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Larva of a snakefly

6289 Approximately 12 mm long, moves in a snake like fashion. From Victoria, British Columbia

Number 6289 This is a larva of a snakefly (Raphidioptera: Raphidiidae), likely in the genus Agulla. These are general predators on other small arthropods, mainly other insects.

Pea or bean weevil

6288 Approximately 20 show up daily on the sunniest window every morning. Started July 30th. I live in Ottawa. They can fly but easy to catch. From Orleans, Ontario 

Number 6288 This is a special kind of leaf beetle (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae) in the subfamily Bruchinae known as a pea or bean weevil . Their larvae develop in large seeds of legumes such as peas or beans and can be serious pests. Check all areas where you store dried seeds (including bird seed) for signs of infestation – Click here   for an image.

Male fishfly

6287. From Lion’s Head, Ontario 

Number 6287 This is a male fishfly (Megaloptera: Corydalidae; subfamily Chauliodinae); it might be a summer fishfly, Chauliodes pectinicornis Click here for an image.

Larva of a larder beetle

6286 Have no clue what these things are, its like the larva shed their skins and turn into these black nightmarish things. I hope they aren’t bad for my health or my dogs’ health, I’ll do anything to get rid of them. The larva has spikey looking hair on them and these pronged horns on the back and when they grow up their bigger and their tails are longer, they do look like they bite but I’m not sure yet. They have six legs though all together. From Calgary Alberta

Number 6286 This appears to be a larva of a larder beetle, Dermestes lardarius (Coleoptera: Dermestidae), a cosmopolitan pest that will feed on a wide variety of organic materials, especially those of animal origin. Click here for more detailed information including some control suggestions.

Female giant ichneumon wasp

6284  What is this? From George’s New Foundland

Number 6284 This is a female giant ichneumon wasp (Hymenoptera: Ichneumonidae) in the genus Megarhyssa, likely M. macrurus, see Click here for an image and more detailed information, Your specimen was in the act of drilling into the wood to deposit her egg in the tunnel of a wood wasp in the family Siricidae.

Common red soldier beetle

6285  These flying bugs are about 1 cm long and don’t seem to do much damage. We haven’t seen them before, but they are reproducing somewhat quickly in our vegetable/herb garden. Any information would be appreciated. From

Number 6285 This is a common red soldier beetle, Rhagonycha fulva (Coleoptera: Cantharidae), they feed primarily on the smaller insects that they find on flowers. See Click here  for an image and more detailed information.

late stage nymph of a hairy chinch bug

6283  Hunderds just showed up on our pressure treated wood surrounding a flower garden in Center of city.
Also see them lots in my grass, which is very patchy and brown

Number 6283 This appears to be a late stage nymph of a hairy chinch bug, Blissus leucopterus hirtus (Hemiptera/Heteroptera: Blissidae), a common turf pest in Ontario; see Click here for more detailed information.

Bed bug

6282 What is this? From Nanaimo, Bc

Number 6282 This is either a bed bug (Cimex lectularius; Hemiptera/Heteroptera: Cimicidae) or the closely related bat bug (Cimex pilosellus). Click here for an image. Also Click here for an excellent publication on bed bugs.

Giant lichen orbweaver

6281 This creature met me in my garden this morning. Have asked hubby and son neither answer appears to be correct. From Thunder Bay, Ontario

Number 6281 This is a giant lichen orbweaver, Araneus bicentenarius, Click here for an image. All orb weavers are harmless to humans.

Larva of a beetle

6280 First found this bug behind my kitchen sink, then on the floor in my bathroom. Found this one in my shower with me this morning. Roughly over a centimetre long. Just need help identifying so I can get rid of them properly. From Dowling, Ontario

Number 6280 This is a larva of a beetle in the family Dermestidae (carpet/skin/hide/larder beetles and allies). These can feed on a wide variety of organic materials (primarily those of animal origin), including accumulations of dead insects. You might check any clothing/fabrics, especially those in long-term storage, that incorporate wool or silk for signs of insect damage.

Wharf borer, Nacerdes melanura

6279 Hello, I’ve recently found 2 or 3 of these insects in (and around) my bathroom every day for the past week. Every time, I remove them but the day after (sometimes even less) another is there. Sometimes 2 or 3 even. I have absolutely no idea what this could be, I’ve never seen these in my life and I haven’t been living in Quebec (or Canada) since long so maybe it’s something local to Quebec? I’m clueless about this and I’m afraid it might be something serious. I hope you can help identify this. Thank you in advance. From Quebec

Number 6279 This is a wharf borer, Nacerdes melanura (Coleoptera: Oedemeridae). Their larvae bore in wet, rotting wood and seldom if ever cause any real structural damage. Click here  for more detailed information.

Elm seed bug

6278 Trying to discover if my pets, family or home are in danger from these little guys. they appear to be about 3/8″ long and look to be infesting any wood on wood surfaces outside (where our wooden patio furniture is resting against the wooden fence, dozens of them will be hiding) they appear to be growing in numbers and we have started to see them inside the house. Began seeing them early spring, currently midsummer. From Vancouver, BC

Number 6278 This looks like an elm seed bug, Arocatus melanocephalus (Hemiptera/Heteroptera: Lygaeidae). This is an introduced European species; see Click here for more detailed information. These are nuisance pests that cause no real harm but they stink when crushed and their fecal droppings on structures are an eyesore.

Giant water bug

6277 Found in our backyard pool

Number 6277 This is a giant water bug (Hemiptera/Heteroptera: Belostomatidae). Also known as toe-biters or electric light bugs, they are voracious predators on other aquatic life forms, including other insects, tadpoles, and minnows. They are very strong fliers and have been found far from any natural water source. Click here for more detailed information on these fascinating creatures.

Shed ‘skin’ (exuvium) of a Mayfly subimago

6276 From Dartmouth, Nova Scotia

Number 6276 This is a shed ‘skin’ (exuvium) of a mayfly subimago (an intermediate stage between the aquatic nymph and the fully mature adult). Mayflies are the only insect that molts after it has developed wings.

Red-shouldered pine borer, Stictoleptura canadensis

6275 Hello, this beetle was outside on my deck around noon today (July 16/18); the weather was very hot and humid. I think it’s a long-horned beetle of some sort, but I can’t find it in my field guide and I didn’t see it in your photo archive. The second photo is included just for scale (that’s a Canadian dime). I’d love to know what kind of beetle this is. Thanks. From Peterborough, Ontario

Number 6275 This is a red-shouldered pine borer, Stictoleptura canadensis (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae; subfamily Lepturinae) – Click here for an image.

‘Skin’ (exuvium) of a nymph of a cicada

6274 What kind of bug is this? It’s cracked open and there’s nothing in it, what kind of bug is empty?

Number 6274 This is the shed ‘skin’ (exuvium) of a nymph of a cicada (Hemiptera/Heteroptera: Cicadidae), likely one of the so-called dog-day or annual cicadas such as those in the genus Neotibicen -see Click here for an image.

Broad-nosed/Short-snouted weevil

6273 Tiny tiny beetle! Half the size in width of a pinky nail. Lime green. Was at falcon lake sunny summer day. He could fly but really didn’t seem to care to. What is he?

Number 6273 This is a broad-nosed/short-snouted weevil (Coleoptera: Curculionidae; subfamily Entiminae); it looks like Polydrusus formosus, known as the green immigrant leaf weevil – see Click here for images and more information.   

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

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