5925 Brittany. Winnipeg, MB. Please help! Was found running across my living room carpet. It’s February but very warm outside and snow is melting.
5924 We had many of these flies with striped wings ( pictures attached) indoors in late summer/fall and every week or so I still see one or two crawling on my windows. I cant identify this fly and it quite unusual for us to see this many flies indoors in winter. Please let me know where they could be coming from and how to get rid of them. We live on an acreage in the country with farms around us near Hague, SK. Thank you, Rachel
5923 Hi. I have a ton of these beetle like bugs hanging around inside my house around the windows. What are they?
5922 Hello! I’m always trying to identify spiders I find around bc and I stumbled across one I couldn’t figure out, this one lives in my house and I’m just hoping you could help me out. I understand you get a high volume of emails so thanks for reading! Alisandra.
5921 Hello, I have been seeing these tiny little bugs in my basement over the past few months. I like in the Halton region, in a brand new house. I do some woodworking in my basement, so initially thought the dust/wood was drawing the bugs into the house. I’ve cleaned the saw dust and still see these bugs in the basement floor and on my work bench occasionally. They are white/clear in colour, and there is also a few I’ve seen that are darker and seem to have wings. Trying to compare to something similar online, I have thought maybe they are booklice. All websites I’ve seen indicate I should plug in a dehumidifier to draw out the moisture in the basement. It seemed to work for a few weeks (didn’t see any bugs), but I saw quite a few again last night. There definitely is moisture in the house; I’ve emptied the dehumidifier every day and a half for the past few weeks. Any help/insight on how to get rid of these bugs would be appreciated. Thanks, Chris
5920 Found this one beetle in my carpet. Only have ever seen this one. Just making sure. Looks like 6 legs, straight antenna, oval shape, hard shell, brown and black colour, has wings but doesn’t fly, size of a pen tip. Chris.
This looks like a carpet beetle (Coleoptera: Dermestidae) in the genus Attagenus – see http://tinyurl.com/hngt3cj for an example. Check around the margins of your carpeting to see if you can find any larvae that look like this: http://tinyurl.com/hr3qzn5 If you do, see http://tinyurl.com/zl9w25c elsewhere on this site for some control advice. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
5919 We live at Lighthouse Cove, Ontario near the mouth of the Thames River on Lake St. Clair. These flying insects seem attracted to our house. We have a white stucco exterior and during a sunny day, our house will be covered in them. They are now making their way into our house. The attached photo is one that I caught today. It is ¾ inches long. We’d appreciate your help in identifying these insects so that we can put measures in place to eradicate them. Thank you. Darrell
This is a box elder bug. They are common in your area as they seek shelter in the fall to hibernate over the winter. They can be a nuisance but are harmless.
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5918 I live in a basement apartment in Vancouver, BC. I’ve been here a year and never seen these until this week. Now I’ve seen 5. They look black, the photo shows reflection on the shell. They are very lazy. I’ve never seen them move, they just sit there until I kill them. Thanks, Ryan
Please do not kill any more of these, it is a ground beetle (Coleoptera: Carabidae) in the genus Carabus; likely Carabus granulatus – see http://tinyurl.com/j8l7wvy for an image. These are general predators on other small arthropods, and thus usually considered beneficial. Their occurrence indoors is strictly accidental. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
5917 I live in Kilworthy Ont. Canada…we believe they are coming out of our wood for heating our home…hope you can help me…thank you
This is a pigeon tremex, Tremex columba, a horntail wood wasp (Hymenoptera: Siricidae). Their larvae develop in the trunks of dead and dying trees, including ash, beech, cottonwood, elm, maple, and oak; they are not pests that need any control. See http://tinyurl.com/jzf2u4v for more detailed information on their life history. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
5916 Please help me! I need an idea of what these bugs could be. I really need to know how to get these out of my home it has been going on for over 3 years at this point. I have tried every insecticide available, steam and freezing cold and there are always more.
This is a grain beetle (Coleoptera: Silvanidae) in the genus Oryzaephilus, either a saw-toothed (O. surinamensis) or merchant (O. mercator) grain beetle. Both species are cosmopolitan pests of dry stored food products, including dry pet food. You need to conduct a thorough examination of all food storage areas in your home to find the source(s) of the infestation. See http://tinyurl.com/jnc6w7k for some control/management suggestions. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
5915 Please identify. They are Black on one side and green underneath. They are biting too. Sherry
These appear to be plant seeds of some kind, not insects. They may have short spines that irritated your skin. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
5914. Hello, I have noticed these bugs over the past couple of weeks in my house. I live in northern Ontario and it is currently winter outside. They are about 2 cm long and are very slow moving. They have been hanging out around a large window at the front of my house . I have no idea what they are and haven’t been able to identify them. Thank you, Danielle
This is a xiphydriid wood wasp (Hymenoptera: Xiphydriidae), possibly Xiphydria mellipes – see http://tinyurl.com/ja5ecqf for an image. This wasp will not harm anything in your home; their larvae bore and feed in small dead or weakened limbs of trees, primarily birch. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
5913 We got this guy today on sticky paper . Both my husband and myself have been getting bites likely at night in bed. The bite starts off the size of a dime and swells to quarter size, burns, itches for about 5-6 days. The area around the actual bite swells to a tea cup saucer size. I got two on my ankle than a week later on my arm. I got a skin infection from that one and was on antibiotics for a week. We checked for other insects..bed bugs etc. but we found nothing. Even the doctor confirmed they are not bed bug bites. We got obsessed since they really SUCK and cleaned our bedroom like mad!!! We though it was gone but I got bit last night and we found this spider living in a tube in our bed frame. Could this be the thing that’s biting us? It looks maybe like a house spider but there are SO many varieties. Your help is most appreciated. Taya
This spider is extremely unlikely to be responsible for any bites. It is Steatoda triangulosa, a very common peridomestic species; I have been unable to locate even a single report of this species ever biting a human. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
5912 Found these guys in my room. Identify please. Rob.
This looks like a red-headed ash borer, Neoclytus acuminatus (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae). It will not infest or harm anything in your home; see http://tinyurl.com/k8j27rp for more detailed information on this species. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
5911 I this a kissing bug? Audrey
This is an assassin bug (Hemiptera/Heteroptera: Reduviidae), but not a kissing bug. This one looks like Zelus renardii, known as the leafhopper assassin bug – see http://tinyurl.com/hclhvvm for an image. Like most assassin bugs, it can deliver a painful bite if handled carelessly, but they are not at all dangerous to humans. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
5910 Hi there, I’m hoping that you can identify this cocoon for me. I’ve been finding quite a few of them in my barn this winter and I’ve come across one in the pasture but I’m sure there are a lot more. I’m worried about an infestation of something come spring. I live in Flamborough (Southwestern Ontario). Thanks, Chantal. B.Sc.(Env.), University of Guelph.
This should be a welcome infestation, as this is an ootheca (egg mass) of a praying mantis. When the eggs hatch (usually in the late spring/early summer), the little mantids will set about capturing and eating many potentially injurious insects. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
5908 About 1 inch long slim body, always on wall near the ceiling, live in Manitoba so cold outside. Have seen about 15 in December and Jan. What are they and where do they come from? Thanks Larry S.
This is a crane fly (Diptera: Tipulidae); see http://tinyurl.com/2fz8joo for an example. It is not unusual to find some active in the winter in sheltered places. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
5907 Daniel from Dartmouth, NS. 17 Jan 2017. Indoors on 4th floor of apartment building. Body approx 3-5mm long, with tail almost same length as body. Has wings, but seems to only jump/hop rather than fly. Pair of long antenna on head. Golden-brown body. Group of at least 50+ found in corner of room high up on the walls and on also the ceiling, directly above a bright table lamp. Never seen them before, and after trying to kill all the ones we saw, a few more keep reappearing every couple of hours in the same location. These photos are of one still alive and hanging onto the wall behind the lamp. Thanks for your help!
This is a tiny wasp; the image is not clear enough for me to be at all certain, but I see a resemblance to the genus Megastigmus in the family Torymidae – see http://tinyurl.com/h62fqj2 for an example. These will not harm anything in your home; the larvae of most members of this family feed in the developing seeds of plants, including roses. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
5906 Hello, Can you advise what the attached Bug is ? Came out of Vancouver BC. Thanks. Brendan.
This is a larva of a snakefly (order Raphidioptera); likely in the family Raphidiidae. These are general predators on other small arthropods, mainly other insects. See http://tinyurl.com/hht3z5u for more detailed information. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
5905 Found in large numbers in an apartment crawling on the floors and walls. I am in Saskatoon, SK and it has been very cold outside recently. Does not appear to be coming from any singular location (found in living room, bedroom, kitchen, bathroom). I have only found concentrated areas (10 bugs) in small piles in the corner of windowsills, but they were all dead. I have checked my indoor potted plants, but have found no evidence of them. I guess they have a chitinous exoskeleton since they crunch between your fingernail and a hard surface. They are about 4mm long. They seem to be attracted to lamp when the rest of the room is dark. When you pick them up they “play dead”, that is, they curl up all their legs into themselves and lie motionless for 5-10 seconds. Thanks for your consideration. Ian
This is a weevil (Coleoptera: Curculionidae), it looks 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.
5904 Hello Webmanager, My name is Jack and I found this creature on the mirrored backsplash in our kitchen. We’re in central Alabama where the weather is currently unseasonably warm (70°).
Best regards, Jack
This is a lacewing, most likely a green lacewing (Neuroptera: Chrysopidae). These insects and their larvae are voracious predators on small, soft-bodied insects such as aphids and small caterpillars, and thus usually considered as beneficial. See http://tinyurl.com/hjlw5ts for more detailed information. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
5903 What is this ? It came out of my wood table I think….Kind regards, Jeff
This looks like a long-horned wood-boring beetle (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae) in the tribe Clytini – see http://tinyurl.com/jefsb3t for an example. It would be very unlikely for this to have emerged from any finished piece of furniture. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
5902 Hi, my name is Nancy. We have seen this bug inside around the house, in Winter months. In eastern Ontario, Canada. Have been looking all over the Web to try and identify but haven’t seen any pictures of it yet. thanks!
This is a late-instar nymph of an assassin bug (Hemiptera/Heteroptera: Reduviidae), likely that of Reduvius ersonatus, peridomestic species 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.
5901 What type of bug is this. found it in the bathroom. there’s more then 1
This looks like a household casebearer (aka ‘plaster bagworm’), Phereoeca uterella (Lepidoptera: Tineidae). Related to clothes moths, these basically are nuisance pests, feeding primarily on old cobwebs and the like. See http://tinyurl.com/hhc6w4v for more detailed information. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
5900 Hello, I live in Kitchener, Ontario and it’s January right now. I just got this new townhouse last February and never noticed these little guys in my basement (basement only), till this month. It’s been snowing a lot and the house is quite dry, Im not sure if the basement is humid though, but we have the heat at 22 degrees inside. These little guys seem white from far until I took the picture. They are less than half a mm in size and when you spook them or touch them they just hop, they don’t fly, but hops quite fast. After taking these pictures I noticed they are really light brown and have little dots on them. I really hope they aren’t bed bugs or termites. New house and they are all over the basement concrete floor. Thanks in advance! Ivan.
This is a psocid, commonly called booklice because of their association with books or paper. Booklice feed most commonly on molds as well as fungi, grains, insect fragments, and other starchy material, including glue from book bindings. In homes, they can be found in damp, warm, undisturbed places where mold and fungi are growing. For more information and control suggestions see http://www.extension.umn.edu/garden/insects/find/psocids
5899 Found a few under my mattress. I came back from Costa Rica less than a week ago, and have been getting bites around my hands, ankles, a few on my chest. Standard red and itchy…. I have not seen any live bugs yet. Thought they were bed bugs at first, but I had them a few years ago, and was not affected by their bites. thanks, Justin
This is a fragment of a dead insect, possibly a larva of a beetle in the family Dermestidae (hide/skin/larder/carpet beetles and allies). Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
5898 My name is Esther, I’m a single mom of 3 kids, 2 dogs, and 1 crested gecko. I had been hearing noises at night, but i brushed it away thinking it was my crested gecko’s activity since he is nocturnal, until i seen a rodent dash behind my fridge. I purchased glue traps and set them out, In the past 3 days I’ve seen i adult rodent im assuming much larger then the ones ive captured. I’ve caught 3 rodents in my home, two identical in size and characteristics, 1 much smaller and different shape ears. My location is Los Banos California located in the Central Valley in California. I was sure i had caught a rat the first 2 catches but the 32rd catch seemed the same in color yet it was much smaller and had larger ears. Could i have rats and mice?
This looks more like an adult mouse, such as a house mouse, than a young rat. See http://tinyurl.com/zkednfx for some pointers on telling the difference. That aside, it is altogether possible to have both rats and mice; we have that situation on our property. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
5897 Hello, my name is Alex, I live in Hamilton, Ontario and it’s been a rather mild winter. I live in an apartment building with approx. 12 other units. This is the second bug of this breed that I’ve found. This one is much smaller than the first one I found though I was unable to get a photo. The “adult” one was a few cm long. Both have been found in my kitchen. This one is only about the size of my pinky fingernail. Thanks in advance, Alex
This is a young nymph of a cockroach, likely a German cockroach, Blattella germanica (see http://tinyurl.com/hary6ge for an image) and http://tinyurl.com/h3nd9z8 elsewhere on this site for some control recommendations. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
5896 My name is Ian. – Photo was taken on January 8, 2017. – Insect found in apartment in Toronto, Ontario, Canada
– About 2mm in length. – Indoors, on wall in a carpeted room. – Winter. – Thanks.
This is a larva of a beetle in the family Dermestidae (hide/skin/larder/carpet beetles and allies), likely in the genus Anthrenus – see http://tinyurl.com/z3oqpsv for an example and http://tinyurl.com/zl9w25c elsewhere on this site for some control recommendations. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
5895 Thanks for helping identify this bug. It was indoors, in the master bedroom (bed) at 2am. Felt it crawling on my back. It was a good size bug, able to cling to a q-tip, while I was trying to shake it off. I just spoke with my wife, and she said her friend found a similar bug crawling on the cupboard. That’s 2 in two days. Should we be concerned? Don. Stoney Creek, ON
This is a brown marmorated stink bug, Halyomorpha halys (Hemiptera/Heteroptera: Pentatomidae). This is an introduced species that has become a serious pest in some areas of North America; they often invade buildings in search of shelter, but do no harm there. See http://tinyurl.com/nkexo3 for more detailed information. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
5894 I found this bug it has a brown back with stripes on it it looks like a bed bug but im not sure. Brandy.
Yes this is a bed bug. There could be many more where you found it. You would be wise to have a professional do an inspection and discuss methods to eliminate the problem. They are difficult to find. For more information see: http://pestcontrolcanada.com/how-to-get-rid-of-bed-bugs
5893 My name is jen i found this on my kitchen stove in toronto ontario i was wondering if someo e can help me please im terrified of bugs
This is a weevil (Coleoptera: Curculionidae; possibly in the subfamily Entiminae (broad-nosed/short-snouted weevils) – see http://tinyurl.com/heh23d5 for an example. Weevils such as these often enter buildings in search of shelter, but do no harm there. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
5892 I am from Nova Scotia. Last week we came home to find these beatle/ bugs in our kitchen. They are black , hard shell, can fly or jump a little about 1/8 inch long max. We have killed about twenty so far I squashed them with my thumb as they seem hard to kill any other way. They don’t come out in the dark. They appear to come from our pantry where we have canned or sealed packaged food, nothing opened. We did have an open bag of potatoes in that area. Help. Gary
This is a leaf beetle (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae) in the subfamily Bruchinae. Often called pea or bean weevils, the larvae of several species will infest seeds (primarily those of legumes), both dry stored ones or still in the field. If you have any stored seeds, including bird seed, check for signs of infestation. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
5891 Please help us to identify the insect who left these cocoons in our books. We found about 15 hard dark brown cocoons 2cm long attached to opposite side of the books in a bookshelf. Inside them there are light yellow larvae. Now when we found them it’s the end of august. We live in Ukraine. Thank you very much for your help.
These are ‘nests’ of a mud dauber wasp (Hymenoptera: Sphecidae), likely in the genus Sceliphron. The adult wasps place live but paralyzed spiders within these structures that their larvae then feed upon. See http://tinyurl.com/h7pqegu for images and more information. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
5890 See attached Photo a friend of mind took on New years eve, found in a home in Eastern Newfoundland . Just curious as flying bugs in Winter doesn’t seem the Norm.
The image is not clear enough for me to be certain, but I believe that this could be a caddisfly (order Trichoptera) – see http://tinyurl.com/zghoj27 and http://tinyurl.com/hzmju2r for examples. It is not unusual for some species to be active in the winter time. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
5889 My name is Allan and I live in the Greater Toronto Area, Ontario. Size is approx. 15 millimeter’s. Month – December.
Temp – minus 6 to plus 6. Found indoors of home, main floor. I looked at the list of bugs on your site. Not sure if this is a wood wasp.
This is a wood wasp in the family Xiphydriidae in the genus Xiphydria – see http://tinyurl.com/hbqw5wc for an example. Their larvae bore in dead wood, and are not known to be pests. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
5888 Can you identify this bug? It appears in our house occasionally. Can they bite? We are in Prince Edward County, Ontario. Thank you, M. Berkson
This is a milkweed bug, an occasional invader in homes. They are very similar in appearance to boxelder bugs. See the comparison here: http://pestcontrolcanada.com/box-elder-bugs Both are harmless in your home. They don’t bite, have no stingers and don’t carry disease.
5887 Hello, I live in Kitchener Ontario (southern Ontario) and just moved into a newer house. I keep seeing These small bugs that I thought were ants until closer inspection. Any thoughts? Josh.
This is a grain beetle (Coleoptera: Silvanidae) in the genus Oryzaephilus, either a saw-toothed (O. surinamensis) or merchant (O. mercator) grain beetle. Both species can infest a variety of grain-based dry stored food products, so you should check all your food storage areas for signs of infestation. See http://tinyurl.com/o5y5lxe for detailed information on these and other pantry pests. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
5886 Can you tell me what type of insect larvae this is? Thanks Sherry
This appears to be a dead, mummified caterpillar of an Imperial moth, Eacles imperialis (Lepidoptera: Saturniidae). See http://tinyurl.com/bzm7v3h for more detailed information on this species. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
5885 I keep finding this bug in the beds of my house. they often appear dead. sometimes i find them on the floor also. what is it ? Ashley
This is a click beetle, Coleoptera: Elateridae; see http://tinyurl.com/7b399st for some more examples. Their occurrence indoors is strictly accidental; they will do no harm there. The larvae of some species are known as wireworms, and those can be agricultural/garden pests. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
5884 Hi I have lived in Washington state all my life and have never ran across anything like this before. I was out at night in late fall and found this guy under a bunch of leave next to a “rollie pollie” bug, a big rollie pollie bug! Wondering if it’s related to the rollie pollie or if it’s something else ? Thank you Tammy.
This is a repeat of post no. 5868, a ground beetle larva. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
5883 What is this bug found in hotel. Raymond
This is a brown marmorated stink bug, Halyomorpha halys (Hemiptera/Heteroptera: Pentatomidae), an introduced species that has become a serious pest in some areas of North America. See http://tinyurl.com/nkexo3 for more detailed information. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
5882 Hi there, my name is Remi. Geological location is British Columbia, Canada. I have looked over your site a bit and I would figure this is a beetle, but what kind of beetle is unsure, matter of fact I didn’t even notice the antennas they had until I took a zoomed up picture of it. Pretty sure they don’t fly, but upon recording a video they also opened their wings.. so at this point I’m not even sure what kind of bug they are. I am really starting to wonder if these are a threat or can cause problems since more and more started showing up and I have no idea why, they’re not secluded to just one area either. I see them in the bathroom, the kitchen, the hallway near the living room, even in the corner of the room where my TV stand is and they most definitely seem drawn to light since we have a long hallway we end up using a night light and several always seem gathered below it or sometimes just on the wall.
This appears to be a follow-up to the no. 5879 posting. This time, I can see the antennae, and there is no doubt that this is a drugstore beetle, Stegobium paniceum (Coleoptera: Anobiidae). The cigarette beetle lacks the three-segmented ‘club’ seen on your specimen. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
5881 Hi, I found a number of these bugs in the space above my garage in Nova Scotia. Last year and this year a woodpecker has done considerable damage and I just discovered why (I think). What is it and how do I get rid of them? Thank you, Liam
This little moth would not be the source/cause of your woodpecker damage. Woodpeckers go after wood-boring insects, and neither this moth nor its larva (caterpillar) would bore in wood. Although I cannot provide a specific i.d., this moth belongs to one of the families collectively known as microlepidoptera (see http://tinyurl.com/jhgjvxy). The vast majority of caterpillars in this grouping feed within the leaves, stems, or seeds of various plants; see http://tinyurl.com/hx3zsu7 for an example. A few others feed on bits of organic matter found in the nests of birds or small rodents, see http://tinyurl.com/hras2h2 for an example. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
5880 I live in rural Ontario, Canada. These little bugs have been popping up over the past few weeks and I was wondering what they were. Thanks in advance. -Risa
This is a damsel bug (Hemiptera/Heteroptera: Nabidae), likely in the genus Nabis – see http://tinyurl.com/zvpoopk for an example. Damsel bugs are general predators on other small arthropods (mostly other insects), and thus often considered beneficial visitors to gardens.
Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
5879 Hi there, my name is Remi. Geological location is British Columbia, Canada. I have looked over your site a bit and I would figure this is a beetle, but what kind of beetle is unsure, matter of fact I didn’t even notice the antennas they had until I took a zoomed up picture of it. Pretty sure they don’t fly, but upon recording a video they also opened their wings.. so at this point I’m not even sure what kind of bug they are. I am really starting to wonder if these are a threat or can cause problems since more and more started showing up and I have no idea why, they’re not secluded to just one area either. I see them in the bathroom, the kitchen, the hallway near the living room, even in the corner of the room where my TV stand is and they most definitely seem drawn to light since we have a long hallway we end up using a night light and several always seem gathered below it or sometimes just on the wall.
This looks to me like a drugstore beetle, Stegobium paniceum (Coleoptera: Anobiidae). This species and its close relative, the cigarette beetle, Lasioderma serricorne (Coleoptera: Anobiidae) will infest a very wide variety of dry stored food products and other organic materials, so you should check all food storage areas (including dry pet food/bird seed, etc.) for signs of infestation. See http://tinyurl.com/psebz98 for more detailed information, including control recommendations. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
5878 Last week I found one of these ‘shells’ and another this week. One was in plain site and the other was in a dark toy bin. The shell is hard and brittle and the inside has a pus like consistency, any information would be appreciated. Thanks, Nolan
This is a puparium of a rodent bot fly (Diptera: Oestridae; subfamily Cuterebrinae) in the genus Cuterebra. When the larvae of these flies are fully grown, they emerge from their rodent host in search of a dry place to undergo pupation – see http://tinyurl.com/zr7yx2g for images and more detailed information. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
5877 Spider found outdoors (residential back yard, running down flowerpot), Calgary Alberta on warm, early afternoon of May 25, 2015. Thank you very much! Gerhard.
This is a long-jawed orb-weaving spider (family Tetragnathidae), likely in the genus Tetragnatha – see http://tinyurl.com/jnhdc7c for an image of one in a more typical pose. The webs of these spiders usually are more horizontal than vertical in orientation, and usually are constructed over or very near small bodies of water. They seem to specialize in preying on insects emerging from or approaching the water. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
5876 Hello, I live in North Bay Ontario Canada, right on the waters edge of Trout Lake I’ve seen these little pods all over the outside walls of the house, seems to be concrete or brick only though. The total overall length is no more that .75 of an inch and maybe 1/4″ to 3/8″ of an inch across. I assume they’re of biological origin simply because they’ve been attached to the wall. I’ve seen lots of posts elsewhere on the internet that talk about bagworms and show similar cocoons, although I haven’t read anywhere that they’re this small.
This looks like a case made by a grass bagworm, such as Psyche casta (Lepidoptera: Psychidae); see http://tinyurl.com/gt5arlr for some images. These caterpillars cause minimal damage to their host plants (mainly grasses). We often find similar cases on our house in West Virginia. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
5875 I found this insect inside my house Dec. 1 in West Kelowna, BC.
This is a western conifer seed bug. They are harmless around your home. For more information see: http://pestcontrolcanada.com/western-conifer-seed-bug
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