5647 Hi. I found this guy on my car. It was a warm day at the beginning of April in Gibsons, BC. Thanks!
This is a male mayfly (order Ephemeroptera); it may be a subimago, the stage that emerges from the nymphal exoskeleton and flies to a (hopefully) safe location where it sheds its ‘skin’ one more time to become a fully functioning adult. Mayflies are the only known insects that molt once their wings have developed. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
5646 South of Indianapolis, LOOKS LIKE LADY BUG BUT BODY IS ELONGATED. FOUND IN FLOWER GARDEN, March 2016 ML
These are indeed lady beetles (Coleoptera: Coccinellidae); specifically, they are Coleomegilla maculata, known as the spotted lady beetle – see http://tinyurl.com/glf33x3 for an image. I often see these in our vegetable garden.
#5475 This was found on my laundry room floor in Boulder Colorado just now. It’s a little over an inch long, dark brown and ringed, with a yellowish “nose.” It’s creeping very slowly. What the heck is this?
This is a mature larva/prepupa of a rodent bot fly (Diptera: Cuterebridae; Cuterebra sp.) – see http://tinyurl.com/naggfdc for images and more detailed information. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
5645 My name is Charlotte. This bug was found in Vanderhoof British Columbia. I found this bug in my bathroom where swallows have gotten in and built a nest in the fan ducting above. They might be gone now as I can’t hear them.
This is a weevil (Coleoptera: Curculionidae); it looks like a member of the subfamily Entiminae (short-snouted/broad-nosed weevils). These often enter buildings in search of shelter, but do no harm there. I doubt very much that there would be any association with the swallow nest. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
5644 hi there we have found a bug on our wall and just a day or two before we have found this bug we have been getting some sorts of hives on our skin like mosquitoes they itch once in a while. We saw a doctor and he didnt know what it was than today we found a bug which had this hairy type thing in th eback we took a picture hopefully you can help us find out what it is.
This is a larva of a beetle in the family Dermestidae (carpet/hide/skin/larder beetles and allies); likely in the genus Anthrenus. Some people have reported skin irritation from exposure to the hairs on the bodies of these insects, but that appears to require long-term exposure to a heavy infestation. Nevertheless, you might consider an appointment with a dermatologist/allergist. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
5643 Pls see photos attached. I live just outside of Vancouver ,in the Lower Mainland. The other day, I found a dead bug in the corner of my son’s bed, in between the sheet and mattress cover. It looks like it has been dead for some time. I am worried sick that it is a bed bug. I also found a flea at the same time. I’m horrified. We just moved into a upper floor of a three bedroom home. As soon as we moved in, my son started to get bit on his lower left leg. Big welts that were very itchy and made worse with the scratching. He never had any bites in our old home where we lived for 13 years. So after he got these bites, that is when i looked in his bed and found this one dead bug and one flea. (I’m wondering if he got the flea from the long grass outside. We never had fleas or bites before). I kept this dead bug under a glass. I need someone to please ID it for me before I go crazy. We have torn apart the beds looking for anything. We have not found a thing. No black marks, no bugs at all. I’ve spent hours researching on the net, so I know what to look for. There were some small blood smears on his white comforter but he says that he picks at things! Even took off the gauze under the box spring. ..nothing. we’ve only been in this house for a week. Thanks very much, Leslie
Definitely not a bed bug; this poor creature has lost so much of its appendages as to make a positive identification problematic. Among the possibilities is a silverfish (Zygentoma: Lepismatidae), these are harmless nuisance pests that would not be responsible for any bites. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
5642 I live in Edenglen, which is very near to Johannesburg, South Africa. We are nearing the end of our summer season. This was photographed yesterday. I have a bush in my garden that is now has hundreds of these bugs (pic attached) all over it. I have never seen them before and I am very interested to know if this bug is harmful to plants and what my actions should be with regards to them. Should I destroy them or the bush or are they harmless? Kind regards. Louise
These are nymphs of a leaf-footed bug (Hemiptera/Heteroptera: Coreidae); they look like a species known as the giant twig wilter, Carlisis wahlbergi. See http://tinyurl.com/zv3agzt for an image and http://tinyurl.com/ja5dw59 for an image of an adult. They do not appear to be considered as serious pests. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
5641 The attached was photographed off the west coast of Mexico in December 2015. Can you help with identification? Thanks, Howard
This is a sphinx moth (Lepidoptera: Sphingidae), but it has lost too many scales to be confident of a specific identification. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
5640 I live in Kelowna bc and I accidentally killed the one that’s all scrunched up. Then this other guy showed up and I’ve searched and searched for his species and can’t find it anywhere. He is about the size of my thumb. Thanks in advance.
This looks like another folding-door trapdoor spider (family Antrodiaetidae); see no. 5638. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
5637 My name is Michael. I live in Long Island New York. I Have many of these bugs in my house. They started appearing in September 2015. They jump really high. They are about one inch long. Help..What is it and how do I get rid of them.
This is a camel/cave cricket (Orthoptera: Rhaphidophoridae). These sometimes also are called ‘sprickets’ because of a fancied resemblance to a cross between a spider and a cricket. They basically are nuisance pests that do little if any real harm. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
5636 My name is Andrea Moretz. These are very tiny bugs that are on my sun lamp shade. The other picture is a picture of the what I assume is eggs also on the lampshade there are two clusters about the same size. The bug is so tiny I would say it’s smaller than the size of a pencil LED. I live in a desert area that is very hot and dry although we did get rain this week. In the southern region of California in the United States.
This appears to be a newly hatched larva (caterpillar) of a prominent moth (Lepidoptera: Notodontidae) in the genus Furcula, see http://tinyurl.com/pcpcf7t for a slightly older specimen. Moths often lay eggs in odd places when they find themselves trapped indoors at a time when they must lay their eggs. Your larvae will quickly starve, as there will be no suitable food source for them indoors. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
5635 This bug was found crawling across the floor of my living room. I live in the rural area of Osoyoos, BC. The weather today is cloudy and 10 C. The insect is a 1/2 inch in length. Would appear it has 6 legs and no antennae that I can see. The back appears to be brown or copper with black in colour, the head would appear to be black and is divided down the middle. It appeared to jump when pressure was applied to it’s back. I have not observed this insect in my home before. I have been outdoors lately hiking in the sage country so am unsure if it came in on my clothing or has been present in my home. After further observation the bug does have antennae and does jump on its own and has 6 legs. Thanks. Ken
This is a click beetle (Coleoptera: Elateridae). It is completely harmless, and may be ignored. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
5634 Please help me identify this insect. I found it in my house Kitchen floor and on walls. They only show up one or two at a time. Location: Waterford, CT. Thank you, Joyce
This is a long-horned wood-boring beetle (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae); it looks like a Megacyllene sp. (locust borer and allies). They will not infest timbers or anything else in your house. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
#5633 Hello, Hoping to identify this bug please. caught April 1, 2016 at dusk (about 8:30pm) west edge of Calgary, Ab. Canadian quarter for scale. Cat caught it in garden mulch near coniferous trees. Thank you, Carol
This is a predaceous diving beetle (Coleoptera: Dytiscidae); likely in the genus Dytiscus. These beetles (and their larvae, ‘water tigers’) are general predators on other small aquatic life forms. They also are excellent fliers, and may be found quit some distance from any water. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
5632 Found this guy in a piece of rotting wood in panhandle north Idaho. Jeff
This is a larva of a beetle, possibly that of Alaus oculatus, a click beetle (Coleoptera: Elateridae); see http://tinyurl.com/ha7xyh9 for an image. These larvae are predaceous on other insects found in rotting wood or under bark of dead trees/logs. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
5631 We found these bugs all around our garage tonight. It is very obvious that they were hiding around boxes left in the garage over winter. Now that spring is here I found them inside the garage and some around the outside if the house. My brother and friend are telling me they are silverfish and are very hard to get rid of and for the moment are contained out of the living area but we are quite concerned about these bugs getting indoors. I live I’m Edmonton and it’s been warming up to spring like conditions for the past couple weeks already. The garage areas we noticed were dark and damp. Your assistance would be greatly appreciated in identifying and suggestions of how to control these bugs. Thank you. Dearl
This is a terrestrial crustacean in the order Isopoda, possibly in the family Oniscidae. Isopods are known by many common names, including wood lice, pillbugs, sowbugs, roly polys, slaters, etc.; nearly all are harmless scavengers on decomposing organic matter, and will cause no damage. They breathe through gills that must be kept moist, so keeping indoor humidity levels low will discourage them from setting up housekeeping. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
#5630 My name is Lisa. I live in Calgary, Ab. We have had a very mild, dry winter and an early, dry spring. The gophers are out and my dog has been sticking her head down their holes. Within a few days I noticed one of these bugs crawling in her fur. It was hard to kill (simply squishing didn’t do it). Then I found one hopping and crawling in our bed. Our dog sleeps with us. The next morning I found another one in our bed where she sleeps and I had two areas on my arm with small clusters of itchy little bites. My husband has also been bit a time or two. And I have since found a couple more on my dog. She is being treated for fleas and I have vacuumed like crazy, done a million loads of laundry and spread salt everywhere. I have not seen anything more in at least 5 days. The critters that I did catch when put into a pill box jumped around madly. My vet says it’s not fleas as they have wings. What else could it be? My understanding is that bed bugs don’t jump and they don’t have wings either.
These are fleas (order Siphonaptera); likely in the genus Ctenocephalides. If your veterinarian saw wings, they either were very mistaken or were looking at something other than a flea. In addition to consulting a veterinarian, you can find control advice at http://tinyurl.com/gmrrnbv elsewhere on this site. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
#5628 I found this bug in bed biting me. Obviously indoors in spring time (March). Its small about 3mm big or so. In ottawa Ontario. Ginette
Biting? In bed? It seems that you have bed bugs (Hemiptera/Heteroptera: Cimicidae; Cimex sp.). See http://tinyurl.com/hwz5tea elsewhere on this site for control advice. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
# 5627 Can you tell me what these bugs are? They are all over our apt building. We have never had them here before. Thanks.
This is a Boxelder bug. For more photos and information see our web page:
5626 Hi these just showed up today on the side of my house. Thousands. So thick i can sweep them with a broom. They look like ants but have wings. Can you figure out what they are. Thanks. David. Toronto.
This is an ant, possibly in the genus Lasius (- see http://tinyurl.com/zwxcakh for an example (this one formerly was placed in the genus Acanthomyops, now considered a subgenus of Lasius). Many Lasius species, known collectively as “moisture ants” in the United States, make their nests in and around moist rotting wood as well as under rocks, but are not considered structural pests. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
5625 Hi, these photos were taken in downtown Toronto in my condo. It’s winter, but I’ve seen these bugs in different seasons. I’ve only seen them a handful of times and only on the floor. They are only ever these tiny little things that I can barely see. What is it?! Do I need to fumigate?! Thanks. Gillian
This appears to be a beetle in the family Dermestidae (carpet/hide/skin/larder beetles and allies). No need for fumigation, but you probably should check any dry stored food products for signs of insect infestation. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
5624 Hello, I found your site and looked through your photos and could not identify one that matches what we have. These are in our home, I have killed over 25 of them since moving in aprox. one year ago. The length is 5/8 in long x 3/8 in wide and they do fly. I have generally found them when we have a change in temperature/ warmer day. I live in Plymouth Michigan, which is a suburb of Detroit. Please let me know if you can help. Thank you. Ronald
Like No. 5621, this is a brown marmorated stink bug, Halyomorpha halys (Hemiptera/Heteroptera: Pentatomidae). Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
5623 Hello, I have found a few of these tiny bugs in my bathroom recently and while I am usually not afraid of, or grossed out by insects, this one looks particularly creepy. It is small; only 1/4″ long; jet black in colour, has 8 legs and 2 disproportionately large pincers of some sort extending out from its head. It did not move while I was observing it so I cannot speak to its movements. I live in a detached, fairly new build house just outside of Sarnia, Ontario. Could you please help to identify this insect and let me know if it should worry me or not? Your help is greatly appreciated! Thanks so much!! Regards, Lana
This is not an insect, but is an arachnid called a pseudoscorpion. They are general predators on other mall arthropods and completely harmless to humans. See http://tinyurl.com/ox8sx4o for more detailed information. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
5622 Hi, I work outside at works yard and I come across a lot of bugs and especially mosquitos (Pemberton, BC). I’ve just noticed them coming back around but noticed the past 5 or 6 of them are all black and not the usual brown colouring you find here. Can’t find any white spots or stripes that would possibly make it a (Asian) tiger mosquito.
This is not any kind of mosquito, but does appear to be a true fly in the order Diptera. Unfortunately, the condition of the specimen as well as the lack of clarity in the image precludes a more definitive identification. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
5621 These are about 1.5cm long, moves very slowly, you can poke it and it won’t mind, can fly but do so rarely. It’s brown despite the picture, they look identical to eachother. Enjoys moisture, often found near faucets and certain old window frames, I’m assuming it eats wood because my house is old and it doesn’t swarm on food. I’m on the border right by Niagara Falls. It smells absolutely terrible when crushed. Any idea?
This is a brown marmorated stink bug, Halyomorpha halys (Hemiptera/Heteroptera: Pentatomidae), an introduced species that is both a potentially serious orchard pest and a nuisance pest when large numbers invade buildings in search of shelter. See http://tinyurl.com/nkexo3 for more detailed information. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
5620 Hi my name is Angela and I’m from Conyers ga, found this strange looking creature under my bathroom sink.Can you please tell me what it is? Thanks in advance.
This is a very dead stink bug (Hemiptera/Heteroptera: Pentatomidae) that has lost all its appendages (legs and antennae). Stink bugs are not usually found indoors, but some, like the brown marmorated stink bug (Halyomorpha halys), can become nuisance pests when they invade buildings in search of shelter. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
5619 Saw this guy today on Vancouver Island in Qualicum beach. Was about 8 degrees and partly overcast. He was on a large granite boulder that is covered in lichen and moss. Maybe 1/3 centimeter in length. Scarlet red. Thought a spider because 8 legs but looks like a tick. But has a long proboscis and antenna? Very interested to know what this little guy was. Thank you! – Tanya
A puzzler! I first thought that this would be a giant red velvet mite (family Trombidiidae), but on enlarging the image, I could see that its body shape and texture were wrong for that. I now believe that this is Neomulgus littoralis, a snout mite in the family Bdellidae – see http://tinyurl.com/gt76obg for an image. These mites reportedly use their sharp mouthparts to suck the bodily fluids of kelp flies. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
5618 Good Morning, I found this bug in my kids bedroom crawling across the floor. Could you please identify for me? Is it harmful? Thanks.
This is a long-horned wood-boring beetle (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae) in the genus Monochamus. Known as sawyers, some species in this genus can be serious timber pests, but unless you count being nipped by their strong jaws, they are harmless to humans. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
5617 The bug in question is the top one. Found in Southern Ontario (rural Wellington area) in mid July/14. At the time, this was one of a very few I had seen in that year. Last year, they were quite common. It is approximately 1 cm in length, has six legs, and a poker that comes out of its oral region. This photo was taken while this bug’s poker was stuck in the black bug. The black bug could not get away. Both these bugs were found on my camping tent. The general area is heavily wooded with, I believe, Norway Spruce. I have tried to identify this bug since this picture was taken. Any information would be wonderful. Melinda
This is a nymph of a predatory stink bug (Hemiptera/Heteroptera: Pentatomidae) in the genus Podisus; see http://tinyurl.com/jbpanyk for an image. Called soldier bugs, they will feed on just about anything they can overpower; yours is feeding on the larva of a lady beetle. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
5616 Hello, my name is Abby. I took these inside my bedroom, in Tennessee. I’ve seen about 3 of these over the 2 months I’ve lived here. I’m worried because they look like a cockroach but the place is very clean I can’t imagine how they got here. please help! Also the picture makes it look a little bit darker than the actual color of the bug.
This is a cockroach, but I cannot be certain of a specific identification. It might be one of the so-called wood cockroaches (Parcoblatta sp.) that are widespread in North America. These often get indoors, but usually do not set up permanent housekeeping there. Also, the presence of cockroaches is not in itself an indicator of dirty/unsanitary conditions; they are the ultimate opportunists. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
5615 I found this larvae in a mud tube under my fascia on the brick wall. I have these tubes at the front and the side of my house. At the front it looks like spiders but not sure at the side. I do get a lot of wasps around my house in July and August. This was taken Feb 20 2016 in Rockwood Ontario. Thanks Paul.
This is a mature larva/prepupa of a mud-dauber, a wasp in the family Sphecidae. It likely had consumed all the provisions (usually living but paralyzed spiders) that its mother had placed in the mud ‘nest’ for it. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
Here are some better photos than the previous I sent. Found in Feb on warmer day. I wondered if it was leaf legged bug? As long as not harmful to health for folks with weakened immune system we’ll manage, in the meantime we are trying to sort out where our infestation of ladybugs and these are coming from (same room). They would go towards the light and showed up during the summer/fall months. Thanks for any input! Niki. Listowel ON
This is a western conifer seed bug (Leptoglossus occidentalis; Hemiptera/Heteroptera: Coreidae); it is a nuisance pest, especially when it gets indoors, but is harmless otherwise. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
5613 I have attached a pic of an ant (there are more than just this one). Found inside home, early March, Valley, Nova Scotia. Would really appreciate your help in identifying this as we are concerned that it could be Carpenter ants. Thank you. Valerie
This does look like a queen carpenter ant (Camponotus sp.). See http://tinyurl.com/zbfx3m8 elsewhere on the pestcontrolcanada site for some control recommendations. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
5612 I find at least 3-4 of these slithery bugs in my basement bathroom every wk, depending on weather. I am located in the GTA (Toronto, On) they look black and alien like in person, but as I took a picture they don’t look as scary. They still move very fast. Ty
This either is a silverfish (Lepisma saccharina; Zygentoma: Lepismatidae) or a very close relative, basically nuisance pests that do little real harm. See http://tinyurl.com/mc5vk7j for images and more detailed information. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove,
5611 Found this critter in our hallway in Toronto (Feb. 28). It’s very lively! It’s about 1.5cm long, not counting the antennae (which are themselves a little longer). It’s been below 0 outside for a few days now, but was warmer before that. Maybe it crawled in from the outside? Do these insects hibernate? I’d like to not kill it, but I don’t know if I want it in the house, as it’s a bit big. -Eugene
This is a cockroach; I cannot be certain because of the perspective from which the image was taken, but it may be a German cockroach, an very common and widespread peridomestic pest species. These do not hibernate, but persist wherever they can find warmth and a food supply. See http://tinyurl.com/7velhwo elsewhere on this site for some control recommendations, and http://tinyurl.com/or25l43 for links to professional pest controllers in your area. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
5610 I live in a suburb outside of Vancouver, BC. We are finding these bugs on the floor of the kitchen dead, a few in the toilet near kitchen and two alive in our bed which is upstairs from the kitchen. Thanks, Gord.
This is a carpet beetle (Coleoptera: Dermestidae), possibly a varied carpet beetle, Anthrenus verbasci (see http://tinyurl.com/grpcfuo for an image). These beetles are harmless pollen feeders, but their larvae will feed on an extremely wide variety of organic materials and can be quite destructive pests. See http://tinyurl.com/yun78p for a University of California publication on carpet beetles and their control. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
5609 Hello, Susan from Staten Island, NY. I found this bug shell (looks like the shell of a bug because there is no body to it – see pictures) in various places within my home: 1) first, many were found stuck to a scarf I had in a closet. The scarf was hanging off of a hanger in the midst of other clothes/jackets. Im sure if I go looking at other scarves , perhaps I’ll find them attached too. 2) I also found them in a bathroom vent… As my husband was cleaning the vent, dust and these bug shells fell on the floor. The bug shell is brown, it is flat, and it has a fang shape in its front (or perhaps that’s its backside, who knows).
These are not insects of any kind, they are the seeds of some kind of plant. Many plants have seeds bearing spines, thorns, bristles, etc. that easily latch onto the fur of passing animals that then aid in dispersal of the seeds. Articles of human clothing also appear to meet the plants’ needs in this respect. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
5608 What is this Bug found a few of them this one on the bathroom counter on February 23,2016 @ 11:00pm where i been finding numerous dead tiny black ants that all of a sudden are invading my bathroom all to be found dead ,In Klamath falls Oregon cold outside approx. 25 degrees outside . It looks like a bedbug that grows hair.
This is a larva of a beetle in the family Dermestidae (carpet/hide/skin/larder beetles and allies). They will feed on an extremely wide variety of organic materials, including accumulations of dead insects. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
5607 Not sure what kind of bug this is but I have been bitten several times in the last few weeks. All bites swell to a great degree are extremely itchy and sting and large red rash appears at bite site expanding several inches beyond bite. was just bitten 2 days ago found this bug on carpet today. Location Surrey BC. Need to know if this is the bug biting me. Thanks. Dayna
This insect would not be responsible for any bites as it (1) is very dead, and (2) is a weevil in the subfamily Entiminae (broad-nosed/short-snouted weevils), and these all are strict vegetarians. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
5584 This tiny beetle was found in my bathroom on a wooden stool this afternoon. It is mid-January and about -15 C outside. My house is kept at about 18 C if that helps. I’m in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. This guy, or lady, is pretty small, smaller than a lady bug. I don’t think I’ve ever seen one before. I’m curious as to what it is. Thank you! Amanda
This is a carpet beetle (Coleoptera: Dermestidae) in the genus Anthrenus, likely A. scrophulariae, known as the buffalo carpet beetle. See http://tinyurl.com/jk82lfw for images and detailed information including control recommendations. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
5581 We recently captured a photo of unidentified insects at a cottage while travelling in Nova Scotia. This was discovered in January inside the building, mainly in the kitchen area. If you enlarge the upper attached photograph, the object is quite clear. We are unable to find anything of a similar nature on-line. Could you help us identify this insect? Thanks, Leann
This is a specialized type of leaf beetle (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae) in the subfamily Bruchinae known as a bean or pea weevil; see http://tinyurl.com/juq5o67 for an example. Their larvae develop in seeds, primarily those of legumes, and can be pantry pests at times. You might want to check any food storage areas where dry seeds (including bird seed) are kept for signs of infestation. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
5580 Hello sending this photo in from traverse city Michigan this weird little beetle was found under a bucket outside as it is winter right now how is this possible was hoping if you could tell me what kind of beetle this is thanks Allissa.
This is a giant water bug (Hemiptera/Heteroptera: Belostomatidae); aka toe biter or electric light bug. They are predators on other aquatic life, primarily other insects, but also sometimes minnows and tadpoles. They have very powerful enzymes in their saliva that serve to break down the tissues of their prey and that also causes the severe pain associated with their bite. Also, they are strong fliers and can be found quite some distance from water. See http://tinyurl.com/qg3ah82 for an image and more detailed information. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV
5564 I live in Colchester Connecticut. These bugs come out in large bunches when it rains or is just moist outside. So far, we have not had any come indoors, but they seem to love hanging out right around our doorframes. They are very tiny, reddish brown, and jump kind of like fleas (but I am pretty sure they are not fleas). Their bodies are actually kind of roundish, and not flat, but I couldn’t get a decent side view picture.
This is a globular springtail (Collembola: Sminthuridae); see http://tinyurl.com/jah3ahp for an image. The vast majority of springtails are harmless scavengers on decomposing organic matter that may become nuisance pests when they occur indoors. However, there is one species of globular springtail known as the lucerne flea or clover springtail that can be a serious agricultural pest; see http://tinyurl.com/zkequ3m for detailed information. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
5562 My name is Craig and I’m located just North of San Francisco, near the coast. These are very small, on the order of 1mm. I found them in a recessed light fixture; they may have been there for . I’d like to make sure they are not wood boring beetles that might be eating my house.
This most likely is a foreign grain beetle, Ahasverus advena (Coleoptera: Silvanidae); basically a nuisance pest that does little if any actual damage. See http://tinyurl.com/opnfj5b for more detailed information. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
#5571 Hello, my name is Trent, and currently live in Red Deer Alberta. Earlier today Jan 5th 2016 when moving a 16 inch tall, 4 inch base, soft wood hand carved sculpture brought back to us from South Africa I noticed some small (tic tac) sized piles of very fine saw dust and three living bugs. The carving also had a few small holes on the bottom. Upon moving our computer desk I also found a dead one of identical type but slightly smaller than the three living ones. The attached picture is of the dead one under a microscope. Thank you for your time.
This appears to be a powder post beetle (Coleoptera: Lyctidae); see http://tinyurl.com/zrzhyvl for an image. I cannot tell whether this is a South African species or something native to your area. See http://tinyurl.com/zxu6c3x elsewhere on this site for links to professional pest controllers in your area. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
#5549 Hi there, I live in Toronto, Canada. I recently moved in to a friend’s apt while he’s away for 2 months. I have felt itchy since the first morning I spent here, I also found what I thought could be bite marks on my hamstring and quad, I suspected that it could be a bed bug issue so I started checking the mattress. I found two 2 bugs on his mattress/box spring; I am attaching a picture of each. I am confident that they are not bed bugs but I still need to find out what they are so I can take the most appropriate plan to get rid of the itchiness. Any help would be greatly appreciated, thanks for your time!
This is a darkling beetle (Coleoptera: Tenebrionidae). Depending on its size, it could be either a mealworm adult (Tenebrio sp. – see http://tinyurl.com/puwfch2) or a flour beetle (Tribolium sp. – see http://tinyurl.com/zy5bfxj). As these can infest dry stored food products, you should check your food storage areas for signs of infestation. They would not be responsible for any bites or itchiness. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
#5545 Hello, I found these dark brown worm shells underneath my washing machine’s legs (around all four legs of the machine). White worms were hatching out of them. They were about 1cm long and stank a lot. Google suggests that they are house fly larvae. But I think the shells are too big for a house fly… I hope you can help me to identify those bugs. Most importantly – who has been laying those eggs? Thank you in advance, Kadri from Sydney
These are pupae (and one larva – maggot) of a fly, but I cannot tell you much more from this image. The ‘white worms’ are maggots that will turn into the brown pupae; they are not hatching from them. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
You may have a dead rodent under or in the washing machine cabinet. Check the dryer vent also.
#5488 I live in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan. I have tons of these in my basement and garage. They are under the rugs and up the walls. Don’t quite look like carpet beetle larvae to me. I call them trilobites. Thanks Eric
This is a terrestrial crustacean in the order Isopoda. Commonly known as sowbugs, pillbugs, roly polys, slaters, etc., they are for the most harmless scavengers on decomposing organic matter, but they may become nuisance pests when they occur indoors. As they breathe through gills that must be kept moist, they can only persist in damp/humid environments, so moisture management is key to their control. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV
#5502 Found in alpine ca. Today October 25, 3 inches long. Has little feet like caterpillar.
This is a caterpillar of a sphinx moth (Lepidoptera: Sphingidae) in the genus Errinyis; likely E. ello – see http://tinyurl.com/o55glld for an image. This species occurs from South America to the southern USA, and like many other species, the caterpillars can vary considerably in their appearance. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
#5465 Found on raised garden bed in North Battleford, Saskatchewan. They have been in the yard since May and started clustering on the beds in August
These are boxelder bugs (Hemiptera/Heteroptera: Rhopalidae; Boisea sp.), possibly the western boxelder bug, Boisea rubrolineata. These basically are nuisance pests, see http://tinyurl.com/6q97uze for detailed information. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.