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click beetle

Click Beetle

6019    In Welland, Ontario Niagara region, found by our cat.‎ In upstairs rug. We were working outside the day before.   Elizabeth

This is a click beetle (Coleoptera: Elateridae); a harmless accidental intruder. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.

spider beetle

spider beetle

6018   I found this bug between my bed sheets after having moved some sweaters onto my bed that were in the kitchen. I live in Montreal, Quebec. We have spring weather right now. The bug seems to have antennae that it uses to feel its environment and walks almost robotically, so I looked up different beetles online. What do you think?   Jessica.

This is a spider beetle (Coleoptera: Anobiidae; subfamily Ptininae) in the genus Mezium – see https://tinyurl.com/ybqkudyq for an example. These can be pests in a variety of dry stored food products; see https://tinyurl.com/mamup5 for a fact sheet that includes control recommendations. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.

male elm sawfly

male elm sawfly

6017  This insect was found in my yard.  4th June 2017.  It was large, the size of a Canadian loony with wings extended.  Location Saskatoon.  Weather conditions hot and dry.   Can you identify it please.   Thank you.  Bill. 

This looks like a male elm sawfly, Cimbex americana (Hymenoptera Cimbicidae), see https://tinyurl.com/y8tvlk5d for an image. Their larvae look like caterpillars (see https://tinyurl.com/y8r9mckt), and feed on the leaves of elm and willow trees; they are not considered serious pests. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.

bed bug

Bed bugs in bathroom

6016   I live in the north Okanagan in British Columbia and have found several of these in my bathroom (over the past few weeks) where my dog likes to lay on the cool lino floor as it is May/June and quite hot here.  This bug is about ¼ inch long.   I am hoping it is not a tick…   Ruby

 This is a bed bug, a much more difficult pest to eliminate than ticks.   Read more about getting rid of them:  http://pestcontrolcanada.com/how-to-get-rid-of-bed-bugs
You would probably be wise to contact a pest professional in your area to inspect and treat the problem. http://pestcontrolcanada.com/british-columbia/okanagan-Thompson
 

stonefly

stonefly

6015    Hello there! This guy was found today inside an apartment in Fort McMurray, Alberta. It was posted on one of the local Facebook groups and has drawn a lot of attention as to what it is. I was hoping you could help us put the mystery to rest. To me it looks like a stonefly or Mayfly. The picture doesn’t show but it has spotted wings. All of Fort McMurray greatly appreciates your feedback! Thank you for your time.  Christina

This does indeed appear to be a stonefly (order Plecoptera), but because of the angle from which the photo was taken, I cannot tell you much more about its identity. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.

rove beetles

rove beetles

6014    These have shown up in a basement laundry room. We’ve put out some sticky traps which is where they are showing up. We seem to rarely see live bugs, the ones we see are already dead.  Can you help us identify this?   Regards,    Derek.  St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada

Like No. 6007, these are rove beetles (Coleoptera: Staphylinidae); general predators on other small arthropods. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.

leaf beetles

leaf beetles

6013    Hi my name is Sydney and we are currently at South Bay, Turtle Lake, Saskatchewan and we have been here for a few days and noticed a lot of reeds washed up on the beach. It’s May long so the beach is always a mess from the melted ice but there are excess reeds. After 3 days of being here we noticed bump like things all over the reeds (tons of them) and after sitting on the beach for a few minute we noticed some of them starting to move and fly around. Within the hour of sitting there they were everywhere. All over our clothes, hair, chairs and everything. They seem harmless but more annoying and creepy crawly. They’ve now somewhat clung to all the windows and outside of the cabin. It was cool and windy all day yesterday but today it’s about 18-19 degrees. And for size they’re about 7-8mm long. Just curious of what they are and if they are harmful in anyway. Thank you.

These are leaf beetles (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae); likely in the subfamily Galerucinae, but I am uncertain as to the exact species. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.

ground beetle

ground beetle

6012  Hello there,  Please help me identify the bugs shown on the attached pictures. They are about 5 mm in length.  My name is John and I live in North York (Toronto) in a townhouse complex where there are more than 300 units. To my knowledge only my next door neighbour and I got our homes infested by these bugs, first last year and then this year as well. This year the bugs appeared about 3 weeks ago and most of them concentrated at the window sill and adjacent areas on the floor.  These creatures fly occasionally but mostly crawl and some reach onto other areas of the house. Others are found dead at the end of day. Since they come from the outside, the condominium corporation brought in a pest control company who applied some kind of spray outside of the house but it was not effective since they keep coming into our places.  Please let me know what kind of bugs are these and how we can get rid of them.   Thank you and best regards,  John

This appears to be a ground beetle (Coleoptera: Carabidae). Ones like this are general predators on other small arthropods, mainly other insects, and thus could be considered beneficial. If you don’t want them around, simply vacuum them up. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.

reproductive caste termite

reproductive caste termite

6011   Many of these were noticed in the bedroom of a beach house rental today, located in Galveston, Texas. Any ideas of what this could be?  Tommy

This is a reproductive caste termite that has shed its wings. The management of the property should be notified so that they may take appropriate control actions; see https://tinyurl.com/y9xflnfc for a starting point. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.

nymph of a cicada

nymph of a cicada

6010   This was found in Armstrong BC Canada. There was another one found that looks like it was shedding it skin.    Shannon

This most likely is a nymph of a cicada (Hemiptera/ Auchenorrhyncha: Cicadidae); these spend up to 17 years (depending on the species) underground feeding on the sap from tree roots, before emerging and transforming to the adult winged stage. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.

bumble bee or a carpenter bee

bumble bee or a carpenter bee

6009  This bug has been flying around outside my bedroom window for three days now. I just want to know if it’s dangerous or not.

This is either a bumble bee or a carpenter bee; as it has been sprayed with some substance, I cannot be certain which it is. Also, I believe that this image has been posted before. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.

Future queen carpenter ant

Future queen carpenter ant

6008  Hello we live in Shawnigan Lake BC on Vancouver Island and have been seeing these black ants outside and inside our home over the past few days.  How do we get rid of them is it possible to do this on our own? Are these carpenter ants should we be concerned if we leave them alone will they eventually go away?  Thanks,  Vicki

This is a female reproductive carpenter ant, probably Modoc species. The ant has been fertilized and has removed her wings. (See the scars on her thorax)  She will be seeking wet wood to burrow into and start a new nest. She will lay about 70,000 eggs over the next 15 years.   Read more about carpenter ants.

rove beetle

rove beetle

6007   Hello,  My name is Alyson. This little guy was on my neck when I felt something on me. It is 3 or 4 cm. I’ll send a picture of the chair with a ruler so you can check that if necessary.  I’m in Alberta near Edmonton. It was a hot day and I was sitting outside in a relatively open space. Thank you.

This is a rove beetle (Coleoptera: Staphylinidae); they are general predators on other small arthropods, mainly other insects. This is a huge family with thousands of species; see https://tinyurl.com/zukwwvo for some examples.  Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.

burrowing bug

Burrowing bug

6006   Found dead in my bathroom in Toronto. About the size of a small apple seed. Any ideas? Thanks.

This looks like a burrowing bug, Hemiptera/Heteroptera: Cydnidae); see https://tinyurl.com/omrgrbb for an example. These can be nuisance pests when they occur in large numbers, but they do no real harm. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.

short-snouted/broad-nosed weevil

short-snouted/broad-nosed weevil

6005  It was on the side of my house on May 23rd 2017 in Surrey BC Canada.  Weather, damp, then hot.  Tami

This is a short-snouted/broad-nosed weevil (Coleoptera: Curculionidae; subfamily Entiminae), but the image is not clear enough for a more specific identification. The adults basically are nuisance pests that cause no serious harm, but their larvae can be serious pests – see http://tinyurl.com/monvaej for detailed information. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.

might be larvae of biting midges

Biting midge larvae

6004    Found on rope attached to a dock. Six Mile Lake, Port Severn Ontario. May 21, 2017.

I cannot be certain, but these might be larvae of biting midges in the family Ceratopogonidae – see https://tinyurl.com/ybpw4oal for an example. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.

Bed Bug

Bed Bug

6003  smaller than apple seed.. may 24weekend rural Ontario in an RV..   Thanks in advance.  Brian. 

This is a bed bug (Hemiptera/Heteroptera: Cimicidae), but the image is not clear enough to determine whether it is a human bed bug or a closely related species such as a bat bug. See https://tinyurl.com/zawv29f for a very detailed article on bed bugs. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.

 

American carrion beetle

American carrion beetle

6002  I have never seen this beetle here before. Found it on top of my backyard gate post in Ottawa, Ontario in mid May.

This is an American carrion beetle, Necrophila americana (Coleoptera: Silphidae). See https://tinyurl.com/k4u7p3y for images and additional information. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.

cecropia moth caterpillar

cecropia moth caterpillar

6001    Hi.  This picture was taken on a friend’s farm near Endeavour, Saskatchewan almost 10 years ago. At the time nobody could identify it.   It was found in a recently planted sea buckthorn windbreak row. Never saw one before or since. This guy was kept by the children and fed sea buckthorn leaves until he started spinning a cocoon in his jar. At that point my friend relented and put him back in the sea buckthorn, never to be seen again. As you can see, the critter was a good 10 cm long, and, “not from around here”.   If you can identify it you will solve a ten-year mystery.  Thanks, George

This is a caterpillar of a cecropia moth, Hyalophora cecropia (Lepidoptera: Saturniidae), North America’s largest moth. See https://tinyurl.com/ya29g8d5 for more detailed information. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.

 

Grain weevil

Grain weevil

6000   Hi, I was finally able to get a good picture of the bugs that were in the rental we moved into .   You mentioned that they were most likely weevils but the pics were blurry … would you mind looking at this pic and , if possible , narrowing down the type ??  Thanks again for your time.

This does indeed look like one of the grain/granary weevils in the genus Sitophilus, see http://tinyurl.com/hl8fkt9 for an example. You should check all food storage areas where you keep dry food items (including bird seed), especially seeds of wheat, rice, or corn (maize), for signs of infestation.  Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.

 

Mayfly

Mayfly

5999   Could you please help in identifying this insect. I have swarms of them around my house, the cover everything from my BBQ, my table to my car.

This is a male mayfly (order Ephemeroptera). These do not feed as adults or otherwise cause any physical damage, but can become extreme nuisances when large swarms of them emerge at the same time. Mayflies spend the vast majority of their lives as aquatic nymphs; the adults live only long enough to find mates and then deposit their eggs. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.

terrestrial crustacean (sow bug)

terrestrial crustacean (sow bug)

5998   Hello!    My name is Travis, and I live in southern Ontario.  We’ve seen a few of these guys in our master bathroom in the past few days and would love an identification.  I hope the photo is clear enough.  My best guess is some kind of sowbug?     They are small (maybe as long as my fingernail, <1cm).  It’s just the beginning of spring and it’s starting to get warm.    I hope I’ve given adequate info.  Thanks!  Travis

This is a terrestrial crustacean in the order Isopoda, and sowbug is one of the common names applied to these creatures. They primarily are scavengers on bits of decomposing organic matter, but some species have been known to damage very tender plant parts. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.

reproductive caste termite

Reproductive caste termite

5997      can you tell me what this bug is?    Thank you.   Jackie 

This is a reproductive caste termite. You may wish to have your premises inspected by a professional termite control company. See http://tinyurl.com/z6nhap8 elsewhere on this site for a directory of professional concerns in Canada. If you live in the United States, see http://tinyurl.com/ddsa37 for a starting point.  Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.

 

assassin bug

assassin bug

5996   Can you please tell me what is this bug?  Hang Ha

This appears to be a nymph of Reduvius personatus, a peridomestic species of assassin bug (Hemiptera/Heteroptera: Reduviidae) known as the masked hunter. These are reported as having a very painful but not dangerous bite. See http://tinyurl.com/23g4bdy for more detailed information. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.

fairy shrimp crustacean

fairy shrimp crustacean

5995  My name is Bailey and live in northern Alberta, I found this little guy in the swamp out back. Not too sure if it’s a larvae or what.  anyone know??

This is a crustacean known as a fairy shrimp (class Branchiopoda; order Anostraca). I often encountered these in temporary pools in the early spring on our farm in North Dakota. See http://tinyurl.com/l8mgqq8 for more detailed information.  Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.

larder beetle

larder beetle

5994    Hey just wondering what kind of beetle this is. Found it under the bathroom sink with about 15 more. Lots of sawdust and wood around them. I looked on the site to see if it was posted and couldn’t find one like it.

This is a larder beetle, Dermestes lardarius (Coleoptera: Dermestidae), a peridomestic pest species. See http://tinyurl.com/nw92wz for more detailed information, including control recommendations.

Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.

 

Dog tick

Dog Tick

5993  Good Morning.   I went for a walk in some grassland with a few trees here and there, not far from a beachy area on Lake Ontario and since then have found several of the bugs that you can see in the attached photo.   They don’t bite or anything but seem to hook themselves on to your skin and are not easily swiped off. They are also “unsquashable” so must have a very tough shell –  the only way I have been able to kill them is by flushing them down the toilet.   My dog was with me on the walk but does not appear to have any on him and I’m wondering where they are coming from ….and why they seem to like me so much!!! – I also live on a marina so my home is right by water…is this the connection?  Please let me know what they are and how to best get rid of them. There are not loads but it’s a bit disconcerting finding them periodically attached to me (and my daughter)   Thanks   Sue

This is a female dog tick.   They can be a health hazard if they bite.   They should be removed quickly.  It is quite likely your dog has ticks that should be removed. 
More Info:  http://www.wallisroughley.ca/ticksurveillance.html

Maggot (fly larva)

5992   Dear Pest Control Canada,    I’ve been finding these little white maggot-like things all over the kitchen floor and occasionally on the counters, but I can’t figure out where they are actually coming from.  They don’t really crawl…they seem to start crawling but then just sort of roll and wriggle and don’t get very far, which is confusing as they keep appearing in the middle of the floor with no discernable source.  They’ve just started in the past few days as it’s finally gotten sunny here in Vancouver, BC.  Do you have any idea what they could be?
Thank you and sincerely,  Shoshana
This appears to be a maggot (fly larva).    They could be dropping from your ceiling through gaps around a light fixture or ceiling fan.  They may be feeding on a dead rodent in your attic.  This is not an uncommon pest problem. 

 

Cockroach

Cockroach

5991   Found this little guy dead in my kitchen any idea what it is? Thanks kind regards, Rhys Jonah

This is a cockroach, but it does not appear to be any of the common peridomestic pest species. Knowing your geographic rea would help on pinning it down. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.

plant louse

plant louse

5990  Is this a baby bed bug?

This is an aphid, aka ‘plant louse’ (Hemiptera/Sternorrhyncha: Aphididae). All aphids are sap feeders, and some can be serious garden/agricultural pests. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.

Firefly larva

Firefly larva

5989   Found this today in the Belleville area! What is it?!?   Jenn

This appears to be a larva of a firefly (Coleoptera: Lampyridae); see http://tinyurl.com/lv3whqt for an image. They are general predators on other small arthropods, mainly other insects. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.

 

drugstore beetles

drugstore beetles

5988  These little bugs showed up in our Kitchen late last summer 2016. They are mainly in the kitchen cupboards and often migrate to the south facing windows. They disappeared once the cold weather come around even though they are in the house. In the middle of April 2017  they started showing up again.  I would like to know what they are so that we can figure out how to get rid of them.  We are located in Napanee Ontario Canada.   Harold

These look like drugstore beetles, Stegobium paniceum (Coleoptera: Anobiidae). They and their close relatives, cigarette beetles (Lasioderma serricorne), are cosmopolitan pests that will infest a very wide range of organic materials. See http://tinyurl.com/psebz98 for more detailed information including control recommendations. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.

duff millipede

duff millipede

5987      Hi there,  I am Mel who lives in Vancouver, BC.  I have attached a photo of a bug for identification.  The bug’s are located inside the basement, on the west facing window sills.  The bugs were noticed in January 2017 and they are still in the basement.  There has been more rain than usual and the area around the house has been very wet.   Thanks for your assistance.

– This is a duff millipede (Polyxenida: Polyxenidae). These are merely nuisance pests; no need for control measures. See http://tinyurl.com/mrd7qq6 for more detailed information. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.