is a very useful site. I have identified many strange looking bugs here. A great resource to have.  – Tim –

This is a predaceous diving beetle (Coleoptera: Dytiscidae), likely either Cybister fimbriolatus or Dytiscus verticalis (the distinguishing characters cannot be seen in this image. These beetles and their larvae (water tigers) are general predator on other small aquatic life forms, usually other insects, but occasionally small minnows and tadpoles. The adult beetles are strong fliers, and often can be found quite some distance from the nearest water. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.

fungus feeder or scavenger

fungus feeder or scavenger

5804    I live in Minnesota and have never seen this tiny super bright red beetle type bug that borrows little holes all over the place. I pulled this long out of my old 1800’s Catholic Church that rest on my farm. Weather right now is 75 and hardly any humidity. It Sept.19th 2016. And I wouldn’t have ever seen them but I wash old logs and restore them into useful objects. And while soaking log to the point of satcheration it forced them up out of the holes. Please tell me what they are and how to get rid of these before I lose a very old sacred place. My great great great great grandfather built. Now converted into log storage. Thank you!

This does not resemble any of the wood-boring/damaging beetles that I am familiar with; I rather suspect that it might be either a fungus feeder or scavenger. Just because an insect is found in a hole does not mean that it made it. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.

 

Mite

Mite

5803   Hi there, I found this very tiny insect in my bathroom. It has an oval shape and yellow color, 6 legs and 2 antennas. The macro zoom is 19x. Could I please know the name of this insect?   Thank you in advance,   – Gregory

This is not an insect, but a mite. What appear to be antennae actually are its first pair of legs. There are several other arthropods lacking antennae that use one pair of their legs (usually the first pair) as if they were antennae. I cannot tell exactly what kind of mite this is, but it does not appear to be a biting kind like bird or rodent mites. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.

Cave orb weaver spider

Cave orb weaver spider

5802  This is a spider that had MANY buddies, they were in the crawlspace under a house our employees were working in Muskoka Lakes, Ontario.  Him and his friends scared the guys, they are convinced he is toxic, I believe he is not.  Would you like to settle our argument. Jennifer. 

This spider, Meta ovalis, is harmless to humans; it is in the family Tetragnathidae (long-jawed orb weavers) and is commonly known as the cave orb weaver, as it often is found in dark, undisturbed places like caves (and crawl spaces); see http://tinyurl.com/z4h2dwl for details. I have seen quite a few of these in West Virginia caves. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.

Box Elder Bugs

Box Elder bug swarm

5801  My name is Cynthia Reason and I’m a reporter with Metroland Media Toronto.  I was wondering if you can tell me if the insects in the attached photo are Box Elders Bugs or not?  We’ve had a couple of concerned residents contact us about a fairly large swarm of them in York, and we were hoping to shed some light.  Also, would you be willing to comment for the story, addressing the fact that they are merely a nuisance pest, but not necessarily harmful? Thanks for your time! Cynthia. 

Yes the photo you sent is a typical swarm of box elder bugs.  Apparently this is common in Ontario at this time of year.  They are seldom seen in B.C. so I personally never had to deal with them when I was in the pest control business for 20+ years.   They are harmless to humans and any damage to vegetation is minimal.  If they die in wall cavities of a home, the carcasses can be a food source that will attract other pests such as carpet beetles.  Please see  http://pestcontrolcanada.com/box-elder-bugs  for more information.  If they become too much of a nuisance, a simple, inexpensive and safe control solution is to spray the clusters with soapy water.  (Safer Soap is available at most garden shops)  There are more suggestions on the web page.
Larry Cross,   Webmanager.

Dermestid Beetle

Dermestid Beetle

5800  Hello, found this little guy on my pillow this morning in my apartment. About 4mm long. I believe he has wings but has not flown. I don’t have any bites on me (I’ve had bedbug bites in the past while travelling). No other signs of bugs or feces. Please keep me know what you think.  Thanks, Jill

This is a beetle in the family Dermestidae (hide/skin/carpet/larder beetles, etc.); it looks like an Attagenus sp. (black carpet beetles and allies). See http://tinyurl.com/zl9w25c elsewhere on this site for control/management suggestions.  Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.

 

Foreign grain beetle

Foreign grain beetle

5799  Hi, I’m from waterloo Ontario. I am finding these tiny beetle bugs constantly in my home. I have no idea what they are or if it’s a real issue. I’ve attached a few pictures. Thank you Samantha

This appears to be Ahasverus advena (Coleoptera: Silvanidae), a nuisance pest known as the foreign grain beetle or new house beetle – see http://tinyurl.com/hf8k843 for images and more detailed information. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.

 

Firefly

5798  Hello I am from winnipeg Manitoba, it is September 15th and in the 20s for out door temperature. I found this bug climbing down my wall in my house, I am going through bed bug treatments and was last sprayed September 13th. I am hoping that what ever this bug is, that it is the only one in my unit. I have attached a photo of his back and underside, please help me identify this gross bug.   When it is on its back it flips it’s self over using its butt, a cone shipped thing that comes out from its underwhelming then retracts back when it is on its feet. Eww

This is a firefly (Coleoptera: Lampyridae); likely in the genus Ellychnia, see http://tinyurl.com/hytxztd for an example. Unlike most other fireflies, ones in this genus tend to be active during the daytime rather than in the evening. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.

Boxelder bugs

Boxelder bugs

5797    Hello.   I am in Kingston, ON and curious to know what this specimen might be.  I found many of them sunning themselves on the stucco of a foundation.   Thank you for this service,   Matthew.

These are boxelder bugs (Hemiptera/Heteroptera: Rhopalidae; Boisea sp.); likely the eastern boxelder bug, B. trivittata. These basically are nuisance pests that do little if any real harm – see http://tinyurl.com/pr9y98a for more detailed information. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.

 

female orb weaving spider

female orb weaving spider

5796  Can you please tell me what kind of spider this is. Found on a cement pad in Thunder Bay, Sept 13/2016 Sunny weather, Helen

This is a female orb weaving spider in the genus Araneus that has deposited her eggs and is approaching the end of her natural life. Both A. marmoreus and A. trifolium can have a similar appearance under this condition; I am inclined to believe that this more likely is A. trifolium. See http://tinyurl.com/z49a7bg for another example. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.

Flea

Flea

5795   Found in our daughter’s bed after she woke up with bites!  Measures about 1-2mm – very small!  Thank you!  Susi.  Calgary.

This a flea that will feed on any warm blooded creature, especially humans.  To eliminate them in your home 1) Take your pets to a vet for treatment, 2) Vacuum, Vacuum, vacuum. 3) Have a pest professional treat your home with residual products that will kill the adults and insect growth regulators to eliminate the eggs and larva.  (IGR). More information: http://pestcontrolcanada.com/fleas

 

Sexton beetle

burying/sexton beetle Beetle with hitch-hikers

5794  Hi I’m wondering what kind of bug this is. It’s a beetle type bug with little red spiders/ticks all over it. It flew in my car window as I was driving. My name is Brad and I live in Bancroft Ontario Canada.

This is a burying/sexton beetle (Coleoptera: Silphidae) in the genus Nicrophorus. The little red critters are mites that are using the beetle as transportation (a phenomenon known as phoresy) to get to their next meal source – see http://tinyurl.com/gumcmra for an image. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.

Well fed bed bug

Well fed Toronto bed bug

5793  Last night I sent a picture of a bug I found in my bed. It was taken with my cell. I found a live version of this bug this morning on my carpet and have taken a better picture with my camera (I hope). I really hoping it isn’t a bedbug. Once again, I live in Toronto and this bug is easily squished and has a lot of blood in it. Thanks for your help.

This, unfortunately is a bed bug that has had a good blood meal.   The best control solution is to call an experienced pest professional.  In the mean time do not spray pesticides that could scatter them making it more difficult to find others.  See our web page for helpful information: 
http://pestcontrolcanada.com/how-to-get-rid-of-bed-bugs

orb weaving spider

Common orb weaving spider

5792   My nabour has this one in her garden. She is wanting to know the name of it pls.

This is Argiope aurantia, an extremely common, widespread and harmless (to humans) orb weaving spider. See http://tinyurl.com/hzr5jab for much more detailed information. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.

 

 

Reproductive winged ant

Reproductive winged ant

5790  Hi,   My name is Leslie and we live in Calgary.  We noticed hundreds of these flying insects (both large as in the picture and many very tiny ones as well) around a large window on our stair landing and then found hundreds more along the base of one wall in an unfinished part of our basement.  We sprayed the basement and it immediately killed them and then we vacuumed up the rest on the landing.  We haven’t seen a single one in the last  week so it seems we’ve eradicated them.  I would like to know if these little guys do any damage and if it’s likely they will come back.  Many thanks for your help!

This is a winged ant, likely a female ‘queen.’ Unfortunately, I cannot tell what kind it is from this image; the only ones to be concerned about from a damage standpoint are carpenter ants in the genus Camponotus. See http://tinyurl.com/zbfx3m8 elsewhere on this site for detailed information on these pests. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.

cockroach nymphs

cockroach nymphs

5789  We are trying to identify the attached insects.  My location is Albuquerque, NM.  They are very small, between 4-5 mm (~3/16ths of an inch), end to end, not including antennae.  We are concerned these could be immature roaches, but we have lived here ten years and have never had them.  We have not seen any adult insects.  We are in a condo on the second floor, with one unit below part of our own.  The insects are showing up on the kitchen floor, either dead or dying.  We only spray outdoors, so we aren’t sure if these are coming in from the outside (deck, about 15 feet from the kitchen), or if they hatched inside.  If they hatched indoors, then we can’t explain what is killing them.  Also, we would expect to see a more signs, and greater numbers, not just two or three each day.  We have seen approximately eight total, but can’t identify where they are coming from. Thank you.  Any help in identifying the insects and recommendations to control is greatly appreciated. Kurt

These are very young cockroach nymphs, but I am uncertain as to exactly which species they might be. You might check with the owners/occupants of adjoining units to see if any had recently initiated any pest control measures. In the meantime, you might set out some ‘roach motels’ to see if you can get a better idea as to the extent of your infestation. Cockroaches essentially are nocturnal, so you might see only a few during the daytime even if a relatively heavy infestation is present. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.

white-margined burrower bug nymph

white-margined burrower bug nymph

5788   Hi, this is Lili from Moncton New Brunswick. Found these bugs around outdoor plants in early September.  They are very small, with black head, red body with stripes. And they appear in groups. There are some little red things around them, not sure whether those are eggs or babies. Please help, thanks!  Lili

This appears to be a nymph of a white-margined burrower bug, Sehirus cinctus (Hemiptera/Heteroptera: Cydnidae). These are not pests that need any control; see http://tinyurl.com/zebkvpk for images and detailed information on its life history. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.

 

Tussock moth caterpillar

Tussock moth caterpillar

5787   Hi.   This was found in Prince Edward Island (Sept 2016).  It is about 2” long +- and found on the grass by our propane tank. The 4 things on its back seemed to be soft and looked like the ends of paint brushes.  Any Idea of what type of caterpillar this is?  Thanks,  Derek

This is a caterpillar of a tussock moth (Lepidoptera: Erebidae; subfamily Lymantriinae) in the genus Orgyia; likely Orgyia leucostigma, the white-marked tussock moth. See http://tinyurl.com/3mjz472 for detailed information on its life history. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.

crane fly

Crane fly

5786   My name is Nolen.  I live in Delta, BC and it’s late summer. What is this thing I killed?  Thanks,  Nolen

This is a crane fly.   The adults are a nuisance but considered harmless.  The species common in the pacific northwest are a serious problem because the larvae,  also known as leather jackets, feed on the roots of plants, mainly turf grass. Sometimes crane fly populations get high enough to cause damage to lawns.
More information: http://whatcom.wsu.edu/cranefly/faq.htm

termites

Reproductive termites

5785   From Al, BC coast, Canada.  Any idea what these are? quite a few around today in our house (September 3rd) never seen them before.  Many thanks

This is a pair (male pursuing female) of reproductive termites. They often form pairs like this after emerging from their colony and shedding their wings. After mating, the female will attempt to found a new colony. As most people are not keen on hosting these critters, locating a certified termite control service might be a good idea – see http://tinyurl.com/z6nhap8 elsewhere on this site for a starting point. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
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Western subterranean termites have acute survival instincts. If they are shaken up or disturbed, the termites often will abandon the associated area and move on to secretly cause damage in other areas in the building.  Get help from an experienced pest control professional.