Thousands of pest photos submitted for identification.

Spitting spider

7021.      It is about the size of my thumb nail. Thank you! Harleysville, Pennsylvania. United States

Number 7021. This is a spitting spider (family Scytodidae) in the genus Scytodes. These spiders do not spin a capture web, but use a glue-like silk ejected from their mouthparts to subdue their prey. They are harmless to humans; Click here for images and more detailed information.

Ground beetle

7020.        Found one of these bugs late last night in my apartment and over the night and into the morning I found a few more. Can fly as my roommate found hers by hearing it fly past her. Found in Nova Scotia. Thank you! Halifax Nova Scotia, Canada.

Number 7020. This is a ground beetle (Coleoptera: Carabidae). The vast majority of these are general predators on other small arthropods; mainly other insects. Click here for more detailed information

Broad-nosed/short-snouted weevil

7019.      Have noticed these all around my entrance doors, soffits (painted white) and they have made there way into the house, generally hang around the windows. This is the second or third year now that they have showed up. They seem to be more crawlers (6 legs) then fliers, and have a hard shell. Their colour is a lighter green and they are about 1/4 inch long with antennas. Can you please help identify them, and how I can eliminate and or keep them from coming back. Also, any health risks that I should be concerned about? Thanks in advance for your help. Stouffville, ON. Canada

Number 7019. This is a broad-nosed/short-snouted weevil (Coleoptera: Curculionidae; subfamily Entiminae). Short of hermetically sealing your house, it would be nearly impossible to keep some from gaining entry. They are harmless; simply vacuum/sweep them up and dispose of them. Click here for an example.

Broad-nosed/short-snouted weevil

7018.        Small spider like beetle, found 10+ near screen door climbing walls and jump away when i try to squish. in late July warm weather. AURORA, ON. Canada

Number 7018. This is a broad-nosed/short-snouted weevil (Coleoptera: Curculionidae; subfamily Entiminae). These weevils often enter buildings in search of shelter, but do no harm there. Click here for an example.

Pigeon tremex

7017.      Just wondering if anyone knows what kind of wasp/hornet this is. Midland, Ontario. Canada

Number 7017. This looks like a pigeon tremex, Tremex columba (Hymenoptera: Siricidae);  Click here for an image. Wasps in this family often are called horntails; they lack a stinger (what looks like one actually is their ovipositor) and are harmless to humans.

Nymph of a hairy chinch bug

7016.        I found lots of small bugs in my backyard ground and fence. Could you please help me to identify what is this bug? I can see it has 2 white line on back. one white line is long than another one. Thanks. Richmond Hill, Ontario. Canada

Number 7016. This looks like a nymph of a hairy chinch bug, Blissus leucopterus hirtus (Hemiptera/Heteroptera: Blissidae), a lawn/turf pest – Click here

Robber fly

7015.      I found it indoors, sounded like a wasp but it is way more scary, dark colored and weird. Kavadarci Macedonia

Number 7015. This is a robber fly (Diptera: Asilidae); these are ambush predators on other arthropods, mainly other insects. Click here for an example

Predaceous diving beetle

7014.    This big black shiny beetle is approximately an inch long. This pic was taken July /20 in the port au port area of NL. It was outside. I have look at so many black beetles and cannot identity this one … my brother in law have lived in NL for 60 years and have never seen any beetle like this one . I hope to find out what kind of beetle this is. Thank you. Black Duck Brook, Newfoundland. Canada

Number 7014. This is a predaceous diving beetle (Coleoptera: Dytiscidae); from the appearance of its front tarsi, it appears to be a male. They and their aquatic larvae (‘water tigers’) are voracious predators on other small aquatic life forms. The adult beetles are strong fliers that may be found at quite some distance from the nearest water.

Cigarette beetle or a Drugstore beetle

7013.     Mainly on the bed. Cairo, Egypt.

Number 7013. This is a beetle in the family Anobiidae; likely either a cigarette beetle (Lasioderma serricorne) or a drugstore beetle (Stegobium paniceum). Both species will feed on a very wide variety of dry stored food products, including spices and tobacco. You should check all food storage areas for signs of infestation. Click here for more detailed information

Soldier fly

7012.    Hi I’m from Edmonton, Alberta. It’s super hot here at 30C. Found whatever this is on my patio table. Kept spinning in a circle. Just curious to what it is. Thanks. Edmonton, Alberta. Canada

Number 7012. It’s a soldier fly (Diptera: Stratiomyidae) in the genus Stratiomys. They are harmless and may air in pollinating flowers. Click here for more detailed information.

Nymph of a planthopper

7011.     This bug is smaller than a pin head – has a fluffy white tail and bulging eyes. Looks like a mini crab. Was on my chair outside – the fluffy tail got my attention. Photo taken with my phone with as much zoom as I could I hope it’s close & clear enough – it was on its own. Thank you! I’m so curious. Gatineau, QC. Canada

Number 7011. This is a nymph of a planthopper, Hemiptera/Auchenorrhyncha: Fulgoroidea, likely in the family Acanalonia –  Click here for an example. Many planthopper nymphs secrete a filamentous wax the tip of their abdomen and various other areas according to species. This wax provides protection from predators and prevents desiccation as well as protecting them from spider webs or puddles; they don’t stick to spider webs and they float quite well and can swim to safety.

Horse fly

7010.    I found this bug on my front porch last Saturday (July 25). I live in Longueuil, on the south shore of Montreal. It looked like a fly, but was about 1 1/2 to 2 inches long. It was totally black. It wasn’t aggressive; it was on its back when I got home, so I righted it and it stayed on the porch a few minutes before flying away. Saint-Hubert, Québec. Canada

Number 7010. This is a large horse fly (Diptera: Tabanidae) in the genus Tabanus. You are lucky that it chose not to try and feed on you as one of this size would have a very painful bite! Click here for an image

Carpenter bee or a Bumble bee

7009.     I have found approximately 18 of these very large bees in my house in the past 4 to 5 days. They seem to be coming up from the basement. They are very large! I am sure it is a common bee but I find it unusual to find them indoors so I wanted to check. Right now we are practising a catch and release bee program! Thank you for you time. Peterborough, Ontario. Canada

Number 7009. It’s either a carpenter bee (Xylocopa sp.) or a bumble bee (Bombus sp.). Look at their abdomen – if it appears shiny and all black, it’s a carpenter bee, if it’s hairy (can be either all black or with yellow or orange markings/bands), it’s a bumble bee – Click here. In either case, it is unusual to find numbers of them indoors. If they are carpenter bees, you should find signs of their tunnels in untreated bare wood. If they are bumble bees, they may have a nest somewhere in the basement.

Nymph of a German cockroach

7008.    I’ve been seeing them on the kitchen counter, below the sink, and the odd one in the bathroom. They are usually less than 3 cm long, black with grey stripes and a grey rectangle on the back. They are quick when they see you but easy to kill. Brampton, ON. Canada

Number 7008. This looks like a very young nymph of a German cockroach, Blattella germanica (Blatodea: Blattellidae). This species is notoriously difficult to control, you may wish to consult a professional.  Click here for additional information.

Broad-nosed/short-snouted weevil

7007.     Ottawa, ON. Canada

Number 7007. This is a broad-nosed/short-snouted weevil (Coleoptera: Curculionidae; subfamily Entiminae). These weevils often enter buildings in search of shelter, but do no harm there. Click here for an example.

Great golden digger wasp

7006.    Hamilton, Ontario. Canada

Number 7006. This is a great golden digger wasp, Sphex ichneumoneus (Hymenoptera: Sphecidae). The females dig tunnels in loose soil that they then provision with paralyzed insects for their young. They are not at all aggressive, and unlikely to sting unless you were to pick one up. Click here for more detailed information.

nymph of a hairy chinch bug

7005.      There are swarms of these at the rear of my house (west side) they appear to be most active in afternoon when the sun is warm. Only noticed them the last week or so (it’s July 26) . They are all over the brick of my house and patio. I can see them in the nearby grass as well. They are pretty small and I don’t see any larger one around. Sunderland, Ontario. Canada

Number 7005. This appears to be a nymph of a hairy chinch bug, Blissus leucopterus hirtus (Hemiptera/Heteroptera: Blissidae) – Click here for details.

Adult hairy chinch bug

7004.      Found a swarm of these outside on the patio, around the window frames and the bottom of the outside walls. Very tiny, about 1/16 of an inch, and literally hundreds of them walking around. Montreal, Quebec. Canada

Number 7004. This is an adult hairy chinch bug, Blissus leucopterus hirtus (Hemiptera/Heteroptera: Blissidae), a common lawn/turf pest – Click here for details.

Young nymphs of a squash bug

7003.      Looking for the name of this garden insect. Also how to eradicate from garden. Tx. Tecumseh, Ontario. Canada

Number 7003. These are young nymphs of a squash bug, Anasa tristis (Hemiptera/Heteroptera: Coreidae). Click here for details on their life cycle as well as some control recommendations.

Nymph of an assassin bug

7002.      Hi, can you please let me know what kind of insect this is? I found it indoor on the floor, doesn’t seem to be able to fly, 6 legs, 2 antenna. When I found it it was originally white, but when I washed it the white stuff came off. Worried it might be a tick. Thank you!

Number 7002. This is a nymph of an assassin bug known as a masked hunter (Reduvius personatus; Hemiptera/Heteroptera: Reduviidae), a cosmopolitan species often found indoors and reputed to have a very painful ‘bite’- Click here for more detailed information.

Orb-weaving spider

7001.        I was at the park with my kids and noticed this little guy clinging to a stick on of my daughters was playing with. Never seen a spider like this an have been unable to find a matching photo on the internet. It was very small, maybe the size of a green pea. Just curious. Thanks! Saint-Lazare, Québec. Canada

Number 7001. This is an orb-weaving spider (family Araneidae); it appears to be in the genus Araneus. Click here for an example; but I am unable to put a specific name on it. I suspect that it is an unusual colour morph of an otherwise common species.

Female wolf spider

7000.      Halifax, N.S. Canada

Number 7000. A female wolf spider (family Lycosidae) with her newly hatched young on her back. Female wolf spiders carry their egg sac attached to their spinnerets at the back of their abdomen until the eggs hatch; she then ferries her young about on her back for a few days before they go off to fend for themselves.  Click here for additional information.

Digger wasp

6999.        Found these in our apartment building back yard. I think they’re digger wasps, but they’ve got orange on them. Was hoping someone can tell me what they are. Colborne, ON. Canada

Number 6999. This is indeed a digger wasp, namely the great golden digger wasp, Sphex ichneumoneus. Click here for images and more detailed information.

Orb weaver

6998.     Would like to know what type of spider this is. Shebandowam, On. Canada

Number 6998. It’s an orb weaver in the family Araneidae; looks like an Araneus sp.  Click here for an example.

western conifer seed bug

6997.    This creature was on the table on our deck at about 0730am did not and has not moved.? Trenton, Ontario. Canada

Number 6997. This is a western conifer seed bug, Leptoglossus occidentalis (Hemiptera/Heteroptera: Coreidae). Although harmless, these can become nuisance pests when they enter homes in search of shelter. Click here for more detailed information.

Caterpillars of the white-marked tussock moth

6996.      Several of these in my yard on the trees. First time I have seen them here. July 22, 2020. Hanmer, Ontario. Canada

Number 6996. These are caterpillars of the white-marked tussock moth, Orgyia leucostigma (Lepidoptera: Erebidae).  Click here for images and more detailed information.

Japanese beetles

6995.       Hi can you please help me identify this beetle? Thank you. Troy, Ontario. Canada

Number 6995. These are Japanese beetles, a very destructive invasive species. Click here for some control suggestions.

Nymphs of a hairy chinch bug

6994.     Hi Folks, we are trying to identify what bug is this in our back yard? Barrie, ON. Canada

Number 6994. These appear to be nymphs of a hairy chinch bug, Blissus leucopterus hirtus (Hemiptera/Heteroptera: Blissidae), a lawn/turf pest – Click here for details.

Larva of an Asian multi-coloured lady beetle

6993.    This was biting my wife on her hand and we would like to identify it if possible. North Vancouver, BC. Canada

Number 6993. This is a larva of an Asian multi-coloured lady beetle, Harmonia axyridis (Coleoptera: Coccinellidae). For unknown reasons, these beetles will occasionally ‘sample’ human skin, but their bite is of no consequence. Click here for more detailed information.

Long-horned wood-boring beetle

6992.      Southern Vancouver Island; docile; 2” in length. Victoria, BC. Canada

Number 6992. This is a long-horned wood-boring beetle (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae) in the subfamily Prioninae; likely Prionus californicus, known as the California root borer. Click here for more information.

Nymph of a hairy chinch bug,

6991.      Just out of the blue we found thousands of these bugs all over or front walkway, porch, planting areas and around the perimeter of our property. It’s been very hot with little rain until recently. I killed them the first time with a bug killer but found them again in full force tonight. I killed them with water and dish soap this time but I’m sure they’ll be back. Thanks so much for your help. Bolton, ON. Canada

Number 6991. This appears to be a nymph of a hairy chinch bug, Blissus leucopterus hirtus (Hemiptera/Heteroptera: Blissidae) – Click here for details.

Leaf beetle

6990.        Found on a concrete balcony in Hamilton. Hamilton, Ontario. Canada

Number 6990. This is a leaf beetle (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae), it looks like a goldenrod leaf beetle, Trirhabda canadensis – Click here for an image.

Ground beetle

6989.         Every night since April, they have been inside the house and annoying us. They seem to love the light, but dont bother humans or pets. The cat seems to think they dont taste all that nice though. After a heavy rain, there seems to be less, but the day after a heavy rain they are NUTS! They can also be seen on the outside of the glass on the window. There has to be at least 100-200 a night (indoors). Thank you for your help. Lowbanks, Ontario. Canada

Number 6989. This is a small ground beetle (Coleoptera: Carabidae). These are general predators on other small arthropods, mainly other insects. Click here for more detailed information.