Drugstore beetle

6334 Just found this in my bed, help??. From Vancouver

Number 6334 This looks like a drugstore beetle, Stegobium paniceum (Coleoptera: Anobiidae); Click here for an image. These beetles and their close relatives, cigarette beetles (Lasioderma serricorne) will feed on an extremely wide variety of organic materials, and can become pantry pests. You likely should check all your dry food storage areas for signs of insect infestation.

Larva of a carpet beetle

6333 Location found: Kitchen cupboard (where pots and pans are stored). Bug size: 5 mm from head to tail. Winter season. Bug alive or dead: alive (barely). I’m not sure what the fuzzy stuff is attached to the tail of the bug. It might just be a dust bunny that the bug got stuck in. Please email me if you are or are not able to identify it. From Calgary

Number 6333 This is a larva of a carpet beetle (Coleoptera: Dermestidae); likely in the genus Anthrenus (varied carpet beetle, etc.).  Click here  for control recommendations.

Southern yellow jacket

6332  This insect is from a very large nest (6′ x 3′) in a tree in Sarasota Florida. I think it may be a Paper Wasp but the photos of various wasps and hornets look a lot alike. Many thanks. From United States.

Number 6332 This looks like a southern yellow jacket, Vespula squamosa (Hymenoptera: Vespidae). These usually nest underground or in cavities, but occasionally have been known to construct very large aerial nests. Click here for more detailed information.

Stink bug

6331  From Ontario

Number 6331 This is a stink bug (Hemiptera/Heteroptera: Pentatomidae), it looks like a brown marmorated stink bug (Halyomorpha halys), an introduced species that has become well-established in many areas of North America. In addition to its status as an orchard pest, it also can be a nuisance pest when large numbers enter buildings for shelter. Click here for more detailed information.


6330 See them in or around dishwasher. Hard to kill. From Ontario 

Number 6330 This is a cockroach, likely a German cockroach, Blattella germanica (Blaberoidea: Ectobiidae). This species is notoriously difficult bring under full control; Click here elsewhere on these pages for some control recommendations.

Grain beetle

6329 Hello, I found this indoors in early January. It fell out of some clothes as I moved them. It is very small. I have taken a photo of it next to my index finger in one photo for reference. The photo may be too low quality for your review, but if not, I’m wondering what it is and if it can be harmful. Thanks, Susan. From Nova Scotia

Number 6329 This appears to be one of the grain beetles in the genus Oryzaephilus (Coleoptera: Silvanidae), either a saw-toothed or merchant grain beetle – Click here for more detailed information.

Two-spotted stink bug

6328 I found this bug in my house in January in Saskatchewan. I’d like to know what it is! From Saskatchewan

Number 6328 This is a two-spotted stink bug, Perillus bioculatus (Hemiptera/Heteroptera: Pentatomidae), a predatory species that specializes in feeding on the eggs and larvae of the Colorado potato beetle. This species exhibits a wide range of colour patterns

Nymph of a German cockroach

6327 Hello there, this critter was found in the kitchen of the apartment in Northern Alberta. Legs were unfortunately damaged during capture, hopefully it does not interfere with ID. It is about half and inch in size. Thanks in advance. From Edmonton

Number 6327 This appears to be a nymph of a German cockroach, Blattella germanica (Blaberoidea: Ectobiidae). This species is notoriously difficult bring under full control; Click here elsewhere on these pages for some control recommendations.

Praying mantis

6326 Found this in my garden. Not sure what this insect is. Never seen before. From India

Number 6326 This is a praying mantis (order Mantodea); there are at least 162 species reported from India – Click here for details.

Caterpillar of a swallowtail butterfly

6325 Very putrid smell, about 1.5 inches long, very soft to touch. From British Columbia

Number 6325 This is a caterpillar of a swallowtail butterfly (Lepidoptera: Papilionidae). The foul odor is emitted by the fork-like appendage visible above its head. Called an osmeterium, it serves as a defensive mechanism for the caterpillar; Click here for more detailed information.

Funnel weaver spider

6324 This little arachnid was found inside in my bar sink, late fall, just looked a bit more unusual to the other spideys we have hanging around, Identfication would be very neat if possible :). Thank you. From BC

Number 6324 This is a funnel weaver spider (family Agelenidae); likely in the genus Eratigena –  Click here  for an example. They are not dangerous to humans.

House centipede

6323 From Quebec

Number 6323 This is a house centipede, Scutigera coleoptrata, a cosmopolitan species that apparently originally was native to the Mediterranean region. Unlike most other centipedes, it has very good vision and can run down its prey. Click here for more detailed information.

Western conifer seed bug

6322 Found crawling in my cottage kitchen sink Oct 20, 2018. From Gravenhurst, Ontario

Number 6322 This is a western conifer seed bug, Leptoglossus occidentalis (Hemiptera/Heteroptera: Coreidae). These bugs often become nuisance pests when they enter buildings in search of shelter, but they do no harm there. Click here for more detailed information.

Stink bug

6321 Found this beetle on my cedar tree in the back yard. I can’t seem to find any information or what type of beetle it is. Would be interested to know what type of beetle it is and if it is common to B.C. From Sicamous, British Columbia

Number 6321 This is not a beetle, but a stink bug (Hemiptera/Heteroptera: Pentatomidae) in the genus Chlorochroa, Click here for an example. There are at least seven species in this genus native to British Columbia.

Predaceous diving beetle

6320 I found this beetle on my deck and was shocked to see it! Never seen one so big around here! I looked at some pics but could not identify it! Was hoping you could. We are on an acreage south of Saskatoon SK. Thanks. From Saskatoon.

Number 6320 This is a predaceous diving beetle (Coleoptera: Dytiscidae). They and their larvae (often called water tigers) are general predators on other small aquatic life forms, mainly other insects. They also are strong flies and may be found at quite some distance from water.

House centipede

6319 Can you please identify this. From Mississauga, Ontario

Number 6319 This is a house centipede, Scutigera coleoptrata. House centipedes feed on a wide variety of other arthropods, mainly insects, and their presence indoors may be an indicator of an infestation of some kind. Click here for more detailed information.

Blister beetle

6318 Can you please identify this. From Ontario

Number 6318 This is a blister beetle Coleoptera: Meloidae) in the genus Meloe. These are often called ‘oil beetles’ as they exhibit reflexive bleeding from their leg joints when disturbed. Their blood (hemolymph contains a chemical, cantharidin, that can cause blistering on tender skin. Click here for more detailed information.

larva of an Asian multi-colored lady beetle

6317 Appeared in my second-floor bedroom (possibly dropped from ceilling), stayed for a picture and then disappeared when I left room. Just outside Fredericton, NB September 27 autumn. High of 20° sunny and breezy day following heavy rain and two nights of frost. From Maugerville, NB

Number 6317 This is a larva of an Asian multi-colored lady beetle, Harmonia axyridis (Coleoptera: Coccinellidae), an introduced species having a very widespread distribution and that goes by several other common names. Click here for more detailed information.

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.