Ichneumon Wasp

6192 I’m from Prince George, BC. I found this bug in my basement April 2018. We have had a bizarre winter (cold, warm, lots of snow, melting, freezing etc), but now it is quite mild and finally looking like spring.

The bug looks like an ant but has a really long “tail” and wings. It’s between 5-10 m long from antennae to end of the tail. Does anyone know what this would be? I’ve lived in Prince George my whole life and I have never seen a bug like this before. The bug in the picture was found dead (hard to say if my cat got to it). Any advice is greatly appreciated. I can tell you that the bug is dominantly black and the legs may be a brownish colour.

Number 6192 – This is an ichneumon wasp (Hymenopter: Ichneumonidae); they all are parasitic on other arthropods, primarily other insects, and are harmless to humans (and cats).

Weevil

6191 We’re in Montreal’s West Island area. We have these bugs in the house and they’re usually found in pasta but also marshmallow etc. in the pantry.
I haven’t seen them before and am wondering whether they came in some flour or something.

Number 6191 – This is a weevil (Coleoptera: Curculionidae), based on your narrative it most likely is one of the grain /granary weevils in the genus Sitophilus. These often infest stored grains such as wheat, rice, corn (maize), etc. as well as dry stored food products made from grains (such as pasta). See elsewhere on this site for additional information including control suggestions. Click here

Brown Marmorated Stink Bug

6190 What is it??

Number 6190 – This is a brown marmorated stink bug, Halyomorpha halys (Hemiptera/Heteroptera: Pentatomidae), an introduced species that has become a pest in much of North America. Click here for more detailed information.

Nymph of an assassin bug

6189 What is this bug? At first I thought it was a Kissing Bug or Boll Weevil but upon comparing stock photos online, I don’t think so.

Number 6189 – This is a nymph of Reduvius personatus, an assassin bug (Hemiptera/Heteroptera: Reduviidae) known as a masked hunter. This is an introduced species likely of European origin that is frequently found indoors where it feeds on the insects and other arthropods it finds there. It is reported to have a very painful (but not dangerous) bite; Click here for more detailed information.

Carpenter Ants or not?

6188  Can you please identify these for me? We want to make sure that they are not carpenter ants.

Number 6188 – This does have the appearance of a carpenter ant (Camponotus sp.), but a clear view from the side would confirm this. The top of the thorax of a carpenter ant is smoothly rounded, whereas that of most other ants is not – Click here for an image.

Larder Beetle

6187 – Just Wondering what this is.

Number 6187 – This is a larder beetle, Dermestes lardarius (Coleoptera: Dermestidae), a cosmopolitan pantry pest. Click here for more detailed information.