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Nymph of an assassin bug

6868.       Found under couch. Assassin bug? Penticton, BC. Canada

Number 6868. 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.

Minute pirate bug

6867.      These were found in my home last month. I find black eggs an whatever it is, bites, lays eggs everywhere esp. on me round flat.. white paper like eggs, an they get into all of my food source.. .. an turn into a worm species .. some are round hard shell black furry… that burrow into my skin .. please help! Thank you. Ocean city, Nj. United States

Number 6867. This is a tiny bug of some kind, possibly a minute pirate bug (Hemiptera/Heteroptera: Anthocoridae). They are predators on other small insects, and can inflict a painful but harmless bite. They would not be responsible for any of the other problems you mentioned. Click here for more detailed information.

Dragonfly naiad

6866.        I have never seen this type of bug/insect at our cottage before so am anxious/curious to know what it is and details. The photo was taken on May 27th, 2020 at Fire Route 214, Beaver Lake Road, Cathacoma, Ontario. Thank you. Toronto, ONTARIO. Canada

Number 6866. This is a shed ‘skin’ (exoskeleton) of a dragonfly naiad (the aquatic, immature stage). When a naiad completes its growth, it emerges from the water and clambers up on anything handy, secures a grip, then splits open and the adult slowly emerges. Click here for a short video clip of this process.

Female eastern carpenter bee

6865.      Not used to seeing these in our area. Toronto, Ontario. Canada

Number 6865. This appears to be a female eastern carpenter bee, Xylocopa virginica (Hymenoptera: Apidae). Click here for more detailed information.

Juvenile roof rat

6864.        My mom saw this on her walk a few weeks ago. She also took a video because it was making a really weird sound. Looks like a naked rat but we can’t find anything online that matches. We are located in South Jersey.

Number 6864. It could be a juvenile roof rat (Rattus rattus);  Click here for a comparison chart.

Young nymph of a spotted lanternfly

6863.      What is this bug? Thanks, Rose. Oreland, PA. United States

Number 6863. This is a young nymph of a spotted lanternfly, Lycorma delicatula (Hemiptera/ Auchenorrhyncha : Fulgoridae). This is an introduced invasive species of concern to agriculture; Click here for detailed information.

Ichneumon wasp

6862.       Was flying around the window behind the curtain, has a body like a hornet just slimmer with a brown lower section. Barrie, Ontario. Canada

Number 6862. This appears to be an ichneumon wasp (Hymenoptera: Ichneumonidae). These all are parasitic on other arthropods (mainly other insects and spiders) and are harmless to humans. Click here for an example.

Leaf beetle

6861.      May 29,2020. Found on foundation wall. I am an avid gardener and have never seen this beetle before. This is the third one seen this week. Weather has been 30c+ with high humidity. Miramichi, New Brunswick. Canada

Number 6861. This is a leaf beetle (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae); it appears to be a russet alder leaf beetle, Calligrapha alni –  Click here for an image and more information.


6860.       Found floating in our pool. Ottawa, Ontario. Canada

Number 6860. This is a weevil (Coleoptera: Curculionidae), it looks like a member of a group known collectively as billbugs. These can be serious pests of grasses/turf.  Click here for an example.

Globular springtails

6859.      This photo was taken last June on a wild strawberry flower, however I have just found some more of the same insect on dandelions. I was wondering what kind of insect it is and whether or not I should be concerned or need to take any kind of action. Cantley, QC. Canada

Number 6859. These are globular springtails (Collembola: Sminthuridae); they feed primarily on decaying plant matter, fungal spores, and algae. One European species, known as the lucerne flea, is a pest on alfalfa. Click here for an example.

Rove beetle

6858.       Its bite led to blisters and burning. Haryana, India.

Number 6858. This is a rove beetle (Coleoptera: Staphylinidae) in the genus Paederus. It did not bite you, you are experiencing a reaction (paederus dermatitis) to its body fluids. Click here for a detailed explanation.

Cobweb/comb-footed spider

6857.      I found this tiny spider in our verandah in Bosila, Mohammapur, Dhaka, Bangladesh in May,2020.

Number 6857. It’s a cobweb/comb-footed spider (family Theridiidae). This is the family that the notorious widow spiders belong to, but ones like your specimen are harmless to humans. Click here for more detailed information

Click beetle

6856.      Ottawa Ontario, end of May, evening, indoors old house top floor bedroom.

Number 6856. This appears to be a click beetle (Coleoptera: Elateridae) that has been somewhat squished. A harmless accidental intruder. Click here for details.

Scarab beetle

6855.        Just recently started to see these in our vestibule. Looks like a type of beetle. Crushed one and it is very hard. It was still alive after I squeeze it using my grabber. Eventually died when I sprayed it with 1Shot wasp spray. Scarborough, ON. Canada

Number 6855. This is a scarab beetle (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae), likely one of the so-called May beetles/June bugs in the genus Phyllophaga. They are foliage feeders while the larvae (‘white grubs’) of some species can be destructive lawn/turf pests feeding on roots of grasses. Click here for an example.

Ground beetle

6854.          Just found one bug in my bathroom. I don’t know its type. Your help is appreciated. Waterloo, Ontario. Canada

Number 6854. This appears to be a ground beetle (Coleoptera: Carabidae) in the subfamily Lebiinae, Click here for more detailed information. There also some beetles in the family Anthicidae (ant-like flower beetles) having a similar appearance, but their antennae usually are slightly clubbed rather than thread-like in carabids. Strictly an accidental and harmless intruder.

Darkling beetles

6853.        Small dark brown/black beetles are everywhere, in cupboards, linen, bed, bathroom… They smell bad when you touch them and have a small white worm larvae. The beetles are up to a 1/4″ big. I haven’t been able to get rid of them by cleaning with soap and water but it helps. Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Canada

Number 6853. These appear to be darkling beetles (Coleoptera: Tenebrionidae), but the image is too dark to make a more precise identification. In order to get rid of them, you need to find and eliminate their food source. Some species will feed on a wide variety of dry stored food products including whole grains (usually those damaged by moisture).

Hacklemesh/lace weaver

6852.         Large infestation found in a crawl space of the building. Hundreds living in the dirt around a pool of sewage caused by a disconnected waste pipe from the unit above. Size of average spider is about 1 inch. Toronto, ON. Canada

Number 6852. This is a hacklemesh/lace weaver (family Amaurobiidae); it looks like Amaurobius ferox, commonly known as the black lace weaver –  Click Here. They can bite, but the bite is not dangerous to humans. This is a matriphagous spider, meaning that the young devour the mother after hatching. After her young hatch, she lays a second set of eggs on which the newly hatched spiders feed. Then a few days later, she actively encourages her offspring to devour her.

Foreign grain beetle

6851.        Please get back to me soon! North York, On. Canada

Number 6851. The image is not clear enough for a confident identification; it might be a nuisance pest species such as a foreign grain beetle, Ahasverus advena (Coleoptera: Silvanidae). Also known as new house beetles, they feed on the molds and fungi that grow on poorly seasoned lumber or wet plaster and wallboard. Control, other than vacuuming them up, is not necessary. Click Here for more detailed information.

Click beetle

6850.         Today was really hot outside, I had the AC on the whole day but this insect found a way in. I found It on the curtains of my room. Just wandering what it was. Montreal, Quebec. Canada

Number 6850. This is a click beetle (Coleoptera: Elateridae). These often accidentally get indoors, but do no harm there. Click here for details.

Larva of a lady beetle

6849.        It was VERY docile, there were two of them on a piece of fabric in my garage (used as a storage space). They didn’t move at all even when moving the fabric. Seemed almost asleep. Victoria, British Columbia. Canada

Number 6849. This is a larva of a lady beetle (Coleoptera: Coccinellidae); ones like this are general predators on other small, soft-bodied insects such as aphids. Click here for more detailed information.

Elm sawfly

6848.      My husband found this guy today on his walk. He was much bigger but ge stepped on him. Langley, BC. Canada

Number 6848. This is an elm sawfly, Cimbex Americana (Hymenoptera: Cimbicidae). Their larvae (which often are mistaken for caterpillars) primarily feed on leaves of elm and willow but may attack other trees as well. The adults chew on twigs/small branches to feed on sap. But they have no stinger and are completely harmless to humans. Click here for more detailed information.

Ground beetle

6847.       What type of bug is this? Is it dangerous? Should I release it or kill it? EDMONTON, AB. Canada

Number 6847. This is a ground beetle (Coleoptera: Carabidae), it looks like a granulated carabid, Carabus granulatus; Click Here  for an image and more information. Most ground beetles are general predators on other small invertebrates, mainly other insects, and thus usually considered as beneficial.

Parasitic nematodes

6846.      Found two of these worm-like guys on a kiwi tree May 25 in Gibsons, BC. At least 5 inches long and VERY skinny. The landscaper trimming the tree had never seen anything like it. Gibsons, BC. Canada

Number 6846. My best guess is that these may be parasitic nematodes in the family Mermethidae. These parasitize a wide variety of invertebrates, mainly insects and spiders. These usually are found in water, as they appear to cause their unwilling hosts to seek out water before they die, and the nematode then emerged from the dying host. However, there are some species that will crawl up on vegetation to lay their eggs where those may then be eaten by potential hosts.


6845.        I am going crazy. I feel like I have creepy crawlies all over. I need confirmation what these are…i have looked at so many pictures. I thought bed bug ot tick. Then came up with weervil. I have found 2 in the bed and 3 in the bathtub. I have been killing a few in the hallway outside bathroom. But once i found them in bed, i freaked. I do have 2 dogs that will climb up the bed with me. Please help. THANK YOU. Airdrie, Alberta. Canada

Number 6845. This is a weevil (Coleoptera: Curculionidae); likely one of the broad-nosed/short-snouted weevils in the subfamily Entiminae. These often find their way indoors, but do no harm there. Click here

Stone centipede

6844.         This centipede dropped out of a planter I picked up at the store. Wondering if it’s invasive to Canada? Winkler, MB. Canada

Number 6844. This is a stone centipede (Chilopoda: Lithobiomorpha); it looks like Lithobius forficatus, an introduced species now widespread in North America, including Canada. They are harmless to humans. Click here for an example.

European hornet

6843.        Abington, Pa. United States

Number 6843. This is a European hornet, Vespa crabro (Hymenoptera: Vespidae). As a general rule, these are less aggressive and more tolerant of human presence than their smaller cousins, yellow jackets and bald-faced hornets. Click here for more detailed information.

Birch catkin bug

6842.         Dozens suddenly on my balcony and windows, with the first warm spring days. Helsinki, Finland.

Number 6842. This looks like a birch catkin bug, Kleidocerys resedae (Hemiptera: Heteroptera: Lygaeidae), a species that occurs in Europe and North America. These basically are nuisance pests that do no real harm. Click here for more detailed information.

Elm leaf beetle

6841.        I have been seeing this bugs for the last 3 weeks once a while. Maybe 10 of them. They are attracted to light since I can see them on windows or on a turned on tv. What kind of bug is it and does it harmful? The bug length is about 1/6″ to 1/4″. Toronto.

Number 6841. This is an elm leaf beetle, Xanthogaleruca luteola (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae). These beetles and their larvae feed on leaves of elm trees; they would do no harm indoors. Click here for more detailed information.

Checkered beetle

6840.      1st dealing with black carpet beetles, a woodlouse spider early may & now found this bug in my apt of building in city. Been thought all beetles & insects in Ont being orange & black but none matched. Was on my bathroom counter middle of may 2020. Cornwall, ON. Canada

Number 6840. This is a checkered beetle (Coleoptera: Cleridae). Most of these are general predators on other small arthropods; a few species are pollen feeders. Click here for an example

Dwarf spider

6839.        This very small bug was found on a cedar tree near a wooden deck on a rural, treed property in Eastern Manitoba on May 20, 2020. Winnipeg, Manitoba. Canada

Number 6839. This appears to be a dwarf spider (family Linyphiidae; subfamily Erigoninae);  Click here for an image. Nice find!

Assassin bug

6838.      Want to know if this could be a kissing bug, it’s small back it has you small antennas and almost like a mosquito type nose thing. It’s about or just over 1/2 inch long. Winnipeg, Manitoba. Canada

Number 6838. This is an assassin bug (Hemiptera/Heteroptera: Reduviidae). True kissing bugs (subfamily Triatominae) do not occur in Manitoba. Click here for more detailed information

Giant water bug

6837.        May 2020 found in backyard. Moncton, NB. Canada

Number 6837. This is a giant water bug, Hemiptera/Heteroptera: Belostomatidae. Also known as toe-biters or electric light bugs, they are voracious predators on other aquatic life forms, including other insects, tadpoles, and minnows. They are strong fliers that can be found quite some distance from water, and can deliver a very painful ‘bite’ if mishandled. Click here for more detailed information


6836.         Found on strawberry plants on balcony in Victoria. Alberta Gibbons. Canada

Number 6836. These are aphids Hemiptera/Sternorrhyncha: Aphididae. Also known as plant lice, these all are sap feeders. Click here for more detailed information

Leaf beetle

6835.         Photo taken May 16, 2020 in an urban area on the side window of truck. Saint John, New Brunswick. Canada

Number 6835. This is a leaf beetle (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae) in the genus Calligrapha, Click here for an example.

Wharf borer

6834.        Found this guy near a door to our patio, and kitty litter (pine chips). I found another one approx two weeks ago in the same spot. Unable to figure out what it is. It looks closer to a beetle than a cockroach but has the colouring of a cockroach. Thanks for identifying! Toronto, Ontario. Canada

Number 6834. This appears to be a wharf borer, Narcerdes melanura (Coleoptera: Oedemeridae); their larvae bore in very moist/wet wood, usually in contact with soil or water. Click here for more detailed information.


6833.         Nałęczów, Poland

Number 6833. This is an aphid (‘plant louse’), Hemiptera/Sternorrhyncha: Aphididae. These all are sap feeders, and some species can vector viral diseases of plants. Click here for more detailed information

Cocoons of a bee/wax moth

6832.       Can you help me identify these bad boys? They appear to be worms that I found stuck between cedar shakes that had stacked and half-buried in dirt under our front porch for many years. The webbing surrounding them was so sticky that it was very hard to pull the shakes apart and their bodies left indents in the shakes after I scraped them off. They only was I could tell that they were actually living creatures is because the little green heads on a few of them were wiggling. I Googled ‘worm cartridges’, but couldn’t find anything under this heading 🙂 Any idea what they might be?! Burnaby, British Columbia. Canada

Number 6832. These appear to be cocoons of a bee/wax moth, Aphomia sociella (Lepidoptera: Pyralidae). This is an introduced European species; possibly entered in bee hives. Click here for an image and additional information.

Wood-boring beetle

6831.      What kind of bug is this? They have been found indoors. Ottawa, Ontario. Canada

Number 6831. This is a wood-boring beetle in the family Bostrichidae; it looks like a member of the genus Ptilinus (death watch beetles and relative) –  Click here for an example.

Bald-faced hornet

6830.        This guy is just over an inch long. I have not seen him here before. He slept on my outside broom handle. I almost grabbed him! Wondering if he is normally here and I just didn’t notice before. Salmon Arm, British Columbia. Canada

Number 6830. This is a bald-faced hornet, Dolichovespula maculata (Hymenoptera: Vespidae). Like most of its ilk, it can deliver a very painful sting, but in spite of its reputation for aggressiveness, I have never been stung by one, even when I have been quite close to a nest. Click here for more detailed information.

False chinch bug

6829.         Must enlarge to see the bug. Thousands have infested my back yard. Las Vegas, Nevada. United States

Number 6829. This is a nymph of a bug in the family Lygaeidae, possibly a false chinch bug, Nysius raphanus. Click here for more detailed information, including some control recommendations.

German cockroach

6828.        Looked at an apartment today filled with these bugs. Some this size, lots of small ones. The apartment is being fumigated, but because the apartment has been vacant, I am worried about the possibility of them returning. Kitchener, Ontario. Canada

Number 6828. This looks like a German cockroach, Blattella germanica (Blattodea: Ectobiidae), a peridomestic species difficult to bring under complete control. Click here  for some control recommendations.


6827.         Burnaby, BC. Canada

Number 6827. This is a firebrat, Thermobia domestica (Zygentoma: Lepismatidae), or a close relative. These are peridomestic nuisance pests that seldom do any real harm.  Click here for more detailed information.

Yellow-faced bumble bee

6826.       The beetle is about 1.5cm long, black except for a bright yellow head and a yellow horizontal stripe across its hind area. Looking at these and 6 other pictures, none much better (!) it appears furry and has furry legs, more like a spider than any beetle I know about. which is very few. It appeared to be trying to dig a burrow, or to dig up some prey. I watched it dig, turn around twice to look away then turn back to the excavation. Then it flew away, very quickly. I took 8 shots within about a 30-second period, should have focused better. These are cropped edits from areas about 5x the size. New Westminster, BC. Canada

Number 6826. Not a beetle; it looks like a yellow-faced bumble bee, Bombus vosnesenskii (Hymenoptera: Apidae); Click here

Brown marmorated stink bug

6825.       I’ve seen a few of these over the past little while (from about mid-winter), in various places in my home in north Toronto. (This one is dead) Only one at a time, and upstairs as well as main floor. I’ve just taken them outside, but please let me know if I should be concerned or take control measures. Toronto, Ontario. Canada

Number 6825. This is a stink bug (Hemiptera/Heteroptera: Pentatomidae); it may be a brown marmorated stink bug, Halyomorpha halys, an introduced species that has become a pest in wide areas of North America. Click here for more detailed information. 

House centipede

6824.      Will like to know what kind of insect is this ? It was found on my kitchen floor. Whitby, Ontario. Canada

Number 6824. This is a house centipede, Scutigera coleoptrata, an introduced species with a cosmopolitan distribution. Click here for more detailed information.

Granary weevils

6823.         Suddenly started appearing in the bedroom, then kitchen and bathroom, crawling on floor and walls. I’ll find up to ten a day, and it was like night and day going from none at all to finding them constantly. Haven’t seen any sign of them in foods or cupboards. Really worried about their numbers getting worse or starting to find them in linens and clothes, or food. Toronto, ON. Toronto, Ontario. Canada

Number 6823. This appears to be one of the grain/granary weevils in the genus Sitophilus; these infest primarily whole seeds such as wheat, rice, and corn (maize). You should check all areas where grains of any kind (including bird seed) are stored for signs of infestation. For much more information than you probably want to know about these critters, Click here

Yellow-faced bumble bee

6822.       This huge (twice the size of a bumble bee) bee was digging a tunnel in our back flower bed on Mother’s Day, 2020. Is it a Carpenter Bee? Thanks for your attention… Delta, British Columbia. Canada

Number 6822. Looks like a yellow-faced bumble bee, Bombus vosnesenskii (Hymenoptera: Apidae);  Click here

Assassin bug

6821.      I believe this is a weevil, but it bit me and hurt very badly. It’s approximately a half inch long and was in my gardening glove outside. Springtime in the North Okanagan. Coldstream, British Columbia. Canada

Number 6821. This is an assassin bug (Hemiptera/Heteroptera: Reduviidae). These are general predators on other small arthropods; their saliva contains powerful proteolytic enzymes, which accounts for their very painful (bit not dangerous) bite. Click here for more detailed information.

Carpet beetle

6820.        Tiny bugs. Keep finding them on the floor of my kitchen. Now just found 2 outside of kitchen. I cleaned everywhere 10 days ago (behind fridge and oven) and I hadnt seen them since but now they are back. I don’t have carpet in my house. We tiny black with a little hard shell ( brown and black). Vaudreuil, Quebec. Canada

Number 6820. This looks like a carpet beetle (Coleoptera: Dermestidae)in the genus Anthrenus. In spite of that name, the larvae of these beetles will feed on a wide variety of organic materials besides carpeting and other fabrics containing wool or silk. Check any dry stored food products in your pantry for signs of insect infestation. Click here for detailed information.

Grain beetle

6819.         Found near counters in downtown condo. Possibly:  Toronto, Ontario. Canada

Number 6819. You are correct. This is a grain beetle in the genus Oryzaephilus (saw-toothed and merchant grain beetles). Click here for more detailed information.

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