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.

Larva of a Green Lacewing

6236 This tiny little guy was found on the dash of my truck. He was maybe 3 mm long. I live in Edmonton, Alberta. Can you tell me what he is? I’ve never seen anything quite like it here. Thanks! From Edmonton Alberta

Number 6236 – This is a larva of a green lacewing (Neuroptera: Chrysopidae); these generally are considered as beneficial as they prey on a wide variety of small, soft-bodied arthropods such as aphids, small caterpillars, spider mites, thrips, etc. Click here for some images.

Rose Weevils

6235 Found on my rose bush. In wilkie Saskatchewan. Thank you for your help.

Number 6235 – These are rose weevils, sometimes also called rose curculios (Merhynchites bicolor; Coleoptera: Curculionidae); they can become serious pests on rose bushes; Click here for images and more detailed information.

Mayfly

6234 This weird looking flying Critter friend was chilling on my front screen door I’ve seen them before but have no clue what it is I’m guessing maybe something in the dragonfly family? From Dunnville, Ontario

Number 6234 – This is a mayfly (order Ephemeroptera); possibly in the genus Hexagenia. Mayflies spend the vast majority of their lives as immatures (nymphs/naiads) at the bottoms of streams, ponds, or lakes where they form an important part of the freshwater food web. The adults do not feed, and live only long enough (sometimes less than a day) to find mates and lay eggs.

Sowbug

6233 Found in basement and under rocks in yard, From Cochrane, Alberta

Number 6233 – This is a sowbug, a terrestrial crustacean in the order Isopoda. These are harmless scavengers on decomposing organic matter.

Plant Bug

6232 What is this thing? They are all over my backyard crawling on everything. I am afraid their get into my home and cause infestation. Please help From Mississauga, Ontario

Number 6232 – This is a plant bug in the family Miridae; these will not infest anything in your home.

Lady beetle

6223 Found this little guy on a counter at work. It’s been around 20° and warm here on Vancouver island in May. This beetle looks like a species of ladybug but had an unusual pattern. Same size as a traditional ladybug. From Courtenay, British Columbia

Number 6223 – This is a lady beetle (Coleoptera: Coccinellidae); it appears to be Myzia subvittata, known as the subvittate lady beetle – Click here for an image.

Caddisflies

6222 Waterloo Ontario. Hundreds of these outside and under deck and on front porch, anywhere high around entire house. But congregate on window screens and walls. They fly is like a meal moth but are very quick and difficult to kill. Go into any crevices and brickwork and can make themselves very narrow. Also like it underneath and in between my outdoor furniture cushions, where I also find webbing. They mate and then I find yellow silk web with hundreds of tiny pale-yellow eggs. Webbing is mainly on underside of windows and up high along walls and underside of fascia. But have also found eggs in between cushions and on underside of furniture. Started about second week of May for the past several years. When I go outside they fly in my hair and anywhere else. How do I eradicate this? It seems to last for 2-3 months. It’s ruining my outdoor enjoyment!

Number 6222 – These are caddisflies (order Trichoptera), related to butterflies and moths. Their larvae are aquatic where they constitute a very important part of the food web there. The adults are harmless, but some species can be nuisance pests when they occur in large numbers, see Click here. They would not be responsible for the webbing and eggs that you mentioned.

Funnel Weaver

6221 This was found in my bathtub a couple hours after bathing my son. I almost showered with it. What is it and is it dangerous? I live out on a farm and it was released far from the house. From Proton Station, Ontario.

Number 6221 – This is most likely is a funnel weaver (family Agelenidae) in the genus Eratigena; see Click here for an example. These are not dangerous to humans.

Saw Fly Larva

6220 What is this and is it harmful to my flowerbeds grass. There are a whole bunch of them between mine and my neighbors house. From Leduc, Alberta.

Number 6220 – This is a larva of a sawfly, it might be a grass sawfly in the genus Pachynematus (Hymenoptera: Tenthredinidae)Click here for an image. They are unlikely to cause significant damage; Click here for more detailed information.