Entries by Pest Control Canada

Assassin bug

6940.      Hello, Please let me know what this is. Toronto Canada, photo taken June 20 – 25. Thank you very much. Maria. Toronto, Ontario. Canada Number 6940. This appears to be an assassin bug known as a masked hunter (Reduvius personatus; Hemiptera/Heteroptera: Reduviidae), a cosmopolitan species often found indoors and reputed to have […]

Male eastern dobsonfly

6933.       This was swimming in our pool. No idea what it is. Paris, ON. Canada Number 6933. This is a male eastern dobsonfly, Corydalus cornutus (Megaloptera: Corydalidae), it would have been drowning, not swimming. Dobsonfly larvae (hellgrammites) are aquatic, but the adults are strictly aerial. The long, sickle-like mandibles of males are harmless, […]

Cuckoo wasp

6930.      Do you know what this is? The closet I could find online was an Emerald Ash Boarer except it doesn’t have a green shell just translucent brown wings. Sunderland, Ontario. Canada Number 6930. This is a cuckoo wasp (Hymenoptera: Chrysididae). These are parasitic on (primarily ground-dwelling) solitary bee and wasp species; Click […]

Rove beetle

6926.        There a been a number of these small less than 5 mm flying bugs around our 4th floor apartment that last few evenings. We find them on the couch or flying around the living room. Waterloo, Ontario. Canada Number 6926. This is a rove beetle (Coleoptera: Staphylinidae), they are general predators […]


6921.         Hi, we put Cedar Mulch in our yard a week ago and now we are finding these moths on exterior walls around windows and hundreds of them inside the house. Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Canada Number 6921. These are moths in the family Noctuidae of a type whose larvae often are called cutworms. […]


6919.         Even the dogs that will normally kill bugs stayed away from this one. Doesn’t seem to be able to fly, just crawls around slowly. Cudworth, SK. Canada Number 6919. This is a moth in the family Erebidae, subfamily Arctiinae, whose wings failed to expand properly after it emerged from its cocoon. […]


6918.       Clinged to our bathing suits when we were swimming in Wabamun lake (freshwater). Haven’t seen anything like this in 20 years. Seba Beach, Alberta. Canada Number 6918. This is an amphipod, a harmless crustacean. Nearly all are aquatic or marine, feeding mainly on decomposing organic matter. They sometimes are called scuds or […]

Deer fly

6916.       We thought it was a deer fly but it stung me twice causing hospitalization. Stings, not bites confirmed by ER. Sturgeon County, Alberta. Canada Number 6916. This is indeed a deer fly (Diptera: Tabanidae; Chrysops sp.), Click here for an example. They bite and do NOT sting; your E.R. is sadly mistaken.

Robber fly

6908.       What kind of wasp/hornet is it? Delta, British Columbia. Canada Number 6908. This is a robber fly (Diptera: Asilidae) in the subfamily Laphriinae. Robber flies are ambush predators on many other insects, and several species in the subfamily Laphriinae are excellent bee mimics. Click here for an example