6325 Very putrid smell, about 1.5 inches long, very soft to touch. From British Columbia Number 6325 This is a caterpillar of a swallowtail butterfly (Lepidoptera: Papilionidae). The foul odor is emitted by the fork-like appendage visible above its head. Called an osmeterium, it serves as a defensive mechanism for the caterpillar; Click here for more […]
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6324 This little arachnid was found inside in my bar sink, late fall, just looked a bit more unusual to the other spideys we have hanging around, Identfication would be very neat if possible :). Thank you. From BC Number 6324 This is a funnel weaver spider (family Agelenidae); likely in the genus Eratigena – Click here […]
6323 From Quebec Number 6323 This is a house centipede, Scutigera coleoptrata, a cosmopolitan species that apparently originally was native to the Mediterranean region. Unlike most other centipedes, it has very good vision and can run down its prey. Click here for more detailed information.
6322 Found crawling in my cottage kitchen sink Oct 20, 2018. From Gravenhurst, Ontario Number 6322 This is a western conifer seed bug, Leptoglossus occidentalis (Hemiptera/Heteroptera: Coreidae). These bugs often become nuisance pests when they enter buildings in search of shelter, but they do no harm there. Click here for more detailed information.
6321 Found this beetle on my cedar tree in the back yard. I can’t seem to find any information or what type of beetle it is. Would be interested to know what type of beetle it is and if it is common to B.C. From Sicamous, British Columbia Number 6321 This is not a beetle, but […]
6320 I found this beetle on my deck and was shocked to see it! Never seen one so big around here! I looked at some pics but could not identify it! Was hoping you could. We are on an acreage south of Saskatoon SK. Thanks. From Saskatoon. Number 6320 This is a predaceous diving beetle […]
6319 Can you please identify this. From Mississauga, Ontario Number 6319 This is a house centipede, Scutigera coleoptrata. House centipedes feed on a wide variety of other arthropods, mainly insects, and their presence indoors may be an indicator of an infestation of some kind. Click here for more detailed information.
6318 Can you please identify this. From Ontario Number 6318 This is a blister beetle Coleoptera: Meloidae) in the genus Meloe. These are often called ‘oil beetles’ as they exhibit reflexive bleeding from their leg joints when disturbed. Their blood (hemolymph contains a chemical, cantharidin, that can cause blistering on tender skin. Click here for more detailed […]
6317 Appeared in my second-floor bedroom (possibly dropped from ceilling), stayed for a picture and then disappeared when I left room. Just outside Fredericton, NB September 27 autumn. High of 20° sunny and breezy day following heavy rain and two nights of frost. From Maugerville, NB Number 6317 This is a larva of an Asian multi-colored […]
6316 Hi, I was wondering if you could help me identify this beautiful spider. I found it today (September 20) in my garden. From Ashton, Ontario Number 6316 This is Argiope trifasciata, an orb weaver known as the banded garden spider. It occurs from southern Canada to northern Mexico; they usually are noticed in late summer/early autumn […]
6315 From Stoney creek Ontario Number 6315 This appears to be a bridge orb weaver, Larinioides sclopetarius (family Araneidae); Click here for images and more information. All orb weavers are harmless to humans.
6314 Saw this by sandy lake Manitoba on August 18-2018 was cloudy outside and very warm. From Winnipeg, Manitoba Number 6314 This is a caterpillar of an eastern tiger swallowtail butterfly Papilio glaucus (Lepidoptera: Papilionidae); see Click here for detailed information. Note: Some authors split off tiger swallowtails into the genus Pterourus..
6313 I have seen a couple in my house and wondering what they are. From Whitehorse, Yukon Territory Number 6313 This looks like a shield bug (Hemiptera/Heteroptera: Acanthosomatidae); Click here for an example. These feed primarily on alder, and are not considered serious pests. These sometimes are called parent bugs because the adults exhibit maternal […]
6312 Never ever seen this bug before..was in my screen door! No one knows what it is..hope you can help identify it. From Wainfleet, Ontario Number 6312 This is a female two-spotted tree cricket, Neoxabea bipunctata (Orthoptera: Gryllidae; subfamily Oecanthinae). The male amplifies his mating call by chewing a hole the size and shape of […]
Pest control officials warn that as temperatures begin to cool with autumn’s approach, vermin naturally begin to look for a warmer place to spend the night…
6311 Can you please tell me what this is. From Toronto, ON Number 6311 This is a larva of a darkling beetle (Coleoptera: Tenebrionidae), likely one of the so-called mealworms in the genus Tenebrio see Click here for an example. These sometimes will infest dry stored food products, especially grain-based.
6310 Any thoughts on what this might be? From Pembroke, Ontario Number 6310 This one of the so-called rough stink bugs (Hemiptera/Heteroptera: Pentatomidae) in the genus Brochymena, possibly B. quadripustulata – see https://tinyurl.com/y85x8zr9 for an image. Rough stink bugs are not considered pests; Click here for detailed information.
6309 These wasp have a nest somewhere in the side of my house. They are the largest wasp I have seen and are intimidating. I just started noticing them (August 20). They are attracted to light and always get trapped in my garage. What type of insect are they and what precautions should I take as […]
6308 Found this in my basement on a wooden shelf in Ottawa, end of August, what the heck is it? From Stittsville, ON Number 6308 This is a mature larva or puparium of a rodent bot fly (Diptera: Oestridae; Cuterebra spp.). The larvae of these flies develop under the skin of their host, breathing through a […]
6307 August, colder weather, hidden outside under boxes close proximity to basement wall. From Courtenay, BC Number 6307 This appears to be a square-legged camel cricket, Tropidischia xanthostoma (Orthoptera: Rhaphidophoridae); Click here for an image and more information.
Infestations of infamously hard-to-kill cockroaches are on the rise in Edmonton, says a local exterminator.
6306 Unusual (to me) pattern on the wings. Lived here in Alabama since 1991 and have never seen such an attractive creature. From Pelham, Alabama Number 6306 This is a leopard moth, Hypercompe scribonia (Lepidoptera: Erebidae). Its larva is black and bristly with reddish intersegmental membranes. Click here for images and more detailed information.
Stephen Cockroft was stung 42 times after accidentally disturbing a wasps’ nest in his back garden. Here is what you should do if you are attacked by an angry swarm…
6305 From Dundalk, Ontario Number 6305 This is a western conifer seed bug, Leptoglossus occidentalis (Hemiptera/Heteroptera: Coreidae), a common and widespread nuisance pest. See Click here for more detailed information.
6304 Is this a larval tick? If not, what is it? From Sooke, BC Number 6304 This is a louse fly (Diptera: Hippoboscidae); see Click here for an example. These are obligate blood feeders, but humans are not their natural hosts.
6303 Small specimen, Six (6) legs? similar to a bed bug but with a white band on it. Not receiving any bites and seems to be able to live amongst cockroaches. Mostly found in bathroom. Thinking it’s a larder Beatle but not entirely sure. From Kingston, On Number 6303 This is a nymph of a German […]
6302 Stumbled across it , seems to bite i put a twig near it and it chomped down! Just want some info looks freaky but cool Number 6302 This is a white grub, the larva of a scarab beetle (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae). Ones like this can be serious lawn/turf pests as they feed on the roots […]
The number of cockroaches appears to be on the rise in the Halifax area, and while experts aren’t quite sure what’s behind the population boom, the pests may be immune to some pesticides.
6301 Indoors, barely 3-5mm in size, looks covered in dust or fine white powder. From Riverview, New Brunswick Number 6301 This is a young nymph of a an assassin bug known as a masked hunter (Reduvius personatus; Hemiptera/Heteroptera: Reduviidae). This is an introduced species having a wide distribution that often is encountered in dwellings. See Click […]
6300 Lives in the garage, only appeares in the summer, 2nd year appearance, what is the name of it? Is it poisonous? From Dundas, ON Number 6300 This appears to be Steatoda triangulosa, a cobweb/comb footed spider (family Theridiidae) known as the triangulate household spider – Click here for more detailed information. Technically venomous (like the vast […]
6299 From North Windham, Connecticut Number 6299 This is a larva (caterpillar) of a monarch butterfly (Danaus plexippus; Lepidoptera: Nymphalidae). Click here for detailed information on this fascinating insect.
6298 This giant fly-like insect measures easily 2 inches. I can’t seem to find what species this is. From Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario Number 6298 This is a cicada (Hemiptera/Heteroptera: Cicadidae); likely one of the so-called annual cicadas/harvest flies in the genus Neotibicen. Click here for an image.
6297 Can you please identify this spider for me? I found it on a false spirea where it had a large web. Thanks for your time! From Watson, Sk Number 6297 This appears to be Araneus trifolium, an orb weaver (family Araneidae) commonly known as the shamrock orb weaver or pumpkin spider Click here for an image. […]