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False bombardier beetle

6636.    Lucedale, MS. United States

 

Number 6636. This is a false bombardier beetle, Galerita sp. (Coleoptera: Carabidae). Click here for more detailed information.

Broad-nosed/short-snouted weevil

6635.     Stony plain, Alberta. Canada

 

Number 6635. 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 more detailed information.

Orb weaving spider

6634.    Hi., thank you for your help and service. What type of spider is it? Is it poisonous? Can it cause some kind of harm to children or pets? Is it aggressive?, thank you. MONTREAL, QUEBEC. Canada

 

Number 6634. This is an orb weaving spider in the genus Araneus. Although they have venom glands and thus technically considered venomous, they are harmless to humans. Click here for another example.

Eggs of a moth

6633.    Deer fence around raised garden bed. Don’t know if I should be concerned about these insect eggs. Paula, Hammonds Plains, Nova Scotia. Canada

 

Number 6633. These most likely are the eggs of a moth whose larvae would feed on tree/shrub leaves; I don’t think that you need to worry overmuch.

Nymph of a brown marmorated stink bug

6632.    On pepper plants. Hamilton, Ontario. Canada

 

Number 6632. This is a nymph of a brown marmorated stink bug, Halyomorpha halys (Hemiptera/Heteroptera: Pentatomidae). This is an introduced species that has become a pest in many areas of North America; Click here for more detailed information.

White-margined burrower bugs

6631.    These beetles were found in Winnipeg, Manitoba on a stump. The stump was not rotten only a few weeks ago was the tree cut down. Some of the beetles appeared all black and some were bright red and black. They were about 1/4 inch long. It is about 16-20 degrees Celsius today. Winnipeg, Manitoba. Canada

 

Number 6631. These are not beetles, but are white-margined burrower bugs, Sehirus cinctus (Hemiptera/Heteroptera: Cydnidae); Click here for an image. The adults and nymphs (the red ones) feed primarily on the seeds of nettles and plants in the mint family.

German cockroach

6630.    Hi. I’ve included photo of this insect. I found them mostly living in kitchen and bathroom, indoor. they are surrounded in the dark corner. It’s hard to catch them, they react active once you find them and run fast. It’s hard to. I thought they are roach at first, used bait and bug spray for roach. However, these actions did not work. Please help me. Thank you. Ottawa, Ontrario. Canada

 

Number 6630. This is a German cockroach, Blattella germanica (Blattodea: Ectobiidae), a peridomestic species difficult to bring under complete control. Click here for some control recommendations.

Blister beetle

6629.    Tasso Lake, Waterloo, Huntsville/Lake of Bays Ontario. Canada

 

Number 6629. This is a blister beetle (Coleoptera: Meloidae) in the genus Meloe. Sometimes called oil beetles, their bodily fluid (haemolymph) contains a chemical called cantharidin that can cause blisters on tender skin. Click here for example

Aphids

6628.    This is probably a very common garden pest but I’m having trouble identifying it. Magnification is about 90x using a digital microscope. There are swarms of these almost coating the top 8 inches of some Himalayan impatience plants as well as a section of a honeysuckle growing in a different part of my yard. Thank you in advance .. Brad. Calgary, Alberta. Canada

 

Number 6628. These are aphids (Hemiptera/ Sternorrhyncha: Aphididae). Also known as plant lice, they are sap feeders and some species can vector viral diseases of plants. Click here for more detailed information

Scarab beetle

6627.    What is the name of this bug. Tumkur, Karnataka. India

 

Number 6627. This is a scarab beetle (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae). You might try posting your image on the Scarab Beetles of India Facebook page (Click here) to see if anyone there can provide a more specific identification.

Assassin bug

6626.    This bug bit my partner when starting his car. It’s roughly an inch long. He said there was an awful shooting pain at the bite site. Located in Nepean/Ottawa, Ontario. Nepean, Ontario. Canada

 

Number 6626. This is an assassin bug (Hemiptera/Heteroptera: Reduviidae) in the genus Zelus. Their saliva contains powerful enzymes that break down the tissues of their prey and this is what makes their bite so painful. Fortunately, it is not dangerous to humans. Click here for more detailed information.

Caterpillar of a sphinx moth

6625.    Our dog found this in my wife’s flower beds. It is the size of a “cigar”, segmented, no legs, and has two large eye like markings on one end. The other end looks like it comes to a point. Wautoma, Wisconsin. United States

 

Number 6625. This is a caterpillar of a sphinx moth (Lepidoptera: Sphingidae) in the genus Lintneria. Click here for an example.

Sexton beetle

6624.    What is it ? Toronto, ON. Canada

 

Number 6624. This is a sexton beetle (Coleoptera: Silphidae; Nicrophorus sp.). Sometimes also called burying beetles, they locate and bury carcasses of small mammals and birds that then serve as a food source for their larvae. Click here and Click here for images.

Ground-nesting bee

6623.    This bug was in a dead oak that died last year…. can you please identify it for us. My husband cut it up last year and we just pulled it out of the bush…. a few of our oaks have died this year and last year. We found the bugs this week Aug 26 2019. We think they are emerald ash borer…do they act the oaks too? Mooretown, ON. Canada

 

Number 6623. This is a solitary ground-nesting bee in the family Halictidae. Some species in this family are called sweat bees as they seem attracted to human perspiration; all are valuable pollinators.

Crane fly

6622.    Tillsonburg, ON. Canada

 

Number 6622. This is a crane fly (Diptera: Tipulidae). They do not bite and are harmless, but the larvae of some species (called leather jackets) can be turf/lawn pests. Click here for a sampling.

Larva of a green lacewing

6621.    This bug did bite me. This is the second time I’ve been bitten by a bug like this? Please help me identify this thing. St catharines, Ontario. Canada

 

Number 6621. 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. Click here for more detailed information.

Ground beetle

6620.    Oakville, Ontario. Canada

 

Number 6620. This is a ground beetle (Coleoptera: Carabidae). The vast majority of these are general predators on other small invertebrates. Click here for more detailed information

Aphid

6619.    These bugs are found in my backyard. They stay in cluster around the branches of a small tree, which is slowly dying due to these bugs. If you can let me know what they are and for i can effectively remove them, that would be much appreciated. Thank you! Calgary, AB. Canada

 

Number 6619. This is an aphid (aka plant louse), Hemiptera/Sternorrhyncha: Aphididae. These are sap feeders and some species can transmit viral diseases of plants. They can be removed with a strong stream of water from a hose, or sprayed with an insecticidal soap. Click here for more detailed information.

Robber fly

6618.    Found in my yard late August. It was flying around quite aggressively, even getting into a short mid-air tumble with another flying bug as it passed by. It made several short (1-2 second) flights while I watched, but almost seemed to be defending the wooden bench it kept returning to. Mission, British Columbia. Canada

 

Number 6618. This is a robber fly (Diptera: Asilidae) that mimics a bumble bee. These are ambush predators that select a perch that gives them a good field of view for sighting potential meals, Click here for an example.

Long-horned wood boring beetle

6617.    Hello, I live in an apartment building near a park in Toronto, Ontario. I have seen a couple of these bugs throughout the summer. Not entirely sure what it is, but my indoor cat hunts bugs so want to ensure it is nothing to worry about, for him or myself. Could you please identify it and advise next steps? Thank you. Toronto, Ontario. Canada

 

Number 6617. This is a long-horned wood boring beetle (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae); Click here for an image. I cannot make a more specific identification at this time.

Western conifer seed bug

6616.    Hello, I live in an apartment building near a park in Toronto, Ontario. I have seen a couple of these bugs indoors throughout the summer. Not entirely sure what it is. My cat hunts bugs so want to ensure this is not something to worry about, for him or myself. Could you please identify it, and advise next steps? Thank you. Toronto, Ontario. Canada

 

Number 6616. This is nothing to worry about, it is a western conifer seed bug, Leptoglossus occidentalis (Hemiptera/Heteroptera: Coreidae), a common nuisance pest. Click here for more detailed information.

Carrot wasp

6615.    We are building a new house in the country and found this guy at about 11Am one morning and have never seen it before and can’t find a picture anywhere on the net. Can you tell me what it is ? Grande Prairie, Alberta. Canada

 

Number 6615. This is a carrot wasp; Gasteruption sp. (Hymenoptera: Gasteruptiidae), Click here for an image. They are parasitoids on solitary ground-nesting bees. Nice find!

Powder post beetle

6614.    I live near Lloydminster Alberta in old house I think 1946 or older , I discovered several beetles all over the floor, counters etc . They are around 3 mm long, if touch them they seem to freeze. It is July is hot humid here, more rain than usual I think. I thought may be they are powderpost beetle or plaster beetle, not sure they are reddish brown. One picture I didn’t send because too much data, the antenna got three segments. Soon as receive an answer possible I will attack them. Soon I will renovate, gut my house remove the plaster and wood chip for insulation.

 

Number 6614. This beetle does not look like a typical powder post beetle and it definitely is not a plaster (foreign grain) beetle. If you have powder post beetles, you should see the typical damage. Click here for some images.

Larva of a larder beetle

6613.    Hello, this larva it was in a restaurant kichen in Greece (there were more larvas there), could you identifed it? VOLOS, MAGNISIA. Greece

 

Number 6613. This is a larva of a larder beetle, Dermestes lardarius (Coleoptera: Dermestidae) or a close relative. Click here elsewhere on this site for some control recommendations.

Blattella germanica

6612.    Saw this on vacation at relative ‘s house in chicago. Any idea what it is? Chicago, Illinois. United States

 

Number 6612. This is a, Blattella germanica (Blattodea: Ectobiidae), a peridomestic species difficult to bring under complete control. Click here  for some control recommendations.

Giant ichneumon wasp

6611.     Spotted this on York and Adelaide in downtown Toronto. Not sure if this is a wasp? Have never seen one of thee before. Thank you. Toronto, Ontario. Canada

 

Number 6611. This is a giant ichneumon wasp (Hymenoptera: Ichneumonidae; Megarhyssa sp. – Click here for images and more detailed information.

Nymph an assassin bug

6610.    My husband was bit by this insect. Tillsonburg, Ontario. Canada

 

Number 6610. This is a nymph 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.

Crane fly

6609.    Looks like a crane fly but darker colors. Peterborough, Ontario. Canada

 

Number 6609. This is indeed a crane fly (Diptera: Tipulidae). They can come in a variety of colours; Click here for a sampling.

Nymph an assassin bug

6608.    Found this on my Son shoe is please tell me what this is. He was at a lake in Ontario recently. Milton, Ontario.
Canada

 

Number 6608. This is a nymph 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.

Leafhopper

6607.    In pot plants. Hamilton, Ontario. Canada

 

Number 6607. This is a leafhopper (Hemiptera/Auchenorrhyncha: Cicadellidae) in the genus Graphocephala, Click here for an example. There are several species in this genus that are very similar in appearance and difficult to separate on images alone. They do not appear to be serious pest species.

Pea or bean weevil

6606.    I had this weird bug, very small, multiple around the house mostly been finding them on the bed. I found them a lot around the bed, and they crawl up walls. They are very small. This is a zoomed in picture. They don’t seem to bite. I found a couple in the washroom as well. Scarborough.

 

Number 6606. This is a pea or bean weevil (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae; subfamily Bruchinae). Not a true weevil, these beetles will infest seeds of many plants, primarily those in the legume family. You should check any areas where you store dry seeds of any kind for signs of insect infestation. Click here for an image.

Orb weaving spider

6605.    Seen at night on a web spun on a light. We live in a rural area. Ariss, Ontario. Canada

 

Number 6605. This is an orb weaving spider (family Araneidae). The image is not clear enough for a specific identification; it may be in the genus Neoscona. All orb weavers are harmless to humans. Click here for another example.

Larva of the Asian multi-colored lady beetle

6604.    Black with orange on the back. Looks like 6 legs, but the butt of the bug spikey. Port Hope, Ontario. Canada

 

Number 6604. This is a larva of the Asian multi-colored lady beetle, Harmonia axyridis (Coleoptera: Coccinellidae). Also known by other common names including the harlequin lady beetle, it is an introduced species. Click here for details on its life history.

Giant willow aphid

6603.    We have 100s of these in our backyard – Do you know what they are? Will they leave? Barrie, ON. Canada

 

Number 6603. This looks like a giant willow aphid, Tuberolachnus salignus (Hemiptera/Sternorrhyncha: Aphididae; subfamily Lachninae). Click here for details on their life history.

Larva of a beetle

6602.    These are always found under carpet in the living room. Only in that area we changed the carpet over the last year and again they are back. We’ve had the same wooden table not sure if that’s significant. We never see a bug or any type of thing that the larvae might turn in to, always just the larvae. Would really appreciate a correct identification of this annoying thing. Mississauga, Ontario. Canada

 

Number 6602. This is a larva of a beetle in the family Dermestidae (carpet/hide/skin/larder beetles and allies). I cannot see its terminal segments clearly enough to determine whether this is a black carpet beetle (Attagenus sp.) or a larder beetle (Dermestes lardarius) larva. Click here for control recommendations.

Broad-nosed/short-snouted weevil

6601.    Finding upwards of 6 a day on hardwood floors and/or in bathrooms. Always one alone never with another. Most finds on upper floor of a two story detached residence. Calgary, Alberta. Canada

 

Number 6601. 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 more detailed information.

Long-horned wood-boring beetle

6600.      Found flying indoors, wondering what type of beetle (?) this is. August 20, 2019. Uxbridge, Ontario. Canada

 

Number 6600. This is a long-horned wood-boring beetle (Coleoptera; Cerambycidae). Click here for an image.

Horntail

6599.      Looks like a spider wasp but my searches have not turned up a match. Somewhat resembles a Tarantula Hawk Wasp but my photo’s white markings are very different. Any help will be gratefully received. Garden Bay, British Columbia. Canada

 

Number 6599. This is a type of wood wasp known as a horntail (Hymenoptera: Siricidae); it appears to be Urocerus albicornis, whose larvae tunnel in the wood of conifers including fir, larch, spruce, pine, Douglas-fir, hemlock, and western red cedar. A very comprehensive guide to this group of insects can be seen at Click here

Ground beetle

6598.     Found in my office, doesn’t seem to move fast. PRIMEAU, Quebec. Canada

 

6598.  This is a ground beetle (Coleoptera: Carabidae); these are general predators on other small invertebrates, mainly other insects. Click here for more detailed information

Giant aphids

6597.      On our spruce tree. Bald-faced hornets are swarming all around the area as well ?? Maberly, Ontario. Canada

 

Number 6597. These are giant aphids (Hemiptera/Sternorrhyncha: Aphididae; subfamily Lachninae). The wasps likely were attracted by the sweet substance (honeydew) secreted by the aphids. Click here for more detailed information

Bark lice

6596.      I found these beetle juice and looking bugs around my Hammock lines. Never seen them before are they new? They had a weird sway to them. Any info would be great thanks. Tiny, Ontario. Canada

 

Number 6596. These are bark lice (Psocodea: Psocidae); likely Cerastipsocus venosus, a species often referred to as ‘tree cattle.’ They do not cause any harm as they feed on fungi, algae, lichen, dead bark and other materials that occur on tree trunks and large limbs;  Click here for details on their life cycle.

Nymphs of a stink bug

6595.       New Westminster, BC. Canada

 

Number 6595. These are nymphs of a stink bug (Hemiptera/Heteroptera: Pentatomidae); likely those of the brown marmorated stink bug, Halyomorpha halys, Click here for an image.

Ichneumon wasp

6594.  Hello not sure what kind of insect. I found this in my backyard today and would like to know what it is. Thank you for your time. Sincerely. Nathan. Horseshoe valley. Canada

 

Number 6594. This is an ichneumon wasp (Hymenoptera: Ichneumonidae); it looks like Saranaca elegans,  Click here for an image. All ichneumon wasps are parasitic on other arthropods, primarily other insects; this species appears to prey upon the caterpillars of the Virginia creeper sphinx moth.

Nymphs of a stink bug

6593.  Victoria, British Columbia. Canada

 

Number 6593. These are nymphs of a stink bug (Hemiptera/Heteroptera: Pentatomidae). They may be in the genus Chlorochroa (Click here for an example), but the image is not clear enough to be certain.

Dog-day/annual cicada

6592.  Winged insect – 1-11/2″ long on top of a June Bug……in the morning the shell of the June bug was left completely dessicated. Kingston, Ontario. Canada

 

Number 6592. The winged insect is a dog-day/annual cicada (Hemiptera/Auchenorrhyncha: Cicadidae) that has emerged from its nymphal ‘shell’ (exoskeleton; what you called a June bug). They are called annual cicadas because some emerge every year, and dog-day because their peak emergence usually in late summer (the dog-days).

Long-horned wood-boring beetle

6591.  Hello I am a Life science Student from India. I like details about an insect I found in my house. I would like to know it’s scientific Taxonomy and scientific name, please reply; I hope to get your reply. Manarcad, Kottayam Kerala. India

 

Number 6591. This is a long-horned wood-boring beetle (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae). There are more than 1500 species recorded from India, Click here for an image.

Pigeon tremex

6590.    I found this large flying insect in my pool and had never seen one before in my area. It was nearly 2 inches long. After some research I believe that it is a Pigeon Tremex. While it was recovering from being in the pool (near death unfortunately), I took this photo. Holland Landing is in central Ontario near Newmarket and in my over 50 years of living here, I have never seen one before. Holland Landing, ON. Canada

 

Number 6590. This is indeed a pigeon tremex, Tremex columba (Hymenoptera: Siricidae). Click here for details on its life history.

Pomace/vinegar fly

6589.    Montreal, Quebec. Canada

 

Number 6589. This looks like a pomace/vinegar fly (Diptera: Drosophilidae). Often (but erroneously) called fruit flies, these often become nuisance pests indoors as they can breed very quickly.

Broad-nosed/short-snouted weevil

6588.    Just wondering if you can help me identify this bug ? We just moved into the country and I’ve never seen them before in my life.. there has been more than a few in our house. Thank you!! Norwood, Ontario. Canada

 

Number 6588. This is a broad-nosed/short-snouted weevil (Coleoptera: Curculionidae; subfamily Entiminae). These often enter buildings in search shelter, but do no harm there. Click here for more detailed information.

Nymph of a dog-day/annual cicada

6587.    Saw this very interesting Bug/Beetle yesterday on a walk with my boy. Late afternoon..around 4:30pm. Weather was sunny, But quite humid. Was just curious what this thing is. London Ontario. Canada

 

Number 6587. This is a nymph of a dog-day/annual cicada (Hemiptera/Auchenorrhyncha: Cicadidae). The nymphs spend three to five years underground feeding on sap from roots, and when fully grown, they tunnel up to the surface to find a safe place for the adult winged insect to emerge from its nymphal ‘shell.’ They are called annual cicadas because some emerge every year, and dog-day because their peak emergence usually in late summer (the dog-days).

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