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Wolf spider

6715.      I found it outside, already dead. I had the house spider sprayed. Curious to know what kind it is. Thanks! Hagersville, Ontario. Canada

 

Number 6715.  This is a wolf spider (family Lycosidae) These are active hunters that do not spin a capture web and sometimes accidentally get indoors while searching for prey. They are not dangerous to humans and should be allowed to go about their business of pest control. When we find them in our house, we escort them outside.

Engorged female hard tick

6714.      I found this on our bedroom hardwood floor. I thought it was a jewelry bead, or a chocolate covered raisin (about the size of a Glosette chocolate covered raisin). I only found the one. Please let me know if it is something I need to search for more, or if this is an invasive beetle. We live on a ravine lot, backing onto Crook’s Hollow. I often have windows open and have two cats that often go outside. This picture is the underside of the bug. It is still alive, and wiggled its leg until it turned over in the glass I have it in. The top looks the same as the bottom. Dundas, Ontario. Canada

 

Number 6714.  This is an engorged female hard tick (family Ixodidae); likely in the genus Ixodes. This is the genus to which that the deer tick, vector of Lyme disease, belongs. Click here for more detailed information.

Nymph of a bed bug

6713.      Hello, In the past year, my SO was waking up to these bites on the hands that were quite swollen and we had no idea what the perpetrator was. Yesterday, she woke up to more bites on the neck area and managed to catch the thing and squashed and killed it. According to her, this is how it looked like before it was squashed:- it was plump and when she squashed it, very dark blood came out of it. These bites are happening at night and we’re not sure what this is because it doesn’t look like the regular bedbug – which is rounded and kind of flat. This one looks more swollen. I’ve attached two photos of it. Many thanks in advance to those who can identify it! Toronto, Ontario. Canada

 

Number 6713.  This looks like a nymph of a bed bug (Hemiptera/Heteroptera: Cimicidae). When engorged with blood, they can appear quite chubby.

cobweb/comb-footed spider

6712.      Victoria, British Columbia Canada

 

Number 6712.  This is a cobweb/comb-footed spider (family Theridiidae) in the genus Steatoda. Some species in this genus are known as false widow spiders, and can have a very painful (but not dangerous) bite. Click here for more detailed information.

Springtail,

6711.      I found this insect, very small and very many of them, at the front ledge of my storage unit in Lindsay. They move very fast and are very tiny. Any help identifying this critter would be greatly appreciated. Thank you so much, Stacey. Port Hope, ON. Canada

 

Number 6711.  This is a springtail, a primitive arthropod in the order Collembola closely related to true insects. These are harmless scavengers on decomposing organic matter but can become nuisance pests when they occur in large numbers indoors.

Carpet beetle

6710.      Found on the side of my bed in late October… very small about 5mm. Previously found one on my bed in July. Hoping this is a coincidence and not a bed bug (does not look like other bed bug pictures but I am still concerned). Please help! Toronto, Ontario. Canada

 

Number 6710.  This is a carpet beetle (Coleoptera: Dermestidae); it looks like a black carpet beetle or close relative in the genus Attagenus. Click here for more information including control recommendations.

Larvae of a carpet beetle

6709.      Found indoors only a couple of times, isolated, 3-4 specimens on bedroom floor, one on bathroom floor. First time observed in September, the last time today (Oct 25). Belgrade. Serbia

 

Number 6709.  These are larvae of a carpet beetle (Coleoptera: Dermestidae) in the genus Anthrenus. These can be very damaging to organic fabrics (wool, silk, etc.) as well as dry stored food products. Click here for some control advice.

Weevil

6708.      Found on kitchen counter on the evening of 10/23. Central Alabama. Outside air temp about 69F. Pelham, Alabama. United States

 

Number 6708.  This is a weevil (Coleoptera: Curculionidae). Although it resembles the milkweed stem weevil, Rhyssomatus lineaticollis.(Click here for more detailed information).  I am by no means confident that yours is that exact species.

Orb weaving spider

6707.      Princeton, TX. United States

 

Number 6707.  This is an orb weaving spider (family Araneidae), but I cannot provide a more specific identification from your image. All orb weavers are harmless to humans. Click here for an example.

Brown marmorated stink bug

6706.      Good morning, could you identified this insect, is this Halyomorpha halys? VOLOS, Pilio Greece

 

Number 6706.  That certainly appears to be a brown marmorated stink bug, Halyomorpha halys (Hemiptera/Heteroptera: Pentatomidae). Click here for more detailed information.

Broad-faced sac spider

6705.      Richmond Hill, Ontario. Canada

 

Number 6705.  This looks like a broad-faced sac spider, Trachelas tranquillus; it is reported to have a painful bite.  Click here for more detailed information.

Millipede

6704.      My girlfriend was at the kitchen sink, where there is a light directly above her when she felt this little bugger drop on her arm. Looks like a tiny centipede with a small darkness on its hind end. Amherst, Nova Scotia. Canada

 

Number 6704.  Not a centipede, but a harmless millipede (class Diplopoda); these are scavengers on decomposing organic matter.

Saw-toothed and merchant grain beetles

6703.      Condo apartment. October, 2019. Richmond Hill, Ontario. Canada

 

Number 6703.  The image is not clear enough for a positive identification. The only insects of that size and general overall appearance that would be of any concern are the saw-toothed and merchant grain beetles in the genus Oryzaephilus (Coleoptera: Silvanidae).  Click here for a fact sheet that includes some control suggestions.

Western conifer seed bug

6702.      Found on top of dresser in bedroom. It flew a short distance. Early fall. London Ontario, Canada

 

Number 6702.  This is a western conifer seed bug, Leptoglossus occidentalis (Hemiptera/Heteroptera: Coreidae), a common and widespread nuisance pest. Click here for more detailed information.

Silverfish or firebrats

6701.      I live in Delta, BC and find these pests mainly in my bathroom. Occasionally, I find them in my kitchen and laundry room. They vary in size from about 1/4 inch to 1 inch. They are dark in color and move very fast. They have 8 legs, 3 feelers in front and 2 feelers in back. What are they? Are they harmful? How do I get rid of them? Darlene Balcome, Delta, BC

 

Number 6701.  The image is too blurry to be certain, but these most likely are silverfish or firebrats, primitive insects in the order Zygentoma. These basically are nuisance pests that seldom cause real harm. Click here for a fact sheet that includes some control suggestions. 

Cockroaches

6693.      So these are pics of 2 different guys who were found in my sink and bathtub, but I’m pretty sure they’re the same bug. They were going in may and june, in toronto. Yesterday I found another one who looks similar on my living room floor, in the middle of the day. I would add a photo of him, but I squashed him so it’s not a good photo. He had 3 long legs on either side and long skinny antennae (longer than the length of his body) He was dark mohagany, close to black with a hard shell. I didnt see any wings.my hope is that these aren’t cockroaches. Please help! Thanks. Toronto, Ontario. Canada

 

Number 6693.  These are indeed cockroaches.  Click here for some control recommendations 

Tick

6700.    I pulled this off of my leg. Loretto, Ontario. Canada

 

Number 6700.  This is an engorged female tick; as its overall appearance is consistent with one in the genus Ixodes that includes the deer tick, you should keep alert for any signs/symptoms of Lyme disease. Click here for detailed information on Lyme disease in Ontario.

Fungus gnat

6699.      Hello. I am interested to know what this species is so we know how to address them from entering our facility. Any help would be greatly appreciated. We have contacted local pest control but we are not confident they have identified it correctly and looking for a second opinion. The deem this to be a midge but it looks more like a flying ant. Any help would be appreciated. Fort St John, British Columbia. Canada

 

Number 6699.  This looks like a fungus gnat of some kind. Indoors, their larvae most often are found in very wet soil of potted plants. If you have potted plants on the premises, you should allow the soil to dry out as much as practical between waterings and this will keep their population from building up.

Grain beetles

6698.      We had a few in our window ledge then suddenly a tonne in the crumbs under child’s stool and then moved the oven and found them all through our drawers. Killed a bunch with insecticides but still coming out of the crevices in our floor but much less so. We also had bites in a line on my husbands foot so concerned these are bed bugs? But they are not flat and seem to hoard on crumbs. Help! Ottawa, Ontario. Canada

 

Number 6698.  These are grain beetles (Coleoptera: Silvanidae) in the genus Oryzaephilus (saw-toothed and merchant grain beetles). These are cosmopolitan species that can infest a wide variety of dry stored food products. Click here for more detailed information. They would not be responsible for any bites.

Click beetle

6697.      I have seen a number of these insects around my house and I am concerned about what they are. Pickering, Ontario. Canada

 

Number 6697.  This is a small click beetle (Coleoptera: Elateridae), a harmless accidental visitor. Click here for details.

Sowbug

6696.      Waterloo Ontario. Canada

 

Number 6696.  This is a sowbug, a terrestrial arthropod in the order Isopoda. Also known as pillbugs, roly polys, woodlice, and slaters, they primarily are harmless scavengers found in the decomposing organic matter.

Larva of a black carpet beetle

6695.      Red with a fluffy butt! Found it on top of my bed in the middle of the day. Winnipeg, Manitoba. Canada

 

Number 6695.  This is a larva of a black carpet beetle (Coleoptera: Dermestidae; Attagenus sp.) or close relative. Click here  for control recommendations.

Predaceous diving beetle

6694.      Legal, Alberta. Canada

 

Number 6694.  This is a predaceous diving beetle (Coleoptera: Dytiscidae). These and their larvae (water tigers) are voracious predators on other small aquatic life forms. They are strong fliers and often are found far from any water.

Cockroaches

6693.      So these are pics of 2 different guys who were found in my sink and bathtub, but I’m pretty sure they’re the same bug. They were going in may and june, in toronto. Yesterday I found another one who looks similar on my living room floor, in the middle of the day. I would add a photo of him, but I squashed him so it’s not a good photo. He had 3 long legs on either side and long skinny antennae (longer than the length of his body) He was dark mohagany, close to black with a hard shell. I didnt see any wings.my hope is that these aren’t cockroaches. Please help! Thanks. Toronto, Ontario. Canada

 

Number 6693.  These are indeed cockroaches.  Click here for some control recommendations 

Ichneumon wasp

6692.      We have found a few of them in that last few days and wondering what they are as we have not seen them before, we are finding them in our home and I have kids so just wondering what they are. Seal Cove WB., NL. Canada

 

Number 6692.  This is an ichneumon wasp (Hymenoptera: Ichneumonidae). Ones of this type usually are parasitic on moth or butterfly larvae/pupae. They lack venom and are harmless to humans. Click here for an example.

Western conifer seed bug

6691.      Found crawling on patio door in an. Also similar to one seen in family restaurant. Timberlea, Nova Scotia. Canada

 

Number 6691.  This a western conifer seed bug, Leptoglossus occidentalis (Hemiptera/Heteroptera: Coreidae), a very common and widespread nuisance pest. No control is needed. Click here for more detailed information.

Camel/cave cricket

6690.      Saskatoon, SK. Canada

 

Number 6690.  This is a camel/cave cricket (Orthoptera: Rhaphidophoridae). These usually are found in relatively dark, undisturbed places. They basically are harmless scavengers, but sometimes can become nuisance pests when they occur indoors. Click here for more detailed information.

Whitemarked spider beetle

6689.      Just moved into a furnished apartment, found this while cleaning, I searched the web and can’t seem to find anything like it. Can someone tell me what kind of bug it is please. Thank you! St. John’s, Newfoundland. Canada

 

Number 6689.  This is a whitemarked spider beetle, Ptinus fur (Coleoptera: Anobiidae; subfamily Ptininae). This is a cosmopolitan species that can become a pantry pest. Click here for more detailed information.

Fishing spiders

6688.      Found outside my house. Cool morning. October 4th 2019. Calgary, Alberta. Canada

 

Number 6688.  This looks like one of the fishing spiders (family Pisauridae) in the genus Dolomedes, these are harmless to humans.  Click here for an image.

Drugstore beetle

6687.      These beetles have recently appeared in my bedroom (2nd floor in a house). They are always found in individual, 1 – 2 everyday. Only seen them on/near my bed so far, which is also close to window and a coffee tree plant.

 

Number 6687.  This is either a cigarette or drugstore beetle, these are cosmopolitan pest species that can infest a wide variety of dry stored food products. Click here for detailed information including control recommendations.

Beetle

6686.      The bug is probably around 0.5 CM long, and it was found crawling on our curtains/around our window ledge. We’ve seen it a few times around the condo, and we have no idea where it comes from or what it is. I found a few more in random places in the apartment – sometimes in the sink, sometimes on the curtain, and most recently in a cupboard! I tried taking a close up photo this time – does this help confirm whether it is in fact a beetle, and is it harmful? Any advice on how to eliminate it? It’s the first time I’ve ever ever had issues with pests in the condo. Thanks, Phoebe.

 

Number 6686.  This is a beetle in the family Dermestidae (carpet/hide/skin/larder beetles and allies); it might be a black carpet beetle in the genus Attagenus – Click here for control recommendations.

Young nymph of an assassin bug

6685.      This is the only photo. This bug is very small. Maybe a millimetre. Slemon Park PEI. Canada

 

Number 6685.  This is a young nymph of an assassin bug (Hemiptera/Heteroptera: Reduviidae) known as the masked hunter (Reduvius personatus). This is a cosmopolitan species often found in buildings where they prey upon other insects found there, They are reputed to have a very painful bite. 

Terrestrial crustacean

6684.      Found in the basement. Less than half an inch. Edmonton, Alberta. Canada

 

Number 6684.  This is a terrestrial crustacean in the order Isopoda. They go by a variety of common names, including sowbugs, pillbugs, slaters, woodlice, and roly polys. They are harmless scavengers on decomposing organic matter, but occasionally become nuisance pests when they occur indoors in large numbers.

Parasitic wasp

6683.      Found on the wall of my condo unit on a warm humid day after a few cooler rainy days. Not sure how it got in as balcony doors and windows are kept closed. Toronto, Ontario. Canada

 

Number 6683.  This is a parasitic wasp, likely in the family Braconidae. These all are parasitic on other arthropods, mainly other insects. Click here for another example

Caterpillar

6682.      This was on my wall this morning. Looks similar to the scarlet malachite but without the pointy things. It was about 1 cm long. I live in BC. Thank you.

 

Number 6682.  This is a caterpillar rather than a beetle larva. One possibility is that it might be a caterpillar of the Indian meal moth, Plodia interpunctella (Lepidoptera: Pyralidae); Click here for more detailed information, including some control recommendations. These often leave their food source when mature to find a suitable place to pupate. You should check any areas where dry food products are stored for signs of infestation.

Larva of a carpet beetle

6681.      Closet floor. Toronto, ON. Canada

 

Number 6681.  This is a larva of a carpet beetle (Coleoptera: Dermestidae) in the genus Attagenus (black carpet beetles and allies). Click here for some control recommendations.

Centipede

6680.      Found dead on the carpet near the sliding balcony doors. Quite large, between 1/2 to 3/4 inch. Calgary, AB. Canada

 

Number 6680.  This is a centipede (class Chilopoda). These are general predators on other small arthropods, and ones like this are harmless to humans. Click here for more detailed information.

Checkered beetle

6679.      Found on firewood near Alliston Ontario. Hopefully these photos are of better quality. Thank you. Alliston, Ontario. Canada

 

Number 6679.  This is a checkered beetle (Coleoptera: Cleridae). These are general predators on other small arthropods, mainly other insects. Click here for an example

Nymph of an assassin bug

6678.      Taken 23rd of September. In the past few days I’ve repeatedly found bug bites with small white tubes that were easily pulled out. Now, I found this bug acting dead and not moving in any way to the point that I picked it up with needles under the wings to stage a photograph. It did not move until I opened the door, and it merely walked a few steps, shook it’s head, and “died” again. I am very puzzled, please help! Owen Sound, ON. Canada

 

Number 6678.  This is a nymph of an assassin bug (Hemiptera/Heteroptera: Reduviidae) in the genus Zelus. If this one were to bite you, you would know it as it is very painful. Click here for more detailed information.

Bumble bee

6677.      Larger than a quarter. Totally black with yellow in circle on back and around the neck. If it’s a bee I want to let it go.  Langley, British Columbia. Canada

 

Number 6677.  This is a bumble bee, Hymenoptera: Apidae, Bombus sp. These are valuable pollinators, and several species are endangered/threatened. Click here for an image.

Larva (maggot) of a lesser house fly

6676.      Thus bug was found on a pet rabbit in the evening and the bunny passed away over night… coincidence? We’ve never seen this type of bug but have recently moved here. Toronto, Ontario. Canada

 

Number 6676.  This looks like a larva (maggot) of a lesser house fly (Diptera: Muscidae). Also known as a latrine fly, they breed in all manner of decomposing organic matter, Click here for details.

Male folding door trapdoor spider

6675.      Kamloops, British Columbia. Canada

 

Number 6675.  This is a male folding door trapdoor spider in the genus Antrodiaetus, Click here for an example. The males leave their burrows to wander about in search of females, which remain in their burrows. They are not dangerous to humans.

Female cross spider

6674.      Spider located in Quispamsis, New Brunswick on a house. Lower coverdale, New Brunswick. Canada

 

Number 6674.  This is a very gravid female cross spider, Araneus diadematus; Click here for an image.

Plume moth

6673.      September 22/19 on living room wall. Hanmer, Ontario. Canada

 

Number 6673.  This is a plume moth (Lepidoptera: Pterophoridae). The T-shape resting pose is typical of this family. Click here for some examples.

Caterpillar of a tiger swallowtail butterfly

6672.      Williams Lake, BC. Canada

 

Number 6672.  This is a caterpillar of a tiger swallowtail butterfly (Lepidoptera: Papilionidae; Papilio sp.), possibly that of a Canadian tiger swallowtail, Papilio Canadensis; Click here for an image. Normally green in colour, these caterpillars often assume a brownish hue just prior to pupation..

Click beetle

6671.      This was on my bedroom floor. I heard a clicking noise and saw it was jumping and would make a click noise when it landed. What is it? BRAMPTON, Ontario. Canada

 

Number 6671.  Well, strangely enough, it is a click beetle (Coleoptera: Elateridae). The ‘click’ occurs when they flex their body to right themselves from an upside-down position. Click here for details.

Cross spider

6670.      Keswick, Ontario. Canada

 

 

Number 6670.  This is a cross spider, Araneus diadematus; a very common and widespread orb weaver also known as the European garden spider on the other side of the Atlantic Ocean. All orb weavers are harmless to humans. Click here for more detailed information

Ichneumon wasp

6669.      Winnipeg, Manitoba. Canada

 

 

Number 6669.  This is an ichneumon wasp (Hymenoptera: Ichneumonidae); Click here for an example. These wasps all are parasitic on other arthropods, mainly other insects, and are harmless to humans.

Larva of an Asian multicolored lady beetle

6668.  What is this thing? Dangerous? HAMILTON, Ontario. Canada

 

Number 6668.  This is a larva of an Asian multicolored lady beetle, Harmonia axyridis (Coleoptera: Coccinellidae). This is an introduced species that sometimes can be a pest when they enter buildings in large numbers. Click here for more detailed information.

Orb weaving spider

6667.  Hello! I found this large spider on my front door this morning. I am interested to find out what kind it is as I I’ve never seen it before. I tried to identify it myself, but had no luck. Thank you in advance! Moncton, New Brunswick. Canada

 

Number 6667.  This is an orb weaving spider in the genus Araneus. They are harmless to humans. Click here for an example.

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