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Sculptured Resin Bee

6272 Trying to determine if this is a wasp or hornet species. i found it hanging around my solitary bee house. From Ontario

Number 6272 This is a sculptured resin bee, Megachile sculpturalis (Hymenoptera: Megachilidae), an introduced species. Click here for images and more detailed information.   

Trichiotinus assimilis

6271 This insect was found on the flowers of a False Spirea on July 7/18. Please advise what it is. 

Number 6271 This appears to be Trichiotinus assimilis (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae), a species commonly found on flowers. Sometimes called a bee-mimic beetle, it does not appear to be a pest species. Click here for an image and more information. 

Nymph of a leafhopper

6270 Sitting in the Finger Lakes region of New York on a weed… Not sure what kind of Nymph this is… looking for ID. From Concord, NH 03301 United States

Number 6270 This appears to be a nymph of a leafhopper (Hemiptera/Heteroptera: Cicadellidae); Click here for another example.

Laurel Sphinx Moth

6269 Mid day this was hanging out on the deck, it looks like fur on its face and I think it’s a moth. Was very large and looked like a piece of wood. Took a few pics and left it alone we t back to check and it was gone. From Newfoundland

Number 6269 This appears to be a laurel sphinx moth, Sphinx kalmiae (Lepidoptera: Sphingidae); Click here for images and more detailed information.

Snipe Fly

6268 . Seemed to like being around the vegetable garden in 20+ degree weather. July. From Langley, BC

Number 6268 is a snipe fly (Diptera: Rhagionidae); it looks like Rhagio tringarius , known as the marsh snipe fly, Click here for an image. Their larvae are predators on insects and earthworms they find in or on the soil.

Flower longhorn beetle

6267 Found on my kitchen floor. July, 28 degrees C. From Langley, BC

Number 6267 This is a flower longhorn beetle (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae; subfamily Lepturinae); it looks like Xestoleptura crassipes, Click here for an image. They cause no damage .

Nymph of a long-horned grasshopper

6266 Found this nestled in the leaves of a milkweed plant. From Beausejour Mb

Number 6266 This is a nymph of a long-horned grasshopper (Orthoptera: Tettigoniidae), likely either a bush cricket or false katydid.

Woolly bear caterpillar

6265 Please help identify From Dunnville Ontario

6265 This appears to be a young woolly bear caterpillar, the larva of the Isabella tiger moth (Pyrrharctia isabella; Lepidoptera: Erebidae). Click here for more detailed information.

Squash borer moth

6264 A. I have never seen this Critter before but it was fluttering around my vegetable garden like really weird all over the place like it could not decide what it wanted. From Dunnville Ontario
6264 B. I have never seen one and was wondering what it was? There is only 1 flying around my garden. Almost flies like a humming bird. From Trenton Ontario

Number 6264 This a squash borer moth, Melittia cucurbitae (Lepidoptera: Sesiidae). These can be very destructive garden pests; see Click here for some control/prevention advice.

European Firebug

6263 My entire yard is full of them. I need advice on what they are and how to get rid of them. Thousands of them crawling in my grass. From Toronto, Ontario

Number 6263 This is a European firebug, Pyrrhocoris apterus (Hemiptera/Heteroptera: Pyrrhocoridae), an introduced species currently sporadically distributed in North America, Click here  for an image and distribution map. These primarily are nuisance pests that will not harm your lawn; they reportedly feed mainly on the seeds of plants in the mallow family. Click here for some control recommendations.

Engorged female hard tick

6262 We found this on our dog. From Osoyoos B.C

Number 6262 This is an engorged female hard tick (family Ixodidae); likely in the genus Dermacentor. You may want to have your dog checked by a veterinarian if it shows any sign of illness during the next couple of weeks.

Rove beetle

6261 Found this little guy in basement. Curious as to what he is. From Fort St. John, BC

6261 This is a rove beetle (Coleoptera: Staphylinidae). These are general predators on other small arthropods, mainly on the insects.

Nymph of a short-horned grasshopper

6260 As you can see by the photo, a clover flower, this is a tiny green grasshopper. more or less 1 centimeter, almost missed it if not for the color contrast. I haven’t been able to identify, is it because it is a immature? or is this an mature grasshopper? Photographed on June 10, below the Eastern Parkway, along the cycling path on the Ottawa river (within a kilometer of Green Creek), sunny condition, early summer. From Ottawa

Number 6260 – This is a nymph of a short-horned grasshopper (Orthoptera: Acrididae) – Click here for an example. At this stage, it is not possible to assign a specific i.d. to it; it might be one of the species that stays green all its life, but it also could be one of those that change their appearance as they grow.

Eastern parson spider

6259 The spider was found indoors. The size is about a dime size. Early summer, June/23/2018. It was on and off storms and humid in this region of southern Ontario on the 23rd. If you need more pictures i’ll send you more of the little guy.

Number 6259 – This is an eastern parson spider, Herpyllus ecclesiasticus (family Gnaphosidae); harmless to humans. Click here for images and more detailed information.

Marbled orb weaving spider

6258 Please help identify. From Shuniah, Ontario

Number 6258 – This is a somewhat marbled orb weaving spider (family Araneidae); perhaps in the genus Araniella – Click here for an example.

Rose Chafers

6257 These were on geraniums in our local cemetary they were not on when purchased as we have them at home with no bugs on them could you identify for me please. From Port hope, Ontario.

Number 6257 – These are rose chafers (Macrodactylus subspinosus; Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae). They are voracious pests on many ornamentals; especially members of the rose family.

Rove beetle larva

6256 Please help Identify. From Myrnam, AB

Number 6256- This looks like a larva of a rove beetle (Coleoptera: Staphylinidae). These are general predators on other small arthropods, mainly other insects.

False widow

6255 Found in children’s bedroom appears to be false widow but research shown they should not be in northern Alberta. Just want to confirm. Better photos can be taken before she is released in my shed. From La glacé, Alberta

Number 6255 – This spider is in the genus Steatoda, which includes the so-called ‘false widow’ spiders. It may be Steatoda borealis, which has been reported as occurring throughout Alberta.

Long-horned Wood-boring beetle

6254 Please help identify. From Solapur, Maharashtra India

Number 6254 – This is a long-horned wood-boring beetle (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae). It is unlikely to be a serious pest species, but I cannot be more specific at this time.

Barn funnel weaver

6253 Basement bathroom, cool temperature downstairs. June 21,2018. Hot and humid outside. Size is about 3/4 inch front to back (leg span). Quite common through summer months, sizes varying. From Morden, Manitoba

Number 6253 – This looks like a barn funnel weaver, Tegenaria domestica (family Agelenidae); not dangerous to humans. Click here for images and more detailed information.

Plume Moth

6252 I have never seen one of these. It was taken today. June 21, 2018 in the North Okanagan valley of BC. Thank you

Number 6252 – This is a plume moth (Lepidoptera: Pterophoridae). Click here for another example.

Colonial Freshwater Bryozoans

6251 I found this log in my lake (Sturgeon Lake, Ontario, Canada) covered in gelatinous bubbles that look like eggs of some sort. Someone suggested they were insect eggs. I don’t know if I should leave it alone or get rid of them. Can you help identify them? Fenelon Falls

Number 6251 – My best guess is that these are colonial freshwater bryozoans, distant cousins to corals. Usually harmless, these have been known to make nuisances of themselves under some circumstances. See Click here for additional information.

Red-headed Ash Borer

6250 Please help Identify. From Petrolia Ontario

Number 6250 – This is a red-headed ash borer, Neoclytus acuminatus (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae); Click here for an image and more detailed information.

Insect Eggs or not?

6249 What type of bug/insect are these eggs? They jump all around at times, I can’t find anything online about them. From Winnepeg, Mb

Number 6249 – I’m not at all sure what these might be. The only insect-related object I know of that resembles these are the pupae of ichneumon wasps in the subfamily Campopleginae, but those are more elongate than the objects seen in your image; Click here for an example. Also, there some plant seeds that when infested with an insect larva will ‘jump’ (such as so-called Mexican jumping beans) as well as some plant galls, but none of them look anything like your images

Micro Moth

6248 Please help me identify this bug that I found on the counter in my kitchen (which at one point was an addition on the original house) today, June 16, 2018

Number 6248 – This is a very tiny moth, a member of one of several families that collectively are referred to as microlepidoptera or micro moths. These usually can be identified only through dissection and examination under magnification. It is nothing that will infest anything indoors.

Black Soldier Fly

6247 Central Alabama, 06/16/18, on our way to another hot day. Found flying around kitchen previous night and again this AM. From Chandalar Circle Pelham United States

Number 6247 – This appears to be a black soldier fly, Hermetia illucens (Diptera: Stratiomyidae). They are harmless, and their larvae are scavengers on decomposing organic matter. Click here for more detailed information.

Caterpillar of a gypsy moth

6246 Multicolored Caterpillar! From Dunnvile Ontario

Number 6246 – This is a caterpillar of a gypsy moth, Lymantria dispar (Lepidoptera: Erebidae; subfamily Lymantriinae), a very destructive introduced pest species. Click here for more detailed information.

Larvae of Beetles

6245 I am thinking this is a wire worm but not sure all through  spring and summer they are in my ceiling light fixtures and randomly in my cupboards. Id like to know what kind of worm they are so i can try to get rid of them effectively. Thanks! From Grande prairie, Alberta

Number 6245 – These are larvae of beetles in the family Dermestidae (carpet/skin/hide/larder beetles and allies). The top two are in the genus Dermestes (larder beetles); I’m not sure about the bottom one; it might be in the genus Attagenus (black carpet beetles). Click here for control/management advice.

Cigarette Beetle or Black Carpet Beetle

6244 Found this scrambling under my bed when I was doing an inspection. I did crush it a little, hence the break and ooze at the bottom. Scared it’s a bed bug, but it doesn’t look like bed bug pictures I found. From Toronto, ON

Number 6244 – This beetle could be either in the family Anobiidae (such as the cigarette beetle) or Dermestidae (such as the black carpet beetle); a clearer view of its antennae would be helpful. Definitely not a bed bug!

Jerusalem Cricket

6243 This was taken June 11, 2018 in Osoyoos, BC in the morning. It was approximately 1 ​1⁄4 inches long. It was found underneath a rubber made container and really ran to try and get underground again not unlike a crab at the beach when you lift the rocks. Any help knowing what this is would be appreciated as this has really stumped. my sister and I.

Number 6243 – This is a relative of grasshoppers and crickets known as a Jerusalem cricket (Orthoptera: Stenopalmatidae). For some odd reason, they also are called ‘potato bugs’ by some people.  Click here for images and more detailed information.

Stink Bugs

6242 Please help me for identification this insect. I don’t know that this insect is harmful or not. I have see this insect on green gram. haumangarh, Rajasthan

Number 6242 – These are stink bugs (Hemiptera/Heteroptera: Pentatomidae); this family includes both plant feeders and predatory species. Usually, when you see a group of them at the same place, they likely are plant feeders, as predatory species tend to be solitary in habit. Your specimens bear a superficial resemblance to one known as the Bagrada bug (Click here), but they may be something different.

Ichneumon wasp

6241 Found this bug on my car today and haven’t seen anything like it before. From Aurora, Ontario

Number 6241 – This is an ichneumon wasp (Hymenoptera: Ichneumonidae). This is a very large family comprising thousands of species, all of which are parasitic on other insects and spiders. They are harmless to humans.

Aspen Serpentine leafminer

6240 On June 4, 2018 I noticed several leaves on this poplar tree looking as though they had a silver sheen. On closer examination, the silver sheen looked like an intricate maze on each leaf ending with a small spot that might be an egg. About 10-15% of the leaves may be infected. It is only about 3-4 weeks since the leaves matured. From Canmore, AB

Number 6240 – This appears to be the work of the Aspen serpentine leafminer, Phyllocnistis populiella (Lepidoptera: Gracillariidae). Click here for more detailed information

Broad-nosed/short-snouted weevils

6239 Have had thousands of these small beetle looking insects show up through mid to end of May. They are congegrating around our house and shop doorways and garage doors. From Neepawa, Manitoba

Number 6239 – These are broad-nosed/short-snouted weevils (Coleoptera: Curculionidae; subfamily Entiminae). Several species of these will enter buildings in search shelter, but will do no harm there.

Long-horned Wood-boring beetle

6238 Hey there, found this at about 10:30 pm, June 6th here in Fruitvale BC. About 20° indoors and 15° outside. It’s been pretty warm lately. The bug is about half an inch long or less. Not very active but it didn’t seem to like my getting close to it. Is this thing out to get me. From Fruitvale, British Columbia

Number 6238 – This is a long-horned wood-boring beetle (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae); it looks like Centrodera spurca, known as the yellow Douglas fir borer – see Yellow Douglas Fir Borer (Centrodera spurca) for an image.

Larva of a Green Lacewing

6236 This tiny little guy was found on the dash of my truck. He was maybe 3 mm long. I live in Edmonton, Alberta. Can you tell me what he is? I’ve never seen anything quite like it here. Thanks! From Edmonton Alberta

Number 6236 – This is a larva of a green lacewing (Neuroptera: Chrysopidae); these generally are considered as beneficial as they prey on a wide variety of small, soft-bodied arthropods such as aphids, small caterpillars, spider mites, thrips, etc. Click here for some images.

Rose Weevils

6235 Found on my rose bush. In wilkie Saskatchewan. Thank you for your help.

Number 6235 – These are rose weevils, sometimes also called rose curculios (Merhynchites bicolor; Coleoptera: Curculionidae); they can become serious pests on rose bushes; Click here for images and more detailed information.

Mayfly

6234 This weird looking flying Critter friend was chilling on my front screen door I’ve seen them before but have no clue what it is I’m guessing maybe something in the dragonfly family? From Dunnville, Ontario

Number 6234 – This is a mayfly (order Ephemeroptera); possibly in the genus Hexagenia. Mayflies spend the vast majority of their lives as immatures (nymphs/naiads) at the bottoms of streams, ponds, or lakes where they form an important part of the freshwater food web. The adults do not feed, and live only long enough (sometimes less than a day) to find mates and lay eggs.

Sowbug

6233 Found in basement and under rocks in yard, From Cochrane, Alberta

Number 6233 – This is a sowbug, a terrestrial crustacean in the order Isopoda. These are harmless scavengers on decomposing organic matter.

Plant Bug

6232 What is this thing? They are all over my backyard crawling on everything. I am afraid their get into my home and cause infestation. Please help From Mississauga, Ontario

Number 6232 – This is a plant bug in the family Miridae; these will not infest anything in your home.

Death-Watch Beetle

6231 These little guys recently showed up in the last week (end of May) in my basement. I noticed them on the floor, ceiling, around the windows and around the door to the mechanical room where we brought in some wood from the garage in the winter. The weather lately has been mild and wet, with temperatures fluctuating.

Number 6231 – This appears to be a death-watch beetle in the genus Ptilinus (Coleoptera: Anobiidae); see Click here for some images. These likely came in as larvae within the firewood; their larvae bore in the wood of several hardwood species, but are not known to attack wooden structures.

Crab Spider

6230 Found this spider inside our house in Southwestern Ontario. My husband has woken up with a few bites that swelled up this week and we’re looking for the culprit. Is this spider harmful to humans or pets? From Bothwell, Ontario.

Number 6230 – This is a crab spider (family Thomisidae); Click here for an example. These are ambush predators that lay in wait for potential meals to get within grabbing distance. They are harmless to humans and pets.

Hellgrammite

6229 This bug is 10cm long and I saw it on our deck. Thanks for your attention. From Douglas Ontario

Number 6229 – This is a hellgrammite, the larval stage of a dobsonfly (Corydalus spp.; Megaloptera: Corydalidae). Hellgrammites are aquatic and are predators on other small aquatic life forms. When they complete their growth, they leave the water in order to find a safe place to pupate and transform to the adult dobsonfly. Click here for details on their life history.

Nymph of an elm seed bug

6228 We have had these bugs last 2 Springs. There are hundreds of these on my property. They are on side of house, around doors. They are in trees (Siberian elms…I think) eating the leaves and are in ground rock cover. The smaller the bug the redder it looks from a distance. They are quite small. The biggest I have seen is about 4 mm but they seem to vary in size. Please help identify so I can get rid of them. From Oliver BC

Number 6228 – These appear to be nymphs of the elm seed bug, Arocatus melanocephalus (Hemiptera/Heteroptera: Lygaeidae). These do not eat leaves, but suck the juices from elm seeds; they appear to do little real harm, but can become serious nuisance pests. Click here for more detailed information.

Milkweed Bug

6227 I had a few of these small 1/4-inch orange-red and black bugs in my garden last year. It is the beginning of June and this year they seem to be hatching families. I have seen milkweed bugs around here, but they are much larger. Are they part of the same family? From Toronto Ontario

Number 6227 – These do resemble the nymphs of the large milkweed bug, Oncopeltus fasciatus (Hemiptera/Heteroptera: Lygaeidae). The adults look like this: Click here

Foreign Grain Beetle

6226 I took photos of this insect on my bed today (May 31st, 2018). Lately the weather has felt like summer. I’ve started noticing them about a week ago and mainly on and in my bed, maybe 1 or 2 at a time. As I would start falling asleep, I would wake up and find one on my pillow. So far I have no bites, hives or itchy spots. I removed my bed sheets and there are no bug infestations or blood stains. Yesterday I just kept seeing them in almost every room of the house (floors, walls, ceilings, bedding, etc.). They are tiny and much smaller than an apple seed. All the ones I’ve caught look the same. I’m wondering if they are an early stage bed bug. How do I get rid of them? From Ottawa, Ontario

Number 6226 – This appears to be a foreign grain beetle, Ahasverus advena (Coleoptera: Silvanidae). Sometimes also called new house beetles or plaster beetles, they feed primarily on mould/mould spores found in humid/damp environments. Reducing indoor relative humidity levels should control them. Click here for more detailed information

Elm Sawfly

6225 My daycare children found this guy crawling in my lawn. Thankfully, nobody touched it. I caught it in a zip-lock bag & his teeth punctured numerous holes through it. At first, I thought a bald-faced hornet. However, the coloring is off. Just not quite sure what type of wasp/hornet it could be. From Kronau, Saskatchewan

Number 6225 – This is an elm sawfly, Cimbex americana (Hymenoptera: Cimbicidae). They lack a sting and are completely harmless; see Click here for more detailed information.

Bark-gnawing beetle

6224 Found May 30th on a 30°C day. Northern Ontario, halfway between North Bay and Timmins. Fairly flat and hard with clear light brown under wings. It’s just over a centimeter long. 

Number 6224 – This is a bark-gnawing beetle (Coleoptera: Trogossitidae); Click here for an example. These are associated with fungi in rotten wood, but little appears known about their specific habits. Nice find!

Lady beetle

6223 Found this little guy on a counter at work. It’s been around 20° and warm here on Vancouver island in May. This beetle looks like a species of ladybug but had an unusual pattern. Same size as a traditional ladybug. From Courtenay, British Columbia

Number 6223 – This is a lady beetle (Coleoptera: Coccinellidae); it appears to be Myzia subvittata, known as the subvittate lady beetle – Click here for an image.

Caddisflies

6222 Waterloo Ontario. Hundreds of these outside and under deck and on front porch, anywhere high around entire house. But congregate on window screens and walls. They fly is like a meal moth but are very quick and difficult to kill. Go into any crevices and brickwork and can make themselves very narrow. Also like it underneath and in between my outdoor furniture cushions, where I also find webbing. They mate and then I find yellow silk web with hundreds of tiny pale-yellow eggs. Webbing is mainly on underside of windows and up high along walls and underside of fascia. But have also found eggs in between cushions and on underside of furniture. Started about second week of May for the past several years. When I go outside they fly in my hair and anywhere else. How do I eradicate this? It seems to last for 2-3 months. It’s ruining my outdoor enjoyment!

Number 6222 – These are caddisflies (order Trichoptera), related to butterflies and moths. Their larvae are aquatic where they constitute a very important part of the food web there. The adults are harmless, but some species can be nuisance pests when they occur in large numbers, see Click here. They would not be responsible for the webbing and eggs that you mentioned.

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