6157 Hi. I am in Paradise, NL. I found this crawling on my siding. Way bigger than a ladybug.
6156 Hello I just killed this bug in our child’s room in Toronto, Please note the little spots on the back. Please help! Richard
6155 I found this in a drawer in our house in Halifax Nova Scotia. Can you please identify and tell me if I need to be concerned. Thanks. Ray
6154 Hello, Found this 5mm long insect (photos attached) indoors in Southern Ontario this month (Oct) Any idea what it is? Adam
Hello, Could you tell me what these are and if they are something I need to be worried about. Sam
6153 These are boxelder bugs. In the fall they may crawl into cracks and cavities around a home seeking shelter from winter. They are a nuisance but not harmful. For more information see: http://pestcontrolcanada.com/box-elder-bugs
6152 Hi, I’m curious if you might be able to identify this insect. The picture was taken late August 2017 in the Vancouver, BC Canada area. The insect seemed to have sticky pads of some type on it’s “feet”, as it wouldn’t easily come loose when the cup was repeatedly shaken/banged outside, until it flung (didn’t fly) and stuck/grasped against the side of the nearby house about 4’ away. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks, Jason
This appears to be a male drumming katydid, Meconema thalassinum (Orthoptera: Tettigoniidae); see https://tinyurl.com/yd9ylbvp for an image. This is a European species that has been introduced into North America; in Europe, it is known as the oak bush-cricket. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
6151 Cindy from Val Caron, Ontario, Canada. Photo taken October 7th 2017.
This is an eastern giant crane fly, Pedicia albivitta (Diptera: Tipulidae), see https://tinyurl.com/yaap923k for an image. They are completely harmless. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
6150 I found this caterpillar in Weldon Park in London, Ontario a week ago (late September). Is it a banded tussock? I’m curious to know what the white things are on it’s back. Kelly
This does appear to be a banded tussock moth caterpillar (Halysidota tessellaris; Lepidoptera: Lymantriidae). The white objects are the cocoons spun by larvae of a parasitic wasp (likely a braconid in the subfamily Microgastrinae) that developed within the body of the caterpillar. When the larvae are fully grown, they chew through the cuticle of the caterpillar and then spin a cocoon that protects them during their pupal stage. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
I am from Toronto, I found this thing walking around my bedroom. It is about one cm.
6149 This is a short-snouted/broad-nosed weevil (Coleoptera: Curculionidae; subfamily Entiminae), likely a black vine weevil (Otiorhynchus sulcatus). Adults will occasionally invade homes but they cause no harm there. See http://tinyurl.com/monvaej for detailed information. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
I came home from work today to find this little guy crawling on the side of our house! Any idea what it is? Thanks Dave
This is a caterpillar of a swallowtail butterfly (Lepidoptera: Paplionidae) in the genus Papilio; see https://tinyurl.com/y7c8pns8 for an example. These caterpillars often change from green to brown as they get ready to pupate. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
6148 Found in interior BC near Nelson in August. Approximately 1.25 inches long (large). Unable to identify. Lauren
This is a rodent bot fly (Diptera: Oestridae; Cuterebra sp.). Their larvae develop under the skin of several species of rodents; the adult flies lack functional mouthparts and are harmless. See https://tinyurl.com/ybftn3ff for more detailed information. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
6147 I’m from Parksville, B.C. I found this dead bug burrowed in my carport wood beam also when removing a rotted piece from a beam I found a larvae. Here I thought termites were my biggest problem. I had already squirted some termidor poison in all the visible holes, I also removed a sunflower seed they must have used as a plug. What are my options?
This is Buprestis aurulenta, a metallic wood-boring beetle (Coleoptera: Buprestidae) sometimes called the golden buprestid or jewel beetle. This species can spend a remarkably long time in its larval stages; see https://tinyurl.com/ycs5h2sj for detailed information. At this point, there is no useful control option; see https://tinyurl.com/yakc6r4x for details. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
6146 This is some kind of beetle, but I’ve never seen it before. Found indoors in Saskatchewan today (Oct. 3). The photo is taken on the dining table, so please excuse the grainy background. Lisa
This is a larder beetle, Dermestes lardarius (Coleoptera: Dermestidae), a cosmopolitan pantry pest. See https://tinyurl.com/nw92wz for more detailed information. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
6145 We are finding the bug on our window. I have pleaded blinds in the front window and they are crawling I’m the pleats. They are half a inch or three quarters of a inch they have wings and are brown with a light stomach.
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. See https://tinyurl.com/nkexo3 for more detailed information. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
6143 What is it, I found it hiding on my porch.
This is a long-horned wood-boring beetle (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae) in the subfamily Prioninae, it looks like Tragosoma depsarium; see http://tinyurl.com/y7g53rba for an image. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
6142 I didn’t see anything else like this odd little thing on your site. It was found at Victoria Beach, Manitoba, in August (summer), outdoors on a nice day – 25-ish degrees Celsius. Thanks for looking at it – your site is great. Ida
I cannot tell for certain what this is – if it was moving and very soft in texture, it would be a slug, a shelless mollusk related to snails. If it was hard to the touch and immobile, it might be a chrysalis of a small butterfly. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
6141 My name is Diane. I am 10 years old.
I found this insect:
Outside, Sunny day, July 21, 2017 (summer)
Geography (Orleans / Ottawa area) very near the Ottawa river
The insect looks a bit like bark off of a tree. Grey in colour.
The insect from tail to head (not including the antennae) is 3.4 cms long.
He seemed like a pretty friendly little critter 😊
This is a metallic wood-boring beetle (Coleoptera: Buprestidae); it looks like a member of the genus Chalcophora – see http://tinyurl.com/yawxrvbw for an example and additional information. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
6140 Hello I’m hoping to identify this insect that was on our dock by the lake in Renfrew, ON. Taken late August. It was as large as the top of my thumb.
This is a cicada, specifically one of the so-called dog-day cicadas in the genus Neotibicen – see http://tinyurl.com/y8ngs5m9 for an image. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
6139 We have found two of these bugs on our deck this summer. We live 60 miles west of Toronto. I do a lot of gardening and suspect they like it. The white spots along he lower body were interesting enough for me to ask what bug is this. Thank you, Alex
This is a Japanese beetle, Popillia japonica (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae), an introduced species that has become a serious pest in much of North America. See http://tinyurl.com/hzjj3my for more detailed information. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
6138 Hi! I’m hoping someone can help me identify this bug. I found a few on my bedding today, my dogs also sleep on the bed. They were tiny… not even a millimetre, the few I saw were reddish brown in colour. The attached is under 4x magnification. thank you, Juliana.
Your photo is a bit dark for identification but is does look like a mite. Definitely not a bed bug.
6137 This was found on my daughter’s bed. No others have been found. She lives in Ottawa. The photo was taken on Sept 18, 2017.
This is a bed bug. Your daughter should call a professional or contact the landlord if she is renting.
6136 Hi I found this shiny brown bug inside, on the cold tile floor. The location is lakeside, at Seeleys Bay, about 30 minutes north of Kingston, Ontario. The bug is about 1cm in length (about the size of a dime). I looked through beetle (and cockroach) references on- line but didn’t see any creatures with this kind of hind end. Would be so pleased to learn what it is. Thank-you, Jennifer.
This is a metallic wood-boring beetle (Coleoptera: Buprestidae); it looks like a member of the genus Dicera – see http://tinyurl.com/yck2f6ox for an example and http://tinyurl.com/yb2k33qe for additional information. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
6135 Hi there, Curious to know what kind of bug this is? It’s currently hanging onto the screen door off of our dining room. We’re located in Burlington, Ontario, Canada. It’s a fairly cool evening here, about 15C (59F). Ian
This is a two-spotted tree cricket. Neoxabea bipunctata (Orthoptera: Gryllidae); see http://tinyurl.com/ya9war7g for images and more detailed information. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
6134 Hi. This bug was just inside my house in Nova Scotia. Is this a form of tick?
This is a masked Hunter. Both adults and nymphs are predators that feed on other insects including flies, carpet beetles, mealworms and bed bugs. The adult bug is dark brown or black and about 3/4 of inch long. The nymphs or immatures are covered with microscopic hairs which catch and hold dust, lint, and other small particles of debris.
See https://pestid.msu.edu/insects-and-arthropods/masked-red-hunter for more information.
6133 Hi, there, I saw this under my deck. Did not see the ant, but I am wondering if it sign of white ant? Thanks a lot. I live in Burnaby, B.C. Jerry
The holes and course wood fibre (frass) indicate typical damage caused by carpenter ants. See this web page for more information: http://pestcontrolcanada.com/ants/carpenter-ants
6132 Hi. We found this beetle by the garage in July in Grand Forks BC. I couldn’t find any photos to match on the website. Can you identify it? Thanks, Lennette.
This is a long-horned wood-boring beetle (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae); it looks like Prionus californicus – see https://tinyurl.com/2ue3qel for an image and detailed information on its life history. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
6131 Hello! My name is Nikki. I found this guy at work in the gorge today, at the base of the Niagara Falls. Ontario, Canada
This is a flat-backed millipede (family Polydesmida) in the family Xystodesmidae; it looks like Sigmoria trimaculata – see https://tinyurl.com/yct6dqg9 for an image. These are harmless detrivores, but have an interesting defensive mechanism. When disturbed (as in being handled roughly) some species give off a chemical compound that includes cyanide (not enough to be harmful to a human. If you sniff one carefully, you might detect a faint odor of almonds. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
6130 On September 8, 2017 we found aprox. 50 bugs in our home. We have never had a bug problem in the past. We spent the night vacuuming and were hoping that they were gone, unfortunately two days later they are back. Size : aprox 2 mm, month: September, after a hot dry summer, we first found them after the first rain fall. These photos were taken on Sept 10 after another short rain fall. We are a one story home with a cement/ dirt crawl space. They are in all of our rooms. We are hoping to find out whether this needs to be taken care professionally and what they are. We are in the regional district of Nanaimo BC, in the village of Cedar. Thank you. Laura and Gordon
This is a reproductive termite that has shed its wings; it appears to be a Reticulitermes sp. As termites in this genus can be quite destructive, you should consider contacting a reputable termite management company for a thorough inspection of your premises. See https://tinyurl.com/yblhwske elsewhere on this site for listings. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
6129 What is this? Found him crawling on the kitchen floor and it’s about 1.5cm long and is a reddish brown colour. We are in the Fraser Valley and it’s early September. Thanks Andy.
This is a reproductive termite that has shed its wings; it looks like a Pacific dampwood termite, Zootermopsis angusticollis (Blattodea: Archotermopsidae). Unlike subterranean termites, these seldom cause any damage to structures. See https://tinyurl.com/y9kdsoe3 for more detailed information. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
6128 Hi there. Would you mind please helping me identify this beetle. Found on a grapevine in Southern Okanagan, Duncan
These appear to be flea beetles, possibly grape flea beetles, Altica chalybea (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae); see https://tinyurl.com/y9sfpcuo for an image. Foliage feeding such as shown in your image seldom causes any serious harm to the plants, but overwintering adults feeding on developing buds in the spring can have an impact. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
6127 Dear Sir/ Madam, Kindly help me identify these insects. Photo was taken in Mission, British Columbia, Canada on the last week of August, 2017. I am not sure if those insects at the back of the beetle are its babies or some kind of “Tick’? Thanks very much in advance! Martin
This appears to be a black burying beetle, Nicrophorus nigrita (Coleoptera: Silphidae); see https://tinyurl.com/y8r24ma6 for an image. The smaller critters on its back are mites, likely Poecilochirus necrophori. These mites are getting a free ride (phoresy) to their next meal (they appear to feed both on carrion and on the eggs/small maggots of carrion-feeding flies). See https://tinyurl.com/y7tjr32o for details on the beetle-mite relationship. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
6126 My name is Amanda. I am located in downtown Toronto & I have just found an accumulation of these dead bugs in my window sill. They are approx. 2mm in length. There appears to be 2 different kinds – one with a bronze coloured body, the other with a speckled grey body. They appear to have wings.The apartment has been closed up while we were away on summer vacation and these were located between the blind and the window.
These are carpet beetles (Coleoptera: Dermestidae); the brownish elongate ones appear to be in the genus Attagenus (black carpet beetles and allies) and the round gray one appears to be in the genus Anthrenus (varied carpet beetle and allies). See https://tinyurl.com/zl9w25c elsewhere on this site for more information including control recommendations. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
6125 Hello, I don’t think I saw this one on any of the pages. It was found just outside of Port Elgin Ontario. I would say it was maybe 2 inches long and crawling pretty quickly. Thanks! Russ
This is a caterpillar of a sphinx moth (Lepidoptera: Sphingidae); possibly Ceratomia undulosa (the waved sphinx) – see https://tinyurl.com/yd9a2d6q for an image. These caterpillars often change colour from greenish to pinkish/reddish just before undergoing pupation. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
6124 Hadashville , Manitoba , destroying my bean crops ,especially the fava beans worst ,thank you …..Sam
This is the larva of a lady beetle (Coleoptera:, Coccinellidae); specifically, it is an Asian multi-coloured 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.
6123 Hi There – I live in Winnipeg, Manitoba & found this 2 inch × 1.6 inch huge beetle on the sidewalk outside of my apartment a few days ago. It’s been quite humid all week & rather hot. Never seen a beetle this large ever, let alone in the Canadian prairies before. Where might it have originated from? How old might it be or live to be? Thank you so much! All the Best, Tann
Like nos. 6109 and 6105, this is a scarab beetle (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae) in the genus Osmoderma; see https://tinyurl.com/y9bs48g3 for an example. Their known range extends well up into Canada. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
6122 Good day,Today when I arrived at my home this very distinguished bug was on my steps. I am curious to know what type of bug it is. I’ve never seen this one before!! Claudette Pine Falls, MB.
This is an American carrion beetle, Necrophila americana (Coleoptera: Silphidae); see https://tinyurl.com/y9fseycx for an image and more detailed information. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
6121 Country: Cyprus, Season: summer, Bugs: outside. Rose.
This appears to be a nymph of a stink bug (Hemiptera/Heteroptera: Pentatomidae). Unfortunately, I cannot offer a more specific i.d. at this time. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
6120 Hello, This was discovered on the hood of a car downtown Ottawa mid-August 2017. All that I can gather from Web research is that it may belong to a wood boring insect, but nothing is matching any descriptions for Ontario. It is close to an inch long. I’d appreciate any extra information if you may have it. Thanks, Christa
This is not a wood-boring insect of any kind, it is a rove beetle (Coleoptera: Staphylinidae), which are general predators on other small arthropods. Your specimen has its flight wings exposed; these usually are tightly folded under short wing covers (elytra) – see https://tinyurl.com/y7rudl85 for a more typical image. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
6119 Hi there, Jordan from Winnipeg here. There have been a lot of these insects popping up over the last couple of days (mid August). They are tiny black beetle like insects with yellow stripes on the sides that will land on anything including the side of the house, furniture and people. They fly away very quickly once disturbed. Slightly smaller than a poppy seed. Not bothersome, but they are prevalent and noticeable, especially to those with leg hair! Thanks.
This is a flea beetle (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae; subfamily Galerucinae) in the genus Phyllotreta – see https://tinyurl.com/y9slbz7h for an image. Some species in this genus can be pests on plants that are members of the cabbage family. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
6118 Hello! I found this guy outside of Pilot Butte, Saskatchewan in the middle of August on a cool cloudy day around 10AM. It was about 1-1/4″ long from the end of the stinger to it’s head. Would love to know what it is!! Thanks!
This appears to be a female Mormon cricket, Anabrus simplex (Orthoptera: Tettigoniidae) – see https://tinyurl.com/ydh24fee for an image. The ‘stinger’ is its ovipositor, used to insert its eggs into soil. Although called a cricket, this insect actually belongs to a group known as shield-backed katydids; see https://tinyurl.com/ycwdxf8v for more detailed information. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
6117 Good day, this was found in Medicine Hat, Alberta and we are just curious if we should be concerned. About half an inch long, it was found in my husbands locker at work where he stores his shoes/boots. Thanks so much for any info. Darrah
This is a solpugid; an arachnid in the order Solifugae, related to spiders and scorpions. These go by a wide variety of common names, including camel spider, sun spider, and wind scorpion; they lack venom, but large specimens can deliver a painful bite if mishandled. See https://tinyurl.com/yd5yq3cj for more detailed information. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
6116 My name is Sonja and this little guy was on my lawn furniture this morning. Never seen anything like it before. Location is Simcoe County Ontario. It is Aug. 2017, cool out 13°C, rained last night, we live in a maple bush. Thanks.
This is a nymph of a stink bug (Hemiptera/Heteroptera: Pentatomidae); it appears to be a green stink bug, Chinavia hilaris – see https://tinyurl.com/yb6ptpsj for an image. This species can be a garden/orchard pest; see https://tinyurl.com/yaks7dbm for more information. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
6115 Grub under ground, under a tree in my lawn, about 2 cm long. I live in the Okanagan Valley, BC.
This is a pupa of a moth, possibly in the family Noctuidae as many species in this family pupate in soil or in leaf litter on the ground. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
6114 Hi. I’m in Saint John, New Brunswick. The photo was taken on Aug 20th 2017 in the Red Head area of Saint John. I searched on line but could not find a beetle exactly like it. However, it does seem to fit in with soldier beetle category. Might that be correct? Thank you. Betty
This appears to be a red-shouldered pine borer, Stictoleptura canadensis (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae); see https://tinyurl.com/ya9gqtot for an image. It does not appear to be a serious pest. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
6113 I was wondering if you could help me to identify this insect? I live in a condo in Port Credit, Ontario. For the most part, the weather is hot and humid, and has been raining often. My condo is air conditioned, and not humid like the weather outside. I found 2 of these insects within a week in my kitchen. The first one was in my lower cupboard beside the fridge, and was inside a plastic measuring cup. The second one was not alive, and was found on my kitchen floor. They are approximately 1-inch in length and have numerous “legs” with antennae that look “bent” on one end, with “straight” antennae on the other end. The body looks quite flat, and there seems to be a circular part of the body attached to the antennae that are straight. I would really appreciate your help in identifying and controlling this insect. Thank you.
This is a centipede (class Chilopoda); it looks like one of the stone centipedes in the family Lithobiidae, see https://tinyurl.com/y9789a4x for an example. These are accidental intruders, and not at all dangerous to humans. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
6112 Hi my name is Catherine and I live in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. I was sitting on my bed reading and all of a sudden my foot began to feel like a bug was crawling on me. So I scratched my foot, then I see this BUG crawling next to my foot. Can u PLEASE tell me what it is, where it might have come from, and if I need to be concerned about there being more of them in my home?? One thing that might help is that we have 2 dogs, they are both indoor dogs. However they do have to go outside for their bathroom breaks, and unfortunately my husband lets then BOTH SLEEP INSIDE our BED. That being said Im extremely concerned about this BUG being a serious problem within my home. A DESPERATE, SCARED, and Grateful for ANY & ALL Advice n help you can Offer my family.
This is a bed bug, Cimex lectularius (Hemiptera/Heteroptera: Cimicidae). See https://tinyurl.com/hwz5tea elsewhere on this site for detailed information including control recommendations. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
6111 Krista. Hamilton, Ontario. Indoors, rainy outside. Late summer, early August. Found on floor of my my bedroom around midnight. About 2cm in length. Bug is currently dead but I’ve seen it alive prior.
This appears to be a house centipede (Scutigera coleoptrata) that has lost all its legs; see https://tinyurl.com/create.php for an image and detailed information on this cosmopolitan species. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
6110 Good evening. We are trying to identify the insects in the attached pictures. These were recently found in caragana trees, as well as lilac flowers gone to seed. We also found a few in green ash trees which are situated close to the lilacs. Could you assist us in the identification of these insects and offer suggestions as to how to rid us of the insects? Any additional information about them would also be appreciated. We are located in rural Manitoba (Cooks Creek). Graham
Most ladybugs are beneficial and good for the environment, but the Asian Lady Beetle can be a bad bug for certain plants and in the home. More information: https://www.thespruce.com/good-and-bad-ladybugs-2656236
6109 Measuring 3 cm in length, we found this bug (a beetle?) in our finished basement, in Toronto, ON, in August. It has been a rain-filled summer and the basement has definitely felt damp. Can someone help me identify what it is? Thanks, Laura
Like no. 6105, this is a scarab beetle (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae) in the genus Osmoderma; see https://tinyurl.com/ycmskym6 for an example. It is strictly an accidental ‘visitor.’ Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
6108 My name is Lorie Hayter from Lower Sackville NS. These flying, bitting bugs have been on my black locust tree for the past 2 summers. Not sure what they are or how to get rid of them.
This is a plant bug (Hemiptera/Heteroptera: Miridae) in the genus Lopidea, possibly Lopidea media; see https://tinyurl.com/y7c5986w for an image. They likely will not cause serious harm to the trees. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.