‘Skin’ (exuvium) of a nymph of a cicada

6274 What kind of bug is this? It’s cracked open and there’s nothing in it, what kind of bug is empty?

Number 6274 This is the shed ‘skin’ (exuvium) of a nymph of a cicada (Hemiptera/Heteroptera: Cicadidae), likely one of the so-called dog-day or annual cicadas such as those in the genus Neotibicen -see Click here for an image.

Broad-nosed/Short-snouted weevil

6273 Tiny tiny beetle! Half the size in width of a pinky nail. Lime green. Was at falcon lake sunny summer day. He could fly but really didn’t seem to care to. What is he?

Number 6273 This is a broad-nosed/short-snouted weevil (Coleoptera: Curculionidae; subfamily Entiminae); it looks like Polydrusus formosus, known as the green immigrant leaf weevil – see Click here for images and more information.   

Sculptured Resin Bee

6272 Trying to determine if this is a wasp or hornet species. i found it hanging around my solitary bee house. From Ontario

Number 6272 This is a sculptured resin bee, Megachile sculpturalis (Hymenoptera: Megachilidae), an introduced species. Click here for images and more detailed information.   

Trichiotinus assimilis

6271 This insect was found on the flowers of a False Spirea on July 7/18. Please advise what it is. 

Number 6271 This appears to be Trichiotinus assimilis (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae), a species commonly found on flowers. Sometimes called a bee-mimic beetle, it does not appear to be a pest species. Click here for an image and more information. 

Nymph of a leafhopper

6270 Sitting in the Finger Lakes region of New York on a weed… Not sure what kind of Nymph this is… looking for ID. From Concord, NH 03301 United States

Number 6270 This appears to be a nymph of a leafhopper (Hemiptera/Heteroptera: Cicadellidae); Click here for another example.

Laurel Sphinx Moth

6269 Mid day this was hanging out on the deck, it looks like fur on its face and I think it’s a moth. Was very large and looked like a piece of wood. Took a few pics and left it alone we t back to check and it was gone. From Newfoundland

Number 6269 This appears to be a laurel sphinx moth, Sphinx kalmiae (Lepidoptera: Sphingidae); Click here for images and more detailed information.

Snipe Fly

6268 . Seemed to like being around the vegetable garden in 20+ degree weather. July. From Langley, BC

Number 6268 is a snipe fly (Diptera: Rhagionidae); it looks like Rhagio tringarius , known as the marsh snipe fly, Click here for an image. Their larvae are predators on insects and earthworms they find in or on the soil.

Flower longhorn beetle

6267 Found on my kitchen floor. July, 28 degrees C. From Langley, BC

Number 6267 This is a flower longhorn beetle (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae; subfamily Lepturinae); it looks like Xestoleptura crassipes, Click here for an image. They cause no damage .

Nymph of a long-horned grasshopper

6266 Found this nestled in the leaves of a milkweed plant. From Beausejour Mb

Number 6266 This is a nymph of a long-horned grasshopper (Orthoptera: Tettigoniidae), likely either a bush cricket or false katydid.

Squash borer moth

6264 A. I have never seen this Critter before but it was fluttering around my vegetable garden like really weird all over the place like it could not decide what it wanted. From Dunnville Ontario
6264 B. I have never seen one and was wondering what it was? There is only 1 flying around my garden. Almost flies like a humming bird. From Trenton Ontario

Number 6264 This a squash borer moth, Melittia cucurbitae (Lepidoptera: Sesiidae). These can be very destructive garden pests; see Click here for some control/prevention advice.

European Firebug

6263 My entire yard is full of them. I need advice on what they are and how to get rid of them. Thousands of them crawling in my grass. From Toronto, Ontario

Number 6263 This is a European firebug, Pyrrhocoris apterus (Hemiptera/Heteroptera: Pyrrhocoridae), an introduced species currently sporadically distributed in North America, Click here  for an image and distribution map. These primarily are nuisance pests that will not harm your lawn; they reportedly feed mainly on the seeds of plants in the mallow family. Click here for some control recommendations.

Engorged female hard tick

6262 We found this on our dog. From Osoyoos B.C

Number 6262 This is an engorged female hard tick (family Ixodidae); likely in the genus Dermacentor. You may want to have your dog checked by a veterinarian if it shows any sign of illness during the next couple of weeks.

Rove beetle

6261 Found this little guy in basement. Curious as to what he is. From Fort St. John, BC

6261 This is a rove beetle (Coleoptera: Staphylinidae). These are general predators on other small arthropods, mainly on the insects.

Nymph of a short-horned grasshopper

6260 As you can see by the photo, a clover flower, this is a tiny green grasshopper. more or less 1 centimeter, almost missed it if not for the color contrast. I haven’t been able to identify, is it because it is a immature? or is this an mature grasshopper? Photographed on June 10, below the Eastern Parkway, along the cycling path on the Ottawa river (within a kilometer of Green Creek), sunny condition, early summer. From Ottawa

Number 6260 – This is a nymph of a short-horned grasshopper (Orthoptera: Acrididae) – Click here for an example. At this stage, it is not possible to assign a specific i.d. to it; it might be one of the species that stays green all its life, but it also could be one of those that change their appearance as they grow.

Eastern parson spider

6259 The spider was found indoors. The size is about a dime size. Early summer, June/23/2018. It was on and off storms and humid in this region of southern Ontario on the 23rd. If you need more pictures i’ll send you more of the little guy.

Number 6259 – This is an eastern parson spider, Herpyllus ecclesiasticus (family Gnaphosidae); harmless to humans. Click here for images and more detailed information.

Marbled orb weaving spider

6258 Please help identify. From Shuniah, Ontario

Number 6258 – This is a somewhat marbled orb weaving spider (family Araneidae); perhaps in the genus Araniella – Click here for an example.

Rose Chafers

6257 These were on geraniums in our local cemetary they were not on when purchased as we have them at home with no bugs on them could you identify for me please. From Port hope, Ontario.

Number 6257 – These are rose chafers (Macrodactylus subspinosus; Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae). They are voracious pests on many ornamentals; especially members of the rose family.

Rove beetle larva

6256 Please help Identify. From Myrnam, AB

Number 6256- This looks like a larva of a rove beetle (Coleoptera: Staphylinidae). These are general predators on other small arthropods, mainly other insects.

False widow

6255 Found in children’s bedroom appears to be false widow but research shown they should not be in northern Alberta. Just want to confirm. Better photos can be taken before she is released in my shed. From La glacé, Alberta

Number 6255 – This spider is in the genus Steatoda, which includes the so-called ‘false widow’ spiders. It may be Steatoda borealis, which has been reported as occurring throughout Alberta.

Long-horned Wood-boring beetle

6254 Please help identify. From Solapur, Maharashtra India

Number 6254 – This is a long-horned wood-boring beetle (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae). It is unlikely to be a serious pest species, but I cannot be more specific at this time.

Barn funnel weaver

6253 Basement bathroom, cool temperature downstairs. June 21,2018. Hot and humid outside. Size is about 3/4 inch front to back (leg span). Quite common through summer months, sizes varying. From Morden, Manitoba

Number 6253 – This looks like a barn funnel weaver, Tegenaria domestica (family Agelenidae); not dangerous to humans. Click here for images and more detailed information.

Insect Eggs or not?

6249 What type of bug/insect are these eggs? They jump all around at times, I can’t find anything online about them. From Winnepeg, Mb

Number 6249 – I’m not at all sure what these might be. The only insect-related object I know of that resembles these are the pupae of ichneumon wasps in the subfamily Campopleginae, but those are more elongate than the objects seen in your image; Click here for an example. Also, there some plant seeds that when infested with an insect larva will ‘jump’ (such as so-called Mexican jumping beans) as well as some plant galls, but none of them look anything like your images

Micro Moth

6248 Please help me identify this bug that I found on the counter in my kitchen (which at one point was an addition on the original house) today, June 16, 2018

Number 6248 – This is a very tiny moth, a member of one of several families that collectively are referred to as microlepidoptera or micro moths. These usually can be identified only through dissection and examination under magnification. It is nothing that will infest anything indoors.

Black Soldier Fly

6247 Central Alabama, 06/16/18, on our way to another hot day. Found flying around kitchen previous night and again this AM. From Chandalar Circle Pelham United States

Number 6247 – This appears to be a black soldier fly, Hermetia illucens (Diptera: Stratiomyidae). They are harmless, and their larvae are scavengers on decomposing organic matter. Click here for more detailed information.

Caterpillar of a gypsy moth

6246 Multicolored Caterpillar! From Dunnvile Ontario

Number 6246 – This is a caterpillar of a gypsy moth, Lymantria dispar (Lepidoptera: Erebidae; subfamily Lymantriinae), a very destructive introduced pest species. Click here for more detailed information.

Larvae of Beetles

6245 I am thinking this is a wire worm but not sure all through  spring and summer they are in my ceiling light fixtures and randomly in my cupboards. Id like to know what kind of worm they are so i can try to get rid of them effectively. Thanks! From Grande prairie, Alberta

Number 6245 – These are larvae of beetles in the family Dermestidae (carpet/skin/hide/larder beetles and allies). The top two are in the genus Dermestes (larder beetles); I’m not sure about the bottom one; it might be in the genus Attagenus (black carpet beetles). Click here for control/management advice.

Cigarette Beetle or Black Carpet Beetle

6244 Found this scrambling under my bed when I was doing an inspection. I did crush it a little, hence the break and ooze at the bottom. Scared it’s a bed bug, but it doesn’t look like bed bug pictures I found. From Toronto, ON

Number 6244 – This beetle could be either in the family Anobiidae (such as the cigarette beetle) or Dermestidae (such as the black carpet beetle); a clearer view of its antennae would be helpful. Definitely not a bed bug!

Jerusalem Cricket

6243 This was taken June 11, 2018 in Osoyoos, BC in the morning. It was approximately 1 ​1⁄4 inches long. It was found underneath a rubber made container and really ran to try and get underground again not unlike a crab at the beach when you lift the rocks. Any help knowing what this is would be appreciated as this has really stumped. my sister and I.

Number 6243 – This is a relative of grasshoppers and crickets known as a Jerusalem cricket (Orthoptera: Stenopalmatidae). For some odd reason, they also are called ‘potato bugs’ by some people.  Click here for images and more detailed information.

Stink Bugs

6242 Please help me for identification this insect. I don’t know that this insect is harmful or not. I have see this insect on green gram. haumangarh, Rajasthan

Number 6242 – These are stink bugs (Hemiptera/Heteroptera: Pentatomidae); this family includes both plant feeders and predatory species. Usually, when you see a group of them at the same place, they likely are plant feeders, as predatory species tend to be solitary in habit. Your specimens bear a superficial resemblance to one known as the Bagrada bug (Click here), but they may be something different.

Ichneumon wasp

6241 Found this bug on my car today and haven’t seen anything like it before. From Aurora, Ontario

Number 6241 – This is an ichneumon wasp (Hymenoptera: Ichneumonidae). This is a very large family comprising thousands of species, all of which are parasitic on other insects and spiders. They are harmless to humans.

Aspen Serpentine leafminer

6240 On June 4, 2018 I noticed several leaves on this poplar tree looking as though they had a silver sheen. On closer examination, the silver sheen looked like an intricate maze on each leaf ending with a small spot that might be an egg. About 10-15% of the leaves may be infected. It is only about 3-4 weeks since the leaves matured. From Canmore, AB

Number 6240 – This appears to be the work of the Aspen serpentine leafminer, Phyllocnistis populiella (Lepidoptera: Gracillariidae). Click here for more detailed information

Broad-nosed/short-snouted weevils

6239 Have had thousands of these small beetle looking insects show up through mid to end of May. They are congegrating around our house and shop doorways and garage doors. From Neepawa, Manitoba

Number 6239 – These are broad-nosed/short-snouted weevils (Coleoptera: Curculionidae; subfamily Entiminae). Several species of these will enter buildings in search shelter, but will do no harm there.

Long-horned Wood-boring beetle

6238 Hey there, found this at about 10:30 pm, June 6th here in Fruitvale BC. About 20° indoors and 15° outside. It’s been pretty warm lately. The bug is about half an inch long or less. Not very active but it didn’t seem to like my getting close to it. Is this thing out to get me. From Fruitvale, British Columbia

Number 6238 – This is a long-horned wood-boring beetle (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae); it looks like Centrodera spurca, known as the yellow Douglas fir borer – see Yellow Douglas Fir Borer (Centrodera spurca) for an image.