Thousands of pest photos submitted for identification.

Scarlet malachite beetle

7228.       Found this bug crawling in my carpet. Is it harmful? Edmonton, Alberta. Canada

Number 7228. This is not a pest, it is a scarlet malachite beetle, Malachius aeneus (Coleoptera: Melyridae), an introduced European species. See scarlet malachite beetle detailed information 

Caterpillar of the gypsy moth

7227.     I am finding lots of these insects on the plants in my garden. May you pls help identify what is this and how it can be controlled? Thanks. Brampton, Ontario. Canada

Number 7227.  This appears to be a caterpillar of the gypsy moth (Lymantria dispar; Lepidoptera: Lymantriidae), a very destructive introduced species.  gypsy moth caterpillar detailed information 

Giant conifer aphids

7226.    Noticed these seemingly blocked by duct tape on our Pine tree. Any ideas what they are how to get rid of them? Newmarket, Ontario. Canada

Number 7226.   These appear to be giant conifer aphids (Hemiptera/Sternorrhyncha: Aphididae; Cinara sp.). They are unlikely to cause serious harm, but they can be easily dislodged with a strong stream of water from a garden hose; this will also kill many of them. Aphids detailed information 

Orb weaver

7225.    Many large spiders found hanging from fluorescent lights in early morning and late night Spring through to Fall outside Condominium building. Is it dangerous to humans or dogs if bitten? Ottawa, ON. Canada

Number 7225.  It’s an orb weaver (family Araneidae). Orb weavers are harmless to humans. Click here for an example

Caterpillar of a moth

7224.    I found this caterpillar under a rock in my garden during the spring and I would like to know what type of caterpillar it is. It is a small caterpillar with no fur or spikes. Hamilton, Ontario. Canada

Number 7224.    It’s a caterpillar of a moth in the family Noctuidae, and in a group known collectively as cutworms. Some species can be quite destructive. Click here for an example.

earth/soil centipede

7223.    Found this crawling in my bed. Squeezed it in a paper several times. Didn’t seem to die until several times of crushing. Bracebridge, Ontario. Canada

Number 7223.  This is an earth/soil centipede (order Geophilomorpha) that accidentally got indoors. They are completely harmless;  earth/soil centipede detailed information 


7222.      Not sure what this is but I see them in clusters. Toronto, ON. Canada

Number 7222. This is a springtail, a primitive arthropod in the order Collembola, closely related to true insects. These basically are harmless scavengers on bits of decomposing organic matter, but they can become nuisance pests when they occur indoors in large numbers. They are quite susceptible to desiccation, so keeping indoor humidity levels as low as practical is the best control. Springtails Detailed Information

Sphinx moth

7221.      Hello sir, Please tell me pest name. Tehsil, District Hanumangarh Rajasthan. India

Number 7221. This is a sphinx moth (Lepidoptera: Sphingidae); it looks like Cephonodes hylas –  sphinx moth detailed information  

Yellow sac spider

7219.      Detached house, south-west Mississauga, Ont. Indoor, Bedroom, on the bed near the pillow. June 10/21, 5:30am. Spider is about 1.0 cm length, body & legs. Reddish-brown colour. Large abdomen, relative to the rest, with pattern on top and small yellow spot on underside near cephalothorax. While we do have spiders, including cellar, jumping and yellow sac spiders, we have been in our home 20+ years and have not seen this spider before and would like to know what it is. Gave a painful bite to my wife’s arm while sleeping. After 1 week, bite location became red, about 2 cm across, and very itchy. Thanks. Mississauga, ON. Canada

Number 7219. This is a yellow sac spider (family Cheiracanthiidae) in the genus Cheiracanthium. They can have a painful bite, but it is not considered medically significant. [Note: Some authorities place these spiders in the family Eutichuridae.] yellow sac spider example 

Assassin bug

7218.         Working from home and felt this painful bite and this is what was on my ankle bit me twice I think. Want to rule out kissing bug. Please let me know asap what you think this may be. GEORGETOWN, Ontario. Canada

Number 7218. This is an assassin bug known as a masked hunter (Reduvius personatus; Hemiptera/Heteroptera: Reduviidae), a cosmopolitan species often found indoors and indeed is reputed to have a very painful ‘bite’-  Assassin Bug Detailed Information 

Whitemarked spider beetle

7217.       Found lots in my parents basement lots in a bedroom some in a bedroom. Prince Albert, Saskatchewan. Canada

Number 7217. This looks like a whitemarked spider beetle, Ptinus fur (Coleoptera: Ptinidae), a cosmopolitan pest species hat will feed on a wide variety of dried and decaying organic materials, including insect specimens, wasp nests, feathers, animal skins, dried herbaria plants, seeds and grains, and sry stored foodstuffs. whitemarked spider beetle detailed information .

Asian multi-coloured lady beetle

7216.     This is only about a quarter inch long. If that. Is this poisonous? Do they bite? Do I need to worry about infestation? Brampton, Ontario. Canada

Number 7216. This is a larva of the introduced Asian multi-coloured lady beetle, Harmonia axyridis (Coleoptera: Coccinellidae). They feed on aphids and other small, soft-bodied invertebrates. Asian Multi Colored Lady Beetle detailed information 

Click beetle

7215.    Found on bedding in June. Markham, Canada

Number 7215. This appears to be a small click beetle (Coleoptera: Elateridae); a harmless accidental intruder. Click Beetle detailed information 

Larva of a carpet beetle

7214.     Found a couple of these millipede looking bugs on my floor. I live in a first floor apartment in downtown Montreal. Saw them appearing in May. It is pretty hot in my apartment, slightly humid. Find them mostly in the bathroom, but also near my desk and bed. montreal, Québec. Canada

Number 7214. This is a larva of a carpet beetle (Coleoptera: Dermestidae) in the genus Attagenus (black carpet beetles and allies). Carpet Beetle Control Information

Oriental beetle

7213.    It’s in my bed, it was dead, it’s like spring weather today, other days hotter. It’s a beach house. Wildwood, New Jersey. United States

Number 7213.  This looks like an Oriental beetle, Anomala orientalis (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae).  Oriental Beetle detailed information.

Nymph of an Eastern Boxelder Bug

7212.      Navan, Ontario. Canada

Number 7212.    This appear to be a nymph of an eastern boxelder bug, Boisea trivittata (Hemiptera/Heteroptera: Rhopalidae), a very common nuisance pest.  Nymph of an Eastern Boxelder Bug detailed information , including some control recommendations.

Clover Mite

7211.        These little bugs are quite small (2-3 mm) and around my basement window sills. Winnipeg, MB. Canada

Number 7211.      This is a clover mite (Bryobia praetiosa). These basically are nuisance pests that do no real harm.  Clover Mite Detailed Information  

Sac Spider

7210.         Pembroke, ON. Canada

Number 7210.      This appears to be a sac spider in the genus Cheiracanthium.  Sac Spider Example  They can deliver a painful, but not dangerous bite;  Sac Spider Detailed Information 

Great Grig

7209.       Golden, British Columbia. Canada

Number 7209.       This is a relative of grasshoppers and crickets known as the great grig (Cyphoderris monstrosa; Orthoptera: Prophalangopsidae).  Great Grig Detailed Information 


7208.      Corner Brook, NL. Canada

Number 7208.      This is a pseudoscorpion, an arachnid related to spiders and true scorpions that prey on other small arthropods. They are non-venomous and harmless to humans. Pseudoscorpion Detailed Information 

Centipede – Chilopoda

7207.       Copper Horn Town, Radium Hot Springs BC. Canada

Number 7207.      This is a centipede (class Chilopoda) in the family Lithobiidae (stone centipedes); they are not dangerous to humans.  Centipede Detailed Information 

blister beetle

7206.      Found on our wooden privacy wall 1st sighting. Stratford, PE. Canada

Number 7206.    This is Lytta aenea, a blister beetle (Coleoptera: Meloidae).  Blister Beetle Detailed Information

Summer Fishfly

7205.    Found on porch, during hot day in May. Haven’t seen one before, it was quite long with fuzzy entente, it was near my front door so just want to be sure it isn’t something to worry about if it gets indoors or if I should take precautions. Hamilton, Ontario. Canada

Number 7205.     This appears to be a summer fishfly, Chauliodes pectinicornis (Megaloptera: Corydalidae); it is completely harmless.  Summer Fishfly Detailed Information 

Jumping Spider

7204.      Can you identify this? I have never seen anything like it before. Temperance Vale, New Brunswick, Canada.

Number 7203.    This is a jumping spider (family Salticidae) in the genus Phidippus. They have excellent eyesight and actively hunt down their prey. They are not dangerous to humans.

Brown Scavenger Beetle

7203.       I’ve found a few of these in the bedroom a week after noticing itchy bites that look like bed bug bites, many in a row/cluster pattern. It’s very small (1-3mm long) and although it looks like a bed bug from the bottom, the top view looks very similar to the black carpet beetles we’ve seen downstairs. Is this a bed bug or a carpet beetle that happens to be brown? Aurora, Ontario, Canada

Number 7203.   This looks like a minute brown scavenger beetle (Coleoptera: Latridiidae). Their presence in a home usually is indicative of a humidity problem, as they feed primarily on fungus filaments and mold spores. One species is known to ‘sample’ human skin, but its appearance is quite different from your specimen;  Brown Scavenger Beetle Details 


7202.     I found. few of these tiny black bug on my dogs fur. They were just on the top fur not on the skin. Akax, Ontario, Canada

Number 7202.    This is an aphid (Hemiptera/Sternorrhyncha: Aphididae). These are strictly plant feeders, and will cause no harm to your dog. Aphid Detailed Information 

Nymph of a Planthopper

7201.    Ampang, Selangor, Malaysia

Number 7201.   This looks like a nymph of a planthopper (superfamily Fulgoroidea) in the family Flatidae.  Planthopper Nymph Specimen 

Nymph of a German Cockroach

7200.      Several in kitchen and one came out from under the baseboards in the living room. This is a house we haven’t moved into yet and need to know what these are before we proceed. Ottawa, ON Canada

Number 7200.    This is a nymph of a German cockroach, Blattella germanica (Blattodea: Ectobiidae), a peridomestic species difficult to bring under complete control.  German Cockroach Control Recommendations  

Larva of a beetle – Dermestidae

7199.        Found a bug in our home I don’t know if it is good or not. Naujaat

Number 7199.  This appears to be a larva of a beetle in the family Dermestidae (hide/skin/larder/carpet beetles and allies). Beetle Control Recommendations 

Larva of a black carpet beetle

7198.          Hi, found this isolated specimen on the 8th floor of my apartment downtown. Just curious as to what it is, thanks. Ouest, Montréal QC. Canada

Number 7198.    This is a larva of a black carpet beetle (Coleoptera: Dermestidae; Attagenus sp.) or close relative. These will feed on a very wide variety of organic materials, and may cause damage to woolen/silk fabrics as well as infesting many dry stored food products.  Carpet Beetle Control Information 

Western conifer seed bug

7197.         I have noticed numbers of these insects at my camp near New Ross as well as in my workshop at home. New Ross, NS Canada

Number 7197.  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.  Western Conifer Seed Bug Detailed Information 

Western conifer seed bug

7196.        Blue Mountains, Ontario Canada

Number 7196.  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.  Western Conifer Seed Bug Detailed Information