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ground-nesting bee

ground-nesting bee

6103  Hi. i found tons of these on my garden flowersbtoday on lac largille val des bois quebec. Not sure if its a green wasp. we have a wasp nest under the eavestrough. its new this spring. we have tons of bees as well. please help me id it.    thanks Sonja 

This is a solitary ground-nesting bee, but I cannot see the details needed to confidently say to which family it belongs. It most likely is a halictid (‘sweat bee’), but some megachilids (leaf-cutter bees) can be similar in appearance. In either case, it is a valuable pollinator that should be allowed to carry out its duties.  Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.

tile-horned prionus

tile-horned prionus

6102   Hi,   Attached is a photo of a beetle we found by an outside doorway of our home. We live in Lake Country, BC Canada where it is summer and has been very hot and dry. It is 2 inches long.  It does have a bit of white dust or something on its body, antennae and legs.  Thanks!

This appears to be a tile-horned prionus, Prionus imbricornis (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae); see https://tinyurl.com/y7t26gw3 for an image and more detailed information. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.

leaf beetle

leaf beetle

6101   Hi. My name is Teresa. I have an infestation of these bugs on one type of bush at my camp site in Saskatchewan Landing Provincial Park. (first noticed in mid to late June but still active as they move to new bushes) Do you know what they are?

This is a leaf beetle (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae); it looks like Blepharida rhois, known as the sumac flea beetle. See https://tinyurl.com/y7w539sb for some images. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.

 

female wolf spider

female wolf spider

6100  Aldershot area which is on the border between Hamilton and Burlington, Ontario. I searched through the spiders on your website but couldn’t find this one.   Found this spider today in an empty plant container. Took its pic and let it go. It’s body was about 1/2″ long. What’s curious is the three red orbs that seem to be attached to its body.  Maybe the red orbs are eggs? And it seems to be missing a leg.

This is a female wolf spider (family Lycosidae) with her egg sac; the red objects are mites. Many mites seen in such situations are phoretic (essentially hitchhikers getting a free ride), but some, such as those in the genus Leptus, are ectoparasitic, feeding on the spider’s fluids. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.

long-horned wood-boring beetle

long-horned wood-boring beetle

6099   I found it in Moncton, NB (August)   There have been several of them flying around and landing on the deck. Mike. 

This is a long-horned wood-boring beetle (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae) in the genus Monochamus, it looks like a northeastern pine sawyer, M. notatus – see https://tinyurl.com/y9huk6a3 for an image. This does not appear to be a serious pest, as its larvae bore in trees that already are dead or dying.  Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.

German cockroach and nymphs

German cockroach and nymphs

6098  Hello.   I have had the attached bugs for approximately 4-5 months (spring until end of summer).  They are approximately an inch (adult) and are mostly in the kitchen. They come out at night. They are indoors.   I am in Ottawa Ontario. Joanne, Thank you. 

Like No. 6097, these also are German cockroaches, an adult and two young nymphs. See https://tinyurl.com/h3nd9z8 elsewhere on this site for some control recommendations. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.

German cockroach nymph

German cockroach nymph

6097   Hello ,   Found this insect in the 5th floor apartment, Noticing since 2 months (may), Toronto.   This comes in night outside specially in bathroom , earlier was in kitchen dustbin cabinet too but now after lot of cleaning reduced in kitchen,  found today in bedroom under the bed hiding when we were moving the bed , always prefers dark they are getting too many now.  Please suggest have small kids in home , are they dangerous any remedy to get rid off.  One more thing, they live in small sliding gaps between wooden floor and adjoining wall junction.  Thanks ,  Gaurav

This is a nymph of a German cockroach, Blattella germanica (Blattodea: Ectobiidae), a cosmopolitan pest species that can be difficult to bring under complete control. See https://tinyurl.com/h3nd9z8 elsewhere on this site for some control recommendations.  Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.

pole borer

6096

6096    Could you identify this for me please?  Found it while emptying my dehumidifier in the basement. About 1 inch in length.  Sarah M.   Toronto, Ontario.  July, 2017.  Thank you.

This is a pole borer, Neandra brunnea (Coleoptera: Ceranbycidae; subfamily Parandrinae). See https://tinyurl.com/y97oksfo for an image and more detailed information. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.

dirt-colored seed bug or false chinch bug

dirt-colored seed bug or false chinch bug

6095  We just suddenly have thousands of these invading our back yard. We are in Penticton BC Canada in the south Okanagan Valley.

This is a nymph of a bug in the superfamily Lygaeoidea, possibly either a dirt-colored seed bug (family Rhyparochromidae) or a false chinch bug (family Lygaeidae). In either case, these are nuisance pests that do little actual harm. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.

 

leaf-footed bug nymph

leaf-footed bug nymph

6094    Please tell me what this is.   I live in Quinte West, Ontario and this bug was on my screen door around dinner time. I live close to a creek and have many spruce and cedar trees around. The she’ll on its back almost looks prehistoric with spikes on it.  Hope to hear from you. Dana 

This is a nymph of a leaf-footed bug (Hemiptera/Heteroptera; Coreidae); likely Acanthocephala terminalis – see https://tinyurl.com/yck2aytl for an image. This does not appear to be a serious pest species. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.

Sphinx moth caterpillar

Sphinx moth caterpillar

6093  Hi.  Photo taken yesterday near Franklin Qc.    Arnold 

This is a caterpillar of a sphinx moth (Lepidoptera: Sphingidae; it appears to be that of a bedstraw hawk moth, Hyles gallii -see https://tinyurl.com/y9r6smr8 for images and more detailed information. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.

dragonfly naiad (nymph)

dragonfly naiad (nymph)

6092   Hello,  My name is Tammy. I am from Winnipeg, MB. We found this bug crawling along the wet sand on the eastern shore of Lake Winnipeg. Can you identify it?

This is a naiad (nymph) of a dragonfly that has completed its aquatic development and is seeking a safe place to undergo metamorphosis to the adult winged stage. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.

 

long-horned wood-boring beetle

long-horned wood-boring beetle

6091  I just found this insect on my clematis vine. It is 10:30pm, still very hot here in Kamloops.  The body is close to 4 cm.  I would appreciate identification. Thank you.  Lynne

This is a long-horned wood-boring beetle (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae), possibly Ergates spiculatus, known as the timberworm -see https://tinyurl.com/ybxpjl8b for images and more detailed information. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.

Stink bug nymph

Stink bug nymph

6090   I spotted this small bug while camping at Awenda Provincial Park in Ontario and thought at first it could be a tick, but then compared the picture to tick pictures online and it looks different. Could you please identify this bug for me? Thanks.  Angela

This is a nymph of a stink bug (Hemiptera/Heteroptera: Pentatomidae. It appears to be one of the predatory species in either the genus Perillus or Podisus; I cannot tell for certain. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.

Dermestidae carpet beetle larva

Dermestidae carpet beetle larva

6089    Hello.  We have been noticing more and more of these popping up in our home. I live in barrie ontario and these photos were taken in July 2017.    They are indoors in the kitchen. I find one or two everyday. Today was the last draw as I found one in my lunch bag. It’s pretty hot out lately. I see them during the day and at night.   Thanks for your help.  Andrew

This is a larva of a beetle in the family Dermestidae (carpet/skin/hide/larder beetles and allies). I cannot tell for certain whether it has two sharp curved ‘spines’ (urogomphi) at the end of its abdomen; if it does, it is in the genus Dermestes (larder beetles), if it does not, it likely would be in the genus Attagenus (black carpet beetle and relatives). Either of these can infest a wide variety of organic materials, including dry stored food products, so you should carefully check all your food storage areas for signs of infestation. See https://tinyurl.com/zl9w25c elsewhere on this site for some control recommendations.  Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.

roundheaded poplar borer

roundheaded poplar borer

6088   Found this Beetle in Sherwood Park Alberta.  Mike C. 

This is a roundheaded poplar borer, Saperda calcarata (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae), see https://tinyurl.com/3t6lf74 for an image and more detailed information.  Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.

darkling beetle

darkling beetle

6087  Hello, could you help me in identifying this bug found indoors in Montreal, Canada.  kindly yours, Danny

This is a darkling beetle (Coleoptera: Tenebrionidae), likely in the genus Tenebrio – see https://tinyurl.com/pf53k4 for an example. Their larvae are known as mealworms, and they occasionally can become pests of grains that have been improperly stored – see https://tinyurl.com/y8craz7d for details.  Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV. 

Fishfly

Fishfly

6086   Hi, I’m Lorraine from North Vancouver BC. This flying bug showed up on the morning of July 21, and has been resting on an exterior brick wall all day long. I live in a forested area with many hemlock and cedar trees, as well as large maples. We also have some dead or decaying trees that woodpeckers peck away at in search of bugs. The weather today was cloudy and much cooler than usual for this time of year, with a bit of light rain. The only bugs that I see regularly are spiders, ants, including carpenter ants, hornets, wasps, leatherjackets, and mosquitoes. This bug is about 3 inches long. I have never seen a bug this large. It look like a boring insect, so I’m wondering if this bug is harmful to our beautiful trees. Hope not! Lorraine, North Vancouver, BC

This is a fishfly (Megaloptera: Corydalidae; subfamily Chauliodinae); it looks like Dysmicohermes disjunctus – see https://tinyurl.com/y7gjkpkk for an image. These insects are completely harmless.   Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.

giant lichen orb weaver

giant lichen orb weaver

6081   Hello, My name is Danielle, I was in Penetanguishene, Ontario visiting some family when we came across this spider. It was sitting on the screen of the kitchen window with its legs all tucked together and facing out in front of its body. It was rather large, its body being roughly the size of a quarter and quite bulbous. After looking at a few references online, I believe it may possibly be a “cat face” orb weaver. Thanks for your help.  – Danielle 

This appears to be Araneus bicentenarius, known as the giant lichen orb weaver; see https://tinyurl.com/y8zhpmjz for images and more information. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.

brown prionid

brown prionid

6085   Please help me what is this. It was climbing up my coach after everyone came inside. It is summer at night time around 10 all the lights are on and they were never shut off we are remodelling our kitchen sink so there was a hole in our kitchen or maybe you could have come inside I’m not sure live in New Hampshire in a mobile home park

This appears to be a brown prionid, Orthosoma brunneum (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae), see https://tinyurl.com/kbm3n7z for images and more information. These will not cause any damage to or in your home.  Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.

scale insects

scale insects

6084  Mike  here in Winters, California. These photos were taken on a Salvia Clevlandii leaf, date and time as noted on photos.  They were taken with an Aven eScope, so I don’t know the magnification, but these were not visible to the naked eye. Any help greatly appreciated as this has turned into an infestation of over a dozen previously healthy plants.  Thank you.  

These appear to be scale insects of some kind; try applications of an insecticidal soap for control. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.

pupa and larva of a lady beetle

6083  Good morning, I found these insects on my Italian plum tree on Vancouver Island. They attach to leaves and fruit by punchers on they back end and cause damage. They are about 4-5mm in length. Any ideas?

These are a pupa and larva of a lady beetle (Coleoptera:, Coccinellidae); likely the Asian multi-colored 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.

Stink Bug

Stink Bug

6082  Hi, We found this crawling in our rooftop deck, middle of the day, mid-summer and have never seen one before. It’s about 1.5cm. We have a lot of container plants and something has been chomping on a few, but we can’t find the culprit. Could this be it? Is it a beetle / weevil? Anything to be worried about? Thanks! Carole A., Vancouver, BC.

This is not a beetle, but a stink bug (Hemiptera/Heteroptera: Pentatomidae), likely in the genus Chlorochroa  – see https://tinyurl.com/y8ugbelr for an example. It would not be responsible for any ‘chomping’ damage, as it has piercing-sucking rather than chewing mouthparts. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.

 

lined June beetles

lined June beetles

6080  Hello. My son Griff found this fuzzy winged critter outside our barn this morning right below a birds nest. It’s been a late summer here in Aldergrove, BC. The heat just recently arrived and its July 2017. I did a bit of looking and I’m guessing a scarub beetle of some sort perhaps?   Thanks! Shannon

This is one of the lined June beetles (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae) in the genus Polyphylla, possibly the 10-lined June beetle, Polyphylla decemlineata. See https://tinyurl.com/y7cqxh3u for more detailed information.  Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.

 

Japanese beetle

Japanese beetle

6079 What kind of pest is this.   Stripping tree about 40 of them on a yearling birch.

This is a Japanese beetle, Popillia japonica (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae), a very obnoxious pest in many parts of North America. Their larvae are turf pests, feeding on the roots of grasses, and the adult beetles feed voraciously on foliage and soft fruits. See https://tinyurl.com/hzjj3my for more detailed information.  Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.

‘dog-day’ cicada

‘dog-day’ cicada

6078   Is this some kind of clear wing Sphinx moth? It’s about 4cm long. I was mowing grass in Georgetown Ontario yesterday and this insect was very angry at my lawn mower. It kept attacking it for over 5 minutes then it came at me. I shut down the lawn mower and it left. When I started it up, it came back and when it pitched on the mower I swatted it. The green in the picture is grass blades I think. Steve.

This is a cicada (Hemiptera/Auchenorrhyncha: Cicadidae); likely one of the so-called ‘dog-day’ cicadas in the genus Neotibicen – see https://tinyurl.com/ybltmat5 for details. These insects are harmless; regardless as to how you interpreted its actions, I can assure you that it was not its intent to ‘attack’ anything.  Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.

water boatmen

water boatmen

6077   Hi, would you be able to identify these bugs and let me know if I should control them.. We started seeing them recently (July 2017) and they are just too many! I live in Edmonton AB. Thank you very much. Ayumi

No need for any control; these are water boatmen (Hemiptera/Heteroptera: Corixidae). These aquatic insects are good fliers and are attracted to lights at night. See https://tinyurl.com/ycngsjtx for more detailed information.  Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.

wharf borer

wharf borer

6076  Good day! My name is Hassanal and I would like to ask for help in identifying this insect. We just transferred into a new apartment and this insect is everywhere. It doesn’t bite/sting (well, so far), doesn’t eat the remains of the food and it flies. Location: Gatineau, Quebec – We are living in the basement with large windows.  Size: Quarter of an inch.  Season: Summer.    Weather: Sunny + rainy.  Location: Indoor.  
Yours truly,  Hassanal

This is a wharf borer, Narcerdes melanura (Coleoptera: Oedemeridae). See https://tinyurl.com/obonjsx for an image and more detailed information.  Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.

 

larva of dermestid beetle

larva of dermestid beetle

6075   I live in ontario Canada.  Its mid july and i have found 1 on my kitchen counter ..a few in my sons room on his clothes and many in my car and in the trunk of my car.

This is a larva of dermestid beetle (Coleoptera: Dermestidae); likely in the genus Dermestes, such as the larder beetle, D. lardarius – see https://tinyurl.com/nw92wz for more detailed information. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.

 

Elm seed bug

Elm seed bug

6074   Hi;  Would you be able to identify this bug and let us know if we should be concerned that we have been finding them around our condo lately. We live in Kelowna BC.   Thank you.  Chels

This looks like another elm seed bug.  See #6072 found in your neighboring community of Vernon.  It looks like these guys snuck across the border into the Okanagan Valley.  Not serious but a nuisance.

sexton/burying beetle

sexton/burying beetle

6073   Located on Vancouver island near Cumberland.   Dawn

This is a sexton/burying beetle (Coleoptera: Silphidae) in the genus Nicrophorus, likely N. marginatus; see https://tinyurl.com/ybbzekxl and https://tinyurl.com/yb3q87kk for images.  Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.

Elm seed bugs

Elm Seed bugs

6072  Hello,   My name is Rachel. My husband and I recently moved to Vernon, BC. It’s July and we have noticed an abundance of these bugs on the outside of our house (photo attached), crawling around the edges of our windows and around the porch overhang and wooden garage door. They do seem to smell bad when squished, but when researching stink bugs, they don’t seem to look like your “average” stink bug. They start to come into the house via the poorly installed screens for our windows, which we have to fix. They’re bodies are about 1cm and they have wings. They also seem to have sort of yellow and black striped sides. I hope that’s enough info to identify these bugs!

This is an elm seed bug, a recent  immigrant from Europe (Identified in US in 2012).  They have become well established in the northwest US states and have apparently now moved into Canada.  Elm seed bugs feed mostly on elm seeds, but can be found on other trees.  Luckily, the bugs are not a concern for the health trees, but they have become a nuisance pest, similar to boxelder bugs, by entering homes and buildings in the spring, late summer and fall.  Read more:  https://extension.usu.edu/news_sections/agriculture_and_natural_resources/elm-seed-bug

wharf borer

wharf borer

6071   Hi, Found this in our work kitchen in Toronto just yesterday (in July).  Curious what you think it is.  Tanbark borer? Nico

Although this superficially resembles a tanbark borer, it actually is a wharf borer, Narcerdes melanura (Coleoptera: Oedemeridae). See https://tinyurl.com/obonjsx for an image and more detailed information.  Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.

caterpillars of Abbott’s sphinx moth

caterpillars of Abbott’s sphinx moth

6070  Hi.  Ann in Winnipeg it’s July 11.2017.   Found these two guys in my yard?    What are they??

These are caterpillars of Abbott’s sphinx moth, Sphecodina abbottii (Lepidoptera: Sphingidae); see https://tinyurl.com/y9glgn73 for more detailed information. The one on the left had been parasitized by a wasp in the family Braconidae; after the wasp larvae finish growing, they chew through the caterpillar’s skin to spin their cocoons. Adult wasps eventually will emerge from these to seek out more caterpillars. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.

June Bug

June Bugs

6069  Hi there, my name is Mark from Halifax, Nova Scotia.  While I am very familiar with June Bugs, these flying beetles are a mystery.  They resemble a mini June bug (about half the size) and usually start swarming at dusk in humid temps. I live in a 6th story penthouse apartment, and it is July, and they have no problem coming up to swarm. Thanks! Mark

June Beetles are Scarab beetles which appear in large numbers at this time of year. There are two general types-big and small which seem to suddenly appear in spring and then vanish about a month later. Both are from really big groups which consist of a couple hundred species apiece. The small ones are from the genus Cyclocephala, also known as masked chafers. As larvae they’re lawn pests known as ‘white grubs’ and commonly feed on grass roots and thatch near the surface of the soil. They take two years to grow from egg to adult.

The big ones are from the genus Phyllophaga, and are sometimes called May Beetles depending on where you are. They’re about twice the size of the smaller Cyclocephala. They take about 3-4 years to grow to adults. Like the masked chafers, these June Beetles feed on roots of plants and can cause damage to a wide variety of plants.

Sow bugs

Pesticide abuse

6068  Can someone please help me and tell me what these are, and if I have a big problem… I just moved into a new place in Calgary Alberta. My name’s Meagan. These bugs are dead, but maybe because I sprayed the WHOLE place with raid, including that spot the picture is at… They seem to be stuck in the glue? I’ve seen many of them.. and the centipede looking thing on the right hand side.. I’ve seen a couple of those alive around the house… No one has lived here in awhile I guess.. the guy said that the house is gonna get torn down if no one rents it… There’s many cracks everywhere.. I’ve used like 7 cans of raid (spider blaster and reg raid) in the last week I’ve been here.. the sightings of bugs have kinda stopped.. but once I opened up the side base boards and seen that (the picture above..) I couldn’t believe it. Is this bad? Please help.

These are sow bugs that probably died because they can only survive in a very damp environment. Spraying pesticides is not recommended to eliminate sow bugs.  Spraying 7 cans of raid is irresponsible and could cause health problems to the occupants in the home. You obviously did not follow the label directions and that is against the law.  Read our suggestions to control sow bugs.  

clear-winged sphinx moth

clear-winged sphinx moth

6067  Hi.   My friend took this in Gander, NL in his garden.

This is a clear-winged sphinx moth in the genus Hemaris, likely H. thysbe, a very widespread species known as the hummingbird clearwing. See https://tinyurl.com/3ufbql4 for more detailed information. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.

Boxelder bug nymphs

Boxelder bug nymphs

6066  Could you tell me what this is please. They are on the leaves and there are hundreds of them.  I live in Woodstock Ontario and this was taken this afternoon. Thanks. Linda

These are nymphs of a boxelder bug, likely eastern boxelder bugs, Boisea trivittata; (Hemiptera/Heteroptera: Rhopalidae). These can be nuisance pests when they occur in large numbers, but they seldom cause any real damage. See https://tinyurl.com/nrlf5m for more detailed information. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.

Cockroach (Ectobius)

Cockroach

6065   Photo of a beetle I saw outside my house. At first I thought it was a German cockroach but it didn’t have the dorsal stripe I expected to see. Located north of Toronto, Ontario, Canada.  Thanks!   Jamie

This is a cockroach in the genus Ectobius, a relatively recent introduction to North America from the Mediterranean region. See https://tinyurl.com/y8mvu3kd for an image and https://tinyurl.com/yd2fpjab for more detailed information.  Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.

short-snouted/broad-nosed weevil

Short-snouted/broad-nosed weevil

6064    Hi , we keep finding these bugs in our cabin  we just renovated in the last 2 years and all our in side walls are pine boards , they seem to be in the bathroom mostly but have found them elsewhere in the cabin as I have sticky traps set out also . we are at Pigeon  Lake Alberta , Canada,  they have just shown up in the last 2 weeks  so not sure what they are , thanks Kevin   

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 often enter buildings where they 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.

male eastern dobsonfly

male eastern dobsonfly

6063    Please identify.  Emma in Tweed, Ontario

This is a male eastern dobsonfly, Corydalus cornutus (Megaloptera: Corydalidae). Their impressive-looking jaws actually are quite harmless; at most, they can deliver a mild pinch. The much shorter and stouter jaws of the female, on the other hand, can draw blood with their bite. The larvae of dobsonflies are aquatic; known as hellgrammites, they also have very strong jaws and should be handled carefully. See https://tinyurl.com/256o98e for more detailed information. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.

 

Dermestid beetle larvae

Dermestid beetle larvae

6062  Hello! We live in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. My wife recently woke up with about 12 bug bites, solid red, itchy splotches that are swollen. Bites appear in two groups of three on her right arm near the elbow and near the armpit. Single bites appear on the inner thigh, knee, and hip of her left leg. They are very itchy. (She reacts very strongly to bug bites, such as mosquitoes.) We immediately thought of bed bugs. However, when we stripped the sheets we found this creature crawling on the mattress. We would appreciate it if you could identify it and say if it might be responsible for the bites. We will continue our hunt for bed bugs in the mean time. Thanks!!

This is a Dermestid beetle larvae.  Dermestid larvae feed in dark, quiet areas on a number of stored food items as well as animal products (wool, silk, leather, fur, hairbrushes with natural bristles, and feathers) that are of value to people.  This was not the cause of your bites.   Your description of the bites sounds like you could have a bed bug problem.  You may be wise to have a professional do an inspection for bed bugs.  They can be difficult to find.
Directory of Canadian pest professionals:  http://pestcontrolcanada.com/directory-of-professionals .

Plant bug

Plant bug

6061   Hi my name is Nadine from Edmonton, AB. This bug I found after I came inside from out on the front area of my building. I sat down on my couch and put my feet up to feel a lil movement on my leg. I freaked to see this guy and grabbed him (he lost a leg in this process) to put him in a container. I’m a lil sensitive after going through bed bug cleaning and spraying for 3 months. A lil paranoid maybe.. It’s a warm evening where the sun was setting and a slight cool breeze. I’m not sure if this guy hitched a ride from outside or my house is hiding more friends??? What is he?

This is a plant bug in the family Miridae; just an accidental intruder that you need not worry about. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.

 

too small

Too small to identify beetle.

6060    Hello,  This little guy was crawling across my bed sheet. He’s about as big as a flax seed, and is brown in colour. Looks like hard shell. He was moving pretty fast.   Late June, Alberta, indoors, house has 2 dogs and an indoor cat. 

Although I cannot place a specific name on this tiny beetle, it at least does not appear to be a pest species that you need worry about. As it is so small, you would need a very good camera in order to get an image sharp enough to show the characters used in identification. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.

scarab beetle (June bug)

scarab beetle

6059   Hi there. My name is Katelyn and i reside in the city of Port Coquitlam in Vancouver British Columbia.   I’m seeing many of these things in my work, they usually don’t live long I find. Just been seeing them more recently in the past couple weeks when the weather has warmed up. I think they’re coming from outside but I’ve got no clue what these are. Thank you!

This is a type of scarab beetle (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae) commonly referred to as May beetles or June bugs; their larvae (white grubs) feed primarily on the roots of grasses. The adult beetles are good fliers, and as they are attracted to lights at night, often accidentally wind up indoors. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.

 

Dermestidae beetle larva

Dermestidae beetle larva

6058   Found many in groups all over older house in Warman, SK

This is a larva of a beetle in the family Dermestidae (carpet/hide/skin/larder beetles, etc.), such as a larder beetle (Dermestes lardarius) – see https://tinyurl.com/y9xsabt8 for an image and https://tinyurl.com/j8ergvk for more detailed information. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.

Wood wasp

6057 Wood wasp

6057   Hi, Quinten here. This was flying around our backyard today….Live in Kamloops, BC

This is a wood wasp (also known as a horntail), Hymenoptera: Siricidae; specifically, it is Urocerus flavicornis. These are harmless to humans; what appears to be a stinger is its ovipositor, used to place its eggs in wood (usually pines) where their larvae develop – see https://tinyurl.com/yakkgfom for more detailed information. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.

 

clear-winged moths

clear-winged moths

6056   I live in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. This photo was recently taken in June 2017 at our local community garden. We have never seen this insect in our garden before. It could be found resting on the leaves of potatoes as well as Shasta Daisies. It looks like a type of wasp, yet we would appreciate having it identified, and also if it is destructive or aggressive. It seemed to be passively resting both times we have seen it. Thank you. Linda

These are clear-winged moths (Lepidoptera: Sesiidae); many species are excellent wasp mimics. Their larvae all are borers in plant tissues, and some, like the peach tree borer, can be serious pests. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.

redheaded ash borers

redheaded ash borers

6055   Have a pile of logs from a recently cut down tree and saw these bugs on it that looks like wasps from a distance but up close they were more like crickets.

This is a mating pair (the male is the smaller of the two) of redheaded ash borers, Neoclytus acuminatus (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae). See https://tinyurl.com/k8j27rp for more detailed information. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.

jumping spider

jumping spider

6054  My name is Barbara and I live outside of Maders Cove in Nova Scotia.   Four days ago (June 8th) I found this insect on the upholstered headboard of my bed. It has the ability to jump and is 5-6mm in length.  I saw an exact one a few days later in my clear tube bird feeder. After a very bad bite on my neck a week ago I am wondering if it could have come from this insect.  thank you for your work,  Barbara

This is a jumping spider (family Salticidae); it would be very unlikely for it to have bitten you. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.

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