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7267.       Saint john, NB. Canada


Number 7267. This appears to be an earwig (Order Dermaptera), common nuisance pests that seldom do any real harm. earwig detailed information 

Sexton/burying beetle

7266.      Found this critter on my deck today. Any idea what it is? We’ve never seen it here before… Gimli, Manitoba. Canada


Number 7266. This is a sexton/burying beetle (Coleoptera: Silphidae) in the genus Nicrophorus, I cannot identify it to species from this image. sexton/burying beetle detailed information 

German cockroaches

7265.        Image 1: Found on Kitchen counter on the side of the microwave butted up to side of wall. Image 2: Trapped in cabinet under kitchen sink. Calgary, Alberta. Canada


Number 7265. These look like German cockroaches, Blattella germanica (Blattodea: Ectobiidae), a peridomestic species difficult to bring under complete control. German cockroaches control recommendations 

Robber flies

7264.          Hot summer day in the afternoon. I have not seen these flies(?) around before…very docile…   Thanks, Delta, British Columbia. Canada

Number 7264. This is a mating pair of robber flies (Diptera: Asilidae); these are ambush predators on a wide variety of other arthropods, mainly other insects. Robber fly example 

Banded black carpet beetle

7263.           Hi, I found this bug inside the apartment we’ve just moved in. This is the second one, noticed in 4 days. I found them both in the living room, crawling on floor. Do I have to be scared, as I have 2 children playing daily on the floor. Thank you! Edmonton, Alberta. Canada

Number 7263. This appears to be a banded black carpet beetle, Attagenus fasciatus (Coleoptera: Dermestidae). See Banded black carpet beetle image , and carpet beetle control recommendations 


7262.          Have seen a few around the house lately. Toronto, ON. Canada

Number 7262. This is a weevil (Coleoptera: Curculionidae); its overall shape is consistent with one in the genus Lixus. A harmless accidental intruder. Weevil Image 

Long-horned wood-boring beetle

7261.         Found this crawling in my living room, not sure what it is, spruce beetle maybe? Lethbridge, Alberta. Canada

Number 7261. This is a long-horned wood-boring beetle (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae), but not a spruce beetle. There is a possibility that it is an old house borer, Hylotrupes bajulus – Long-horned wood-boring beetle detailed information 

Grass/funnel web spider

7260.        These spiders are all over our backyard and outside of house. Very fast. When they sense you are near they retreat back into the funnel. They create their webs quickly and the webs are very thick and strong. Jackson’s Point, Ontario. Canada

Number 7260. This is a grass/funnel web spider in the family Agelenidae; likely in the genus Agelenopsis. They are not dangerous to humans. Grass/funnel web spider detailed information 


7259.        Is this a murder hornet? North Bay, ON. Canada

Number 7259. This is a horntail (Hymenoptera: Siricidae; specifically, a pigeon tremex (Tremex columba). They lack a stinger and are harmless to humans –  Horntail detailed information In North America, the so-called ‘murder hornet has only been found in the extreme west.

Male mygalomorph spider

7258.        Photo taken July 17, 2021. specimen is dead (regretfully), as it was found because one of our cats was toying with it. it has some pretty hefty “face legs” (pedipalps? mandibles? unsure.) and the torso, barring the legs, is approximately 1.5cm. would love to know what it may be, and whether to be worried or on the lookout for more for the safety of our pets. Sooke, British Columbia. Canada

Number 7258. This is a male mygalomorph spider (the group to which true tarantulas belong), it might be Antrodiaetus pacificus, a folding-door trapdoor spider,  Male mygalomorph spider detailed information 

Seed bug

7257.        Soft not hard about .090″ long move very fast and do not fly that I have seen, thank you. Regina, Sk. Canada

Number 7257. This appears to be a seed bug (Hemiptera/Heteroptera; Lygaeidae). The image is not clear enough for me to be certain, but one possibility is an elm seed bug, Arocatus melanocephalus, an introduced species that has been expanding its range in North America since 2012. See for diagnostic characters.

Filament bearer caterpillar

7256.        Came down from a tree like a silk worm. Woodslee, On. Canada

Number 7256. This is a filament bearer caterpillar, Nematocampa resistaria (Lepidoptera: Geometridae).  Filament bearer caterpillar detailed information 

Camel cricket

7255.       Found in Melita MB mid July during a heat wave/drought. Was approximately 2 inches from head to back legs. Melita, Manitoba. Canada

Number 7255. This appears to be a camel cricket (Orthoptera; Rhaphidophoridae), possibly in the genus Ceuthophilus. Also known as cave crickets or sprickets (because of a fancied resemblance of a cross between a spider and a cricket), they usually are found in relatively dark/damp locations, and seldom are pests. Camel cricket detailed information 

Sphinx moth

7254.      This moth was photographed in the morning during the first weekend on July in Northern Saskatchewan (Candle Lake), Canada. Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Canada

Number 7254. This is a sphinx moth (Lepidoptera: Sphingidae) in the genus Smerinthus. It most likely is Smerinthus cerisyi (known as the one-eyed sphinx moth ), but I cannot be certain because of the angle at which these images were taken. sphinx moth detailed information 

Nymph of a planthopper

7253.        Insect found in Niagara vineyard, unidentifiable. Found in June 2021, warm sunny day (25C), body is 4mm but with legs extended 10mm. Thorold, ON. Canada

Number 7253. This appears to be a nymph of a planthopper in the superfamily Fulgoroidea. Nymph of a planthopper specimen 

Rove beetle

7252.        Found in kitchen in a pack of ~20. wings seemed burned by insect lamp. East York, On. Canada

Number 7252. This is a rove beetle (Coleoptera: Staphylinidae). These are general predators on other small arthropods, usually other insects. Rove Beetle typical image 

Triangulate cobweb spider

7251.      There were multiple spiders like this in a house i was cleaning the one picture i took was one of them with egg sacs unfortunately the spider wasn’t clear but i still wanted to post the picture with the eggs sacs because i knew it might help with identification and the other one was in a different area of the home but the same spider hopefully that image is clear enough as it does show some markings and color they were about the size of a dime if not very slightly smaller these were taken yesterday july 5th 2021 while i was cleaning a basement for someone in scarborough ontario i believe they may be false widows but I’m not sure thank you. Scarborough, Ontario. Canada

Number 7251. This spider appears to be Steatoda triangulosa, known as the triangulate cobweb spider. These are harmless to humans; I cannot find any reference to one of these ever biting a human. The term “false widow” has been applied to other species in the genus Steatoda, but to the best of my knowledge, not to this species. 

Horse fly

7250.      About 20-30% bigger than typical horse fly, very large head. Wheatley, Ontario. Canada

Number 7250. This is a horse fly (Diptera: Tabanidae) in the genus Tabanus, most likely Tabanus petiolatus – Horse Fly image  Your specimen is a male; male tabanids typically have much larger eyes than females, and thus larger heads.

Giant stonefly

7249.      About 3 inches long. Sitting under a light in bedroom. Very veiny back. July 3. Coldwater, On. Canada

Number 7249. This is a giant stonefly (Plecoptera: Pteronarcidae). These are harmless insects whose aquatic immature stages form an important part of the freshwater food. Giant Stonefly Additional Information 

Harvestman (Opilionid)

7248.      My friend found this spider in her garden. I, nor anyone I know have seen a pink spider like this please let me know what this is thank you. Millet, Alberta. Canada

Number 7248. This appears to be a harvestman (opilionid) in the act of shedding its old exoskeleton. They are not true spiders. Harvestman Detailed Information 


7247.      This was found indoors in the morning hours. Approx 8 am. I have found about 10 so far in the house in the past week. Today is July 4th, 2021. It has been quite hot weather and some days rainy. I live in a rural area. Please help! I’m freaking out it is a cockroach! Thanks! Trent Lakes, Ontario. Canada

Number 7247. This is a cockroach, but it does not appear to be any of the common peridomestic pest species, Cockroach Detailed Recommendations 

Larva of a green lacewing

7246.       Never seen these bugs before. They are very small 1/4 to 1/2 inch in length and they bite. They are all over our outdoor plants. Winnipeg, Manitoba. Canada

Number 7246. This is a larva of a green lacewing (Neuroptera: Chrysopidae). These are general predators on small soft-bodied invertebrates, mainly aphids and small caterpillars. For reasons unknown, they sometimes will ‘sample’ human skin when they encounter it, but their bite is harmless. Green Lacewing Detailed Information 

Lined June beetle

7245.      Found 2 of them this week in my yard. One was dead and the other was dying. Have not seen them before in my life in Vancouver. I suspected them to be a type of moth? Thanks. Vancouver, BC. Canada

Number 7245. This is a lined June beetle (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae; Polyphylla sp.). It most likely is P. decemlineata, known as the ten-lined June beetle. Their larvae can be pests in orchards/tree farms when they feed on the roots of small trees,  Lined June Beetle detailed information for more detailed information.

Bicolored sallow

7244.      I found this caterpillar under a rock in my garden during the spring and I would like to know what type of caterpillar it is. It is a small caterpillar with no fur or spikes. Hamilton Ontario. Canada

Number 7244. It’s in the family Noctuidae; it looks like a caterpillar of a moth known as the bicolored sallow (Sunira bicolorago) – Bicolored sallow images  These caterpillars feed on a wide variety of trees and shrubs, but do not appear to be serious pests.

Nymphs of the elm seed bug

7243.      Hi, just purchased a house in Vernon BC and noticing these bugs everywhere outside our sunroom door and even in the sunroom. They’re tiny, like 3 cm or less. The babies seem to have a rounder body and reddish bottom. TIA. Vernon, British Columbia. Canada

Number 7243. These could be nymphs of the elm seed bug (Arocatus melanocephalus; Hemiptera/Heteroptera: Lygaeidae), a recently introduced species which has become quite a nuisance pest. Elm Seed Bug Detailed Information

Nymph of a Spiny assassin bug

7242.      Greetings. I’ve only found him 3 days ago on my purple oxalis. Probably been there longer and seems very comfortable there. I’ve had it climb my arm but seems to be panicky. Tried to observe it when I can. It’s content to sit for long periods and wonder around my plant. I think it is very “mantis” looking but can not find any solid identification for it. Hope you can help. Thank you. Sarnia, Ontario. Canada

Number 7242. This is a nymph of an assassin bug (Hemiptera/Heteroptera: Reduviidae); it looks like a spiny assassin bug, Sinea diadema – see Spiny assassin bug image 

Pisaurina mira

7241.      Nursery Web Spider was looking for a place to guard her babies. I moved her from my tent to a pine tree. Size 1 1/4”. She was docile. Downing St, Traverse City MI United States

Number 7241. Pisaurina mira – very nice! Pisaurina Mira Live Specimen 

Four-spotted ghost moth

7240.      Can you identify this beautiful moth for me. Found it this morning on my back deck among my shoes. Thank you! Haliburton, Ontario. Canada

Number 7240. It’s a four-spotted ghost moth, Sthenopis purpurascens (Lepidoptera: Hepialidae).  Four-spotted ghost moth Images & Detailed Information 

Brown marmorated stink bug

7239.        London, On. Canada

Number 7239. 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. Brown marmorated stink bug detailed information 

Giant stonefly

7238.        Hi, We saw this insect crawling on the cement in our back yard about a half-hour ago and have never seen one before, here or anywhere. It is about 1-3/4″ to 2″ long. It has wings but did not fly. Would you mind terribly identifying it for us? Edmonton, Alberta. Canada

Number 7238. It’s a giant stonefly (Plecoptera: Pteronarcidae). These are harmless insects whose aquatic immature stages form an important part of the freshwater food web.  Giant Stonefly Additional Information 

Giant ichneumon wasp

7237.        Picture taken June 22nd, 2021 on a tree close to the red River. Winnipeg, MB. Canada

Number 7237. This is Megarhyssa atrata, a giant ichneumon wasp (Hymenoptera: Ichneumonidae). These wasps use their long ovipositor to insert their eggs into the tunnels made by larvae of wood wasps in the family Siricidae. When the eggs hatch, the ichneumon larvae feed on the wood wasp larvae. These wasps have no stinger or venom, and are harmless to humans. Giant Ichneumon Wasp Life History 

Wharf borer

7236.        See a few of them everyday. They like to drop down on me from the ceiling or walls. Might be coming from our windows which are old and not sealed well. Ottawa, ON. Canada

Number 7236. This looks like a wharf borer, Nacerdes melanura (Coleoptera: Oedemeridae). Their larvae feed on wet/waterlogged and decayed wood; the adult beetles appear to be pollen feeders. This a European species that now is widely distributed in North America;  Wharf Borer Detailed Information 

Masked hunter

7235.        Found in the bathroom sink within my apartment; it originally seemed to crawl out of the bathroom sink overflow and was found the next day back in the sink. It’s the middle of June, the weather over the past week has been between pleasantly warm to stormy and sweltering; the insect itself was about the size of a quarter. I wanted to check; is this a kissing bug or a masked hunter? I’ve been reading, but I’m by no means a professional and I’m not 100% positive on how much overlap there is, and I wasn’t about to let it bite me to find out for sure; reading, it seemed like the most northern kissing bug is the Eastern Conenose Kissing Bug which doesn’t go much further north of Southern Illinois. The Conenose also has red and black colouration and a visible beak. whereas a Masked Hunter is more slender, completely black, and has no visible beak. Do I have the right of it? I wanted to be totally sure because pest identification entry for Kissing Bugs used a photo of a subject that looks extremely similar to the one I found; I’m not sure if it’s my identification that’s wrong or theirs. (Entry link: ) London, Ontario. Canada

Number 7235. This definitely a masked hunter, (Reduvius personatus; Hemiptera/Heteroptera: Reduviidae). Masked Hunter Detailed Information 

Tiger moth

7234.        Wheatland County, Alberta. Canada

Number 7234. This is a tiger moth (Lepidoptera: Erebidae; subfamily Arctiinae); it appears to be Apantesis williamsii, known as Williams’ tiger moth.  Tiger Moth Images 

Tarnished plant bug

7233.       I found this bug in my backyard, could I ask what’s this bug and whether it is a pest? Thank you very much. Edmonton, AB. Canada

Number 7233. This is a tarnished plant bug, Lygus lineolaris (Hemiptera/Heteroptera: Miridae). This is a very common and widespread pest species;  Tarnished Plant Bug Detailed Information 

Larva of Asian multi-coloured lady beetle

7232.      ORILLIA, ON. Canada

Number 7232. This is a larva of the introduced Asian multi-coloured lady beetle, Harmonia axyridis (Coleoptera: Coccinellidae). The adult beetles show a remarkable variety of colour patterns; Click here for some examples.

Plant bug

7231.      This insect was on my arm, June 8th 2021. Very humid summer weather at the time. Thanks for your time. Toronto, Ontario. Canada

Number 7231. This is a plant bug (Hemiptera/Heteroptera: Miridae) in the genus Lygus. Some of these can be serious pests; see plant bug detailed information 

Male nursery web spider

7230.       Found this large tan/brown spider on my couch! I think he was under the dog bed I moved to vacuum. He was already not moving much. It has been hot the last couple days, in the low 80s. I live in west Michigan. His body is about 1/2 inch (12.7mm) long and with his legs out he’s just over 1 1/2 inches (38mm). Muskegon, MI. United States

Number 7230.  This most likely is a male nursery web spider, Pisaurina mira; a harmless accidental intruder.  Click here for an image of a live specimen.

Rat-tailed maggots

7229.        Courtenay, BC. Canada

Number 7229. These are rat-tailed maggots, larvae of a fly in the family Syrphidae (flower/hover flies). They are harmless scavengers usually found in water having a very high organic material content; the adult flies can be valuable pollinators.

Scarlet malachite beetle

7228.       Found this bug crawling in my carpet. Is it harmful? Edmonton, Alberta. Canada

Number 7228. This is not a pest, it is a scarlet malachite beetle, Malachius aeneus (Coleoptera: Melyridae), an introduced European species. See scarlet malachite beetle detailed information 

Caterpillar of the gypsy moth

7227.     I am finding lots of these insects on the plants in my garden. May you pls help identify what is this and how it can be controlled? Thanks. Brampton, Ontario. Canada

Number 7227.  This appears to be a caterpillar of the gypsy moth (Lymantria dispar; Lepidoptera: Lymantriidae), a very destructive introduced species.  gypsy moth caterpillar detailed information 

Giant conifer aphids

7226.    Noticed these seemingly blocked by duct tape on our Pine tree. Any ideas what they are how to get rid of them? Newmarket, Ontario. Canada

Number 7226.   These appear to be giant conifer aphids (Hemiptera/Sternorrhyncha: Aphididae; Cinara sp.). They are unlikely to cause serious harm, but they can be easily dislodged with a strong stream of water from a garden hose; this will also kill many of them. Aphids detailed information 

Orb weaver

7225.    Many large spiders found hanging from fluorescent lights in early morning and late night Spring through to Fall outside Condominium building. Is it dangerous to humans or dogs if bitten? Ottawa, ON. Canada

Number 7225.  It’s an orb weaver (family Araneidae). Orb weavers are harmless to humans. Click here for an example

Caterpillar of a moth

7224.    I found this caterpillar under a rock in my garden during the spring and I would like to know what type of caterpillar it is. It is a small caterpillar with no fur or spikes. Hamilton, Ontario. Canada

Number 7224.    It’s a caterpillar of a moth in the family Noctuidae, and in a group known collectively as cutworms. Some species can be quite destructive. Click here for an example.

earth/soil centipede

7223.    Found this crawling in my bed. Squeezed it in a paper several times. Didn’t seem to die until several times of crushing. Bracebridge, Ontario. Canada

Number 7223.  This is an earth/soil centipede (order Geophilomorpha) that accidentally got indoors. They are completely harmless;  earth/soil centipede detailed information 


7222.      Not sure what this is but I see them in clusters. Toronto, ON. Canada

Number 7222. This is a springtail, a primitive arthropod in the order Collembola, closely related to true insects. These basically are harmless scavengers on bits of decomposing organic matter, but they can become nuisance pests when they occur indoors in large numbers. They are quite susceptible to desiccation, so keeping indoor humidity levels as low as practical is the best control. Springtails Detailed Information

Sphinx moth

7221.      Hello sir, Please tell me pest name. Tehsil, District Hanumangarh Rajasthan. India

Number 7221. This is a sphinx moth (Lepidoptera: Sphingidae); it looks like Cephonodes hylas –  sphinx moth detailed information  

Yellow sac spider

7219.      Detached house, south-west Mississauga, Ont. Indoor, Bedroom, on the bed near the pillow. June 10/21, 5:30am. Spider is about 1.0 cm length, body & legs. Reddish-brown colour. Large abdomen, relative to the rest, with pattern on top and small yellow spot on underside near cephalothorax. While we do have spiders, including cellar, jumping and yellow sac spiders, we have been in our home 20+ years and have not seen this spider before and would like to know what it is. Gave a painful bite to my wife’s arm while sleeping. After 1 week, bite location became red, about 2 cm across, and very itchy. Thanks. Mississauga, ON. Canada

Number 7219. This is a yellow sac spider (family Cheiracanthiidae) in the genus Cheiracanthium. They can have a painful bite, but it is not considered medically significant. [Note: Some authorities place these spiders in the family Eutichuridae.] yellow sac spider example 

Assassin bug

7218.         Working from home and felt this painful bite and this is what was on my ankle bit me twice I think. Want to rule out kissing bug. Please let me know asap what you think this may be. GEORGETOWN, Ontario. Canada

Number 7218. This is an assassin bug known as a masked hunter (Reduvius personatus; Hemiptera/Heteroptera: Reduviidae), a cosmopolitan species often found indoors and indeed is reputed to have a very painful ‘bite’-  Assassin Bug Detailed Information 

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