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Entomology (Study of Bugs): Help!, flea bites, bedbugs
flea bites, bedbugs, exhaust fan: Dear NH I get questions like this at least once a week where somebody is being bitten but no bugs can be seen and the bites have become a medical problem. You are due to see a dermatologist to rule out allergic reactions and he can determine if these...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Help- Found weird "bugs'' (I think), jack deangelis, extension entomologist
jack deangelis, extension entomologist, garden pests: Anna, I think this material is coming from above, not below. Look directly above where this material is for a small hole that might be the source. There are several insects that push excavated material out of their burrows. If you find something post a...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Help with ID, nest mites, bird mites
nest mites, bird mites: David, This is a mite (the antennae are actually the first pair of legs), perhaps one of the species that infests the nests of birds or rodents. I can t say for sure without examining it under a microscope but it looks like one of these mites. Nest mites...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Help Identifying Small, Tiny Bugs, university biology department, pest control operator
university biology department, pest control operator, window sills: Could be just about anything. Without a sketch or photo, it s impossible to even guess. Try to ID it yourself at www.suekayton.com/insectID.htm Or catch one in a Ziplock bag and take it to a university biology department, county agriculture agent, or...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Hornet nest removal, safety razor, nest removal
safety razor, nest removal, pedicel: Dear Pam - It is possible that the remaining wasps may return, as it seems that wasps that construct papery nests will rebuild on the site where a previous nest existed. However, I don t believe that you have created any monster situation. Once you have...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Huge Caterpillar, sweet potato vine, sphinx moth
sweet potato vine, sphinx moth, tomato hornworm: Kelly, That is the larvae of a Sphinx Moth. It looks to me like Manduca Qunquemaculata or the Tomato Hornworm. I m skeptical about telling you that as they are usually black or green, and this is brown. However, the markings are extraordinarily similar...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Hundreds of Flying Insects!, green june beetle, family calliphoridae
green june beetle, family calliphoridae, 3 quarters: Dear Alison - This is a good example of the importance of having an image available. Ofttimes, a verbal description can be misinterpreted, but a photo usually can be diagnostic. That aside, about the only insect that I know of that would both look like the...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): something in my hair, lice treatment, medicated shampoo
lice treatment, medicated shampoo, dermatolgist: This is a medical question and you should see a doctor. As a non-doctor, I have some common sense advice. 1) Stop using the wig. Seal it in a plastic bag so if there is something living in it, it won t spread. Use a medicated shampoo and wash your...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): help!, stag beetle, giant cockroach
stag beetle, giant cockroach, ground beetle: Emily, That s most likely either a Stag Beetle or a Ground Beetle. Although the mandibles (pincers) can give a nasty pinch, they are harmless. And generally don t bite. I m unfortunately not sure which specific species of Ground or Stag beetle it could...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): help!, scale insects, maple tree
scale insects, maple tree: Jessica, These are probably some type of scale insect. The insect lives under the cottony mass and feeds on the leaves. Trees can sustain some scale feeding but if the infestation get too high it can begin to stunt the growth of the tree. Unfortunately...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Can you help identify this butterfly?, exact species, butterfly
exact species, butterfly, wings: Curtis, That s probably some butterfly in the family Nymphalidae. Do you have a picture with the butterfly s wings open? Also, where was this picture taken as it doesn t look like a US species. I ll keep looking around for a match for the underside of the...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): help identifying a bug, jack deangelis, extension entomologist
jack deangelis, extension entomologist, garden pests: Daemon, Could you post a picture because your description fits a lot of different insects. Post a picture in a follow up and I ll try to give you an id. Jack DeAngelis, PhD Extension Entomologist (ret.) My website about home and garden pests: http://www.livingwithbugs.co...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): hornet wasp type insect, cicada killer wasp
cicada killer wasp: Derek, You are probably describing one of the cicada killer wasps (there are a number of species). These large wasps live in burrows in the ground and hunt cicada insects as prey. They are not very aggressive but can sting if handled or stepped on. I don...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): household pest, jack deangelis, carpet beetles
jack deangelis, carpet beetles, storage cupboard: Emma, What you describe is much too large to be bed bug eggs. Adult bed bugs are only 4-5 mm. There are no other bed bug species that are normally found in homes. I d say your pest control folks were mistaken. Here s an article about bed bugs with a picture...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): ID on a bug found in apartment., jack deangelis, control cockroaches
jack deangelis, control cockroaches, german cockroach: Shannon, This is not the German cockroach and it may not be one of the common pest species. Can you tell me where you caught this one (city, state). This might be a species that normally occurs outdoors and is just coming indoors in search of water. Has...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Identify bug, cray fish, pill bug
cray fish, pill bug, inchworm: Hi Tino This was certainly a hardy bug still alive after b eing chewed on by a dog and dumped ito the toilet. 4 cm is a pretty large insect. Unfortunately I cannot visualize this bug. If I can come up with anything I will get back to you. If you see another...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Identifying Small Red Flying Insect, aphids
aphids: Brian, These are aphids. Aphids feed on plants by tapping into their vascular system. They produce honeydew - the sticky, shiny material that covers the leaves in some of the photos. Aphids can be very damaging to plants and are important agricultural...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Insect bites, mattress boxspring, pest company
mattress boxspring, pest company, mosquito bite: Iris, The nests would have to touch the building in some way since the mites don t fly. The nests (if these are nest mites) could be located out of sight so you may need help finding them. The mites can be hard to catch because they are tiny but not invisible,...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Insect ID Please, bugs, insects
bugs, insects, leafhoppers: Bob: Thank you for attaching the image with your question. The insects are leafhoppers in the family Cicadellidae. Not sure beyond that. Many are associated with grasses or sedges, a few associated with trees and shrubs. They feed on plant sap. ...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Insect sighting, orange wings, habitat type
orange wings, habitat type, two occasions: Many possible insects. Without a photo or sketch, I ll have to guess. Could be a type of mayfly if you saw it near a pond or marsh. Google it to see if that s what you have. They have a distinctive split-appearing rear end. If that s not it, send a sketch...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): id for mystery bug, sawfly, Kaufman Field Guide to Insects of North America
sawfly, Kaufman Field Guide to Insects of North America, humor: Mark: LOL! I think this is a first:-) Looks like a sawfly in the family Tenthredinidae, which is indeed a type of wasp, albeit stingless. Thanks for making my day:-) Send me a copy of the image, and a little info about you and your trip to the park...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): identified bug, order collembola, order thysanura
order collembola, order thysanura, bathroom floors: May: I have no idea what you are describing...possibly a springtail, order Collembola, or a silverfish, order Thysanura. Both can be common indoors, especially when humidity gets really high. Springtails are at most a nuisance, silverfish can eat book...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Could you identify this?, funnel web spiders, jack deangelis
funnel web spiders, jack deangelis, extension entomologist: Tommy, I m not familiar with the spiders in Ireland but this one looks like either a wolf spider or one of the large funnel web spiders. Here in the NW USA we have a large funnel web called the giant house spider that looks a bit like this. You ll probably...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Can you identify this bug?, strawberry root weevil, garden pests
strawberry root weevil, garden pests, mystery bug: Dear Yve - You are correct in thinking that short of hermetically sealing your house, it is virtually impossible to keep visitors such as these from dropping in uninvited. About the only suggestion I can make other than simply to vacuum up the ones that...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): identifying winged creature, green lacewing, mystery egg
green lacewing, mystery egg, harmful insects: Hi Amy This delicate little critter is called a green lacewing. It was not an egg under the leaf but a cocoon. Lacewings are so valued by gardners that you can buy 1000 eggs for about 12 dollars. The larvae eat a lot of harmful insects like aphids. The...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): one inch long tapered ?worm? in RV home, black soldier fly larvae
black soldier fly larvae: Teresa, Your description sounds like a black soldier fly larva. Take a look at the picture on this page http://insects.tamu.edu/fieldguide/cimg226.html and see if they match. If this id is correct there must be a source of compost or possibly spoiled...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): indoor environment, thin slits, tiny insects
thin slits, tiny insects, whitish area: Dear Gladys - I believe that it is very unlikely that whatever you are seeing near the ceiling and the symptoms you describe are related. About the only thing as small as you describe and that appears roughly circular would be a mite of some sort, and both...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): infestation of cacoons, wax moths, wax moth
wax moths, wax moth, nearby neighbors: Dear Carol - After viewing your last photo, it still is possible that what you have are cocoons of moths in the superfamily that includes the tussock moths. However, I will continue to do a bit more research when I have the time, and will let you know if I...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): insects, cicada killer wasp
cicada killer wasp: Stephanie, I think you are describing a very large wasp called a cicada killer (there are several species). Despite the name these are relatively harmless and not very aggressive wasps that hunt cicadas (insects) and live in burrows in the ground. They...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): invading worm like creatures in my basement, ceramic tile flooring, nuisance pests
ceramic tile flooring, nuisance pests, inch worms: Dear Jo - This is a millipede; see http://tinyurl.com/n9xpua for an image. For the most part, they are nuisance pests, harmless scavengers on decomposing organic matter, but a few species can damage very tender vegetation, such as seedlings in greenhouses....

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Japanese bug, medical standpoint, warm evenings
medical standpoint, warm evenings, kicker: Hi Dave There is no way to identify a bug without seeing it. I have never heard of any insect that bites and leaves a hole almost half a cm. And insects that only bite at certain times is nonsense. From a medical standpoint a bite that swells when you touch...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): how to kill beetles, entomophobia, beetles
entomophobia, beetles, outdoors: Terri: Ok, then you are definitely talking about May beetles, genus Phyllophaga. I know that telling you there is nothing to be afraid of is not going to work, so I politely suggest you seek help in curing your phobia. There are many excellent professionals...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): What kind of bug is this?, eastern dobson fly, harmless insects
eastern dobson fly, harmless insects, hellgrammite: Hi Rick This interesting insect is a female Eastern Dobson fly(Corydalus cornutus.) They spend most of their life cycle as a larva called a hellgrammite in a stream. The adults emerge at night and travel towards a light seeking a mate. They are harmless...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): What king of bug is this?, yellow stripes, plant bug
yellow stripes, plant bug, little bug: + Hi Breanna Every day I get requests to identify insects and most of the time I can only make a guess as to what they are from description. In your case it is the tail you describe as spiral. There are quite a few bugs that fit this description. The...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): LArge black and white mottled resembels large roach verities, family elateridae, egyptian scarabs
family elateridae, egyptian scarabs, calligraphy brush: Rachel: I m wondering if you are talking about the eyed elater, Alaus oculatus, a very large click beetle in the family Elateridae. Since I don t know if this is your insect, I won t go into further detail. You can find lots of images of this beetle...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Large moth-like bug, dobsonfly, fish bait
dobsonfly, fish bait, large moth: This is a male Dobsonfly. They develop in clean, flowing water and are indicators of good water quality. The males use their long mandibles for display only and they are generally harmless. The larvae are called hellgrammites and are popular fish bait....

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Larvae, jack deangelis, patio slab
jack deangelis, patio slab, livingwithbugs: Russell, This sounds like an antlion. Antlions are larvae of a predatory insect in the group Neuroptera (also includes lacewings). They make a cone-shaped structure in loose soil that traps ants. You might want to google antlion and compare pictures....

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Very Lg Winged Bug, dobsonfly, hellgrammite
dobsonfly, hellgrammite, adults: Lee Ann: It was a dobsonfly, trust me. FEMALE dobsonflies have much more normal jaws than the males, but they can inflict a much worse bite than the males. The larva you saw was probably indeed that of a dobsonfly, often called a hellgrammite. ...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Little Black bugs!, dry pet food, black bugs
dry pet food, black bugs, climate type: Looks like a weevil. Tehre are jillions of different weevils. Check out photos. http://www.the-piedpiper.co.uk/th7c.htm http://ento.psu.edu/extension/factsheets/weevils-on-stored-grain Weevils eat stuff like cereal, dry pet food, grains, etc....

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Looks like an ant...kind of, anyway, jack deangelis, cornell cooperative extension
jack deangelis, cornell cooperative extension, extension entomologist: George, I m not sure I can help much. What you describe sounds like an ant. But we ll need a good id to proceed with any kind of control. If you can t get a picture you could capture a few and take them to the Cornell Cooperative Extension office on E 34th...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): ladybug and possible wasp, parasitoid, braconid wasp
parasitoid, braconid wasp, Braconidae: Carol: You are correct. The cocoon is that of a braconid wasp (family Braconidae). I can t recall the name of the species of wasp involved, though it is in my book, the Kaufman Field Guide to Insects of North America. I don t have a copy handy at the...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): large dirt cacoon, mud dauber wasp, dirt ball
mud dauber wasp, dirt ball, dirt mound: Dear Chad - Without seeing it, I can only guess that it most likely would be a nest constructed by a mud dauber wasp (Hymenoptera: Sphecidae) - see http://tinyurl.com/l8k6lp for an example. The wasps provision their nests with live but paralyzed prey items...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): large flying insect, polyphylla decemlineata, june beetle
polyphylla decemlineata, june beetle, dear dorothy: Dear Dorothy - Although nowhere near as large as what you describe, I believe that a 10-lined June beetle (Polyphylla decemlineata; Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae) comes as close as anything to matching it. Have a look at the image at http://tinyurl.com/n2bqk7 to...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): large flying insect, dobsonfly, hellgrammite
dobsonfly, hellgrammite, adults: Tony: Congratulations. You killed a harmless female dobsonfly, Corydalus cornutus. You think the females look wicked? You should see the males, with their ice tongs for jaws! Yes, a female dobsonfly could inflict a painful, bloody nip, but only if...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): large orange bug i still havent identified it, Jerusalem cricket, Stenopelmatus
Jerusalem cricket, Stenopelmatus, big: Hi, Kat: I think you are describing a freshly-molted Jerusalem criket in the genus Stenopelmatus. Sounds like the insect s pigments had not yet become saturated, at least on the abdomen, as it should have been banded in BLACK and white, not orange and...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): large terrestrial arthropod, jerusalem cricket
jerusalem cricket: Jacob, Excellent picture. This is a Jerusalem cricket, sometimes called a sand cricket or potato bug . Like other crickets they feed on plants and are harmless. They generally occur in drier, semi-arid climates. Here s a link with a little more information...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): large WI beetle, scarab, grapevine beetle
scarab, grapevine beetle, Pelidnota punctata: Mark: Thanks for including the nice image with your question. Yes, it is indeed a scarab beetle, specifically the grapevine beetle, Pelidnota punctata. They are pretty common during the summer, and often fly to lights at night. Eric http://bugeric.blogspot.co...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): light brown flying beetle, june beetle, june bug
june beetle, june bug, storm door: To identify the insect I need a photo or sketch and your geographic location. Without this information, it s almost certainly a beetle, perhaps a June beetle (also called a June bug). Try to ID it yourself at www.whatsthatbug.com and look under Beetles,...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): little beetles in our basement, cochrane alberta canada, ground beetles
cochrane alberta canada, ground beetles, baseboard: My apologies, Agnes - I failed to note that you are in Canada, not the United States, so I would not be able to refer you to a local source after all. About all I can suggest is that (1) look at some images of small ground beetles at http://tinyurl.com/l89d5t...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): little beetles in our basement, ground beetles, baseboard
ground beetles, baseboard, best picture: Dear Agnes - I m sorry, but I cannot identify these from your image; it simply is not clear enough. Although their general shape is consistent with that of small ground beetles (which are harmless), finding those indoors in the numbers you indicate would be...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): little brownish black bug in clothes and linens, carpet beetles, clothes moths
carpet beetles, clothes moths: Angela, This is likely either some type of dermestid carpet beetle and carpet beetle larvae, or carpet beetles and clothes moth larvae. If the larvae are worm-like then they are probably clothes moth larvae. Here s a picture of carpet beetles and the...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): little white flying/jumping bugs, new brunswick canada, new apartment
new brunswick canada, new apartment, fairy dust: Dear Tasha - I really need to see your images before rendering an opinion. Superficially, they sound like woolly aphids (Eriosoma sp.; see http://tinyurl.com/ptf94z), but the behaviour you describe doesn t match up well. Waiting to hear back, Saug...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): A long black beetle on the wall, rhino beetle, family carabidae
rhino beetle, family carabidae, black beetle: Hi, Abbi: I m delighted to hear that you released the insect outdoors, instead of using the book in a less productive manner. LOL! I can t tell you what it was based on your description, though I would lean toward either a ground beetle, family Carabidae,...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): long dark brwn bug, jack deangelis, extension entomologist
jack deangelis, extension entomologist, garden pests: Ruth, This is not a roach but rather a beetle. It is also not one of the beetles that typically is a pest around homes so my guess is it is incidental. No need to be concerned. Here s a picture of a typical cockroach http://www.livingwithbugs.com/cockroaches.html...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): lots of spiders, kinds of spiders, egg sacs
kinds of spiders, egg sacs, spiderlings: Hi Cat I am confident that you have encountered a group of spiderlings that have hatched while you were gone. I am also sure that these are common orb weaving house spiders. Spiders hatch from egg sacs containing about a hundred or more and will cling...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Mason or Potter Wasp, mud dauber, potter wasp
mud dauber, potter wasp, mud nests: Pam, It could be a Mud Dauber or another type of Dauber. They make mud nests but are usually 2-3.5 in length. They can look very similar to Potter Wasps. They are not at all uncommon for your area. Nor are Potter Wasps, they just tend to not stray to people...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Mexican Bean Beetle, neem oil, spinosad
neem oil, spinosad: Cherri, Depending on what you mean by organic, neem oil might be a good choice. Neem oil is a natural product and is accepted by many certification standards. If you are growing commercially you ll need to check with your certification organization first....

Entomology (Study of Bugs): The "Mexican Swine Flu", population of mexico city, influenza virus
population of mexico city, influenza virus, population of mexico: Dear Dave - This really is outside my area of expertise - about all that I can say is that to the best of my knowledge, there never has been any evidence of mosquito involvement in the epidemiology of any influenza virus. Also, as far as I know, the CDC...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Monarch Cocoon, gold dots, chrysalids
gold dots, chrysalids, chrysalis: Alex, The gold dots on the top of the chrysalis are just part of the chrysalis. All Monarch chrysalids will have them no matter what. They re really sort of decoration. They may also help serve the purpose to warn predators that it s poisonous. Best...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Monarch cats dying!, sticky silk, crysalis
sticky silk, crysalis, baking soda: Christy, That sounds like there are pesticides on the plants. Probably BT. What you can do, is take all the caterpillars off, and place them on the new plants (after washing the new plants with baking soda, waiting for an hour, and hosing it down with water...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Mosquito repellents, insect repellents, DEET
insect repellents, DEET, picaridin: Shane, All of the regular mosquito repellents will work equally well in Louisiana and Washington state. The key difference will be how often you have to apply them - the more mosquitoes the more often they need to be applied. There are now two different...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Moths, sudbury ontario canada, beetle larva
sudbury ontario canada, beetle larva, pine needles: You have at least two different kinds of pests eating your tree. The moths are the adult form of a caterpillar that eats pine needles. You have a different insect boring inside the trunk of the tree - probably a beetle larva. I suggest that you consult...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Mysterious Insect, eastern dobsonfly, hellgrammites
eastern dobsonfly, hellgrammites, megaloptera: Dear Trevor - This is a male eastern dobsonfly, Corydalus cornutus (Megaloptera: Corydalidae); their larvae are aquatic and known as hellgrammites. It is harmless, the fierce-looking jaws of males are capable only of generating a pinch. However, the much shorter...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Mysterious wasp behavior, paper wasp, walking stick
paper wasp, walking stick, imminent death: Jason, Chances are the Paper Wasp was either defending it s nest, or the walking stick made off with one of it s young. Walking Sticks have been known to inadvertently eat young bees and such. I read your entire encounter and can really only conclude that....

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Mystery Bug, milkweed bug, assassin bugs
milkweed bug, assassin bugs, family lygaeidae: Melissa: Not knowing the approximate size of the creature makes a precise identification difficult, but my suspect list, in order of probability, would be: A true bug in the order Hemiptera, suborder Heteroptera, especially something in the family Lygaeidae,...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Mystery Bug, jack deangelis, family chironomidae
jack deangelis, family chironomidae, tiny gnat: Christine, These are likely one of the midges (family Chironomidae) that is emerging from the river edge or from the stream. These tiny non-biting flies tend to emerge over relatively short periods (days-weeks) then will stop until next year. As long as...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Mystery Bug, springtails, Collembola
springtails, Collembola, outdoors: Wendy: Your initial description is of springtails, order Collembola, jumping organisms that are so primitive they are now classified as non-insect hexapods. They thrive in very damp, humid conditions and it is not at all uncommon to have them build...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Mystery Bug, mystery bug, cooperative extension service
mystery bug, cooperative extension service, office hope: Dear Kelly - The images in your photo are too small for a specific identification, but I can tell that they definitely are not fleas and that they do not look like anything likely to infest your house in any way. Before you attempt any control, i suggest that...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Mystery "bug", household casebearer, plaster bagworm
household casebearer, plaster bagworm, caterpillar: Marc: LOL! No, you are definitely not nuts. What you found was the caterpillar of a moth known as the household casebearer, or plaster bagworm, the scientific name of which I cannot recall offhand. A Google search should turn up plenty of .edu...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Mystery bug, wood boring beetle, mystery bug
wood boring beetle, mystery bug, indirect light: Joel: At first I thought that you had seen them only in northern INDIA, and I was going to give up trying.... But I honestly still have no idea what you are describing. I m sure it is indeed some kind of beetle, but not one I recognize from your description....

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Mystery fly???, moth flies, Psychodidae
moth flies, Psychodidae, nuisance: Claire: Thank you for including the image with your question. The image is of a moth fly in the family Psychodidae, also known as drain flies or bathroom flies. The larvae feed in debris in drain traps. Not sure what you can do about prevention,...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Mystery Insect, elephants nose, assassin bug
elephants nose, assassin bug, boxelder bug: Dear Haylee - I just had another thought (beginner s luck!) - I may have mislead myself by focusing on the elephants nose part of the description, which I interpreted as weevil. If it really resembled a boxelder bug in overall shape, it may have been an...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): moth, exact species, aryn
exact species, aryn, moth: Aryn, That sounds like it could be something in either the Noctuiid Family, Underwing Family, or potentially the Saturniid Family. If you have a picture, and can attach it to the response, I d be happy to try and look for an exact species for you. Best...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): mystery bite, minute pirate bugs, family simuliidae
minute pirate bugs, family simuliidae, minute pirate bug: Briana: This is really a medical question. Regardless of what bit her, she needs to monitor the resulting symptoms and see her physician if things are getting worse. The only things I can think of that might fit your description are: black flies...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): mystery bug, sun spider, wind scorpion
sun spider, wind scorpion, solifuge: Annette: Thank you for attaching an image with your question. The picture is of a sun spider, aka wind scorpion, camel spider, solifuge, solpugid. It is a non-venomous arachnid related to spiders and scorpions. They are quite common in arid...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): mystery bug, squash vine borer, moth
squash vine borer, moth, pumpkins: Ryan: It is a moth known as the squash vine borer, Melittia cucurbitae. It was indeed laying eggs in the vine, and the larvae will bore inside the stem. They can do a pretty fair amount of damage, but I have no idea how to control them.... I would...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): mystery bug, earwig
earwig: Laurissa, You might be describing an earwig. Earwigs are harmless but look dangerous. They feed on plants and can be minor garden pests. They often are accidentily brought indoors on plants and flowers. Here s a picture of an earwig http://www.livingwithbugs.com/earwigs.html...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): mystery egg casings, cockroach eggs, shelled sunflower seeds
cockroach eggs, shelled sunflower seeds, mystery egg: Dear Barb - These sound more like fly pupae (see http://tinyurl.com/nlu5ms for an example) than egg cases of any kind. I suspect that flies were attracted to the dead bird and laid eggs on it. The maggots that hatched from these eggs fed on the carcass, then...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Need help identifying insect, brown bottoms, yakima washington
brown bottoms, yakima washington, general outline: Dear Adrienne - Is there any way that you could take a clearer photo? The image is too blurry for me to see any details at all. About all I can say at this point is that the general outline is consistent with it being a wasp (and there are wingless wasps),...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): New bee in town? Chases honey bees in garden, wool-carder bee, Anthidium manicatum
wool-carder bee, Anthidium manicatum, insects: Shirley: I want to compliment you on your observation skills and the details you include in your question. I sure do know what that new bee is! You are describing male wool-carder bees, Anthidium manicatum, and you are quite right in describing...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): nest, Isodontia, grass-carrier wasps
Isodontia, grass-carrier wasps, solitary: Joseph: You are describing grass-carrier wasps in the family Sphecidae, genus Isodontia. They are solitary, each female making her own nest. These wasps normally nest in pre-existing natural cavities, but those niches are in short supply. So they...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): neuroparasitism of beetles, jack deangelis, veterinary pathologist
jack deangelis, veterinary pathologist, extension entomologist: Eric, I ve not heard of this behavior before but I m probably not best person to ask. This is really a question for a medical or veterinary/livestock entomologist. I d suggest contacting Nancy Hinkle at the U. of Georgia http://www.ent.uga.edu/personnel/faculty/hinkle.htm...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): night and day loud insects in Atlanta, insects, bugs
insects, bugs, cicada: Robert: Cicadas (Tibicen sp.) will sing well into the evening hours, but if you are hearing a different sound at night, loud and raspy from the crowns of tall trees, then it is the true katydid you are hearing. When I first heard true katydids, I thought...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Odd looking bug!!, weevils, beetles
weevils, beetles, insects: Bethany: It sounds very much like a weevil of some kind, of which there are hundreds of species, in at least three families (Curculionidae and Attelabidae to name two). Weevils are in the order of beetles (Coleoptera). All are plant-feeders as far as...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): oatmeal and flour bugs, brown insects, pantry pest
brown insects, pantry pest, google: Look at the oatmeal or flour. If you see black or brown insects, you know they are there. Also look for their droppings, which look like specks of sawdust held in place with cobwebs. The eggs are impossible to spot with the naked eye. Google pantry...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): something odd, hummingbird moth, butterfly bush
hummingbird moth, butterfly bush, clearwing: Dear John - I really hope that you can capture one and get a photograph that you can submit. If it is not one of the clear-winged sphinx moths in the genus Hemaris. I really have no firm idea as to what it might be. At any rate, I do not believe that it is...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): odd beetles, cucumber beetle, plant bug
cucumber beetle, plant bug, beetles: Emily: You don t tell me where you live, or at least where you have seen these insects, which greatly hampers my efforts for you. Still, you might consider looking at images of the four-lined plant bug, Poecilocapsus lineatus, and see if that is not...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): orange&black bugs, black bugs, lady bugs
black bugs, lady bugs, ladybugs: There are lady bugs with all kinds of different spots so this could be one unless it is also eating the plant. Ladybugs eat insects. There are a lot of spikey orange caterpillars so I would have to see this if you can send me a photo. If there is only on...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): owww, paper wasps, new windsor new york
paper wasps, new windsor new york, windsor new york: Giana, Those are probably paper wasps or bald-face. Either way, they shouldn t present any issues to anyone. Unless they are allergic in which case they would be in the hospital minutes afterward. I wouldn t be too worried about them. The spray should kill...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Please help me- attacked by bugs, richland county office, bird mites
richland county office, bird mites, columbia south carolina: Dear Morgan - It is extremely difficult at best to determine the cause of bite symptoms such as yours without actually catching something in the act of biting. If you have already eliminated potential suspects such as fleas, another possibility is mites of...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Please help w/ bug ID, jack deangelis, ladybug larvae
jack deangelis, ladybug larvae, ladybird beetle: Jason, This is the larva of a ladybird beetle (ladybug). Google ladybug larvae for additional pictures and life history. Jack DeAngelis, PhD Extension Entomologist (ret.) My website about home and garden pests: http://www.livingwithbugs.com ...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Please id this Bug.., Jerusalem cricket, sand cricket
Jerusalem cricket, sand cricket, potato bug: Matt, This is a Jerusalem cricket, also called sand cricket or potato bug , and they are completely harmless. Like other crickets and grasshoppers they feed on plants. Jerusalem crickets sometimes enter houses in search of water if it is especially dry...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Please id this Bug.., Jerusalem cricket, Stenopelmatus
Jerusalem cricket, Stenopelmatus, harmless: Matt: The insect in the box is a Jerusalem cricket in the genus Stenopelmatus. They are not true crickets, being more closely allied to the wetas and king crickets of Australia and New Zealand. They are harmless, all myth, superstition and urban...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Please identify this insect, polyphylla decemlineata, conifer seedlings
polyphylla decemlineata, conifer seedlings, tree nurseries: Dear Trent - This appears to be a 10-lined June beetle (Polyphylla decemlineata; Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae) - see http://tinyurl.com/n2bqk7 for a living specimen. Although pretty to look at, they can be serious pests in tree nurseries, as their larvae feed...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Possible tick bite, tick bites
tick bites: Joy, I can t comment on medical treatment but here s some information about ticks (yes it does sound like a tick). The important thing about tick bites is to remove the tick as quickly as possible to avoid the possibility of contracting tick-borne diseases...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Praying Mantis/Mantids, praying mantises, whitney cranshaw
praying mantises, whitney cranshaw, garden pests: Steve, The person to contact is Whitney Cranshaw at Colorado State University wcransha@shep.agsci.colostate.edu he s an entomologist there. Jack DeAngelis, PhD Extension Entomologist (ret.) My website about home and garden pests: http://www.livingwithbugs.com...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): a peculiar bug, earwigs, pincher
earwigs, pincher, rear end: Dear Ashley - I really would like to see an image of this, as the only thing that comes readily to mind is an earwig (order Dermaptera). However, these are so common that I would be quite surprised if you hadn t encountered (and recognized) them before. In...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): photo of beetle/dragonfly, dragonfly, photo
dragonfly, photo: Susan, At the bottom of each question fill-in there is a purple/blue link that says attach an image . Click that, and upload it directly from your computer. If you re still having trouble, upload the image to: imageshack.us And send me the URL. ...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): pls help, hummingbird moth, butterfly bush
hummingbird moth, butterfly bush, clearwing: This sounds like a clearwing hummingbird moth or a species of hover fly (sometimes called bee flies). Both of these insects have species that mimic bees as a defense mechanism and make them less appealing to predators. If you do a search for either of...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): possible bird or mice mite, flea foggers, jack deangelis
flea foggers, jack deangelis, scabies mites: Becky, Your description does not sound like a typical bird or rodent mite situation. These mites are usually very temporary because we are not a suitable host. Typically the mites bite then move on or die. The skin scrapings that the dermatologist took...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Query..., health care profession, cedar wood oil
health care profession, cedar wood oil, bugs insects: Hello Lorenzo; I have had many questions from people with this type of problem. This is a medical problem and not a problem with bugs. Insects can introduce parasites into the body but they cannot invade the tissues nor use the body as a breeding ground....

Entomology (Study of Bugs): question about fly maggots, summer science camp, sterile maggots
summer science camp, sterile maggots, fly maggots: Dear John - The maggots used in wound therapy are scavengers on dead tissues, not parasites in any respect - see http://tinyurl.com/8tj6b for detailed information. Like all arthropods, they require oxygen to survive. They acquire their air supply through openings...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): question of worm in wood, wood boring beetles, lake tahoe ca
wood boring beetles, lake tahoe ca, emerald ash borer: Dear Kristy = This is a flat-headed wood borer, larva of a beetle in the family Buprestidae, which often are called metallic wood-boring beetles - they are very hard, usually shiny, and can resemble little robots when the move; see http://tinyurl.com/nhhm4e...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Raising Monarch Butterflies, little black ants, monarch caterpillars
little black ants, monarch caterpillars, university biology department: Some ants indeed will eat certain caterpillars. Very few insects will eat Monarch caterpillars because they taste bad, due to the toxins in milkweed. Check with a local agricultural agent, university biology department, or licensed pest control operator....

Entomology (Study of Bugs): RE: sphinx moth in the family Sphingidae, hawkmoth, sphinx moth
hawkmoth, sphinx moth, Hemaris: Julie: I m not sure I understand. If I ve already identified what you have a question about, what is left to answer? The image you attached is of a hummingbird sphinx moth, Hemaris thysbe, a day-flying, clear-winged member of the family Sphingidae (sphinx...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Red Bug in Indianapolis, velvet ants, female spiders
velvet ants, female spiders, black ants: Aaron: You might be describing either the eastern velvet ant (aka cow-killer ), Dasymutilla occidentalis, or a mimic of it, like a spider in the genus Castianeira. Plenty of insects mimic velvet ants to gain protection from predators, so it is very difficult...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Red Spider Hunter Wasp?, Pompilidae, Tachypompilus ferrugineus
Pompilidae, Tachypompilus ferrugineus, spider wasp: Alan: Nice shot of a spider wasp, Tachypompilus ferrugineus, hauling off a paralyzed wolf spider. Please consider posting your images to: http://www.bugguide.net directly to the species page (see add image near the top). Thanks for sharing this...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Request help identifying bug, narrow wings, inch max
narrow wings, inch max, cherry trees: Ed: I m sorry, but without at least an image of one (and preferably a specimen), I can t even begin to tell you what you have there. Could be ants swarming I suppose, in which case the event will be over very shortly. Few insects are so unique that...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Response to your response re: obsessing, scabies mites burrow, tiny red mites
scabies mites burrow, tiny red mites, chigger mites: Terri, I m glad you are considering stress as the culprit in this case. We actually see a lot of cases every year of this sort of mistaken identity that can often be traced to simple anxiety or emotional stress. I m sure you are on the right track. ...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): red ants, red ants, medical standpoint
red ants, medical standpoint, fire ants: Dear Farhana - The only ants to be concerned about from a medical standpoint are fire ants (Solenopsis sp.), which do occur in Bangladesh. However, they are quite a bit smaller than the ones you describe, and they sting rather than bite. For more detailed...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): red ants, jack deangelis, species of ants
jack deangelis, species of ants, red ants: Farhana, There are many species of ants that sting so I can t identify which one this is from your description. However, most ants nest in the soil so one thing you could do is make sure there are no nests close to the house, especially near doors and windows....

Entomology (Study of Bugs): red-velvet ants(cow killer), velvet ants, Dasymutilla
velvet ants, Dasymutilla, Mutillidae: Hi, Evalyn: What you are seeing are solitary, wingless female wasps. That is what velvet ants are. The males have wings and fly well. They are parasites of other solitary wasps, and possibly other insects more generally (precious little is known about...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): How do I get rid of these bugs?, stored product pests, beetles
stored product pests, beetles, insects: Chris: Have you thought about throwing out the birdseed they are breeding in? Why you didn t do this right off escapes me. If they were in the birdseed when purchased, I d take the receipt back to the store and ask for a refund. It helps them to know...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Shimmering blue, ants/wasp, giant ant, pest type
giant ant, pest type, shiny blue: Charles, Those are most likely Steel Blue Cricket Hunters. They re relatively harmless. They can sting, but only in defense. They hunt crickets, spiders, and other pest type insects for food. I would let them be, they pose no threat to humans. Best...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Sink Worm, larvae, flies
larvae, flies, moth flies: Mike: This continues to be something of a mystery, despite how commonly I am asked this question. Apparently no scientist has taken images of common fly larvae found in drains and other household areas. That would solve the mystery easily, as I am certain...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): SMALL BEETLES ALL OVER MY HOUSE!!!, jack deangelis, extension entomologist
jack deangelis, extension entomologist, garden pests: Jasmine, There are lots of small beetles that fit this description. Could you post a picture or perhaps capture a few and take them to someone locally, such as a university, that will identify them for you. Sorry I can t be more specific but there are literally...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Small beetles on my lizard, little black beetle, jack deangelis
little black beetle, jack deangelis, extension entomologist: Jenna, I think these are mites rather than insects. There are many mites that can be associated with reptiles and pet bedding, some are harmless but others are not. The best thing to do is capture a few in alcohol and take them to someone for examination...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Small black beetle looking bug ..., carpet beetles, pantry pests
carpet beetles, pantry pests, dermestid beetles: Hi Christee These certainly sound like dermestid beetles of some kind; possibly carpet beetles or pantry pests like grain beetles. Check all opened died foods in your cupboards. Then check all drawers where clothes are stored. Finally get a insect spray...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Small black bugs near windows, dermestid beetles, natural insecticide
dermestid beetles, natural insecticide, kitchen cupboards: Hi Helen My initial response without seeing one of these is that they could be dermestid beetles. Dermestid beetles breed in kitchen cupboards and drawers with materials You must locate the source to get rid of them. Check you food cupboards and all...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Small dark brown oval bugs?, drugstore beetles, hard wood floor
drugstore beetles, hard wood floor, northern vermont: Dear Susan - I realize that these are quite small, but would it be possible for you to take a close-up photo of one or more of these and attach it to a follow-up question? The chances are that these are harmless accidental intruders, but your general description...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Small Flies, small flies, pittsburgh pa area
small flies, pittsburgh pa area, pet stains: Dear Chris - As potential food sources for flies such as these are so varied, you might have a hard time locating the source of your infestation unless you literally can sniff it out; I believe that you could rule out the drain unless it was completely clogged...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Spider, family lycosidae, denatured ethanol
family lycosidae, denatured ethanol, brigham young university: Jett: In Utah, it probably is a controlled substance. LOL! You d have to check with your state about that. Check with the entomology department at Brigham Young University, too, as they would use ethanol routinely. See what they do. Good luck. ...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Spider Beetle?, pantry pests, spider beetles
pantry pests, spider beetles, dermatologist: This is definitly a sider beetle and all references I have clain that they cannot bite people. They are pantry pests. I think you have to catch one in the act of biting your wife. Until then I suggest a consultation with a dermatologist to be sure this is...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Spider in Miami, FL, orb weaver, argiope spider
orb weaver, argiope spider, red dots: It sounds like it may be an Argiope spider. This is a harmless (unless you are a bug) orb weaver. Let it out the jar and take a photo for me.(waltjh@sbcglobal.net) It ill die if you keep it in a jar Hi Kathleen: I get photos all the time. Send as an...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Springtail?, silverfish, tumble dryer
silverfish, tumble dryer, young ones: Silverfish are very, very common. Google silverfish or read the Wikipedia article. There are many varieties, in several colors and many sizes. They are totally harmless to people, except for a few people are allergic to their droppings. They eat glue,...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Stag beetle, stag beetles, stag beetle
stag beetles, stag beetle, giant elephant: Dear Michaela - Stag beetles (Coleoptera: Lucanidae) are very widespread in North America, including Indiana. Although I cannot cite specific county collection records, I would be extremely surprised, to say the least, if they were not found in every county...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Strange beettles, jack deangelis, family cerambycidae
jack deangelis, family cerambycidae, wood borers: Adam, The beetles are probably cerambycids (family Cerambycidae), or longhorned beetles. I can t identify further from your description. Larvae of cerambycids are wood borers (so called roundheaded wood borers) that feed in a wide variety of woods, some...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Strange bites that look like mosquito bites but indoors, unknown bug bites, animal beeding
unknown bug bites, animal beeding, itching: Dane, A couple of possibilities. There are some mites that bite and produce the kind of itchy lesions you are seeing. The mites can be associated with animal bedding, grain and so forth. If your reptiles have bedding material that is infested with these...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Strange high pitch bug in Central Texas, high pitch sound, san marcos texas
high pitch sound, san marcos texas, cicadas: You are hearing a cicada. There are many different species of cicadas and not all of them emerge each year. Different species make different sounds as well. Cicadas are sometimes called locusts, but I ve not heard them called buzzers before. That s a...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Strange little black beetle., little black beetle, family dermestidae
little black beetle, family dermestidae, carpet beetles: Emily: Well, you don t tell me WHERE on the planet this is happening, and THAT would help.... Ninety percent of the time, though, the answer is carpet beetles in the family Dermestidae (with the genera Anthrenus, Trogoderma, and Attagenus being the...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): silkworm disase, mulberry tree, silkworms
mulberry tree, silkworms, uneaten: There are a thousand possible reasons they died. did you provide fresh leaves several times a day? Did you empty out the old, uneaten leaves to prevent mold from forming? Did you wash your hands before handling the worms and/or leaves? The most common...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): small biting bugs, worcester county maryland, assassin bug
worcester county maryland, assassin bug, longitudinal stripes: Dear Clay - I m always hesitant to try a positive i.d. based on verbal descriptions alone, as the same words can convey quite different meanings to different people, this is why I encourage requesters of i.d.s to include an image if at all possible. In your...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): small black bugs in dry food, jack deangelis, livingwithbugs
jack deangelis, livingwithbugs, black bugs: Michael, Your description sounds like psocids, also called booklice (not related to true lice). Most psocids occur outdoors where they feed on fungi in relatively damp habitats. When they occur indoors it is usually because of excessive moisture as well....

Entomology (Study of Bugs): small black flies Long Island NY, nassau county office, wing venation
nassau county office, wing venation, oyster bay: Dear Richard - I really need to see an image of these to avoid unnecessary guessing; if they are not biting, they likely are breeding in some accumulation of decomposing organic matter in your vicinity. Is there any way that you could take a close-up photo...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): small bugs in mulch, springtails, Collembola
springtails, Collembola, outdoors: Dear Joe: You are undoubtedly describing springtails, order Collembola. Contrary to the common name, not all species jump. They are incredibly abundant animals in soil, leaf litter, compost, mulch, etc, especially in damp, humid situations. They can...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): small clear with blackish center bugs, head lice, insects
head lice, insects, bugs: Janeen: If small translates to tiny, or close to it, then you are almost certainly describing head lice, Pediculus humanus capitis. Now this becomes something of a medical question. I strongly suggest you visit the website of the National Pediculosis...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): small flea-like insect, springtails, Collembola
springtails, Collembola, outdoors: Sara: I grew up in Portland, and have been to southern Oregon a few times. It is GORGEOUS down there. Your life cannot suck living there, trust me! :-) Ok, stop spraying stuff on those bugs, it won t do much. What you are describing are most likely...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): small insects on all kitchen floorboards!, collembola, new house bug invasions
collembola, new house bug invasions: Jamie, New houses often have a lots of bugs in them at first because while they are being built windows and doors are left open and critters move in. These will dissipate over time without doing any harm. The little, flea like bugs are probably collembola,...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): spider control, brown recluse spider bites, recluse spider bites
brown recluse spider bites, recluse spider bites, genus loxosceles: I know of no way to keep spiders from entering houses simply a spider does not distinguish inside from outside. They go where the bugs are. Keeping insects out may help. AS for spray. Pyrethrum is used as a base in many insecticide . Pyrethrum is a natural...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): spider identifacation, orb weaver, mother natures
orb weaver, mother natures, araneae: Hi Cheryl; This is an orb weaver belonging to the Araneae possibly of the Genus Nuclenea. She is not at all dangerous and busy eating insects for you. This is an absolutely beautiful example of one Mother Natures creatures. This is a female by the way....

Entomology (Study of Bugs): spider identification, wolf spider, spider identification
wolf spider, spider identification, tyers: Hi Karen! This is a species of wolf spider. They are very common in wild areas and feed on a wide variety of insects. They can grow to 4 across and are generally considered to be harmless, although they may bite if handled. For more information, do...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): spider that looks like the red back spider, black widow spiders, red back spiders
black widow spiders, red back spiders, red back spider: Black widow spiders and red back spiders are common in Texas. Without a picture to confirm, we can t be completely sure of what you have. They don t usually occur in large numbers, so killing one may have a significant effect on their population. Just...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): spiders, pitcher plants, swimming pool
pitcher plants, swimming pool, spiders: There are spiders that live at the edges of creeks and ponds and can go under water for several minutes at a time for hunt for food. I would not be surprised to see a spider collecting food in a pool. There are even spiders that live in pitcher plants and...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): spiders, spiders, arachnids
spiders, arachnids, indoors: Morghan: Without seeing the spider, or at least an image of it, I m hard-pressed to make an identification. You also don t state where on the planet you found it. I get questions from all over the world, so knowing the specific geographic location is...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): stinging unidentified bug, wingless wasp, velvet ants
wingless wasp, velvet ants, bee venom: Dear Shanda - Without seeing an image, I can only guess that it might have been a wingless wasp in the family Mutillidae. Commonly known as velvet ants, they pack quite a wallop, but are not dangerous except to those individuals who happen to be hypersensitive...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): strange beetle?, dinasour, antennae
dinasour, antennae, lost one: Dear Chuck - I really need to see this one in order to make a positive i.d. - is there anyway that you could take a photo and attach the image to a follow-up question? Whatever it is, I doubt very much that it would be dangerous in any way. Waiting to hear...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): strange hovering insect, hovering insects, insects and spiders
hovering insects, insects and spiders, mosquitoes: There are just too many kinds of bugs that hover around including (believe it or not) bugs called Hoverflies. Without seeing one I cannot be sure. If one lands get a photo for me. When it comes to getting rid of them you can try a repellant or torch but...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): What stung/bit me?, chigger mites
chigger mites: Cheyenne, It is hard to say for sure but this sounds like chigger mite bites based on the symptoms you describe and where you encountered them. Chigger mites are tiny reddish mites that bite. You may not feel the bite at first but get an itchy lesion sometimes...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): swarm of caterpillars?, caterpillars, clump
caterpillars, clump, fuzz: Debra, The picture you sent is very blurry, can you possibly send a clearer one? Or even isolate one caterpillar and send a photo of one (may be more helpful). Also, can you give me your location? That will help me narrow things down as well. Thank you...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Tahoe July only mystery bug, genus chrysops, family tabanidae
genus chrysops, family tabanidae, deer fly: Lisa: I have no business making a diagnosis, but I would bet (no Tahoe pun intended) that it was a tabanid fly that bit her. The family Tabanidae includes the horse (genera Tabanus and Hybomitra) and deer (genus Chrysops) flies. Some people do experience...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Tarantula, tarantulas, spiders
tarantulas, spiders, pets: Lora: I don t encourage anyone to handle tarantulas of any kind, just because something could happen to either the holder or the holdee. Despite their size, tarantulas are pretty fragile.... That said, assuming the spider was running around on the bananas...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Tennessee fly, deer tick, small flies
deer tick, small flies, medical decisions: I think you were bitten by a blackfly. They are very small flies that feed on blood, like mosquitoes. They develop in clear, clean flowing water. Your skin reaction is similar to that of a mosquito and should go away. I m not a doctor, so any medical decisions...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Tiger Bee Fly, carpenter bees, bald faced hornet
carpenter bees, bald faced hornet, bee fly: Dear Cliff - I suspect that you saw something other than a tiger bee fly (Xenox tigrinus - see http://tinyurl.com/nflk9h). They definitely do not construct hives of any sort, nor do their prey, carpenter bees. The nest you photographed looks suspiciously like...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Tiny Black Bugs, jack deangelis, black bugs
jack deangelis, black bugs, extension entomologist: Tina, These sound more like some type of beetle. One that fits this description is the dermestid carpet beetle. Take a look at this page http://www.livingwithbugs.com/carpet_beetle.html and compare your specimen with the picture. Post a follow up if you...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Tiny Bugs on my Deck, moss roses, tomato plants
moss roses, tomato plants, tiny bugs: Dear Kacie - The images are too small for me to make out any detail that would allow me to identify them. Although I doubt very much that they are anything to be concerned about (just about any small critter crawling on one s skin will result in an itching...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Tiny Bugs on my deck, grain mites
grain mites: Kacie, I think these could be grain mites, also called mold mites. Grain mites feed on mold and are common pests in grain storage warehouses especially if the grain has gotten moldy. They are also common in houses where mold occurs. I ve seen large numbers...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Tiny black bugs that bite and take blood, black bugs, pink area
black bugs, pink area, bug spray: There are a lot of biting bugs so without seeing one I cannot tell you what they They sound like beetles but small beetles do not seek blood meals Identifying them does not solve the problem any way. I have two suggestions. Get a spray with a pyrethrum...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Tiny black bugs smaller then a pin head that under a microscope appear to have 6 legs., clover mites, clover mite
clover mites, clover mite, jack deangelis: Genesis, These sound like clover mites. Clover mites, closely related to spider mites, are tiny dark-colored mites with a long pair of front legs that look like antennae. They feed on plants and often invade homes in large numbers. They are harmless. Here...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Tiny black bugs with wings, collembola springtails, jack deangelis
collembola springtails, jack deangelis, soil dries: Kimberly, I ll wait for the photo. However, a couple of things - you might want to consult with a different pest control company. Any pest control tech should be able to easily tell the difference between a spider mite and a flea with nothing more than...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Tiny flying bugs, oklahoma state university, cooperative extension service
oklahoma state university, cooperative extension service, dear bill: Dear Bill - Try collecting a few of your house guests and take them to your county office of Oklahoma State University s Cooperative Extension service (see http://countyext2.okstate.edu/ for contact information). Someone there should be able either to assist...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Tiny, tiny bug/mite?, tiny bugs, tiny bug
tiny bugs, tiny bug, collembola: Hello Shea; This is a Collembola or springtail. They cannot bite. If something in the hous eis bitting you it is not springtails. They accumulate in great numbers spontaneoiusly. Spraying will work onay temporarily. the best thing to do is keep everything...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Treehoppers?, jack deangelis, order homoptera
jack deangelis, order homoptera, extension entomologist: Andrea, Treehoppers are insects that feed on plants and belong to the order Homoptera which also includes things like scale insects and aphids. Treehopper don t normally occur indoors so if these are treehoppers they must have been carried in by accident...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Trying to identify beetle and if it's beneficial, milkweed bugs, stainers
milkweed bugs, stainers, true bug: Stephen: They are not beetles to begin with. The image is of nymphs (juveniles, immatures) of some kind of true bug. My guess is a kind of milkweed bug. Another possibility in Florida is cotton stainers, which are in the family Pyrrhocoridae. If you...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Type of Bug, European earwig, insects
European earwig, insects, bugs: Jeff: Thanks for the link to the images. These are European earwigs, Forficula auricularia. They are an introduced species, but have been here for well over a century.... Earwigs are omnivores, so can sometimes do mild damage to plants. Otherwise...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): tiny black beetle in my NYC apt/ do they bite?, mothballs, dermestids
mothballs, dermestids: Jean, Dermestid beetles (there are many different species) feed on all sorts of natural materials including natural fibers and food products but they don t bite people. The best way to manage dermestids is to locate the infestation and clean it out. If...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): tiny black bugs, jack deangelis, livingwithbugs
jack deangelis, livingwithbugs, black bugs: James, Springtails, or collembola, are harmless to you and your dog. They live in the soil and feed on fungi and plant debris. There s no need to treat the area with insecticide as this would be far more hazardous than the collembola. You could try soapy...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): tiny black bugs in kitchen on floor, two days, black beetles, click beetle
black beetles, click beetle, black bugs: Scott, Sounds like a beetle but there are lots of different small brown or black beetles. They are probably not associated with the tomato. If you get a clearer picture I may be able to id it. Otherwise you might take a sample to your county Cooperative...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): tiny bug in my house, weevils, beetles
weevils, beetles, insects: Tim: Thank you for including the image with your question. The insects are clearly some kind of weevil (a type of beetle) in the family Curculionidae. Unfortunately, there are several thousand kinds of weevils.... The good news is that they pose no...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): tiny clear to white insect, mold spores, superficial resemblance
mold spores, superficial resemblance, particle board: Dear Susan - The most likely suspects are small insects in the order Psocoptera known as booklice. They are not true lice at all, but simply bear a superficial resemblance. They feed primarily on mold spores and bits of decomposing organic matter, and usually...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): tiny gray bugs, window sills, spider mites
window sills, spider mites, insect spray: Hi Robin They sound like spider mites. Check closely at your window sills to see if they are coming in under the windows. Rub a bar of soap on the sills. Vacuum up all you see. Get a insect spray with a PYRETHRUM base and spray around baseboards, doors...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): tiny, narrow, hard-shelled jumping bugs, cat fleas, hard wood floors
cat fleas, hard wood floors, garden pests: Very unlikely. Flea pupae respond to the vibrations from a new host rather than temperature. They are not influenced very much by outside air temps. I have to return to the possibility of rodents or pets. Is it even remotely possible that someone is bringing...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): tiny spiders?, jack deangelis, venomous spiders
jack deangelis, venomous spiders, tiny spiders: Jane, Could be some kind of crab spider which often appear to have the legs extended away from the body in a crab-like stance. Most often when you get a lot of small spiders indoors it is because they were brought in from outside by accident. Have you brought...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): tiny white bug, jack deangelis, extension entomologist
jack deangelis, extension entomologist, garden pests: Stephanie, There are a couple of mites that fit your description. One group is the nest mites or rat mites. These mites feed on birds and rodents (including rabbits) and can bite humans. The other, and more likely in this case, are the fur mites. These...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): tiny yellow things, mold mite, jack deangelis
mold mite, jack deangelis, grain mite: Sacha, This sounds like some type of mite based on the size and number you describe. The only mite that matches your description that also occurs commonly in homes is the grain mite, also called the mold mite. Grain mites feed on fungi (mold) that grows...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): toilet pest, rat tailed maggot, household bleach
rat tailed maggot, household bleach, toilet bowl: Dear Cheyne - It is quite possible that your specimen was close to pupation - see http://tinyurl.com/nwjjmz for an image of a pupa. The adult fly is a bee mimic in the family Syrphidae (flower/hover flies) - see http://tinyurl.com/ntwwhx for an example. This...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Unidentified Flying Beetle, black shell, parallel extensions
black shell, parallel extensions, story apartment: Hi Chelsea Without seeing one of these I cannot tell you much. With a shell they sound like beetles but beetles are not great fliers. Also beetles do not have extensions from the abdomen. Neither do most flies and bees. Could you get a photo for me (waltjh@sbcglobal.net)...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Unknown Bug in Lexington, NC, lacewing, larva
lacewing, larva, debris: Henry: No apologies necessary for the image. Your description was actually enough for me in this case. The insect is the larva of a green lacewing, family Chrysopidae. Some larvae carry around a pile of debris like this to mask their identity to potential...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Unknown Worm - Sarasota, FL, sliding glass doors, nuisance pests
sliding glass doors, nuisance pests, tiny worms: Dear Paul - Unfortunately, the image is too fuzzy for me to tell what they really are; I cannot even see whether or not they are legless. If they do have legs (often very short, and may be hard to see), they might be millipedes (see http://tinyurl.com/mf6v7o...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): unidentified spider, spider, white
spider, white, harmless: JC: Sounds like it might be an orb weaver in the genus Araniella. They tend to build very small webs compared to most orb weavers. They are not dangerous at all. You can find lots of images online of Araniella, especially at: http://www.bugguide.net...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): unknown bug, jack deangelis, extension entomologist
jack deangelis, extension entomologist, harmful insects: Tiffany, I can t identify what this might have been from your description. However, there are no harmful insects or mites that are even remotely similar to what you describe. If you find more try to capture one so that someone can examine it under magnification....

Entomology (Study of Bugs): unknown bug, sphinx moth, hummingbird clearwing
sphinx moth, hummingbird clearwing, insects: James: Thank you for including the image with your question, but this is one of the few insects that is usually recognizable from a written description such as the one you gave. The insect is a hummingbird clearwing, Hemaris thysbe, a type of moth...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): unknown bug infestation, carpenter ants, nw montana
carpenter ants, nw montana, pine trees: Virginia: Without seeing an actual specimen, or at least a clear image of one, I can t help, either. If there is firewood stored in the basement, then that is likely the source of the problem. Otherwise, not sure. Carpenter ants can have some reflective...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): vinegarones
Trina, Vinegarroons, can t bite, they can only whip with their long tail. They are not venomous or poisonous, however they can spray a harmless acid in defense, it s a combination of Acetic acid and Octuna acid. Some can spray a more intensive acid. ...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Wasp, paper wasps, social
paper wasps, social, Polistes: Hi, Lars: The image is of a paper wasp in the genus Polistes. They are social and build uncovered paper combs, often under the eaves of buildings. They prey mostly on caterpillars which they feed to their larval offspring. Colonies are small, a large...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Weird bug, assassin bugs, assassin bug
assassin bugs, assassin bug, blood suckers: This appears to be a species of assassin bug. Some assassin bugs are known to bite mammals and feed on blood, but this one does not appear to have the characteristic checkerboard pattern around the edge of the abdomen (tail) that the blood suckers do. ...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): White Bug in kitchen, dry food products, sealable plastic containers
dry food products, sealable plastic containers, pantry pests: Dear Isha - These are not dangerous, but certainly appear to be pests. I suspect that these are mature larvae of the Indian meal moth (Plodia interpunctella; Lepidoptera: Pyralidae - see http://tinyurl.com/n6lwlu for an image). These are pantry pests on many...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): White bug, bugs, insects
bugs, insects, scales: Veronica: Thank you for attaching the image with your question. The insects are ensign scale insects in the family Ortheziidae, and many are indeed subterranean, sucking sap from the roots of plants. The ones in the image are all adult females. Males...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): White oval soft-bodied "bug", plaster bagworm, clothes moth
plaster bagworm, clothes moth: Alec, If you live in the southern US this is probably a plaster bagworm, a type of clothes moth. They are not parasites but rather feed on fabrics made from animal hair such as wool carpets and wool clothes. The larvae live inside the bag that they construct...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Worm nest in tree, nuisance pest, cooperative extension service
nuisance pest, cooperative extension service, fall webworm: Dear Bruce - This appears to be an infestation of the fall webworm, Hyphantria cunea (Lepidoptera: Arctiidae) - see http://tinyurl.com/lmbo9u for images and more information. Although their webbing is unsightly, this species does not appear to cause serious...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): water bug sting, giant water bugs, zoology degree
giant water bugs, zoology degree, living on the rocks: Dear Shannon - Besides giant water bugs (family Belostomatidae), there are at least two other families of aquatic bugs that could be found in the situation you describe - these are creeping water bugs (Naucoridae) - see http://tinyurl.com/muk9yc and water...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): white bugs, mold mite, jack deangelis
mold mite, jack deangelis, grain mite: Marianne, You may be describing a grain mite, or mold mite. These tiny mites feed on fungi (mold) and are very common in warehouses where grain is stored especially if the grain or seed has gotten damp and moldy. They also occur in homes where the humidity...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): One winged butterfly, moth caterpillars, moth
moth caterpillars, moth, butterflies: Laura, Can you send me a picture of the butterfly? That will help me tell you the best way to care for the eggs. Butterflies and Moth caterpillars only eat certain plants, if I see the adult, I can tell you what those plants are. Also, from what it sounds...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): worm?, clothes moth larvae
clothes moth larvae: Janie, This is a type of clothes moth larva (there are several species). They can damage animal-based fabrics (wool, silk, hair, hide, and so forth) but are otherwise harmless. Here s a link to pictures and control information http://www.livingwithbugs.com/clothes_moth.html...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): worms in toilet please, nuisance pests, drain flies
nuisance pests, drain flies, athens greece: Dear Lydia - I don t think that you need to worry. About the commonest insects found in this situation are moth flies (Diptera: Psychodidae). Also known as drain flies, filter flies, or sewer flies, their larvae are aquatic or semi-aquatic, feeding on decomposing...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): What is it?, northern kansas city, flying wings
northern kansas city, flying wings, black wings: Sue: I m perplexed, too! I commend you for your powers of observation, though, and your appreciation of the natural world.... The only thing I can think of is some kind of true bug in the family Dictyopharidae, but they are generally green or beige,...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Just to make sure ..., cave cricket, nuisance pests
cave cricket, nuisance pests, yhey: Dear Gregory - This is not an earwig, but a a relative of grasshoppers known as a camel or cave cricket (Orthoptera:Rhaphidophoridae) - yhey basically are nuisance pests that do no real harm. See http://tinyurl.com/5ncego for detailed information and http://tinyurl.com/2gwrco...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): What are these?, family cerambycidae, longhorned beetles
family cerambycidae, longhorned beetles, state bureaucracy: Hi, Karen: Massachusetts is ok, but I really miss the Arizona bugs! The people here are great, but the weather stinks and the university and state bureaucracy are almost intolerable.... Ok, I can t tell exactly what the first beetle is, but it is one...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): yellow jackets, yellowjackets, nest
yellowjackets, nest, social wasps: Larry: I would indeed wait until late autumn and just caulk the opening. There might still be a hibernating queen or two inside, but they do not re-use the nest the following year, so that is a non-issue. A couple thousand wasps would be about the limit...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): yellow jackets, drione dust, delta dust
drione dust, delta dust, nest removal: Larry, You can treat the area where you see the wasps entering and exiting. There s usually only a single opening, you don t need to see the nest itself just the entrance. If you leave the nest until this fall it will be much bigger than it is now. Jack...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): yellowish squirmy bugs, university biology department, county agricultural agent
university biology department, county agricultural agent, flea treatments: It s not mange. Mange parasites are so small you need a microscope to see them. They could be just about anything. Catch one or two and take them to adoctor, vet, university biology department, or county agricultural agent. Once I had a similar experience...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Annoying bug, crickets, Gryllidae
crickets, Gryllidae, indoors: Angie: I grew up in Portland, went to college in Corvallis (Go Beavers!), so I m familiar with most of the singing insects there, and there are not many. I m in Massachusetts right now, and there are many, many kinds of crickets and katydids.... My...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Ant ID, jack deangelis, wingless wasp
jack deangelis, wingless wasp, livingwithbugs: Joe, What you found was not an ant but rather a wingless wasp. The common name is velvet ant or cow killer . These wasps pack a powerful sting so be careful. Except for the sting they are harmless. Here s a wikipedia page http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Velvet_ant...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): ant or spider ?, velvet ant, wasp
velvet ant, wasp, solitary: Joan: What you describe is neither an ant nor a spider, but a wingless female wasp known as a velvet ant in the family Mutillidae. Given your description, it was a cow-killer, Dasymutilla occidentalis. Relax, they can t kill anything, but they do...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): argiope egg sack, spiders, outdoors
spiders, outdoors, egg sac: Kelly: I assure you that you can leave the egg sac right where it is. The first thing spiderlings do, after they molt for the first time after hatching, is to disperse. They do this by ballooning, climbing to a high point, releasing long strands...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Barely visible crawling insect, grain mites
grain mites: Donna, These sound like some sort of mite. I m not sure if the red ones are related to the smaller white ones. The white ones could be grain mites. Grain mites (also called mold mites) develop on fungi (mold) and are common in warehouses where grain is...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Bee?, sangre de christo mountains, south central colorado
sangre de christo mountains, south central colorado, images of bees: Tom: Interesting. Yes, it is a bee (thank you for including the image with your question). It appears to be a female in the genus Trachusa, family Megachilidae, but I cannot be positive. Well, I am positive of the family, not the genus. Females carry...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Beetle, beetle, large
beetle, large, scarab: Hi, Rachel: I take my hat off to parents like you who encourage their children s interest in the natural world, even when you yourself might not be terribly fond of creepy-crawlers. :-) Thanks for including the nice image with the question. The image...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Beetle, jack deangelis, giant water bug
jack deangelis, giant water bug, extension entomologist: Kerri, This is not a beetle but rather a true bug, the giant water bug (Belostomatidae). Here s a wikipedia page about these insects http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Belostomatidae that may be of interest. These large insects can bite so be careful. Jack...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Big Beetle, grain beetle, longhorned beetles
grain beetle, longhorned beetles, birdseed: Kim: I suppose it could have been some kind of longhorned beetle in the family Cerambycidae, maybe in the subfamily Prioninae or Lamiinae, both of which contain species that get pretty large: http://bugguide.net/node/view/5094 and http://bugguide.net/node/view/14524...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Big bug in Southern NV desert, tarantula hawk wasp, woodboring beetles
tarantula hawk wasp, woodboring beetles, yellow wings: Logan: Gee, not sure what to make of the description....My best guess would probably have to be a tarantula hawk wasp in the genus Pepsis or Hemipepsis: http://bugguide.net/node/view/3920 and http://bugguide.net/node/view/3921 Note that you...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Bites but no sign of bugs, carpet beetle larvae, arthropod bites
carpet beetle larvae, arthropod bites, bed bugs: Dear Beth - As you already may have surmised, diagnosing mystery bites in the absence of actually capturing a culprit in the act of biting can be very difficult and frustrating to say the least. Not only do most insect/arthropod bites look pretty much alike,...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Biting Bugs, thrips bites
thrips bites: Kelly, The only thing that matches this size, shape and color are thrips. Thrips are mainly plant feeders but will also bite people. The bite is usually not very painful but can be annoying. Here s a picture of a thrips http://www.livingwithbugs.com/thrips.html...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Biting or Pinching Insect, insect question, little black eyes
insect question, little black eyes, best guess: Dear Gail - This is an excellent example as to why an image is far better than any verbal description. One other possibility occurred to me; the larva of a lacewing (Neuroptera: Chrysopidae). I often have been pinched by these, and it can be painful, but...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): BLACK BUGS, jack deangelis, extension entomologist
jack deangelis, extension entomologist, black bugs: Paul, Could these have been crickets? There are some dark-colored crickets that can enter houses at night. The crickets are harmless. Post a picture if you can and I may be able to give you a more definite answer. Jack DeAngelis, PhD Extension Entomologist...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Black Bug with Hard Shell, tight fitting lids, spider beetles
tight fitting lids, spider beetles, food processing plants: Michelle: I suspect they are a species of spider beetle in the genus Gibbium. Please consult one of the many online fact sheets about the genus at any .edu website about them. Also, you can find images of them at: http://www.bugguide.net http://www.whatsthatbug.com...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Black centipede-like not House Centipede, black centipede, house centipede
black centipede, house centipede, carpet beetles: Dear Paula - An image would really, really help here, as I am having a hard time coming up with anything that both matches your description and that likely could be found in the situations you mentioned. Possibilities include: (1) Bristletails (firebrats/silverfish)...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Black Swallowtail Caterpillars, black swallowtail caterpillars, black swallowtail
black swallowtail caterpillars, black swallowtail, swallowtails: Rachel, The problem could also be the foodplant. Black Swallowtails prefer Parsley, Dill, Fennel, and Carrot to Rue. Try feeding your next batch one of the other foodplants. Caterpillars are sometimes programmed to like certain foods more than others. I...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Blue Dragonfly, blue dragonfly, exact species
blue dragonfly, exact species, damselfly: Dawn, That was most likely a Damselfly. The image I m giving you is just of a blue Damselfly. I m not sure of the exact species of yours, however if the shape is the same, it s safe to assume it s a Damselfly. http://en.wikivisual.com/images/b/b9/Common_blue_damselfly02.jpg...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Borate solution formulas (home made), commercial mixtures, wood destroying insects
commercial mixtures, wood destroying insects, comfort zone: Dera Bob - This one is really out of my comfort zone, as I have had no personal experience here. The only home grown recipe for such a mixture that I have come across can be seen at http://tinyurl.com/6owtep - obviously, I cannot offer any endorsement of...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Bright Blue Flying Insect, wood deck railing, mud daubers
wood deck railing, mud daubers, family sphecidae: Dear Melody - This sounds like typical behavior for a spider wasp (Hymenoptera: Pompilidae) - see http://tinyurl.com/nwduwr for an example. They seek out, sting and paralyze spiders that they take back to a burrow they have constructed in the soil. There,...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): What Bug is this?, periodical cicadas, palmdale ca
periodical cicadas, palmdale ca, cicada: Elizabeth, I gave you the wrong scientific name for the Cicada, those are native to Australia. If anything, it s a Cicada in the Magicicada family. Those are called periodical cicadas as they emerge in a mass every 13 or 17 years. Some can emerge sooner...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Bug bites, bug bomb, mosquito bite
bug bomb, mosquito bite, clean freak: Kayla, I don t know how much of an assistance I will be, but I ll try. That sounds like it s a type of mite or even bed bugs. I would try wiping everything you can off with Lysol or another wipe. I d bag the sheets that are on beds now and use a bug bomb...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Bug bites, jack deangelis, cigarette burns
jack deangelis, cigarette burns, extension entomologist: If you live in the northern part of the state it is possible that these are bites from the brown recluse spider. Bites start out painless but can develop into ulcerating wounds (which is what you are describing). Here s an article about brown recluse spider...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Bug I.D., vapourer moth, weird bug
vapourer moth, weird bug, bug id: Dear Rory - This is a female tussock moth (Lepidoptera: Lymantriidae); the females of many species are wingless, and lay their eggs on or very near to the cocoon from which they emerged, dying shortly thereafter. One of the commoner examples in the UK is known...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Bug i.d., true bug, cicada
true bug, cicada, sharpshooter: Hi Rose; This is a cicada. But the only blue ones I have ever seen are found in central america. I am going to show this to a colleague and get his opinion This is no cicada. Thse size misled me. This a large leafhopper called a sharpshooter. I be;lieve...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Bug ID, ten-lined June beetle, insects
ten-lined June beetle, insects, bugs: Gabrielle: Thank you for including the image with your question. This is one of the few insects that is actually identifiable from most written descriptions, too. The image is of a male ten-lined June beetle, Polyphylla decimlineata, or a close relative...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Bug identification - Need help (reply), assassin bug, detailled description
assassin bug, detailled description, bug identification: Dear Laurence - This does indeed appear to be a nymph of a masked hunter (Reduvius personatus). If you are seeing large numbers of these, you may have an infestation of some other insect/arthropod that they are feeding upon. If you can locate and eliminate...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Bug infestation in apartment, brown dots, window shutters
brown dots, window shutters, pest services: Dear Liza - I should have asked whether the dots were flat or had structure. If there was an actual pile of them (see http://tinyurl.com/lccs99), drywood termites would be a possibility. These termites kick out their fecal pellets from holes they make...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Bugs found in my home., jack deangelis, fly larva
jack deangelis, fly larva, livingwithbugs: Allisandro, The marks on your arm and stomach probably are not caused by insects or mites. Bites tend to be symmetrical and often with a distinct center. Also, none of the photos show an insect that normally bites. There are several different insects plus...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Bugs on our maple and oak trees, baby bugs, ash trees
baby bugs, ash trees, small bugs: You didn t give your geographic location, which makes it much harder to ID, and I m not familiar with the insect. It may indeed be the adult form. If you re in New England, check out this website http://www.forestpests.org/vermont/ In the midwest...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Bugs on my trash can, boring holes, davidson tennessee
boring holes, davidson tennessee, cooperative extension service: Dear Allison - The primary suspect in a case like this would be mites of some sort, but an image is needed to be certain. If it is not feasible for you to take a close-up photo that you could then attach to a follow-up question, I suggest that you use a Q-Tip...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Burned by a bug, blister beetles, native insects
blister beetles, native insects, thumb tack: Dear Jill - About the only native insects capable of causing such a chemical burn are blister beetles (Coleoptera: Meloidae) - see http://tinyurl.com/ogh9k7 for some examples. However, the behavior you described of whatever it was on your arm is atypical to...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): bald faced hornets, bald faced hornets, headbutt
bald faced hornets, headbutt, flight path: Michael, Hornets are unpredictable. I ve seen HUGE nests that are docile, and tiny nests that will attack should you come within 10 feet of it. Generally they do become more aggressive because they begin to reproduce. I would try it and see how things go....

Entomology (Study of Bugs): beach bugs, marsh grass, fairy shrimp
marsh grass, fairy shrimp, rain storm: I d need a photo or sketch. They were probably larvae of a fish or crustacean, or krill. Without a sketch and your geographical location, it s impossible to guess. Google krill and also fairy shrimp to see if that s what they were. Both are fairly...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): beetle identification, Coleoptera, Scarabaeidae
Coleoptera, Scarabaeidae, Osmoderma: Dear Valerie - This beetle is in the family Scarabaeidae and the genus Osmoderma. It likely is a species known as the hermit flower beetle, Osmoderma eremicola - see http://tinyurl.com/l3yx5v Although not particularly rare, they also are not often seen by...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): beetles, blister beetles, conventional manner
blister beetles, conventional manner, fireflies: Yolanda: Without knowing what kind of beetles you are referring to (there are literally tens of thousands of species in North America alone), I cannot help you. The overwhelming majority of beetles are perfectly harmless to human health, though, so chances...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): beetles and larvae in home, spider beetles, grain weevils
spider beetles, grain weevils, black beetles: They are probably carpet beetles. There are many types. Here are some links to information about them. http://www.whatsthatbug.com/category/beetles/pantry-beetles-grain-weevils-spider-beetles-meal-worms-carpet-beetles-and-cereal-moths http://www.ipm.ucdavis.edu/PMG/PESTNOTES/pn7436.html...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): big orange insect, jack deangelis, livingwithbugs
jack deangelis, livingwithbugs, crazy bug: Janet, These large wasps are called tarantula hawks (family Pompilidae). Here s a wikipedia page http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tarantula_hawk about them. They are not dangerous but of course like any wasp can sting. Jack DeAngelis http://www.livingwithbugs.com...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): big striped spider ID, st andrews cross spider, st andrews cross
st andrews cross spider, st andrews cross, jack deangelis: Michelle, This is an Argiope spp. spider sometimes called a St. Andrews cross spider because of the way the legs are held in an X . There are many species in this genus and all are harmless. Here s a wikipedia page http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Argiope_(spider)...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): getting bit; can't find source, unknown, mysterious
unknown, mysterious, bug: Catherine, They are only a small number of insects and mites that actually bite people. Here s a list of known culprits http://www.livingwithbugs.com/unknown_bug_bites.html and suggestions for figuring out unknown and mysterious bug bites. Often these turn...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): bites and the culprit - earwigs?, mosquito bite, bed bugs
mosquito bite, bed bugs, new carpet: Dee, Earwigs don t bite. The pincers can pinch but would not leave marks like those in the picture you sent. In fact, the marks in the picture don t look like bites to me. Bites tend to be clearly demarcated from the surrounding skin with a definite center...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): biting bugs in pool, delta waters, juniper tree
delta waters, juniper tree, stockton california: Cathy: I m sorry, I would need at least an image of the creature in question (preferably an actual specimen) in order to offer an identification in this case. Consider perusing the images at http://www.bugguide.net http://www.whatsthatbug.com ...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): bitten by flying insect, walking in the woods, bee sting
walking in the woods, bee sting, shortness of breath: Put ice on it and go see a doctor if the swelling gets worse or you experience any symptoms like shortness of breath or hives. Since you didn t provide a photo, sketch or description, nor your geographic location, I can t even guess what it might have been...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): black bug, hard outer shell -insect, insect question, jack deangelis
insect question, jack deangelis, extension entomologist: Jean, I think a better and faster option is to take the sample to your county Extension office http://www.co.travis.tx.us/agext/ where someone will be able to id it or send it to the state university. Their address is 1600-B Smith Road, Austin, TX, 78721,...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): black pinhead size dots on vinylsiding, wood mulch, flower beds
wood mulch, flower beds, hard as a rock: Dear Diane - Your house has been targeted by fungi in the genus Sphaerobolus, known as artillery or shotgun fungus. They thrive in chipped wood mulch, and the only cure is to remove the mulch. We had the same problem at our house a few years ago; we switched...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): blue spiders, jack deangelis, venomous spiders
jack deangelis, venomous spiders, livingwithbugs: Charlotte, There are no bright blue venomous spiders. In fact where you live there is only one venomous spider and it is very rarely found. Tell your landlady not worry. If you see more post a picture and I may be able to give you a definite id. Jack...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): bug?, nymph stage, wet toilet paper
nymph stage, wet toilet paper, bed bugs: These are fuzzy but look like some kind of a beetle. Knowing however will not help you get rid of them. To get rid of them you must find the source. Since exterminations did not do it they may be getting in from the outside. Check all possible entrances...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): bug, control recommendations, wits end
control recommendations, wits end, millipede: Dear Janet - These could be millipedes in the order Polydesmida, family Paradoxosomatidae these millipedes are somewhat flattened in cross-section rather than round as in most common millipedes. They can become real nuisances when they congregate in or around...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): bug, prime suspect, heather
prime suspect, heather, legs: Dear Heather - Without seeing an image, I can only say that it sounds more like a flea than anything else. This would be a prime suspect if a cat or dog either lives in the house or visits on occasion. See http://tinyurl.com/nqy49c and http://tinyurl.com/nt8j9j...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): bug bite, costigan, middle finger
costigan, middle finger, antibiotics: Mary, I would check with a doctor. It s strange that the bug bite would travel from your hand to your finger. I can t even begin to imagine what bit you as there are many insects that have this effect. Usually, antibiotics are used if it is infected and...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): bug id, blister beetles, Meloidae
blister beetles, Meloidae, insects: Dear Star: You don t tell me where you live, and give me a rather vague description, but I think you are probably describing some kind of blister beetle in the family Meloidae, such as Meloe: http://bugguide.net/node/view/303 or Epicauta: http://bugguide.net/node/view/4998...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): bug identification, jack deangelis, insect larvae
jack deangelis, insect larvae, extension entomologist: Janet, These sound like some kind of pupa, the stage between some insect larvae and the adults. If you could post a picture I d be sure. The question is where did these come from? Post a follow with a picture and tell me how large they are, where the rug...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): A bug That was in My pool, water boatman, aquatic insect
water boatman, aquatic insect, long legs: Since you didn t provide your geographic location or a photo, I have to guess. The most common aquatic insect in the USA is the water boatman. Google water boatman and see if that s it. If not, send geographic location and a sketch or photo. Or google...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): bug shells on floor, carpet beetles, insect infestation
carpet beetles, insect infestation, floor question: Dear Nicole - I suggest that you take some of these shells to your county office pf Colorado State University s Cooperative Extension service - see http://tinyurl.com/bzw6q5 for contact information. Someone there should be able either to assist in identification,...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): bugs in the hair, tiny mites, head lice
tiny mites, head lice, hair follicles: Dear Rachel - Other than head lice or ticks, I know of no arthropods large enough to be seen readily that would normally infest a scalp in any way (there also are some very tiny mites that can inhabit hair follicles, but these appear limited to eyebrows...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): bugs in my hair, body lice, head lice
body lice, head lice, hair question: Dear Damien - The closest things I can find resembling your drawing are head lice - see http://tinyurl.com/nufxat for an image - or body lice - see http://tinyurl.com/kjuebf for an image. If either are what you have, you should see a physician to obtain proper...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): bugs web, different kinds of insects, silk web
different kinds of insects, silk web, kinds of insects: There are many different kinds of insects that live in trees with silk webs. I need a photo or sketch of the insect, or a very good description. Is it a type of caterpillar? Send more info, and make sure to provide all the information in your original post...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): butterflies, butterfly garden, caterpillars
butterfly garden, caterpillars, herbicide: Jeanne, Sorry it took me so long to get back. I had to look up what was in Roundup and then compare those chemicals to my notes. This sounds like it would be harmful to caterpillars/eggs. The adults may not be affected as much. What I would do, is water...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): California Wood Wasp, wood wasp, lincoln england
wood wasp, lincoln england, california wood: Dear Jamie - It is highly unlikely that this would be a California wood wasp (Urocerus californicus) - see http://tinyurl.com/og5xpt. However, it does appear to be in the same family (Siricidae). The image is not clear enough to be certain, but it could be...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Caterpillar Identification, google images, moth caterpillar
google images, moth caterpillar, cabbage looper: Jason, Well, it s probably the Silvery Moth Caterpillar. It sounds like the ones with the white cocoons were parasitized. Probably by a fly. They lay their eggs in caterpillars and the white eggs are the cocoons of the fly which will emerge killing the...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Caterpillar identification, azalea, caterpillar
azalea, caterpillar, moth: Lynnae: It is the larva of the azalea caterpillar moth : http://bugguide.net/node/view/26425 I don t know any more than that, but I find Bugguide.net to be an indispensable resource. I simply entered caterpillar, azalea in the search box and...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Celing fan as a habitat?, jack deangelis, livingwithbugs
jack deangelis, livingwithbugs, cooperative extension office: John, I m not sure what these are. If you post a picture I may be able to give you an id. There are no insects specifically associated with dust like this that I m familiar with. If you continue to find them collect a few in alcohol and take the sample...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Chesapeake Biting Fly, mosquito magnet, biting flies
mosquito magnet, biting flies, stable fly: Dear Rich - This appears to be a stable fly (Stomoxys calcitrans; Diptera: Muscidae). They are a very common and widespread (not to mention obnoxious) species with a quite painful bite (actually, more of a stab). See http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/IG133 for detailed...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Cicada, periodical cicadas, jack deangelis
periodical cicadas, jack deangelis, extension entomologist: Khan, Not all cicadas are the type that have synchronized mass emergences. Look up periodical cicadas for information. What you saw was probably a regular cicada species. Jack DeAngelis, PhD Extension Entomologist (ret.) My website about home and...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Click beetles and wireworms, click beetles, oregon state university
click beetles, oregon state university, mom lives: RaNae: This question is beyond my expertise. She needs to contact her county extension agent (Cooperative Extension Service, usually located in the county seat, but affiliated with Oregon State University). I do seem to recall my mother (who still lives...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Creepy bug on my windshield, pepsis wasp, desert southwest
pepsis wasp, desert southwest, windshield wipers: This sounds like a Pepsis wasp, or Tarantula Hawk. They are very common on the desert southwest. The females seek out large spiders and paralyze them with a sting...after which the wasp drags the spider into a burrow and lays eggs on the spider. For more...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Cremaster of Monarch Larva, monarch larva, prepupal stage
monarch larva, prepupal stage, cremaster: Eleanor, Sorry it took me a long time to respond, I was looking for text books that may have images, none do that I found. From my research, the cremaster is formed right as the larvae is in it s prepupal stage. When it hangs upside down in the J shape,...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Cricket/Centipede/Mayfly looking bug, house centipede
house centipede: Amber, Your second choice is correct. This is a house centipede. They are very common in some older houses and they are harmless. House centipedes prefer damp and dark areas of the house so can be especially common in basements. Here s an article about...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): A casing of web filled with worms, jack deangelis, tent caterpillar
jack deangelis, tent caterpillar, livingwithbugs: Abbi, This is probably some type of tent caterpillar or webworm (the exact species varies with where you live). The caterpillars make the silken tent for protection from predators. The larvae (worms) can cause minor defoliation but the plants usually survive....

Entomology (Study of Bugs): clicking sound at night, katydid, insects
katydid, insects, bugs: Hi, Kathy: I think you are probably describing some kind of katydid, family Tettigoniidae. There are many species in Virginia. The one I suspect you are describing is the greater anglewing katydid, Microcentrum rhombifolium, though many katydids have...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Do cock roaches bite?, tree crickets, deer flies
tree crickets, deer flies, lady beetles: Dear Marilyn - I was unaware of acid water as a remedy for irritation from insect bites and the like; I ll add that to my database. I used to use a paste of baking soda and water to relieve the pain from wasp stings, but that likely might not work in your...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): cocoon/nest & bites, butterfly caterpillars, yellow wool
butterfly caterpillars, yellow wool, spider bites: Hi Karen My guess is that you came in contact with a caterpillar on the stick. Many of them have extremely irritating bristle an djust a brush will sting often with great pain. Us esome benedryl on the rash. I had no intention of questioning your inteeligence...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Saw a cocoon today at camp- my kids are begging for an ID!, mourning cloak, central maryland
mourning cloak, central maryland, chrysalis: Katie, If they are both chrysalids (plural of chrysalis), then the one with the red tail was parastitized by a wasp and that was what is emerging. The other chrysalis could have also been parasitized as most are not black normally. Though it could be a...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): I.D. Request: Bug (Larva?) Found in Loaf of Bread, sandwich bread, local grocery store
sandwich bread, local grocery store, southwest virginia: Dear Jeremy - This is a pupa of a butterfly or moth, the transitional stage between larva (caterpillar) and adult. The crumpled skin of the caterpillar may be seen at the thin end of the pupa. This pupa more likely is that of a moth than a butterfly, and...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Dead Flies Outdoors, flies, fungi
flies, fungi, pathogens: Angela: Most people are not so observant, or give any thought to what you are describing, so congratulations for paying attention! Seriously, I really like to get questions like this that people have already put some thought into.... You are quite right...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Dirt dobber, dirt dobber wasp, brain waves
dirt dobber wasp, brain waves, apox: John, This is not typical of Daubers. More likely than not, the electro-magetic waves emanating from the powerlights affected it s brain waves. That would explain why it flew off when the power was off. I m not sure the exact science of it, but that would...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Your expertise in bug identification..., jack deangelis, list of insects
jack deangelis, list of insects, extension entomologist: Ok, post a follow up if you get a picture. My guess at this point is that the bug is not biting because if it was I think you would be more sure. Often (and I ve been answering questions like this for 20+ years) people mistakenly blame insects for unknown...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): False Bombardier Beetle, bombardier beetles, smithfield nc
bombardier beetles, smithfield nc, half acre: Dear Laura - If these really are false bombardier beetles (Galerita bicolor; Coleoptera: Carabidae), I must admit to be puzzled by your concern, as these are beneficial predators on other small insects and are totally harmless to humans. Insects such as these...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Fast Little White Bugs in Bedroom, bird mites, nuisance pests
bird mites, nuisance pests, bed bugs: Dear A. - If what have are booklice, the first line in defense is moisture/humidity control. They are quite susceptible to desiccation, and their primary food source is mold spores. You might try using a Q-Tip or moistened toothpick to place some of them in...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Fly ID in Seattle wanted, flesh flies, Sarcophagidae
flesh flies, Sarcophagidae, outdoors: Isaac: Sounds like you are describing flesh flies in the family Sarcophagidae. I don t know much about them, but do know they breed in carrion, and possibly pet manure as well. They are probably basking on the side of your house. You can find images...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Fly Larva, rat tailed maggot, jack deangelis
rat tailed maggot, jack deangelis, livingwithbugs: Tim, I think you are describing a rat-tailed maggot. Here s a wikipedia page http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rat-tailed_maggot with pictures. These flies are common where animals are housed. Also see this site http://entomology.ifas.ufl.edu/creatures/livestock/rat-tailed_maggot.htm...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Flying Ant or Wasp?, carpenter ants
carpenter ants: April, These sound like ants. Whenever large winged ants ( flying ants ) emerge indoors the first guess is that there s a carpenter ant nest in the walls or ceiling. Carpenter ants are large ants that nest in cavities. These cavities can be in our home...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Flying Black Bug, great black wasp, Sphex pennsylvanicus
great black wasp, Sphex pennsylvanicus, solitary: Jim: Thank you for including the image with your question, as it leaves no doubt what wasp it is. It is the great black wasp, Sphex pennsylvanicus, in the family Sphecidae. They are solitary, meaning each female digs her own nest burrow. She stocks...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Flying Bugs, solitary wasps, cicada killer
solitary wasps, cicada killer, dirt path: Dear Richard - I do not believe that you have any cause for worry, as these are not structural pests in any way. They sound very much like solitary wasps that are digging nest burrows that they then provision with prey for their young to feed upon; a good...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Flying insect pairs, love bugs, flies
love bugs, flies, Bibionidae: Dear New: I d love to experience the insects down there, just not the hurricanes..... You are probably describing love bugs, flies in the family Bibionidae: http://bugguide.net/node/view/3835 They are considered a nuisance, and occasional road...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Bites but no sign of bugs, living in lisbon, black bugs
Entomology (Study of Bugs): Bites but no sign of bugs, living in lisbon, black bugs, lisbon portugal

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Black centipede-like not House Centipede, house centipede, bristletails
Entomology (Study of Bugs): Black centipede-like not House Centipede, house centipede, bristletails, centipede

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Bright Blue Flying Insect, example answer, ceil
Entomology (Study of Bugs): Bright Blue Flying Insect, example answer, ceil, railing

Entomology (Study of Bugs): bug?
Entomology (Study of Bugs): bug?

Entomology (Study of Bugs): bugs in my hair, body lice, baby louse
Entomology (Study of Bugs): bugs in my hair, body lice, baby louse, clothes

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Fast Little White Bugs in Bedroom, attic space, left behind
Entomology (Study of Bugs): Fast Little White Bugs in Bedroom, attic space, left behind, birds

Entomology (Study of Bugs): giant hornet, dirt mounds, tupperware container
Entomology (Study of Bugs): giant hornet, dirt mounds, tupperware container, back yard

Entomology (Study of Bugs): giant nocturnal insect, bees
Entomology (Study of Bugs): giant nocturnal insect, bees

Entomology (Study of Bugs): gold bug, gold glitter, gold spots
Entomology (Study of Bugs): gold bug, gold glitter, gold spots, ear ring

Entomology (Study of Bugs): hard shell worm with legs!, millipede, fredericksburg va
Entomology (Study of Bugs): hard shell worm with legs!, millipede, fredericksburg va, snake

Entomology (Study of Bugs): hormworm/moth, diapause, pupa
Entomology (Study of Bugs): hormworm/moth, diapause, pupa, hth

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Large red ant-like bug in Indiana, different times
Entomology (Study of Bugs): Large red ant-like bug in Indiana, different times

Entomology (Study of Bugs): larvae identification, hurricane isaac, caterpillar
Entomology (Study of Bugs): larvae identification, hurricane isaac, caterpillar, sidewalk

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Mystery Caterpillar?, mulberry tree, silkworms
Entomology (Study of Bugs): Mystery Caterpillar?, mulberry tree, silkworms, ft lauderdale

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Red spider with black stripe, killer ant, insect
Entomology (Study of Bugs): Red spider with black stripe, killer ant, insect, red bug

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Strange winged bugs, dark brown bodies, winged males
Entomology (Study of Bugs): Strange winged bugs, dark brown bodies, winged males, dead trees

Entomology (Study of Bugs): straw next around windows, storm window, storm windows
Entomology (Study of Bugs): straw next around windows, storm window, storm windows, wasps

Entomology (Study of Bugs): swarm of tiny bugs - looks like paint or oil, north yorkshire uk, little guys
Entomology (Study of Bugs): swarm of tiny bugs - looks like paint or oil, north yorkshire uk, little guys, yorkshire

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Tiny stinging creatures
Entomology (Study of Bugs): Tiny stinging creatures

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Tons of tiny white bugs that barely move, bug spray, jug
Entomology (Study of Bugs): Tons of tiny white bugs that barely move, bug spray, jug

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Ziploc bag filled with water and pennies detering flies, madera california, camper
Entomology (Study of Bugs): Ziploc bag filled with water and pennies detering flies, madera california, camper, pests

Entomology (Study of Bugs): What do I feed It?, wheel bug, assassin bug
wheel bug, assassin bug, bodied insects: George, They eat soft-bodied insects. At this age, feed it aphids. When it grows older, Inchworms, and Beetles seem to work well. It may not eat immediately, give it some time. The babies have very large red abdomens, if yours doesn t, it s probably not...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): fleas, methoprene, igr
methoprene, igr, insect growth regulator: Tell your neighbor that while Frontline Plus will work I think a better approach is to use regular Frontline and apply the methoprene (the Plus part of Frontline Plus) as a separate spray to pet bedding and furniture. With this method he ll get longer residual...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): fleas continued, flea traps, cat fleas
flea traps, cat fleas, chance pets: I agree it is very unlikely that the fleas move up from below. I think they must have been carried into the apartment. You might want to visit with the lady below and ascertain the extent of the infestation in her apartment. If it is bad you might want to...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): flying insect, insects of the los angeles basin, california insects
insects of the los angeles basin, california insects, social wasps: Dear Marc - I am afraid that I cannot provide a definitive answer from your description, which could fit a wide variety of insects, including wasps, grasshoppers/katydids, and beetles. Also, outside of blood-feeding flies (mosquitoes, horse/deer flies, etc.)...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): flying insect identification, flying insect identification, brick planters
flying insect identification, brick planters, cicada killer: Dear Tom - I m sorry about your tailbone - I probably would have had the same startle reaction. This is a large wasp in the family Sphecidae, known as the cicada killer (Sphecius speciosus). They are quite non-aggressive; years ago, I saw large numbers of...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): flying insect identification, flying insect identification, robber fly
flying insect identification, robber fly, willis texas: Dear Tom - This is a robber fly (Diptera: Asilidae). They are ambush predators on other small arthropods, usually darting out from a perch to nab something flying by, then returning to their perch to dine in leisure. Large specimens may be capable of biting...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Garden Bugs, garden bugs, water solution
garden bugs, water solution, vegatables: I cannot identify them from this description since there are many species of garden bugs. Are they eating the vegatables? Get spray of dust with a pyrethrum base anr spray the plants. Insyead fo chemicals you can also use a soapy water solution. If you can...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): GIANT beetle in Tijeras, NM, jack deangelis, longhorn beetle
jack deangelis, longhorn beetle, adult beetles: Steve, This is a longhorn beetle (family Cerambycidae) probably the genus Prionus. If you google Prionus and look at images there s plenty for comparison. The larvae feed in tree roots, some are pests in orchard trees but they are mostly harmless. The...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Giant Black Ant, mud dauber, wasp spray
mud dauber, wasp spray, genus camponotus: Dear Cindy - Although I cannot say for certain what your pool guest is/was, the creature in the image you provided definitely is an ant, likely a carpenter ant in the genus Camponotus. Carpenter ants are among our largest ants, and their queens can be quite...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Giant flying insect., climate change scenario, british columbia canada
climate change scenario, british columbia canada, crane fly: Dear Kyle - This species (Holorusia rubiginosa) has long been known to occur in southern British Columbia (see http://tinyurl.com/mupo62), so no climate change scenario need be invoked to explain you seeing it in Vancouver. Their larvae feed on decomposing...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Good or bad cocoon?, gardening, pests
gardening, pests, philosophy: Pat: At this time of year, any pupa or coccoon is going to be overwintering (except for buck moths, genus Hemileuca).... Are iris native to your area? I really encourage folks to steer away from exotic flora that often don t do well with soil chemistry,...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): giant hornet, cicada killers, european hornet
cicada killers, european hornet, solitary wasps: Scott: If you have already ruled out cicada killers, Sphecius speciosus and the European hornet, Vespa crabro, then I can t help you because those would be my top two suspects, especially the cicada killer: http://bugguide.net/node/view/514/bgimage ...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): giant nocturnal insect, hummingbird moth, giant moths
hummingbird moth, giant moths, nocturnal insect: Could be a hummingbird moth. Google hummingbird moth to see photos. There are many other types of giant moths and flying nocturnal insects. Here s a clearwing hummingbird moth http://www.ontariowildflower.com/images/clearwing_hummingbird_moth.jpg...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): gold bug, black beetles, peat moss
black beetles, peat moss, lady beetles: Dear Cheryl - I really hope that you can take a photo of this beetle and attach it to a follow-up question, as there are other small black beetles with gold/yellow spots besides lady beetles. If it is indeed a lady beetle (Coleoptera: Coccinellidae), likely...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): goldrim chrysalis disease?, little bug, indents
little bug, indents, s type: Rus, Sorry for the delay in response. When I say sleeved on a plant outdoors , you simply place all the caterpillars you want aside, spray the plant down with water, remove all predators, place all the caterpillars back, and place mosquito netting all...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): green caterpillar/inchworm bug with spike, sphinx moths, exact species
sphinx moths, exact species, camera cord: Ellen, That s a Hornworm of some sort. They are the caterpillars of Sphinx moths. The end with the horn, is actually it s back. With the picture you sent, I can t really tell the exact species, but if you can get a clearer image I can probably give you...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): ground termites vs ants, termite baits
termite baits: Mark, Some ants prey on termites but there are no strategies for using ants to protect a property from termites that I know about. For now the best proactive defense against termites, in areas where termites are an important structural pest, is baiting....

Entomology (Study of Bugs): HELP! Small black beetle-like bugs found in NYC apt, cloth drape, dermestid beetle
cloth drape, dermestid beetle, black beetle: This looks like some kind of a dermestid beetle but I could use a better photo or two. Us emy email address (waltjh@sbcglobal.net) and attach the photo. Getting rid of them? Have you checked all clothing material in drawers. I would not suggest fumigation....

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Help with bug problem, jack deangelis, garden pests
jack deangelis, garden pests, extension entomologist: Jane, Unfortunately I can t see enough detail in the photo to id this critter and there are lots of insects that fit your description both pests and non-pests. If you are unable to get a clearer picture your best bet might be to collect a few and take them...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Help identifying a spider, marbled orb weaver, araneus marmoreus
marbled orb weaver, araneus marmoreus, family araneidae: Dear mark - This most likely is a marbled orb weaver (Araneus marmoreus; family Araneidae). This spider can be extremely variable in appearance - see http://tinyurl.com/lnsaqv and http://tinyurl.com/kjb2k3 for a few examples. If you Google images on Araneus...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Home invasion!, cigarette beetle, drugstore beetle
cigarette beetle, drugstore beetle, pantry pests: Donna, This looks like a beetle but I can t see enough detail to id it any further. However, from your description I d guess it is probably one of the beetles that infests stored foods such as a cigarette beetle or drugstore beetle. Here s an article about...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): House Centipede noises., jack deangelis, house centipede
jack deangelis, house centipede, house centipedes: Mathias, I don t think house centipedes make any noise, at least that humans can hear. House centipedes can be very common in older houses and they are completely harmless. I hope this is useful. Jack DeAngelis, PhD Extension Entomologist (ret.)...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): hard shell worm with legs!, giant centipede, abby cat
giant centipede, abby cat, prehistoric monster: Dear Linda - The only creature likely to be found in your area that matches your description is a large millipede - see http://tinyurl.com/mvc8vj for a specimen in the genus Narceus from Maryland. These cannot bite, but can exude a noxious chemical mixture...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): can you help me?, lady beetles, crawling insects
lady beetles, crawling insects, body lice: Dear Jen - I realize that these are quite small, but it might help if you could photograph one or more of these (perhaps placing them on a plain piece of paper) and attach the image to a follow-up question. About the only insects matching your general description...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): hormworm/moth, manduca quinquemaculata, moth stage
manduca quinquemaculata, moth stage, manduca sexta: Julie, If it s Manduca Quinquemaculata or Manduca Sexta (both are sometimes called Tomato Hornworms) it s very possible it s in diapause. I d leave it out for a few more weeks. It it s not shaking, that could mean a few things, either it s deceased, in...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): house and garden bugs, earwigs
earwigs: Gerald, I think you are describing an earwig. Earwigs feed on plants and despite the look of the pincers they are harmless except for the possibility of a small pinch. They can cause minor damage in the garden. Here s an article about earwigs with pictures...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): household bug i think, household pests, sharon pennsylvania
household pests, sharon pennsylvania, crazy cause: Without a photo or sketch, it s impossible to identify. But I will guess you might have silverfish. They come in a wide variety of colors and sizes, and are totally harmless to people. Read the Wikipedia article on silverfish. If that s not it, then...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Can you ID this bee?, bald-faced hornet, Dolichovespula maculata
bald-faced hornet, Dolichovespula maculata, nest: Travis: They were not bees. What you are describing is a nest of a social wasp called the bald-faced hornet, Dolichovespula maculata. They are not true hornets (which are in the genus Vespa), but more closely related to yellowjackets. They prey mostly...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Can you ID this insect, please?, stargazer lillies, asian longhorn
stargazer lillies, asian longhorn, woody plants: This is a species of wood boring beetle. They can infest a wide variety of trees and woody plants. It is definitely NOT the Asian Longhorn, you are correct on that one. You might consider applying some Bayer systemic insect control to the Lilies. Since...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Identification w/picture, giant ichneumon wasp, Megarhyssa
giant ichneumon wasp, Megarhyssa, harmless: Janice: Thank you for attaching the image with your question. The insect is a female giant ichneumon wasp, probably Megarhyssa nortoni: http://bugguide.net/node/view/84172 You can use the various tabs near the top of the page to navigate for more...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): INSECT IDENTIFICATION, giant ichneumon wasp, jackson park golf course
giant ichneumon wasp, jackson park golf course, park golf course: Robert: I think you are probably describing either a horntail woodwasp like Urocerus californicus (family Siricidae), or its parasite, a giant ichneumon wasp in the genus Megarhyssa (family Ichneumonidae). You can find images of both at: http://www.bugguide.net...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Insect Identification, f16 fighter jet, strange insect
f16 fighter jet, strange insect, insect identification: Hi Sherry Without seeing these I cannot be sure what they are. The hooks at the end seem strange. I don t think these are bedbugs. I do not see any connection between the red spots on your bodies and these bugs. The new mattress I am sure is not involved....

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Iridescent Flying Insect, cuckoo wasp, human hope
cuckoo wasp, human hope, nice photo: Dear Melinda - Nice photo! This is a cuckoo wasp (Hymenoptera: Chrysididae), so called because most of them take over the nests of other wasps or bees rather than making one of their own. See http://tinyurl.com/kvwz33 for more detailed information. These wasps...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): identify small black bug plant infestation, members of the mustard family, flea beetles
members of the mustard family, flea beetles, black bug: Dear Abdu - These are flea beetles (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae); some species absolutely love dining on members of the mustard family (such as broccoli) as well as on eggplants. Any garden variety insecticide registered for use on vegetables should work....

Entomology (Study of Bugs): identify spider, orb weavers, spiders
orb weavers, spiders, arachnids: Darlene: It sounds like another orb weaver of some kind (family Araneidae), but I d have to see the spider to tell you anything more (other than that it is totally harmless). Orb weavers are maturing right now and competing for web sites, no pun intended....

Entomology (Study of Bugs): the image for my question, caterpillars, sorry bout
caterpillars, sorry bout, geographic location: Sorry - photo is too blurry - can t see anything. To ID, I need your geographic location, close-up photo of web with worms, even closer photo of caterpillars, and type of tree. Or break off a bit of the branch (withy caterpillars on it) and take it to...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): What is this insect?, woolly aphid, riverside ohio
woolly aphid, riverside ohio, cotton ball: Dear Micah - As someone had noted on that link, it is a woolly aphid (Eriosoma sp.; family Eriosomatidae) - see http://tinyurl.com/ohjfwp for an image. I often have seen these referred to as wishing flies or fairy flies. Hope this helps, Saug...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): insect bites in the Amazon of Brazil, millipedes and centipedes, amazon basin
millipedes and centipedes, amazon basin, insect bite: Dear Robyn - It is extremely difficult at best to determine the cause of a bite by the appearance of the lesion itself; a positive i.d. usually depends on actually catching the culprit in the act of biting. All that aside, there are a number of arthropods...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): insect found, jack deangelis, true ants
jack deangelis, true ants, velvet ants: Allison, I can t see the picture clearly but from your description I think this is a velvet ant (family Mutillidae). Velvet ants are not true ants but rather wingless wasps. They can sting so be careful. Here s a wikipedia page about velvet ants http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Velvet_ant...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): invisible spiders, houstan texas, invisible spiders
houstan texas, invisible spiders, indoor spiders: Hi Nancy The term invisible spiders refers to tiny spiderlings that because of light color are hard to see.There is a also a spider that lives on tree bark called the invisible spider because it is hard to see. Invisibility of anything with matter is not...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Killer Bees, European hornet, Vespa crabro
European hornet, Vespa crabro, nocturnal: Charles: What you describe is NOT a bee. Killer bees look exactly like other honeybees, Apis mellifera, but BEHAVE completely differently. What you saw was a European hornet, Vespa crabro. The large size and nocturnal behavior that you mention describe...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): What is killing my trees, jack deangelis, extension entomologist
jack deangelis, extension entomologist, strange bugs: Mylinda, I m not sure what these are but your description sounds like a wasp of some kind. If you post a picture I may be able to id it. I doubt that whatever this is it is responsible for killing the tree but let s try to get a good id with a picture....

Entomology (Study of Bugs): What kind of bug is this?, tight fitting lids, spider beetles
tight fitting lids, spider beetles, teardrop shape: Katey: Well, it could be ticks, but ticks don t generally just fall off a host animal. If you have pets, ticks are definitely a possibility, though.... Another prime suspect would be spider beetles in the genus Gibbium. I have recently received...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Do not know what kind of bugs are in my house, common household pests, flour beetle
common household pests, flour beetle, black bugs: The photo is way too blurry to be helpful. I need your geographic location, a sketch (use a magnifying glass if you need to), plus as much information about their behavior as you can provide. Email to kayton@alum.mit.edu Or try to ID it yourself on one...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Large beetle, broad-necked root borer, Prionus laticollis
broad-necked root borer, Prionus laticollis, big: Joy: I think you are probably describing a female broad-necked root borer, Prionus laticollis, one of the longhorned woodborers in the family Cerambycidae. They have been common this summer in Massachusetts, just not where I could find one, apparently:-(...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Large black ant looking creature, e mail address, pepsis wasp
e mail address, pepsis wasp, tarantula hawk: This creature is very common in the western US. You have encountered a Pepsis wasp, also called a Tarantula Hawk. These large wasps (the females) seek large spiders, including tarantulas, and paralyze them with a sting. They drag the spider into a burrow,...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Large bug, horntail, woodwasp
horntail, woodwasp, wasp: Dear Laura: Please trust me, I love my Canadian audience dearly, but the image you attached is EXACTLY what a California horntail female looks like. I stand by my answer, and continue to be envious of your good fortune to see one. Apparently horntails...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Large buzzing flying insects over pond at dusk..., giant water bugs, giant water bug
giant water bugs, giant water bug, carpenter bees: Marie: Carpenter bees look almost exactly like bumble bees: http://bugguide.net/node/view/3509/bgimage Males are larger than females and often hover near places the females nest. That could certainly be what you were seeing, but it doesn t match...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Large flying red bug, sphinx moths, family sphingidae
sphinx moths, family sphingidae, solitary wasps: William: What time of day was this? If it was in the daytime, especially around dusk or dawn, it could well be a moth you saw. Several of the large sphinx moths, family Sphingidae, are excellent mimics of wasps and bees, especially those in the genus...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Large Insect ID, beetle, large
beetle, large, big: Rob: Yes, I can tell you what it is, and whether it is harmful. Thanks. Bye...I m kidding:-) That is a very nice image of a beetle called the brown prionid, Orthosoma brunneum, a fairly common (but not often seen) member of the longhorned beetle...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Large Mystery Bug Identification Question, cicadas, annual
cicadas, annual, Tibicen: Katie: I m sorry, I just get a kick out of screaming sound. I know exactly what you mean, though, and even without the images to look at (thank you, though), there was no question as to what you were describing. The insect is (was?) a male cicada...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Large red ant-like bug in Indiana, velvet ants, Dasymutilla
velvet ants, Dasymutilla, Mutillidae: Rich: This is one of those few insects that is so spectacular and unique that a written description alone is plenty to make an identification. What you saw was not an ant, but a velvet ant. They are solitary wasps, the female of which is wingless....

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Larve sealed in wax kills intercom, cleveland metroparks zoo, jack deangelis
cleveland metroparks zoo, jack deangelis, mason bees: Paul, The behavior you describe sounds like one of the solitary bees. The mason bee is a familiar example of a solitary bee but there are hundreds of different species. They are called solitary because they don t form social nests they way honey bees...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Little beetles from Cochrane again, ground beetles, flea beetle
ground beetles, flea beetle, time and patience: Dear Agnes - Thank you for the images; your guests appear to be short-snouted/broad-nosed weevils (Coleoptera: Curculionidae; subfamily Entiminae); see http://tinyurl.com/ng72t8 for an example. These weevils are leaf feeders as adults, and many have larvae...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Locust like insects, cicada killer wasps
cicada killer wasps: Jean, I think you are describing a cicada killer wasp. Despite the name these relatively non-aggressive wasps are fairly harmless. They will sting but are not as aggressive as yellowjacket wasps and don t swarm as do other wasps. They nest in the soil and...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): large black flying insect ?/, hummingbird moths, sphinx moth
hummingbird moths, sphinx moth, lantana plant: Dear Weyman - The prime suspect in case such as this is a large sphinx moth (Lepidoptera: Sphingidae). Some species are known as hummingbird moths because of their habit of hovering at flowers like a hummingbird - see http://tinyurl.com/noz9h2 for an example....

Entomology (Study of Bugs): larvae identification, saddleback caterpillar, venomous
saddleback caterpillar, venomous, spines: Estelle: Wow, you give a very vivid description! Is this anything like it: http://bugguide.net/node/view/507 Be aware that the saddleback caterpillar is studded with venomous spines that can cause great pain if you merely brush against them. This...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): larve cluster, moth eggs, tight cluster
moth eggs, tight cluster, host plant: Marylou: Offhand, it sounds like a cluster of moth eggs that hatched into caterpillars. The caterpillars will starve in the absence of a host plant to feed on. I m sorry, I do not know how big a loonie is. At least I know it is a coin, which I didn...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): little black beetle!!, little black beetle, box elder bug
little black beetle, box elder bug, flea beetle: This is definitely not a box elder bug. This is a beetle of some kind...maybe a species of flea beetle. The picture is blurry, but there might be some telltale signs that this is a flea beetle. They have large hind legs that allow them to hop and they do...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): little black bugs, pantry pests, environmental health service
pantry pests, environmental health service, black bugs: Dear Debbie - I really need to see an image of these, as your description could fit any number of species of small beetles. Most of these would be harmless visitors ; the only ones to be concerned about would be members of the family Dermestidae, several...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): MITES, wood shavings, syrian hamster
wood shavings, syrian hamster, tiny insects: If they are mites, they could be infesting the wood shavings or the food you re giving the hamster. I recommend completely cleaning out the cage (removing all bedding and food) washing the cage thoroughly and cleaning/vacuuming very well around the cage area....

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Microbugs, pest control operator, professional pest control
pest control operator, professional pest control, black bugs: Jumping bugs are almost certainly fleas. Catch one and look at it with a magnifying glass. Compare it to online photos of fleas. There are many different kinds, different shapes and colors. Then google flea control or hire a professional pest control...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Multiple worms traveling in a group, Sciaridae, fungus gnats
Sciaridae, fungus gnats, mass movement: Dear Cathy - These are larvae (maggots) of a fungus gnat (Diptera: Sciaridae); they primarily are scavengers on decomposing organic matter in the soil, but some also have been known to damage roots and stems of tender vegetation. The type of mass movement...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Multiple yellow jacket nesting, european paper wasp
european paper wasp: Don, Excellent questions, you ve clearly done some homework. I think I can resolve some of the mystery but perhaps not all. Part of the confusion comes because these are not yellowjacket wasps (Vespula) but rather a related wasp called paper wasps (Polistes)....

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Mystery Bug, south wales uk, pantry pests
south wales uk, pantry pests, nuisance pests: Dear Steve - This appears to be an insect known as a booklouse (Psocoptera: Liposcelidae) - see http://tinyurl.com/ou2lck for an image. For the most part, these are harmless nuisance pests, as they feed primarily on mould spores and the like in areas with...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Mystery bug, neat bug, mystery bug
neat bug, mystery bug, 1cm: Dear PJ: I think you might be describing a polypore fungus beetle in the genus Penthe, maybe this one: http://bugguide.net/node/view/6621/bgimage I don t know much about them, but I don t find them very often. Sometimes they are attracted to lights...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Mystery Caterpillar?, family noctuidae, mulberry leaves
family noctuidae, mulberry leaves, fall webworm: Dear Renee - I cannot be certain from the image, but I believe that this caterpillar is far more likely to turn into a moth (such those in the family Noctuidae) than a butterfly. This is interesting, as mulberry leaves tend to be toxic to most caterpillars;...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Mystery Cocoon, luna moth, shell type
luna moth, shell type, silkmoth: Rachel: Might be the cocoon of another silkmoth, like maybe a Cecropia: http://bugguide.net/node/view/4625 Note you can click on the family name (Saturniidae) to see what other possibilities there are. At that size (if you didn t overestimate), I...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Mystery dark gray bugs with large antenas, little buggers, basement bedroom
little buggers, basement bedroom, dear sarah: Dear Sarah - The image is too blurry to tell you much other than it is a beetle, and therefore harmless to you or any other person. Could you try for a photo more in focus, and also tell me its approximate length? In the meantime, see if it looks anything...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Mystery insect from Tahiti, insect fauna, stink bug
insect fauna, stink bug, gorgeous coloring: Dear Kimberly - Not being all that familiar with the insect fauna of that part of the world, about all I can tell you is that it appears to be a nymph of a stink bug (Hemiptera/Heteroptera: Pentatomidae). You might try contacting the Bishop Museum in Hawaii...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Mystery spider, orb weaver, Araneus
orb weaver, Araneus, spider: Nena: Aw-w-w-w, you re sweet to be so kind to spiders, and stick up for them when other people don t:-) Thanks for including the image, too. She (it is a female judging by her large body, and males are wandering away from webs now, looking for mates)...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): mantis dance, flags magic mountain, park bench
flags magic mountain, park bench, mantids: Dear Jascha - I know of at least two hypotheses proposed to explain this behaviour: (1) The swaying is supposed to make the mantid look like a leaf or twig moved by a breeze, and thus assist in camouflage. (2) This movement helps the mantid to distinguish...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): moth pheromones for traps, indian meal moth, bogong moths
indian meal moth, bogong moths, bogong moth: Hayley, Pheromone traps are useful for certain species. These species are pests that you may find in your house (Indian Meal Moth, Clothes Moth...). Moth pheromones are rather specific to each species. Though sometimes there are pheromones that can be read...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): mud dauber, black widow, spiders
black widow, spiders, mud daubers: Abbi: Ok, LOTS of questions here... First, spider bites are exceedingly rare events, so I am boldly going to assert that you have some other affliction going on with your feet. Have your physician treat the symptoms in absence of a viable suspect cause.......

Entomology (Study of Bugs): mystery balls, gall wasp, ball shape
gall wasp, ball shape, galls: These are galls formed by a very small wasp. The wasp lays an egg on the branch and the egg secretes chemicals that cause the formation of a gall around it. The gall serves as a nursery for the developing wasp. Most of the time, the galls do not harm the...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): mystery bug, strawberry root weevil, plant pests
strawberry root weevil, plant pests, mystery bug: Dear Margaret - This is a short-snouted/broad-nosed weevil (Coleoptera: Curculionidae; subfamily Entiminae) - see http://tinyurl.com/mbq9ql for some examples. These weevils are leaf feeders as adults and usually root feeders as larvae; some species, such as...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): mystery bug in bed, deer ticks, mystery bug
deer ticks, mystery bug, baby deer: Dear Joe - I cannot tell what you have from the image you submitted, as I can see no details; could you try sending another photo that clearly shows the size of the critter? Deer ticks are quite small; a baby (larva) deer tick would be less than a millimeter...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): mystery bug id if possible, please and thank you, cicada killer wasp, wood bees
cicada killer wasp, wood bees, honey bees: Julie: My guess is that it still was a cicada of some kind. There are several species in your area, some much larger than others. Could also have been a horse fly (Tabanidae),....maybe even a cicada killer wasp (Sphecius speciosus). I can t be certain...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): mystery bug in my pool, scarab, beetles
scarab, beetles, shining leaf chafers: Heather: Thank you for including the image with your question. I can guarantee that these beetles cannot bite or harm you or your family in any way. Just a nuisance. The beetles are scarabs in the shining leaf chafer subfamily Rutelinae, tribe Anomalini:...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): mystery fly, antlion, Myrmeleontidae
antlion, Myrmeleontidae: Dear Graham - This is an adult antlion (Neuroptera: Myrmeleontidae). They are not associated with water, but the larvae of many species make cone-shaped depressions in dry, sandy soil where they capture other small arthropods. A few have terrestrial/arboreal...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): mystery loud-whistle insect, tree crickets, Oecanthus
tree crickets, Oecanthus, Oregon: Donna: Small world. I grew up in Portland, but have visited the area around Mosier. Very scenic with lots of insect diversity! Oregon does not have that much diversity in singing insects, so about the only thing it could be is a male tree cricket...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): mystery wasp, paper wasps, Polistes
paper wasps, Polistes, insects: Wes: I think it was probably some kind of large paper wasp you saw, genus Polistes. Maybe this one: http://bugguide.net/node/view/128487/bgimage They are not actually as large as they appear:-) The paper wasps frequently drink water since they make...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Need help identify Brown Recluse that bit me, brown recluse spiders, sleep
brown recluse spiders, sleep: Cheryl, That doesn t look like a Recluse as it doesn t have the three clearly distinguished eyes. I would go back to a doctor, and get treatment. It s possible that you had a reaction to the bite. I m not sure exactly what species your spider is however....

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Need help identifying a bee, species of bees, honey bees
species of bees, honey bees, carpenter bee: There are many species of bees in the world. This might be a species of leaf cutting bee or possibly one of the smaller bumblebee species. A second theory might be that this is a species of hover fly that mimics bees. If you have a picture, please send...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Need help identifying flying insect, robber fly, Asilidae
robber fly, Asilidae, predator: Bill: I m impressed with your marksmanship if you are firing at such small, moving targets. Most municipalities will not even let you discharge a firearm....Oh-h-h, you mean shooting with a CAMERA:-) The insect in the image is a robber fly in the...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Need help identifying strange insect., cow killers, velvet ants
cow killers, velvet ants, strange insect: Hi Jim I think you may have seen a female velvet ant called a cow killer Velvet ants are really predatory wasps. They are called cow killers becaus ethere are legends taht their sting will kill a cow. This false of course but their sting is considered...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): odd fly-like bug that hops, insect larvae, arid climate
insect larvae, arid climate, zip lock: This is a wasp. It belongs to a very large group of wasps (more than 12,000 species) that attack other insects and parasitize them by laying eggs in their bodies. Frequently, the insects these types of wasps attack are caterpillars and insect larvae. ...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): others are a curse, honey bees, suggestion area
honey bees, suggestion area, food stocks: Dear Warm - This is a question that could take an encyclopaedia to answer fully. To be a bit briefer, examples of beneficial include honey bees (see http://tinyurl.com/lz8wuw) and silkworms (see http://tinyurl.com/lgb5l3) for details. As for a curse, I can...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Pill bugs and bedbugs, bed bugs, pillbugs
bed bugs, pillbugs, unknown and mysterious bites: Hilda, I don t think you would confuse a bed bug and a pillbug. Bed bugs are mahogany in color and about 1/4 or less while pillbugs are larger, dark gray in color and have many segments. Here s a picture of a bed bug http://www.livingwithbugs.com/bed_bug.html...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Please help me Identify this Bug, organic matter content, fungus gnats
organic matter content, fungus gnats, soil plants: Dear Michael - These are adult flies (their babies -larvae = would be white and worm-like in appearance. They appear to be fungus gnats (Diptera: Sciaridae); their larvae usually are found in very damp to wet soil having a high organic matter content. These...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Please help identify this bug, miller moths, plant pests
miller moths, plant pests, family noctuidae: Dear Marlisa - This moth appears to be in the family Noctuidae (owlet moths) - see http://tinyurl.com/lhbawo for an example. As a child, I often heard ones of this type referred to as moth millers or miller moths, presumably because they milled around...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Please Identify, caterpillar, twig
caterpillar, twig, outdoors: Lynette: Thank you for including the image with your question. The insect is a caterpillar, probably of one of the inchworm moths or loopers, hard to say which. I don t know if it is feeding on that tree or has just migrated there for the daylight...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Please Identify, caterpillar, cutworm
caterpillar, cutworm, armyworm: Austin: Thanks for including the image with your question. It is a caterpillar, maybe one of the cutworms or an armyworm. Caterpillars that are ready to pupate often wander some distance away from what they were feeding on. If you live near an...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Please identify cocoon or ???, silk moths, family saturniidae
silk moths, family saturniidae, stiff breeze: Dear Karen - This could be a cocoon of a moth in the family Saturniidae (giant silk moths) - see http://tinyurl.com/non878 for several examples. If the cocoon is as light as you say, either the moth has emerged, or the pupa inside the cocoon was parasitized...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): i have a photo this time, jack deangelis, livingwithbugs
jack deangelis, livingwithbugs, bed bugs: There are lots of small beetles that look like this one so you d have to have it identified by someone that could examine it under a microscope. You might try taking it to your county Cooperative Extension office and ask them to send it to the state university....

Entomology (Study of Bugs): possible mites??, bird mite, nest mite
bird mite, nest mite: Betsy, Sounds like you think it might be a bird, or nest mite (or possibly a rat mite). I agree. These mites bite us when they leave the abandoned nest of their normal host, a bird or rodent. We are not a good host so the mites normally move on or die....

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Re: Identifying large wasp/hornet, wasps
wasps: Dear James - The largest hornet-like wasp likely to be seen in your area is the cicada killer (Sphecius speciosus; Hymenoptera: Sphecidae) - see http://tinyurl.com/kw2srx for images and detailed information. These wasps are non-aggressive, and for the most...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Red/Orange Spiders in West Virginia, orange spiders, wolf spiders
orange spiders, wolf spiders, male spiders: Nicki: Your description does not fit any known dangerous spider in the U.S. Male spiders of almost all species, including ones normally confined to webs, wander in search of mates, especially at this time of year. Hunting spiders like jumping spiders...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Red spider with black stripe, red spider, janet janet
red spider, janet janet, hard as a rock: Janet: I don t like to do questions for people who kill first and ask questions later, but I still try to be polite.... Sounds like two insects that were mating, or a spider with a prey item... Half a spider just doesn t scurry away.... I have...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): red beetle, nuisance pests, maple family
nuisance pests, maple family, dear art: Dear Art - This is not a beetle, but a nymph of an eastern boxelder bug, Boisea trivittata (Hemiptera/Heteroptera: Rhopalidae). They do little real damage, feeding primarily on the developing seeds of trees in the maple family, but can become nuisance pests...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): ref caterpillar, tussock moth caterpillar, vapourer moth
tussock moth caterpillar, vapourer moth, leaved trees: Dear Micheal - This is a tussock moth caterpillar (Lepidoptera: Lymantriidae). The image is not clear enough to be certain, but it might be a larva of a vapourer moth (Orgyia antiqua), a fairly common and widespread species in the UK - see http://tinyurl.com/nls3zg...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Is it a roach?, blatta orientalis, upstairs hall
blatta orientalis, upstairs hall, color variations: Mallory: There is very little for me to go on here. You don t even state where in Canada you live. That could make a profound difference. I seriously doubt it was a cockroach. Most folks do not describe roaches as having wings because the wings...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): roach?, cockroach control in homes
cockroach control in homes: Nick, I can t tell you what species this is without a picture but based on your description of the size it may be a German cockroach, which are very common in houses and apartments. If you live in a single family house you can easily control cockroaches...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Scorpion Babies!, crickets, scorpion
crickets, scorpion, slew: Justin, For the babies, you need to up the temperature to 80-90 degrees, and up the humidity. The babies need a LOT of humidity. Otherwise, you sound like your doing a perfect job. Mom Scorpion will care for the babies until they molt the first time. After...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Scorpion Sting, venomous scorpions, untrained eye
venomous scorpions, untrained eye, emergency contact: April, That doesn t sound like a venomous scorpion. However, if he develops a fever, take him to a hospital. Also, if this happens again, use my emergency contact email. Those are forwarded to my phone and I should get back to you within the hour. Also,...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Silkworm nest, gypsy moth caterpillars, tent caterpillars
gypsy moth caterpillars, tent caterpillars, bombyx mori: You didn t send the photo. There are no wild silkworms (bombyx mori). The usual caterpillars in webbing are black and are either tent caterpillars or gypsy moth caterpillars. Since you didn t give a photo of the caterpillar, nor your geographic location,...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Small Bugs.p;ease help, grain beetles, Silvanidae
grain beetles, Silvanidae, stored product pests: Marianna: Thanks for including the image with your question. Given the size I know this insect to be, that is a remarkably detailed photo! I am changing your question to public because it may very well help many other people dealing with similar pests....

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Small black flying bugs, nuisance pests, orange county office
nuisance pests, orange county office, cooperative extension service: Dear Mary Jane - Those both are possibilities, as well as any other accumulation of damp/wet organic material such a pile of lawn clippings or an overly damp compost pile. Also, depending on how close your neighbors are, they could be coming from an adjacent...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Small brown bugs, jack deangelis, extension entomologist
jack deangelis, extension entomologist, cooperative extension office: Mansi, There are lots of insects that would match that description. If you can t get a picture I think your best option is to collect a few and take the sample to your county Cooperative Extension office where someone will examine them under a microscope....

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Small Dark Brown Beetle, population explosions, dry dog food
population explosions, dry dog food, little critters: If these are collembola the situarion usually gets better by itself. They oftenhave population explosions. You will see a lot of them and then they go away. You can use a pyrethrum based spray around fixtures and baseboards. Fortunately they cause no...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Small White Biting Insect/Bug, jack deangelis, biting insect
jack deangelis, biting insect, extension entomologist: I m afraid I m out of ideas. Spider mites don t bite. I think you are back to the possibility of something in the office that you are reacting to like chemicals or dust. Ask around if anyone else in the office is complaining of similar reactions. Again, sorry...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Sphinx or Hawksbill moth..., sphinx moth, pink coloration
sphinx moth, pink coloration, different types of leaves: Shannon, If it s black, it s dead. Normally, they would remain about the same color. The color would be faded, or muddy looking. Then the caterpillar tightens itself up, and sheds it s skin into a greenish or brownish pupae, then it fully hardens to a brown,...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Stinging Insect, jack deangelis, assassin bug
jack deangelis, assassin bug, extension entomologist: Kate, This appears to be a reduviid or assassin bug. This one is probably a juvenile (nymph) because I can t see any wings and given the size you describe. These true bugs (Hemiptera) can actually be fairly large as adults. The bite (they don t sting) from...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Strange Beetle found in my house, burying beetles, Nicrophorus
burying beetles, Nicrophorus, Silphidae: Natalia: Yes, what you had was indeed a burying beetle, genus Nicrophorus in the family of carrion beetles (Silphidae): http://bugguide.net/node/view/4954 Note that you can click on the images or browse tabs near the top of the page to get more...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Strange Eggs, larvae maggots, google searching
larvae maggots, google searching, smooth surfaces: Dear Joel - These are not eggs, but the pupae of a muscoid fly (the common house fly belongs to this group - see http://tinyurl.com/l3ouq5). Their larvae would not be parasitic, but are scavengers on decaying/decomposing organic matter. Once the larvae (maggots)...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Strange little orange bugs....., butterfly flowers, black legs
butterfly flowers, black legs, folcroft pa: Chrissy, Those are most likely a type of aphid. In order to get rid of them, add their predator. Ladybugs. They can be purchased at most plant stores/nurseries. Also, spraying them off with soapy water is also effective but does not hurt the butterflies/caterpillars...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Strange winged bugs, pest control operator, insect scientists
pest control operator, insect scientists, termite colonies: black webspinner isn t a name recognized by insect scientists. It s a local name that doesn t mean anything to anyone else. Yes, this insect might be harmful to your house if it is a termite or carpenter ant. But it s definitely not harmful to people....

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Swarm of tiny bugs on wet driveway- looks like spilled paint, tiny bugs, order collembola
tiny bugs, order collembola, wet weather: Dear Alison - These sound like springtails, primitive arthropods in the order Collembola; there are several species of these that can occur in enormous numbers - see http://tinyurl.com/czwskk for an example. There are a few species that can injure very tender...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): scavenger flies, homemade pond, pest controller
homemade pond, pest controller, exterminators: Hi JUlie The only way you can get rid of flies like this is to find out how they are entering the house. Since I cannot examine your house I cannot help you with that. They need energy so they should eventually go away. If they become a bigger problem...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): scorpion type bug, pelecinid, wasp
pelecinid, wasp, bizarre: Dave: Oh, wow, you have indeed seen a pretty peculiar, rather uncommon insect. It is a female pelecinid wasp (no common name in English, sorry): http://bugguide.net/node/view/6943 Note that you can click on the images tab near the top of the page...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): silver wormy thing in my bathroom?, illinois cooperative extension, cooperative extension service
illinois cooperative extension, cooperative extension service, silver fish: Dear Gail - Although this does not sound like a serious pest of any kind, I really need to see an image in order to provide an accurate identification. If you cannot take a close-up photo and attach it to a follow-up question, I suggest that you submit some...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): slimy pod on my wall and ceiling, jack deangelis, livingwithbugs
jack deangelis, livingwithbugs, razor blade: Sally, I don t think these are insect related. They sound more like some kind of fungus and I d be concerned about water in the wall and ceiling. If you do more investigating and still think these are insects post a follow up and I ll help you figure it...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): small brown bugs in my kitchen, grain weevils, pantry pests
grain weevils, pantry pests, spider beetles: There are many types of pantry pests. Check photos at http://www.whatsthatbug.com/category/beetles/pantry-beetles-grain-weevils-spider-beetles-meal-worms-carpet-beetles-and-cereal-moths/ or http://www.lockeext.com/Specimens.htm#Beetles If not...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): small red bumps, unknown and mysterious bites
unknown and mysterious bites: Lynn, Lots of different things can cause these red bumps. Some biting insects and mites can cause marks like these but there are other causes as well. Here s an article that describes some of the causes of unknown and mysterious bites http://www.livingwithbugs.com/unknown_bug_bites.html...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): solitary wasps (huge ones), solitary wasps, large
solitary wasps, large, insects: Dear DF: Without seeing the actual specimen, or at least an image of it, I have no idea if the identification by the exterminator is correct. Exterminators are (usually) trained in pesticide application, NOT entomology, so you cannot always trust their...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): spider, female spiders, egg sac
female spiders, egg sac, harmful insects: Hi Carrie; This beautiful spider is called Argiope. It is among the most beautiful of Gods creatures.It does not bite and is poisonous only to insects. It is absolutely harmless and one that you should want in your garden as it eats harmful insects. Female...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): spider, spider, funnelweb weaver
spider, funnelweb weaver, bugs: Galen: Thank you for including the nice image with your question. I believe that this is an adult male funnelweb weaver in the genus Tegenaria, family Agelenidae. There are both native and introduced (from Europe) species in the U.S., but they are very...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): spider, orb weaver, georgia tbilisi
orb weaver, georgia tbilisi, argiope: This is a species of Orb Weaver called an Argiope. There are many species of this spider across the world. In the US, the most common species is Argiope aurantia. This spider is generally considered harmless to humans and animals, but could bite if handled....

Entomology (Study of Bugs): spider id, venomous, poisonous
venomous, poisonous, spiders: Jon, I m not sure of the species but you have only a couple of venomous spiders around you and this is not one of them. The venomous species in Georgia are the black widow and (depending on where in the state you are) brown recluse. Here s an article about...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): spider identification, wolf spider, daycare service
wolf spider, daycare service, spider identification: This resembles a wolf spider common in homes and usually in basements. They do not occur in large numbers and are harmless. Their fangs are not strong to bite an adult but I suppose they could bite a child. With children around she may want to dispose of...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): spider? wasp?, velvet ants, Dasymutilla
velvet ants, Dasymutilla, Mutillidae: Nancy: Thank you for including the lovely image with your question. You are correct that this is a wasp. It is a wingless female called a velvet ant. This one is known as the eastern velvet ant or cow killer, Dasymutilla occidentalis to scientists....

Entomology (Study of Bugs): stinging flying insect, jack deangelis, insect clinic
jack deangelis, insect clinic, extension entomologist: Brooke, Sounds like some kind of wasp but without a picture that s about the best I can do. If you want an exact id you could take it to your county Cooperative Extension office and they will send it to the Insect Clinic at OSU. Ids should be free or only...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): very strange bug, silverfish, firebrats
silverfish, firebrats: Julian, I think you are describing a silverfish or a firebrat. These primitive insects are especially common in older houses where they feed on a variety of organic material. They sometimes damage papery materials, books, magazines and so forth but are...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): strange bug!, strange bug, stucco walls
strange bug, stucco walls, clusters: Jan: Ok, first, you don t tell me where you live, which is often a huge clue as to what you are talking about. Then, your description doesn t even make sense: ...it looks like nothing until you get it [get what?] and then the bottom of it swings back...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): strange oval shaped bug in bathroom, clothes moth larvae
clothes moth larvae: Alex, The picture is a little fuzzy but it has the overall shape of a casemaking clothes moth larva. These larvae build a case they live in and drag along as they move. The antenna you describe is actually the moth larva sticking its head out. Clothes...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): strange slithery bug, silverfish, firebrat
silverfish, firebrat, insects: Erin: I think you might be describing a silverfish or firebrat, primitive insects that look like this: http://bugguide.net/node/view/79 Note that you can click on the images tab near the top of the page for more images. Without seeing an...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): straw next around windows, grass-carrier wasps, Isodontia
grass-carrier wasps, Isodontia, window tracks: Jo Ann: You are describing the nests of grass-carrier wasps in the genus Isodontia. They are solitary, meaning each female constructs her own nest. They are not aggressive, and would sting only if you physically molested a female (males can t sting...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): stung/bitten by unusual bug, stinging caterpillar
stinging caterpillar: Susan, I m not sure what this is. Could you post a picture? You description does not match any of the scavenger type wasps that you d expect at a bbq. It does sound like a silverfish but of course silverfish don t bite or sting. It could be a caterpillar...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): swarm of tiny bugs - looks like paint or oil, springtails, Collembola
springtails, Collembola, nuisance: Alison: No worries, you are describing harmless creatures called springtails, in the order Collembola. They are so primitive that scientists now consider them to be non-insect hexapods. Contrary to the name, not all species can spring. They are...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): swift disease in BST caterpillars?, black swallowtail caterpillars, parasitoid wasp
black swallowtail caterpillars, parasitoid wasp, black swallowtail: Flacherie was originally documented among silkworms. Read the Wikipedia article. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flacherie Since I raise silkworms for a hobby, and not as a business, I ve never seen a flacherie infection and have no idea how to treat it....

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Tiny biting, flying white insects, mysterious and unknown bug bites
mysterious and unknown bug bites: Jean, This may not be an insect or mite. There are relatively few insects and mites that actually bite people and even fewer that are as small as you describe and none that are this size and also fly. Is it possible that the skin irritation is being caused...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Tiny brown bugs on Bathroom Floor, jack deangelis, extension entomologist
jack deangelis, extension entomologist, black bugs: Annette, Your description of color and shape sounds like some type of mite but the description of size from very tiny to about a quarter inch does not fit. The behavior you describe sounds like a cockroach. Could you post a picture? You might also capture...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Tiny Gray Dust Bug., dust bug, tiny bug
dust bug, tiny bug, fire place: Dear Michelle - It is reasonably likely that the bites on your son and the bugs that you found are unrelated. It is quite difficult to identify the cause of such bites unless you actually catch something in the act of biting. As for the masked hunter hypothesis,...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Tiny stinging creatures, allergic skin reaction, carpet beetles
allergic skin reaction, carpet beetles, beetle larvae: Dear Worried - This is a real poser - I ve looked at both images, and about all I can say is that they are beetle larvae (or their shed skins )that resemble those of carpet beetles (Coleoptera: Dermestidae) in the genus Attagenus - see http://tinyurl.com/oj9etu...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Tiny worm-like bugs all over my wall, tiny worm, silk thread
tiny worm, silk thread, tic tac: Neither of what you have seen will harm you or your children. These sound like newly hatched caterpillars of some kind...possibly laid by some type of moth. If they are hanging in mid air, they might be suspended from a silk thread. I would not worry...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Tiny Yellowish Eggs, yellowish eggs, adult insects
yellowish eggs, adult insects, predatory insect: Carol: This is way beyond my expertise, and that of most other entomologists I know. It is one thing to identify adult insects from written descriptions, but virtually impossible to identify eggs, even larvae or nymphs. Why do you assume they are going...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Tobacco Hornworm Moth, tobacco hornworm moth, thousand oaks california
tobacco hornworm moth, thousand oaks california, city of thousand oaks california: Dear Larry - Check out the images at http://tinyurl.com/lxg9n6 to be sure of what you might have, as the primary distinction between the adult moths is the number of yellowish spots on each side of the abdomen; the white lines and V s distinguish the larval...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Tons of tiny white bugs that barely move, pest control operator, zillion kinds
pest control operator, zillion kinds, spider family: Sorry - without a sketch and your geographic location, can t help you. There are a zillion kinds of little white bugs. Get a magnifying glass and count legs - 6 is an insect, 8 legs is a member of the spider family. That will help you narrow it down. Catch...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): What do you think this could be?, southern ontario canada, upstairs hall
southern ontario canada, upstairs hall, color variations: Mallory, I m curious to see a picture. This does not sound like an insect that is normally found indoors so it is probably a so called incidental . Incidentals are insects that happen to wander indoors but don t belong there. They can be anything that...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): what do you think this beetle bug is?, carpet beetles, Dermestidae
carpet beetles, Dermestidae, larvae: Lisbeth: I m 99% certain you are describing carpet beetles in the family Dermestidae. The adult beetles are relatively innocuous, but the LARVAE, on the other hand... Carpet beetle larvae feed on all manner of dried animal products including, but...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): i think they're mites, black bugs, bed bugs
black bugs, bed bugs, windowsills: They sound like mites. Most mites do not bote but a few do. mites that affect hous emice do. I do not know what to tell you however about how to get rid of them. Have you throughly washed the bed linens. Check your windowsills to see if theya re coming...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): thousands of tiny dead bugs, fungus gnats
fungus gnats: Stacia, This sounds like fungus gnats. If you post a picture I may be able give you a definite id. Fungus gnats develop in soil feeding on fungi and plant roots. They are very common in potted plants and most of the time they do no harm. Occasionally the...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): tiny black bugs on my deck, primitive arthropod, creepy crawly
primitive arthropod, creepy crawly, black bugs: Dear Dawn - The image you provided appears to be a springtail, a primitive arthropod in the order Collembola. The vast majority of these are harmless (but nuisance) scavengers on decomposing organic matter, a few species can damage very tender vegetation,...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Very tiny brown bugs inthe carpet., springtails, Collembola
springtails, Collembola, outdoors: Stan: I strongly suspect you are describing springtails in the order Collembola. Contrary to the name, not all species can jump. They are not uncommon indoors when humidity is high and there are damp areas (like condensation on the windows). They are...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): tiny bugs, kinds of pantry pests, pantry pest
kinds of pantry pests, pantry pest, tiny bugs: there are many kinds of pantry pests. Google pantry pest or some of the household pest links on this page http://www.suekayton.com/insectID.htm After about a month they will be gone if you remove the food. They (and their offspring) can t live without...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): tiny bugs on wood deck, clover mites, order collembola
clover mites, order collembola, mite species: Dear Shirley - If you have a recurrence, I suggest that you take some specimens to your county/regional office of the University of Minnesota s Cooperative Extension service - see http://tinyurl.com/mq8fy5 for contact information. These offices usually are...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): tiny flying bee like insects, trumpet vines, tiny insects
trumpet vines, tiny insects, pecan trees: Dear Bobbie: It would help to know exactly WHERE (geographically) you are, but your description also fits literally hundreds of species, from wasps to bees to flies.... I suspect that the insects are drawn either to the flowers or (more likely) aphid...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): very tiny jumping bug in tub, roach spray, springtail
roach spray, springtail, defense spray: You are seeing springtails. These insects like areas with moisture and lots of humidity. They feed on decaying organic materials and their populations really shoot up after rainfall. They are harmless, but their numbers can be quite high. Continue to...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): tiny light brown bug eggs, jack deangelis, fecal pellets
jack deangelis, fecal pellets, extension entomologist: Amy, I don t think these are eggs. These sound more like either sawdust from some kind of wood-boring insect or fecal pellets from a drywood termite. Tell me more about the apparent hatching. Are you sure you can see something hatching from these eggs...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): tiny little caterpillar thingys, little caterpillar, vancouver british columbia
little caterpillar, vancouver british columbia, garden pests: Gillian, There are many species of caterpillars that feed in trees so it would be nearly impossible to id this one by a description alone. However, if you are interested in doing a project you could place them in a container along with some leaves from...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Very tiny white/brown bugs in the carpet., carpet beetles, tiny bugs
carpet beetles, tiny bugs, little bugs: Dear Stan - There are at least two possibilities: very small beetles or mites of some sort, but I really need to see an image of them if at all possible. Carpet beetles in the genus Anthrenus can have this general appearance, but they usually are at least...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Very tiny white bugs, grain mites
grain mites: Mindy, I can t see much detail in the photo but your description sounds like a grain mite. Grain mites feed on mold (fungi) and can be very common in grain storage warehouses if the grain has gotten damp and moldy. They can also be very common in houses...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Is this some type of fly, bees and wasps, harmful insect
bees and wasps, harmful insect, shell casings: It is a fly then but it does bnot look a botfly or any horse fly. I have not heard from my colleague so far. The stink bugthat removes hair I do not know about. You will ahve to ask yoru vet about the lost foals I will back to you OK Steve! I have...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Unidentified Bug!, deathwatch beetle, window sills
deathwatch beetle, window sills, pint glass: Dear John - This beetle appears to be in the family Anobiidae, which includes some wood-boring pests that may infest unpainted/unstained wood in buildings. Examples include the deathwatch beetle, Xestobium rufovillosum - see http://tinyurl.com/mcn866 and the...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Unidentified insect., orange hairs, insect question
orange hairs, insect question, neutral background: Dear Ian - Thank you for the explanation and the new photo. This is an excellent example of the principal that one picture is worth a thousand words. This is a larva of a lady beetle (Coleoptera: Coccinellidae); specifically, it may be the harlequin ladybird,...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Unknown Black Bug in Bath Tub, terrestrial isopods, leaf beetles
terrestrial isopods, leaf beetles, ground beetles: Courtney: Many kinds of insects stray indoors as they wander about looking for food, mates, or places to spend the cold months, so your insect could be virtually any of those. Without seeing at least an image (and preferably a specimen), I don t think...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Unknown huge insect., house centipede, insect question
house centipede, insect question, dust mops: Dear Melody - It would be very unusual for one of these to reach even two inches in body length, but the long legs and antennae as well as its scuttling movement can give the illusion of much larger size, especially in dim light. Based on your description,...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Unknown Insect, saddleback caterpillar, venomous
saddleback caterpillar, venomous, spines: John: I do know what this is, and I m impressed that you did not crush the thing but had the presence of mind to take this nice image instead. This is a saddleback caterpillar, Acharia stimulea: http://bugguide.net/node/view/507/bgimage They...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): uknown bug, false scorpions, insect eggs
false scorpions, insect eggs, pseudoscorpion: This sure sounds like a pseudoscorpion to me. They live under bark and feed on insect eggs and mites. They are totally harmless and are called false scorpions because they have the pinchers, but not the sting! If you found one in the house, it was there...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): unidentified bug, sphinx moths, family sphingidae
sphinx moths, family sphingidae, backyard fence: it s a moth in the family sphingidae. There are many types of sphingidae - some are called sphinx moths, hummingbird moths and hawkmoths. It s one of them, probably the Hummingbird Clearwing Moth, also called sphingidae hemaris thysbe. Scroll down a bit...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): unidentified bug, carpet beetles, mattress cover
carpet beetles, mattress cover, boxspring: Dear Desiree - Could you please take a close-up photo of one or more of these and attach it to a follow-up question? The most likely suspects are carpet beetles of some kind; they don t all look alike, and they don t always feed on fabric - see http://tinyurl.com/22zcmp....

Entomology (Study of Bugs): unidentified bug, moth flies, Psychodidae
moth flies, Psychodidae, nuisance: Lea: Thank you for including the image with your question. Looks like you have a moth fly in the family Psychodidae. These flies develop from larvae that feed on decaying material, often inside drain traps in the bathroom or kitchen. They are not...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): unidentified insect, Click beetle, Alaus
Click beetle, Alaus: Dear Eunice - The beetle s Latin name is Alaus myops; it is commonly known as the blind elater or small-eyed click beetle. See http://tinyurl.com/m3ht3a for detailed information on this species and its close relative, Alaus oculatus. Thet are the largest click...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): An unusual bug, giant ichneumon wasps, harmless
giant ichneumon wasps, harmless, large: Kim: First, you deserve a pat on the back for not killing the thing, and actually rescuing and releasing it. I wish all the people that send me questions were so kind and thoughtful.... I think you are probably describing one of the giant ichneumon...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Want to know the name of the (insect?)., horseshoe crab, marine
horseshoe crab, marine, outdoors: Simon: Ah, yes, you are thinking of, and describing, a horseshoe crab, which is not a crab, Limulus polyphemus. Despite the name, they are more closely related to arachnids (spiders, mites, ticks, scorpions, etc) than to crustaceans. Lots of information...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Wasp?, potter wasp, solitary
potter wasp, solitary, nest: Heidi: What you describe is indeed some kind of potter wasp. Besides the native species in the genus Eumenes, Florida has at least two exotic species, in the genera Delta and Zeta. So, it could be one of those. Plus, other mason wasps in the family Vespidae...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Wasps in pools, chlorine pool, washing detergent
chlorine pool, washing detergent, water containers: Dear Pam - From what I have gleaned on this subject, the short answer is probably not. There are a couple of other ploys you could try, but with no guarantee of success: (1) Place a few shallow water containers (similar to bird baths) at some distance from...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Water Bugs/Organisms?, mosquito larvae
mosquito larvae: Laura, I think you ve drawn a mosquito larva. Mosquito larvae develop in fresh water and are called wrigglers because of the way they move. Here s an article about mosquitoes with a picture of the larvae http://www.livingwithbugs.com/mosquitoes.html that...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Weird crab-looking bug, jack deangelis, true scorpions
jack deangelis, true scorpions, household pests: Sarah, What you found is called a pseudoscorpion. They are not related to true scorpions but look like tiny scorpions or crabs. They are harmless in fact many people consider them to be beneficial because they prey on household pests. Here s a wikipedia...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): White Bug On File Cabinet, jack deangelis, extension entomologist
jack deangelis, extension entomologist, scale insects: Allisandro, This looks like some kind of leafhopper, possibly a psyllid. These are plant feeding insects related to things like aphids and scale insects. Jack DeAngelis, PhD Extension Entomologist (ret.) My website about home and garden pests: http://www.livingwithbugs.com...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): White bugs in cellar, tiny bugs, wine bottles
tiny bugs, wine bottles, wine bottle: These could be almost anything and without seeing one I cannot tell you what they but I m sure taht two tiny bugs cannot cause any damage to wine in bottles. If they increase in number or are damaging the wood try to get a photo for me. waltjh@sbcglobal.ne...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Worm Like with Legs in Bath Tub, silverfish, hotel bath
silverfish, hotel bath, millipede: Dear Lance - From your description, it most likely would be a centipede (see http://tinyurl.com/flgff for an example) or possibly a millipede (see http://tinyurl.com/mg27kq and http://tinyurl.com/l3c2pu for examples). If neither of these suggestions appears...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): wasp dragging spider, spider wasps, Pompilidae
spider wasps, Pompilidae, solitary: Lynn: Thank you so much for sharing your experience and observations. You are describing some kind of spider wasp in the family Pompilidae. They are solitary, meaning each female makes her own nest, usually a burrow in the ground. The wasp paralyzes...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): weird bug, roach spray, ant spray
roach spray, ant spray, ceramic tiles: Maggot s are the larvae of flies and these are most likly from a single hatching which means that if you keep flushing them you will eventually get them all. Not being there I cannot tell you the source. If hey increase you may need an exterminator to make...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): white bug with rake like front legs, cicada, nymph
cicada, nymph, rake: Bob: I m pretty certain you are describing the nymph of a cicada. They live underground for several years (over a decade in some cases), feeding on roots, before emerging as adults. The one you saw would have been looking for a vertical object upon which...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): worm-like things, jack deangelis, extension entomologist
jack deangelis, extension entomologist, garden pests: Jen, These sound like some kind of larva, possibly a meal moth larva. If you could post a picture I may be able to give you a more definite id. Have you noticed any small moths fluttering around the house? Post a follow up and I ll help you figure this...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): what are they?, dark-winged fungus gnats, Sciaridae
dark-winged fungus gnats, Sciaridae, insects: Clifton: Without seeing a specimen, or at least an image, I may be hard-pressed to help you. The fact that they are indoors suggests that they are dark-winged fungus gnats in the family Sciaridae. They often breed in the potting soil of overwatered...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): What could this be?, indian meal moth, jack deangelis
indian meal moth, jack deangelis, moth larvae: I can t see any legs in the photo. However, if they have legs then they are probably beetle larvae rather than moth larvae but the same comments apply. They are probably developing in some kind of course grain or pet food, etc. An exact identification is impossible...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): ???, tiger moth caterpillar, furry caterpillar
tiger moth caterpillar, furry caterpillar, tiger moth: Rosie, That could be a Garden Tiger Moth caterpillar. They can be irritating to the skin, however most aren t. Unfortunately, caterpillars can be extraordinarily variable so an exact ID is difficult without a photo. My guess would be a Garden Tiger Moth....

Entomology (Study of Bugs): what is it?, velvet ants, Dasymutilla
velvet ants, Dasymutilla, Mutillidae: Michelle: You give me precious little information to go on here. You don t even state where on the planet you found this creature. I am going to assume it was somewhere in the southern United states, probably west of Texas or Oklahoma. In that event,...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): What the ?%*!?!, mole crickets, Gryllotalpidae
mole crickets, Gryllotalpidae, lobster: Erin: Wow, that is some description! Dual level mandibles sounds intimidating all by itself...:-) I think you are probably describing an insect called a mole cricket, in the family Gryllotalpidae. Does it look anything like this? http://bugguide.net/node/view/4283...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Yellow and black biting bug, jack deangelis, livingwithbugs
jack deangelis, livingwithbugs, biting insect: Helen, Are you sure the bug you describe is associated with the bleeding? The only biting insect that causes bleeding like this is a black fly which are common around clean, flowing water. The rest of the description however does not fit a black fly. The...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): yellow and black flying insect, cicada killer wasp, jack deangelis
cicada killer wasp, jack deangelis, extension entomologist: Ann, Sounds like a cicada killer wasp. These large wasps hunt cicadas and are not as aggressive as yellowjacket wasps. Here s a wikipedia page http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eastern_cicada_killer that may be interesting. Jack DeAngelis, PhD Extension...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): yellow garden spider, southern canada south, garden spider
southern canada south, garden spider, lower 48: Dear Sandi - You have been victimized by very incorrect information, as this species (Argiope aurantia) has a very wide distribution in North America; they occur from southern Canada south through the lower 48 United States, Mexico, and Central America to...