Thousands of pest photos submitted for identification.

Banded garden spider

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 when the females reach their full size. Like other orb weavers, they are harmless to humans. Click here for more detailed information.

Bridge orb weaver

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.

Caterpillar of an eastern tiger swallowtail butterfly

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..

Shield bug

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 care of eggs and early nymphal instars.

Female two-spotted tree cricket

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 his extended wings in a leaf and then positioning himself in the hole. See Click here for detailed information on this fascinating insect.

Larva of a darkling beetle

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.

Rough stink bugs

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.

European hornet, Vespa crabro

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 a hole owner. From Kingston, Ontario

Number 6309 This looks like a European hornet, Vespa crabro (Hymenoptera: Vespidae). These tend to be less aggressive than their smaller cousins, yellow jackets and bald-faced hornets. However, they will sting in response to being stepped on or grabbed and also are defensive of their nests and can be aggressive around food sources. They primarily are carnivorous and hunt large insects, but also will feed on fallen fruit and other sources of sugary food. Click here for more detailed information.

Mature larva or puparium of a rodent bot fly

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 hole they make in the skin. When ready to pupate, they enlarge the hole and emerge, then seek a sheltered place to undergo pupation and transform into the adult fly. Click here for more detailed information.

square-legged camel cricket

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.

leopard moth

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.

western conifer seed bug

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.

louse fly

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.

nymph of a German cockroach

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 cockroach, Blattella germanica (Blattodea: Blattellidae), a very widespread pest species that can be difficult to bring under complete control. Click here and read on these pages for control recommendations.

larva of a scarab beetle

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 of grasses just below the soil surface –  Click here for more information.

nymph of an assassin bug

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 here for more detailed information.

cobweb/comb footed spider

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 majority of true spiders it has venom glands), this species is harmless to humans, and may feed on more dangerous spiders such as black widows.

larva (caterpillar)

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.

Cicada

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.

orb weaver

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. They are harmless to humans.

Arachnid

6296 Hi…end of July in lower mainland, BC. This guy was about 8 inches from leg tip to leg tip. Doug From Delta, BC

Number 6296 This is an arachnid in the order Opiliones, commonly known as ‘daddy long-legs’, harvestmen, or harvesters. They primarily are scavengers and are completely harmless to humans. Click here for more detailed information.

Chinch bugs

6294 Please let us know what these are and hot to get rid of them. They come out on our patio and house when it is sunny and warm out. From Dayspring, NS

Number 6294 These are chinch bugs (Hemiptera/Heteroptera: Blissidae); likely hairy chinch bugs, Blissus leucopterus hirtus. Click here for more detailed information including some control recommendations.

Female American pelecinid wasp

6295 From Winnipeg, Manitova

Number 6295 This is a female American pelecinid wasp, Pelecinus polyturator (Hymenoptera: Pelecinidae). They are parasitic on the larvae (grubs) of June beetles, Click here for images and more information.

Earwig

6293 I HAVE FOUND THIS INSECT AT MY DINING TABLE DON’T KNOW FROM WHERE IT CAME .FROM siliguri, west Bengal India.

Number 6293 This is an earwig (order Dermaptera). These basically are scavengers, but some species may be predators as well on other small arthropods. They basically are nuisance pests that seldom cause any real harm. See Click here for more information.

Nymph of the masked hunter

6292 I found this little guy at the corner of our shower/tub against the wall. It was approximately 4mm long. It’s humid in the summer, we use central air, but not often (usually nighttime). Thanks for any insight! From Hanover Ontario

Number 6292 This is a nymph of the masked hunter, Reduvius personatus (Hemiptera/Heteroptera: Reduviidae), a peridomestic species often found in homes. The nymphs have sticky hairs on their bodies that hold dust and bits of debris that disguise the general outline of these bugs. See Click here for more information on this fascinating insect.

Nymph of a brown marmorated stink bug

6291 This bug is all over the trees in the neighbourhood. August 1, 24 degrees C. Surrey BC. From Surrey, British Columbia

Number 6291 This is a nymph of a brown marmorated stink bug, Halyomorpha halys (Hemiptera/Heteroptera: Pentatomidae). See Click here for detailed information including control recommendations.

Nymphs of a boxelder bug

6290 I have never seen these bugs before and today ther are 30 of them outside my door. From Hamilton, Ontario

Number 6290 These are nymphs of a boxelder bug, likely the eastern boxelder bug, Boisea trivittata (Hemiptera/Heteroptera: Rhopalidae). These are nuisance pests that seldom cause any real damage. Click here for more detailed information, including control recommendations

Larva of a snakefly

6289 Approximately 12 mm long, moves in a snake like fashion. From Victoria, British Columbia

Number 6289 This is a larva of a snakefly (Raphidioptera: Raphidiidae), likely in the genus Agulla. These are general predators on other small arthropods, mainly other insects.

Pea or bean weevil

6288 Approximately 20 show up daily on the sunniest window every morning. Started July 30th. I live in Ottawa. They can fly but easy to catch. From Orleans, Ontario 

Number 6288 This is a special kind of leaf beetle (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae) in the subfamily Bruchinae known as a pea or bean weevil . Their larvae develop in large seeds of legumes such as peas or beans and can be serious pests. Check all areas where you store dried seeds (including bird seed) for signs of infestation – Click here   for an image.

Male fishfly

6287. From Lion’s Head, Ontario 

Number 6287 This is a male fishfly (Megaloptera: Corydalidae; subfamily Chauliodinae); it might be a summer fishfly, Chauliodes pectinicornis Click here for an image.

Larva of a larder beetle

6286 Have no clue what these things are, its like the larva shed their skins and turn into these black nightmarish things. I hope they aren’t bad for my health or my dogs’ health, I’ll do anything to get rid of them. The larva has spikey looking hair on them and these pronged horns on the back and when they grow up their bigger and their tails are longer, they do look like they bite but I’m not sure yet. They have six legs though all together. From Calgary Alberta

Number 6286 This appears to be a larva of a larder beetle, Dermestes lardarius (Coleoptera: Dermestidae), a cosmopolitan pest that will feed on a wide variety of organic materials, especially those of animal origin. Click here for more detailed information including some control suggestions.

Female giant ichneumon wasp

6284  What is this? From George’s New Foundland

Number 6284 This is a female giant ichneumon wasp (Hymenoptera: Ichneumonidae) in the genus Megarhyssa, likely M. macrurus, see Click here for an image and more detailed information, Your specimen was in the act of drilling into the wood to deposit her egg in the tunnel of a wood wasp in the family Siricidae.

Common red soldier beetle

6285  These flying bugs are about 1 cm long and don’t seem to do much damage. We haven’t seen them before, but they are reproducing somewhat quickly in our vegetable/herb garden. Any information would be appreciated. From

Number 6285 This is a common red soldier beetle, Rhagonycha fulva (Coleoptera: Cantharidae), they feed primarily on the smaller insects that they find on flowers. See Click here  for an image and more detailed information.