Cellar spider

6727.      The insect picture is taken with a cell phone through a pocket microscope. The other picture occurred as my child was sitting quietly watching TV and then yelped. Swollen, red. Gone in about 2 hours. But it hurt. I’ve been seeing white flecks for a month, and I’ve been very itchy. I’ve noted them in our hair, treated our crew with Nix, twice. But now they are everywhere and the small white fibrous looking things progress to gelatinous globs, with perhaps 50 sacs stuck together, and all this not being larger than 1.5 MM. I have seen a translucent spider coming out of the walls (max 2mm long). It appears as if these things either jump. When I go to work, I don’t feel a scratch at all. When I return home, half an hour and I’m being bitten by something so small I have not been able to see it, but it has a pretty good pinch (worse than a mosquito, not a wasp). Lots of cobweb development in corners and little nooks. And we vacuum daily, ceiling to floor with a hepa vacuum. Over kill hepa airfilter, over-kill dehumidifier has always been on since we bought this trailer new 4 months ago. When you open the door at night you can see millions of specs of “dust” flying around, and they stick to our vehicles, and have the same gelatinous look as what is in the trailer absolutely everywhere. I seem to be the itchiest, like absolutely driving me crazy. Wife and oldest child less so. And youngest not much at all, with the exception of that bite. I feel as if they are coming through the smallest barely even draft producing cracks. Our neighbor noticed the same thing last week and has left. I’ve sprayed every chemical and fogged and they perhaps seem better for a day, but not long. All bedding and clothing and cupboards have been vacuumed and sprayed. Absolutely crazy. I literally feel as if the organism is entirely throughout the interior of our walls and small amounts seep into the trailer and then they are everywhere. If you scratch your head or cloths over a black nylon material it seems like little flecks of dandruff or lint falls out. But when I look through my microscope they have the same gelatinous and sometimes spiny fibre like appearance. Kelowna, BC. Canada


Number 6727.  The creature in the image appears to be cellar spider (family Pholcidae). These are not known to bite humans. It is quite possible that much of what you are experiencing may not be insect-related, Click here for details.


6726.      I found around 20-30 of this tiny mite in the walls. in my bathroom. They jump, have 8 legs, 2 long antennas, and 2 black eyes. I also have an indoor cat, but I don’t think there’s a connection. Zagreb, Dankovecka. Croatia


Number 6726.  These are booklice (Psocodea: Liposcelidae). These are nuisance pests that feed primarily on mold spores and bits of organic matter. Keeping indoor humidity as low as practical will discourage them. Click here for more detailed information including some control suggestions

Caterpillars of a moth

6725.      The insect found in the rice field fogera, Ethiopia, the larva feed on the leaf of rice. I grow up the larva in the isolated and transparent cage, minimum of 10 days after it put in the cage it makes a cocoon-like structure
then the pupa has appeared and then the adult was seen. Bahir Dar, Amhara region. Ethiopia


Number 6725.  These are caterpillars of a moth in the family Erebidae, tribe Arctiinae; Click here for an example.

Rove beetle

6724.      Found in home, fly onto counter, or table, only active at night! Has clear wings and an amber color body segment, white strip behind amber segment, six legs two antennae, approximately 1cm long, shiny black colouring, head is smallest part, crawls very quickly? Sask. Carrot River. Canada


Number 6724.  This is a rove beetle (Coleoptera: Staphylinidae). These are general predators on other small invertebrates, mainly other insects. Click here for a more typical image

Spider beetle

6723.      Found two of these bugs mid-November in bedroom closet. Very small, about 2-3mm. Reddish-brown in colour. Worried it is a bed bug. Toronto, ON. Canada


Number 6723.  Thus is a spider beetle (Coleoptera: Anobiidae; subfamily Ptininae). These feed on a wide variety or organic materials and sometimes can become pantry pests. Click here for a fact sheet that includes some control recommendations.

Grass spider

6722.      Found this in my bed…. then i found little baby spiders that are like a millimetre and at first they looked like ticks… but don’t know if these babies it belongs to this spider. Toronto, Ontario. Canada


Number 6722.  This is a grass spider in the family Agelenidae, most likely in the genus Agelenopsis. These are not dangerous to humans.

Young nymph of a cockroach

6721.      They are approx. 3-5 mm in size. Have seen a couple that were around 15 mm long. Found in my kitchen and occasionally in the bathroom. Toronto, ON. Canada


Number 6721.  This is a young nymph of a cockroach, most likely a German cockroach Blattella germanica (Blattodea: Ectobiidae), a peridomestic species difficult to bring under complete control. Click here  for some control recommendations.

Camel cricket

6720.      What kind of bug is this. Sherwood park, Alberta. Canada


Number 6720.  This is a camel cricket (Orthoptera: Rhaphidophoridae). Also known as cave crickets or sprickets (because of a fancied resemblance to a cross between a spider and a cricket), these relatives of grasshoppers and crickets usually are found in dark, quiet places such as caves, basements, crawl spaces, under old logs, etc. They seldom cause any real harm. Click here for more detailed information

Larva of a scarlet malachite beetle

6719.      Found in my carpeted stairs and then another in my kitchen in the floor. What can it be??? Mom’s rental property is struggling with a roach infestation (damn renters) so is this a larvae she accidentally brought over on her shoes? Also got a package from Korea? Can it from that?? It is winter here. From Edmonton, Canada


Number 6719.  No need to worry. This appears to be a larva of a scarlet malachite beetle, Malachius aeneus (Coleoptera: Melyridae); Click here for an image. They are general predators on other small arthropods.


6718.      Please zoom in and see what these are. They are multiplying on my walkway and huddle together. Is this some time of snake? St. Johns, NL. Canada


Number 6718.  These are millipedes (class Diplopoda). The vast majority of these are harmless scavengers on decomposing organic matter, but a few species, such as the garden millipede, can damage very tender vegetation. Millipedes require a moist environment in order to thrive, so keeping your premises as dry as practical will help keep them in check.

Western conifer seed bug

6717.      HI there. Found around 5 of these little bugs over the past few days. They are found downstairs around our washing machine area and bottom of stairs. Can someone please tell me what type of bug this and how concerned we should be and what we can do to get rid of them. I HATE bugs. Calgary, AB. Canada


Number 6717.  This is another western conifer seed bug, Leptoglossus occidentalis (Hemiptera/Heteroptera: Coreidae), a common and widespread nuisance pest. Control is not necessary;  Click here for more detailed information.

Western conifer seed bug

6716.      Strong flier, large but skinny (but not weak like a daddy long legs spider) legs, a v on its mostly black body that was brown below it. Seen around 10 PM at night with no windows open. It dropped another bug (a small cockroach) while it was flying around the lamp. Slow and methodical crawler on the lamp. Toronto, Ontario. Canada


Number 6716.  This is a western conifer seed bug, Leptoglossus occidentalis (Hemiptera/Heteroptera: Coreidae), a common and widespread nuisance pest.  Click here for more detailed information.

Wolf spider

6715.      I found it outside, already dead. I had the house spider sprayed. Curious to know what kind it is. Thanks! Hagersville, Ontario. Canada


Number 6715.  This is a wolf spider (family Lycosidae) These are active hunters that do not spin a capture web and sometimes accidentally get indoors while searching for prey. They are not dangerous to humans and should be allowed to go about their business of pest control. When we find them in our house, we escort them outside.

Engorged female hard tick

6714.      I found this on our bedroom hardwood floor. I thought it was a jewelry bead, or a chocolate covered raisin (about the size of a Glosette chocolate covered raisin). I only found the one. Please let me know if it is something I need to search for more, or if this is an invasive beetle. We live on a ravine lot, backing onto Crook’s Hollow. I often have windows open and have two cats that often go outside. This picture is the underside of the bug. It is still alive, and wiggled its leg until it turned over in the glass I have it in. The top looks the same as the bottom. Dundas, Ontario. Canada


Number 6714.  This is an engorged female hard tick (family Ixodidae); likely in the genus Ixodes. This is the genus to which that the deer tick, vector of Lyme disease, belongs. Click here for more detailed information.

Nymph of a bed bug

6713.      Hello, In the past year, my SO was waking up to these bites on the hands that were quite swollen and we had no idea what the perpetrator was. Yesterday, she woke up to more bites on the neck area and managed to catch the thing and squashed and killed it. According to her, this is how it looked like before it was squashed:- it was plump and when she squashed it, very dark blood came out of it. These bites are happening at night and we’re not sure what this is because it doesn’t look like the regular bedbug – which is rounded and kind of flat. This one looks more swollen. I’ve attached two photos of it. Many thanks in advance to those who can identify it! Toronto, Ontario. Canada


Number 6713.  This looks like a nymph of a bed bug (Hemiptera/Heteroptera: Cimicidae). When engorged with blood, they can appear quite chubby.

cobweb/comb-footed spider

6712.      Victoria, British Columbia Canada


Number 6712.  This is a cobweb/comb-footed spider (family Theridiidae) in the genus Steatoda. Some species in this genus are known as false widow spiders, and can have a very painful (but not dangerous) bite. Click here for more detailed information.


6711.      I found this insect, very small and very many of them, at the front ledge of my storage unit in Lindsay. They move very fast and are very tiny. Any help identifying this critter would be greatly appreciated. Thank you so much, Stacey. Port Hope, ON. Canada


Number 6711.  This is a springtail, a primitive arthropod in the order Collembola closely related to true insects. These are harmless scavengers on decomposing organic matter but can become nuisance pests when they occur in large numbers indoors.

Carpet beetle

6710.      Found on the side of my bed in late October… very small about 5mm. Previously found one on my bed in July. Hoping this is a coincidence and not a bed bug (does not look like other bed bug pictures but I am still concerned). Please help! Toronto, Ontario. Canada


Number 6710.  This is a carpet beetle (Coleoptera: Dermestidae); it looks like a black carpet beetle or close relative in the genus Attagenus. Click here for more information including control recommendations.

Larvae of a carpet beetle

6709.      Found indoors only a couple of times, isolated, 3-4 specimens on bedroom floor, one on bathroom floor. First time observed in September, the last time today (Oct 25). Belgrade. Serbia


Number 6709.  These are larvae of a carpet beetle (Coleoptera: Dermestidae) in the genus Anthrenus. These can be very damaging to organic fabrics (wool, silk, etc.) as well as dry stored food products. Click here for some control advice.


6708.      Found on kitchen counter on the evening of 10/23. Central Alabama. Outside air temp about 69F. Pelham, Alabama. United States


Number 6708.  This is a weevil (Coleoptera: Curculionidae). Although it resembles the milkweed stem weevil, Rhyssomatus lineaticollis.(Click here for more detailed information).  I am by no means confident that yours is that exact species.

Orb weaving spider

6707.      Princeton, TX. United States


Number 6707.  This is an orb weaving spider (family Araneidae), but I cannot provide a more specific identification from your image. All orb weavers are harmless to humans. Click here for an example.

Brown marmorated stink bug

6706.      Good morning, could you identified this insect, is this Halyomorpha halys? VOLOS, Pilio Greece


Number 6706.  That certainly appears to be a brown marmorated stink bug, Halyomorpha halys (Hemiptera/Heteroptera: Pentatomidae). Click here for more detailed information.

Broad-faced sac spider

6705.      Richmond Hill, Ontario. Canada


Number 6705.  This looks like a broad-faced sac spider, Trachelas tranquillus; it is reported to have a painful bite.  Click here for more detailed information.


6704.      My girlfriend was at the kitchen sink, where there is a light directly above her when she felt this little bugger drop on her arm. Looks like a tiny centipede with a small darkness on its hind end. Amherst, Nova Scotia. Canada


Number 6704.  Not a centipede, but a harmless millipede (class Diplopoda); these are scavengers on decomposing organic matter.

Saw-toothed and merchant grain beetles

6703.      Condo apartment. October, 2019. Richmond Hill, Ontario. Canada


Number 6703.  The image is not clear enough for a positive identification. The only insects of that size and general overall appearance that would be of any concern are the saw-toothed and merchant grain beetles in the genus Oryzaephilus (Coleoptera: Silvanidae).  Click here for a fact sheet that includes some control suggestions.

Western conifer seed bug

6702.      Found on top of dresser in bedroom. It flew a short distance. Early fall. London Ontario, Canada


Number 6702.  This is a western conifer seed bug, Leptoglossus occidentalis (Hemiptera/Heteroptera: Coreidae), a common and widespread nuisance pest. Click here for more detailed information.

Silverfish or firebrats

6701.      I live in Delta, BC and find these pests mainly in my bathroom. Occasionally, I find them in my kitchen and laundry room. They vary in size from about 1/4 inch to 1 inch. They are dark in color and move very fast. They have 8 legs, 3 feelers in front and 2 feelers in back. What are they? Are they harmful? How do I get rid of them? Darlene Balcome, Delta, BC


Number 6701.  The image is too blurry to be certain, but these most likely are silverfish or firebrats, primitive insects in the order Zygentoma. These basically are nuisance pests that seldom cause real harm. Click here for a fact sheet that includes some control suggestions. 


6693.      So these are pics of 2 different guys who were found in my sink and bathtub, but I’m pretty sure they’re the same bug. They were going in may and june, in toronto. Yesterday I found another one who looks similar on my living room floor, in the middle of the day. I would add a photo of him, but I squashed him so it’s not a good photo. He had 3 long legs on either side and long skinny antennae (longer than the length of his body) He was dark mohagany, close to black with a hard shell. I didnt see any wings.my hope is that these aren’t cockroaches. Please help! Thanks. Toronto, Ontario. Canada


Number 6693.  These are indeed cockroaches.  Click here for some control recommendations 


6700.    I pulled this off of my leg. Loretto, Ontario. Canada


Number 6700.  This is an engorged female tick; as its overall appearance is consistent with one in the genus Ixodes that includes the deer tick, you should keep alert for any signs/symptoms of Lyme disease. Click here for detailed information on Lyme disease in Ontario.

Fungus gnat

6699.      Hello. I am interested to know what this species is so we know how to address them from entering our facility. Any help would be greatly appreciated. We have contacted local pest control but we are not confident they have identified it correctly and looking for a second opinion. The deem this to be a midge but it looks more like a flying ant. Any help would be appreciated. Fort St John, British Columbia. Canada


Number 6699.  This looks like a fungus gnat of some kind. Indoors, their larvae most often are found in very wet soil of potted plants. If you have potted plants on the premises, you should allow the soil to dry out as much as practical between waterings and this will keep their population from building up.

Grain beetles

6698.      We had a few in our window ledge then suddenly a tonne in the crumbs under child’s stool and then moved the oven and found them all through our drawers. Killed a bunch with insecticides but still coming out of the crevices in our floor but much less so. We also had bites in a line on my husbands foot so concerned these are bed bugs? But they are not flat and seem to hoard on crumbs. Help! Ottawa, Ontario. Canada


Number 6698.  These are grain beetles (Coleoptera: Silvanidae) in the genus Oryzaephilus (saw-toothed and merchant grain beetles). These are cosmopolitan species that can infest a wide variety of dry stored food products. Click here for more detailed information. They would not be responsible for any bites.

Click beetle

6697.      I have seen a number of these insects around my house and I am concerned about what they are. Pickering, Ontario. Canada


Number 6697.  This is a small click beetle (Coleoptera: Elateridae), a harmless accidental visitor. Click here for details.


6696.      Waterloo Ontario. Canada


Number 6696.  This is a sowbug, a terrestrial arthropod in the order Isopoda. Also known as pillbugs, roly polys, woodlice, and slaters, they primarily are harmless scavengers found in the decomposing organic matter.