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Western conifer seed bug

6616.    Hello, I live in an apartment building near a park in Toronto, Ontario. I have seen a couple of these bugs indoors throughout the summer. Not entirely sure what it is. My cat hunts bugs so want to ensure this is not something to worry about, for him or myself. Could you please identify it, and advise next steps? Thank you. Toronto, Ontario. Canada

 

Number 6616. This is nothing to worry about, it is a western conifer seed bug, Leptoglossus occidentalis (Hemiptera/Heteroptera: Coreidae), a common nuisance pest. Click here for more detailed information.

Carrot wasp

6615.    We are building a new house in the country and found this guy at about 11Am one morning and have never seen it before and can’t find a picture anywhere on the net. Can you tell me what it is ? Grande Prairie, Alberta. Canada

 

Number 6615. This is a carrot wasp; Gasteruption sp. (Hymenoptera: Gasteruptiidae), Click here for an image. They are parasitoids on solitary ground-nesting bees. Nice find!

Powder post beetle

6614.    I live near Lloydminster Alberta in old house I think 1946 or older , I discovered several beetles all over the floor, counters etc . They are around 3 mm long, if touch them they seem to freeze. It is July is hot humid here, more rain than usual I think. I thought may be they are powderpost beetle or plaster beetle, not sure they are reddish brown. One picture I didn’t send because too much data, the antenna got three segments. Soon as receive an answer possible I will attack them. Soon I will renovate, gut my house remove the plaster and wood chip for insulation.

 

Number 6614. This beetle does not look like a typical powder post beetle and it definitely is not a plaster (foreign grain) beetle. If you have powder post beetles, you should see the typical damage. Click here for some images.

Larva of a larder beetle

6613.    Hello, this larva it was in a restaurant kichen in Greece (there were more larvas there), could you identifed it? VOLOS, MAGNISIA. Greece

 

Number 6613. This is a larva of a larder beetle, Dermestes lardarius (Coleoptera: Dermestidae) or a close relative. Click here elsewhere on this site for some control recommendations.

Blattella germanica

6612.    Saw this on vacation at relative ‘s house in chicago. Any idea what it is? Chicago, Illinois. United States

 

Number 6612. This is a, Blattella germanica (Blattodea: Ectobiidae), a peridomestic species difficult to bring under complete control. Click here  for some control recommendations.

Giant ichneumon wasp

6611.     Spotted this on York and Adelaide in downtown Toronto. Not sure if this is a wasp? Have never seen one of thee before. Thank you. Toronto, Ontario. Canada

 

Number 6611. This is a giant ichneumon wasp (Hymenoptera: Ichneumonidae; Megarhyssa sp. – Click here for images and more detailed information.

Nymph an assassin bug

6610.    My husband was bit by this insect. Tillsonburg, Ontario. Canada

 

Number 6610. 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.

Crane fly

6609.    Looks like a crane fly but darker colors. Peterborough, Ontario. Canada

 

Number 6609. This is indeed a crane fly (Diptera: Tipulidae). They can come in a variety of colours; Click here for a sampling.

Nymph an assassin bug

6608.    Found this on my Son shoe is please tell me what this is. He was at a lake in Ontario recently. Milton, Ontario.
Canada

 

Number 6608. 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.

Leafhopper

6607.    In pot plants. Hamilton, Ontario. Canada

 

Number 6607. This is a leafhopper (Hemiptera/Auchenorrhyncha: Cicadellidae) in the genus Graphocephala, Click here for an example. There are several species in this genus that are very similar in appearance and difficult to separate on images alone. They do not appear to be serious pest species.

Pea or bean weevil

6606.    I had this weird bug, very small, multiple around the house mostly been finding them on the bed. I found them a lot around the bed, and they crawl up walls. They are very small. This is a zoomed in picture. They don’t seem to bite. I found a couple in the washroom as well. Scarborough.

 

Number 6606. This is a pea or bean weevil (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae; subfamily Bruchinae). Not a true weevil, these beetles will infest seeds of many plants, primarily those in the legume family. You should check any areas where you store dry seeds of any kind for signs of insect infestation. Click here for an image.

Orb weaving spider

6605.    Seen at night on a web spun on a light. We live in a rural area. Ariss, Ontario. Canada

 

Number 6605. This is an orb weaving spider (family Araneidae). The image is not clear enough for a specific identification; it may be in the genus Neoscona. All orb weavers are harmless to humans. Click here for another example.

Larva of the Asian multi-colored lady beetle

6604.    Black with orange on the back. Looks like 6 legs, but the butt of the bug spikey. Port Hope, Ontario. Canada

 

Number 6604. This is a larva of the Asian multi-colored lady beetle, Harmonia axyridis (Coleoptera: Coccinellidae). Also known by other common names including the harlequin lady beetle, it is an introduced species. Click here for details on its life history.

Giant willow aphid

6603.    We have 100s of these in our backyard – Do you know what they are? Will they leave? Barrie, ON. Canada

 

Number 6603. This looks like a giant willow aphid, Tuberolachnus salignus (Hemiptera/Sternorrhyncha: Aphididae; subfamily Lachninae). Click here for details on their life history.

Larva of a beetle

6602.    These are always found under carpet in the living room. Only in that area we changed the carpet over the last year and again they are back. We’ve had the same wooden table not sure if that’s significant. We never see a bug or any type of thing that the larvae might turn in to, always just the larvae. Would really appreciate a correct identification of this annoying thing. Mississauga, Ontario. Canada

 

Number 6602. This is a larva of a beetle in the family Dermestidae (carpet/hide/skin/larder beetles and allies). I cannot see its terminal segments clearly enough to determine whether this is a black carpet beetle (Attagenus sp.) or a larder beetle (Dermestes lardarius) larva. Click here for control recommendations.

Broad-nosed/short-snouted weevil

6601.    Finding upwards of 6 a day on hardwood floors and/or in bathrooms. Always one alone never with another. Most finds on upper floor of a two story detached residence. Calgary, Alberta. Canada

 

Number 6601. 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.

Long-horned wood-boring beetle

6600.      Found flying indoors, wondering what type of beetle (?) this is. August 20, 2019. Uxbridge, Ontario. Canada

 

Number 6600. This is a long-horned wood-boring beetle (Coleoptera; Cerambycidae). Click here for an image.

Horntail

6599.      Looks like a spider wasp but my searches have not turned up a match. Somewhat resembles a Tarantula Hawk Wasp but my photo’s white markings are very different. Any help will be gratefully received. Garden Bay, British Columbia. Canada

 

Number 6599. This is a type of wood wasp known as a horntail (Hymenoptera: Siricidae); it appears to be Urocerus albicornis, whose larvae tunnel in the wood of conifers including fir, larch, spruce, pine, Douglas-fir, hemlock, and western red cedar. A very comprehensive guide to this group of insects can be seen at Click here

Ground beetle

6598.     Found in my office, doesn’t seem to move fast. PRIMEAU, Quebec. Canada

 

6598.  This is a ground beetle (Coleoptera: Carabidae); these are general predators on other small invertebrates, mainly other insects. Click here for more detailed information

Giant aphids

6597.      On our spruce tree. Bald-faced hornets are swarming all around the area as well ?? Maberly, Ontario. Canada

 

Number 6597. These are giant aphids (Hemiptera/Sternorrhyncha: Aphididae; subfamily Lachninae). The wasps likely were attracted by the sweet substance (honeydew) secreted by the aphids. Click here for more detailed information

Bark lice

6596.      I found these beetle juice and looking bugs around my Hammock lines. Never seen them before are they new? They had a weird sway to them. Any info would be great thanks. Tiny, Ontario. Canada

 

Number 6596. These are bark lice (Psocodea: Psocidae); likely Cerastipsocus venosus, a species often referred to as ‘tree cattle.’ They do not cause any harm as they feed on fungi, algae, lichen, dead bark and other materials that occur on tree trunks and large limbs;  Click here for details on their life cycle.

Nymphs of a stink bug

6595.       New Westminster, BC. Canada

 

Number 6595. These are nymphs of a stink bug (Hemiptera/Heteroptera: Pentatomidae); likely those of the brown marmorated stink bug, Halyomorpha halys, Click here for an image.

Ichneumon wasp

6594.  Hello not sure what kind of insect. I found this in my backyard today and would like to know what it is. Thank you for your time. Sincerely. Nathan. Horseshoe valley. Canada

 

Number 6594. This is an ichneumon wasp (Hymenoptera: Ichneumonidae); it looks like Saranaca elegans,  Click here for an image. All ichneumon wasps are parasitic on other arthropods, primarily other insects; this species appears to prey upon the caterpillars of the Virginia creeper sphinx moth.

Nymphs of a stink bug

6593.  Victoria, British Columbia. Canada

 

Number 6593. These are nymphs of a stink bug (Hemiptera/Heteroptera: Pentatomidae). They may be in the genus Chlorochroa (Click here for an example), but the image is not clear enough to be certain.

Dog-day/annual cicada

6592.  Winged insect – 1-11/2″ long on top of a June Bug……in the morning the shell of the June bug was left completely dessicated. Kingston, Ontario. Canada

 

Number 6592. The winged insect is a dog-day/annual cicada (Hemiptera/Auchenorrhyncha: Cicadidae) that has emerged from its nymphal ‘shell’ (exoskeleton; what you called a June bug). They are called annual cicadas because some emerge every year, and dog-day because their peak emergence usually in late summer (the dog-days).

Long-horned wood-boring beetle

6591.  Hello I am a Life science Student from India. I like details about an insect I found in my house. I would like to know it’s scientific Taxonomy and scientific name, please reply; I hope to get your reply. Manarcad, Kottayam Kerala. India

 

Number 6591. This is a long-horned wood-boring beetle (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae). There are more than 1500 species recorded from India, Click here for an image.

Pigeon tremex

6590.    I found this large flying insect in my pool and had never seen one before in my area. It was nearly 2 inches long. After some research I believe that it is a Pigeon Tremex. While it was recovering from being in the pool (near death unfortunately), I took this photo. Holland Landing is in central Ontario near Newmarket and in my over 50 years of living here, I have never seen one before. Holland Landing, ON. Canada

 

Number 6590. This is indeed a pigeon tremex, Tremex columba (Hymenoptera: Siricidae). Click here for details on its life history.

Pomace/vinegar fly

6589.    Montreal, Quebec. Canada

 

Number 6589. This looks like a pomace/vinegar fly (Diptera: Drosophilidae). Often (but erroneously) called fruit flies, these often become nuisance pests indoors as they can breed very quickly.

Broad-nosed/short-snouted weevil

6588.    Just wondering if you can help me identify this bug ? We just moved into the country and I’ve never seen them before in my life.. there has been more than a few in our house. Thank you!! Norwood, Ontario. Canada

 

Number 6588. This is a broad-nosed/short-snouted weevil (Coleoptera: Curculionidae; subfamily Entiminae). These often enter buildings in search shelter, but do no harm there. Click here for more detailed information.

Nymph of a dog-day/annual cicada

6587.    Saw this very interesting Bug/Beetle yesterday on a walk with my boy. Late afternoon..around 4:30pm. Weather was sunny, But quite humid. Was just curious what this thing is. London Ontario. Canada

 

Number 6587. This is a nymph of a dog-day/annual cicada (Hemiptera/Auchenorrhyncha: Cicadidae). The nymphs spend three to five years underground feeding on sap from roots, and when fully grown, they tunnel up to the surface to find a safe place for the adult winged insect to emerge from its nymphal ‘shell.’ They are called annual cicadas because some emerge every year, and dog-day because their peak emergence usually in late summer (the dog-days).

Larva of a carpet beetle

6586.    Found on bed frame. Only found 1. Ft Sill, OK. United States

 

Number 6586. This is a larva of a carpet beetle (Coleoptera: Dermestidae) in the genus Anthrenus (varied carpet beetle and allies). Click here for detailed information.

German cockroach

6585.    Is this a cockroach. Consecon, Ontario. Canada

 

Number 6585. Yes it is; it looks like a German cockroach, Blattella germanica (Blattodea: Ectobiidae), a peridomestic species difficult to bring under complete control. Click here for some control recommendations.

Sap beetle

6584.    We have hundreds of these flying around, they are tiny, around 1mm although we have just noticed dozens of smaller ones in the last few days. They don’t seem to bite but are a huge annoyance, flying into drinks and people’s hair. Would like to know what they are so we know how to get rid of them. Kinburn, Ontario. Canada

 

Number 6584. This is a sap beetle (Coleoptera: Nitidulidae). These beetles feed in soft fruits, such as strawberries, as well as in just about any damaged/fermenting plant tissue (I often see them in corn ears that have been damaged by the corn earworm). They are attracted by the odor of fermenting fruits and vegetables and reportedly will fly into beer or soft drinks. There’s not much that you can do to ‘get rid’ of them unless you can locate and remove/destroy their food source.  

Nymph of a masked hunter

6583.    We found this guy crawling up our bathroom wall, it doesn’t fly or jump it just seems to crawl around. We’ve searched all inches of the web and asked everyone but we cannot seem to find anything… We would really appreciate finding out what this little guy is! Oshawa, Ontario. Canada

 

Number 6583. This looks like a young nymph of a masked hunter (Reduvius personatus), an assassin bug (Hemiptera/Heteroptera: Reduviidae) often found indoors; Click here for an image. It is an introduced species with a cosmopolitan distribution and is reported to have a very painful bite.   

Plume moth

6582.    Hoping this photo is a good enough shot! Have never seen this before….any ideas? Victoria, British Columbia. Canada

 

Number 6582. It’s a plume moth (Lepidoptera: Pterophoridae) in a very typical resting pose. Click here for some examples.  

Giant ichneumon wasp

6581.    Wasp like. Long black tail feature. Looks like it has a coat of armor. Probably 6 inches long for the body. Not including tail. Niagara Falls, Ontario. Canada

 

Number 6581. This is a giant ichneumon wasp (Hymenoptera: Ichneumonidae; Megarhyssa sp. ); likely M. greenei – Click here for images and more detailed information.

Female camel/cave cricket

6580.    We live on a country property, surrounded by forest and at the edge of a pond, with adjacent farmland. This was found in our basement. It is about 1/2″ long rom end to end There is a blue thread on the carpet and (I believe) a hair behind the critter (not part of it, I don’t think). Paris, ON. Canada

 

Number 6580. This is a very dead female camel/cave cricket (Orthoptera: Rhaphidophoridae). They are for the most part nuisance pests, usually found in dark, damp situations such as basements, caves, under logs, etc. Click here for more detailed information.

Caterpillar of the bedstraw hawkmoth

6579.    Came across this in Victoria BC on a trail. VICTORIA, BC. Canada

 

Number 6579. This is a caterpillar of the bedstraw hawkmoth, Hyles gallii (Lepidoptera: Sphingidae); Click here for images and more detailed information.

Larva of a leaf beetle

6578.    Can you identify this insect. I was told tent Caterpillar by neighbour but I question it. This was in Lake Cowichan BC. They only last for about 10 days and they are EVERYWHERE. Covering the roads buildings etc. Same outbreak happened about 12 years ago in this same area but nothing in between. Thanks. VICTORIA, BC. Canada

 

Number 6578. This is a larva of a leaf beetle (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae). There are several species with a similar appearance; Click here for one example (alder flea beetle).

Nymph of a masked hunter

6577.    Today august 13th 2019, i found that thing! It was indoors in my house entrance walking on my carpet. It looked like white dust as if it were a white thread of something. It looked furry and like a spider. It was so small it could have been the size of a sesame. For now, i only found one! Please let me know what that is. Thank you. Laval, Quebec. Canada

 

Number 6577.  This looks like a young nymph of a masked hunter (Reduvius personatus), an assassin bug (Hemiptera/Heteroptera: Reduviidae) often found indoors; Click here for an image. It is an introduced species with a cosmopolitan distribution and is reported to have a very painful bite.

Larva of a lady beetle

6576.    I find these on green pepper plants. Are they harmful? Weyburn, Sask. Canada

 

Number 6576. This insect is beneficial, not harmful; it is a larva of a lady beetle (Coleoptera: Coccinellidae). Click here for more detailed information.

Plume moth

6575.    Found this on my curtain inside and I have no idea what it is? Wasaga Beach, Ontario. Canada

 

Number 6575. This is a plume moth (Lepidoptera: Pterophoridae); there are several species that can have a quite similar appearance. Click here for some examples.

Spotted tree borer

6574.    Hello, Just found him on my shoe. My sons and I were wondering if this is a long horned two banded beetle? Saltspring Island, BC. Canada

 

Number 6574. This appears to be a spotted tree borer, Synaphaeta guexi (Coleoptea: Cerambycidae). Click here and Click here for images and more detailed information. It does not appear to be an important pest specis.

Black widow spider

6573.    August 11, 2019. Found alive inside home on stairway (open layout) during the night. Vernon, BC. Canada

 

Number 6573. This is a black widow spider (Latrodectus sp.). Given your location, it most likely is a western black widow spider, L. Hesperus; Click here for more detailed information.

Bee fly

6572.    This insect emerged as if being born from our deck railing while we were outside enjoying a coffee. Warm sunny day (about 25C), mid-morning. We first noticed sawdust dropping from the railing as if something was eating at the deck and then this emerged, spread its wings out and crawled over to the railing edge to get into the sunlight. Photo taken just minutes after it emerged. Delhi, ON. Canada

 

Number 6572. This is a bee fly (Diptera: Bombyliidae). They are parasitic on bees, primarily ground-nesting bees, but some species specialize in attacking carpenter bees, such as in your case.

Caterpillar of an imperial moth

6571.    Found on the ground under a pine tree in a pine and spruce plantation. Belleville, ON. Canada

 

Number 6571. This is a caterpillar of an imperial moth, Eacles imperialis imperialis (Lepidoptera: Saturniidae). Click here for detailed information on its life history.

Teneral of a mature adult

6570.    We found this today, wondering what species of cicadas it is?? It’s the first one I have ever seen up close. Found at Point Gardiner, New Brunswick, Canada. (10 August 2019) Measured about 30-35mm, outdoors, sunny day. I’m hoping the picture made it to you, I only see a file number? Upper Coverdale, New Brunswick. Canada

 

Number 6570. This is a teneral (newly emerged) specimen which does not exhibit the colour patterns typical of a mature adult. That aside, I believe that it most likely is Neotibicen canicularis; Click here for a mature adult.

Jerusalem cricket

6569.    Found in pool Aug 10 2019. Osoyoos, Bc. Canada

 

Number 6569. This is a Jerusalem cricket (Orthoptera: Stenopalmatidae; Stenopelmatus sp.). Also known as potato bugs, they appear to be mainly scavengers, but sometimes will eat other insects. Click here for more detailed information.

Rove beetle

6568.    Trying to identify this in basement of house. Barrow Bay, Ontario, Canada. Canada

 

Number 6568. This is a rove beetle (Coleoptera: Staphylinidae). These are general predators on other small invertebrates, mainly other insects. Click here for a more typical image

Nymph of a white-margined burrower bug

6567.    Hello, I found this bug crawling at night, next to my dogs crate, where he sleeps. We has just come back from a walk, so I don’t know if the bug came from the park we went to or was already in the crate. The bug has 6 legs and 2 antenna, you can’t see the legs that great in the picture. The front 2 legs not seen in picture face the front of his head, where the back 4 legs face the back of his body. The bug is quite small, measuring about a quarter of an inch in length. Thank you! Boston, Massachusetts. United States

 

Number 6567. This looks like a nymph of a white-margined burrower bug, Sehirus cinctus (Hemiptera/Heteroptera: Cydnidae); Click here for an image. The adults and nymphs feed primarily on the seeds of nettles and plants in the mint family.

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