Thousands of pest photos submitted for identification.

Tuxedo bug

6778.    Found in kitchen running across counter-top late morning with all lights on. Initially thought it to be a cockroach, but not too sure now. Found March 18, 2020, colder outside but sunny. I live in a basement suite, and often keep the below-grade window open for fresh air. Surrey, BC. Canada

 

Number 6778.  This is a tuxedo bug, Raglius alboacuminatus (Hemiptera/Heteroptera: Rhyparochromidae), an introduced species that has become a nuisance pest in many areas of western North America. Click here for more detailed information.

Broad-nosed/short-snouted weevils

6777.    I have a 6 legged dark grey bug in my house. They are about a half inch long, with 2 antennas. I have caught them all over the house, except for the basement. I have checked my pasta, flour, oatmeal, plants. I don’t know where they are coming from. I have caught 12 of them in the last week. Thanks. Chesterville, Ontario

 

Number 6777.  These are broad-nosed/short-snouted weevils (Coleoptera: Curculionidae; subfamily Entiminae). These weevils often enter buildings in search of shelter but do no harm there. Click here for an example.

Darkling beetle

6776.    What type of bug is that ?? Mistissini, Quebec. Canada

 

Number 6776.  This looks like a darkling beetle (Coleoptera: Tenebrionidae) in the genus Tenebrio. Click here for an example.

Nymph of a German cockroach

6775.    This crawled over my sofa tonight and I’ve found two of these guys dead in my place before. What are they? They look to have two little tails at their back ends and man do they move fast! Vancouver, BC. Canada

 

Number 6775.  This is a nymph of a German cockroach, Blattella germanica (Blattodea: Ectobiidae), a peridomestic species difficult to bring under complete control. Click here  for some control recommendations.

Rove beetle

6774.    This bug is only a little over 1/4 inch long. It is black with black legs & a red band around its abdomen. I found several of them crawling around in my office. I’ve seen them flying too, but they are more often found crawling on the floor. They look similar to pictures I’ve seen of earwigs and rove beetles, but I’ve searched online & haven’t seen pictures of either insect that look exactly like this one. Prelate, SK. Canada

 

Number 6774.  This is a rove beetle (Coleoptera: Staphylinidae). This is a huge family with many thousands of species, so it is little wonder that you were unable to get an exact match for your image. Click here for some examples.

Sowbug

6773.    Calgary, AB. Canada

 

Number 6773.  This is a sowbug, a terrestrial crustacean in the order Isopoda; the vast majority of these are harmless scavengers on decomposing organic matter. They breathe through gills that must be kept moist, so keeping your environs as dry as possible will discourage them from staying.

Huntsman spider

6772.    Just want to know what it is.. we’ve seen a lot of them. Newcastle, California. United States

 

Number 6772.  This is a huntsman spider (family Sparassidae). Also known as giant crab spiders, they are not dangerous to humans and are reportedly good at cockroach control.

Sowbug

6771.    This is in the house. What is it? How can be controlled? Any danger for human? Thanks. Edmonton, Alberta. Canada

 

Number 6771.  This is a sowbug, a terrestrial crustacean in the order Isopoda; the vast majority of these are harmless scavengers on decomposing organic matter. They breathe through gills that must be kept moist, so keeping your environs as dry as possible will discourage them from staying.

Fungus gnat

6770.    Its dead, they spread very quickly. tiny and fast but very very annoying. Calgary, AB. Canada

 

Number 6770.  This is a fungus gnat. They typically breed in very damp/wet soil having a high organic matter content. Indoors, the best control is to let the soil of potted plants dry out as much as practical between waterings. The adults are harmless nuisance pests, but the larvae sometimes can cause damage to very tender plant parts.

Nymph of a German cockroach

6769.    Can you please tell me if this is Bed Bug or something else? Thank you. Toronto, Ontario. Canada

 

Number 6769.  This is a nymph of a German cockroach, Blattella germanica (Blattodea: Ectobiidae), a peridomestic species difficult to bring under complete control. Click here elsewhere on these pages for some control recommendations.

Picture-wing fly

6768.    Lundar, Manitoba. Canada

 

Number 6768.  This looks like a picture-wing fly (Diptera: Ulidiidae) in the genus Ceroxys. These basically are nuisance pests that do no real harm.

Brown marmorated stink bug

6767.     I found this in my house. It is currently February 23rd in London Ontario. It’s 8°C today. I have found one in previous month’s in a window of my house.

 

Number 6767.  This is a brown marmorated stink bug, Halyomorpha halys (Hemiptera/Heteroptera: Pentatomidae). This is an introduced species that has become a pest, primarily in orchards, in many areas of North America. They will come indoors in search for shelter, but do no harm there.

Western conifer seed bug

6766.      Can you please help? We just moved into an older Mobile Home. I have found about 12 of these. They are as long as .. From the top of your thumb to the first knuckle. Found at random times through out the day and evening. Bathroom, bedroom and living room. None found in kitchen as of yet. Found on wall and floor. Counter in bathroom. How do I get rid of what ever this is? Any information would be greatly appreciated. Are these poisonous for dogs or cats? Will they hurt my very complex medical child? Thank you! Hebron, Nova scotia. Canada

 

Number 6766.  No worries here – 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.

Brown marmorated stink bug

6765.      This insect has been found in my house… doesn’t fly, non aggressive when picked up to put outside … a response would be greatly appreciated ….. London, Ontario. Canada

 

Number 6765.  This is a brown marmorated stink bug, Halyomorpha halys (Hemiptera/Heteroptera: Pentatomidae). This is an introduced species that has become a pest, primarily in orchards, in many areas of North America. They will come indoors in search for shelter, but do no harm there.

Assassin bug

6764.      Caught on fly paper in house in winter. Cooks Creek, Manitoba. Canada

 

Number 6764.  This is 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.

Damsel bug

6763.      Hi, I was bitten by an insect that I attached the pictures on this form. I was feeling a significant pain, that’s why I’d like to know what kind of insect is that and if I would need to take care about it. Thanks in advance. Gaston. Montreal, Qc. Canada

 

Number 6763.  This looks like a damsel bug (Hemiptera/Heteroptera: Nabidae), Click here for an image. These bugs are predators on other small arthropods, and their bite can be painful because of the digestive enzymes in their saliva, but their bites are not known to be dangerous. Click here for additional information.

Aphids

6762.      This seemed to happened after I ad several cracks in my foundation repaired last summer. My plants are located inside a finished basement directly beside where one crack was repaired. I have had these on my plants now ever since. This is my third crop that has been attacked. I’ve been using insecticidal soap but haven’t been able to eliminate them. I don’t know if they are thrips or aphids? I need an exact identification in order to properly research eliminating them. If you have a suggestion of what I can do between crops, I would be incredibly appreciative! Thanks very much! Dave. Nepean, Ontario. Canada

 

Number 6762.  These are aphids; if insecticidal soap application has not worked, you might try Neem oil. Click here for other suggestions.

Male winged ant

6761.      Have lived in this older home over 30yrs and have not seen these bugs before. A few of these were flying around in my basement workshop this past week. There has been road reconstruction the past year. Lines on ruler are mm’s. Toronto, Ontario. Canada

 

Number 6761.  This is a male winged ant; most likely a carpenter ant in the genus Camponotus. You might want to inspect any exposed wood in your basement for signs of damage, Click here for more detailed information.

Cigarette beetle

6760.       3 mm long. Noticed usually dead ones, on kitchen counter, bathroom floor and on rugs, but no specific location. Seen fewer than 10 at a time (i.e. not infestation). We live in a 20 year old high rise. Vancouver, BC. Canada

 

Number 6760.  This looks like a cigarette beetle, Lasioderma serricorne (Coleoptera: Anobiidae). Along with its cousin, the drugstore beetle (Stegobium paniceum; Coleoptera: Anobiidae) this species can be a pantry pest, infesting a very wide variety of dry stored food products – Click here for more detailed information.

Spider beetle

6759.  Keep finding these in my home, they sort of look like ticks and we are getting worried. AMHERST, Nova Scotia. Canada

 

Number 6759.  This is a spider beetle (Coleoptera: Anobiidae; subfamily Ptininae) in the genus Mezium. Spider beetles such as these can be pantry pests, infesting a very wide variety of dry stored food products – Click here for more detailed information.

Long-horned wood-boring beetle

6758.  Found inside on carpet. January 31. Is this a Tuxedo bug or ? Thanks! Surrey, BC. Canada

 

Number 6758.  This is a long-horned wood-boring beetle (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae); it likes like something in the genus Neoclytus – Click here for an example.

Female German cockroach

6757.   I have lived in this apartment complex for over two years and have never seen any bugs to be concerned about, except for the attached pictures. This was taken in Toronto, Canada, January 18, 2020. Temperatures have been minus -15 Celcius in the past couple of days.

About my environment:
– 12th floor (if that changes anything)
– I wash my bathroom and kitchen monthly with a bleach mix
– I wash everything else weekly with normal cleaner
– Generally do not have any food out (other than food waste in garbage), and fresh fruits and vegetables which I buy every other day. + Pantry with dry items such as pasta, canned goods, etc.
– I have a humidifier in the living room and in my bedroom (if relevant)

About the bug:
– Never seen before in the two years I’ve been here (looks like a baby roach to me, which is my concern)
– As soon as I saw it i creeped up on it, and put it in a container, and then right in the freezer. (after taking the pictures I put the container back in the freezer)

Questions/Concerns:
– What is it?
– What should I do? Buy traps?
– Should I be concerned?
– Should i complain to the management company to have neighbours’ verified? I’m concerned a neighbour may be a “host” and they are now expanding?

 

 

Number 6757.  This is a female German cockroach, Blattella germanica (Blattodea: Ectobiidae) with her egg capsule (ootheca). This is a peridomestic species difficult to bring under complete control, especially in multi-unit dwellings. Management needs to be notified so that a comprehensive control program can be initiated. Click here elsewhere on these pages for some control recommendations.

Caterpillar of a day-flying moth

6756.    10. Date: 19 Jan 2020 , temperature 20-22 celcius. Naimed, Bijapur Chhattisgarh, India

 

Number 6756.  This looks like a caterpillar of a day-flying moth in the family Zygaenidae; Click here for an example. Some species can be pestiferous defoliators.

Young nymph of a German cockroach

6755.    No idea what this insect is. Can you help? Approx. 6 mm (head to tail). Distinctive back marking. Found near kitchen sink. Ottawa, Ontario. Canada

 

Number 6755.  This is a young nymph of a German cockroach, Blattella germanica (Blattodea: Ectobiidae), a peridomestic species difficult to bring under complete control. Click here for some control recommendations.

Nymph of a German cockroach

6754.    Sioux Lookout, Ontario. Canada

 

Number 6754.  This is a nymph of a German cockroach, Blattella germanica (Blattodea: Ectobiidae), a peridomestic species difficult to bring under complete control. Click here  for some control recommendations.

Huntsman/giant crab spider

6753.    Tucson, Arizona United States

 

Number 6753.  This is a huntsman/giant crab spider (family Sparassidae). They are not dangerous to humans.

Paper wasp

6752.    This insect was found in Brocolli that was purchased at Sobeys in Long Pond NL at 4:30pm Jan 14th, 2020. Store was contacted let them know and make aware of the bug at 5pm same day. The gentleman at the store said he thinks the brocolli came from Nova Scotia, Canada. Conception Bay South, Newfoundland and Labrador. Canada

 

Number 6752.  This is a paper wasp (Hymenoptera: Vespidae) in the genus Polistes. It most closely resembles Polistes aurifer Click here for an image. This primarily is a western species, but it has been reported from Prince Edward Island before. Like other vespids, it is capable of stinging, but these are not aggressive, and usually will sting only if handled roughly or their nest is disturbed.

German cockroach

6751.      I found this bug in some supplies I ordered and would like to know if this type of bug is harmless in any way Thanks. Princeton, Ontario. Canada

 

Number 6751.  This is a German cockroach, Blattella germanica (Blattodea: Ectobiidae), a peridomestic species difficult to bring under complete control. Click here for some control recommendations.

Grain beetle

6750.      Hi, I have been finding these black looking insects in my home by the washroom, in my closet and now bedroom. I am concerned since I’ve been seeing more of them and want to know how I can get rid of them. Please let me know what they are? And if I should be worried? Thank you, Sylvia. The Westmall, Etobicoke On. Canada

 

Number 6750.  This looks like a grain beetle in the genus Oryzaephilus (saw-toothed and merchant grain beetles). These can infest a wide variety of dry stored food products. Click here for more detailed information.

Yellow sac spider

6749.      This spider was sitting on a mirror, and I’d never seen something like it before. Very curious what it is… Port Moody, British Columbia. Canada

 

Number 6749.  Possibly a yellow sac spider (Chiracanthium sp.) Click here for an example.

Western conifer seed bug

6748.      Found this bug on the bed during the day on January 4,2020. Do not know what it is, maybe a wood cockroach?? We do have a fireplace and bring in wood. Or maybe a German cockroach?? Ottawa, Ontario. Canada

 

Number 6748.  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.

Western conifer seed bug

6747.      Ottawa, Ontario. Canada

 

Number 6747.  This looks like 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.

Firebrat

6746.      Have killed many of these during the past year, they walk around near my bathroom (mostly in my bathroom) that has a shower corner leak and mold on a wooden border of the floor behind the toilet. Dollard-des-Ormeaux, QC. Canada

 

Number 6746.  This looks like a firebrat (Thermobia domestica; Zygentoma: Lepismatidae) or a close relative. These basically are nuisance pests that seldom cause any real damage. Click here for more detailed information.