6987. These are outside near the garden and on the sunny, hot landscaping rocks. They come out in the hundreds around 5:00pm in the hot sun. At first we thought they were ants. Lakehurst, ON. Canada
Number 6987. These look like nymphs of a hairy chinch bug, Blissus leucopterus hirtus (Hemiptera/Heteroptera: Blissidae), a lawn/turf pest – Click here for details.
6986. Looking for information/identification of this beetle. Is commonly present on our old deck. However, just after moving into the house, they appeared under and behind many of our boxes in large numbers. They didn’t appear in my basement until after my move in. Thanks! Gatineau Quebec. Canada
Number 6986. Not a beetle; the image is too small to be certain, but it looks like a nymph of a hairy chinch bug, Blissus leucopterus hirtus (Hemiptera/Heteroptera: Blissidae) – Click here. If so, this would be a rather odd place to find them.
6985. Hi these bugs are found in the basement In the rooms that do t have carpet mostly. Fairmont Ho Springs, BC. Canada
Number 6985. These are broad-nosed/short-snouted weevils (Coleoptera: Curculionidae; subfamily Entiminae). Click here for an example.
6984. Hello, this little guy fell on my leg, I apologize for the bit of blurred. My friend and I are bickering because she thinks it’s a tick. I found the other picture from google from your website, but to unavail I couldn’t find it on your website, not sure what it is. Appreciate any help. North bay, Ontario. Canada
Number 6984. This is a nymph of a stink bug (Hemiptera/Heteroptera: Pentatomidae); it looks like one of the predatory species in the genus Apoecilus. Click here for an image & Click here for more information.
6983. I just found this very small, flat bug on the wall inside my walkout basement apartment. It flew when I tried to remove it. I’ve never seen one before and am curious to know what it is! Whitchurch-Stouffville, Ontario. Canada
Number 6983. This is a clavate tortoise beetle, Plagiometriona clavata (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae). This is a common and widespread species; Click here for more detailed information.
6982. They scare me whenever I water the plants and I have no idea what they are. Do they sting? Calgary, Alberta. Canada
Number 6982. This is one of the many species of native solitary bees. These are primarily ground (burrow) or cavity-nesting, and are very valuable as pollinators. They are not aggressive, but can sting if mishandled. Just let them go about their business.
6981. I’m trying to figure out if this is a cockroach can you please help me. westville, NS. Canada
Number 6981. This is a cockroach (Blattodea: Ectobiidae); it is in the genus Ectobius and may be Ectobius lapponicus. Known as the dusky cockroach, it is a European species that has become established in the Maritime Provinces; Click here for more detailed information.
6980. Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. Canada
Number 6980. This may be a leaf beetle (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae), but the image is not clear enough to be certain. Click here for more detailed information including control recommendations.
6978. Please identify this beetle. Thanks. Huntsville, Ontario. Canada
Number 6978. This is Osmoderma scabra (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae). Known as the rough Osmoderma, their larvae live on and in rotting wood; they are completely harmless. Click here for an example.
6977. Delta, BC. Canada
Number 6977. This is Monochamus scutellatus, a long-horned wood-boring beetle (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae) known as the white-spotted sawyer or spruce sawyer. Click here for more detailed information.
6976. In a bus stop on Hamilton Mountain. Hamilton, Ontario. Canada
Number 6976. This is a sawfly (Hymenoptera: Symphtya), possibly in the family Tenthredinidae). The larvae of most of these are foliage feeders. Click here for more detailed information.
6975. Have found a few of these around the house. Wondering what they are. Ottawa, Ontario. Canada
Number 6975. 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.
6974. Found when I got home from work inside my house. Never seen a wasp with a body like this one. It’s the length of a regular size paper clip. Langley, BC. Canada
Number 6974. This is Sceliphron caementarium (Hymenoptera: Sphecidae), known as the black and yellow mud dauber; Click here for an image. They feed their young on spiders that they capture, paralyze, and place in their mud ‘nest.’ They are not at all aggressive towards humans.
6973. Crawling on hallway wall.
Number 6973. This is an earwig (order Dermaptera). These basically are nuisance pests that primarily scavenge on decomposing organic matter. A few are predators on other small arthropods and some can occasionally cause damage to tender vegetation. Click here for more detailed information
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
How to eliminate cinch bugs in lawn.
Chinch bugs – Click here for current recommendations and guidelines.
How do I control Springtails inside and outside my home? They are coming out from under baseboards in my bathrooms. Also coming out from under flashing over lintels along top of stone veneer at the lower 4 feet of my exterior walls.
Springtail Control -The best control is moisture management, as springtails are highly susceptible to desiccation. You want to make the environment both inside and immediately outside your home as unwelcoming as possible for these creatures by eliminating both unnecessary moisture sources and potential harborage. See Click Here for details
My bedroom has been exterminated for bed bugs. I want them gone and I am checking my bed and box spring every day. If I am moving those things around and there are still bugs, will they find another place to nest or lay eggs or will I still see them on my bed?
Bed Bugs – They also may lay eggs around cracks in walls, baseboards, and floorboards. I suggest the client peruse the following document, one of the best I’ve found on the subject of bed bugs: Click Here
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.