5715 Hamilton Ontario, June 26th 2016, 30° Celsius
I was outside and it felt as of something bit me on the back of my leg. Thinking it was a mosquito I smacked it and instead it was this colourful bug that I was unable to identify. I took the photo after smacking the bug off my leg. I am interested in what kind of bug this is. Jewels.
This is a leafhopper (Hemiptera/Heteroptera: Cicadellidae) in the genus Graphocephala, it looks like G. coccinea, known as the red-banded leafhopper. See http://tinyurl.com/jl3v6pa for images and more detailed information. Leafhoppers are strictly plant feeders, so any bite would be strictly accidental and of no consequence. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
5714 Photo taken June 25, 2016 in Williams Lake, BC. Thanks for your help in identifying. Debbie.
These are moths in the family Sesiidae; they look like Paranthrene robiniae, known as the western poplar clearwing moth; see http://tinyurl.com/zfrwrfd for some images. Their caterpillars tunnel in the wood of poplars and willows as well as ornamental birches, often in trees already weakened by wood-boring beetles. Many wasps in this family appear to be wasp mimics. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
5713 My name is Carley, I live in Nanaimo, BC it is mid-June and I noticed this egg cluster in my garden. It started to hatch three or four days ago, one picture is of the hatched eggs, the other is of the little bugs. Hopefully they are clear enough pictures to identify what has made a home in my flowers. Thank you, Carley
Like no. 5710, this appears to be a rose chafer (Macrodactylus subspinosus; Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae). Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
5712 Hello, I live in Ottawa Ontario and these bugs are everywhere eating my plants especially my fruit tree leaves. They started to show up on the 15th of June, and they where around all summer until the end of August. They are around 3/8ths long and brown with black wings.
Like no. 5710, this appears to be a rose chafer (Macrodactylus subspinosus; Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae). Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
5711 Something is eating the leaves on my snowball bush. This is the third year. The leaves are like lace, but I can never see any grubs, day or night. All I see is a number of these little characters. Could this be the culprit? If so, how do I spoil his lunch? Brian
This is a larva of a lady bird beetle, likely that of the Asian multi-colored lady beetle, Harmonia axyridis. These are general predators on other small, soft-bodied insects and will not damage plants – see http://tinyurl.com/kp3ucph for more detailed information. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
5710 A lady in UXBRIDGE took this picture this week. What are they and how to get rid of??? Thanks very much. DR
These appear to be rose chafers (Macrodactylus subspinosus; Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae), a destructive pest species. See http://tinyurl.com/hdg4zfx for some control suggestions. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
5709 Neil. Nanton, AB, Carpeted basement. Caught on insect trap with several house spiders. Neil
This is a weevil (Coleoptera: Curculionidae), a member of a huge family that includes thousands of different species. This one does not appear to be any of the commonly encountered pest species and likely simply is an accidental intruder. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
5708 Found a few of these guys in my carpeted hallway they have wing and can kind of fly what is it? I’m in Caister Center Ontario (country). I put it in water does not seem to be doing great in it guessing it can’t swim. Meghan.
This is a larder beetle, Dermestes lardarius (Coleoptera: Dermestidae), a peridomestic pest species. See http://tinyurl.com/nw92wz for more detailed information, including control recommendations. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
5707 Stephen in south east New Brunswick. I found a couple of these today after removing grass for a new garden area. They are about 1.25 inches uncurled, the body is translucent and looks a bit like a shrimp. Thanks, Stephen
This is a larva of a scarab beetle (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae) in the subfamily Melolonthinae. Known as white grubs, some species can be serious turf pests as they feed on roots of grasses just below the soil surface. See No. 5701 for an adult specimen. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
5706 Hi – I live in Ottawa and we are seeing a ton of these this year. Are they a problem for us?
This is a tent caterpillar (Lepidoptera: Lasiocampidae; Malacosoma sp.); likely a forest tent caterpillar, M. disstria, see http://tinyurl.com/hensdpb for images and more detailed information. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
5705 I don’t sleep as way too many spiders in my house. Linda Mc.
This looks like a wolf spider, which is a good one to have around, as they are voracious hunters that provide volunteer pest control services. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
5704 I had this bug bite me. I put on a pair of pants walked out my front door and felt a burning (kind of like when you get a red ant bite) on my outside thigh when I moved my pants I saw this bug. What is it? I was told it looks like a kissing bug. I’m from Brampton Ontario. Thank you, Rebecca
This appears to be a nearly mature nymph of an assassin bug (Hemiptera: Heteroptera: Reduviidae) known as the masked hunter (Reduvius personatus). This one is missing the usual camouflage coating of dust and other debris; see http://tinyurl.com/gq6hd9c for an image of one with its usual appearance. This is a peridomestic species with a wide distribution, and it does have a reputation for a very painful (but not dangerous) bite. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
5703 Sheila, Winnipeg, Manitoba. Size: a nickel, Month: May/June, Conditions: Attracted to water, e.g., dog’s outdoor water bowl, but also found on land, i.e, driveway, deck, cluster together in cracks, rusty brown in colour.
This is a type of scarab beetle (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae) known as a May beetle or June bug; it appears to be in the genus Phyllophaga – see http://tinyurl.com/jrz4e7a for an example. They often are attracted to lights at night; they are rather clumsy fliers so there’s no telling where one might find them in the morning. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
5700 Hi there, I live in Brantford Ontario and found these little guys all over my grass and fence. They are various sizes from half a centimetre to 1 centimetre. The weather is hot and humid and very sunny out. I tried researching and the best I could come up with was Jadera haematoloma but I don’t think that is exactly what they are. I only got a picture of a couple at a time but there were many more (at least 60 of them) in a group before I disturbed them. Thanks in advance.
This is a nymph of a boxelder bug (Hemiptera/Heteroptera: Rhopalidae); Boisea sp. – see http://tinyurl.com/j2snfgs for an image. These are very common nuisance pests. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
5699 Large quantities of these bugs found in planter boxes Comox Valley, Vancouver Island Jo
This appears to be a whitecrossed seed bug, Neacoryphus bicrucis (Hemiptera/Heteroptera: Lydaeidae); see http://tinyurl.com/3g4z8yd for an image and more detailed information. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
5698 Here is a picture of a beautiful I found in my back yard on June 9, 2016 at approximately 8 PM. She (I’m assuming) was on our hose reel. It was warm and had been raining earlier in the day. I would love to know what she is. I have attempted to find other pictures online, but have been unsuccessful. What I do know is that she may be Selenopidae, a type of spider called “flatties”. Any additional information you could give me would be appreciated. Sincerely, COLLEEN
This appears to be a running crab spider (family Philodromidae); likely in the genus Philodromus. See http://tinyurl.com/ze6jfut for an example. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
5697 Hi, I’m Dave. This fella landed on my windshield last night. I live near Edmonton Alberta Canada. It is about an inch long.
This is an ichneumon wasp (Hymeniptera: Ichneumonidae). These wasps all are parasitic on other arthropods, mainly other insects. They lack venom, but some species that have a short, stout ovipositor can give a pin-prick like ‘sting’ with it. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
5696 I am Bruce from Chatham ON. Southwest Ontario. We have had several of these flying beetles in our home over the past two weeks (May 25- June 7) They resemble lightening bugs to me but are elongate and narrow, and don’t flash in the house. I killed these two today. 23 mm long. They are not threatening, just bumble around the house, crawling or flying. Thanks, Bruce
These look like soldier beetles (Coleoptera: Cantharidae). The adults often are found on flowers where they feed on nectar, pollen, other insects; their larvae appear to feed on insect eggs and larvae. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
5695 Found on fruit trees in Comox Valley, Vancouver Island. Jo R.
This is a larva of a lady beetle (Coleoptera: Coccinellidae); it looks like Harmonia axyridis, known as the Asian multi-colored lady beetle – see http://tinyurl.com/zh3r6o4 for an image. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
5694 Hello, Wondering what this is. We’ve been seeing them all around our deck outside. We are in central Alberta. It’s summer now (June) and I’d say I’ve been seeing them for a few weeks. I see them by themselves and are about the size of my pinkie finger. Can you help? Thank you! Darleina
This is a weevil (Coleoptera: Curculionidae); it looks like Cryptorhynchus lapathi, known as the poplar and willow borer. See http://tinyurl.com/jze2mcc for an image. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
5693 Hello, I am seeing these insects/bugs since April 2016 at my apartment at Chatham, Ontario. Please help me find what is its name and please let me know if they are harmful and if pest control is required. I have tried checking previously submitted photos on your website several times but I cannot identify this insects. I have laminate floor. Today, I found them lying on the floor (not in some cracks or under the furniture but just in plain sight!) So, I collected them and took a picture. I am terrified. I used to see around 1 of this bug in a day or two but not it looks like the numbers are growing. Please help! and Thank you very much. Thanks a lot. Best Regards, Dhruva
This is a beetle in the family Dermestidae (carpet/hide/skin/larder beetles, etc.). It appears to be in the genus Attagenus, which includes the black carpet beetle, a very common and widespread pest species. See http://tinyurl.com/zl9w25c elsewhere on this site for some control recommendations. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
5692 My name is Tara. This is on my deck umbrella in Kamloops. Dallas part of Kamloops right behind the wildlife park.
This is a cicada (Hemiptera/Auchenorrhyncha: Cicadidae); likely in the genus Okanagana; see http://tinyurl.com/gvb7sdp for an example.
Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
5691 Saw this flying in my house never seen a spotted bee before. Dan B. Ontario.
This is a wasp in the family Vespidae and the genus Vespula; see http://tinyurl.com/hxroz49 for an example. These wasps collectively are known as yellowjackets and are not noted for having a sense of humor when their nests are disturbed. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
5690 I found this spider in Victoria British Columbia. The date is June 3rd. What kind is it? It’s about 2 cm long. Tim
– Like nos. 5638, 5640, 5656, and 5660, this appears to be another folding-door trapdoor spider in the family Antrodiaetidae; see http://tinyurl.com/lp7j62z for an image. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
5689 Hi, my name is Desiree. I found this spider in a house I work at. The area/location is Qualicum Bay, Central Vancouver Island, BC, Canada. Month is early June. It was about the size of a dime. Maybe slightly smaller. And was quite quick. I have never seen one quite like this out here and am very curious as to what it is. Thanks in advance.
This is a ground spider (family Gnaphosidae) in the genus Sergiolus; either S. columbianus or S. montanus. The markings of these species are very similar, and a positive i.d. often depends on microscopic examination of their genitalia. These spiders are harmless to humans. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
5688 Hi, this bit me! Should I be concerned? Please identify. I’m in Port Coquitlam BC and it was in my kitchen. (Door is open as very hot).
5688 This is a long-horned wood-boring beetle (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae) in the genus Monochamus; likely M. scutellatus, known as the whitespotted sawyer, As a wood-borer, it has very strong jaws, but there is no danger from its bite – see http://tinyurl.com/hxozfrufor more detailed information on this species. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
5687 I found this creature in a glue trap along with a spider and an ant. Care to guess what it might be? Many Thanks, Ross
This is an earwig (order Dermaptera). Earwigs are very common nuisance pests that usually do little if any actual harm; occasionally, they may cause damage to very tender vegetation. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
5686. hello my name is Line these are the pest that are in my apartment. I live in Niagara falls Ontario and the weather is just starting to get warm. The pest are very small not sure the size as some are a little bigger then others , also have wings.They do bite as I am covered in bite marks and have a very itchy and burning feeling. Once bitten they are small and then start to swell up if scratch causing irritation to the skin.
You may have two different pests. The image you provided looks like the remains of a dead bed bug, which would explain the itchy bites. However, these insects do not have wings. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
5685 Hello, My name is Dziepy. I found about 50 of these bugs underneath my leather couch while sweeping my wooden floor living room. The couch sits directly in front of a glass sliding door that we do not open. The skin has a shiny sheen to it. Only 5 or so bugs have no sheen but were dark brown and smaller in size. 3 of the small dark brown bugs were still alive, moving and twitching. I live in Arlington, Texas. It has been raining on and off for the past 2 weeks with temperature in the 60s-70s when it rains and upper 80s and muggy when not raining. Thank you for your help in identifying these bugs.
These are terrestrial amphipods (a type of crustacean) commonly known as lawn shrimp. They are harmless nuisance pests and there is no need for control measures. See http://tinyurl.com/o3d2f34 for more detailed information. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
5684 Hi my name is Marlinta and I live in Montreal, Canada. I have found a couple of these insects walking around my garden lately. I’m pretty sure the last one was in the soil inside a flower pot. I have had Japanese beetles in the past. These guys are huge…about 1/2 inch yuck!!! Any help would be greatly appreciated!!!
This is a scarab beetle (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae), likely in the subfamily Melolonthinae. Several species in this subfamily can be serious lawn/garden pests. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
5683 Found this bug walking very quickly through the shade of our driveway (Nova Scotia), it stayed out of the light, and looks similar to firefly larvae, but it has two little prongs on the back, kind of like an earwig, and didn’t use it’s tail to move, just it’s 6 little legs. it was a bit over an inch long.
This is a beetle larva, but definitely not that of a firefly or any other closely related family. I will try to come up with a more specific identification when I have time to do a bit of research. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
5682 Hi, My name is Claude. These photos taken on May 26, 2016 at 3:00 in the afternoon, close to a lake, in Val des Monts, Quebec, Canada.
This is an immature stage (nymph/naiad) of a dragonfly. It might be in the family Micromiidae (cruiser dragonflies) – see http://tinyurl.com/zpwnavo for an example. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
5681 Hi, I took these pictures today, May 22nd in Beaver Bank, Nova Scotia. Can you tell us what it is? Thanks, Myles
This looks like a ground squirrel but I can’t be sure which species. Larry Cross. Webmanager
This does belong to the same family as ground squirrels, but it is a woodchuck (Marmota monax), also known as a groundhog or whistlepig. These can be serious garden pests. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
5680 Sandy from Victoria BC. These guys started appearing on the inside of one basement window at a rate of about 4 per hour, but I can’t see where they’re coming in. There’s no sign of them outside, so not sure if they’re migrating in or hatching indoors somewhere. It started on May 20 after a long warm spell followed by a few days of cooler cloudy conditions. No rain at all. Thanks in advance! Sandy
These are male ants, possibly carpenter ants. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
5678 Hi. I am Adina, Montreal . Found this guy on my basement floor. The another one a few hours later. No idea what it is. Could you help identify? Thank you
This is a bumble bee (Hymenoptera: Apidae; Bombus sp.). These are valuable pollinators, so when they blunder indoors, you should try to escort them outside. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
5677 Hi there I found this spider under a rock by the Brazeu river near Drayton Valley Alberta. Couldn’t find him in any of my books.
This one is seriously puzzling to me; I want to say that it is a hackle-mesh weaver (family Amaurobiidae), but I am not at all confident of that. A close-up of the eye pattern would be a great help, but you likely do not have that. I may try to some more digging on this one later. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
5676 Hello, I live in the Ottawa area and a few of these tiny bugs have been in my bathroom this week. The photo doesn’t show but it’s quite tiny and appears to have wings that fold over the back end. If you have an idea as to what it might be I would really appreciate hearing from you. Sincerely, Christine
This is a soft-winged flower beetle (Coleoptera: Melyridae); it looks like Anthocomus equestris – see http://tinyurl.com/gtxgprz for an image. They appear to be pollen feeders. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
5675 Hi, I found this crawling on my leg today while I was at home, not sure where it came from. Is this a bed bug? It is very small so that’s the best photo that I could take. I live in Vancouver. Thanks, Polina
Unfortunately, this is a bed bug, and it appears replete with a blood meal (possibly your blood). See http://tinyurl.com/hwz5tea elsewhere on this site for control information. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
5674 Hi, I’ve noticed these little guys appearing in several places in my home recently with the warm weather. Wondering if you can id it. I have looked through the images but didn’t see one that matched. Size – about 7mm, Month – May, Weather – dry and warm. Thank you very much for your help. Neil – Calgary Alberta Canada
This is a weevil (Coleoptera: Curculionidae) in the subfamily Entiminae. Known as broad-nosed/short-snouted weevils, they frequently enter buildings in search of shelter, but do no harm there. Their larvae feed primarily on plant roots, and some can be serious pests. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
5673 What is this beetle? Sharon. Outside. Langford, BC
This is a click beetle (Coleoptera: Elateridae). I cannot be certain from this image, but it might be Selatosomus suckleyi – see http://tinyurl.com/jdrktbc for an image. Very little appears to be known about the life history of this species. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
5672 Hi there. I assume this is some sort of “long-horned wood-boring beetle” but would love more specifics. This guy and a number of his brethren chewed their way out of hardwood (mulberry) we had brought in for the fire from our woodpile. They have emerged over the past few days (early May). Body just around an inch long. In Scarborough, ON. The holes are almost squared more than round. Thanks in advance! Deborah
This is a long-horned wood-boring beetle (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae); it does not appear to be any of the species that might infest anything in your home. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
5671 Hi, my name is Jane, I am in Ottawa, Ontario I found this guy n my kitchen, it’s spring with warm dry weather. I think it came in from the yard on a blanket. It looks similar to the house centipede but not sure. It’s about an inch long with very long striped antennae-type “legs”. Thoughts?
This is indeed a house centipede (Scutigera coleoptrata); see http://tinyurl.com/mn7mzf for more detailed information. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
5670 This guy I found on my girlfriends back after we went outside for a smoke at 4 am in Edmonton Alberta. Let’s just say he won’t be bothering us no more but would like to know if they are common or not here. May13 2016 this was taken. Thanks for your help.
This is a stonefly (order Plecoptera).Their immature stages (nymphs/naiads) are aquatic, and are an important source of food for many fishes. The adults live just long enough to find mates and lay eggs; some never feed at all as adults, but simply live off fat stored as immatures. See http://tinyurl.com/h84682m for more detailed information. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
5669 Hi, I found this bug in my one year old condo in Toronto. They are very tiny, about 1-2 mm long. They mainly locate in the bathroom floor, but also found in the bedroom drywall as well. I also located them in the main entrance dry wall. The humidity of my home is around 30%. I used Raid Max (indoor) spray around the house but the problem still persist. I also used bleach to clean around the bathroom couple of times as well. I understand it mainly for identify this bug. However, if you have any suggestion how to get rid of it, I will be very appreciated about it. Best, Kelly
This is a booklouse (Psocodea: Liposcelidae). These basically are nuisance pests that feed primarily on mould spores found on damp/spoiled organic materials. They do no real damage, and chemical control almost never is necessary. Besides lowering indoor humidity levels (which you already have done), check for and eliminate any unnecessary sources of moisture. See http://tinyurl.com/hqm566h for more detailed information. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
5668 This beetle picture is being sent to you for a friend of mine. Can anyone tell me what kind of bug this? It is noisy when it flies and I believe that it bites rather like a horse fly or deer fly. That is a 1X4 that it is on in this picture, just for size reference. The picture was taken in Armstrong, BC. Thank you, Lyndon
This is a metallic wood-boring beetle (Coleoptera: Buprestidae); it looks like something in the genus Chalcophora (see http://tinyurl.com/z4t28nf for an example). Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
5667 Hi, I found this insect on my daughter’s neck today. When I got it off of her and was taking a picture, it seemed to be aggressive like it was making itself look big. I’m in Abbotsford, BC. It has been in the high 20’s to low 30’s here. Can you please help me identify it? I currently have it in a bottle with a branch and leaves in case it is a pest.
This appears to be a nymph of an assassin bug (Hemiptera/Heteroptera: Reduviidae). They are general predators on other arthropods, and can give one a painful stab with their beak if mishandled, but they are not at all dangerous to humans. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
5666 We live in a rural area in Victoria B.C. and have notices hundreds of these flying bugs outside. We have never seen these here before. I hope you can help. Thank you Norma
This might be a fairy moth (Lepidoptera: Adelidae); see http://tinyurl.com/hgycfhl for an example. Some species in this family have very long antennae and are active during the daytime. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
5665 I found these eggs attached to the inside of one of my deck boards. Photo was taken May 2016 from Windsor, ON Canada. Should I be worried?
Thanks for your time. Michelle
These look like small puff ball mushrooms. We are not experts on mushrooms so you may want to check the structural integrity of the deck. Fungus grows on wet decaying wood.
5664 Found about 40 of these bugs one night in my basement. They are very small and these photos are the best I could take. They do fly around. Live in Guelph Ontario. and it was April 30 when observed. Please help identify so I can get rid of them. Thanks, Trevor
This looks like a male death-watch beetle, Ptilinus ruficornis (Coleoptera: Ptinidae); see http://tinyurl.com/pavqd3q for an image. Their larvae bore in dead wood of broad-leaved trees such as beech, maple, oak, and sycamore, but they also have been reported as pests of woodwork in homes. You may wish to consult a professional pest controller for advice. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
5663 Hello, Attached find a photo of a pest we found in our bed the night after my daughter got three nasty bites. They became swollen red bumps by the next morning, and are quite itchy, but not painful. No other symptoms. For scale, the bug is about 2-3mm long. I suspect our cat, who is an outdoor cat who has picked up fleas before. However, this doesn’t look quite like a flea, so I wanted to be sure.. Please help! Whatever it is, any advice as to treatment word be most appreciated. Thanks, -Eyal
This does look like a flea, but because this is a dorsal (top side) view, it appears very narrow, as fleas are quite flat from side to side. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.