5798 Hello I am from winnipeg Manitoba, it is September 15th and in the 20s for out door temperature. I found this bug climbing down my wall in my house, I am going through bed bug treatments and was last sprayed September 13th. I am hoping that what ever this bug is, that it is the only one in my unit. I have attached a photo of his back and underside, please help me identify this gross bug. When it is on its back it flips it’s self over using its butt, a cone shipped thing that comes out from its underwhelming then retracts back when it is on its feet. Eww
This is a firefly (Coleoptera: Lampyridae); likely in the genus Ellychnia, see http://tinyurl.com/hytxztd for an example. Unlike most other fireflies, ones in this genus tend to be active during the daytime rather than in the evening. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
5797 Hello. I am in Kingston, ON and curious to know what this specimen might be. I found many of them sunning themselves on the stucco of a foundation. Thank you for this service, Matthew.
These are boxelder bugs (Hemiptera/Heteroptera: Rhopalidae; Boisea sp.); likely the eastern boxelder bug, B. trivittata. These basically are nuisance pests that do little if any real harm – see http://tinyurl.com/pr9y98a for more detailed information. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
5796 Can you please tell me what kind of spider this is. Found on a cement pad in Thunder Bay, Sept 13/2016 Sunny weather, Helen
This is a female orb weaving spider in the genus Araneus that has deposited her eggs and is approaching the end of her natural life. Both A. marmoreus and A. trifolium can have a similar appearance under this condition; I am inclined to believe that this more likely is A. trifolium. See http://tinyurl.com/z49a7bg for another example. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
5795 Found in our daughter’s bed after she woke up with bites! Measures about 1-2mm – very small! Thank you! Susi. Calgary.
This a flea that will feed on any warm blooded creature, especially humans. To eliminate them in your home 1) Take your pets to a vet for treatment, 2) Vacuum, Vacuum, vacuum. 3) Have a pest professional treat your home with residual products that will kill the adults and insect growth regulators to eliminate the eggs and larva. (IGR). More information: http://pestcontrolcanada.com/fleas
5794 Hi I’m wondering what kind of bug this is. It’s a beetle type bug with little red spiders/ticks all over it. It flew in my car window as I was driving. My name is Brad and I live in Bancroft Ontario Canada.
This is a burying/sexton beetle (Coleoptera: Silphidae) in the genus Nicrophorus. The little red critters are mites that are using the beetle as transportation (a phenomenon known as phoresy) to get to their next meal source – see http://tinyurl.com/gumcmra for an image. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
5793 Last night I sent a picture of a bug I found in my bed. It was taken with my cell. I found a live version of this bug this morning on my carpet and have taken a better picture with my camera (I hope). I really hoping it isn’t a bedbug. Once again, I live in Toronto and this bug is easily squished and has a lot of blood in it. Thanks for your help.
This, unfortunately is a bed bug that has had a good blood meal. The best control solution is to call an experienced pest professional. In the mean time do not spray pesticides that could scatter them making it more difficult to find others. See our web page for helpful information:
5792 My nabour has this one in her garden. She is wanting to know the name of it pls.
This is Argiope aurantia, an extremely common, widespread and harmless (to humans) orb weaving spider. See http://tinyurl.com/hzr5jab for much more detailed information. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
5790 Hi, My name is Leslie and we live in Calgary. We noticed hundreds of these flying insects (both large as in the picture and many very tiny ones as well) around a large window on our stair landing and then found hundreds more along the base of one wall in an unfinished part of our basement. We sprayed the basement and it immediately killed them and then we vacuumed up the rest on the landing. We haven’t seen a single one in the last week so it seems we’ve eradicated them. I would like to know if these little guys do any damage and if it’s likely they will come back. Many thanks for your help!
This is a winged ant, likely a female ‘queen.’ Unfortunately, I cannot tell what kind it is from this image; the only ones to be concerned about from a damage standpoint are carpenter ants in the genus Camponotus. See http://tinyurl.com/zbfx3m8 elsewhere on this site for detailed information on these pests. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
5789 We are trying to identify the attached insects. My location is Albuquerque, NM. They are very small, between 4-5 mm (~3/16ths of an inch), end to end, not including antennae. We are concerned these could be immature roaches, but we have lived here ten years and have never had them. We have not seen any adult insects. We are in a condo on the second floor, with one unit below part of our own. The insects are showing up on the kitchen floor, either dead or dying. We only spray outdoors, so we aren’t sure if these are coming in from the outside (deck, about 15 feet from the kitchen), or if they hatched inside. If they hatched indoors, then we can’t explain what is killing them. Also, we would expect to see a more signs, and greater numbers, not just two or three each day. We have seen approximately eight total, but can’t identify where they are coming from. Thank you. Any help in identifying the insects and recommendations to control is greatly appreciated. Kurt
These are very young cockroach nymphs, but I am uncertain as to exactly which species they might be. You might check with the owners/occupants of adjoining units to see if any had recently initiated any pest control measures. In the meantime, you might set out some ‘roach motels’ to see if you can get a better idea as to the extent of your infestation. Cockroaches essentially are nocturnal, so you might see only a few during the daytime even if a relatively heavy infestation is present. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
5788 Hi, this is Lili from Moncton New Brunswick. Found these bugs around outdoor plants in early September. They are very small, with black head, red body with stripes. And they appear in groups. There are some little red things around them, not sure whether those are eggs or babies. Please help, thanks! Lili
This appears to be a nymph of a white-margined burrower bug, Sehirus cinctus (Hemiptera/Heteroptera: Cydnidae). These are not pests that need any control; see http://tinyurl.com/zebkvpk for images and detailed information on its life history. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
5787 Hi. This was found in Prince Edward Island (Sept 2016). It is about 2” long +- and found on the grass by our propane tank. The 4 things on its back seemed to be soft and looked like the ends of paint brushes. Any Idea of what type of caterpillar this is? Thanks, Derek
This is a caterpillar of a tussock moth (Lepidoptera: Erebidae; subfamily Lymantriinae) in the genus Orgyia; likely Orgyia leucostigma, the white-marked tussock moth. See http://tinyurl.com/3mjz472 for detailed information on its life history. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
5786 My name is Nolen. I live in Delta, BC and it’s late summer. What is this thing I killed? Thanks, Nolen
This is a crane fly. The adults are a nuisance but considered harmless. The species common in the pacific northwest are a serious problem because the larvae, also known as leather jackets, feed on the roots of plants, mainly turf grass. Sometimes crane fly populations get high enough to cause damage to lawns.
More information: http://whatcom.wsu.edu/cranefly/faq.htm
5785 From Al, BC coast, Canada. Any idea what these are? quite a few around today in our house (September 3rd) never seen them before. Many thanks
This is a pair (male pursuing female) of reproductive termites. They often form pairs like this after emerging from their colony and shedding their wings. After mating, the female will attempt to found a new colony. As most people are not keen on hosting these critters, locating a certified termite control service might be a good idea – see http://tinyurl.com/z6nhap8 elsewhere on this site for a starting point. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
Western subterranean termites have acute survival instincts. If they are shaken up or disturbed, the termites often will abandon the associated area and move on to secretly cause damage in other areas in the building. Get help from an experienced pest control professional.
5784 Hello i live in mn.. I know it’s not Canada but I hope close enough for you help. I’ve looked everywhere for this bug in the net and can’t find it.. please help identify.
Nice find! This appears to be a male beetle in the family Phengodidae (glow-worms, railroad beetles). See http://tinyurl.com/cond3tn for detailed information on these fascinating insects. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
5783 Hi there, Just wondering if you can id this spider for me. I took this photo this afternoon in a mosquito net under an apple tree nearby. I’m in Grantville, Cape Breton. It appears to have a small web in the net’s peak. It’s about 3 cm long tail to tip. Thanks. Adam
This is a male orb weaving spider in the genus Araneus; likely A. marmoreus, an extremely variable species. See http://tinyurl.com/jmh6ujq for another example. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
5782 This Caterpillar was in Regina SASK Canada in AUG. 2016 Thanks Conrad
This is a fully grown caterpillar of a sphinx moth (Lepidoptera; Sphingidae); likely an Achemon sphinx, Eumorpha achemon. See http://tinyurl.com/znasbkt for images and details on its life history. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
5781 This bug was found inside our hotel room in Vernon BC. It is the third we have found in the bedroom.
Like Nos. 5779 and 5774, this is yet another broad-nose/short-snouted weevil (Coleoptera: Curculionidae; subfamily Entiminae). These weevils often enter buildings in search of shelter, but do no harm there. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
5780 I have been seeing this bug recently here in Saint John NB in my back yard. The bug is smaller then the photo makes it out to be. The body of the bug is about a cm and the tail would be about 4-5 inches. It also flies. Please let me know if you know what this bug is. Thank you!
This is Pelecinus polyturator (Hymenoptera: Pelecinidae), it is parasitic on the larvae (grubs) of beetles in the family Scarabaeidae. See http://tinyurl.com/p9wnnt4 for more detailed information. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
5779 Whitehorse, Yukon Territory. We are finding numerous bugs in our house (15-20 a day) … we would like to know if this is a pest and what steps we should take. Please see attached photo. additional info: very slow moving. 7-8mm long… , stop moving for a long time when we disturb them, VERY hard shell, everywhere in the house on walls, ceilings, floors … not sure if they can fly. thank you very much, Seb.
Like no. 5774, This is another broad-nose/short-snouted weevil (Coleoptera: Curculionidae; subfamily Entiminae). These weevils often enter buildings in search of shelter, but do no harm there. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
5778 It’s almost 2 inches big. It’s living between the windows (outside and inside) of townhouse in Edmonton. Photo taken mid August of this year. Please, please can you respond. Need to know if something to worry about, as there is a 1 year old baby as well 2 dogs. Thank you. Dave H.
Nothing to worry about here – it’s a harmless orb weaver in the genus Araneus, possibly Araneus gemmoides, known as the cat-face orb weaver; see http://tinyurl.com/j9jjvy9 for an image. All orb weavers are harmless to humans. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
5777 Walking in the forest here in French River Ontario, I came across a bunch of weird looking webs that I had never seen before. I didn’t see any spider although i did look as close as I dared to. lol I have attached a few pictures of the tree with the webs. I would greatly appreciate if you could identify these for me. Thanks so much for your time! Joanne.
This appears to be the work of a spider in the family Agelenidae. Often called funnel weavers, these spiders lay in wait within their lair until a potential meal wanders onto the web, whereupon the spider rushes out to deal with it. See http://tinyurl.com/zrsh7uc for more detailed information. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
5776 About 2.5 inches long, on a path in the community forest. What is this thing?
This is a shield-backed katydid, such as a Mormon cricket, Anabrus simplex (Orthoptera: Tettigoniidae); see http://tinyurl.com/z88v86s for an image. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
Caught on my small mousetrap in my back yard in Pleasantiew Edmonton
This looks like a young wood rat. For more photos and information see: http://pestcontrolcanada.com/wildlife-control/wood-rat-pack-rat
5775 These larval sacks were protected in some fine insulating substance just like wool. Found them in a junction box on a wall outside. (It even smelled like lambs wool.) There were about ten of these brown, slightly crispy-shelled sacks. Only one sack contained a set of 30 or so active larvae, the rest were nearly all milky, yellowish/white liquid. We’re in the Portland, Oregon, U.S. area. Really curious and unusual. Can anyone help? Barrett and Susan.
This is another head-scratcher; I am unable to determine to my satisfaction whether these are wasp or fly larvae. If at all possible, can the contributor provide any image(s) of the sack-like structures before they were cut open? Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
5774 Hello, We seem to finding more and more of these critters in our house near Calgary. They started in one area in the basement and in an area in the garage but they are becoming more prevalent and found in other areas of the house. They are only a couple of mm long and they are extremely slow moving. When bothered they stop moving altogether and you could assume that they are dead. They have 6 legs and a hard shell body. The body appears to have a mottled, and slightly rough appearance. What are they and how can we get rid of them? Thanks, Jeff
This is a broad-nose/short-snouted weevil (Coleoptera: Curculionidae; subfamily Entiminae). These weevils often enter buildings in search of shelter, but do no harm there. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
5773 Please identify. Osgoode, Ontario, taken at dusk. Bruce and Terri
These appear to be male winged ants. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
There is not enough visible detail to determine the species.
5772 Hello. I found this guy in a 5th wheel in Slave Lake AB. He had hitched a ride from somewhere either there in the vicinity or in the Rocky Mountain House and Jasper areas. He was big for an insect, I thought, about an inch long…. I caught him in a plastic glass and put him outside. Any ideas? I did look at your other pictures. Lorie
This is a long-horned wood-boring beetle (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae). It resembles some species in the genus Monochamus (‘sawyers’); see http://tinyurl.com/zrsknym for an example. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
5771 Any idea what this bug is? I found it on a leaf in my garden on August 6th, 2016, Mississauga, Ontario. Regards, Mike C
This is a nymph of a stink bug (Hemiptera/Heteroptera: Pentatomidae); possibly in the genus Podisus – see http://tinyurl.com/gmmc6p4 for an example. Bugs in this genus are called soldier bugs; they are general predators on other small arthropods, including many garden pests. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
5770 Can you Please adv8ise what this is, photo taken in my sons backyard this evening , Aug 15, 2016, Cambridge, Ontario, Canada? Thank You Christine
It’s a thread-waisted wasp (Hymenoptera: Sphecidae) in the subfamily Ammophilinae; it looks like Eremnophila aureonotata . These are caterpillar hunters – see http://tinyurl.com/hex5o5a for some images. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
5769 Hello. This is in my garden. I would really like to know what it is!! I am terrified of them but I find this one intriguing. In the past 7 days its doubled in size. Hope you can help!! Erin
This is Argiope trifasciata, an orb weaver known as the banded Argiope. It is quite common and very widespread, and like all other orb weavers, it is harmless to humans. See http://tinyurl.com/8sq4a9g for more detailed information. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
5768 The attached photo was taken in the Boundary Waters of Minnesota in August, on the bark of a birch tree. It appears to be a tight cluster of fifty or sixty black 1/4″ six-legged insects(?), being “herded” (so it appears) by six or eight large black ants moving around the perimeter of the cluster. (You can see a couple of the ants on the periphery if you look carefully.) Any help? Thank you. Dick
These are aphids (Hemiptera/Sternorrhyncha: Aphididae), also known as plant lice, being tended by ants. The ants provide the aphids some protection against predators and in turn feed off the sugary secretions (‘honeydew’) of the aphids. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
5767 Hi my name is Diana and I live in Tecumseh Ontario and it is mid August. I have a Manitoba maple infestation of wasp like bugs that fly and sting. They are burrowing in the trunk of the tree. There is no visible nest near them, yet they are swarming and burrowing into the trunks crevices from the ground up to about 7 feet. We have a tree that is approximately 20 feet away that has just recently died we’ve been told of Dutch elm disease, but I noticed these bugs in that tree as well. There are bored holes throughout the trunk. We thought the tree was in distress because of draught conditions here but it didn’t matter how much we watered it didn’t rebound. Both trees looked very healthy in April /May. The picture I am sending is of a medium sized bug… There are smaller ones and there is also a much larger one that I have seen where the body is almost 2 inches longer.
These are bald-faced hornets, Dolichovespula maculata (Hymenoptera: Vespidae). They do not bore in trees, but may thoroughly investigate any crevices/cavities for other arthropods to prey upon. At this time of year, they still are primarily carnivorous, seeking out protein to feed their young. See http://tinyurl.com/htdelhs for more detailed information. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
5766 Beside the tweezers. Found in the corner of drywall. Summertime in Oshawa Ontario. Jen
Unfortunately, this is a bed bug. See http://tinyurl.com/hwz5tea elsewhere on this site for more information and control recommendations. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
5765 Can you tell me what this is and is it dangerous?
This is a thread-wasted wasp (Hymenoptera: Sphecidae), it appears to be Sceliphron caementarium , known as the black-and-yellow mud dauber. They are of danger only to the spiders that they capture, sting, and paralyze as provisions for their larvae. See http://tinyurl.com/gpubxfa for much more detailed information on these fascinating creatures. Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
5764 Good evening, I came upon your website when I was trying to identify an insect I found outside in my tomato garden. I scanned through some pictures on your website but I didn’t see my exact bug. I’ve attached 2 photos of it having some lunch. I took these today, August 7th in Nova Scotia. It’s been fairly warm and dry here lately, if that matters. I have 3 raised garden beds inside a chain link dog kennel enclosure (to keep deer from eating my tomatoes) Anyhow, that’s where this sucker was at, on one of the posts. Thanks in advance for any help you may be able to provide. Kelly
This is a nymph of a stink bug (Hemiptera/Heteroptera: Pentatomidae) in the genus Podisus. Bugs in this genus are known as soldier bugs, and as general predators on many other arthropods often are considered beneficial by gardeners. See no. 5744 for another example and http://tinyurl.com/hhywusm for more detailed information. Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
5763 Location of photo: North Okanagan BC. Question: Could you possible identify the following insect? It’s body is about one inch long. Thank you . Sincerely, Heather
This appears to be Cyphoderris monstrosa, a hump-winged cricket (Orthoptera: Prophalangopsidae) known as a great grig -see http://tinyurl.com/zctwakz for an image. Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
5762 I believe this to be an orb weaving spider – I don’t see one exactly like this on your site. This was found in Montreal, Quebec but may have hitched a ride back from the region north of Quebec City. Thank you for your help, we are fascinated by this amazing creature. -Angus
This is an interesting colour variant of Araneus marmoreus, commonly known as the marbled orb weaver. It appears to be variety pyramidatus, which supposedly is found only in Europe; see http://tinyurl.com/zklhycz Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
5761 Kingston Ontario. Live near water… Siding is covered with these for several weeks… Only about 1/4 long. Don
This is a shed ‘skin’ (exoskeleton) of an immature mayfly. These insects are a vital part of the freshwater food web, but they can become nuisances when they emerge by the gazillions – see http://tinyurl.com/hkxk3y6. Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
5760 Found in our yard we live in Georgetown Ontario. Peggy
This is a nymph of a cicada (Hemiptera/Auchenorrhyncha: Cicadidae), likely in the genus Neotibicen. These usually are called either annual cicadas (some emerge every year after spending two to five years underground) or dog-day cicadas (because they usually emerge in late summer). Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
5759 My daughter may have got bit what is this? Is this even a spider.
This is an orb weaving spider (family Araneidae) in the genus Neoscona, likely N. arabesca – see http://tinyurl.com/j8zzap9 for an image. These spiders very seldom bite unless they are picked up and handled carelessly, and their bite is not at all dangerous to humans. Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
5758 Hello, I have been finding 2-3 of these a month in my (finished) basement in Calgary Alberta, year round. They are often dead when I find them. They move slowly and have a strong shell. The largest was nearly 1 cm long but almost always they are around 7-8mm. I think they are ‘Weevils’ but they don’t have the long snout that all other weevils seem to have. If you could help me identify them I would be very grateful. Tips for getting rid of them would also be good. We don’t have any food downstairs, and I’ve never seen one anywhere near our kitchen. Best, Rob
This is a broad-nose/short-snouted weevil (Coleoptera: Curculionidae; subfamily Entiminae). It might be a black vine weevil, Otiorhynchus sulcatus – see http://tinyurl.com/zjc5mfg for an image. These weevils often enter buildings in search of shelter, but do no harm there. Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
5757 Lone Pine, Ca. Hot dry dessert at the base of Mt. Whitney. It was on my leg yesterday afternoon. I panicked at hit it and it sat still in the ground. Looks like it flies. Didn’t smell anything or hear it make a noise. My husband smashed it before I could study it. Lived here my entire life and have never seen one. People commented that they have been seeing them here lately. Jen.
This is a leaf-footed bug (Hemiptera/Heteroptera: Coreidae) in the genus Leptoglossus; likely L. clypealis – see http://tinyurl.com/zxjctfe for an image and http://tinyurl.com/gqdkvkd for more detailed information. Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
5756 Randy from Alberta. Just noticed him hanging around my backyard and you can hear those 4 wings as it Flys. About 2.5-3″ long from head to stinger.
This is wood wasp (Hymenoptera: Siricidae) in the genus Urocerus, it looks like Urocerus flavicornis; see http://tinyurl.com/gptjc33 for an image. Their larvae tunnel in the wood of dead/dying/unhealthy trees. Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
5755 This bug was found in Brockville Ontario, Canada, while camping by a lake. He has wings as I did see it fly. Could you please identify it for me? Thanks so kindly! Eva
This is a metallic wood-boring beetle (Coleoptera: Buprestidae). Also called jewel beetles because of their often iridescent colours, their larvae (flat-headed wood borers) usually are found tunneling under the bark of trees. Some species can be serious pests. Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
5754 These worms have been destroying my strawberries. Found near Winnipeg, MB. Dave
These ‘worms’ actually are millipedes, arthropods in the class Diplopoda. Some species will indeed damage tender plant parts (including soft fruits) that are close to or on the ground. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
5753 This bug (carcass) was about an inch long (a bit less). Seen this week in Ottawa. Hot weather. Outdoors.
This is the exoskeleton of a cicada, likely one of the so-called annual (some emerge every year after spending two to five years underground) or dog-day (they usually emerge in late summer) cicadas. Most of these are in the genus Neotibicen. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
5752 The attached photo is a bug that crawled out of a plum pit that my daughter was eating. They are from BC and I had just bought them today. Please tell me what this bug is. Thank you, Angela
This is an earwig (order Dermaptera). Earwigs are very common nuisance pests that usually do little if any actual harm; occasionally, they may cause damage to very tender vegetation. See http://tinyurl.com/h5m54vn for more detailed information. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
5751 Hi I am from Newfoundland Canada and I found these little guys climbing on my house right above my door and I’m just wondering what kind of spider they are. Can you help me please? I found it weird that 2 of them were hanging out together and seemed to be following each other.
These are cobweb/comb-footed spiders in the family Theridiidae; likely Enoplognatha ovata, an extremely variable species -see http://tinyurl.com/jfpmop9 for an example. They are harmless to humans. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
5750 Thanks for the help, we are being invaded in central Kelowna near the downtown core. The bugs have been covering our buildings and it is hard to keep them out. They look a little like a boxelder bug but lack the red marks, and they are about 1/8 inch long in the small version with a mostly red body, and about a quarter inch long or more in the larger version. I really need to get them out of my home and off my door and walls, please help. Armand
This appears to be a nymph of a bug in the superfamily Lygaeoidea, such as a dirt-coloured seed bug (Hemiptera/Heteroptera: Rhyparochromidae). These tend to be nuisance pests that do very little actual harm. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
5749 In Ottawa, ON, about 3mm long, swarms of them came out on a hot summer day and running around the concrete/pavers.
I hate to admit it, but this one has me (temporarily, at least) completely bamboozled. It superficially resembles a nymph of a damsel bug (see http://tinyurl.com/hg5ues5 for an example), but I do not know of any damsel bugs having this colour pattern, and being predators, it would be extremely unusual to see large numbers of them in one place. I’ll keep trying… Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.