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Western conifer seed bug

7088.        Found this in my screened-in porch. Is this a cockroach? Glenburnie, Ontario. Canada

Number 7088. 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. Click here for more detailed information.

Male non-biting midges

7087.        These tiny little bugs have been swarming our light fixtures and smartphones inside the house. There are so many of them flying around. This started late summer/early fall in mid-September in Southern Ontario, Canada. We notice them in the evening especially. What are they and how do we get rid of them? Toronto, Ontario. Canada

Number 7087. These are male (note the feathery antennae) non-biting midges (Diptera: Chironomidae). Their larvae are aquatic like those of mosquitoes, but they can utilize a wider scope of habitats and thus nearly impossible to control effectively. Fortunately, they do no harm, and essentially are nuisances – Click here 

spider beetles

7086.        Been finding these bugs under my baseboard heaters..pls help also I keep getting bites. So not sure if I have 2 different kind of bugs in my place. Toronto, Ontario. Canada

Number 7086. These are spider beetles (Coleoptera: Anobiidae; subfamily Ptininae). They will feed on a very wide variety of organic matter, and sometimes may be pantry pests. Click here for more detailed information. They would not be responsible for any bites.

Caterpillar of the Achemon sphinx moth

7085.        Husband found this in our back yard yesterday. Never seen one before. Weather was approximately 21 Celsius. Regina, Saskatchewan. Canada

Number 7085. This is a caterpillar of the Achemon sphinx moth, Eumorpha achemon (Lepidoptera: Sphingidae); Click here for details.

Giant ichneumon wasp

7084.        Woke up September 21 @about 9:30AM, and went outside on baçc porch 4 a cigarette.. Had a blanket balled up on chair i sit on. I went to remove blanket to sit 4 a smoke and it fell out on ground.. i stomped him out quicc! Lol
He had a big ass stinger lookin thing, so I had 2 sho him im not 2 be tested or played wit so i gave him da biznesss asap 2 establish dominance & sho all tha other neighborhood bugs in area who da bigg homie is!! Cambridge, Ontario. Canada

Number 7084. I’m afraid that you killed a ‘good guy’ (actually a gal); it’s a female Megarhyssa macrurus, a giant ichneumon wasp (Hymenoptera: Ichneumonidae). They use their long ovipositor to bore into tree trunks and deposit their eggs in the tunnels of woodwasp larvae upon which their own larvae will feed. Click here for a video of them in action.

Female western black widow spider

7083.        Found on outside screen door of lower level entry suite in my home. Vernon, BC. Canada

Number 7083. This is a female western black widow spider, Latrodectus Hesperus. Their bite can be medically significant, Click here for details.

Earwig

7082.       Please help me to identify this insect. I found it in my kitchen today (September 18). I first thought it was a scorpion but it has two legs which scorpions only have 1. Thank you! Toronto, Ontario. Canada

Number 7082. This is an earwig (order Dermaptera). They are harmless to humans; at most, you might experience a slight pinch from the cerci at the end of their abdomen. Click here for more detailed information.

Female German cockroach

7081.      This bug is most commonly found in my kitchen either under my coffee pot or most recently in my cupboards. I have also found them under my furniture.. They seem to scatter pretty quickly when the furniture or coffee pot are moved. The two pictures submitted are of the same bug. Thank you. Dowling, Ontario. Canada

Number 7081. This is a female German cockroach, Blattella germanica (Blattodea: Ectobiidae) with her egg case (ootheca), a peridomestic species difficult to bring under complete control. Click here  for some control recommendations.

Larva of a beetle

7080.        Found in the hallway by itself. INUVIK, NT. Canada

Number 7080. This is a larva of a beetle in the family Dermestidae (hide/skin/carpet/larder beetles and allies). These will feed on a wide variety of organic materials, including hides, fur, feathers, wool, dry stored food products, etc. Click here  for some control recommendations.

Flea beetle

7097.         It’s 1.5 to 2 mm’s long or 1/16 of an inch. Regina, Sk. Canada

Number 7097. This looks like a flea beetle (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae; tribe Alticini); some species are serious garden pests. Click here for details on their life cycle.

Western subterranean termite

7096.        Found inside the home, not too long after the furnace was serviced. Nanaimo, BC. Canada

Number 7096. This is a western subterranean termite, Reticulitermes hesperus; it is a reproductive that has shed its wings after a nuptial flight and is seeking out a place to start a new colony. You likely should schedule an inspection by a certified termite control specialist.

Great golden digger wasp

7095.        One picture is the mouth….. one, the body. Pictures require enlarging. Outside on a Sedum plant in September with temperature of 68 Fahrenheit. I have never seen one this big in this area. Georgetown, Ontario. Canada

Number 7095. This is a great golden digger wasp, Sphex ichneumoneus (Hymenoptera: Sphecidae); Click here for an image. They sting and paralyze other insects (usually katydids or grasshoppers) that they place in their burrow as food for their larvae. They are harmless to humans and pets.

Grain beetles

7094.        Very tiny insects in my 3rd floor condo in the GTA. Mississauga, Ontario. Canada

Number 7094. These could be grain beetles in the genus Oryzaephilus (saw-toothed and merchant grain beetles). As a precaution, you should check any areas where dry foodstuffs (such as flour, cereals, cake mixes, etc.) for signs of infestation.  Click here for more detailed information.

Caddisfly

7093.        It was flying around my room and was attracted to light. Surrey, British Columbia. Canada

Number 7093. This is a caddisfly (order Trichoptera). Their larvae are aquatic and constitute an important part of the freshwater food web. The moth-like adults are harmless. Click here for more detailed information.

‘Bag’ of an evergreen bagworm

7092.        I found this on my front door frame. As if it got there over night. Very strange looking. Any idea what it is. I sprayed it with bug spray and it took some doing to remove it. It was glued to the door frame and would not budge. Thanks. Elkridge, MD. United States

Number 7092. This is the ‘bag’ of an evergreen bagworm, Thyridopteryx ephemeraeformis (Lepidoptera: Psychidae); a serious pest of ornamental evergreens. Click here for more detailed information.

Beetle

7091.        Hey there I definitely appreciate the help here. Are these dreaded bed bugs? Nothing in my bed or no blood stains or bites. Just these guys around my couch. See one every few days. Toronto, Ontario. Canada

Number 7091. This is a beetle in the family Dermestidae (hide/skin/carpet/larder beetles and allies). Click here  for some control recommendations.

Fungus gnat

7090.        I have a small grow tent with soil based plants and I think I may have an insect problem. Can you please help my identify them. I pressed on one and took a picture of it on my fingertip using a microscope attached to my cell phone. Can you help please. Ottawa, ON. Canada

Number 7090. This looks like a fungus gnat in the family Sciaridae. Their larvae (maggots) can cause injury to the underground parts of tender plants. They most frequently are found in very damp/wet soil having a high organic content. The best control is simply allowing the soil to dry out as much as practical between waterings.

Sowbug

7089.        Found this bug stuck in the insect trap by balcony doors. Toronto, Ontario. Canada

Number 7089. 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

Great golden digger wasp

7088.        Wasp but unsure what kind. It’s about 2-3 cm long and was going for a hole about it’s size underground . This is the only one we think we’ve seen so far. What kind of hornet is it and is it dangerous to humans or pets. Ottawa, Ontario. Canada

Number 7088. This is a great golden digger wasp, Sphex ichneumoneus (Hymenoptera: Sphecidae); Click here for an image. They sting and paralyze other insects (usually katydids or grasshoppers) that they place in their burrow as food for their larvae. They are harmless to humans and pets.

Carpet beetle

7087.       I have found some of this in my apartment. Not sure is it summer related, it is very small, like 4 mm long. Thanks! Montreal, Quebec. Canada

Number 7087. This is a carpet beetle (Coleoptera: Dermestidae); it may be a banded carpet beetle, Attagenus fasciatus (Coleoptera: Dermestidae). Also known as the wardrobe beetle, it is a cosmopolitan pest species. Click here for some control recommendations.

European hornet

7086.      We had a nest of very large dark orange wasps last year, similar to the fat blue ones I have seen before. This is a wasp found in August. This is not the biggest I have seen but really want to know what they are. Burlington, Ontario. Canada

Number 7086. This is a European hornet, Vespa crabro (Hymenoptera: Vespidae), an introduced species. Click here for details on its life history.

Cross orb weaver

7085.        What kind of spider is this it’s a bit scary. Dollard des ormeaux, Quebec. Canada

Number 7085. This is Araneus diadematus, a cross orb weaver, aka a European garden spider. It is a harmless orb weaver (family Araneidae) that is found on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean. We often see them in England when we visit family there.

Monkey slug caterpillar

7084.        An employee Found this crawling around on a roof next to a large maple tree. Never seen anything like it before. Vankleek Hill, Ontario. Canada

Number 7084. This is a monkey slug caterpillar, Phobetron pithecium (Lepidoptera: Limacodidae). Contact with its hairs reportedly can cause dermatitis as well as painful inflammation in some cases. Click here for more detailed information.

Yellow-striped oakworm

7083.        Inman, South Carolina. United States

Number 7083. This is a yellow-striped oakworm, Anisota peigleri (Lepidoptera: Saturniidae); Click here for details on its life history.

Dogwood spittlebugs

7082.        I took this picture in August of 2020. I can’t find it anywhere in order to identify it. Murillo, Ontario. Canada

Number 7082. These are dogwood spittlebugs, Clastoptera proteus (Hemiptera/Auchenorrhyncha: Clastopteridae); Click here and Click here.

Woodwasp/horntail

7081.        I am not looking to publish anything, I have never seen such a flying insect in this region during fifty years of living here. I am concerned about evasive species. Del D’Arcangelo. Courtenay, British Columbia. Canada

Number 7081. This is a native species; it’s Urocerus californicus, a woodwasp/horntail (Hymenoptera/Siricidae), Click here. Woodwasps lack venom and are harmless to humans.

European hornet

7080.        Very curious as to what type of hornet this. I’ve never seen one like this before at our cottage. Coldwater, Ont. Canada

Number 7080. This is a European hornet, Vespa crabro (Hymenoptera: Vespidae), an introduced species. I have found these to be less aggressive than their cousins, yellow jackets. Click here for more detailed information.

Assassin bugs

7079.        Found in an apartment building in Windsor. Windsor, Ontario. Canada

Number 7079. These appear to be assassin bugs 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.

Ichneumon wasp

7078.          Black with yellow stripes around its butt, it didnt seem aggressive but looked like it could sting. Looks similar to a hornet but way skinnier and its unlike anything I’ve seen. Trying to figure out if this is what caused my allergic reaction. Truro, NS. Canada

Number 7078. This is an ichneumon wasp (Hymenoptera: Ichneumonidae). These all are parasitic on other arthropods, mainly other insects; they lack a stinger and are harmless to humans. Click here for an image

Banded horntail

7077.          We saw this or a twin bug carring a grasshopper at least 1 1/2 times its size which is about 2 1/2 “. rock creek, BC. Canada

Number 7077. This is a banded horntail, Urocerus gigas flavicornis, (Hymenoptera: Siricidae). Also known as a woodwasp, it would not have been carrying a grasshopper, or any other insect for that matter, as they do not feed on other insects – Click here for details on its life history. The insect carrying the grasshopper more likely was a great golden digger wasp, Sphex ichneumoneus (Hymenoptera: Sphecidae); Click here for an image.

Drugstore beetles

7076.          I believe they are cigarette beetles. Toronto, ON. Canada

Number 7076. Based on the appearance of the antennae, these more likely are drugstore beetles, Stegobium paniceum (Coleoptera: Anobiidae). Control recommendations for both species are identical; Click here for details.

Japanese beetles

7075.         WOODBRIDGE, ON. Canada

Number 7075. These are Japanese beetles, Popillia japonica (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae), a widespread introduced pest species. Click here for more detailed information, including control recommendations.

Nymph of an assassin bug

7074.        What kind of bug is this? Does it bite? Is it a bug that can turn into an infestation? Kelowna, BC. Canada

Number 7074. This is a nymph of 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.

Banded carpet beetle

7073.       It was 5mm. Ottawa, ON. Canada

Number 7073. This appears to be a banded carpet beetle, Attagenus fasciatus (Coleoptera: Dermestidae). Also known as the wardrobe beetle, it is a cosmopolitan pest species. Click here  for some control recommendations.

German cockroaches

7072.      KLEMTU, British Columbia. Canada

Number 7072. These are German cockroaches, Blattella germanica (Blattodea: Ectobiidae), a peridomestic species difficult to bring under complete control. Click here for some control recommendations.

Orb weaving spider

7071.        I live in kelowna BC. This thing was super huge. The body w/o legs was about the size of a quarter at least. When I squished it with a broom handle, it popped like a massive pimple. What the heck is it? West Kelowna, BC. Canada

Number 7071. This is a harmless orb weaving spider (family Araneidae) in the genus Araneus, Click here for an example. If you see another, please let it live, they are volunteer pest controllers.

Giant ichneumon wasp

7070.          Wondering what this Insect is, I thought it was an immature dragonfly, there are about 50 on this dying tree. Are they harmful? Do I just leave them alone? Turkey Point, Ontario. Canada

Number 7070. This is a giant ichneumon wasp, Hymenoptera: Ichneumonidae, in the genus Megarhyssa; likely M. macrurus. It is a female in the act of boring through the tree wood in order to lay her egg in the tunnel of her prey, the larva of a wood wasp in the family Siricidae. They are harmless to humans as well as to the tree. Click here for details on their life history.

Maggot of a muscoid fly

7069.           August 23, about 1/2 inch in size. Found about 20 of these on our floor in the house this morning wondering if they are maggots or something else. Started searching for where they would be coming from and cannot find anything anywhere in the house Pulled fridge and stove out moved furniture around but cannot find any source to where they would be coming from, I am stumped. Renfrew, Ontario Canada

Number 7069. This is a maggot of a muscoid fly, so there must be a food source somewhere in the vicinity. When these maggots complete their growth, they crawl away from their food source in search of a safe, dry place to undergo pupation.

Mature larva/prepupa of a rodent bot fly

7068.         Found this in our crawlspace. What is it? Oro-Medonte, ON. Canada

Number 7068. This is a mature larva/prepupa of a rodent bot fly (Diptera: Oestridae; subfamily Cuterebrinae) Click here for details on their life history.

Predaceous diving beetle

7067.        This big guy I found on my driveway. About an inch to an inch and a half long. Tried to find some photos online but no luck. Bay Tree, Alberta. Canada

Number 7067. This is a predaceous diving beetle (Coleoptera: Dytiscidae). They and their larvae (“water tigers”) are general predators on other small aquatic life forms. They also are very strong fliers, and may be found quite some distance from any water source.

Pigeon tremex

7066.         Found in our yard on August 19th. Regina, Saskatchewan. Canada

Number 7066. This is a pigeon tremex, Tremex columba (Hymenoptera: Siricidae). They lack a stinger (what looks like one actually is their ovipositor); Click here for more detailed information.

Earwig

7065.        What is this? I found one on my kitchen counter last week and another just crawled on me in the living room. Please help. Ont, Toronto. Canada

Number 7065. This is an earwig (order Dermaptera). These basically are harmless nuisance pests; most species either are scavengers or predators on small soft-bodied insects, but some occasionally can cause damage to very tender vegetation. Click here for more detailed information.

Nymph of an assassin bug

7064.         Hello! I found this bug on a bedroom wall by the window, in a rural part of northern Nova Scotia. We had spent the day at Waterside Beach, and it’s possible this came from the beach home with us — though the house is also in a rural setting surrounded by fields and some trees. I’ve been told it’s possibly an assassin bug, maybe a kissing bug, and it could be a western conifer seed bug. I have children staying here and my main concern is safety. Many thanks in advance! Scotsburn, NS. Canada

Number 7064. This may be a nymph of 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.

Nymph of a hairy chinch bug

7063.        These insects have infested our house, especially around windows area. We went on vacation the last week of July and when got back we noticed some in our house and have not been able contain. Quispamsis, NB. Canada

Number 7063. This looks like a nymph of a hairy chinch bug, Blissus leucopterus hirtus (Hemiptera/Heteroptera: Blissidae), a lawn/turf pest – Click here for details including control recommendations.

Nymph of a hairy chinch bug

7062.         They come out by the hundreds, only on hot sunny days, along the foundation and my deck. Glen Haven, Halifax. Canada

Number 7062. This looks like a nymph of a hairy chinch bug, Blissus leucopterus hirtus (Hemiptera/Heteroptera: Blissidae), a lawn/turf pest – Click here for details including control recommendations.

Hooded grasshopper

7061.        Want to know how is it different from grasshopper. What is the special thing near the neck part. Odisha, Dhenkanal. India

Number 7061. This is a so-called ‘hooded grasshopper’ (Orthoptera: Acrididae; Teratodes sp.). They get that name from the shape of their pronotum, which is expanded into a high crest – Click here

Chicken mites

What is the most effective and still available product for killing mites in chickens in northwestern Alberta? Diatamaceous earth is not very effective. Wembley

Chicken mites: Control of mites on chickens is problematic to say the least, as there does not appear to be any treatment available that is approved for use in Canada. There are some ‘off label’ possibilities that might be considered; Click here for a detailed discussion.

Bed bugs

Can be bugs travel from one apartment to another via baseboards, electrical outlets, etc? Any info you can provide will be greatly appreciated. Thanks. Ottawa

Bed bugs: “Once bed bugs are introduced, they can crawl from room to room, or floor to floor via cracks and openings in walls, floors and ceilings.” Click here for details.

Elm seed bugs

We have elm seed bugs and I was wondering if there is something that would attract them when they are in the house? Something sweet? We have been spraying home defence around windows and doors but still find a few that are alive. Medicine Hat

Elm seed bugs: I am not aware of anything in a house that would be an attractant to elm seed bug. Simply vacuuming up any that get indoors should suffice; Click here for details.

Cockroaches

I bought A box of food into my house today then all of a suffdn my cupboard was full of cockroaches what do I do. London

Cockroaches: The box of food and the appearance of cockroaches could just be coincidental. That aside, control recommendations will depend on the species involved. Click here for details.

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