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Plant bug

7336.        Infestation outside trees, all plants are covered. They are tiny 1/3 the size of a fly. Cottonwood, United States


Number 7336.    This is a plant bug, (Hemiptera/Heteroptera: Miridae). As the name implies, most of these are plant feeders and a few species can be serious pests. However, some also are predaceous; your specimen resembles one that feeds on aphids – see Plant Bug Image .

Cobweb/comb-footed spider

7335.        I found this spider hanging from my friends ceiling! It’s actually black in colour! St. Johns, Nfld. Canada


Number 7335.    This is a cobweb/comb-footed spider (family Theridiidae) in the genus Steatoda. They are not aggressive, but some species can deliver a very painful (but not dangerous) bite if handled carelessly. Cobweb Spider Detailed Information .

Carpet beetle

7334.        Found in bedroom. London, Ontario. Canada


Number 7334.      This looks like a carpet beetle (Coleoptera: Dermestidae) in the genus Attagenus (black carpet beetle and allies). See Carpet Beetle Control Information .


7333.        What is this? I just moved into this place a month ago and keep killing these walking on carpet and on the linoleum, an had enough!! North Battleford, Sk. Canada


Number 7333.      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. Sowbug Detailed Information.

Pavement ants

I have a major infestation in 2 locations under my walkway and front steps in the form of pavement ants, how do I go about ridding myself of this issue. I do not have any pic at this time but I do know that 100% what they are. Please if u can any advice would be great. Vancouver, BC

The Utah state extension service has an excellent fact sheet on pavement ants, it can be seen at Pavement Ant Fact Sheet . Additional information can be found at Pavement Ants Self Help Control .

Cockroach problem

My elderly friend has a cockroaches problem. Does lemon oil in water attract the roaches and kills them. I told her to dice an onion and sprinkle with soda to see if it kills roaches. Fredericton

I have seen no proven evidence that any essential oils (including lemon) are effective as cockroach control. Neither are onions. I suggest, visit the cockroach control section of the web pages Cockroach Control Recommendations .

The basics can summed up as:

1. Clean your home well and often to get rid of the roaches’ food sources.

2. Seal cracks and crevices where cockroaches can enter your home.

3. Eliminate sources of excess moisture such as leaky pipes and taps.

Ground beetle

7332.        I have been seeing 2 or three of these tiny black bugs everyday in my basement bedroom for years now. I only seem to find them in one specific corner of the room and they stay on the floor or crawl onto my baseboard heater for the most part. They are very tiny and measure a little more than half a cm. I have tried identifying them with a pest identifier app but I’m not getting a match with any of the bugs on there. I apologize if my photos are not the best quality but I tried my best, it is hard to take a nice photo of such a tiny bug. I am from Manitoba and it is currently winter but I do also see them in them in my bedroom in the summertime. I do have another photo of three of these tiny bugs trapped in a piece of clear tape, that photo honestly almost shows more than the ones without the tape. But I did not upload them since it said do not upload photos of bugs in plastic. Please get back to me and have a great day thank you for your time:) Wawanesa, MB. Canada


Number 7332.     The beetle appears to be a ground beetle (Coleoptera; Carabidae). These often accidentally wander indoors, but are completely harmless and do not require any control measures. Ground beetle detailed information .   

Shrew-mouse problem

I live in a stack rock foundation home that is quite rural, with a dirt and bedrock crawl space. There is an open area beside the water heater with small openings to the crawl space below for pipes and wires. I saw a small grey ball of fur dash from there into the bathroom, I set up a mousetrap and soon killed a shrew. I have since been studying up on them, and have caught several more, as well as several mice. Further, something has either eaten on the spot, or pulled out of the mousetrap and removed, one dead mouse and one dead shrew before I could get to emptying the trap. This was on successive days, and then another entire mousetrap and dead shrew disappeared, but I could heard the sound of something trying to eat or remove it from where it had been dragged out of my sight behind the inaccessible water heater tank for hours that morning. My questions are these – why are shrews in my house – they eat bugs and mice. What is eating the dead animals from the traps? If there are shrews, which prey on mice, why are there mice? Thanks for your kind consideration – I have had a camera set up since the mousetrap was stolen, but nothing has stolen any dead animals since. I think whatever it is has had its fill. Please help with this mystery. Shelly, Ontario.

Shrews are carnivores, They will eat just about anything that they can overpower, including each other. I would not be surprised to find that shrews were responsible for at least some of the ‘missing’ trapped animals. As to what else might be involved, I hesitate to guess. In addition to the camera set-up, I suggest using white flour or a similar powdery substance dusted around the traps and on the floor in the vicinity of the water heater tank to see if an tracks appear that then may be identified.

Larvae of a scarlet malachite beetle

7331.          Hello! We recently renovated my old house completely. Tore down everything to the brick – new installations, new walls, new floors, windows, doors, everything. We barely have any furniture and most rooms are empty. Since we moved in a month and a half ago, I’ve been seeing this larva around the house. The first one was on the headboard of a new bed, so I thought it came from the bed, but then I started seeing it on walls and ceilings in other rooms. Most recently, I found one in the bathtub of the bathroom on the second floor, we only used the bathtub twice and don’t use that bathroom very much at all. It has all tiles in it. I can’t pinpoint where they are coming from because it’s always just one and in different rooms on both floors, usually on the wall or the ceiling. I did a lot of Googling and the closest I could find is a Malachite Beetle. Can you confirm if that is what it is? It appears reddish in color and it is very tiny. What could it be doing in my house? I also have booklice on walls, could it be eating that? I have seen about 15 of them in the past month, is this considered an infestation? The humidity in the house was very high at first, but it’s been at 30-40% for the past month. Please help me, I can’t find much information on it online, especially on how to get rid of it. I am pregnant and terrified it could take over our house 🙁 Thanks in advance! Požega, Croatia


Number 7331.  This indeed appear to be larvae of a scarlet malachite beetle, and as such, pose no threat of any kind. As they are predators on other small arthropods, it is possible they are feeding on booklice. There is no need for control. Larvae of a scarlet malachite beetle detailed information   

Western conifer seed bug

7330.           Lancaster NY, Wednesday, February 2, 2022, overcast day, downright balmy-25°F. These are just sitting on a snow bank. What are they? They resemble a skinny stink bug. OP, NY. United States


Number 7330.    This is a western conifer seed bug, Leptoglossus occidentalis (Hemiptera/Heteroptera: Coreidae). Although harmless, these can become nuisance pests when they enter homes in search of shelter. See Western Conifer Seed Bug Detailed Information .

Giant ichneumon wasp

7329.         These have been showing up in my basement this winter, at least 20 so far. Benoit’s Cove, NL. Canada


Number 7329.      This is a giant ichneumon wasp (Hymenoptera: Ichneumonidae) in the genus Megarhyssa. They are parasitic on the larvae of wood wasps (Hymenoptera: Siricidae), using their long ovipositor to bore into the tunnels made by the wood wasp larvae where they will deposit their eggs. They lack venom and are harmless to humans. See Giant ichneumon wasp detailed information  & Giant Ichneumon Wasp Life History 

German cockroach

7328.       These have been in my apartment and also black specs in the kitchen cupboards which are cleaned regularly. Saskatoon, SK. Canada


Number 7328.       This is a German cockroach, Blattella germanica (Blattodea: Ectobiidae), a peridomestic species difficult to bring under complete control. See German Cockroach Control Recommendations .

Western conifer seed bug

7327.     I find a couple of these every day in my home. They are easy to catch the hardly move when you come up to them. Often on lamp shades, or window blinds. I keep a very clean house it is also open concept, living room dining room and kitchen are one large area. they are driving me crazy never had bugs like this before. We live in the country and have no problem with mice just these little devils. Milton, Ontario. Canada


Number 7327.     This is a western conifer seed bug, Leptoglossus occidentalis (Hemiptera/Heteroptera: Coreidae). Although harmless, these can become nuisance pests when they enter homes in search of shelter. See Western Conifer Seed Bug Detailed Information .

Brown marmorated stink bug

7326.      Murray River, Murray River PEI. Canada


Number 7326.      This is a brown marmorated stink bug, Halyomorpha halys (Hemiptera/Heteroptera: Pentatomidae). This is an introduced species that has become a pest, primarily in orchards, in many areas of North America. They will come indoors in search for shelter, but do no harm there See Brown marmorated stink bug detailed information .

Drugstore beetle

7325.       These “beetles” fly and are approx 3-4mm in length. They are coming in through our very tightly sealed windows!!! It’s been -40C here recently. We have never had bugs in our house before and find this quite alarming! We are not finding them in food but mostly they stay close to the window area or sometimes on the wall close to a light. What do I need to do to kill these!! Thnx for your help!! PS We are located in southern SK- Saskatoon, SK. Canada


Number 7325.       This appears to be a drugstore beetle, Stegobium paniceum (Coleoptera: Anobiidae). This is a cosmopolitan pest species that can infest a very wide variety of dry stored food products. See Drugstore beetle detailed information .

German cockroach

7323.     I have a picture of a bug and I want to see if it is a cockroach or not! I can’t tell because of the way the oven looks but it looks like it has 8 legs. It was a really light brown and it stayed there when I turned the light on, it didn’t run that fast either. I really want to know if it is a cockroach because I am really freaked out lol! Thank you so much and if you have any other questions let me know. London


Number 7324.     This is a German cockroach, Blattella germanica (Blattodea: Ectobiidae), a peridomestic species difficult to bring under complete control. See German Cockroach Control Recommendations .

Western conifer seed bug

7323.    He flies and I keep seeing new ones around the house. Not sure if him and his friends are eating the wood in the house or are just looking for someplace warm for the winter. Who’s this neat bug guy. Fredericton, NB. Canada


Number 7323.    This is a western conifer seed bug, Leptoglossus occidentalis (Hemiptera/Heteroptera: Coreidae). Although harmless, these can become nuisance pests when they enter homes in search of shelter. See Western Conifer Seed Bug Detailed Information .

German cockroach

7322.     I have just had some renos done and have noticed these popping up. London, Ontario. Canada


Number 7322.     This is a German cockroach, Blattella germanica (Blattodea: Ectobiidae), a peridomestic species difficult to bring under complete control. See German Cockroach Control Recommendations .

Fishing spider

7321.       Found in washer dec 2021. Mount uniack, Nova Scotia. Canada


Number 7321.      This is a fishing spider (family Pisauridae) in the genus Dolomedes; likely D. tenebrosus. Sometimes also called dock spiders, they are the largest spiders native to Canada; they are not dangerous to humans. Also, in spite of their name, they often are found at quite some distance from any body of water. See Fishing spider detailed information .

Scuttle fly

7320.     This is a large flow moving fly of sorts that has infested my home. I’ve tried the various ways thinking it may be some fruit fly but it is not attracted to anything. Seems this fly only heads my way when i’m eating or drinking something…almost like it likes my breath. They are slow moving but you still cant kill them easily. They disappear until people start moving around. they are concentrated in the kitchen and in my basement office…other rooms of the house they are not in. They have now been around for about 6 weeks. I’ve cleaned everything but cant seem to get rid of them. They wont even fly onto a fly trap. There are babies and very very large ones. How can I get rid of these? Thank you. North Bay, Ontario. Canada


Number 7320.      This is a scuttle fly (Diptera: Phoridae); see Scuttle fly image . Sometimes also known as hump-backed flies, their larvae feed on a very wide variety of decomposing organic matter and the adult flies can be serious nuisances when they occur indoors. See Scuttle fly detailed information & control recommendations . Also, your specimen is an adult fly; it will not get any bigger. The larger flies you are seeing would be a different species. 


7319.          Can you identify what these bugs are and let me know about them? Aurora, ON. Canada


Number 7319.  These appears to be firebrats, Thermobia domestica (Zygentoma: Lepismatidae); cosmopolitan nuisance pests. Firebrats detailed information & control suggestions 

Assassin bug

7318.       This photo was taken in October around 8pm after dark. The unknown insect appeared to be eating a spider. St Catharines, Ontario. Canada


Number 7318.       This is an assassin bug, Hemiptera/Heteroptera: Reduviidae in the subfamily Emesinae (thread-legged bugs). Some of these specialize in feeding on spiders, Assassin Bug Detailed Information 

Tortoise beetle

7317.      It’s rare insect for me can know it’s name and what is this?? MON, NAGALAND. India


Number 7317.      This is a tortoise beetle, Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae, subfamily Cassidinae; possibly in the genus Aspidimorpha – Tortoise beetle example . They feed primarily on plants in the morning glory family.

Flat bug

7316.       Insect found on the bathroom floor on Nov 1st, 2021. We did kill the insect and noticed it also had 2 wings lying flat on top of body. Wondering if it is a pest, or how could have gotten inside on 2nd floor of the house. Also would like to know what it feeds on and if its bite could be potentially dangerous. (Allergies, side effects, etc). Thank you! Calgary, Alberta. Canada


Number 7316.       This appears to be a flat bug, Hemiptera/Heteroptera: Aradidae, possibly in the genus Aradus – Flat bug image . It is a harmless accidental intruder; they feed mainly on fungus under tree bark. 


7315.     Please zoom and assist me with the bug identity please and thank you. Mississauga ON. Canada


Number 7315.    This appears to be a silverfish, Lepisma saccharinum (Zygentoma: Lepismatidae), a cosmopolitan nuisance pest. Silverfish information and control recommendations 

Scarab beetle

7314.          Found insect outside the building, just want to get the picture out maybe it might be of interest to some research. I would like to know the name too. thanks. Asian city, Doha, Industrial area, Qatar


Number 7314.     This is a scarab beetle (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae); it cannot be identified any further without seeing a dorsal (top side) view. Scarab beetle detailed information

Cross orb weaver

7313.           Laval, QC. Canada


Number 7313.           This is a female orb weaving spider (family Araneidae); namely Araneus diadematus, one known as the cross orb weaver or the European garden spider (it occurs on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean). All orb weavers are harmless to humans. Cross orb weaver detailed information 

Carpenter ant

7312.          Central Alabama, mid-day on Oct 24. Approx. 1/2 inch in length. Pelham, Alabama. United States


Number 7312.          This appears to be a carpenter ant (Hymenoptera: Formicidae; Camponotus sp.); Carpenter ant information & control recommendations 

Click beetle

7311.        In the second floor of our house in Kitchener, ON. Started to see a few in tub and shower each morning, but several more in our bedrooms along baseboard. They are approx 5mm, and do jump (no wings). October 2021, residential area, no farms, forest or construction nearby. Kitchener, Ontario. Canada

Number 7311.        This is a click beetle (Coleoptera: Elateridae), a harmless accidental intruder. They ‘jump’ by flexing their thorax and not with their legs;  Click Beetle detailed information 

Foreign grain beetle

7310.      About a mm in length. Quite a few in all rooms of house on floor and ceiling. Kincardine, Ontario. Canada


Number 7310.     This appears to be a foreign grain beetle, Ahasverus advena (Coleoptera: Silvanidae). They are harmless nuisance pests; Foreign grain beetle detailed information 


7309.             Found alone walking along carpet. About 3/16″ long (4.5 mm). Can someone identify I? Collingwood, ON. Canada


Number 7309.           This is a weevil (Coleoptera: Curculionidae). It looks like an alfalfa weevil, Hypera postica, an introduced pest species. Weevil detailed information 

Larva of a beetle

7308.           I live in Pittsburgh, PA. I have 2 dogs and the one dogs keep biting at his rear quarters and I found this close to his bed. Your help would be greatly appreciated. I found in the house and the weather has been cooling down from the 80s to now only in the 70’s.. Coraopolis, PA. United States


Number 7308.         This is a larva of a beetle, likely a soldier beetle (Coleoptera: Cantharidae). They are predators on other insects and would have no interest in your dogs. Soldier beetle example 

Grain beetles

7307.          Indoor, summer to fall, June to now October. Found in/on drawers, hats, bathtub, sink, bed, clothes, floor, floor mats. Ottawa, Ontario. Canada


Number 7307.       These are grain beetles (Coleoptera: Silvanidae) in the genus Oryzaephilus (saw-toothed and merchant grain beetles). These can infest a wide variety of dry stored food products. Grain beetles detailed information 

Caterpillar of the bedstraw hawkmoth

7306.           What thee diddly-darn friccadilly square snick snack tic tac FRICK is that. Moonstone, ON. Canada


Number 7306.      This is a caterpillar of the bedstraw hawkmoth, Hyles gallii (Lepidoptera: Sphingidae). The caterpillars of this species come in a wide variety of colour patterns, Bedstraw hawkmoth detailed information 

Two-spotted stink bug

7305.         This guy was crawling across my garage floor Sept. 27 2021 in Airdrie Alberta. He looked a little bigger than a ladybug.I took the picture and let him continue on his way. I’ve never seen a beetle with these markings before. Can you tell me what it is? Airdrie, Alberta. Canada


Number 7305.      This is a two-spotted stink bug, Perillus bioculatus (Hemiptera/Heteroptera: Pentatomidae), a predatory species that appears to prefer feeding on the larvae of the Colorado potato beetle. They come in two colour forms; tan as in your example and black with red markings.  Two-spotted stink bug detailed information .

Plant bug

7304.       Sep 26/21 Was a warm day and I was standing on my patio when this bug bit my leg which started to sting. Langdon, Alberta. Canada


Number 7304.     This is a plant bug (Hemiptera/Heteroptera: Miridae). Their bite is of no consequence. Plant bug detailed information 

Grass spider

7303.      I found this Spider trapped in the sink bowl. Ottawa, On. Canada


Number 7303.   This is a very gravid female grass spider (family Agelenidae) in the genus Agelenopsis. They are not dangerous to humans. Grass spider detailed information 

Wood wasp

7302.      Insect is 1.5″ long not including the tube at the rear. Two found on dead elm tree, but not sort of nest was found on or in the tree when i cut it down. They did not act aggressive either. Oxford Mills, Ontario. Canada


Number 7302.  This is a wood wasp (Hymenoptera: Siricidae), it appears to be one known as the pigeon tremex (Tremex columba). Wood wasp detailed information 

Larva of a darkling beetle

7301.      We are experiencing a lot of sawdust on the floor of our log cabin. We keep sweeping it up, but it is there again in a couple of days. Obviously, something is eating the wood, so we sprayed the logs with Raid, and the insect/larva pictured was found on the floor a short while later. About six others also were found a couple at a time, in varying sizes, after repeated Raid sprayings. Some of the insects were much thinner and shorter. This was one of the bigger ones.However, Raid did not kill it. Could you tell me what kind of bug this is? We want to get an expert in to deal with this, but don’t know what insect is eating the wood. Thank you. Hagar, ON. Canada


Number 7301.  This appears to be a larva of a darkling beetle (Coleoptera: Tenebrionidae) in the genus Tenebrio, These may bore into rotten wood, but will not damage sound wood. They primarily feed on damp/moldy grains and the like. Darkling beetle detailed information 

Terrestrial crustacean

7300.      I have found multiples of these. They haven’t seemed to bug me in the sense of bite, but not sure what they are. Killed 5 in the same night, all the same size. Unionville, Ontario. Canada


Number 7300.    This is a terrestrial crustacean in the order Isopoda. They go by a variety of common names, including sowbugs, pill bugs, roly-polys, and slaters; they mostly are scavengers on decomposing organic matter, but some have been known to damage tender plant parts such as potato tubers. Terrestrial crustacean detailed information 

Ground beetle

7299.      Found these two insects in pest trap inside building in September 2021, but they may have been trapped at any point between Jan. 2021 and now. Any guidance identifying would be helpful. Would especially like to know whether or not they are the same species. The Pas, Manitoba. Canada


Number 7299.     These are two different species of ground beetle (Coleoptera: Carabidae). The vast majority of these are general predators on other small invertebrates, mainly other insects. Ground beetle detailed information 

Crane fly

7298.      Sault Ste. Marie, ON. Canada


Number 7298.    This is a crane fly (Diptera: Tipulidae). They are harmless, but the larvae of some species (known as leatherjackets) can be turf pests. Crane Fly images 


7297.      Hi, found these tiny insects on a tropical indoor plant. Very small, 0.5 to 1 mm. Some seem to be slightly different than the others as it can be seen on the second picture. Bromont, QC. Canada


Number 7297.    These are aphids (Hemiptera/ Sternorrhyncha: Aphididae). Also known as plant lice, they are all sap feeders on plants, and some species can vector viral diseases of plants. They usually can be controlled by an application of an insecticidal soap. Aphids detailed information 

Mature larva/prepupa of a rodent bot fly

7296.      Found in our kitchen drawer along with a small rat. Can you please identify. Napanee, Ontario. Canada


Number 7296.  This is a mature larva/prepupa of a rodent bot fly (Diptera: Oestridae; Cuterebra sp.). These develop under the skin of their host animal, breathing through a hole in the animal’s skin. When the finish their development, they emerge through that breathing hole and seek out a safe place to pupate.  Mature larva/prepupa of a rodent bot fly detailed information  These flies used to be placed in a family of their own (Cuterebridae), but are now considered a subfamily under Oestridae. 

Orb weaving spider

7295.      Armstrong, ON. Canada


Number 7295.   This is an orb weaving spider (family Araneidae) in the genus Araneus. Possibilities in your area include A. bicentenarius (giant lichen orb-weaver) and A. saevus (no common name). . All orb weavers are harmless to humans. Orb weaving spider example 

Grain beetle

7294.      Hi there, we keep finding these very small bugs everywhere in the house. Mostly in the bathrooms. We just stayed at a hotel so we were worried they were bed bugs. We find approximately 5 a day, sometimes more. Please help us identify them and any advice on how to get rid of them would be greatly appreciated. Thank you for your time! Paris, Ontario. Canada


Number 7294. This appears to be a grain beetle (Coleoptera: Silvanidae) in the genus Oryzaephilus (saw-toothed and merchant grain beetles). These can infest a wide variety of dry stored food products. Grain beetle detailed information 

Grass spider

7292.        This spider as been slowly making a growing web in my kitchen window, for over a month. I finally spotted this beauty when I got up at 5am. I’ve heard it catching flies as I wash the dishes, but this is the first time catching a glimpse of it. It’s definitely keeping the fly population down including those nasty fruit flies that appear every year at this time. Hopefully it stays in its web. Winnipeg, Manitoba. Canada


Number 7292.      This is a grass spider in the family Agelenidae, likely in the genus Agelenopsis. They are not dangerous to humans. Grass spider detailed information 

Caterpillar of the bedstraw hawkmoth

7291.        Can you help me identify this bug, pink with black and has a horn or antenna? Ingleside, Ontario. Canada


Number 7291.     This appears to be a caterpillar of the bedstraw hawkmoth, Hyles gallii (Lepidoptera: Sphingidae). The caterpillars of this species come in a wide variety of colour patterns, bedstraw hawkmoth examples 

Larva of a carpet beetle

7290.       This was crawling on my lampshade. This picture is after it fell on the floor. Beaverton Oregon. United States


Number 7290.     This is a larva of a carpet beetle (Coleoptera: Dermestidae) in the genus Anthrenus (varied carpet beetle and allies).  Carpet Beetle Detailed Information 

Larder beetle

7289.      Trying to identify… first though was German cockroach? But no long antennae. Hilden, Nova Scotia. Canada


Number 7289.    This is a larder beetle, Dermestes lardarius (Coleoptera: Dermestidae) or a close relative. Larder beetle control recommendations 

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