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.
5748 Hi. My name is Sarita.I live in Surrey, BC,. We have a lot of bees (picture attached) in our house. I need your help how we can remove them and their nest. Thanks. Sarita. Enclosed: indoor pictures of bee.
This is not a bee. It is a Yellowjacket wasp. If you can find the nest and it is easily accessible there are aerosol pesticides that can be sprayed into the nest, but use caution and plan an escape route. You could also call an experienced pest professional and avoid the risks. http://pestcontrolcanada.com/british-columbia/surrey
5747 Location: Beamsville, Ontario. All of a sudden we have found a large amount of these bugs in our front porch area and entering the home. Mark
This is a dirt-colored seed bug (Hemiptera/Heteroptera: Rhyparochromidae); it resembles Raglius alboacuminatus, a European species that has become established in the Pacific Northwest – see http://tinyurl.com/gmqq2g7 for an image. If this is that species, it would represent a significant range extension. You might query the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture (http://tinyurl.com/gn5gmlc) to see if there have been any other similar reports. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
5746 Hi, this bug is in my firewood. Some just under bark, and some in middle of wood.
This is a pupa of a wood wasp known as a horntail (Hymenoptera: Siricidae). Their larvae tunnel in the wood of dead/dying trees, where they often fall victim to giant ichneumon wasps in the genus Megarhyssa – See http://tinyurl.com/jahprf2 for details. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
5745 Hello I’m Leo. I found this while sweeping outside my work, and I’ve never seen anything like it. It was HUGE (About the size of a Bic lighter) and wouldn’t fly when nudged. I’m in South Carolina, USA. Thank you!
This is a cicada (Hemiptera/Auchenorrhyncha: Cicadidae); it appears to be in the genus Neotibicen. Cicadas in this genus (formerly placed in the genus Tibicen) often are called dog-day cicadas or harvestflies as they emerge from underground late in summer unlike their periodical (13- and 17-year cicadas) cousins. See http://tinyurl.com/nevclj9 for more detailed information. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
5744 Hi, my name is Ronna. I found this bug in my back yard in Moncton, NB on a hot sunny July day. What is it?
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 http://tinyurl.com/hhywusm for more detailed information. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
5743 I found this crawling in my coffee grinder, right after dumping some coffee beans in, so I’m guessing it came from in the bag of beans. At first I wondered if it was a foreign insect that came with the coffee, but that’s not the case since the beans I buy are roasted here in Guelph, Ontario, so any stowaway insects would not still be alive after roasting… so I’m guessing it’s a local critter! Please help me figure out what it is?! thanks, Andrew
This is indeed a local species; it is a nymph of an assassin bug (Hemiptera: Heteroptera: Reduviidae) known as the masked hunter (Reduvius personatus), a peridomestic species with a wide distribution. See No. 5740 for another example. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
5742 Hello, My name is Joy and I live in Jemseg, NB. Encountered this spider in my raspberry patch last evening.
This is an orb weaving spider in the family Araneidae; it looks like Araneus marmoreus, known as the marbled orb weaver. This species is highly polymorphic, exhibiting a very wide range of individual variation in colour patterns. See http://tinyurl.com/zyq5dmu for more detailed information on this species. All orb weavers are harmless to humans. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
5741 Hi there. This “nest” is inside a cottage in Haliburton ontario, any idea what it could be? Patti
I have never seen anything quite like this before; it does not look like any insect or spider ‘nest’/egg sac or cocoon that I am familiar with. It is possible that it might be a fungal/fungus-like growth of some kind – see http://tinyurl.com/zns3y73 for an example (slime mould). Try cutting into it very carefully with a sharp knife to see what the interior looks like. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
5740 IDENTIFY WHAT TYPE OF BUG THIS IS PLEASE AND THANK You. I was in Florida a few months back. Is it possible it might have came from the beach? Found it in my laundry room where all the scuba, beach items are kept. Please let me know ASAP Cheers! Debbie
This is a nymph of an assassin bug (Hemiptera: Heteroptera: Reduviidae) known as the masked hunter (Reduvius personatus). This is a peridomestic species with a wide distribution, and it does have a reputation for a very painful (but not dangerous) bite; see http://tinyurl.com/23g4bdy for more detailed information. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
5739 Hi there, My name is Rebecca. I live in Hammonds Plains, NS. I found this spider on my back deck this morning. It’s a hot, sunny, feels like 27 degrees 8:30am.
This is another orb weaving spider (family Araneidae) in the genus Araneus; likely Araneus bicentenarius, known as the giant lichen orb weaver – see http://tinyurl.com/jekst4y for an image. This species is widely distributed over the eastern half of North America. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
5738 Could you please identify this spider for me. I have quite a few lurking around. They hide during the day and are only on Web in the early evening and night. Seem harmless enough. Just want to make sure. I think this is his underside
This is an orb weaving spider (family Araneidae) in the genus Araneus; a specific i.d. is not possible from this view. All orb weavers are harmless to humans. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
5737 July 23 in Port Glasgow, Ontario About an inch long and flies, what is it? Tammy
This is a scarab beetle (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae) in the genus Osmoderma, likely Osmoderma eremicola, known as the hermit flower beetle or leather beetle; see http://tinyurl.com/c69hhjy for additional information on this fascinating insect that I first encountered some 60 years ago on our family farm in North Dakota. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
5736 Bug for identification please. July 24, 2016. Brant County, Ontario. Lister.
This is a male eastern dobsonfly Corydalus cornutus (Megaloptera: Corydalidae); Their long, forceps-like mandibles apparently are used primarily in courtship, they have little leverage and are incapable of inflicting more than a light pinch to humans skin. On the other hand, the much shorter mandibles of the female (see no. 5735) are very strong, and their bite can draw blood. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
5735 This photo was taken in Auburn, Ontario. My name is Jason O’Reilly. It landed on my kitchen window and stayed there all night and never moved an inch.
This is a female eastern dobsonfly, Corydalus cornutus (Megaloptera: Corydalidae); their aquatic larvae are known as hellgrammites and often used as fish bait.
See http://tinyurl.com/2ds89l5 for more detailed information. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
5734 Good morning, my name is Pat, I found this little critter in a pail that had a bit of water on the bottom. I live in Qualicum Beach BC, Vancouver Island on 2.5 acres surrounded by plenty of huge cedar, some white pine and fir trees. The pail was on my deck. Kind Regards, Pat
This is a flower longhorn beetle (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae; subfamily Lepturinae); it looks like Ortholeptura valida, see http://tinyurl.com/z7vdzsx for an image. This is not a pest species. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
5733 Found these at a lake in northern Saskatchewan. Wondering if they’re biting us!! Jackson
These are immatures (nymphs/naiads) of caddisflies (order Trichoptera). Case-building species such as your examples are either scavengers, feeding primarily on bits of decomposing organic matter, or herbivores, feeding on tender aquatic vegetation. They would not be biting you. See http://tinyurl.com/haaftbn for more detailed information. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
5732 Please help me identify these bugs eating my plants. My name is Maureen. I live in Thunder Bay Ontario Canada. The photo was taken today july 20th. It has been a very wet summer – hot right now. The bugs were found on my Lilly plant outside. Thank you.
Asian lily beetle. They will completely destroy your lilies if left unchecked. Best way to get rid of them is manually killing them with needle nose pliers or fingers. Check lilies every day. Pierre Henri.
5731 Hi my name is Kelly. I took this picture in Noel, Nova Scotia. I think this is some sort of beetle. I have never seen anything like this before. Thanks.
Unknown bugs make the news in Fredericton, NB. Can you identify the bugs described in this article? Sean.
These are broad-nosed/short-snouted weevils (Coleoptera: Curculionidae; subfamily Entiminae); quite likely Polydrusus formosus, known as the green immigrant leaf weevil see – http://tinyurl.com/hfpfv66 for an image. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
5730 Hi, I found this little guy on my concrete patio. It is a about 1.25 inches in length when the head was up and tail not sort of curled like in the photo. The insect was alive when I took the photo and was playing dead. I do Live in Edmonton Alberta and have never seen something like this. Just wondering what it was.. Thanks. The Van Der Kley’s
This is a beetle in the family Silphidae (carrion/burying/sexton beetles); it looks like Nicrophorus guttula – the yellow-bellied burying beetle, see http://tinyurl.com/gv92rbj for an image. These beetles locate and bury the carcasses of recently deceased small mammals or birds, and then deposit their eggs on the carcass that their larvae will feed upon. Some species exhibit a fair amount of parental care for their offspring. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
5729 There are thousands of these “flys” around my outside light and on my outside door at nighttime. Can you tell me what they are? Bill
This is a March fly (Diptera: Bibionidae). The adults are harmless nuisance pests, but the larvae of some species can damage plant roots – see http://tinyurl.com/zcq38lr for more detailed information. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.,
5728 This spider was found on a outdoor deck at Christina Lake in southern B.C. on the 28th of June on a hot afternoon in the shade. It was aproximately 2 inches long. Thanks for help with I.D. Is it poisonous? We have babies and young children. Should we worry?
– This is an orb weaving spider in the genus Araneus. Like the vast majority of spiders, it has venom glands and thus technically is venomous, but all orb weavers are harmless to humans. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
5727 Found in my hot tub. Hope you know what it is. Thanks. Garry
This appears to be a very dead (probably from drowning) arachnid in the order Opiliones. Commonly known as harvestmen or daddy long-legs, they are non-venomous and harmless to humans. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
5726 Found around Valemount, British Columbia on 7/8/2016. Roberta
This might be one of the so-called ‘tailed frogs’ in the genus Ascaphus. If so, it would have a short, stubby tail between its hind legs (cannot tell for certain from your image). See http://tinyurl.com/jgvaset for an example. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
5725 Found around Valemount, British Columbia on 7/8/2016. Roberta
This might be a long-horned wood-boring beetle (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae), but I cannot be certain because of the angle at which the photo was taken and not knowing its approximate size. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
5724 Found this while I was on my bed. I think it pinched my finger when I was brushing it off my pants… Just wondering what it is. I am in Saskatchewan Canada. Thanks ! Paulina
This is an arachnid called a pseudoscorpion. They are general predators on other small arthropods and completely harmless to humans. See http://tinyurl.com/ox8sx4o for more detailed information. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
5723 From Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. My husband found this bug in our kitchen near one of our windows. It was end of June. Wondering if it is an Assassin bug/kissing bug and if i need to worry about possible infestation or parasites? Only seen this one so far. Andrea
This is indeed an assassin bug (Hemiptera/Heteroptera: Reduviidae), but it is not a kissing bug. Specifically, it is Reduvius personatus, a peridomestic species known as the masked hunter. This species has a reputation for a very painful (but not dangerous) bite. See http://tinyurl.com/23g4bdy for more detailed information. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
5722 Hello, Found about 5 in the last week. Always in kitchen. Started seeing them in mid June. In Montreal, Quebec. About 1cm in length. Don’t remember seeing any during the winter. Seem to see more of them in the house when it’s warm and humid outdoors (we usually have the a/c on pretty high) Thank you. Mario. T
This is a click beetle (Coleoptera: Elateridae). They are accidental intruders that will not cause any damage to anything in your home. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
5721 Vernon, B.C. July 2nd. I walked into my bathroom at night and flicked on the light. I caught this thing running hurriedly back and forth scroll the medicine cabinet shelf. I think it was startled by the light. After a couple passes, I watched it wiggle it’s spinners from side to side and descend a thread, when it escaped into a crevasse. I have never seen one before and am repulsed! Sorry I could not get a few more pictures. -Robyn
This is a very gravid female ground spider (family Gnaphosidae) in the genus Sergiolus, possibly S. montanus. This species shows considerable individual variation in colour pattern; see http://tinyurl.com/juoyle6 for a somewhat more slender example. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
5720 My mother took this picture at her cottage in Porter’s Lake NS Canada. My mother said that the dragon fly was eating this other bug (brown one) she was wondering what kind of bug it is.
This is a nymph and newly emerged adult Hagenius brevistylus (Odonata: Gomphidae), a dragonfly known as the dragonhunter, as it commonly captures and feeds upon other dragonflies. See http://tinyurl.com/ju2f3we for more detailed information on this interesting species. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
5719 This was taken July 4th in Embrun Ontario. They are found near the pool area and measure around 4 mm. They also bite and leaves a bump around 2mm. Can you tell me what they are? Terry
This does not look like any species of biting fly found in your area. It looks more like a signal fly (Diptera: Platystomatidae) in the genus Rivellia; see http://tinyurl.com/h6uzhfc for some examples. None of these flies are capable of biting, but they are reportedly attracted to sweat among other things. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
5718 My name is Aaron, I just moved into a house in caledon Ontario. I have these little white insects with black spots making webs all over several of the bushes around my property. The bushes don’t look dead yet, but they look like they are being consumed by the nests of these bugs. I was hoping someone could tell me what they are, and more importantly what to do about them. Thanks.
This is an ermine moth (Lepidoptera: Yponomeutidae); their larvae spin webs in which they feed as a group. There are several species that look very much alike; see http://tinyurl.com/z3gvvwg for an example. Control recommendations include physical removal of the webbing ‘nests,’ and application of a pesticide registered for use on the affected plants – see http://tinyurl.com/hefgkna for detailed information. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
I live in San Diego, CA & have been finding these guys in & outside of my home. I’ve also been seeing a bunch of moths in the pantry & would rather not have these guys in the house at least. My name is Raid & they started appearing mid June. Thanks for any info you guys can provide!
This looks like a sunflower moth caterpillar (Lepidoptera: Pyralidae; Homoeosoma sp. – see http://tinyurl.com/jzw9b2o for an example. They feed primarily on sunflowers and other members of the family Asteraceae. They are accidental intruders indoors and will do no damage there. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV
5716 My name is Rebecca, I live in Barrie Ontario. My son loves catching and collecting bugs. He found this one in our back yard. I’ve looked it up on line and the closes I can find to it is a wasp Beatle. But the information I’m getting is they are almost extinct and are in Europe. Would love more info so I can let my 4 year old bug hunt know what he has.
This is a carrion/sexton/burying beetle (Coleoptera: Silphidae) in the genus Nicrophorus; it looks like N. tomentosus – see http://tinyurl.com/jojmhew for an image and http://tinyurl.com/hhdhbhn for more detailed information on its life history. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
5715 Hamilton Ontario, June 26th 2016, 30° Celsius
I was outside and it felt as of something bit me on the back of my leg. Thinking it was a mosquito I smacked it and instead it was this colourful bug that I was unable to identify. I took the photo after smacking the bug off my leg. I am interested in what kind of bug this is. Jewels.
This is a leafhopper (Hemiptera/Heteroptera: Cicadellidae) in the genus Graphocephala, it looks like G. coccinea, known as the red-banded leafhopper. See http://tinyurl.com/jl3v6pa for images and more detailed information. Leafhoppers are strictly plant feeders, so any bite would be strictly accidental and of no consequence. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
5714 Photo taken June 25, 2016 in Williams Lake, BC. Thanks for your help in identifying. Debbie.
These are moths in the family Sesiidae; they look like Paranthrene robiniae, known as the western poplar clearwing moth; see http://tinyurl.com/zfrwrfd for some images. Their caterpillars tunnel in the wood of poplars and willows as well as ornamental birches, often in trees already weakened by wood-boring beetles. Many wasps in this family appear to be wasp mimics. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
5713 My name is Carley, I live in Nanaimo, BC it is mid-June and I noticed this egg cluster in my garden. It started to hatch three or four days ago, one picture is of the hatched eggs, the other is of the little bugs. Hopefully they are clear enough pictures to identify what has made a home in my flowers. Thank you, Carley
Like no. 5710, this appears to be a rose chafer (Macrodactylus subspinosus; Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae). Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
5712 Hello, I live in Ottawa Ontario and these bugs are everywhere eating my plants especially my fruit tree leaves. They started to show up on the 15th of June, and they where around all summer until the end of August. They are around 3/8ths long and brown with black wings.
Like no. 5710, this appears to be a rose chafer (Macrodactylus subspinosus; Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae). Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
5711 Something is eating the leaves on my snowball bush. This is the third year. The leaves are like lace, but I can never see any grubs, day or night. All I see is a number of these little characters. Could this be the culprit? If so, how do I spoil his lunch? Brian
This is a larva of a lady bird beetle, likely that of the Asian multi-colored lady beetle, Harmonia axyridis. These are general predators on other small, soft-bodied insects and will not damage plants – see http://tinyurl.com/kp3ucph for more detailed information. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
5710 A lady in UXBRIDGE took this picture this week. What are they and how to get rid of??? Thanks very much. DR
These appear to be rose chafers (Macrodactylus subspinosus; Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae), a destructive pest species. See http://tinyurl.com/hdg4zfx for some control suggestions. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
5709 Neil. Nanton, AB, Carpeted basement. Caught on insect trap with several house spiders. Neil
This is a weevil (Coleoptera: Curculionidae), a member of a huge family that includes thousands of different species. This one does not appear to be any of the commonly encountered pest species and likely simply is an accidental intruder. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
5708 Found a few of these guys in my carpeted hallway they have wing and can kind of fly what is it? I’m in Caister Center Ontario (country). I put it in water does not seem to be doing great in it guessing it can’t swim. Meghan.
This is a larder beetle, Dermestes lardarius (Coleoptera: Dermestidae), a peridomestic pest species. See http://tinyurl.com/nw92wz for more detailed information, including control recommendations. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
5707 Stephen in south east New Brunswick. I found a couple of these today after removing grass for a new garden area. They are about 1.25 inches uncurled, the body is translucent and looks a bit like a shrimp. Thanks, Stephen
This is a larva of a scarab beetle (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae) in the subfamily Melolonthinae. Known as white grubs, some species can be serious turf pests as they feed on roots of grasses just below the soil surface. See No. 5701 for an adult specimen. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.