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.
6107 Hi. My name is Rob. I live 40 km West of Toronto. Suddenly we have hundreds of these guys mainly on our door frames and window screens. They just started to crawl on interior walls and ceilings. They really tiny- like 3 millimeters in size. It’s beginning of August and first I spotted them 3 weeks ago. My 50 acres place is located in wooded area with a lot of shrubs and garden plants. Thanks.
This is another short-snouted/broad-nosed weevil (Coleoptera: Curculionidae; subfamily Entiminae) that I cannot identify to species. See no. 6104 for another example. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
6106 Hi there the picture I have attached I found in the basement of my parents house in Canada, I live in Edmonton Alberta. I was wondering if these are Mahogany also known as paper wasps and if so how to go about finding the best and how to kill it. A picture is attached. Thanks. Jaimie
The three larger insects are wood wasps (Hymenoptera: Siricidae), likely in the genus Sirex; see https://tinyurl.com/y8rortn5 for some images. Commonly known as horntails, their larvae tunnel in the wood of dead or dying trees. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
6105 Hi, Found this big guy in the garage today. He has some spider webs on him, but I wasn’t about to take them off…he only PLAYS dead! Beside a loonie for sizing. Thanks! Sharon. Winnipeg Manitoba
This is a This is a scarab beetle (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae) in the genus Osmoderma; see https://tinyurl.com/ycmskym6 for an example. These are not pests; their larvae develop in rotting wood; often in hollow trees. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
6104 Attached are the following 2 photos of a bug mostly in the basement and they now are appear to be moving up to the main and second floors of our house. We live in Calgary. What kind of big is this and how do we get rid of it? Thanks JT.
This is a short-snouted/broad-nosed weevil (Coleoptera: Curculionidae; subfamily Entiminae), but I am uncertain as to its specific identification. The adult weevils 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.