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Japanese beetles

7277.          Found in July, 24-27 degrees Celsius. Sunny. Charlottetown, PE. Canada


Number 7277.  These are Japanese beetles, Popillia japonica (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae), an introduced species that has become a very serious pest in many areas.  Japanese Beetles Detailed Information 

Camel/cave cricket

7276.          I was emptying the bottom of last year’s compost bin and a swarm of these insects leaped out of it. This is the best I could do for a photo. They were in the soil and leaped quite high and far. I have searched pages and pages and found nothing similar. It does not match descriptions of crickets of grasshoppers. SOOKE, BC. Canada


Number 7276.   This is a camel/cave cricket (Orthoptera: Rhaphidophoridae). They usually are found in dark, damp and undisturbed habitats. They sometimes are called ‘sprickets’ because of a fancied resemblance to a cross between a spider and a cricket.  Camel/cave cricket Detailed Information 

Brown scavenger beetle

7275.          Tiny black bugs hanging out in my bedroom. Noticed them on the mattress when changing out the sheets. Calgary, Alberta. Canada


Number 7275.     This could be a minute brown scavenger beetle (Coleoptera: Latridiidae), harmless nuisance pests. Brown scavenger beetle detailed information

Nymphs of a stink bug

7274.          I found these on my hibiscus plant today. I would like to know what they are. Mission, BC. Canada


Number 7274.    These are nymphs of a stink bug (Hemiptera/Heteroptera: Pentatomidae); possibly the brown marmorated stink bug, Halyomorpha halys. Stink Bug detailed information 

Female ichneumon wasp

7273.         Appears to be drilling from tail end projections on a pine support post. Black with white collars. HONEY HARBOUR, ONTARIO. Canada


Number 7273.    This is a female ichneumon wasp (Hymenoptera: Ichneumonidae) using her long ovipositor to drill into the tunnel of a wood-boring insect. The egg she deposits there will hatch into a larva that will then feed on the insect in the tunnel. Female ichneumon wasp detailed information

Nymph of an assassin bug

7272.        Greetings! We have found this bug inside an electronic device box we’ve had for over 5 years. I likely came from the couch on which the box was sitting or from the storage cabinet it has been for years. I needed a USB hub and got the device out of storage. As I was putting it back in the box to store the device again, I noticed the small creature crawling on one of the side-lids of the box. At first, it looked like a peck of dust but the legs and mechanical movements stood out. Is it something I should be worried about (pest control, moisture problems, etc.) or perhaps even a health hazard (bite, and/or disease)? Saint-Constant, Quebec


Number 7272. 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’- see Masked Hunter Detailed Information .


7271.        This is an image of an insect I found dead in my home . I couldn’t identify which insect this is . It had a needle like thing on its head , with small wing . I just wanted to identify which insect this is. Trivandrum, Kerala. India


Number 7271. This appears to be a treehopper. Hemiptera/Auchenorrhyncha: Membracidae). Many species of these have a thorn-like projection on their pronotum,  Treehopper example 

Click beetle

7270.         Ajax, ON. Canada


Number 7270. This is a click beetle (Coleoptera: Elateridae), a harmless accidental intruder. Click Beetle detailed information 

Duff millipede

7269.       Hello, I live in Kelowna BC, it is currently the end of July 2021, and I have been stressing out over these bugs for at least a month now. They seemed to show up in large quantities out of nowhere and no amount of vacuuming and cleaning helps, they just come right back. Majority is always found around windows on the 1st (ground) floor. They congregate around AC vents, and can sit on the ceiling or walls for hours without moving. I’ve searched your website far and wide, and discovered a pest called duff millipede. Is this it? Kelowna, BC. Canada


Number 7269. This does appear to be a duff millipede. Although they often come indoors, they do no harm there.  duff millipede detailed information.

Wood wasp

7268.      Hello can you please tell me what type of insect this is. Recently I have been finding them in my yard. Edmonton, Alberta. Canada


Number 7268. This is Urocerus albicornis, a wood wasp (Hymenoptera: Siricidae),  wood wasp image . They lack a sting and are harmless; their larvae bore in the wood of dead/dying trees.


7267.       Saint john, NB. Canada


Number 7267. This appears to be an earwig (Order Dermaptera), common nuisance pests that seldom do any real harm. earwig detailed information 

Sexton/burying beetle

7266.      Found this critter on my deck today. Any idea what it is? We’ve never seen it here before… Gimli, Manitoba. Canada


Number 7266. This is a sexton/burying beetle (Coleoptera: Silphidae) in the genus Nicrophorus, I cannot identify it to species from this image. sexton/burying beetle detailed information 

German cockroaches

7265.        Image 1: Found on Kitchen counter on the side of the microwave butted up to side of wall. Image 2: Trapped in cabinet under kitchen sink. Calgary, Alberta. Canada


Number 7265. These look like German cockroaches, Blattella germanica (Blattodea: Ectobiidae), a peridomestic species difficult to bring under complete control. German cockroaches control recommendations 

Robber flies

7264.          Hot summer day in the afternoon. I have not seen these flies(?) around before…very docile…   Thanks, Delta, British Columbia. Canada

Number 7264. This is a mating pair of robber flies (Diptera: Asilidae); these are ambush predators on a wide variety of other arthropods, mainly other insects. Robber fly example 

Banded black carpet beetle

7263.           Hi, I found this bug inside the apartment we’ve just moved in. This is the second one, noticed in 4 days. I found them both in the living room, crawling on floor. Do I have to be scared, as I have 2 children playing daily on the floor. Thank you! Edmonton, Alberta. Canada

Number 7263. This appears to be a banded black carpet beetle, Attagenus fasciatus (Coleoptera: Dermestidae). See Banded black carpet beetle image , and carpet beetle control recommendations 


7262.          Have seen a few around the house lately. Toronto, ON. Canada

Number 7262. This is a weevil (Coleoptera: Curculionidae); its overall shape is consistent with one in the genus Lixus. A harmless accidental intruder. Weevil Image 

Long-horned wood-boring beetle

7261.         Found this crawling in my living room, not sure what it is, spruce beetle maybe? Lethbridge, Alberta. Canada

Number 7261. This is a long-horned wood-boring beetle (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae), but not a spruce beetle. There is a possibility that it is an old house borer, Hylotrupes bajulus – Long-horned wood-boring beetle detailed information 

Grass/funnel web spider

7260.        These spiders are all over our backyard and outside of house. Very fast. When they sense you are near they retreat back into the funnel. They create their webs quickly and the webs are very thick and strong. Jackson’s Point, Ontario. Canada

Number 7260. This is a grass/funnel web spider in the family Agelenidae; likely in the genus Agelenopsis. They are not dangerous to humans. Grass/funnel web spider detailed information 


7259.        Is this a murder hornet? North Bay, ON. Canada

Number 7259. This is a horntail (Hymenoptera: Siricidae; specifically, a pigeon tremex (Tremex columba). They lack a stinger and are harmless to humans –  Horntail detailed information In North America, the so-called ‘murder hornet has only been found in the extreme west.

Male mygalomorph spider

7258.        Photo taken July 17, 2021. specimen is dead (regretfully), as it was found because one of our cats was toying with it. it has some pretty hefty “face legs” (pedipalps? mandibles? unsure.) and the torso, barring the legs, is approximately 1.5cm. would love to know what it may be, and whether to be worried or on the lookout for more for the safety of our pets. Sooke, British Columbia. Canada

Number 7258. This is a male mygalomorph spider (the group to which true tarantulas belong), it might be Antrodiaetus pacificus, a folding-door trapdoor spider,  Male mygalomorph spider detailed information 

Seed bug

7257.        Soft not hard about .090″ long move very fast and do not fly that I have seen, thank you. Regina, Sk. Canada

Number 7257. This appears to be a seed bug (Hemiptera/Heteroptera; Lygaeidae). The image is not clear enough for me to be certain, but one possibility is an elm seed bug, Arocatus melanocephalus, an introduced species that has been expanding its range in North America since 2012. See for diagnostic characters.

Filament bearer caterpillar

7256.        Came down from a tree like a silk worm. Woodslee, On. Canada

Number 7256. This is a filament bearer caterpillar, Nematocampa resistaria (Lepidoptera: Geometridae).  Filament bearer caterpillar detailed information 

Camel cricket

7255.       Found in Melita MB mid July during a heat wave/drought. Was approximately 2 inches from head to back legs. Melita, Manitoba. Canada

Number 7255. This appears to be a camel cricket (Orthoptera; Rhaphidophoridae), possibly in the genus Ceuthophilus. Also known as cave crickets or sprickets (because of a fancied resemblance of a cross between a spider and a cricket), they usually are found in relatively dark/damp locations, and seldom are pests. Camel cricket detailed information 

Sphinx moth

7254.      This moth was photographed in the morning during the first weekend on July in Northern Saskatchewan (Candle Lake), Canada. Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Canada

Number 7254. This is a sphinx moth (Lepidoptera: Sphingidae) in the genus Smerinthus. It most likely is Smerinthus cerisyi (known as the one-eyed sphinx moth ), but I cannot be certain because of the angle at which these images were taken. sphinx moth detailed information 

Nymph of a planthopper

7253.        Insect found in Niagara vineyard, unidentifiable. Found in June 2021, warm sunny day (25C), body is 4mm but with legs extended 10mm. Thorold, ON. Canada

Number 7253. This appears to be a nymph of a planthopper in the superfamily Fulgoroidea. Nymph of a planthopper specimen 

Rove beetle

7252.        Found in kitchen in a pack of ~20. wings seemed burned by insect lamp. East York, On. Canada

Number 7252. This is a rove beetle (Coleoptera: Staphylinidae). These are general predators on other small arthropods, usually other insects. Rove Beetle typical image 

Triangulate cobweb spider

7251.      There were multiple spiders like this in a house i was cleaning the one picture i took was one of them with egg sacs unfortunately the spider wasn’t clear but i still wanted to post the picture with the eggs sacs because i knew it might help with identification and the other one was in a different area of the home but the same spider hopefully that image is clear enough as it does show some markings and color they were about the size of a dime if not very slightly smaller these were taken yesterday july 5th 2021 while i was cleaning a basement for someone in scarborough ontario i believe they may be false widows but I’m not sure thank you. Scarborough, Ontario. Canada

Number 7251. This spider appears to be Steatoda triangulosa, known as the triangulate cobweb spider. These are harmless to humans; I cannot find any reference to one of these ever biting a human. The term “false widow” has been applied to other species in the genus Steatoda, but to the best of my knowledge, not to this species. 

Horse fly

7250.      About 20-30% bigger than typical horse fly, very large head. Wheatley, Ontario. Canada

Number 7250. This is a horse fly (Diptera: Tabanidae) in the genus Tabanus, most likely Tabanus petiolatus – Horse Fly image  Your specimen is a male; male tabanids typically have much larger eyes than females, and thus larger heads.

Giant stonefly

7249.      About 3 inches long. Sitting under a light in bedroom. Very veiny back. July 3. Coldwater, On. Canada

Number 7249. This is a giant stonefly (Plecoptera: Pteronarcidae). These are harmless insects whose aquatic immature stages form an important part of the freshwater food. Giant Stonefly Additional Information 

Harvestman (Opilionid)

7248.      My friend found this spider in her garden. I, nor anyone I know have seen a pink spider like this please let me know what this is thank you. Millet, Alberta. Canada

Number 7248. This appears to be a harvestman (opilionid) in the act of shedding its old exoskeleton. They are not true spiders. Harvestman Detailed Information 


7247.      This was found indoors in the morning hours. Approx 8 am. I have found about 10 so far in the house in the past week. Today is July 4th, 2021. It has been quite hot weather and some days rainy. I live in a rural area. Please help! I’m freaking out it is a cockroach! Thanks! Trent Lakes, Ontario. Canada

Number 7247. This is a cockroach, but it does not appear to be any of the common peridomestic pest species, Cockroach Detailed Recommendations 

Larva of a green lacewing

7246.       Never seen these bugs before. They are very small 1/4 to 1/2 inch in length and they bite. They are all over our outdoor plants. Winnipeg, Manitoba. Canada

Number 7246. This is a larva of a green lacewing (Neuroptera: Chrysopidae). These are general predators on small soft-bodied invertebrates, mainly aphids and small caterpillars. For reasons unknown, they sometimes will ‘sample’ human skin when they encounter it, but their bite is harmless. Green Lacewing Detailed Information 

Lined June beetle

7245.      Found 2 of them this week in my yard. One was dead and the other was dying. Have not seen them before in my life in Vancouver. I suspected them to be a type of moth? Thanks. Vancouver, BC. Canada

Number 7245. This is a lined June beetle (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae; Polyphylla sp.). It most likely is P. decemlineata, known as the ten-lined June beetle. Their larvae can be pests in orchards/tree farms when they feed on the roots of small trees,  Lined June Beetle detailed information for more detailed information.