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Jumping spider

6890.    Found in vehicle, rainy weather in late spring. Kelowna, Bc. Canada

Number 6890. This is a jumping spider (family Salticidae) in the genus Phidippus. These are harmless to humans. Click here for images and much more detailed information.

Scarab beetle

6889.      I found this bug on the deck of my backyard. It was dead already and is missing legs, so it was hard for me to identify. It’s about 7mm-1cm wide. I found it on June 12. The weather is spring transitioning to summer weather. It looks like a cross between a beetle and a spider. I haven’t come across an insect like this my whole life, so if you can identify it, what is it and should I be worried? Toronto, Ontario. Canada

Number 6889. This is the head, prothorax, and a few of the legs of a scarab beetle (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae). Commonly encountered examples include the so-called May beetles and June bugs. Click here for an example.

Springtails

6888.    I have these bugs all over my concrete. The first photo is zoomed in and the other photo shows how tiny they really are. Calgary, AB. Canada

Number 6888. These are springtails, primitive arthropods 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. Click here for an example

Asian multi-coloured lady beetle

6887.     Toronto, ON. Canada

Number 6887. This is a larva of an Asian multi-coloured lady beetle, Harmonia axyridis (Coleoptera: Coccinellidae). This is an introduced species that has become widespread in North America, sometimes accused of displacing native species. In the process.  Click here for more detailed information.

Cockroach

6886.    These bugs appear every year and get their way into my house only in summer. Which makes me think that’s they aren’t cockroach. They get i some my house starting May-June and dissappear in September or so. If they are cockrouches…why do they appeR only fir 3 months and then dissappear? They also fly sometimes, but rarely. They are on my countertop, my shower etc… My house has a ravine backyard. Toronto, Vaughan Ontario.
Canada

Number 6886. This is a cockroach, but it is not one of the commonly encountered peridomestic pest species. I suspect that it is one of the so-called wood cockroaches in the family Ectobiidae, see example number 2 in this image: Click here

Comb-footed/cobweb spider

6885.      Victoria, BC. Canada

Number 6885. This is Steatoda triangulosa, a comb-footed/cobweb spider in the family Theridiidae. Known as the triangulate cobweb spider, it is harmless to humans.

Springtails

6884.       Found in a water valve, at the dead end of a chlorinated water system, so likely stagnant water (which has depleted chlorine residual). Several white insects on rusted water valve chamber. Pemberton, British Columbia. Canada.

Number 6884. These are springtails, primitive arthropods 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. Click here for an example

Broad-nosed/short-snouted weevil

6883.      There are thousands of theses around my house and pool. They seem to come out of the cement crack up against the house. They are around for 2 months it seems. Minnedosa, Manitoba. Canada

Number 6883. This is a broad-nosed/short-snouted weevil (Coleoptera: Curculionidae; subfamily Entiminae). These weevils often enter buildings in search of shelter, but do no harm there. Click here for an example.

Blister beetle

6882.        I have found a few of these around our orchard, but have seen 3 in our strawberries. Bankend, Saskatchewan. Canada

Number 6882. This is a blister beetle (Coleoptera: Meloidae) in the genus Lytta likely Lytta nuttalli; Click here for more detailed information.

Jumping spider

6881.         Close to 1 cm in length, crawling on the wall, was by itself. Found on June 8,2020 during the day. Markham, ON – Ontario. Canada

Number 6881. This is a jumping spider (family Salticidae). It looks like one of the ant-mimics in the genus Synemosyna; Click here for an example.

Larva of an Asian multi-coloured lady beetle

6880.       Lived here for 33 years, never seen one of these and can’t find anything close online. Kingston, Ontario. Canada

Number 6880. This is a larva of an Asian multi-coloured lady beetle, Harmonia axyridis (Coleoptera: Coccinellidae). This is an introduced species that has become widespread in North America, sometimes accused of displacing native species. In the process. Click here for more detailed information.

Soldier beetle

6879.      There is something eating the leaves of our potato plants, which are mulched with old dry straw. I put sticky traps and didn’t find anything. Then I saw this colourful beetle on a leaf. Could this be the culprit? Duncan, BC. Canada

Number 6879. This is a soldier beetle (Coleoptera: Cantharidae); they are predators on other insects and would not hurt your potatoes. Click here for an example.

Larva of a carpet beetle

6878.    Found in the bedroom and dresser drawers – found about 12 Alive and dead. Edmonton, Alberta. Canada

Number 6878. This appears to be a larva of a carpet beetle (Coleoptera: Dermestidae) in the genus Attagenus (black carpet beetles and allies). Click here elsewhere on this site for some control recommendations.

Jumping spider

6877.      Is this a trite? I read they are found in New Zealand? St. Catharines, On. Canada

Number 6877. This is Hentzia palmarum, a jumping spider (family Salticidae), a species widespread in North America;  Click here and Click here for more detailed information.

Young larvae of a beetle

6876.        We are finding these very tiny 1mm bugs around our powder room window and on the floor under the window. They move very slow and we can’t see where they are getting in. We caulked every hole we could find it every morning we find about 5 and then. Few more there through the day. If you could identify them and advise on how to eliminate them that would be. Very helpful. Thank you. Richmond hill.

Number 6876. These look like very young larvae of a beetle in the family Dermestidae (hide/skin/carpet beetles and allies);  Click here for an example. They would be coming from eggs that the adult beetle(s) laid somewhere in or near that room. Check any fabrics (including carpeting and curtains) and clothing items you have that are made of or contain wool or silk for signs of chewing damage.

March fly

6875.      Thousands of them everywhere! Bathurst, NB. Canada

Number 6875. This is a March fly (Diptera: Bibionidae); harmless nuisance pests. Click here for more detailed information

Weevil

6874.        These little critters suddenly started landing on us on the back deck around dusk last night. Approx 3 mm in length, and it felt like they were trying to bite before we squished them. We saw about a dozen of them before going back into the house. I’ve never seen this insect in the 17 years we’ve lived here……..what is it, and is it dangerous???? Lynden, Ontario. Canada

Number 6874. This is a weevil (Coleoptera: Curculionidae); its size and shape are suggestive of one of the grain/granary weevils in the genus Sitophilus,  Click here for an example. These would not in the least bit interesting in biting humans, but you might want to check any grain products you have in storage for signs of insect presence.

Broad-nosed/short-snouted weevil

6873.      Found in washing machine. Garibaldi Highlands, BC. Canada

Number 6873. This appears to be is a broad-nosed/short-snouted weevil (Coleoptera: Curculionidae; subfamily Entiminae). These weevils often enter buildings in search of shelter, but do no harm there. Click here for an example.

Bald-faced hornets

6872.       I saw this Bald faced Wasp at 7pm in my backyard on June 2, 2020. I have never seen on before in my life. My husband Googled it. I am wondering if I should submit this to you. Midland, Ontario. Canada

Number 6872. Bald-faced hornets, Dolichovespula maculata (Hymenoptera: Vespidae) actually are beneficial in that they prey upon insects such as deer flies, horse flies, and caterpillars. As long as you do not disturb their nest, they most likely will leave you alone. They are quite common on our property, and in 20 years of living here, we never have been stung by one. Click here for more detailed information.

Soldier beetle

6871.      First time seeing this inside my home. I’m concerned it could be destructive. Any help is appreciated. Prince Rupert, BC. Canada

Number 6871. This is a soldier beetle (Coleoptera: Cantharidae). They are general predators on other small arthropods and also serve as pollinators. Not at all destructive. Click here for an example.

Click beetle

6870.       About 2cm long. Hid in the dark, moved slow. Tried matching it to different types of insects, but no luck. I’ve never seen one before. Live in a high-up lakefront apartment. Oakville, Ontario. Canada

Number 6870. This appears to be a click beetle (Coleoptera: Elateridae), a harmless accidental ‘visitor.’ They are quite capable of flying, which is how it most likely entered your apartment. Click here for details.

Caterpillars of the common Mormon butterfly

6869.      Found in my terrace garden. ASSAM, INDIA

Number 6869. These are caterpillars of the common Mormon butterfly, Papilio polytes (Lepidoptera: Papilionidae); Click here for detailed information.

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.

Weevil

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.

Weevil

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.

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