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Bat, bed and swallow bugs info

Bat, bed and swallow bugs info

5931   Hi,   I live 30 min East of Calgary, Ab. The attached photo was just taken, so its winter time. We have seen 15-20 of these in the last month. Mainly on baseboards, or on walls. We got our house inspected and there were no signs of the bugs during inspection. Nothing around any beds, or in the beds, which lead our inspector to think these are bat bugs. He seemed to think the color of the bug in the picture is off from what a bed bug should look like also. There was a serious swallow bird problem (20 nests) on the side of our house last year. I have heard swallow bugs look similar to bed bugs. Regardless the treatment is the same for both. But I would like to know if this is a swallow bug. Then I know for sure I need to do something about the bird problem next year also. Thanks in advance, Jamie. 

Unfortunately, your image is not clear enough for a positive identification; this usually requires examination of the specimen with a good magnifying glass. See http://tinyurl.com/hucqs55 for a fact sheet that includes a key to separating bat, bed, and swallow bugs. That aside, swallow bugs usually have a hairier appearance than the other species – see http://tinyurl.com/jswylwz for an image. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.

 

varied carpet beetle

varied carpet beetle

5930  Hi   I found some of these at my bedrooms yesterday.  Is it a bed bug?  Marjan.

This is a carpet beetle (Coleoptera: Dermestidae) in the genus Anthrenus, such as the varied carpet beetle, A. verbasci. See http://tinyurl.com/hz44zxx for images and detailed information on this species and http://tinyurl.com/zl9w25c elsewhere on this site for some control recommendations. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.

broad-nosed/short-snouted weevils

broad-nosed/short-snouted weevils

5929   It is a warm February and i have seen a number of these beetle type insects crawling around the ceiling of my Toronto condo. Please let me know what it is. Thank you.

This is a weevil (Coleoptera: Curculionidae) 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.

 

dark-winged fungus gnat

dark-winged fungus gnat

5928   There are hundreds of these in my house.  They are mainly around the windows in one main level room.  It is currently winter here in Kitchener Ontario however we just had record warm temperatures for February. They are only a few millimeters big.  Any help identifying is appreciated.  Thank you,  Marc  

This appears to be a dark-winged fungus gnat (Diptera: Sciaridae); see http://tinyurl.com/hlg9p8n for an image. Their larvae usually are found in very damp/wet soil having a high organic material content, and can cause damage to very tender plants. If you have house pants of any kind, avoid overwatering and allow the soil to dry out as much as practical between waterings, this should alleviate the problem.  Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.

 

Winged reproductive ant

Winged reproductive ant

5927  This was found inside my house ….there are a lot of them seem to be attracted to light ….what are they? How do I get rid of them? 

This is a winged female reproductive ant, likely a Modoc species carpenter ant that has emerged from a satellite nest in your home.  Because it is warm in your home, reproductive ants think it is spring and time to leave the nest to start a new nest.   They fly to windows attempting to get outside.  Trapped inside, they will die.  For control solutions see:  http://pestcontrolcanada.com/ants/carpenter-ants  

Assassin Bug Nymph

Assassin Bug Nymph

5926   Returned this weekend to my daughters apartment and found this alive on the floor of the laundry room. It was full of dust. Tried to clean dust off as much as possible. She lives in a basement apartment of a house in Northern Ontario. Had bites on ankles, now legs, and abdomen. Can you help me identify this? And how to rid of them?   Thank you.   Ed.

This is a nymph of Reduvius ersonatus, a peridomestic species of assassin bug (Hemiptera/Heteroptera: Reduviidae) known as the masked hunter – see no. 5925 below.  Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.

masked hunter assasin bug

the masked hunter

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.

This is Reduvius ersonatus, a peridomestic species of assassin bug (Hemiptera/Heteroptera: Reduviidae) 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.

picture-wing fly

picture-wing fly

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

This looks like a picture-wing fly (Diptera: Ulidiidae) in the genus Ceroxys. These basically are nuisance pests that do no real harm; see http://tinyurl.com/zp3c9lv for more detailed information. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.

leaf beetle

leaf beetle

5923  Hi.  I have a  ton of these beetle like bugs hanging around inside my house around the windows. What are they? 

This is a special kind of 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 and dispose of anything found to be infested. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.

 

western black widow spider

western black widow spider

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.

This might be a western black widow spider, Latrodectus hesperus, but I would like to see a clearer view of its eye pattern. Although these spiders possess a potent venom, they are not at all aggressive towards humans, and usually bite only if handled roughly. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.

 

booklice

Booklice

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

I cannot see the wing venation clearly enough for a positive identification, but I would include booklice (order Psocodea) as a possibility. It certainly does not appear to be a destructive pest of any kind needing immediate control. Please see if you can obtain clear images, and in the meantime, continue with your efforts to reduce unnecessary moisture sources and lower humidity levels I your home. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.

Carpet Beetle

Carpet Beetle

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.

 

Boxlelder bug

Box Elder bugs.

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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ground beetle

ground beetle

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.

horntail wood wasp

horntail wood wasp

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
Karen

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.

 

Saw-toothed or merchant grain beetle

Saw-toothed or merchant grain beetle

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.

Plant seeds, not insects

Plant seeds, not insects

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.

xiphydriid wood wasp

xiphydriid wood wasp

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.

Unlikely biting spider

Unlikely biting spider

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.

red-headed ash borer

red-headed ash borer

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.

assassin bug

assassin bug

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.

Praying mantis egg mass

Praying mantis egg mass

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.

Crane fly

Crane Fly

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.

Tiny Wasp

Tiny Wasp

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.

 

snakefly larva

snakefly larva

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.

grain/granary weevil

grain/granary weevil

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.

 

lacewing

lacewing

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.

 

long-horned wood-boring beetle

long-horned wood-boring beetle

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.

 

assassin bug nymph

assassin bug nymph

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.

Casebearer larva

Casebearer larva

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.

Psocid

Psocid

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

 

fragment of a dead insect

fragment of a dead insect

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.

Adult mouse

Adult mouse

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.

 

cockroach young nymph

cockroach young nymph

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.

Dermestidae beetle larva

Dermestidae beetle larva

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.

brown marmorated stink bug

brown marmorated stink bug

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.

 

bed bug

Bed Bug

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

 

broad-nosed/short-snouted weevils

broad-nosed/short-snouted weevil

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.

Leaf Beetle (pea or bean weevil)

Leaf Beetle (pea or bean weevil)

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.

Mud dauber wasp nests

Mud dauber wasp nests

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.

caddisfly

caddisfly

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.

wood wasp

wood wasp

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.

Milkweed bug

Milkweed bug

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.

Saw-toothed or Merchant grain beetle

Saw-toothed or Merchant grain beetle

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.

caterpillar of an Imperial moth

caterpillar of an Imperial moth

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.

 

click beetle

click beetle

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.

ground beetle larva

ground beetle larva

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.

brown marmorated stink bug

brown marmorated stink bug

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.

 

Drugstore Beetle

Drugstore Beetle

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.

moth

Moths in garage

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.

 

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