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Assassin bug

6666.  In my bedroom. Very oldhouse, so lots of entry points. It’s been damp lately. Low twenties temp. But it’s just about fall and we’ve had cooler weather and lots of rain lately. About 1.5-2cm long. Wingham, Ontario. Canada

 

Number 6666.  This is an assassin bug (Hemiptera/Heteroptera: Reduviidae). They are general predators on other small arthropods, mainly other insects. Some species can have a very painful (but not dangerous) bite. Click here for more detailed information.

Praying mantis

6665.    I squash it on my front porch a few days ago. I have never seen an insect as such before and wonder what it is and if it bites? Thank you. Gatineau, Qc. Canada

 

Number 6665.  This is a praying mantis (order Mantodea) in the family Mantidae; I cannot tell you any more because of the damaged condition of this specimen. All mantids are general predators on anything that they can capture, but are harmless to humans. Click here for details.

Crab spider

6664.    Found this on my husband’s shoulder in the house, and kept it in a bag! Thank You so much. kapuskasing, Ontario. Canada

 

Number 6664.  This is a crab spider (family Thomisidae). These are ambush hunters that do not spin a capture web, but simply lay in wait for something to come within grabbing distance. They are harmless to humans. Click here for more detailed information.

Spider beetles

6663.    Hi, Please help me identify these bugs, I keep finding them in the nooks and crannies of my old house. They are always in groups of many and they keep crawling. I have never seen them before in my life. Thank you. Karim. Montreal, Quebec. Canada

 

Number 6663.  These are spider beetles (Coleoptera: Anobiidae; subfamily Ptininae) in the genus Mezium, likely M. affine, known as the shiny or northern spider beetle. These can be pantry pests, infesting a wide variety of dry stored food products. Click here for more detailed information.

Aphids

6662.    Tiny 5mm to 10mm, thousands of them seemingly behaving like ants on the move with back and forth traffic. Probably had a colony. Could possibly be feeding on the sap that’s shed from large popolar trees. Fort St. John, BC. Canada

 

Number 6662.  These are aphids (Hemiptera/Sternorrhyncha: Aphididae). Also known as plant lice, they all are sap feeders and often secrete excess fluid in the form of a sticky substance called honeydew. Some species can vector viral diseases of plants. Click here for more detailed information

Flea beetles

6661.    We are located just south of Saskatoon Saskatchewan, Canada

 

Number 6661.  These most likely are flea beetles (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae; tribe Alticini); Click here for details on their life cycle.

Fritillary

6660.    This was seen in Dunnville Ontario. Hamilton, Ontario. Canada

 

Number 6660.  This is a fritillary (Lepidoptera: Nymphalidae; Speyeria sp.) There are a few species that are so similar in overall appearance that I hesitate to make a specific identification from a single image. Scroll through the images of Ontario fritillaries at Click here for some examples.

Cobweb/comb-footed spider

6659.    Size: abt. 1 cm. Found Sept 13 2019, in Ottawa, Ontario, under an old piece of furniture in a loose web. Tentatively identified as Steatoda nobilis (?). Ottawa, Ontario. Canada

 

Number 6659.  This is Steatoda triangulosa, a cobweb/comb-footed spider in the family Theridiidae. This species is harmless to humans. Click here for more detailed information.

Nymphs of the southern green stink bug

6658.    Found these bugs, along with dozens more, all on spent anise hyssop flower heads in my garden. They do not move much. Haven’t been able to find any bug image on line that identifies it, so I do not know what to do … protect, or eliminate. Thank you in advance, Hanne J. Vancouver, B.C. Canada

 

Number 6658.  These are nymphs of the southern green stink bug, aka green vegetable bug (Nezara viridula; Hemiptera/Heteroptera: Pentatomidae). Definitely a pest species; Click here for more detailed information.

Western conifer seed bug

6657.    Hi there, I found this crawling on my desk in my room in the afternoon. It was crawling quite slowly, I used a fly swatter to kill it. When I crushed it I noticed that wings had come out. From what I can tell it had 6 legs and a set of antennas. I’m terrified of getting a cockroach infestation or any bug infestation for that matter! PLEASE HELP IDENTIFY THIS. Wolfville Nova Scotia, Canada

 

Number 6657.  I cannot be certain because of the mangled condition of the specimen, but it might be a western conifer seed bug, Leptoglossus occidentalis (Hemiptera/Heteroptera: Coreidae). Although harmless, these can become nuisance pests when they enter homes in search of shelter. Click here for more detailed information.

Weevil

6656.    This has been found in a house about 3 blocks from St-Lawrence river. Could you advise what it is please? Thank you. J.C. Montreal, Quebec, Canada

 

Number 6656.  This is a weevil (Coleoptera: Curculionidae), but I cannot tell much more from this image. If it is very small (4 mm or less), it might be a grain/granary weevil in which case you should check your food/seed storage areas for signs of insect infestation. Click here

Nymph of a German cockroach

6655.    Found a couple (maybe 4 of 5) in the kitchen aat different moments of the day in less than a week. Montréal, Quebec. Canada

 

Number 6655.  I cannot be certain because of the mangled condition of the specimen, but it might be a nymph of a German cockroach, Blattella germanica (Blattodea: Ectobiidae), a peridomestic species difficult to bring under complete control. Click here for some control recommendations.

Larva of a carpet beetle

6654.    Absolute phobia of bugs… not sure what this is… terrified it’s a bed bug.. please help. Medicine Hat, Alberta. Canada

 

Number 6654. 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.

Nymph an assassin bug

6653.    Hi, I have a picture of a bug that I found. Had a sharp pain shot up leg and saw little blood and then the bug on the ground in my washroom not sure what this was. Not sure if you could help out. Ontario

 

Number 6653. 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.

Larva of a scarlet malachite beetle

6652.    Found on living room chair. Very small – about 1 cm wide & about 4-5 cm long. I think it may be carpet beetle larvae, but not sure. Calgary, AB. Canada

 

Number 6652. This is a larva of a scarlet malachite beetle, Malachius aeneus (Coleoptera: Melyridae) – Click here for detailed information. This is not a pest, but simply an accidental intruder. They are general predators on other small arthropods.

Nymph of a cockroach

6651.     We just moved into a furnished place and are seeing quite a few of these. Mostly in the kitchen, but this one was in the bathroom. They only seem to come out at night. Being told these are just sow bugs/wood bugs, but they look more like cockroaches to us. Zurich, ON. Canada

 

Number 6651. It is a nymph of a cockroach, likely a German cockroach, Blattella germanica (Blattodea: Ectobiidae), a peridomestic species difficult to bring under complete control. Click here  for some control recommendations.

Checkered beetle

6650.    Found near firewood. Alliston, Ontario. Canada

 

Number 6650. This is a checkered beetle (Coleoptera; Cleridae). These are general predators on other small arthropods. Click here for an example.

Aphid

6649.    White. Approx. 1.5 mm. 6 legs. Antennae. September/end of summer beginning of fall. WINNIPEG, MB. Canada

 

Number 6649. This is an aphid (Hemiptera/Sternorrhyncha: Aphididae). Also known as plant lice, they all are sap feeders and some species can vector viral diseases of plants. Click here for more detailed information

Earwig

6648.    Haugh. Grub Justin. Afghanistan

 

Number 6648. This is an earwig (order Dermaptera). They are harmless to humans, but their forceps-like cerci at the end of their abdomen can give a light pinch. Click here for details on their life history.

Orb weaving spider

6647.    Found September 8th in house, but patio door had been open a lot of the day on the 7th. Calgary, AB. Canada

 

Number 6647. This is an orb weaving spider in the genus Araneus, likely Araneus marmoreus (marbled orb-weaver), a highly variable species. Click here for an example. All orb weavers are harmless to humans.

Nymph of a brown marmorated stink bug

6646.    Just looking to identify this bug. Maidstone, ON. Canada

 

Number 6646. This is a nymph of a brown marmorated stink bug, Halyomorpha halys (Hemiptera/Heteroptera: Pentatomidae) in the act of shedding its ‘skin’ (exoskeleton), a process called molting; Click here for an image. This bug goes through five nymphal stages before becoming an adult; Click here for an image.

Long-horned wood-boring beetle

6645.    We found this beetle on the back walk by our house on Vancouver Island. I estimate it to be 2”-2.5” long. I have no idea what it is. Hoping you can help ID it. Thx. Victoria, BC. Canada

 

Number 6645. This is a long-horned wood-boring beetle (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae) in the subfamily Prioninae. These are among the largest beetles in North America; their larvae usually are found boring in large tree roots. Click here for an image.

Grain beetle

6644.    Size about 3-4 mm. Looks like it’s missing its legs. Québec, Québec. Canada

 

Number 6644. This is a grain beetle in the genus Oryzaephilus (saw-toothed and merchant grain beetles). These can infest a wide variety of dry stored food products. Click here for more detailed information.

Female eastern Hercules beetle

6643.    Bug is about 21/2 -3 inches long about 11/2 inches wide. Don’t know what it is or where it came from. Found it crawling across my laundry room floor. Wyandotte, Oklahoma. United States

 

Number 6643. This is a female eastern Hercules beetle, Dynastes tityus (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae). Click here for more detailed information.

Hickory tussock moth caterpillar

6642.    Hamilton, Ontario. Canada

 

Number 6642. This looks like a hickory tussock moth caterpillar, Lophocampa caryae (Lepidoptera: Erebidae). Click here for more detailed information.

Non-biting midge

6641.    These little guys seem to appear out of nowhere two days after our first frost (-2 c, -4 c windchill) It was cold and rainy the day following the frost. They have been around for nearly a week now, it’s been unseasonally cool since the frost. They are on anything green including the grass and trees and unfortunately my veggy garden. If I walk on the grass or lightly shake any plant, dozens fly away. They are light green/white in colour and small, maybe 2 or 3 cms. I’m in zone 3a. What are these ? South Porcupine, Ontario. Canada

 

Number 6641. This is a non-biting midge (Diptera: Chironomidae). They are harmless, but can be nuisance pests when they occur in large numbers. Click here for more detailed information.

Broad-nosed/short-snouted weevil

6640.    I keep finding these in my house. What are these? Are they dangerous at all? Kitimat, British Columbia. Canada

 

Number 6640. This is a broad-nosed/short-snouted weevil (Coleoptera: Curculionidae; subfamily Entiminae); Click here for an example. These weevils often enter buildings in search of shelter, but do no harm there.

Broad-nosed/short-snouted weevil

6639.    I found this tiny beetle on the wall in the upstairs hallway of my home in September. I would like to know what it is if you could tell me please and thank you. KITCHENER, Ontario. Canada

 

Number 6639. This is a broad-nosed/short-snouted weevil (Coleoptera: Curculionidae; subfamily Entiminae); Click here for an example. These weevils often enter buildings in search of shelter, but do no harm there.

Bee fly

6638.     Found in our backyard in Brampton. Brampton, Ontario. Canada

 

Number 6638. This is a bee fly (Diptera: Bombyliidae), likely in the genus Xenox; Click here for an example. These are parasitoids on solitary ground and cavity-nesting bees (including carpenter bees).

Pigeon tremex

6637.    This photo was taken in Regina, SK Canada at the beginning of September/19. It is on the outside of a window screen. Regina, SK. Canada

 

Number 6637. This is a pigeon tremex, Tremex columba (Hymenoptera: Siricidae). Also known as a horntail, their larvae tunnel in the wood of dead/dying hardwood trees where they are preyed upon by the larvae of giant ichneumon wasps in the genus Megarhyssa.  Click here for more detailed information.

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.

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