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
5874 Hi,I’d like some help in identifying the attached pics of larvae. They are dropping out of a pot light located in my bathroom – about 1-2 every couple of hours. The only place above the bathroom ceiling is an attic. (which contains only insulation as far as I know, since there is no interior access) They started dropping down two days ago. I live in Comox, Vancouver Island, BC. When I took the light bulb out, nothing is visible. Should I be taking down the whole light fixture? I have seen no moths anywhere and I’ve checked out my pantry and it appears bug-free. All the dry goods are in plastic containers.If you can identify these, can you tell me how to get rid of them? Thank you. Dianne Alsop
This looks like a maggot, probably a blow fly maggot that has crawled away from a dead animal in your attic. There could be a dead rat near the pot light. You should have a professional inspect, disinfect and remove any dead rodents. If you have been using rodent poison, you should switch to traps to avoid more dead rodents in your home. See the life cycle of blow flies here: https://www.nlm.nih.gov/visibleproofs/galleries/technologies/blowfly.html
5873 Hi, my name is Bianca-Rose and i live in Hearst, Ontario, Canada and i found this insect in my work place, specifically in a motel room bathroom. I’m hoping you can tell me what it is.it was about an inch long, head to tail. Thank you for your time.
This is an ichneumon wasp (Hymenoptera: Ichneumonidae), likely in the subfamily Ophioninae – see http://tinyurl.com/jhk3sgw for an example. All ichneumon wasps are parasitic on other arthropods, mainly other insects, and are harmless to humans. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
5872 This an apple tree sapling in Rockland Cty. New York. The weather is turning cool. The tree is about 2 feet tall. There appears to be some type of bug lined up on the stem. Would like to know what they are. Thanks, Ann
These are eggs of a katydid – see http://tinyurl.com/hhhg6eg for some images. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
5871 Thousands of these showed up all over my farm fence today. Seems that touching them makes them jump. They are very small. I live in South Western BC, near Vancouver. It is November and we have just had a lot of rain and wind.
These are globular springtails (Collembola: Dicyrtomidae); possibly in the genus Ptenothrix – see http://tinyurl.com/zstplzs for an example. These basically are scavengers that do not appear to be pests in the sense of causing any damage/harm, but may be considered nuisances when they occur in large numbers. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
5870 Cockroaches? Found around bottom of A/C in window of suite in Sidney, BC, CANADA
This is a western conifer seed bug. It is one of the most common insect photos submitted for identification.
5869 I’ve had a German roach problem and exterminators came about 2 weeks ago (late October) but this bug does not look like any roach I’ve seen. This one is dead and found near my electric kettle. I live in Montreal in a studio apartment. Note the small pincer like thing at the rear. Ps. each line on that paper is about 1/4 inch apart
This cockroach nymph is so shriveled up as to make a positive I.D. a bit difficult, but I believe that I can still make out some faint markings on its thorax that point in the direction of it being a German cockroach. Sorry… Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
5868 Hi, I live in Washington state and found this bug at night under some maple leaves outside. I have never seen anything like this. Thank you.
This is a larva of a ground beetle (Coleoptera: Carabidae); see http://tinyurl.com/hc9ts8x for an image of an adult along with a larva. These all are general predators on other terrestrial arthropods, mainly other insects. Your specimen is one of the fattest examples that I’ve ever seen! Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
5867 My name is Nigel and I live in Oshawa Ontario. These pics were taken in our house. The bugs appear year round. These are white “insects” about 2mm in length, white, and keep appearing on our Phalaeonopsis orchids.
This looks like a mealybug (Hemiptera/Sternorrhyncha: Pseudococcidae); there are several species of mealybugs that will infest orchids, see http://tinyurl.com/ha6ra8p for more detailed information, including some control recommendations. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
5866 I found this 1cm larvae crawling up the wall in the kitchen of my townhouse. I live on Vancouver Island, BC. Thanks.
This most likely is a caterpillar of an Indianmeal moth, Plodia interpunctella (Lepidoptera: Pyralidae).These caterpillars will feed on a very wide variety of stored food products, including grain-based meals, dried fruit, nuts, bird seed, etc., so you should inspect all your food storage areas for signs of infestation. See http://tinyurl.com/zhgsj23 for more detailed information, including some control recommendations. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
5865 Hi! I am hoping someone can identify this bug for me in Edmonton, Alberta. Not to lead the answer but a friend has bedbugs and just thought I would take a good look in my house and found this in a plastic bin under my bed. Thanks for your help with this! Rebecca
This is a broad-nose/short-snouted weevil (Coleoptera: Curculionidae; subfamily Entiminae). These weevils often enter buildings in search of shelter, but do no harm there. See nos. 5826, 5781, 5779, and 5774 for other examples. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
5864 Hey it’s Cal from Calgary, Alberta. I’ve killed about 50 of these little flies in my bedroom every day for the past week. I live in a basement apartment and I can’t find out where they’re coming from! Can you provide any help with identifying these guys?
This is a dark-winged fungus gnat (Diptera: Sciaridae). They basically are nuisance pests whose larvae are found primarily in very damp/wet soils having a high organic content, where they sometimes will damage tender roots and other underground parts of plants. If you have indoor potted plants of any kind, allow the soil to dry out as much as practical between waterings. See http://tinyurl.com/hrgsoqh for more detailed information. Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
5863 Hello. My name is Dianna. I have searched your site as well as the internet and have had no luck identifying this bug. Numerous appeared on the brick walls on outside of my home a week or two ago (1st-2nd week if November 2016). They have no wings and hardly move when touched. The strange thing about them is at night their tail ends curl up! They seem to have more movement at night as well. I thought maybe stink bug nymph but does not have a shield shape. Hoping you can help! Want to get rid of them.
This is a wingless moth; it appears to be a female fall cankerworm, Alsophila pometaria (Lepidoptera: Geometridae). See http://tinyurl.com/ztznohq for an image and http://tinyurl.com/puv2ssy for detailed information on its life history. Their larvae feed on leaves of trees in the springtime; this would be the best time to apply control measures. Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
5862 This bug was inside my step son shirt in the arm pit and bit him. The bite left a welt like a bee sting and he said it felt like 2 bees stinging him. Eastern Washington.
This is a nymph of an assassin bug (Hemiptera/Heteroptera: Reduviidae), likely that of Reduvius personatus, a 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. Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
5861 My is Kaisa and we found this insect in Pendleton, Oregon. My students and I found this very interesting insect in a park near the end of October. The climate here is high desert, it’s very dry with low temperatures at night and in the 60s during the day, although we have been having a wet fall this year. We found the insect by the side of the road near a rocky hillside and it was dead when we found it. I believe it is some sort of cricket but couldn’t find an exact match. Kaisa, 6th Grade Teacher.
This is a relative of grasshoppers and crickets known as a Jerusalem cricket (Orthoptera: Stenopelmatidae). See http://tinyurl.com/cjs9zgv for more detailed information. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
5860 Taken in backyard London Ontario Canada today. Nov 10 2016 at about 1 pm. Joanne
This is a female blister beetle (Coleoptera: Meloidae) in the genus Meloe; beetles in this genus often are called oil beetles because of the oily fluid they exude from their joints when they are handled roughly. This fluid contains cantharidin, a chemical that can cause blistering on tender skin. See http://tinyurl.com/z5tg72eor more detailed information. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
5859 Hi I’m Shannon and I have been finding these bugs regularly on the main level of my home in Kitimat, BC. The odd time, I have also discovered a few on the outside Windows or along the house. I have noticed them year-round, I believe, if I can recall correctly. But sometimes my memory doesn’t serve me well so I can say I’ve definitely noticed them in summer, fall and now getting into winter. I am wondering what this is so I can research if they provide a big threat of infestation that would need to be dealt with. Thank you for any help in identifying it.
This is an earwig (order Dermaptera), possibly a European earwig, Forficula auricularia; see http://tinyurl.com/h97cy58 for an image. Earwigs seldom do any real harm, and may even be of some benefit in the garden, as they will feed on the eggs and young of other insects. See http://tinyurl.com/h5m54vn for more detailed information. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
5858 Hello. Can you help me identify this bug found in my bedroom of my fourth floor apartment on Nov 1, 2016 in Calgary, AB. See attached. Thank you. Charles
This is a relative of grasshoppers and crickets known as a cave or camel cricket (Orthoptera: Rhaphidophoridae). Some people also call them ‘sprickets’ because of a fancied resemblance to a cross between a spider and a cricket. These insects prefer relatively dark, damp, and undisturbed habitats, such as caves and basements; finding one on the fourth floor of a building would seem a bit unusual for them. They basically are nuisance pests that seldom cause any real harm. See http://tinyurl.com/guowjr7 for more detailed information. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
5857 Hello. I found two of these bugs on the wall above my bed. Any help would be great! Thank you. Karen
This looks like a larva of a beetle in the family Dermestidae (hide/skin/larder/carpet beetles and allies), possibly 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.
5856 I found this very hard bodied beetle strolling across my bedroom floor near Leduc, Alberta. Size of the body is just under 2 cm. In normal light it is very dark, almost black. Thank you for letting me know what it is and if I have to be concerned. Thanks. Esther
This appears to be a stink bug (Hemiptera/Heteroptera: Pentatomidae), but it does not look to me like any of the species known to be native to your area. Are you by any chance in an area where international shipments arrive? All that aside, this insect will not damage anything in your home. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
5855 Hello, looking to identify this bug and get rid of it. My name is Loay and live in Mississauga Ontario. It’s October so it’s somewhat chilly around 1 – 10 degrees Celsius. I found them indoors (including the basement) and outdoors around main entrances.
This is a harmless sowbug. They have gills which need constant moisture, so they tend to live in moister climates. They are primarily nocturnal, and eat decaying leaf litter and vegetable matter. Read more about these common and abundant creatures. Their presence indoors indicates a serious moisture problem.
5854 Good day, Recently my basement bedroom and bathroom have become a hangout to tiny black flies. I can’t figure out where they’re coming from or even what they are. They rally around the exterior windows when its light out, and then after that are found around other sources of light. A candle burning all night in the bathroom usually kills a dozen or so (bodies found in the wax). They aren’t attracted to vinegar or alcohol, spraying them with Windex seems to kill them, but they will return to that same window after it was cleaned. They currently number under 20 in each window. But when vacuumed up or killed they return to that number within half an hour. We noticed them after summer, in Nova Scotia, Canada. Its now November and they’re still here. I’ve taken a photo of some, can you identify what they are? And how to get rid of them!
These are likelyPhorid flies, also known as humpbacked flies. They are small and resemble fruit flies in appearance. The Phorid fly lacks the red eye color that is the classic trademark of the fruit fly. Phorid flies are in the small category of flies, measuring up to 1/8 inch in length, including the wings. Color: Tan brown with black eyes; small head; a severely arched (humpbacked) thorax when viewed from the side. Read More
5853 Hello. I live just outside Mahone Bay, Nova Scotia. For the past number of days there have been these rather SMALL whitish bugs flying around. First thought it was pollen floating by … but they are a flying bug. Looks more white in the air but have a blueish (neon) glow. Some got caught in a web and when I removed them they appeared to be more blue. A number of friends have also commented on my personal FB page that they too have seen them and are curious to know what they are. Any assistance would be greatly appreciated. Regards, Janet
This is a woolly aphid (Hemiptera/ Sternorrhyncha: Aphididae; subfamily Eriosomatinae), see http://tinyurl.com/jugtw2r for images and more detailed information on their life history. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
5852 Hi there, Saw this on my way to Victoria BC at Goldstream National Park. What is it?? Taylor.
This is a ground beetle (Coleoptera: Carabidae) that specializes in snail-eating, it appears to be Scaphinotus angusticollis – see http://tinyurl.com/6vj9qb8 for an image and details on its life history. Nice find! Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
5851 I discovered these bugs on a shelf in my cupboard . It happened at the beginning of September when I found cockroaches and started cleaning my food cupboards out. I had inadvertently left banana skins In a plastic bag and they somehow got pushed into a cupboard. There were these beetles quite different from the cockroaches. After I cleaned the cupboard out and disposed of the rotting skins. I started to see the running round my kitchen. I had my condo sprayed. This remedy the beetle problem but not the cockroaches. I have subsequently had it resprayed recently. I saved this specimen because it was nothing like anything I had ever seen. BTW I had tried to use natural remedies like borax and baking soda. I think I see some powder on the beetle., when I magnify it. I am totally grossed out. Naomi
This is a nymph of a cockroach; it resembles one of a German cockroach, Blattella germanica (see http://tinyurl.com/hary6ge for an image), but I am not 100 percent certain. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
5850 Brampton, Ontario, Canada. 5 degrees Celsius outside, October 31st. Found in a bedroom on a bed. Crystal
This is a small click beetle (Coleoptera: Elateridae), simply an accidental intruder that will do no harm. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
5849 Hi, attached is a spider that I photographed today (Oct 29 2016 @ 4:06pm). It was outside (about 19c) on the pool leaf net. Body length about 0.11 in. or 2.8mm. Location Ajax, Ontario. Frank
This is a crab spider (family Thomisidae); possibly in the genus Mecaphesa – see http://tinyurl.com/24kyg8b for an image. All crab spiders are harmless to humans. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
5848 I find between 10-20 of these on my bathroom floor (partial Basement) daily. It is a vinyl floor and relatively clean space. Please advise what these May be and how we can stop them? Thanks. Gurj
This is another example of something that I have seen before, but simply cannot pin a name on; it resembles something in the family Silvanidae or a close relative. I do not believe that it is a serious pest that you need worry about, but just in case, you might check your food storage areas for any signs of infestation. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
5847 Clinton, Vancouver, BC This past summer, outside on our vehicles.
This is a pupa of a lady beetle (Coleoptera: Coccinellidae). Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
5846 Hello, I am attaching a photo of a larger spider that was on the outside ‘side’ of our house….believe he must be some sort of garden spider? I have attached one photo of him taken inside a plastic cup. I set him free after taking the photo. This photo was in the fall season and in northern NE WA state. Thank you, Ellen
This is a female orb-weaving spider (family Araneidae). I cannot be certain because of the angle from which this image was taken, but I think that it may be in the genus Neoscona. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
5845 I was bit by this yesterday(Saturday Oct 29) Sandra. Mitchell Ontario
This appears to be a broadfaced sac spider, Trachelas tranquillus, in the family Trachelidae. These are wandering spiders that do not spin a capture web, and occasionally wander indoors. They are reported to have a painful but not dangerous bite; see http://tinyurl.com/hlpmbbg for more detailed information. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
5844 This bug is about 1 inch in length and taken inside a store in Mississauga Ontario Canada. thanks for identifying. Michael Mississauga Ontario
This is a house centipede, Scutigera coleoptrata, a cosmopolitan species. Unlike most centipedes, these have relatively good eyesight, and will chase down some of their prey. They are reputed to have a painful (but not dangerous) bite; see http://tinyurl.com/mn7mzffor more detailed information. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
5843 Mainly green body with red striation along back. Someone suggested it was an assassin bug. May have come in with the dog.
This is indeed an assassin bug (Hemiptera/Heteroptera: Reduviidae; it is a nymph in the genus Zelus, likely Zelus luridus – see http://tinyurl.com/j7822h4 for more detailed information. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
5842 Can you tell me what kind of fly this is and the best way to get rid of them. They come in the house in the fall and stay all winter. The problem started last fall. Donna
Although this fly superficially resembles some fruit flies (Diptera: Tephritidae) in the genus Rhagoletis, I am by no means confident. I would like very much to see an image that shows the wing veins clearly, as well as knowing the geographic area where the image was taken. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.