Snipe fly

6972.     Port Coquitlam, BC. Canada

Number 6972. This is a snipe fly (Diptera: Rhagionidae) in the genus Rhagio,  Click here for an example. These are predatory on other small arthropods.

Rove beetle

6971.  I saw this on my balcony yesterday on my child’s playmat . Tiny little bug but runs very fast . Is thus dangerous ? Is it larvae or actual size of bug ? Is it normally found in bc ? Have never seen it before. Thanks. Surrey, British Columbia. Canada

Number 6971. This is an adult rove beetle (Coleoptera: Staphylinidae). These are general predators on other small arthropods, and ones like yours are completely harmless to humans. There are a few tropical species in the genus Paederus that exude a fluid that can cause skin/eye irritation. Click here for a detailed explanation.

Caddisflies

6970.    They are ruining our backyard relaxation. They are all over our deck, patio furniture covers and other places. They have wings, long antennae and are blackish brown in color. They don’t bite and will fly into your eyes, ears, mouth and nose. We need to identify them And need info on how to get rid of them. Any assistance will be greatly appreciated. Windsor, Ontario. Canada

Number 6970. These appear to be caddisflies (order Trichoptera). These are harmless; the adults either do not feed at all or may partake of nectar like their sister group, butterflies and moths. Their larvae are aquatic, and constitute an important part of the freshwater food web. You would not be able to get rid of them without causing great harm to other freshwater organisms. Click here for more detailed information.

Imperial moth

6969.      Out front of my building on a cool summer morning July. Hamilton, Ontario. Canada

Number 6969. This is an imperial moth, Eacles imperialis (Lepidoptera: Saturniidae). These moths unfortunately are becoming increasingly uncommon over much of their range. Click here for more detailed information.

Harvestman

6968.      Colborne, ON. Canada

Number 6968. This is a harvestman, an arachnid in the order Opiliones. Sometimes also called ‘daddy long-legs’, they are non-venomous and harmless. See Click here for more detailed information.

Larva of a moth-Geometridae

6967.        I thought this was a stick until I grabbed it, about 2.5 inches long. It was on one of my outdoor plants. No idea what it is. Fredericton, NB. Canada

Number 6967. This is a larva of a moth in the family Geometridae. They often are called inchworms or loopers because of their distinctive mode of locomotion resulting from their having prolegs only at the end of their abdomen. Click here for a short video clip. Some species are excellent twig mimics.

Nymph of a hairy chinch bug

6966.          Million of them in the backyard, are they harmful? Waterloo, On. Canada

Number 6966. This appears to be a nymph of a hairy chinch bug, Blissus leucopterus hirtus (Hemiptera/Heteroptera: Blissidae). These can cause damage to lawns/turf;  Click here for more detailed information.

Ten-lined June beetle

6965.           I’m trying to identify this beetle I found on the sidewalk in Maple Ridge, BC (July). It’s about an inch long. My husband thinks it’s a Colorado beetle but the photos don’t quite match. Would it eat our potato crop? Any help would be appreciated. Maple Ridge, BC. Canada

Number 6965. This is a ten-lined June beetle, Polyphylla decemlineata (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae). These will not harm your potato crop, but their larvae can cause damage to tree roots. Click here for more detailed information.

Fly-Tachinidae

6964.         July 2020 saw this fly on my plant outdoors. Have never seen one with this colouring before. Should I be wary? Kanata, ON. Canada

Number 6964. This fly is a friend. It is in the family Tachinidae, and the larvae of all species in this family are parasitic on other arthropods, mainly other insects.

Tiger moth

6963.        Out front of my building on a partially cloudy day not too hot out light Breeze. Hamilton, Ontario. Canada

Number 6963. This is a tiger moth (Lepidoptera: Erebidae; subfamily Arctiinae); likely an adult of the so-called woolly bear of weather forecasting fame.  Click here for images and more detailed information.

Ground-nesting bees

6962.      These look like tiny bees. They swarm by the 1000’s over my lawn, in cedar shrubs, and higher into lower branches of my beech trees. …from May to July. Looks like they hatch from the soil?? – mainly on sunny days. They appeared about 3 years ago and seem to be getting worse each year. They are only about 1/2″ – 5/8″ long. Wings are folded over the back when resting, unlike in the photo ( this one is dead). Any idea what they are, and should I be concerned? Thanks. Bancroft, Ontario. Canada

Number 6962. This is one of the many species of solitary ground-nesting bees, likely in the subfamily Halictinae. These are valuable pollinators, but some species in this subfamily known as sweat bees will sting if swatted when they alight on your skin (they are attracted to perspiration).

Sowbug

6961.        Found in an apartment stairwell. Tisdale, Saskatchewan. Canada

Number 6961. This is a sowbug, a terrestrial crustacean in the order Isopoda; the vast majority of these are harmless scavengers on decomposing organic matter. They breathe through gills that must be kept moist, so keeping your environs as dry as possible will discourage them from staying. Click here for more information.

Leaf beetle

6960.      This bug is eating the leafs of one particular Green Bush, The Bush is dying. There are round holes on the leafs that are close. Some leafs only have their skeleton left. Milton, Ontario. Canada

Number 6960. This is a leaf beetle, Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae; it looks like a viburnum leaf beetle (Pyrrhalta viburni), see https://tinyurl.com/y26u3hg6 for images. This is an introduced species; Click here for more detailed information including control recommendations.

Burying/sexton beetle

6959.        This was walking around on my patio. Found it to be an interesting thing just wanted to know what it is? Sault Ste Marie, ON. Canada

Number 6959. This is a burying/sexton beetle (Coleoptera: Silphidae) in the genus Nicrophorus; it appears to be Nicrophorus tomentosus.  Click here for an image. Known as the gold-necked carrion beetle or tomentose burying beetle, they locate and prepare the carcasses of small mammals or birds for their larvae, and then provide parental care. Click here for more information on these fascinating insects.

Spiny oak slug moth

6958.         1/2 inch long, brown in colour with light green and orange markings This one is tiny. The adult is more than an inch long. Found in hot weather after a rain. Lakefield, Ontario. Canada

Number 6958. This is a spiny oak slug moth, Thorybes pylades (Lepidoptera: Limacodidae). Click here for images and more detailed information.

Click beetle

6957.       June/july started showing up with earwigs as well. Not very fast or concerned with people but seems to have come out of no where. Seen a different one every day it seems like. Should I be concerned? What are they? Hartford, Connecticut. United States

Number 6957. This is a click beetle (Coleoptera: Elateridae), a harmless accidental ‘visitor.’ The larvae (wireworms) of some species can be garden pests. Click here for more detailed information.

Scarab beetle

6956.      What’s this insect called …never seen one before. Waterloo, Ontario. Canada

Number 6956. This is a scarab beetle (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae); it is a grapevine beetle, Pelidnota punctata. Also known as the spotted pelidnota, the adult beetle feeds primarily on grape leaves and frit, but seldom causes real damage. The larvae feed on rotting wood, usually underground. Click here for more detailed information.

Scarab beetle

6955.        These have been flying in clumsy swarms around our home in Fall River, Nova Scotia at dusk during the month of June/July. They seem to be attracted to the gutter area of our house. Is there any way we can manage these bugs? Fall river, Nova Scotia. Canada

Number 6955. This is a scarab beetle (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae) in the subfamily Melolonthinae. These often are called May beetles or June bugs; their larvae (white grubs) feed on plant roots underground, and some species can be serious lawn/turf pests. The adult beetles are foliage feeders, but only a few species (such as the Japanese beetle and rose chafer) cause serious damage. There’s not much you can do about them unless you control the larval stage. Click here for an example.

Exoskeleton of a cicada

6954.         We found this outside in our backyard on one of our kayaks and can’t figure out what it is. We have not went out in our kayaks at all lately so we couldn’t have picked it up somehow while out on the water so we have no clue how it got here and what it is. London, Ontario. Canada

Number 6954. This is the empty ‘shell’ (exoskeleton) of a cicada (Hemiptera/ Auchenorrhyncha: Cicadidae), likely in the genus Neotibicen (annual/dog-day cicadas). Click here for a video of the molting process.

Weevil

6953.       Hi, I initially found these black insects under one of our bed sheets, and thought it were signs of bed bugs. I then found them in other places in the house. They look like weevils, i’m hoping you can help confirm. Thanks. Richmond Hill, Ontario. Canada

Number 6953. This is indeed a weevil (Coleoptera: Curculionidae); specifically, it is a broad-nosed/short-snouted weevil in the subfamily Entiminae. These weevils often enter buildings in search of shelter, but do no harm there. Click here for an example.

Ground beetle

6952.      I have been seeing many insects like this since over 2 weeks in my home. This morning I seem to have rolled over one in my bed and it bite me under my tigh and the bite woke me up. I saw it escape quickly in my bed sheets before I killed it. It is about 10 mm long and between the antennas it has small claws like contraptions on the top of its head if you look carefully… What is this insect?? Alma, Quebec. Canada

Number 6952. This is a ground beetle (Coleoptera: Carabidae). These are general predators on other small arthropods, mainly other insects. If this is what bit you, it was strictly reflexive on its part, and the bite is harmless. Click here for more detailed information.

Caterpillar of an American dagger moth

6951.       Found him on my balcony. Hamilton, Ontario. Canada

Number 6951. This is a caterpillar of an American dagger moth, Acronicta americana (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae). Click here for images and more detailed information.

Carpenter ant

6950.      I found one of these ants on my back walkway. Can you identify it? I found scraping on the pressure treated wood in the stairwell under my back deck. Can you tell me if that is related to the ant? There is a pile of wood scrapings underneath the damage. Thank you. Toronto, ON. Canada

Number 6950. This looks like a carpenter ant (Camponotus sp.), and the scraping in your second image does look like carpenter ant damage. Did the ‘shavings’ look like this Click here? Click here for more information including control recommendations.

Carpet beetle

6949.        Can someone please let me know what type of bug this is? It is found near the toilet, sink, carpet, beds of our home. I have been getting bug bites on my lower body and I believe this bug is causing that bite. Any identification would be helpful. Calgary, Alberta. Canada

Number 6949. This is a carpet beetle (Coleoptera: Dermestidae) in the genus Attagenus (black carpet beetles and allies). They would not be responsible for any bites, but you should inspect any woolen/silk fabrics/clothing as well as dry stored food products for signs of their larvae – Click here for an image and Click here for some control recommendations.

Sphinx moth

6948.          Found it pretty much dead on my lawn in the town of Manila. Canada

Number 6948. This is a sphinx moth (Lepidoptera: Sphingidae) in the genus Manduca, likely M. quinquemaculata, whose caterpillar is known as the tomato hornworm. Either its wings never expanded after it emerged from its pupa, or something has torn them off. Click here for an image.

Nymphs of the hairy chinch bug

6947.            Very small black bug with a white stripe on the back. We have thousands of these on our foundation concrete. They seem to be active during the day, and less active when the sun sets. Gatineau, Quebec. Canada

Number 6947. These may be nymphs of the hairy chinch bug, Blissus leucopterus (Hemiptera/Heteroptera: Blissidae), a common pest of lawns/turf. Click here for more detailed information.

Water boatman

6946.             These insects were found late at night 11pm/12am. They were all around the window trying to get into the house. About 20 of them did find their way in the house crawling on the ground and flying around the lights. About 5-10mm long with 4 legs and possibly 2 more small ones under the front portion of the body. The day had been warm (July 6the about 20 degrees all day). A light rain in the evening for about an hour. Please let me know if you need anything else from me. Thank you. St.Albert, Alberta. Canada

Number 6946. This appears to be an aquatic insect known as a water boatman (Hemiptera/Heteroptera: Corixidae). They are good fliers, and often are attracted to lights at night. They are completely harmless. Click here for more detailed information.

Day-flying firefly

6945.            Found outside flying in July around 7:30 pm in South Western Ontario. Only one seen at the time of capture. Any ideas on species? Thanks so much. Woodstock, Ontario. Canada

Number 6945. This appears to be a day-flying firefly (Coleoptera: Lampyridae). Some net-winged beetles (Coleoptera: Lycidae) in the genus Plateros can be very similar in appearance, but their wing covers have a reticulate pattern rather than being smooth.

Jumping spider

6944.             Please can you tell me what this is. I’m worried to walk barefoot in the grass. Thank you. Richmond, BC. Canada

Number 6944. This is a jumping spider (family Salticidae) in the genus Phidippus, likely Phidippus johnsoni; Click here for an image. They are harmless to humans.

Broad-nosed/short-snouted weevil

6943.           Langley, British Columbia. Canada

Number 6943. This is a broad-nosed/short-snouted weevil (Coleoptera: Curculionidae; subfamily Entiminae). These weevils often enter buildings in search of shelter, but do no harm there. Click here for an example.

Male velvet ant

6942.         Sumbitch got hit five times with a flyswatter before I killed it. Waynesboro, Tennessee. United States

Number 6942. This is a male velvet ant (Hymenoptera: Mutillidae), likely in the genus Timulla. These are parasitic primarily on ground-nesting bees and wasps, and the wingless females (sometimes called ‘cow-killers’) have a wickedly painful sting. Males lack a sting, and are harmless.

Earwig

6941.        I just caught this about 5 inches under the foot of my bed and has 6 legs just now and would like to know what on earth is this my friends? Steve.

Number 6941. This is an earwig (order Dermaptera). These basically are scavengers, but some may be predatory on other small arthropods as well. Finding them is no cause for alarm. Click here for more detailed information.

Assassin bug

6940.      Hello, Please let me know what this is. Toronto Canada, photo taken June 20 – 25. Thank you very much. Maria. Toronto, Ontario. Canada

Number 6940. This appears to be 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’- Click here for more detailed information.