7092. Central Alabama, late afternoon. Thank you for your help. Pelham, AL. United States
Number 7092. This is Argiope aurantia, a very common and widespread orb weaving spider that goes by many different common names, including the yellow garden spider, black and yellow garden spider, golden garden spider, writing spider, zigzag spider, zipper spider, and corn spider. Like all other otb weavers, it is harmless to humans. Click here for more detailed information.
7091. This photo was taken outdoors about 2 months ago. It was a very hot clear day outside in Texas. San Antonio, Texas, United States.
Number 7091. This is an abdomen of an earwig (order Dermaptera). Click here for an image of an intact specimen.
7090. Thinking it is a praying mantis? Carleton Place, Ontario. Canada
Number 7090. This is a tree cricket, Orthoptera: Gryllidae; subfamily Oecanthinae. The ‘chirps’ of one species are so regular as to be usable for estimating air temperature – Click here for details. In spite of their dainty appearance, they can give one quite a painful nip!
7089. Good afternoon, I’m trying to identify what I belied to be pupa in my garage. They are approximately 3-5mm in length and resemble to size and shape of mouse droppings. However they are light brown and appear to have “stripes” or articulated joints. I usually find them in collections of 10-20 at a time. I’d like to identify them to determine if they are a problem and how to get rid of them. Thank you. Ontario
Number 7089. These are the empty pupal cases of a muscoid fly (the group that includes house flies and their relatives). When the larvae (maggots) of these flies finish feeding, they often will then leave their food source and crawl away in order to find a drier place to undergo pupation.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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