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Entomology (Study of Bugs): Carpet beetles
Abby: I think I said it before that pretty much every home has carpet beetles at one point or another, no matter how clean we make our abodes. I do appreciate your aunt s OCD and the feelings of inadequacy that you may feel because of that. My own mom...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Identify
Lia, I believe the fine, needle-like structures are urticating hairs . These hairs are found on some caterpillars as well as some spiders (probably other animals as well), but I can t id further. You could try the folks at www.bugguide.net as someone there...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): What is this insect?, "carpet beetles"
"carpet beetles": This looks like a carpet beetle (Coleoptera: Dermestidae) in the genus Anthrenus, such as the varied carpet beetle (Anthrenus verbasci). The beetles themselves are harmless pollen feeders, but their larvae feed on an incredibly wide variety of organic matter,...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Insect/ bug, drugstore beetle, cigarette beetle
drugstore beetle, cigarette beetle: James, This is a beetle, likely one of two closely related species, either the cigarette beetle or the drugstore beetle (see http://www.livingwithbugs.com/cigarette_drugstore_beetle.html for images). Both infest stored food so the best treatment is to locate...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Kind review
I still cannot see details like legs but from the size and shape I am confident that these are biting mites and most likely bird mites I am not an MD and cannot comment on the bites except for the fact that the insect shown is doing the biting. Try using...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): lady bug?
Hi Stephen Lady bug is a common name for beetles that belong to the Family Coccinellidae. There are 6000 species and they very in color and spots. In most cases when you see a beetle and call it a ladybug. You are most likely correct. There are a few...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Ladybugs info, ladybugs, lady beetles
ladybugs, lady beetles: Debbie, Welcome back, glad you are still caring for the ladybug beetles. They can be released as soon as they start moving. Give them access to water rather than food, they won t eat raisins. For some general information about these beetles see http://www.livingwithbugs.com/harmonia.html....

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Little bugs in my room
Hi Mike, The photo is of a carpet beetle. They don t bite and are pretty harmless. The only concern is that the larvae eat animal products such as wool, feathers, etc. and can ruin items made of these materials in your home. You can often eliminate the...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Looks like a bedbug but has wings, insects, bugs
insects, bugs, carpet beetles: Kate: Thank you for including the images. Your bug is an adult carpet beetle (family Dermestidae). Here is more information: http://extension.usu.edu/files/publications/factsheet/dermestids08.pdf and http://pubs.ext.vt.edu/3104/3104-1588/3104-1588.html...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Name of these 2 insects., insect, katydid
insect, katydid, Tettigoniidae: Tathagat: You have to trust me on the katydid. Please see these images: http://www.flickriver.com/photos/wildside-photography/17439300418/ http://www.flickriver.com/photos/wildside-photography/17600828416/ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sathrophyllia...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Name of this insect, spiders, arachnids
spiders, arachnids, Asia: Tathagat: No silly questions, but glad that I ve been able to put you in the ballpark as far as what they are, so far. This is indeed a spider, and I can clearly make out all eight legs in the picture. I suspect it is a giant crab spider, family Sparassidae....

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Old bugs
Hi Judy Insects have been around for at least 60 million years. I can think of a number that transmit disease through bites; The Kissing Bug , of the Genus Reduvidae which spreads Chagas Disease. The common rat Flea which helped spread the Black Plague...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Plaster Bagworms
Hi Jeanne Yes Florida is the home of plaster bagworms. How caterpillar scan build a house to hide in has always amazed me. If you only see a few occasionally you are lucky but there are a few things you can try now. They love to feed n spider webs so make...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Rodent Mites, clover mite
clover mite: Unlikely that you d find a spider mite other than clover mite, see http://www.livingwithbugs.com/clover_mite.html, climbing on a vertical wall. Clover mites have very long front longs (see page cited above) so should be fairly easy to id. Jack DeAngelis...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): spider, arachnids, spiders
arachnids, spiders, nursery web spider: Hi, Dale: Thank you for including the very nice images with your question. The spider is actually a nursery web spider, i Pisaurina mira /i . Here is my blog post about that species: http://bugeric.blogspot.com/2012/12/spider-sunday-nursery-web-spider.html...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): spider identification
Hi Dale This is indeed an orb weaver of the Genus Araneus to which a shamrock spider but there is no way I can tell the species without actually examining the spider. Also the common name shamrock spider is used to identify more then one species. The...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): can you tell me what this bug is, insects, bed bugs
insects, bed bugs, indoors: Dear Tyra: Well, crap. That actually *is* a bed bug. Here is a link to a blog post I did about bed bugs that offers basic advice: http://bugeric.blogspot.com/2014/04/a-bed-bug-primer.html That post also includes links to other helpful resources....

Entomology (Study of Bugs): tiny black bug, insects, bugs
insects, bugs, beetles: Hi, Carrie: The insect in your images is a carpet beetle. Since probably at least 70% of the questions I get are related to them, I offer my standard response here: Your bug is the larva of a carpet beetle (family Dermestidae, genus i Anthrenus /i...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Unidentified bug, cockroach, nymph
cockroach, nymph, native: Shelley: Well, it *is* a cockroach actually, so..... Florida has perhaps more than its fair share of cockroach species, but the overwhelming majority of them are native, outdoor roaches that help compost decaying organic matter. This one looks like...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Unknown cocoon, spider control
spider control: Greg, These are not spiders but rather moth cocoons. As far as wood spiders go you may be referring to wolf spiders (long, hairy legs, very common in warm climates). The best control for any of the hunting spiders (like wolf spiders) are sticky traps,...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): It bites me only, mysterious bug bites, allergies
mysterious bug bites, allergies: Shanita, This type of mark is characteristic of an allergic reaction. Many things can cause this type of reaction including allergies and bug bites (see http://www.livingwithbugs.com/unknown_bug_bites.html for a list of insects and mites that bite). Bug...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Black bee?, insects, bees
insects, bees, solitary bees: Susan: Thank you for including the wonderful images with your question. These are actually female mason bees, maybe the Blue Orchard Mason Bee, i Osmia lignaria /i . They are solitary (each female makes her own nest), and they are gathering mud to...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): black widow spider bite, mysterious bug bites, allergies
mysterious bug bites, allergies, bird mites: Shirley, I really don t think there s any connection between the spider bite and what you are experiencing now. In fact, are you confident that bird mites are causing the problem at all? Usually when only one person in a household experiences bug bites...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Bug, carpet beetle larva photo
carpet beetle larva photo: Cathy, This is the larva of a carpet beetle, see http://www.livingwithbugs.com/carpet_beetle.html for pictures of the adult beetle and larva as well as control information. These are very common in homes and no reason for concern. They can infest stored...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): What bug (or fly) is it?, insects, mimicry
insects, mimicry, mimic: Kathy: Yes, that is a syrphid fly. It appears to be a gravid (egg-laden) female, or a specimen that has been attacked by a fungus and is now bloated with spores. http://bugguide.net/node/view/11609 or http://bugguide.net/node/view/9495 would...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Bug ID, insects, bugs
insects, bugs, beetles: Hi, Samantha: Thank you for including the nice image. Your critter is a Margined Carrion Beetle, http://bugguide.net/node/view/6775 The thing on its rear *is* its rear! The tip of the abdomen is projecting beyond the tip of the wing covers...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Bugs
Hi Debra There is some conflicting information here You said that it is brown with a red band but to me it looks blue with a dark band When you see them are the walking or flying. It looks like some kind of a beetle. Can you give some more info like its...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): what is this and is it dangerous?, spiders, arachnids
spiders, arachnids, Woodlouse Hunter: Hi, Athena: I, too, live in Colorado, and recognize this as a Woodlouse Hunter spider. Here s a blog post I wrote about them: http://bugeric.blogspot.com/2013/10/woodlouse-hunter.html This link should give you all the information you care to know....

Entomology (Study of Bugs): egg sac ID
Hi Penny Although it looks like it, I cannot confirm that this is gypsy moth egg case. I would have to see the caterpillars. You could wait and see what hatches or scrape it off and destroy it. The caterpillars are quite distinct. I don not know in the...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): ID Required
Adam, Clearly you know a lot more about these spiders than I do! Unfortunately I don t know any spider experts in Australia but I do know an acrologist (mites) by the name of Dave Walter (https://uofa.ualberta.ca/biological-sciences/faculty-and-staff/adjunct/david-walter)....

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Indentification of a spider
Kim: You have every right to be proud of yourself! I, myself, have been startled by spiders on numerous occasions. That is just a normal reflex when you don t expect to encounter something. Thank you so much for sharing your find, and going to the...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Insect
Hi Norma You can send me photos by sending me an email (waltjh@sbcglobal.net) and including the photo as an attachment. I do not know how it is done on Allexperts. As far as your insect is concerned if it is a moth or butterfly you should know that they...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Insect identification please, "wingless moth"
"wingless moth": Dear Jessica - This appears to be a wingless female moth, but not of a species that I am familiar with. There are several species in the families Geometridae and lymantriidae where the females are wingless and only the males have wings. For examples, see the...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Keep finding this bug in my house
The only time that I would advocate hiring an exterminator is when the home is overrun with harmful insects like bedbugs, termites, pantry pests or carpet beetles. Your finding 10 or 15 harmless insects does not qualify. These bugs come in in winter to hibernate....

Entomology (Study of Bugs): What Kind of Bug is this?, "grain beetle", Oryzaephilus
"grain beetle", Oryzaephilus: Dear Alyssa - This looks like one of the silvanid grain beetles in the genus Oryzaephilus, either a saw-toothed grain beetle (O. surinamensis) or a merchant grain beetle (O. mercator). These beetles will infest a variety of dry stored food products such as...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Mysterious winged insect
Hi Jascha . This is the female Dobson fly (Corydalus cornutus) It spends most of its life at the bottom of streams and is called a Hellgrammite. When I was a kid we used them for bait. It pupates and leaves the water to mate. The male has huge jaws . Google...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): mystery bug?
Dear Chris - I m sorry, but I cannot see anything identifiable in your images, and your verbal description does not match any human pest that I am familiar with. I can only suggest that you use a moistened toothpick, Q-Tip, or similar object to place some...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Is this a new species?, "long-horned wood-boring beetle", Lamiinae
"long-horned wood-boring beetle", Lamiinae: Dear Bob - This is a female long-horned wood-boring beetle in the subfamily Lamiinae, possibly in the genus Acanthocinus; see http://tinyurl.com/zrpkzhx for an example. I doubt very much that it would be an undescribed species, but this is a huge family containing...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): rodent mite infestation
Hello Ross, Sorry to hear about your client s problem. It is ridiculous, in my opinion, for the landlord to ask you to catch one. Mites are very, very small. If your client can see them, tell her to lay some packing tape down on them to pick them up. Does...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Sand Mites
Rebecca: I am not sure exactly what you think might live in the sandbox and bite the children....but I would consult local experts on the matter. University of Arkansas has an entomology department, I believe, and someone there would better know what might...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Small black bug?
Lisa, I agree the antennae don t look exactly like the black carpet beetle which has clubbed antennae (but otherwise very similar). This might just be a beetle that flew in from outside or it could be a black carpet beetle with unusually small clubbed antennae....

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Small red insects in Pasadena CA
Hi Angela, Thanks for the question. You have identified these little nymphs correctly; they are assassin bugs. Assassin bugs live all across North America, but prefer warmer climates. This includes southern CA. They are beneficial for gardens/plants because...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Springtails, springtails, Collembola
springtails, Collembola: Dear Brianna - Springtails (order Collembola) are nuisance pests when they occur indoors; they do no real harm there. The primary means of control is moisture management, as springtails are highly susceptible to desiccation. Elimination of all unnecessary...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): swarm of insect, termites
termites: Dear Vlad - You do not have ants, you have termites. Your image is of a reproductive caste ( swarmer ) termite. There are the ones that disperse from a colony to find mates and establish new colonies. If you need control, you might check out the site at http://tinyurl.com/zyh7zma...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): could you tell me what is this bug?, firebrat
firebrat: Boyu, This is called a firebrat, see http://www.livingwithbugs.com/silverfish_firebrats.html for a description. They are harmless and not associated with the cat. They will occasionally damage stored foodstuff such as dry pet food so this may be why you...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): tiny bug in closet sticky trap, carpet beetle
carpet beetle: Tiff, These are called psocids or booklice. They are not related to true lice and do not bite. They feed on molds so tend to occur in damp, musty areas. They were once common in old libraries, hence the common name. They are harmless and the best way to...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Tiny insect in garden
The collembola are likely migrating away from the saturated soil rather than toward water. They won t infest people or clothes so there s no worry in this regard. There are persistent, and incorrect, rumors online that springtails infest people, THEY DO NOT,...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Tiny, tiny black bugs
Patti: I m sorry, but your description fits literally hundreds, if not thousands, of potential suspects. Without seeing a specimen, or at least a clear image, I cannot be of help to you. You may want to take intact specimens to a local entomologist...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): unidentified egg case?
Dear Penny - Unfortunately, your image is not clear enough for to do much other than offer a guess or two as to what it might be. My initial impression is that it might be either a cocoon or an egg mass of a moth of some kind, but your description of it gaining...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Unknown Insect.
Nate: Well, we still don t have an image of the thing (understandably so), but the thing that seems closest to your description is this: http://bugguide.net/node/view/5530 Not quite three inches, but still a damn big, intimidating wasp. It could...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): unknown spider, arachnids, spiders
arachnids, spiders, Jordan: Yousef: I am not at all familiar with spiders of the Middle East, but.... Your spider most closely resembles what we call nursery web spiders here in the U.S. They belong to the family Pisauridae. I suspect that is what you have. The eye arrangement...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): What is this??, carpet beetles
carpet beetles: Cassandra, This is called a carpet beetle, see http://www.livingwithbugs.com/carpet_beetle.html for more pictures and control information. Nowadays these beetles often infest stored food, including dry pet food, so that s the place to start looking. They...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): What is this, insects, bugs
insects, bugs, beetles: Hi, Hayley: Thank you for including the image with your question. The insect is called a click beetle, one of many, many species in the family Elateridae: http://bugguide.net/node/view/115 These beetles fly well and are often attracted to lights...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Assassin Bug?, insects, bugs
insects, bugs, leaf-footed bug: Hi, Emma: The insect in your images is a type of leaf-footed bug in the family Coreidae. Specifically, it is likely i Acanthocephala terminalis /i . Here s more about it: http://bugguide.net/node/view/16391 Leaf-footed bugs are more closely-related...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Beetle insect ID inquiry, bugs, insects
bugs, insects, beetles: Hi, Alycia: Thanks for including the images, which are fine for what you are asking.... This is a snail-eating beetle, i Scaphinotus angusticollis /i . It is a very common, flightless beetle in the conifer forests there. I grew up in Portland and...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): bug ID, insects, bugs
insects, bugs, wasps: Lisa: Thank you for sharing your discovery. The image is of a giant ichneumon wasp, i Megarhyssa atrata /i . Here s more about it: http://bugguide.net/node/view/6324 Here is a blog post I wrote about another species in the genus: http://bugeric.blogspot.com/2009/06/giant-ichneumon-wasps.html...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Bugs. Mold health issues lint balls
Shannon: First, you have my sincerest empathy and sympathy for your condition, I assure you. The objects depicted in your images appear to be debris, not insects or mites or any other kind of animal matter. I cannot be of help to you, I m sorry. ...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): centipedes
Rosemary, This is a bit confusing but these are not centipedes. I think there may be a mix of several different critters that were possibly washed out of the soil by the rains and collected in pools. This is not uncommon following heavy rains. I see what...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Clear bugs (tiny) that penetrate the skin
Jennifer, Unfortunately, without a photo it is impossible to id what this might be. Your best option is to collect a specimen and take it to your pediatrician for examination. Use a damp cotton swab (Q-tip) to transfer a sample into alcohol. Sorry I can...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Fleas?
Hi Patty I have examined your photo and I am sure that these are springtails( members of the Order Collembola) They occur in very large numbers just about every place on Earth including on snow. They thrive in moist conditions. They are harmless feeding...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Fleas? Costa Rica...., insects, bugs
insects, bugs, springtails: Patty: Ok, you have your images mislabeled. The Bug Eggs image actually depicts the bug, not its eggs, and vice versa..... The resolution and detail of the images are so poor that I really can t make a concrete identification. However, the jumping...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Fleas? Costa Rica..., spingtails, collembola
spingtails, collembola: Patty, The images are too small to be certain but these look more like springtails (Collembola) than fleas, see http://www.livingwithbugs.com/springtails.html for details. Since springtails can also be associated with fungi and mold it is consistent with...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Identification
Hi Doug The photos are not too clear but what I an see they do look like springtails. The key to identification is the fact that when disturbed they have a trigger mechanism that shoots them up in the air and they appear to be jumping. They harmless feeding...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Identification of bug, bed bug id, bedbug id
bed bug id, bedbug id, control: Aaron, Looks like a bed bug, see http://www.livingwithbugs.com/bed_bug.html for a comparison. Follow the instructions on that page and http://www.livingwithbugs.com/bed_bug2.html for finding and treating bed bugs. When caught early a bed bug infestation...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Identify beetle species/type, Cantharidae
Cantharidae: Dear Melisa - I believe you are more correct - when I looked at your image, I imagined that I saw more reticulations/striae on the wing covers (elytra) than there actually were, and that is why I felt it more likely to be a net-winged beetle. Knowing that...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Insect bite
Hi Courtney First of all this basically a medical problem and I am not an MD so I cannot speak to any diagnosis nor medical treatment. I think we can rule out a brown recluse spider bite for a couple of reasons. It would be unusual to find this spider...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Insect borer
Perhaps a mason bee or small carpenter bee. They use tunnels in wood to raise their young. If the mortar is relatively soft they might be able to dig in it. In any case this is not something that is likely to cause significant damage. Jack DeAngelis ...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Insect on Pasadena CA tomato plant
Angela, This is a true bug (Hemiptera) but I can t see it clearly enough to id much further. Many true bugs are predators so this one may be considered beneficial. When tomato plants drop their blooms it is usually a sign of nutrient deficiency or lack...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Insect possibly mite
Hi Cristal This is a perfect photo of a head louse. It is not the scabies louse. I cannot respond to the Doctor diagnosis but body lice do not cause visible bites so I do not think that this was involved in what your son had. The fact of the matter however...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Insect storage
Josh, It depends on the size and type of the insects. A few small beetles, for example, can be stored this way but softer-bodied insects might start to deteriorate. Larger insects will also start to decompose from the inside out because the alcohol won...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Insects with Days of Itchiness, "sand fly", Psychodidae
"sand fly", Psychodidae: Dear Zulaiha - This is a sand fly (Diptera: Psychodidae); it looks like one in the genus Phlebotomus - see http://tinyurl.com/gv5vwvb for an example. You should take every precaution to avoid being bitten by these insects, as they can vector the parasitic...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Insects on wall
Kevin, These are probably moth eggs, in fact it looks like they are hatching. Moths lay eggs in clumps like this and if the moth is trapped indoors they will lay masses of eggs on walls and so forth. They are completely harmless. Jack DeAngelis ...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Maybe Juvinille Black Widow?, arachnids, spiders
arachnids, spiders, spider: Dahlia: Actually, from what I can make out in the image (next time crop it as close to the subject as possible), it appears to be an *adult male* black widow. Up there in CT you have both the Northern Black Widow, i Latrodectus variolus /i , and the Southern...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): what kind of bug is this?
This photo looks like the underside of a stink bug but again I can t see much detail. Some Hemiptera (true bugs) have red eyes and this may be an immature (nymph) stink bug. Again they are completely harmless and can be swept up when found. Jack DeAngelis...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): little black/brown beetles
Yes, these appear to be larder beetles. These beetles feed on a wide variety of animal based protein. There s an excellent bulletin from Penn State that describes this beetles life cycle at http://ento.psu.edu/extension/factsheets/larder-beetle that I think...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Mystery bug id
Dear Chris - I sympathize, as it also has been my experience that looking for entomological literature (and especially anything recent) from West Africa usually is an exercise in futility. Also, I am not personally acquainted with anyone with expertise in...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Need help nailing down a spider's species
Dear Riley - The only thing that I can tell you with certainty is that your spider is a male. It most likely is a grass/funnel weaver (family Agelenidae), but other possibilities include a running crab spider (Philodromidae) and wolf spider (Lycosidae). Rather...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Need Spider Identification (TX)
Dear Michelle - Good work! Your spider fit the gestalt of a typical Araneus so well that I didn t even think of looking outside of that genus, and also had not realized that some species had been moved from Araneus to other genera. Thanks for letting me know...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Pantry pest
Hi Gina Without a photo I cannot tell you what kind of a pantry pest you have. There are several kinds of Dermistids and other beetles. I assume they came with the milk bones and I also assume you have discarded the box. It appears they are now breeding...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Please help identify this bug
You are most welcome, and thank you for the compliments. NO question is silly, no concerns are invalid. No one can know everything, and when there is profit to be made from scare tactics, the media is quick to oblige. Carry on. Cheers, Eri...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Purple ash tree
Not a grasshopper. This is a true bug (Hemiptera), possibly Reduviidae (assassin bugs), but the image is too dark to be certain. Assassin bugs are a large and diverse group of predatory bugs, some can inflict an extremely painful bite if handled. Jack DeAngelis...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Small black crawling bugs
This is an immature hemipteran (Hemiptera), or true bug. There are many species most feed on plants. I suspect that these are developing on plants growing next to the house. They are harmless and can be simply washed off the siding with ordinary soapy water...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): spider ID, arachnids, spiders
arachnids, spiders, jumping spider: Hi, Kennin: The image shows a jumping spider in the genus i Phidippus /i . You have several species in your area, all of them native. This one looks dead. :-( Jumping spiders are not considered dangerously venomous to the average, healthy human being...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Stinging bug
Carolyn, Can you post a picture, this description does not match any insects I m familiar with. Sounds like it was some kind of wasp, possibly a tarantula hawk (http://www.desertusa.com/insects/tarantula-hawks.html) but these wasps don t occur in swarms...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Syspira Tucson Mts
Larry: Nobody appears to know which species are which, and the consensus is that a revision of the genus is overdue. You may want to contact Jillian Cowles in Arizona. She is currently what I would consider the foremost authority on spiders of Arizona....

Entomology (Study of Bugs): tiny tiny bug with red legs, "clover mites"
"clover mites": Dear Jameshia - These sound like clover mites, a very common nuisance pest. See http://tinyurl.com/cdoxhcy for detailed information. If after looking at this you believe that you have something else, please get back to me with a follow-up question. Hope...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Transferring a bee hive
Bill: I m sorry, but apiculture is not my thing....However, I d advise cutting and pasting your question and putting it to the Beekeeping category in AllExperts.com. Look under Hobbies, then Pastimes. Here is your question if it does not appear with...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): under my skin
Please make an appointment with a dermatologist (skin doctor specialist). He (or she) will do a thorough exam to check for any infection, parasites, or other physical problem. If the dermatologist finds nothing, then your worrying may be causing your medical...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Unknown bug
Dear Bryan - Your image is not clear enough for a positive i.d. If it was hard-bodied (a crunchy ) as opposed to soft ( a squishy ), it could be a small beetle such as a scarab beetle. Definitely an accidental intruder, and nothing to be concerned about....

Entomology (Study of Bugs): 1000s of brown iridescent eggs
Dear Erin - Without being able to see an image of your mystery objects, I am hesitant to even guess at what they might be. I cannot think of anything right off that might lay such a large mass of eggs in the situation you describe. You might try submitting...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): 2nd try, insects, bugs
insects, bugs, stored product pests: Laura: No apologies necessary....and the images are conclusive evidence, thank you for those. The insects are flour beetles, i Tribolium /i sp. As the name suggests, they infest flour and other grain products in the pantry. Here are some links...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Bees and trees
When the tree flowers, the bees and butterflies like to drink the nectar from the flowers. Butterflies also lay eggs on the leaves of certain trees so their caterpillars can eat the leaves once they hatch from the eggs. Bees will also nest in the hollow...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Black wasp, insects, bugs
insects, bugs, wasps: Hi, Debbie: Yes, just as I suspected from your post to my blog: these are *solitary* Blue Mud Dauber wasps, i Chalybion californicum /i . Here s my blog post about *them*: http://bugeric.blogspot.com/2010/08/wasp-wednesday-blue-mud-dauber.html ...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Bug
Brandye, This is a ground beetle (Carabidae) but I don t recognize the species. These beetles are harmless, in fact are considered beneficial in that many feed on other insect pests. This one likely came in from the outside, possible carried inside on something...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): What bug is this?
This is a woolly aphid. Aphids are small insects that feed on plants. Some aphids cover themselves with a waxy covering that looks like wool, hence the common name woolly aphid . If you google woolly aphid and look at Images you ll see lots of other photos....

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Bug and bites, mysterious bug bites, allergies
mysterious bug bites, allergies: Linda, Yes, these do look like carpet beetles and you are correct that carpet beetles don t bite (see http://www.livingwithbugs.com/carpet_beetle.html). My guess is that your itchy welts are not bites at all but rather some type of allergic reaction. This...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Bug ID
Lisa, This is a beetle, one of the longhorn borers (Cerambycidae), possible a locust borer (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Megacyllene_robiniae) or related species. I can t see enough detail to id beyond the general group. They are completely harmless. ...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Bug Identification, insects, bugs
insects, bugs, folklore: Hi, Danny: First, let me offer my sincerest praise for your captivating storytelling skills and your wonderful vocabulary. I hope you are a writer, as I would delight in reading more of your work. I mean that. Second, I am pretty perplexed by what...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Bug identification, possibly springtails
possibly springtails: Dear Chelsea - I cannot see enough detail in your images to be confident of an i.d., but if they were actively jumping, they most likely would be springtails, primitive arthropods closely related to true insects. These are harmless scavengers on decomposing...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Bug identification help, insects, bugs
insects, bugs, beetles: Hi, Timnah: Your images are of the larva of one of the black carpet beetles, genus i Attagenus /i . I wrote this blog post about them: http://bugeric.blogspot.com/2014/11/black-carpet-beetles-attagenus-spp.html The above link includes control measures...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): What is this bug/worm?, centipede
centipede: Dear Raymond - This appears to be the mortal remains of a scolopendrid centipede, see http://tinyurl.com/j788qq5 for an example of an intact specimen. A specimen this size can inflict a painful but fortunately not dangerous bite if mishandled. While at Ft....

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Bugs found dead inside back door
Hi Jen From the shape and size these appear to be Shiny Flower Beetles (Family Phalachridae) They were most likely driven into the house by the spraying and died. Spraying insects out side the house is a waste of time and money and a poor environmental...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): bugs that look like chocolate sprinkles
Laura: I m sorry, but there is nothing I can do with such a vague description. Literally hundreds of insects fit the description you give. I would suspect beetles of some kind, probably a stored product pest that is infesting grain or seeds or some...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): bugs as pets
Dear Tao Tao - I m afraid that I do not have enough expertise on this particular subject to be of much assistance on your project. I think it would be better if you could contact someone in Japan, where keeping insects as pets is far more popular than here...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Caterpillar ID, insects, bugs
insects, bugs, caterpillars: Hi, Krisin: Looks to me to be a caterpillar of the Black Swallowtail butterfly, i Papilio polyxenes /i , a widespread species that as a caterpillar feeds on plants in the parsley family (dill, fennel, wild carrot, etc). Nice picture, thank you for sharing...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Cluster Flies?
Emilie: Forgive me, but I am not an architecture expert, so I am not understanding your explanation of your home s construction.... The image lacks enough detail for me to conclude anything about the insects depicted. However, I might have an explanation...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Dead bugs found under bathroom sink, insects, bugs
insects, bugs, beetles: Hi, Jen: The insects in your image are actually beetles of some kind, probably a stored product pest that has infested some kind of dry food in the pantry. Most beetles fly well, so they can end up in places far from where they were as larvae. I would...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Found another bug that I asked about earlier
Hi Jen The first photo you sent was that of a beetle and I thought it was a dermestid beetle. The other photos you sent appear to be the dermestid beetle larvae. It looks like you may have pantry pests in your kitchen. Check all dried foods in your cupboard....

Entomology (Study of Bugs): GREEN BUG IN MY STUDY!
Hi again John Crab spiders are not as large as your description but when somebody describes a spider they do not want to see they are prone to exaggerate the size. The Green huntsman (Micrommata viroscens) often has a crablike look and this could be our...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Came home from Vacation to find my house full of these., insects, bugs
insects, bugs, true bugs: Bobby: Thanks for including the images with your question. The insects are nymphs (juveniles, immatures, babies ) of some kind of seed bug in the order Hemiptera, suborder Heteroptera. It is almost impossible to identify nymphs more specifically, especially...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Hornets, yellowjacket wasp control, hornet control
yellowjacket wasp control, hornet control: Michele, I think what you may have found is the European hornet (Vespa crabro). This is the largest hornet in N.A. and is fairly common on the east coast. It is also commonly confused with the Asia hornet because of its size. See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/European_hornet...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Hummingbird moth caterpillars, insects, bugs
insects, bugs, caterpillars: Melanie: I do not dispense pest control advice. I m sure there is another AllExperts category for that in fact, but.... Simply picking off the caterpillars by hand when you see them (or signs of them as you describe with the droppings) is the best way...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Identify this bug
Jen, This is a beetle but I can t see enough detail to id further nor do I know where you found it. It could be a chrysomelid (leaf beetle) but again I really can t see much detail. You might want to look through google images for chrysomelidae and see...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Can you identify this insect and tell me more about it?
Sorry but I still can t see much detail, it is very difficult to see through the plastic. Your best option is to contact UConn Extension (http://www.extension.uconn.edu/) and they will get you in contact with the insect id services at the university. The Master...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Identifying bug
This is a small milkweed bug. Latin name Lygaeus kalmii, and they are perfectly harmless unless you eat them. The insect feeds on the pods of Milkweed Plants. It normally feeds on the pods, stems, and seeds of the milkweed. As this plant seems to be declining...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): incect identification, insects, bees
insects, bees, solitary: Adam: Nice images, thank you for sharing. Those appear to be sweat bees in the genus i Halictus /i , but I cannot be 100% certain without putting specimens under a microscope. In any event, I can tell you they are solitary, or semi-social at best,...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): What kind of insect is this?, termites
termites: Karla, This is a termite and appears to have wings. This one likely flew indoors but there s a chance that the colony is in the structure of the house (see http://www.livingwithbugs.com/termite.html for an overview about termites and termite control). If...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Mites
Dear Margaret - About the only things that I can suggest are that you (1) Check your premises (including immediately adjacent outdoor areas) thoroughly for any bird or rodent nests and dispose of any such found; bird and rodent mites often will become pests...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Mystery Bug, bugs, insects
bugs, insects, true bugs: Hi, Ann: Thank you for including the nice images. The insect is a nymph (immature, juvenile, baby ) Wheel Bug, a type of assassin bug in the family Reduviidae. You might recognize the adult form: http://bugeric.blogspot.com/2013/11/dinosaur-bug.html...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Please help identify
This is a beetle, they are completely harmless and don t bite. This one infests stored food like grains and dry pet food. If you are seeing only a few it is no reason for concern. Sometimes infestations in stored food can be extensive and in this case you...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Please ID larvae found in kitchen, meal moth
meal moth: Roberta, Larvae/pupae at this stage are very difficult to id and there s not much detail in the photo. However, from your description I think these are likely larvae of a meal moth possibly the Indian meal moth (see http://www.livingwithbugs.com/mealmo_2.html)....

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Please identify
Dear Sheri - Unfortunately, the quality of your image is not sufficient for me to make any identification beyond the obvious fact that it is a beetle of some kind. That aside, from its general shape, it does not appear to be anything that would be a serious...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Please identify
Chris, This is a millipede. They live in leaf litter and are completely harmless. They sometimes accumulate around houses following heavy rains - they are essentially escaping high water. If you have had heavy rains lately the millipedes will return to...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Please Identify, "moth pupa"
"moth pupa": Dear Joaquin - This is a pupa of some kind of moth (impossible to tell exactly which kind from this video clip). The caterpillar it came from chose a poor location to undergo pupation; for species that do not spin a cocoon, pupation usually occurs just under...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Please Identify if Bed Bug, bed bug id, bedbug id
bed bug id, bedbug id, control: Ryan, I think you can relax. The image is blurry but it looks like a carpet beetle rather than a bed bug. See http://www.livingwithbugs.com/bed_bug.html for a picture of a bed bug and http://www.livingwithbugs.com/carpet_beetle.html for a picture of one...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Please identify this bug, insects, bugs
insects, bugs, roaches: Hi, Jen: Unfortunately, those are nymphs (immatures, juveniles, babies ) of some kind of cockroach. Without thoroughly searching your home, I cannot tell you whether these are a domestic pest species or a native, normally outdoor-living species. Generally...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): pollinator ID, pollinators, wasps
pollinators, wasps, flies: Jen: I looked for you on Facebook, but alas couldn t find you.... Keep an eye on Amazon and other booksellers for new titles. Pollinators are a hot topic right now and there are sure to be more titles. https://www.bioquip.com/ is another great...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Post about your 2-3 month old mantis acting odd
Hi Kittens There are a lot of reasons for an insect to act strangely. There is little that you can do. I hope yours recovers I have answered over 13,000 questions since I have been on allexperts and I believe that it reached adulthood and died . The...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Seeing color
Hi Jean and Christian Most insects can see colors but it color vision with different insects. Showy insects like butterflies and birds depend upon color for attracting mates. It also depends upon wave length. Some insects like bees do not respond to the...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Small flying bug?
Can t ID them from poor quality photo, but they appear to be flies. Suggest you take a few in a Ziplock bag to the county Agricultural office. They have bug experts who can ID them for you. They look like flies because 1) Ants and termite winged adults...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Spider identification, arachnid, camel spider
arachnid, camel spider, sun spider: Hi, Sarah: Thank you for including the image with your question. The creature is an arachnid called a solifuge, aka camel spider, windscorpion, or sun spider. They are non-venomous but aggressively predatory on other small animals. I wrote...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Spot on ceiling appears to b tiny eggs?
Hi Zakiya: Hit the s instead of the a. I do that all the time I am sure that these are moth caterpillars. They often appear on ceilings. But caterpillars do not lay eggs. Just squirt some detergent on the spot and wipe it off. I am sure they are not...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): springtails under skin?, insects, bugs
insects, bugs, thrips: Sally: Your situation most likely has nothing to do with this bug. Your image depicts, I think, a thrips, which is both a singular and plural term. Here is more about them: http://bugguide.net/node/view/7754 I honestly don t know much about...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Thousands falling from trees, insects, bugs
insects, bugs, larvae: Hi, Joe: Without seeing specimens, probably under a microscope, I would be irresponsible in making a guess here. Please take intact specimens to a local entomologist at a university (UMASS, Amherst has an entomology department), natural history museum,...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Tiny brown bug or beetle?
Jen, These are beetles not fleas. The specimens are deformed and too small to id with certainty but I think they are the type of beetle that infests grains and, for example, dry pet food. General cleaning and locating the source the infested grain/food...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Tiny bugs!! Please help., spingtails, collembola
spingtails, collembola: Talia, Actually the photo is pretty good compared to some that I get! This is called a springtail and they are completely harmless, see http://www.livingwithbugs.com/springtails.html for a close-up. They sometimes enter homes following heavy rains or when...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Can u help me with identifying a bug please?
Hello Shannon, Thanks for your question and the photos. I am sorry to hear about your situation! I can tell you some things about the critter in the photos. You have springtails (Collembola). You can read more about them here: http://www.ipm.ucdavis.edu/PMG/PESTNOTES/pn74136.html...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Unknow crawler, insects, bugs
insects, bugs, beetles: Rita: Thank you for including the image. Your creature is a an ant-like flower beetle, family Anthicidae. They are often attracted to lights at night and so sometimes appear indoors. They are harmless, not food pests or anything. http://bugguide.net/node/view/27414...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Unknown bug...., insects, bugs
insects, bugs, beetles: Hi, Jennifer: Thanks for including the nice image. The insect is a longhorned beetle known as the Red-headed Ash Borer, i Neoclytus acuminatus /i . Here s more about it: http://bugguide.net/node/view/6769 It is a mimic of wasps, and flies well....

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Unknown bug
Hello Preston, Thank you for your question and the clear photograph. You have earwigs (Dermaptera). They can look intimidating because of the large pincers, but they are harmless. They prefer dark, damp places and sometimes come inside buildings looking...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): wood boring bug, insects, bugs
insects, bugs, larvae: Hi, Chris: Thank you for sharing these very interesting images. Your creatures are larvae and at least one pupa (the first image) of the Pigeon Horntail wasp, i Tremex columba /i . Here is a blog post I wrote about them: http://bugeric.blogspot.com/2012/09/wasp-wednesday-pigeon-tremex-horntail.html...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): What is this albino cockroach looking animal, insects, bugs
insects, bugs, beetles: Hi, Janey: Thank you for including the images with your question. The insect is a longhorned beetle known as the Ivory-marked Beetle, i Eburia quadrigeminata /i . Here s more about it: http://bugguide.net/node/view/2873 This is a harmless insect...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Bed Bug, insects, bugs
insects, bugs, booklice: Hi, Alex: I am changing this to a public question because it illustrates another insect commonly mistaken for a bed bug. Your images depict a booklouse, order Psocodea, part of the order that includes barklice. Booklice can occasionally be pests in...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Bed bug?, insects, bugs
insects, bugs, beetles: Renee: Thank you for including the images with your question. The insect is not a bed bug. It is a root weevil in the genus i Otiorhynchus /i . These beetles are flightless, usually nocturnal, and frequently blunder indoors in your area of the country....

Entomology (Study of Bugs): What is this beetle?, insects, bugs
insects, bugs, beetles: Chris: Male Ten-lined June Beetle, i Polyphylla decemlineata /i . Common in coniferous forests, attracted to lights at night. Here is more about them: http://bugguide.net/node/view/23563 Thank you for sharing your image and experience. The beetles...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Beetle?, insects, bugs
insects, bugs, beetles: Yes, this is a beetle, called a rove beetle, family Staphylinidae. Here s more about them: http://bugguide.net/node/view/126 Note that the family is incredibly diverse (lots of species), and that they cannot be easily identified without a microscope...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Beetles, insects, bugs
insects, bugs, true bugs: Jeff: Thank you for the compliments on my field guide. The image depicts not beetles, but the nymphs (immature, juvenile, babies ) of some kind of stink bug, family Pentatomidae. It is nearly impossible to identify nymphs of true bugs. The adults...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): biting bugs
Hello Tee There are some biting flies called no see- ums. They are a kind of an gnat and they bite and fly fast so they are hard to see. They are outdoor bugs however. I do not know of biting insects in doors insects. It is possible that you are having a...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): What is this brown, leaf shaped bug?
Hi Rosita, I am sorry about what you have been through, and would like to help you. It does sound like some insect has been biting you, but carpet beetles don t bite, so it is important that we identify those two insects so that you can understand what...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): What is this bug, insects, bugs
insects, bugs, true bugs: Dear Shakira: First of all, I love your music! ;-) Thank you for including the images with your question. They show a leafhopper of some kind, family Cicadellidae. Leafhoppers feed on plant sap and do not bite. They are often attracted to lights at...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Cockroach?, insects, bugs
insects, bugs, cockroaches: Hi, Bill: Yes, that is a German Cockroach, i Blatella germanica /i . You should seek a pest control professional who uses BAITS rather than sprays. It should be a one-time bait treatment with no need for an ongoing contract. Baits are more effective...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): cricket, insects, bugs
insects, bugs, katydids: Hi, Matt: Thank you for including the image with your question. I can understand the confusion, this is something fairly unique. The insect is a shield-backed katydid, family Tettioniidae, subfamily Tettigoniinae. It may be in the genus i Neduba /i...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Feeding Brown Prionid
Hi, Jacob: The adult beetles in the Prioninae subfamily (family Cerambycidae) generally *don t* feed, or if so then it is on fermenting sap oozing from wounds in deciduous trees (in the eastern U.S.) or coniferous trees (western U.S.). The adult beetles...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): flight pattern in a group of small flys
Hi, Marianne: Without seeing them myself, I cannot provide you with much help. I know some male solitary bees behave in the same manner, and I wonder if that might be what you saw rather than flies. In any event, most flies are difficult to identify...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): what is this grasshopper
Nice photos Penny These beetles belong to the Family Passalidae. The Bess Bugs or Bessy Bugs. Believe it or not ,biology supply houses sell bess bugs for pets Strangely enough when my Oldest Daughter was two or three years old I was stationed at Fort Meade,...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Green Eyed Wasp, insects, bugs
insects, bugs, wasps: Christine: I was expecting from the written description (which I get in e-mail) that you probably misidentified the wasp, but no, you are correct. These are solitary wasps in the genus i Tachytes /i . Being solitary, there is no risk of being stung unless...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Hi My cats were playing with this... bug?, arachnids, camel spiders
arachnids, camel spiders, solifuge: Jose: Thank you for including the image with your question, makes things much easier.... The creature is a solifuge, also known as a camel spider, windscorpion, or sun spider. They are arachnids, predatory, but non-venomous. Here is an article...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Identify?, ant baits
ant baits: S, This is either a small wasp or a winged ant, can t see enough detail to id further. Actually ants are closely related to wasps and are sometimes called wingless wasps . Since you found several my guess is these are winged ants coming from a nest somewhere...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Identify
No, I cannot identify the insect, except to say that it appears to be a tiny beetle of some kind. You provide me no context, behavioral clues, or anything else that can help me to help you, either. Please take the specimen(s) to a local entomologist at...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Identify this spider please, arachnids, spiders
arachnids, spiders, orbweavers: Hi, Amber: This is a Star-bellied Orbweaver, i Acanthepeira stellata /i . Nice find! I m not on my own computer (on vacation, sorry), so I can t readily offer more information. This spider does not get very large, though, so chances are this is an...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): infestation of insects in backyard pond, spingtails, collembola
spingtails, collembola: Bonnie, I d need a photo to be certain but these sound like springtails, see http://www.livingwithbugs.com/springtails.html for a photo. Springtails live in soil/leaf litter and can be extremely abundant especially in organically rich garden soils. They...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Insect ID, insects, bugs
insects, bugs, wasps: Bob: Thank you for including the images with your question. These *are* wasps, called ensign wasps, but they do not sting. You will want to keep them around after reading this: http://bugeric.blogspot.com/2010/09/wasp-wednesday-evaniidae.html ...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Insect ID inquiry, insects, bugs
insects, bugs, dobsonfly: Conni: Thanks for including the image with your question. The image depicts an adult male Eastern Dobsonfly, i Corydalus cornutus /i . Females have more normal jaws, but they can draw blood with them. Males are rather clumsy with their oversized...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): INSECTS IN BASEMENT, ant baits
ant baits: Dale, These are winged ants. I m not certain about species but given the size they probably are not carpenter ants. In this situation odorous house ants are very common. All of the nuisance house ants should br controlled with baits rather than sprays (see...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Large beetle, insects, bugs
insects, bugs, beetles: Madisen: Thank you for sharing your discovery. Your image depicts a male Tile-horned Prionus beetl, i Prionus imbricornis /i . Here is more about the species: http://bugguide.net/node/view/3143 Hope you are enjoying the holiday! Cheers, ...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): This little white bug that I call Timmy
Hi Jeremy I am having a problem with this image with regard to size. You mentioned small but how small? I also have a problem seeing the three body parts. I can see two legs and one antenna. You mentioned hopping but I cannt tell if these lags are jumping...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Mimicry and bioluminascence, "Etymology of Arachnocampa luminosa"
"Etymology of Arachnocampa luminosa": Dear Johnnie - Although others have commented on the similarity between the glowworm s bioluminescent display and a clear starry night, I suspect that that this is more coincidence rather than true mimicry. As for the etymology of the scientific name, see...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Mud nest
Hi Stephen, It was made by a mud dauber (wasp). There are many different kinds of mud daubers, but they generally aren t aggressive until threatened. It looks like the nest might be inhabited from your photo. Do you see insects coming and going? If you...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Mystery bugs in 5 window sills, booklice
booklice: Dear Jennifer - No worries here - These are booklice (Psocodea: Liposcelidae), basically nuisance pests that do no real harm, feeding primarily on mold spores or bits of organic material that has been moisture-damaged. They thrive under conditions of dampness/high...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Mystery home bug that sting
Dear Shahad - Your image is not clear enough for me to be certain, but it could be a bird or rodent mite - see http://tinyurl.com/gm77tyy and http://tinyurl.com/jtvke2x for examples. These mites will bite people in the absence of their normal hosts, but they...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): night time bugs, stored product pests
stored product pests: John, I don t recall that question nor my answer, that was a long time ago! I don t recognize the beetles in your photo. Where are you seeing them? Usually when more than a few beetles show up inside a house it turns out to be one of the stored product...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Can you please ID this bug
Renee, These are weevils (beetles) probably grain weevils. The larvae infest grains like corn and rice so the beetles are usually found near areas where grains are stored. These grains are also sometimes used to fill bean bags used in games so check these...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Please identify, cockroach control
cockroach control: T, This is an immature cockroach, see http://www.livingwithbugs.com/cockroaches.html for id and control info. When you find immatures exposed like this it often means that there s a significant infestation hidden inside the walls because the older ones...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Sky-blue cockroach
Dear Johnnie - The cockroach appears to be real; the consensus among cockroach experts is that it either is an undescribed species in the genus Panchlora (see Cuban green cockroach) or in a very closely related genus (see http://tinyurl.com/jmuvav4). At any...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): small black beetle type bug, carpet beetles
carpet beetles: No need to treat with insecticides for carpet beetles. The beetles are very common and not harmful. General cleaning is usually enough. Check areas where dry foods are stored including dry pet food. See the page cited above for more information about control....

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Spider identification
Mike: Without at least an image of the creature, or better yet a specimen, I cannot tell you what kind of spider it was, except..... Given your geographic location, it was NOT a brown recluse. There is one other member of the genus i Loxosceles /i...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Spider Identification please, spiders, arachnids
spiders, arachnids, wolf spiders: Tonya: That is a Rabid Wolf Spider, i Rabidosa rabida /i . Not dangerous in any way, but just simply has an inappropriate name. http://bugguide.net/node/view/26084 I can tell you this: When one is being pursued by a spider wasp, it can most definitely...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Springtails, spingtails, collembola
spingtails, collembola: I can t id for certain from this image. However, springtails usually enter homes in response to extreme conditions outside (wet or dry) so when these conditions clear up the springtail problem usually goes away. They do not breed indoors so until then just...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Teeny tiny bees
Hi Celeste Since I have not seen one of these I am not even sure that they are bees. The fact that none of them have bitten you tells me they are harmless. Since I do not know what they are I cannot tell you how long they will hang around. ...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Can u identify this bug?
Joyce, I m sorry but without a photo I can t give you an accurate id. However, I can say that there are very few insects that pose any sort threat to people and this does not sound like any of those few. I d say try to relax and if you see another try to...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Unknown bug in bedroom, "ground beetle", Carabidae
"ground beetle", Carabidae: Dear Monica - If the other insects you are seeing in the room are the same as this one, you have nothing to worry about. It is a ground beetle (Coleoptera: Carabidae), and ones like yours are general predators on other small invertebrates, mainly other insects,...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Unknown bugs in closet
These look like spider beetles (see http://ento.psu.edu/extension/factsheets/spider-beetles or google spider beetles ). Spider beetles don t bite and are harmless (sometimes a minor pantry pest). The symptoms you describe sound more like an allergic or contact...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Unknown insect., treehopper, Membracidae
treehopper, Membracidae: Dear Julia - This is a treehopper (Hemiptera/Heteroptera: Membracidae). They are sap feeders, but very seldom are numerous enough to cause any real ham to the pants they feed upon. It s occurrence indoors is strictly accidental. See http://tinyurl.com/zrf3g3y...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): What is this????
Karen: No need for any kind of control. Close the window. Repair worn weatherstripping around doors, mend holes in windowscreens....if you think this beetle is something infesting food or something, check the pantry and simply discard any infested item(s)....

Entomology (Study of Bugs): What is this
Hi S This photo was better then your previous one. This is a Long Horned Beetle ( Family Cerambycidae) They are usually found in a wooded area. I cannot explain what they are doing in your bathroom They are harmless but they can give a small pinc...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): What is it?
Bob, It is too blurry to id through the container. However since you labelled the photo fly bee I m guessing it looks like a cross between a fly and a bee. If so it might be a fly in the family Bombyliidae (common name bee flies), see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bombyliidae....

Entomology (Study of Bugs): 3 inch worm lol
Dear Douglas - The caterpillars of these two species are indeed quite similar, a fact compounded by both showing a good deal of individual variation. One key difference is that the abdominal segments of polyphemus caterpillars have a vertical yellow line that...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Are these bed bug skins?
Dear Kristin - Your first image indeed appears to show the cast skin of a carpet beetle or close relative in the family Dermestidae. The objects in the second image are not identifiable (at least by me), but at least I can say is that they are NOT bed bug...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): bed bug worm ???
Chewy: Thank you for including the images with your question. Unfortunately, insect larvae are nearly impossible to identify from images alone. This resembles some kind of fly larva to me, but not one that has any medical or health significance. ...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): bug?
Dear Karen - Without being able to see the entire insect, about all that I can tell you with any certainty is that it appears to be a small moth. And from your description, I also would surmise that it belongs to an artificial grouping of small moths collectively...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Bug bites
Hi Kathie It is interesting that I just read an article about an hour ago about a small microscopic mite called the Oak Itch mite. This is the first time I have ever herd of them. The live on the leaves in oak trees and drop onto upper bodies and bite....

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Bug ID - mites?, insects, bugs
insects, bugs, true bugs: Hi, Maria: Thanks to the images you sent, I can tell you exactly what they are.... These are lace bugs in the family Tingidae, genus i Corythucha /i . Here is more: http://bugguide.net/node/view/17261 and http://ipm.ucanr.edu/PMG/PESTNOTES/pn7428.html...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Bugs in carpet and furniture, carpet beetles
carpet beetles: Debi, The large, dark insect in the upper left corner is a beetle but the image too blurry to id further. I don t see anything in the photo of the carpet. The only insects that might damage furniture fabric or carpets are carpet beetles (http://www.livingwithbugs.com/carpet_beetle.html)...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Bugs in sink and on walls, drugstore beetle, cigarette beetle
drugstore beetle, cigarette beetle: Holly, This is a beetle, probably either the drugstore beetle or cigarette beetle (see http://www.livingwithbugs.com/cigarette_drugstore_beetle.html for photos). These beetles infest a wide variety of food products and well as natural fibers. The best option...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): carpet beetles, carpet beetles
carpet beetles: Jackie, Carpet beetles feed on natural fibers like wool or silk and stored foods, see http://www.livingwithbugs.com/carpet_beetle.html. It is unlikely that they would be inside a stuffed toy unless it is stuffed with natural fibers. They won t damage clothes...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Co-Incident Insect in Soldier Fly Larvae Compsoter
Dear Andrew - I really need to see a clearer enlarged image of the critters in question in order to be positive of an i.d. All that I can say at this point is that their overall appearance and your description of their behavior points in the direction of their...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Disrupting Mosquito Breeding Cycle, mosquito control
mosquito control: Mark, This is a variant of a tried & true insect control strategy for disrupting pest populations. It is similar in principal to the sterile male techniques used for a variety of significant pests like boll weevil and screw-worm fly (google sterile male...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Dragonfly
Dear Doug - This dragonfly appears to be a female in the family Gomphidae. If it did not move much from the place where you took this image, it may have emerged from its nymphal shell rather recently, which could help explain its relatively pale coloration....

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Hawkmoth / Sphinx caterpillar?
Tom: I am sorry, but I am not very good with caterpillars. From the looks of it, it is *not* a sphinx moth caterpillar. Not all of them have a horn on the rear end, but this one does not seem to fit with those that don t. The folks here might be able...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Identify this bug???, bed bug id, bedbug id
bed bug id, bedbug id, control: Haley, This could be a bed bug but the image is a little blurry and the specimen appears to be dried up, see http://www.livingwithbugs.com/bed_bug.html for comparison. Check the mattress for additional signs of bed bugs, see http://www.livingwithbugs.com/bed_bug2.html...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Can you identify this bug?
Hi M It is difficult to be sure because I cannot see much detail but this looks very much like a Hairy Fungus Beetle (Genus Typhaea) You would find them around farms and fields where they feed on grains. They will however invade a house. Check your cupboards...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): identity (SINISTER looking creature), insects, bugs
insects, bugs, wasps: T: Thank you for including the image with your question. First of all, a juvenile wasp is called an egg, larva, or pupa. Once you can identify it as a wasp, it is an adult. It will not get any bigger, or change form again. I don t mean to sound...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Insect id, Dermestidae, Anthrenus
Dermestidae, Anthrenus: Dear S - This is a larva of a beetle in the family Dermestidae (hide/skin/larder/carpet beetles and allies), likely in the genus Anthrenus. See http://tinyurl.com/j8g8hon for an example and http://tinyurl.com/jzaoujr for some control recommendations. Hope...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Insect ID Request from Brooklyn, NY, insects, bugs
insects, bugs, stored product pests: Lisa: The insects in the images are either Drugstore Beetles or Cigarette Beetles, both of which are stored product pests in the family Ptinidae (or Anobiidae, depending on which classification system you adhere to). Here is more about them: http://entnemdept.ufl.edu/creatures/urban/stored/drugstore_beetle.htm...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): insect looks like dried leaf
Hello Jill, The photo is of a moth called an Achemon Sphinx moth (species: Eumorpha achemon). Great photo! It is probably attracted to your patio because of some lights there or because of the plants. They like the nectar of some flowers. Best, Jessic...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): What kind of bug is this?, insects, bugs
insects, bugs, stored product pests: Carl: The insect in the images is either a Drugstore Beetle or Cigarette Beetle. They are a classic stored product pest of many items found in the average pantry. Here s more about them: http://entnemdept.ufl.edu/creatures/urban/stored/drugstore_beetle.htm...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Large Pollen Foraging Insect
Hi Bill You did not include a photo but from your description none is needed. You have described perfectly the Hummingbird moth. It is one of the Hawk moths from the Genus Hemaris. I suspect this may be H. thysbe. These beautiful insects come in many colors...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Mydas fly or some type of bee?
Hi Lisa This is a bee fly. It is Xenox tigrinis the Tiger Bee Fly. Insects that will feed on flies but not bees will avoid this bee fly. In addition to being a good pollenator some bee flies will enter a bees nest and lay an egg. When the maggot hatches...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): mystery bug
Graham: There are many insects I can think of that would fit your description, so I am afraid I can t help you without at least an image. You may want to look at the i Kaufman Field Guide to Insects of North America /i . We went to great lengths to...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): What Is This Please?, insects, bugs
insects, bugs, stored product pests: Cynthia: That would be the larva of a carpet beetle. More about them in these two blog posts: http://bugeric.blogspot.com/2014/10/carpet-beetles-genus-anthrenus.html and http://bugeric.blogspot.com/2014/11/black-carpet-beetles-attagenus-spp.html...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Please identify
Vic: Ok, the thing that might have fallen out of your hair, the first image that asks What s this?, is a barklouse, order Psocodea. They can randomly appear away from tree bark, and are totally harmless, to both plants and people. http://bugguide.net/node/view/67...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): QUESTION BUGS - ANIMAL DROPPINGS
Dear Ken - These look to me more like mouse droppings than anything insect-related. As rodent control lies outside my area of expertise, I am going to refer you to a Cornell University publication on this subject - please see http://tinyurl.com/jnyz9u7 for...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Small black bug found under laundry, carpet beetle id vs bed bug
carpet beetle id vs bed bug: Ashley, This is not a bed bug, see http://www.livingwithbugs.com/bed_bug.html for comparison. This looks like the black carpet beetle (see http://ento.psu.edu/extension/factsheets/black-carpet-beetle) which are very common in homes and usually no reason...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Spider ID, arachnids, spiders
arachnids, spiders, orbweavers: Terry: Thank you for including the image, which shows the underside of a Banded Garden Spider, i Argiope trifasciata /i . Here is more about them: http://bugeric.blogspot.com/2011/10/spider-sunday-banded-argiope.html Desertshrub spiders spin a vastly...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Spider identification
Dear Kristen - This is an orb weaving spider (family Araneidae), most likely in the genus Araneus; a more specific identification is not possible without seeing a dorsal view of the spider. All spiders in this family are harmless to humans. Hope this helps,...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Thin-Legged Wolf Spider???, arachnids, spiders
arachnids, spiders, orbweavers: Hi, Jake: Thanks for including the image with your question. The spider is a male spotted orbweaver, i Neoscona /i sp., probably i N. crucifera /i . Here s more about that one: http://bugeric.blogspot.com/2012/11/spider-sunday-hentzs-orbweaver.html...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Tiny black bug in bathroom ID
Dear Natalie - These definitely are not termites, but your image is not clear enough for a positive identification. One possibility is that they might be fungus gnats. If you have any potted plants in very damp/wet soil, you might dig a bit into said soil...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Tiny black winged bugs in bed-do not suspect bed bugs
Kayla: Most beetles can fly, and quite well at that, so getting from one room to another is no problem. They may also be coming indoors from outside, attracted to the lights at night or something. Again, without seeing an actual specimen, I can t tell...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): tiny insects in my new home
Marius, Mites don t live in nests so it is unlikely there s a single source. These mites are very similar in appear to mites that live in the soil so it is possible that if the furniture was stored outside in contact with the ground that the mites moved...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): What type of lenses
Francis: I take pictures with a Canon PowerShot SX50. It is one of the super zoom cameras that is midway between a point-and-shoot and a DSLR. I usually only post my clearest images. Easily 95% of my images are flawed, many of them badly. Thank...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): 2 bugs I need to identify
Kelly: Bug 1 appears to be a four beetle in the genus i Tribolium /i . You should check your pantry for infested products. http://www.the-piedpiper.co.uk/th7a.htm http://keys.lucidcentral.org/keys/v3/eafrinet/maize_pests/key/maize_pests/Media/Html/Tribolium_castaneum_(Herbst_1797)_-_Red_Flour_Beetle.htm...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): is this a bed bug, grain mites, mold mites
grain mites, mold mites, bed bugs: Jeff, No this is not a bed bug, see http://www.livingwithbugs.com/bed_bug.html for comparison. This looks more like a mold mite, see http://www.livingwithbugs.com/mold_mites.html. Since mold mites generally indicate the presence of mold and excess moisture...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Bed Bug?
This is an immature cockroach, see http://www.livingwithbugs.com/cockroach_identification.html. Usually when immature roaches are found outside the harborage it means that there s a fairly significant infestation. Apartment buildings are notoriously difficult...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Is this a bed bug?, "black carpet beetle"
"black carpet beetle": Dear Kay - This is not a bed bug. It is a beetle in the family Dermestidae (carpet/hide/skin/larder beetles, etc.). It appears to be in the genus Attagenus (black carpet beetles and allies). See http://tinyurl.com/pvgfq3 for a fact sheet that includes control...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Black bug??
Thanks. Yeah, *still* tough to discern....You might want to take a specimen or two to a local entomologist for confirmation. You can try a natural history museum, university, state department of agriculture, or even public health department (vector control...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Brown bug
Carla, This is a beetle, probably either the drugstore beetle or the closely related cigarette beetle (see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Drugstore_beetle). These beetles typically infest some type of stored food, including dry pet food. They are otherwise...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Bug found on wall
Tim: Thank you for including the image, but unfortunately I cannot tell exactly what it is. It could still be a bed bug nymph (juvenile, immature, baby ), but I cannot be sure. Here is my bed bug primer, which might help you determine whether you *might*...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Bug identification, insects, bugs
insects, bugs, beetles: Joseph: The insect in your image is a weevil. Weevils are a type of beetle, and there are literally hundreds, if not thousands, of species in North America. Given your description, and the fact they were indoors, my bet is a granary weevil: http://bugguide.net/node/view/42723...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Bug identification, bed bug id, bedbug id
bed bug id, bedbug id, control: Julie, This is not a bed bug, see http://www.livingwithbugs.com/bed_bug.html for comparison. It is a bit small to be certain but it looks like an immature stink bug. I think your suspicion about this being a garden insect is correct. It likely dropped from...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Bug identification, insects, bugs
insects, bugs, beetles: Hi, Samantha: Thank you for including the images. Your insect is NOT a bed bug, but some kind of grain-infesting beetle, likely in the family Silvanidae: http://bugguide.net/node/view/13072 Without putting your specimen under a microscope, I cannot...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Bug identify?, insects, bugs
insects, bugs, beetles: Hi, Jay: The insect in your images is either a Drugstore Beetle or Cigarette Beetle. They are very similar and it takes at least a high resolution image (or better yet a specimen) to tell them apart. Despite their names they are mostly pests of things...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Is this a carpet beetle?
Tim: Carpet beetles most definitely *do* have wings, and they fly very well in fact. The insect in your image appears to be some other kind of beetle, possibly a soft-winged flower beetle, family Melyridae, subfamily Dasytinae: http://bugguide.net/node/view/71561...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Curious what bug this is
If the specimen did not have distinct cerci (projections) on the back-end and you live in a semi-desert climate (San Diego) then I think my original guess is probably correct, Jerusalem cricket. Google this name and you ll see what the adult insects look...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Eggs, insects, bugs
insects, bugs, beetles: Carol: Really hard to tell what is in the image, but here is what I think is going on.... I think this is actually a pile of sawdust (and associated paint flakes?) resulting from the emergence of deathwatch beetles from your baseboards. Wood-boring...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): The exterminator is telling me this is a flea
This looks like a beetle because of the split elytra but again I can t see much detail. Beetles are harmless so there s no reason to over-react with insecticide treatments or excessive cleaning. Your best option is to collect a specimen and contact your local...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Help identifying this bug please
Claire: Thanks for including the image with your question. All I can tell you is that it is a beetle of some kind, NOT a bed bug. I am only vaguely familiar with the insect fauna of the UK and Europe, so I cannot say anything futher. I do *suspect*...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Indentify insect
Claudia: The objects in your image are lint or other debris, not insects. I state explicitly in my instructions to questioners: No what bit me? questions. Unless you actually see something biting you, chances are very good that *nothing* bit you....

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Insect identification
Dear Jt - Neither of these critters would be responsible for your discomfort. The first image is too blurry for me to be certain, but it most likely is a net-winged beetle (family Lyctidae); there also are some fireflies (family Lampyridae) that can have a...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): What kind of bug is this
Dear Steve - This is a leaf beetle (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae0 in the subfamily Bruchinae. Often called pea or bean weevils, the larvae of many species infest various dry seeds, primarily those of plants in the legume family. You might try inspecting all areas...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Do you know the bug?, insects, bugs
insects, bugs, roaches: Jeff: The insect in the image is a cockroach, probably a nymph (juvenile, immature, baby ). Cockroaches are best treated with BAITS rather than sprays. Should you do it yourself, employ such products by following the instructions TO THE LETTER! Misapplication...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): These little bugs have started to appear
Hi Warren It appears that you have an infestation of one of the Pantry pests. These look like either Drugstore beetles or cigarette beetles. They are breeding someplace in your house. First check your kitchen cupboards and all of your dried foods like...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): What is this orange bug, scabies
scabies: Diana, These are not insects or mites. There is actually only one mite that burrows in skin and this is the scabies mite (see http://www.livingwithbugs.com/scabies.html). I d suggest contacting your MD and discuss the possibility that what you are experiencing...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Re: What is this bug please?, "western conifer seed bug", "Leptoglossus occidentalus"
"western conifer seed bug", "Leptoglossus occidentalus": Dear Christopher - You needn t worry about this chap, it s a western conifer seed bug, Leptoglossus occidentalus (Hemiptera/Heteroptera: Coreidae), a fairly recent introduction from North America. They do not bite, and although they often enter buildings in...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Slug and spider?
Dear Doug - Your slug does indeed look like a leopard slug - see http://tinyurl.com/jx82o3j. I believe that your orb-weaving spider is in the genus Neoscona, but your flash washed out its color pattern too much for a positive i.d. - see http://tinyurl.com/lktl6w9...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): 24 legged insect found in my home., house centipede, centipede
house centipede, centipede, crevice: Michelle: It IS a centipede, a house centipede (Scutigera coleoptrata) to be precise. They prey on other small invertebrates. I have never heard of one biting a person. It may be physically impossible:-) They still freak ME out because they are so...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): 24 legged terror, house centipede, areial view
house centipede, areial view, centepede: Wendy: Just happened to be online.... It IS a centipede, the house centipede (Scutigera coleoptrata) to be exact. They are common, but nocturnal and not often seen. They are predators on insects like flies and small roaches, so do not warrant callling...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): It has 26 legs?, house centipede, household pests
house centipede, household pests, praying mantis: Hi. That was a house centipede, _Scutigera coleoptrata_. They re beneficial predators, like a praying mantis, only they eat indoor, household pests. If you ve got them, then they must be eating something else, so I wouldn t kill them unless you d *prefer*...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): 28 Legs, house centipede, house centipedes
house centipede, house centipedes, household pest: Nissel: Actually, it IS a centipede: the house centipede, Scutigera coleoptrata. They are quite common, but generally nocturnal, so not often seen. Please see images at: http://www.bugguide.net and http://www.whatsthatbug.com to confirm,...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): 28-legged brown insect in Shelby Michigan, house centipede, google search
house centipede, google search, shelby michigan: Sounds like a House Centipede (Scutigera coleoptrata). They are common in your part of the country and are known to frequent basements, bathrooms and dark, humid places. They feed on insects and are not considered harmful to humans or buildings. Do a...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): 3 inch, black winged insect, family lucanidae, stag beetles
family lucanidae, stag beetles, longhorn beetles: Lisa: I don t have much experience with Texas insects, as that is one place I have never collected. But, I have a couple suspects for you, all of which are attracted to lights at night, and sometimes just remain in the vicinity the following day. All...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): a 3 inch long flying insect in Vancouver, Wa, giant water bugs, giant water bug
giant water bugs, giant water bug, cock roach: Holly: You have been introduced to the Giant Water Bug (Lethocerus sp.). These insects are common all over the US. They are strongly attracted to lights and don t stray far from water. These insects are predatory on other insects and have a painful bite....

Entomology (Study of Bugs): 3inch flying insect looks like cock roach but has wings like a bird in flight, cock roach, longhorned beetles
cock roach, longhorned beetles, family cerambycidae: Holly: At that size, in your part of the country, there are only a few things it could be. My bets are on either the California prionid, Prionus californicus, or the ponderous borer, Ergates spiculatus. Both are longhorned beetles in the family Cerambycidae....

Entomology (Study of Bugs): 4 legged butterfly, species of butterflies, little known fact
species of butterflies, little known fact, olympia washington: Hi. It s a little-known fact that MOST butterflies have only four functional legs (about the only types that have six functional legs are blues, whites, sulfurs, and swallowtails). The first pair of legs is still there, but they re tiny, and folded up just...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): My 4 Year Old's Caterpillar, woolly bear caterpillar, warm weather returns
woolly bear caterpillar, warm weather returns, colorado springs co: This sounds like a species of woolly bear caterpillar. If so, it will become a moth and might do so before winter. Chances are, though, that this caterpillar will spin a cocoon this fall and emerge as an adult when warm weather returns next year. ...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): 6 Legs, Red torso, Virginia bug, boxelder bug, plant bug
boxelder bug, plant bug, wasps: Hi. You d be amazed at how few insects are NOT safe . Generally speaking, only bees, wasps, and ants are dangerous, because they can sting, and people can have allergies to stings. Other than allergic reactions, there are no insects where one bite/sting can...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): 6-legged 1/2" oblong red bug w/ black & yellow markings, silver spring maryland, nuisance pests
silver spring maryland, nuisance pests, wooded neighborhood: Dear Suzan - My first guess is that they might be boxelder bugs (Boisea trivittatus; Hemiptera: Rhopalidae). See http://www.extension.umn.edu/distribution/horticulture/images/0998fig2-lg.jpg foa an image of adults and nymphs. These bugs can occur in enormous...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): 6 legged bug, assassin bug, nymph
assassin bug, nymph, insects: Dear Dana - Sounds like it could be a nymph of an assassin bug (Hemiptera: Reduviidae) known as the masked hunter - see http://images.enature.com/insects_spid/insects_spid_m/IS0320_1m.jpg for an image. This species was introduced from Europe, and now is fairly...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): 6 legged insect, google image search, assassin bugs
google image search, assassin bugs, wheel bug: This sounds like an immature Wheel Bug. Wheel Bugs belong to a family of insects called Assassin Bugs (Reduviidae). They feed on other insects and capture by ambushing them. Be careful, though, because Wheel Bugs can bite if handled. Do a google image...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): A 6inch bug, giant water bug, egg sacs
giant water bug, egg sacs, genus name: Hi. That was a giant water bug (the genus name is Lethocerus), and it was three inches long, tops. Just pull out a ruler and check if you don t believe me. They live in ponds, and are attracted to lights at night. They also pack a powerful bite and should...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): ABC CHALLENGE, queen butterfly, homework questions
queen butterfly, homework questions, underwing moth: Normally I don t do homework questions for people - part of the learning experience is figuring out how to find out answers without having others help you. In this case, most of the letters you have left are things you can find in almost any book on insects,...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): ABC CHALLENGE, scientific names, webtv
scientific names, webtv, robber: Dear Laura: Thank you for your question. Without using scientific names, I am hard-pressed to help you, also. Plus, you caught me on a bad day emotionally. I d suggest Googling insect and alphabet and see what shakes out. For R you can use...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): ABC CHALLENGE, inchworm caterpillar, underwing moths
inchworm caterpillar, underwing moths, carpenter bees: Dear Laura - Let s see if these will help: I- Inchworm (caterpillar of geometrid moths). K- Katydid. N- No-see-ums (a type of biting midge). Q- Queen Butterfly (a close relative of the Monarch Butterfly). R- Robber Fly (family Asilidae; they capture...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Abdomen tachinid vs blowfly, family calliphoridae, dear hannah
family calliphoridae, dear hannah, blow flies: Dear Hannah: Generally, the abdomens of tachinid flies are covered in long spines (but not always), and are usually dull-colored. The abdomens of blow flies (family Calliphoridae) are not nearly as spinose, and are often metallic blue or green in color...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Aggressive bees, pest control operators, carpenter bees
pest control operators, carpenter bees, commercial pest control: Dan: You give an almost perfect description of large carpenter bees, Xylocopa virginica. The ones with the yellow faces are males, and they are not capable of stinging. The black-faced females can sting, but unless you grab one, you won t get stung. ...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Aggressive Flying Insects, chase cars, horse flies
chase cars, horse flies, deer elk: Dear Deb: The behavior you describe is very characteristic of horse flies in the family Tabanidae, genus Tabanus. Some of these biting flies can be pretty huge, especially Tabanus atratus. The larvae develop in wetland habitats, so that fits, too. I...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Air conditioner bug - mystery bug, scent glands, genus and species
scent glands, genus and species, western conifer seed bug: Kirsten: I think I know what you have. They are most likely leaf-footed bugs in the family Coreidae. You gave a fine description, and they do have scent glands they use when molested:-) They are probably in the genus Leptoglossus, maybe L. occidentalis,...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Alien Fly?, southern ontario canada, type wings
southern ontario canada, type wings, pair of wings: Hi. It s not easy to guess with that description - my suspicion is that it is a wasp and that you re not seeing the second pair of wings, which are smaller and underneath the forewings. There are a few wasps in the group known as sawflies that might look...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Aliens!, terrestrial arthropods, sea scorpions
terrestrial arthropods, sea scorpions, ufo phenomena: Nothing among the insects is even vaguely similar; the only terrestrial organisms that might qualify would be flatworms and their relatives. For example, tapeworms, since they live *in* a digestive tract, are one of the few types of animals that lack a digestive...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Already been discovered?, defensive posture, bright neon
defensive posture, bright neon, allexpert: Gary: It had to be some kind of katydid or grasshopper, I m quite certain, but can t tell you more. You should send your question to another AllExpert, Doug Yanega. He works as an entomologist at UC Riverside! I bet he can tell you exactly what it...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): ANT?, google image search, family staphylinidae
google image search, family staphylinidae, google: Hi. If it lifts its tail up, it s probably just a rove beetle (family Staphylinidae). About the only other ind of bug that would do that is an earwig, in which case I m sure you would ve mentioned the tail pincers. Just do a google image search on Staphylinidae...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Animal pest identification, flea larvae, spiral shape
flea larvae, spiral shape, adult flea: Flea larvae roll up into a ball when disturbed. They are white when freshly molted and a reddish brown when feeding. At their largest size before becoming an adult, flea larvae are ~4 to 5 mm long. They almost look like very tiny caterpillars. Flea larvae...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Ant-like bug, camel spiders, tiny pinchers
camel spiders, tiny pinchers, solpugids: Hi. Those are harmless arachnids technically known as solpugids or solifugids . There are dozens of totally ludicrous urban legends about them, especially promulgated by our own troops in the middle east, where tall tales about camel spiders are considered...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Ant-like Critter, velvet ants, google search
velvet ants, google search, mountain home arkansas: These creatures are called Velvet Ants. They are actually a species of solitary wasp that live on the ground and do not have nests. Velvet ant females are wingless and lay their eggs in the nests of ground nesting bees and beetles. The females have a VERY...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Ant and dragonfly, male drones, incomplete metamorphosis
male drones, incomplete metamorphosis, complete metamorphosis: From a physical viewpoint all you have to do is look at pictures of dragonfles and ants. From the standpoint of physiology there is no real difference as they respire, digest food, and have similiar circulatory systems. The main differences involve their...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Ant food, small red ants, army ants
small red ants, army ants, leaf cutters: I can t think of any specific foods that they cannot eat. When it comes to foods that insects eat there is a difference between what they won t eat and what they cannot eat. Army ants of the jungle can and will eat almost anything including you if they...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Ant-Like Insect with Wings and Stinger, parasitic wasp, zip loc
parasitic wasp, zip loc, braconidae: Hi. It sounds like a parasitic wasp. Look at photos (with Google image search or such) using the names Braconidae and Ichneumonidae . These wasps often attack caterpillars, and you can get two or three dozen wasps out of one caterpillar sometimes. They...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Ant identification, family mutillidae, velvet ants
family mutillidae, velvet ants, female wasp: Chris: First off, do NOT TOUCH this insect. It is not an ant, but a wingless female wasp called a velvet ant. They pack perhaps the most painful sting of any U.S. insect. Ok, the species you describe is the cow killer, Dasymutilla occidentalis....

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Ant-like insect, cow killer wasp, velvet ants
cow killer wasp, velvet ants, strange insect: Hi Stephanie From your description I think this was a Velvet Ant. Velvet ants are not ants but a fuzzy wasp. They Are preddators on bumble bee maggots. The one you saw could be the Cow Killer. If left alone they are not dangerous but do not mess with...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Ant like insect, blister beetles, beetle larva
blister beetles, beetle larva, male bees: David: Thank you for the images, but you gave such a great description that I knew what it was anyway:-) Your insect is an oil beetle, one of the blister beetles in the genus Meloe (family Meloidae). It appears this specimen is a female, as males...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Ant like insect, gall wasps, paper wasps
gall wasps, paper wasps, wasps: Hi. Do you see the same sort of nest that he was talking about, or are these insects just wandering all over the tree at random? I wonder if you re seeing a bunch of wingless gall wasps sitting near the gall they emerged from? A photo would be nice......

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Ant like insects, paper wasp nest, cedar apple rust
paper wasp nest, cedar apple rust, paper wasp: Well, what was confusing me was that you were calling it a nest - there is no insect nest in the world that matches that sort of description. It sounds more like a cedar apple rust gall than an insect nest, and it sounds like you ve got bugs feeding on the...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Ant "looking" bug, reddish in color, most have wings., termite colonies, type of ants
termite colonies, type of ants, males and females: They almost certainly are ants or termites. Once a year when the weather turns warm in the spring/summer, ant and termite colonies swarm. That means winged adult males and females leave the nest and fly around looking for a mate and a place to start a new...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Ant question, army ants, rain gutter
army ants, rain gutter, black ants: Hi John: Ants have been around for a very long time and are one of the most prolific and common insects. They are very adaptable to temperature conditions. The leaves could have been a respite from the heat. They are always foraging for food to take to...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Ant and Spider mix, jumping spider, dear jon
jumping spider, dear jon, abdomen: Dear Jon. The species you saw today would probably be a spider. Insects that are size of a penny are not very colourful since they can t really defend themselves from their predators. I think the spider you have seen is part of a jumping spider. They are...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Ant thing... it's a neat one ^^ 2 inches long, jerusalem cricket, wind scorpion
jerusalem cricket, wind scorpion, camel spider: Lui: Two suspects: 1. Jerusalem cricket 2. Solifuge (aka camel spider, solfugid, solpugid, wind scorpion , sun spider ) Since I don t know which it is, I recommend you start by looking at images of both at: http://www.whatsthatbug.com...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Ant vs Termites, termite populations, termite nest
termite populations, termite nest, species of ants: Some species of ants are predatory and will eat termites but they would not be a good control of termite populations. It would take a massive invasion of ants to decimate a termite nest. If you have termites in your walls you had better find othewr ways...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Ant, male drones, walter hintz
male drones, walter hintz, wickliffe ohio: Hi Carl I suspect it is a drone ant (male) Drones develop wings that fall off. They appear periodically in fairly large numbers and the die. Ants have a thread waist and are dark brown or black. Termites do not have a thread waist and are light in color...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Antholes, dark soil, nest structure
dark soil, nest structure, soil types: Yep...those ants are finding a particular layer of soil that they find appealing as a nesting site. As far as the side walk...it seems like many sidewalks are constructed using the same types of sand/base mixture as the foundation for the concrete. The...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Anthrenus Carpet Beetles, carpet beetle larvae, tight fitting lids
carpet beetle larvae, tight fitting lids, carpet beetles: Lisa: I tried to answer this Saturday night, but either this website, my WebTV unit, or both, would not allow me to do so. Please forgive the technical difficulties. It is not out of the realm of possibility that the hairs on carpet beetle larvae could...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Ants, little black ants, carpenter ants
little black ants, carpenter ants, genus monomorium: Guess what Frank? These are probably little black ants belonging to the Genus Monomorium. They are the most common and often enter houses. They are sweet eaters and are are also caller sugar ants. Piss ant is a new one to me. There are larger black ants...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Ants, toilet tank lid, tiny ants
toilet tank lid, tiny ants, pest control companies: Hi Maddy; We live in a world of ants. They have been around for millions of years and know how to survive. It appears that ants had made a nest in the toilet tank. When you removed the lid the workers started moving the eggs and pupae (white things. You...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Ants, decent photo, ant problem
decent photo, ant problem, ant species: Hi. No, for one thing there are over 100 ant species in that area, and for another, the odds are (if it s a different size from the others) that it isn t an ant at all, but one of the hundreds of other insects that simply resembles an ant. I couldn t do an...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Ants, true ants, velvet ants
true ants, velvet ants, carpenter ants: Larry: There are many, many species of velvet ants, especially in Missouri and other south-central states, virtually all of them much smaller than the so-called cow killer, Dasymutilla occidentalis. Velvet ants are actually wingless, solitary female...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Ants?, acrobat ants, carpenter ants
acrobat ants, carpenter ants, winged ants: Sounds like you may have an ant colony in your home that swarmed. Possibilities include sugar ants, carpenter ants or acrobat ants to name a few. The winged ants are the reproductive stages of the colony and are leaving to try and begin new colonies elsewhere....

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Ants, tiny red ants, clover mites
tiny red ants, clover mites, pharoah ants: I ve been an entomologist for over 20 years and never before heard of funnel ants . Sugar ants, Pharoah ants, Crazy ants, Stink ants, but never funnel ants . There are several hundred ant species in the US, many of the pests are from other parts of the world....

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Ants Carrying Ants, ant colonies, ant species
ant colonies, ant species, ants: Hi Kathy; I have spent a lot of time studying ants. The behavior of ants is one of the most fascinating things in Biology. They have a division of labor and are extremely efficient. You have observed one of the most interesting things. Some ant species...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Ants & eats, harvester ants, ant food
harvester ants, ant food, living organisms: Hi Penny Ants have been around for quite million years and are probably among the most successful living organisms. Like all living things they have certain nutritional needs and the DNA necessary to guide them in obtaining these needs. It appears that...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Ants, ant hill, ants
ant hill, ants, millimeters: They re trying to find out what s wrong and fix it. Next time you poke a mound, if you leave your hand there you ll see exactly what they do to invaders - some ants will bite and sting you, others are harmless. But they ll also fix the hill, given a little...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Apartment critters..., spider beetles, bed bugs
spider beetles, bed bugs, misquito: Laura Send the photo to me. You and I may have a different idea as to what a spider beetle is. Spider beetles do not bite people. In light of the fact that you do not see the biters leads me to believe that this could be an allergic reaction and not insect...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Apis mellifera, family apidae, carpenter bees
family apidae, carpenter bees, types of bees: Trevor: You appear quite knowledgeable already:-) Well, the Africanized bee is merely a different race of honey bee, though it apparently has a subspecies name as you wrote (A. mellifera adansonii). Apis is the genus for honey bees, all of them...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Apple Bug, electrical conduits, western conifer seed bug
electrical conduits, western conifer seed bug, repair holes: Kistra: You may be describing the western conifer seed bug, Leptoglossus occidentalis, in which case you are entirely too kind in describing their odor! The adults sometimes invade homes, where they hibernate over the winter. Simply removing them individually...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Arthropods, spider eggs, spider venom
spider eggs, spider venom, happy holidays: To my knowledge, all spiders are carnivorous, feeding on insects and small animals. Tarantulas feed on small mice, birds, and lizards as well as insects. The smaller spiders feed on insects and other spiders. Spider venom is designed to liquefy tissues...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Ash Tree Pests, colorado state university cooperative extension, tree pests
colorado state university cooperative extension, tree pests, ash tree: Dear Steve - I suspect that the failure of your tree to thrive and the caterpillar infestation may be unrelated, as a healthy tree usually can shake off the effects of a complete defoliation. I suggest that you check out the horticulture page of the Colorado...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Asian Ladybugs, asian ladybugs, epidemic proportions
asian ladybugs, epidemic proportions, mid autumn: Dear Carolyn - I can certainly sympathize with your situation, as I serve as manager of a fieldstation in West Virginia that often is invaded by hordes of these beasties in mid-autumn. Also, they do indeed bite, although the reason for this particular behavior...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Assassin Bug, minute pirate bugs, genus triatoma
minute pirate bugs, genus triatoma, assassin bugs: Sylvia: I saw that you posted a pretty clear image at Bugguide.net, and they were subsequently identified as granary weevils:-) They would not be anything that would bite, as far as I know. Glad that we collectively resolved the identification for you....

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Assassin Bug, assassin bug, insect bite
assassin bug, insect bite, galveston island: This is a medical question and should be addressed to a medical doctor. Sorry, I can t help you. Suggest you contact your doctor or a local agricultural insect specialist. Some people have allergies to various bug toxins and the assassin bug very commonly...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): an over abundance of Orb Weavers, orb weaver spiders, orb weavers
orb weaver spiders, orb weavers, front yard gardens: Orb weaver spiders depend on food for population density and it sounds like you ve got plenty of food for them. It s hard to say how many there will be next year because it depends on food availability, rainfall, and the amount of food available for their...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): additional question about bed bug bites, bed bug bites, bed bugs
bed bug bites, bed bugs, mosquito bites: Yes, chiggers are not all that good at clinging to humans, and if scrubbing doesn t remove all of them, it would remove most of them. They re more likely to linger in clothing, and crawl around from there, than they are to ride on one s body. Again, if the...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): aggressive dirt dobbers, cicada killers, cicada killer
cicada killers, cicada killer, dirt dobbers: Hi. Those are cicada killers, and they absolutely WILL NOT sting you, unless you actually step on one in bare feet, or sit on one, or grab it in your bare hand and squeeze. The ones that chase people are males patrolling their territory, and do not even...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): ahh!!, eric eaton, ichneumon wasps
eric eaton, ichneumon wasps, ichneumon wasp: Kristen: Hope you no longer in a dyer state of panic:-) Sorry. You are most likely describing a non-stinging insect known as an ichneumon wasp, probably in the genus Megarhyssa. Normally they are day-active, so not sure what this one was doing out...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): alien looking bug, spiders and scorpions, wind scorpion
spiders and scorpions, wind scorpion, camel spider: Dear Nikki: Wow. Well, your description sounds like a solifuge (or solpugid, the name varies according to the expert:-) They go by the common names sun spider, wind scorpion, and camel spider. They are arachnids, like spiders and scorpions, are...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): annoying bug, compost heaps, crane flies
compost heaps, crane flies, crane fly: Hi. I m from Queens, myself, and I ll bet you re talking about crane flies - which, thankfully, don t bite, don t carry diseases, and don t eat plants. Their larvae live in damp soil, or compost heaps, as scavengers (in fact, they help *make* soil). My advice...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): annoying little bugs, minor pests, little dots
minor pests, little dots, order collembola: Dear Monique - Although I cannot provide a definitive identification without actually seeing them (or a photograph), two possibilities come to mind: (1) springtails (order Collembola); they are harmless, feeding for the most part on decaying organic matter,...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): annoying little bugs, larder beetle, eastern ontario canada
larder beetle, eastern ontario canada, product pests: Dear Karen: I think you are describing the larvae of some kind of beetle in the family Dermestidae, probably Dermestes lardarius, the larder beetle. For whatever reason, I am getting WAY more inquiries on this insect than usual. They feed on all manner...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): annoying pests, biting midge, annoying pests
biting midge, annoying pests, biting insects: Hi michelle; There are just so many kinds of out door biting insects that without seeing one I cannot tell you what they are. I can tell what they are not. Since they are flying they are not mites lice nor fleas. My guess is that they are some species...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): ant like brown insect, flour beetles, dermestid beetles
flour beetles, dermestid beetles, wickliffe ohio: If very small they may be flour beetles. They also could be spider mites. Do you have a dish of dog food nearby? Mites like dog food. Wipe them up and then watch and see if they are coming out of a small crack where walls and cabinets meet. Spray the...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): ant / bug indentification, pointed abdomen, redish brown
pointed abdomen, redish brown, painful sting: Gary: It could be one of the larger ants in the subfamily Ponerinae. Check out images at: http://www.myrmecos.net the site run by ant authority and insect photographer-extraordinaire, Alex Wild. I forget the name of the genus I am thinking of, but...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): ant-like bug, camel spiders, sun scorpion
camel spiders, sun scorpion, google search: Pat: Here s my guess: Using your description, my guess is a Sun Scorpion, or Solfugid. These creatures have 8 legs and large jaws. They feed on insects and spiders. They can grow to that length, but not usually in the US. They are fast runners and...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): ant-scorpion thingy, scorpion fly, uottawa ca
scorpion fly, uottawa ca, strange insect: Dear Joel - Without actually seeing it (or a good photo of it) I can only hazard a wild guess. About the commonest winged insect bearing a scorpion-like tail section would be a scorpion fly (order Mecoptera). However, usually only the wingless members of this...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): ant, velvet ants, velvet ant
velvet ants, velvet ant, hairy bodies: Michael: There are many different species of velvet ants...and yes, they are VERY hard to smash. They are not an aggressive creature, but will sting if handled or stepped on with bare feet. Velvet ants are a type of wasp-the females are wingless, and...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): antlike bug in our dirt...is it termites?, nematode parasite, transparent wings
nematode parasite, transparent wings, couple inches: Hi Sandi You have not described a termite so you can forget that. They could be ants. The winged ones would be drones. I will need a photo so see if you can get one. The wormy thing could be a nematode parasite but I am not sure Send photo to waltjh@sbcglobal.ne...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): ants, exact species, access point
exact species, access point, ants: The only way to know where ants are coming from is to give some food to a few, and track them back to their nest or access point - most of the time, it won t be possible (you might find the access point, but not the nest), but every now and then you might...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): ants, stinging ants, european species
stinging ants, european species, pissant: First of all ants do not pee and with exception of stinging ants only pinch with their jaws. The word comes from pissant which refers to all small ants that infest a home. Originally it came from a European species that has a smelly nest due to formic acid....

Entomology (Study of Bugs): ants, dead ants, species of ants
dead ants, species of ants, ant colonies: Ants carry other ants for a few different reasons... 1) When an ant dies in the colony, another ant will pick up the dead ant and carry it to a trash area of the nest. This trash area may contain dead ants, remains of insects eaten for food, bits of...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): ants, corkscrew willow, carpenter ants
corkscrew willow, carpenter ants, insecticide sprays: If the ants were carrying the eggs , then they were moving their colony from one place to the other. Most likely, they aren t doing any harm to your tree. The eggs you saw are actually larvae and pupal cases...probably Carpenter Ants. Ants are sensitive...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): ants, carpenter ants, colony of ants
carpenter ants, colony of ants, flying ants: The only ants I *know* of that are structural pests are carpenter ants, and I m not even certain those occur in the UK. Even then, carpenter ants tend to get into ONLY wood that is already rotting away, unlike termites, which can attack solid, sound wood....

Entomology (Study of Bugs): ants, tiny bugs, life span
tiny bugs, life span, table sugar: Hi Sherry; Very unusual . Most people just step on ants. You obviously have a compassion for life. I do too. I avoid ants on a sidewalk. With regard to your question; Arthropods have the power of regenerating legs. Whether or not it happens depends...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): ants, flying ants, news bbc co uk
flying ants, news bbc co uk, mature males: Dear Ronan - I am no expert on ants from your part of the world, but from what I gather, you are observing a perfectly natural part of their life cycle, namely an annual exodus of the reproductive caste (sexually mature males and females) during which the...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): ants or a bee without wings, velvet ants, google search
velvet ants, google search, killer ants: You have found a species of insect called a velvet ant. Velvet ants are actually a species of wasp where the females are wingless and the males have wings. Velvet ants are sometimes called cow killer ants because their sting is very painful. (They can...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): ants behavior, insect kingdom, ant colonies
insect kingdom, ant colonies, social insects: Ants, hive bees and termites are classified as social insects. They exist because they live to make sure the colony survives. The jobs in the colony are performed by members of a certain age level and the jobs change as the age increases. The older the...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): ants in the house and yard, acrobat ants, carpenter ants
acrobat ants, carpenter ants, bait traps: Deb: Wow! Small world. I ll be sure to pass that along to Val. If you have ants feeding on cat food, they might be acrobat ants or carpenter ants. Both are red and black and live inside the walls of buildings or in hollow trees. Consider using...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): ants/termites, army ants, fire ants
army ants, fire ants, concrete stepping stones: Hi Angela: We live on a world of ants. There are many species and they are everywhere. When you disturb a nest the workers quickly grab up the eggs and pupae and try to hide them. That is what the white stuff was. Only a few species can hurt you. Fire...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): ants vs. termites, ecological niche, termites
ecological niche, termites, ants: It s not so much the biology as a combination of factors. They exploit an ecological niche where there is a lot of food, and a lot of territory for them to inhabit. Their biology allows them to reproduce very quickly. Their social structure provides support...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): ants with wings, queen ant, seven dust
queen ant, seven dust, black bodies: Hi Kathleen we are neighbors as I live up the freeway in Wickliffe. I am sure these are male ants called drones. They emerge periodically hoping to find a Queen ant to impregnate. Almost all of them fail and they die. They are harmless and will not...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): ants with wings, carpenter ants, winged ants
carpenter ants, winged ants, kids playroom: Paula: A brief story. When I lived in Cincinnati, in one of the apartments I lived in I had a once a year emergence of some kind of ant species. The ONLY time I saw them was when they liberated a swarm of alates (winged reproductives: young queens and...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): ants, leaf cutters, mandibles
leaf cutters, mandibles, ants: Hi David: I have been unable to find out this information.It appears no one has tried to weigh one. The problem is that there is such variation among species. The soldiers of the leaf cutters are huge with large mandibles. On the other hand there are species...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): aquatic maggot, honey bees, dear peter
honey bees, dear peter, breathing tube: Dear Peter - Without actually seeing them, I m only guessing, but they most likely are rat-tailed maggots (see http://zooex.baikal.ru/pictures/diptera/Eristalis_tenax_l.gif for an image). These maggots are the larvae of certain flies in the family Syrphidae...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): arachnids, orb weaver spider, insect spray
orb weaver spider, insect spray, large spider web: Dear Steve - What you have is a female orb weaver spider, a member of a very large family of spiders that build intricate capture webs. Some (but by no means all) species in this group rebuild their web every evening, taking it down in the early morning (they...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): arachnids, orb weavers, nocturnal insects
orb weavers, nocturnal insects, pest insects: Steve: It is indeed entirely possible for a spider to take down its web every night, especially if it specializes in nocturnal insects. More likely the web gets destroyed every night by weather, large insects or birds that fly right through, or by some...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): more on the armored worm, soldier fly, fly family
soldier fly, fly family, google: Jerusha: Well, the image leaves no question as to what it is: the larva of a soldier fly, family Stratiomyidae. Many species are aquatic, so that fits with your description of the low spots that hold water. I don t know what species, or even what genus,...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): asps, stinging caterpillars, stinging caterpillar
stinging caterpillars, stinging caterpillar, bristly: You can t find an answer because asp is a name for a snake, and for some reason, some people in the US started using this name for any stinging caterpillar. There are LOTS of different stinging caterpillars (literally hundreds of different species), and...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Would like assistance identifying an insect, hickory horned devil, hickory horned devil caterpillar
hickory horned devil, hickory horned devil caterpillar, dear anne: Dear Anne: Hm-m-m. Could be a royal walnut moth, Citheronia regalis, adult version of the hickory horned devil caterpillar. If so, find a place to report the sighting, as this is essentially an endangered species in your area, certainly far less common...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Baby Grasshoppers, camel crickets, flea beetles
camel crickets, flea beetles, black bugs: Brenda: Well, I thought I knew the answer until you said they can jump:-) Now I don t know. Try visiting: http://www.bugguide.net and perusing images of camel crickets , flea beetles , and leaf-footed bugs, paying careful attention to the...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Baby Mosquito?, pictures of mosquitos, wiggly worms
pictures of mosquitos, wiggly worms, bug bomb: Mosquitoes come in many sizes. Baby mosquitoes develop in water and look like wiggly worms. Most likely, it is a small species of mosquito. Citronella candles are somewhat effective at repelling mosquitoes of the mosquitoes encounter the smoke from...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Baby wasp?, chalcid wasps, carpet beetles
chalcid wasps, carpet beetles, parasitic wasps: Hi. Those sound like small crickets, at first. There aren t many insects that hop *and* have wings. Of course, if by hop you mean leap into the air to fly, then that s different - many types of small flies or parasitic wasps will hop to get airborne. Accordingly,...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Bald-face hornet look-a-like?, bald faced hornet, wasps and hornets
bald faced hornet, wasps and hornets, bees wasps and hornets: What is your geographic location? Do you have a photo of this insect? If not, describe it. Does it have a wasp-waist, or is it round and fat-looking? Is it hairy or smooth? If you don t have a photo, send a sketch please to kayton@alum.mit.edu You...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Basement waterbugs, pest sprays, pill bugs
pest sprays, pill bugs, household pest: Hi. Unfortunately, there is no effective way to kill pests that breed outdoors. It s like trying to empty a lake with a teaspoon. The only option is to prevent them from entering, so you re doing the right thing - it may be frustrating, but only you can find...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Bathroom Bug, moth flies, carpet beetles
moth flies, carpet beetles, house centipede: Kerri: Even the most immaculate houses get the occasional insect, so this is no indication of your housekeeping at all. I kid people and tell them I am not a lousy housekeeper, I m promoting biodiversity:-) Always gets a chuckle, relieves the guilt,...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Bathroom Bug, house centipede, mysterious bug
house centipede, mysterious bug, google: Hi Graham. I believe you have the house centipede. They are in almost every house and breed in damp areas. They are harmless and virtually impossible to get rid off. About the only thing you can do is squash one whenever you see it. They never occur in...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Bathroom Bug, family psychodidae, bad housekeeping
family psychodidae, bad housekeeping, liquid plumber: Dear Vanessa: They are most likely dark-winged fungus gnats (family Sciaridae). They are at most a nuisance, though some do a little bit of damage to plant roots on occasion (when the insect is in its larval stage). Most frequently, they take advantage...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Bathroom Bug, tiny worms, new apartment
tiny worms, new apartment, gnat: Hi Rosa I would have to see these to identify them. I doubt that they are gnats. Gnats are flies and do not stay long on the ceiling. Could you get a photo for me (waltjh@sbcglobal.net) To get rid of them you will have to find the source. Where are...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Bathroom Bug and Carpet Beetle, carpet beetles, dark reddish brown
carpet beetles, dark reddish brown, pear shaped body: Hi. First thing, you should do a web search on carpet beetles (or, alternatively, anthrenus - the scientific name) and examine photos of the adults and larvae. Their larvae are fuzzy/bristly, and fairly distinctive; your description doesn t sound right,...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Bathroom Bug, cosmetic nuisance, dust bunnies
cosmetic nuisance, dust bunnies, collembola: Dear Larry: They are most likely springtails (Collembola to scientists). They fit the bill in being tiny and able to jump. They are common in most damp situations, including the tub (I have a small colony in my shower, too), but are totally harmless....

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Bathroom Bugs, carpet beetles, dead insects
carpet beetles, dead insects, dear ron: Dear Ron - These appear to be carpet/furniture beetles (Coleoptera: Dermestidae); the light brown specimens mostly are cast skins of their larvae. You probably should see if you can locate their food source; this could be just about anything organic, including...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Bathroom Bugs, carpet beetle larvae, product insects
carpet beetle larvae, product insects, dublin in ireland: Dear Geraldine - Without actually seeing them (or a photograph), I can only offer a wild guess. Here in the USA, one home-infesting insect that is both very tiny and pale in colour is a booklouse (order Psocoptera). Have a look at the images and information...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Bathroom Bugs, plumbing pipes, spare bathroom
plumbing pipes, spare bathroom, outdoor environments: Dear Carol - Without actually seeing them (or a photo of same), I can only guess at their identity. At this point, the most likely suspects are insects in the order Dermaptera (earwigs); see http://entomology.unl.edu/images/earwigs/euro_earwigs.jpg for an...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Bathroom Bugs, southern alberta canada, google search
southern alberta canada, google search, warm weather: Hi. Sorry for the delay writing back. Silverfish are fairly common housepests, especially in slightly damp, mildewy places, most common around toilets and bathtubs. They hide in crevices during the day, and scavenge during the night. It isn t generally easy...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Bathroom bugs, natural phenomenon, eastern massachusetts
natural phenomenon, eastern massachusetts, bathroom sink: Hi. That s not enough to go on for an ID, and it sounds extremely unlikely to be a natural phenomenon - natural deposits don t usually form in defiance of gravity, especially not on a sterile substrate. I very strongly suspect that if there are any organisms...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Bathroom bugs - springtails maybe?, pest control company, tiny bugs
pest control company, tiny bugs, moist conditions: Without seeing them I believe these are indeed springtails. They survive in moist conditions. Keeping things really dry usually gets rid of them. Use a pyrethrum based spray around the tub, sink and toilet. Treat the drains. It never ceases to amaze...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Bathroom bugs, little bugs, definitive identification
little bugs, definitive identification, grey color: Dear Michelle - I need a little more information before I can attempt a definitive identification. When you say worm-like, do you mean that they lack visible legs, or simply that they appear quite slender? Also, are they uniform in diameter from head to...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Bathroom Flies, family psychodidae, organic debris
family psychodidae, organic debris, shower drain: Hi. Yes, many people have those - they re called moth flies , in the family Psychodidae. The larvae feed on wet organic debris. Therefore, you ve got a plug of goo in the drain, amd you ve got the larvae feeding in it. They re completely harmless, and sort...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Bathroom Insects, tail filaments, mcgill ca
tail filaments, mcgill ca, firebrats: Dear Jennifer - The lack of obvious antennae and tail filaments at least eliminates one group of insects (silverfish/firebrats) from consideration. However, there still is not enough information for a definitive identification. Another possibility is that...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Bathroom insect, carpet beetle larvae, tight fitting lids
carpet beetle larvae, tight fitting lids, order thysanura: Jose: Not nearly enough information (like where on Earth you live), but my guesses would be: 1. Springtails (order Collembola) 2. Carpet beetle larvae (family Dermestidae) 3. Silverfish (order Thysanura) in that order. Can t do much for...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Bathroom Moth/insect, moth insect, google search
moth insect, google search, flying insects: Happy New Year! These are called Moth Flies. Moth flies develop in drains and are always found in moist situations. They are not harmful to clothing or cause structural damage. If you run some draino or something like that down the drain to clean the...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Bathroom maggots, brown dots, white worms
brown dots, white worms, dear kathy: Dear Kathy - If they are maggots, there must be a suitable food supply (decaying organic matter of some sort) reasonably close by (fully grown maggots may travel several feet in search of a suitable place for pupation). Finding that source should solve your...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Bathroom pest - can't figure out, west bend wi, hitch hikers
west bend wi, hitch hikers, boring question: Hi. About the only things you can squish without killing them are ticks, which are quite common in households with dogs. Even bedbugs, which are pretty flat, can still be crushed. I don t think it s an exterminator you need to call (unless, of course, it...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Bathroom sink and bathtub crawler., tiny bugs, control recommendations
tiny bugs, control recommendations, ohioline: Dear Marius - Although your photo is a bit fuzzy, the image has all the earmarks of it being a booklouse (Psocoptera: Liposcelidae). Thes insects commonly are found indoors, but seldom do any real damage. See http://ohioline.osu.edu/hyg-fact/2000/2080.html...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Bathroom Worm-like insect, clothes moths, oval body
clothes moths, oval body, spider webs: Dear Bryan - From your description, I would suspect that you have household casebearers (Phereoeca uterella or a close relative). Sometimes called plaster bagworms, these insects belong to the same family as clothes moths (Lepidoptera: Tineidae), but seldom...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Bathroom Worms, cooperative extension service, washington state university
cooperative extension service, washington state university, necessary control: Dear Julie - Did you look at the web site on millipedes that I mentioned in my answer to Nan? If so, and your bugs seem to differ, please get back to me with a more detailed description as to how they differ. Also, you could try taking some specimens to your...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Bathroom worms, adult specimens, millipedes
adult specimens, millipedes, walk in shower: Dear Nan - Without actually seeing them (or a close-up photo), I can only guess at their identity. It is possible that they might be immature millipedes, as these arthropods may be found indoors where damp conditions persist. Have a look at http://www.uky.edu/Ag/Entomology/entfacts/struct/ef645.htm,...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): More Bathtub Bugs!, carpet beetles, grain beetles
carpet beetles, grain beetles, fungus gnats: Hi. Well, even if you don t know anything, you can still look at photos on the web and make comparisons, to see which things match. The only secret to it is that insects *generally* (there are exceptions) do not vary in appearance at all. If it isn t an...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Bathtub bugs, cracks in the wall, apartment building
cracks in the wall, apartment building, entomologists: Tabatha: Sounds like springtails. Not all of them jump. They seem to materialize out of thin air (I have them in my own shower). They are of no consequence whatsoever. I tell people I am not a lousy housekeeper: I am promoting biodiversity:-) ...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): A BEE FOUND IN SEVERAL SCHOOLS, black wasps, paper wasps
black wasps, paper wasps, sparta wi: Hi. Sorry for the delay - I forget to set my account for vacation. What a backlog... Most such critters are harmless, with the exception of paper wasps. If you want to send a photo, send it to dyanega@ucr.edu and I ll tell you waht they are. peace...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Beatle type, toxic chemical spill, landscape renovation
toxic chemical spill, landscape renovation, lake elsinore ca: Hi. Those are darking beetles (in the genus Eleodes), and they re harmless. They eat dry seeds they find on the ground. They re thick in the southwestern deserts, and if you ever STOP seeing them, that d be a very bad sign (it would take a major toxic chemical...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Beatles, biting ladybugs, voracious feeders
biting ladybugs, voracious feeders, twin cities area: Hi Nina: This is the second question I have received today about biting ladybugs in Minnesota. We had them in Ohio last year. They are immigrants from Asia and they will nip you. Don t fret. They will be hibernating soon and they do much more good than...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Beautiful Spider, garden spiders, utk edu
garden spiders, utk edu, silver head: Dear Russ Sounds like one of the so-called garden spiders in the genus Argiope, such as Argiope trifasciata or A. aurantia - see http://www.cirrusimage.com/spider_argiope_trifasciata.htm and http://www.cs.utk.edu/~plank/plank/pics/spider.html for examples....

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Bed Bug Help!, melissa mcgrath, western illinois university
melissa mcgrath, western illinois university, itchy welts: Hi. Actually, the advice you ve been given is quite good and reasonable. Bedbugs get carried around because when it gets light, they look for dark, close crevices to hide in. Folded clothing in closets or drawers offers lots of dark, close crevices to hide...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Bed Bug life span, long periods of time, bed bugs
long periods of time, bed bugs, plastic storage: Hi. This isn t as much a question of lifespan as it is of taking precautions. An 18 month window would definitely kill off all the adults, but... Bedbugs lay eggs, and eggs can lay dormant for long periods of time. If you know for a fact you had a bedbug...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Bed Bugs, biting mites, bird lice
biting mites, bird lice, bed bugs: Dear Sarah - To determine whether or not you have bed bugs, go to http://www.uos.harvard.edu/ehs/pes_bedbug.shtml and check out the images and descriptions provided therein. There are indeed other arthropods that could be coming from the pigeons or their...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Bed Bugs???, ingrown hairs, blood stains
ingrown hairs, blood stains, bed bugs: Hi. If you have bed bugs, you WILL see numerous blood stains - small blackish spots - on your bedding. Why could it not be mosquitoes? They re the only other common insects that routinely bite people at night, and Chicago is certainly a breeding ground for...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Bed Bugs, pest control operator, household pests
pest control operator, household pests, bed bugs: Budo: I tried to answer this Saturday evening, but this website, my WebTV unit, or both, did not permit me to do so! Please forgive the technical difficulties. Yes, it is definitely possible that a used mattress will contain bed bugs! That is the major...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Bed Bugs, breakfast lunch dinner, little buggers
breakfast lunch dinner, little buggers, bed bugs: Wow Bill: You have had a time with this. First of all bud bugs are not necessarily smart and the do not bite in patterns. Secondly they are quite visible to the naked eye. The nest in mattresses and emerge to feed at night as they do not like the light....

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Bed Bugs in Appt., bed bugs, spider family
bed bugs, spider family, bedbugs: Bedbugs have become a very big problem recently. I suggest you contact the county health office. The laws vary from state to state, so ask locally. Bedbugs aren t insects or arachnids (spider family). Are there exact words in the lease about insects,...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Bed Bugs in Appt., bed bugs, bedbugs
bed bugs, bedbugs, bug problem: Hi RJ On top of a bug problem you also have a legal problem and I cannot help you with that. I am not a lawyer and I do not know about owner-tenant laws in Pa. From what I know about bedbugs however it is possible that if you brought in the mattresses you...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Bed Bugs, bed bugs, car ride
bed bugs, car ride, buds: Vanessa: Bed buds are quite suited to be in contact with their host. They can hide in clothing or folds of skin if they need to, although they d rather spend most of their time off of the host until they are hungry. Your scenario as described is quite...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Bed bug infestations in hotels, bed bugs infestation, bat bug
bed bugs infestation, bat bug, adult kids: Dear Linda - Bed bugs are indeed making a comeback, and yes, they can be brought home in luggage, etc. That said, the actual risk should be low, especially if a few precautions are taken. See http://www.uky.edu/Ag/Entomology/entfacts/struct/ef636.htm for...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Bed bugs?, bed bug pictures, bed bugs
bed bug pictures, bed bugs, bedbug: Hi mindy I doubt if these are bedbugs. If it is a bedbug it has legs and can move. They are also found in the bedding and you would most likely be bitten. Without seeing one I cannot tell what it is. If you see another and can take a photo send it to...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Bed bugs from a chimmney, cluster flies, preferred hosts
cluster flies, preferred hosts, bed bugs: Dear Sharon - It sounds like you either might have a bird nest somewhere in the chimney or in an area that communicates with the chimney, or that bats use your chimney for roosting purposes. There actually are several species of bed bugs (Hemiptera: Cimicidae)...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): BedBug, vacant apartment, ventilation system
vacant apartment, ventilation system, apartment managers: As for finding out if they re in the vents, sure you can find out. That s what pest control people are paid to do. It sounds like your apartment manager is not paying for pest control, if you have numerous rodents and bedbugs. If it s a multiunit dwelling,...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Bedbug?, bed bug bite, img photobucket
bed bug bite, img photobucket, blood stains: Hi Shari; This does resemble a bedbug but I cannot tell the size. Bedbugs are about a quarter of an inch long. Why it was on the kitchen floor I do not know. They will bite pets. Are there pets in the house. Does she have a lot of bites on her body?...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Bee?, google image search, carpenter bees
google image search, carpenter bees, giant resin bee: Hi. Flying near a hole in the wood? Then they were probably Megachile sculpturalis, a giant resin bee that recently invaded the US from Asia, and which takes over carpenter bee nests. Do a google image search on that name, you ll find pictures. Peace...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Bee classification, honey bees, social bees
honey bees, social bees, charlo montana: Michelle: Well, if more than one of them was coming and going from the same hole, then they probably ARE bumble bees, as they are our only NATIVE social bees (honey bees are native to the Old World only, but were brought here by the settlers, starting in...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Bee-Like Flying Insect, insect prey, population explosions
insect prey, population explosions, wasps: Hi Becky. It sounds like these could wasps of some kind, possiblt one called a horntail. many wasps burrow into the ground where they bury insect prey with an egg. They have population explosions which co-incide with taht of the prey. If they are wasps...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Bee or hummingbird?, sphinx moths, hawk moths
sphinx moths, hawk moths, whispy: Dear Joe - What you saw most likely was a moth in the family Sphingidae. Commonly known as sphinx moths, several larger species also are called hummingbird or hawk moths. The thin beak actually is its proboscis, usually kept coiled up under its head, but...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Bee Identification, mud daubers, carpenter bees
mud daubers, carpenter bees, chili new york: David: I have no idea what you are describing. The nest doesn t sound like anything I ve ever heard of, either. The most likely scenario, though, is that you observed female black and yellow mud dauber wasps (Sceliphron caementarium) bringing paralyzed...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Bee identifcation, yellow stripes, mimicry
yellow stripes, mimicry, antennae: Hi. There are numerous possibilities. Black with yellow stripes is a common pattern among insects, both harmful and harmless (you ve heard of mimicry). It could be a bee, wasp, fly, moth, or even a beetle. I d have to see a photo, or at least get a much...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Bee...he's looking at me!, native pollinators, carpenter bees
native pollinators, carpenter bees, male bees: Hi. That s a male carpenter bee. Male bees cannot sting - they don t possess a stinger. He s staked out a territory and is waiting for virgin females to pass by so he can pounce on them and pass on his high-quality genetic material. Give him a cute name, and...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Bee's, may beetle, june beetle
may beetle, june beetle, gumbee: Hi. I suspect you may be thinking of the May *beetle* (or June beetle), a.k.a. cockchafer - or something closely related. try doing a web search on those names (or the scientific name Melolontha) and see if the pictures are anything like what you re thinking...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Bee species, possibly a mimic, cicada killer wasp, bee venom
cicada killer wasp, bee venom, yellow stripes: Hi. Depends on where you live, which you don t say. There aren t many actual bees that have black and yellow stripes (despite what they show in cartoons) - really, only some bumblebees fit that description. B&Y striping is far more common in wasps and flies,...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Bee sting fatalities, insect venoms, world health organization
insect venoms, world health organization, scorpion stings: Dear Will: I do not know the answer, but suggest that you might check with the World Health Organization (WHO), or possibly the Centers for Disease Control (based in Atlanta) for those statistics. That said, globally probably several hundred to a few...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Bee's and urine..., essential minerals, salt balance
essential minerals, salt balance, excess sugar: Hi. Actually, one of the most difficult things for any wild animal is to maintain a proper salt balance; there are relatively few good natural sources of salts and other essential minerals. MANY insects will be attracted to urine, as it contains a fair number...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Bee/Wasp Magnet, deer flies, laundry detergent
deer flies, laundry detergent, natural magnet: Hi. It doesn t take heavy scents or perfume - the human nose is a lot less sensitive than any insect. It could be your soap, your shampoo, your laundry detergent, even the food you recently ate. It also doesn t have to be the odor - it could be some visual...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Bee/Wasp, cicada killer wasp, cicada
cicada killer wasp, cicada, cicadas: Dear K: You are describing a cicada killer wasp, Sphecius spheciosus. They are only dangerous to cicadas:-) Each female digs a burrow that terminates in one or more cells. She puts at least one paralyzed cicada in each cell, lays an egg, and seals it...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Bee-zilla!, cicada killers, cicada killer
cicada killers, cicada killer, google search: This is a Cicada Killer. These large hornets capture and sting cicadas in the summer time and bury their paralyzed bodies in tunnels dug in fluffy soils. They lay an egg on the cicada and the immature cicada killer hatches to feed on the cicada. One year...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Bee, sphinx moth, nessus sphinx
sphinx moth, nessus sphinx, winged insect: Dear Jack: You are describing a sphinx moth of some kind, probably the snowberry clearwing, Hemaris diffinis, or the hummingbird clearwing, Hemaris thysbe. It could also be a Nessus sphinx moth. They are not uncommon, and are frequently passed off as...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Bees, high metabolic rate, species of bees
high metabolic rate, species of bees, overnight temperature: Hi. This only applies to honeybees, for one thing, and not the other 12,000 species of bees. It primarily depends on the temperature, and it has to be fairly extreme. Honeybees have a very high metabolic rate, and a normal internal temperature over 30C, so...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Bees, 100 million years, dinosaurs
100 million years, dinosaurs, bees: Dinosaurs arose first (over 200 million years ago), but bees showed up while the dinosaurs were still around (the oldest confirmed bee fossil is 80 million years old, but the actual origin of bees was probably closer to 100 million years ago) - dinosaurs went...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Bees, genus vespula, coos bay oregon
genus vespula, coos bay oregon, social wasps: Richard: If ALL the insects were coming and going out of ONE hole, then they are yellowjackets, social wasps in the family Vespidae, genus Vespula, and you can consult .edu and/or .gov websites for inexpensive and effective control measures. If EACH...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Bees, bald faced hornet, white stripes
bald faced hornet, white stripes, yellowjacket: J: Is this a riddle? Can I have a clue, like where you saw the thing? The only insect that I can think of is the bald-faced hornet, Dolichovespula maculata, which is not a true hornet, but a large yellowjacket. Please see images of this insect at:...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Bees, family tachinidae, purple stripes
family tachinidae, purple stripes, orange flowers: There are blue bees in Nevada (in the genus Osmia), but no purple ones (purple is a very rare color on bees). I m sort of suspicious now that you may be seeing some sort of flies that are hairy or bristly, and confusing them with bees. Can you answer this...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Bees, carpenter bees, professional exterminator
carpenter bees, professional exterminator, insect photos: Bees, yellowjackets, and their relatives are only active during daylight hours. You can safely approach the nest after it s fully dark outside. Yellowjackets are very aggressive and will sting without provocation, but most bees will leave you alone if you...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Bees and Other, pest control operator, desert critters
pest control operator, desert critters, cement slab: The most likely little black insect (based on my limited experience of the desert) is the sweat bee - look at the photo and read this article http://www.everythingabout.net/articles/biology/animals/arthropods/insects/bees/sweat_bee/ The little gray...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Bees, Wasps, and Hornets, wasps and hornets, predatory wasps
wasps and hornets, predatory wasps, bees wasps and hornets: Hi. Well, the technical distinctions won t make sense to you, so I ll do my best to suggest easily identifiable traits . Bees feed on pollen and nectar, and honeybees in particular are dark brown with orange and brown tails, and NO bright yellow on the body,...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Bees, sweat bees, moundville al
sweat bees, moundville al, yellowjackets: Mark: Thank you for the folklore about these insects. Might be able to use it in the field guide I am writing! Probably are indeed sweat bees, family Halictidae. Another possibility is flower flies of some kind, family Syrphidae. I just learned of...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): What is this Beetle?, bombardier beetle, family carabidae
bombardier beetle, family carabidae, sweetpotato weevil: Dear Leve: Thanks to a pretty brilliant description, I think I know what your insect is. I ll bet it is a false bombardier beetle, Galerita janus (or a closely-related species in that genus). They are in the ground beetle family (Carabidae) and predatory...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Beetle?, granary weevil, click beetle
granary weevil, click beetle, idea what kind: Hi. Weevils that size don t hop. In fact, nothing that size hops unless it s some sort of cricket or a grasshopper. On the other hand, maybe it was a click beetle, and you did something to make it click, which could be mistaken for a hop. Look up click beetle...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Beetle found in salad!, black legs, uk supermarket
black legs, uk supermarket, orange body: Dear Daniel: I assume UK means United Kingdom? I am not much good with things from over the pond. You are welcome to send an image to my private e-mail, but I don t guarantee it won t bounce, as the box is nearly full. Better to post it to: http://www.whatsthatbug.com...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Beetle Identification, eric eaton, longhorn beetle
eric eaton, longhorn beetle, nw iowa: Tambrey: You can tell your former instructor that you have a specimen of the ivory-marked beetle, Eburia quadrigeminata. Congratulations on recognizing it to the family level! Ivory-marked beetles are well-known for emerging from milled lumber many...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Beetle (Insect), longhorn beetles, black beetle
longhorn beetles, black beetle, antennae: There are about 25 or so insects in your area that could fit that general description. To narrow it down, you d have to describe its legs, antennae, and head in a bit more detail, or send a digital photo. Normally, odds would be that if it s a yellow and black...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Beetle intelligence, darkling beetles, science experiment
darkling beetles, science experiment, background info: I ve never done this experiment or read of anyone testing intelligence of darkling beetles. My guess would be that the beetles are too dumb to learn something after only 3 trials, even if given a reward like food. Perhaps after 10 trials you might see something,...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Beetle larvae, not harming them, compost heaps, compost heap
compost heaps, compost heap, beetle larvae: This is more of a practical problem than an entomological problem, and I d say you need a practical solution; were I in your position, I would simply sift the compost through a coarse screen as I use it, and toss the larvae back into the box. If your inclination...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Beetle larvae, stag beetle larvae, e mail address
stag beetle larvae, e mail address, grub: Reagan: Please post your image to: http://www.bugguide.net as there are several beetle experts who visit that site regularly, and should be able to confirm your identification better than I can. Thank you for sharing. Eric http://community.webtv.net/bugeric/BugEri...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Beetle Question, mexican bean beetle, eric eaton
mexican bean beetle, eric eaton, leaf beetles: Paul: I m afraid I can t help you. I don t even understand if you are describing the dorsal (top) and ventral (underside) of the insect, or if you are actually saying that only the upper (dorsal) surface is divided in color and pattern. I encourage...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Beetle, Roly Poly, or Tiny Cockroach, black bug, high desert
black bug, high desert, britanny: Hi Britanny First of all we can rule out sowbugs(roly poly) and roaches. Neither are tiny and black and sowbugs stay outside. Let me assure that you have nothing to be scared of. These are most likely some species of a beetle and absolutely harmless. And...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Beetle with white spot, autumn joy sedum, black beetles
autumn joy sedum, black beetles, flower heads: Hi. In Florida, all bets are off for making IDs. There are so many %$@*&^ imported plants and animals that have gotten loose in Florida that it s almost impossible to assume that anything anyone sees is native there. That being said, if the beetles are in...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Beetle, gray shell, bronze color
gray shell, bronze color, beetles: Not knowing where you live, or the size of the beetle (measured with a ruler, not guessed by eye), or other details of its appearance (is it long and skinny, flat, dome-shaped, round, etc.), it s next to impossible to come up with a reasonable answer - there...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Beetles, unambiguous answer, best guess
unambiguous answer, best guess, honest answer: Actually, no, I can t - the question is too vague to have an actual single, correct, unambiguous answer. Mostly because no one knows how many beetles there are; the best guess, and probably the safest, would be the tropics , but the tropics is itself pretty...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Beetles, european chafer, natural predators
european chafer, natural predators, soft soil: Dear Erica: Lots of factors can account for an overabundance of insects of any kind. Wet winters can spawn more insects that feed on plants because the plants do better, and subterranean species have an easier time clawing their way out of soft soil...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Beetles..., carpet beetles, dust mites
carpet beetles, dust mites, many different ways: I d be willing to bet that the ones you found along the edge there were mostly accumulated dead beetles - and goodness knows how long a time interval was represented there (could have been a week s worth, or three years, for all you know). The best you can...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Beetles, family dermestidae, skin beetles
family dermestidae, skin beetles, beetle larvae: Carly: I tried to answer this Saturday evening, but this website, my WebTV unit, or both, did not allow me to! Please forgive the technical difficulties. I am still not certain what you have there, but it sounds like it might be beetle larvae rather...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Beetles, beetles, beetle
beetles, beetle, sketch: There are thousands of beetles. If you live in North America, try clicking on the sketch on the left of this website that most closely matches your beetle - then see if you can ID it by following the links. If not, post a photo. http://bugguide.net/node/view/1574...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Beetles in my home, strawberry root weevil, vine weevil
strawberry root weevil, vine weevil, black beetles: Dear Valerie - Your weevils are indeed in the same subfamily (Entiminae) as the strawberry root weevil and the black vine weevil. Weevils in this subfamily are frequent indoors invaders, for reasons that are not entirely clear (hypotheses include searching...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Beetles, stag beetles, tiger beetles
stag beetles, tiger beetles, dear cheri: Dear Cheri - As there are literally hundreds of thousands of beetle species, it would be quite difficult to view them all! You might try http://www.amazilia.net/images/Inverts/Coleoptera/beetles.htm, http://www.npwrc.usgs.gov/resource/distr/insects/tigb/mi/toc.htm,...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): BIG RED BLK/LEG ANT?????, queen ants, velvet ants
queen ants, velvet ants, female cow: Hi Karen From your description I believe you stomped upon an insect called a velvet ant. These are absolutely beautiful insects. Velvet ants are really hairy wasps not ants. The one you describe sounds like Dasymutilla occidentalis also know as the cow...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): BITES, bed bug bites, itch mites
bed bug bites, itch mites, bird mites: Dear Linda - Trying to identify the source of mystery bites can be very frustrating, as very few insects or other arthropods leave such a distinctive bite mark that it cannot be mistaken for something else. And just to confound the situation further, there...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): BITES, bug problem, little bugs
bug problem, little bugs, chiggers: Hi. Lots of people have allergic reactions, rashes, or psychosomatic skin conditions that make them think they are being bitten when there is nothing biting them. There are two rules to this, and they re very simple - if you can t answer YES to either of these,...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): BITING INSECTS IN TORONTO, buffalo gnats, fly larvae
buffalo gnats, fly larvae, biting insects: Taylor: Well, at least you gave me a clue as to a potential suspect:-) I am happy to help under those circumstances. What you describe could be one of only two possibilities: black flies (family Simuliidae), also known as buffalo gnats for their...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Big Black Bug/Beetle, family dytiscidae, family scarabaeidae
family dytiscidae, family scarabaeidae, scarab beetles: Dear Dawn - Without a more detailed description, it is difficult to make a definitive identificaton. However, I would hazard a guess that it most likely belongs to the family Scarabaeidae, a very large and diverse group of beetles that includes the so-called...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Big Black Bug??, cosmetic nuisance, kitchens and bathrooms
cosmetic nuisance, kitchens and bathrooms, chemical pesticides: Dear Maya: Hate to break it to ya, but water bug is another common name for the oriental cockroach, Blatta orientalis. They are fond of damp, humid situations, like steamy kitchens and bathrooms, but seldom stray any farther. Roaches are a cosmetic...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Big black beetle or....?, elaterid beetle, click beetle
elaterid beetle, click beetle, black beetle: I need more information - what shape are they - long and thin, or rounded? Approximately how many millimeters long are they? Do you have a photo? What is your geographic location, climate type, and what environment (rural, urban, suburban, etc.)? The...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Big black bug; beetle or something else, oriental cockroach, black bugs
oriental cockroach, black bugs, water bug: Hi. You may not want it to be some sort of roach, but that is definitely the best candidate that would match your description - something like the Oriental Cockroach, in fact. There are VERY few shiny, fast-moving, large insects that avoid the light and live...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Big bug, redish brown, porch light
redish brown, porch light, light the night: Lynn: I can tell from your description that it is nothing dangerous. You don t say where you are writing from, but it must be somewhere warm....My guess is that it is a beetle of some kind, probably a scarab that was attracted to your porch light the...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Big creepy bug!, scutigera coleoptrata, praying mantises
scutigera coleoptrata, praying mantises, house centipedes: Hi. What you ve got is house centipedes (Scutigera coleoptrata), which are the indoor equivalents of praying mantises in your garden: they are beneficial predators that eat household pests like roaches and houseflies. In other words, they re your allies, not...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Big Freeky Bee thing, cicada killer, brother claims
cicada killer, brother claims, freeky: David: The only thing I can think of is a cicada killer, Sphecius spheciosus. They are very large wasps, but not nearly as big as you claim (EVERYBODY exaggerates sizes, and insects do appear much larger in flight as well). Anyway, they are common wasps,...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Big flies invading my house, common house flies, flesh flies
common house flies, flesh flies, forensic entomology: Hi. Those are sarcophagid flies, also known as flesh flies , and they breed in dead animals. Somewhere in or near your apartment (including the ventilation system) something must have died recently, and the flies are now reaching adulthood. They ll stop shortly,...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Big flying bug with long stinger, translucent wings, family ichneumonidae
translucent wings, family ichneumonidae, ichneumon wasp: Norma: You saw a female ichneumon wasp of some kind, family Ichneumonidae. Females of some species have a long egg-laying organ called an ovipositor. It is NOT a stinger. Some other tailless species CAN sting. Go figure. See: http://www.bugguide.net...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Big freeky bee-thing, google image search, cicada killers
google image search, cicada killers, carpenter bees: David: Sorry for the delay, buy I do have a couple of theories for your insect. A couple of bee-like insects that do a lot of hovering are carpenter bees and cicada killer wasps. Carpenter bees resemble bumble bees but have a black or blue metallic...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Big gray bug with Wings, dangerous insects, wasps
dangerous insects, wasps, rectangle: Hi Clayette First of all I know of no dangerous insects that fit this description but I would have to see it Can you get a photo to send me (waltjh@sbcglobal.net) Get close to it. It will not hurt you. Unless you think it some kind of a bee. Look up ichneumon...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Big hornet?, cleveland ohio area, cicada
cleveland ohio area, cicada, hornet: Hi. If they re drilling into trees, then they re one of two things, both of which you can check easily on my FAQ page at http://cache.ucr.edu/~heraty/bugfaq.html - if they re over an inch long, they re either horntails or Megarhyssa wasps, neither of which...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Big long legged wasp, family cerambycidae, eric eaton
family cerambycidae, eric eaton, longhorned beetles: Ben: I m afraid I cannot give a definitive answer here. There are many, many insects that mimic wasps, passing themselves off as stinging insects when in fact they are quite harmless. Among the best mimics are syrphid flies (family Syrphidae), longhorned...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Big Mouth Bass or Bee???, bot flies, adult insect
bot flies, adult insect, magnificent image: Angela: Thank you for the compliment:-) Yes, Bugguide does have an image, but: Yours may be a different species, different gender, and most likely from a different state. Bugguide is trying to document distribution records for as many species as...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Big red bug in Jamestown, TN, velvet ants, google search
velvet ants, google search, jamestown tn: You have discovered a species of velvet ant. Velvet ants are a type of wasp where the females are wingless and the males fly. Being a wasp, the females can sting (painfully) to protect themselves. Velvet ants are parasitic on ground nesting bees and ant...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Biggest spider I've ever seen, wolf spiders, black legs
wolf spiders, black legs, palm of my hand: Hi Bailey. You are the first person I know that owns a spider eating dog. In answer to your last question there is not enough venom in a spider to harm a dog. As to what kind: If you were in the west I would suggest a Desert tarantula but in PA the...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Bit by Mystery Bug, mystery bug, black bug
mystery bug, black bug, silverfish: Dear Courtney - From your general description, it does not appear to be anything dangerous. However, without a more detailed description (or better yet, a photograph), I can only make wild guesses as to its identity. If you could take a clear, close-up photo...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Bite and latter syptoms, correct diagnosis, blood diseases
correct diagnosis, blood diseases, middle finger: Hi. You can t diagnose a bite from the symptoms alone (the swelling and numbness). It could even have been a plant thorn, for all you know. It is certainly unrelated to your *present* symptoms, because the original reaction was inflammation, which implies...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Bite with rash, earwigs, home improvements
earwigs, home improvements, complete recovery: Lisa: Earwigs do not bite, and even a pinch would not result in the symptoms you describe. In the absence of another potential arthropod offender I can be of no further help. For others who may be reading this: I NO LONGER ANSWER QUESTIONS ABOUT BITES...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Bite?, spider bites, brown recluse
spider bites, brown recluse, fangs: Hi Doina; Certainly it is a possibility but I am not a physician and it is difficult for me to make a judgement about I bite I cannot see. Spider bites are determined by a reddish area with two small pinpoint dots where the fangs penetrated. Spider bites...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Biters, ingrown hairs, mosquito bite
ingrown hairs, mosquito bite, blood stains: Hi. Bed bugs leave blood stains on the bedding, which are easy to see. If bed bugs are ruled out, and it s not fleas or lice, then it s either mites, or you re not being bitten. This is chigger season, and if you walk in the grass outdoors, you could be picking...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Bites: fly or mite, biting mites, pin prick
biting mites, pin prick, skin allergy: Hi. Actually, the first question is whether your roommate is having the same problem. If not, then you may be experiencing a skin allergy to something in the house, and that would be my first guess. No fly that hangs around garbage or glasses of water will...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Bites from unknown somethings in hot springs, bacterial skin infections, small circles
bacterial skin infections, small circles, chiggers: Hi. No insect that feeds on humans lives in the water. Nothing. It s a fair bet that(1) if you re staying overnight at the Hot Springs, then it s something in the beds you re sleeping in there, (2) they re bacterial skin infections picked up at the springs,...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Biting Beetle, puss caterpillar, family meloidae
puss caterpillar, family meloidae, blister beetles: Dear Lynda - This is rather puzzling, as to the best of my knowledge, there are no venomous beetles (the larvae of some predaceous beetles may inject their prey with proteolytic enzymes that break down the prey tissues). There are, however, some beetles that...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Biting Bugs on LI, non shalant, wall to wall carpeting
non shalant, wall to wall carpeting, bug bombs: Hi Stan Thrips cannot fly or jump. Is it possible for you to pick up a few of these bugs on Scotch tape and mail it to me? Or perhaps a piece of the trap. Put it in a baggy and mail it. My address is: walter hintz 29675 arthur ave wickliffe, ohio 44092...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Biting bug identified, body lice, lady beetle
body lice, lady beetle, lacewing: Dear George - There is no need to panic - from your description, it most likely is a larva of either a lady beetle or a lacewing. Both of these are predaceous on other small insects, but for some unknown reason they will bite humans when they come in contact...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Biting freshwater bugs, family belostomatidae, freshwater mollusk
family belostomatidae, freshwater mollusk, genus notonecta: Emily: Not at all sure what you are describing. Water mites (which fit your description) are not known to bite people as far as I know. Insects that DO include: backswimmers (family Notonectidae, genus Notonecta) which are farily large (3/4 of an inch)...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Biting gnats or "no-see-ums", lake powell area, aquatic larvae
lake powell area, aquatic larvae, navajo indian reservation: Hi. You already know the answer; they re either no-see-ums (most likely) or a mix of no-see-ums and blackflies. Both have aquatic larvae, and are therefore most common near water, and both bite. No-see-ums are a bit smaller, though, and don t leave the same...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Biting Insect Identification, blood blister, assassin bug
blood blister, assassin bug, biting insect: Ray: Sounds like some kind of assassin bug (family Reduviidae), judging from your brief description. Without more details I am hard-pressed to say. They usually don t bite unless severely provoked,though. I mishandled a small one once, and got a blood...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Biting Insect Identification, genus chrysops, biting insect
genus chrysops, biting insect, insect identification: Dear Ray: I think I can help you with this one:-) You are almost certainly talking about deer flies, genus Chrysops, family Tabanidae. They look triangular because they usually have dark spots on the wings (which they hold at 45 degree angles from...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Biting Insect identification, small red ants, harvest mites
small red ants, harvest mites, turlock lake: Dear Ray: Sounds like chiggers, which are actually immature harvest mites. Symptoms match what I get when I go afield in most places around the country anymore. To prevent future problems, dust your socks, shoes, and waitband with sulphur powder....

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Biting Insects, new berlin wisconsin, biting insect
new berlin wisconsin, biting insect, biting insects: It is very possible that a no-see-um or other biting fly is the culprit. Different people attract biting insects in differing degrees. A person s biochemistry determines how attractive they are to blood-feeding creatures. There are new repellants on the...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Biting Instects that thrive in bathrooms, dog fleas, cat fleas
dog fleas, cat fleas, spider mites: Hi david; I get a lot of questions like this about biting insects that cannot be seen and unfortunately If I cannot see them I cannot identify them. Furthermore in exterminators have looked and can find nothing that makes it even more difficult. You can rule...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Biting insect, bees and wasps, solitary bees
bees and wasps, solitary bees, biting insect: Hi. In one sense, it doesn t matter - there are no insects that are dangerous to non-allergic people, and if your daughter was allergic, she would have been in anaphylactic shock within 15 minutes. So, your daughter is not allergic, and there s nothing to...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Biting insect identification, orange coloration, deer fly
orange coloration, deer fly, biting insect: Dear Raymond - I hope that I don t disappoint you and Walter on this one. Having only very briefly visited the Florida panhandle, I can claim no intimate knowledge of the biting fauna therein. The only mosquito species occurring in Florida that has distinct...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Biting insect in Oregon, google image search, buffalo gnat
google image search, buffalo gnat, biting insect: Hi. The most likely candidate is a blackfly, also known as a buffalo gnat - the scientific name is Simulium, and you can do a google image search for pictures. They re infamous for the way their saliva leads to blood pooling up at the site of the bite, leaving...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Biting insect!?!? Please help me!, headboards and footboards, nooks and crannies
headboards and footboards, nooks and crannies, mattress springs: Dear Brandy: Well, I was not aware that anyone other than the intended recipient could read my answers. Another thing to love about AllExperts. Ha-ha... To your question: Chiggers can certainly linger for awhile after one has accumulated them...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Biting insect, biting insect, hoverflies
biting insect, hoverflies, pine trees: Dear Julian. This insect biting you sounds like a fly. It looks similar to yellow jackets to prevent birds or other predators from eating them. They re in the family of Hoverflies, which is syrphidae in latin. You could find more information in http://www.gwydir.demon.co.uk/insects/syrphini.htm...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Biting insects invading our pool., different kinds of insects, adult insects
different kinds of insects, adult insects, kinds of insects: Hi. Those are two completely different kinds of insects. The first ones were thrips, which are tiny plant-feeding insects that are attracted to bright floral colors - a yellow pool will draw them in like a magnet, and they bite because they re starving to...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Biting insects, roach motels, sticky traps
roach motels, sticky traps, biting insects: Dear Fidel - Situations such as you describe can be very difficult to resolve. If an insect or other arthropod (mites, etc.) are responsible, you really just about have to catch them in the act to be sure that they really are the culprits. As you may be aware,...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Biting Lady Bugs, lady bugs, laura jane
lady bugs, laura jane, lady bug: Most ladybugs will sporadically bite people, as a way for them to get salt off your skin (they don t have tongues, so biting is all they can do). There are lots of species, and nearly any of them will do it if they need salt badly enough. Hope that solves...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Biting Midges, laundry detergents, allergic reactions to cats
laundry detergents, allergic reactions to cats, chigger bites: Yes, you were definitely getting bitten by both no-see-ums AND chiggers; your description of the pattern is exactly (and uniquely) attributable to chiggers - and it also seems that the chiggers are by far the more significant problem. I too have a severe reaction...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Biting Mites, biting mites, walter hintz
biting mites, walter hintz, wickliffe ohio: It is apparent that, as I have always suspected, pest control people do not know what they are talking about. Trash, skin,and scabs; nonsense. I would trust the entomologist about springtails except that springtails do not bite. They do not seem to be mites....

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Bitten by a bug, google image search, wet toilet paper
google image search, wet toilet paper, horseflies: Hi. To see pictures of horseflies, do a Google image search on the name Tabanus . Their bite does hurt like heck. Tobacco won t help things like that any more than anything else goopy like oatmeal or wet toilet paper - in fact, it s likely to make you sick,...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Bitting Yellow and Black (Fly/Bee), professional exterminator, fly bee
professional exterminator, fly bee, black fly: The most common such insect is the yellowjacket. They are nasty and aggressive. Look at this photo and see if that s what you have. There are many types of yellowjackets and the colors and stripes vary somewhat. The ones in the UK are different than the...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Bizarre Beautiful Dandelion seed bug?, dandelion seed, mystery critter
dandelion seed, mystery critter, laughlin nv: Dear Amanda- I believe that I may have stumbled onto something that may match your description, and it is native to your area. Have a look at the velvet ant Dasymutilla gloriosa (Hymenoptera: Mutillidae) at http://images.enature.com/insects_spid/insects_spid_m/IS0292_1m.jpg...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Bizarre white insect, insect question, strange insect
insect question, strange insect, address thanks: Dear Tricia - I m sorry that none of my suggestions came close. I just hope that if you ever do come across another one, you will be able to photograph it. In the meantime, if I stumble across any other potential candidate, I ll get back in touch with you....

Entomology (Study of Bugs): BLACK TINY BUGS, public health department, natural history museum
public health department, natural history museum, land grant university: Melissa: This is beyond the scope of what I can do over the phone. Please take specimens of the insects to an entomologist at a local natural history museum, university, or even public health department, where they can be viewed under high magnification,...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): BLACK WORMS, larvae maggots, chapel hill tennessee
larvae maggots, chapel hill tennessee, google search: Dawn: These are larvae (maggots) of the Black Soldier Fly. These flies lay their eggs on manure and rotting organic material, including human waste. If they are coming up in your toilet, you may have an opening to the air in your septic tank where the...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Black aunt like bug, longhorn beetle, valley elderberry longhorn
longhorn beetle, valley elderberry longhorn, orange strip: Is it any of these? If not, email me a sketch (kayton@alum.mit.edu) and indicate how long it measures. Make sure to include that it is from South Carolina http://www.fws.gov/sacramento/es/animal_spp_acct/valley_elderberry_longhorn_beetle_kf.htm Eastern...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Black Bees, carpenter bees, yellow faces
carpenter bees, yellow faces, bumblebees: Hi. Those aren t bumblebees, they re carpenter bees, _Xylocopa virginica_. The ones with yellow faces that hover all the time are the males, staking out their little private territories and waiting for females to pass by so they can pounce on them and hopefully...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Black Beetles, stink bugs, black beetles
stink bugs, black beetles, lava rocks: Alicia: Thank you for maintaining a polite tone, it is much appreciated. Thanks also for explaining better your situation. Well, they certainly could be ground beetles. Any chance you could get a digital image and post it to: http://www.bugguide.net...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Black Bug that bluffs like a scorpion strikes, google image search, irbil iraq
google image search, irbil iraq, camel spiders: Hi. There are several different kinds of insects that will raise their tail as a bluff (or not - some have nasty chemical spray). Your description of its size and color isn t all that distinctive, though my first (and only) guess would be a rove beetle like...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Black Bug with Red Markings, box elder bugs, red bugs
box elder bugs, red bugs, maple trees: Hi lindsay These are Box elder bugs (Leptocoris sp)Look them up. There are eastern and western species depending on wher eyou live They usually feed on maple trees but do not cause any real damage. They will not damage your elm tree. They will soon disappear...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Black Bug red chevron, pest control operators, commercial pest control
pest control operators, commercial pest control, boxelder bugs: Dear D. Lindsey: You won t believe this, but I have distant relatives who live, or lived, in Edwardsville. My mom was adopted, and her adopting relatives settled there, in part. Lovely area! Ok, to your question. The insects are undoubtedly adult...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Black Bugs in Hair, head louse, head lice
head louse, head lice, black bugs: Hi. Head lice can very a bit in color, and may be fairly dark. They are the ONLY insects that will live on a person s head, so if they are NOT head lice, then they are something that accidentally dropped on your head, and won t be back. See http://www.ent.orst.edu/urban/head_lice.html...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Black Bugs!, black bugs, google
black bugs, google, pincers: Hi Emily The pincers on the backend tell me these are earwigs. They are not usual house dwellers and they do not usually occur in large numbers. Although they can get into foodstuffs they search for other insects to eat. Unless there are a lot of them...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Black beetle - furry, longhorn beetle, black beetle
longhorn beetle, black beetle, french alps: Bonjour. It might not be a beetle - very few are furry . I would first suspect a mutillid wasp, which are flightless, furry, and well-armored. My next guess would be a large darkling beetle (Tenebrionidae), of which there are a few furry species. Beyond that,...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Black beetles, black beetles, extension entomologist
black beetles, extension entomologist, criters: Dear Heather - As there literally are thousands of species that could match your general description, I would be doing you a disservice if I even attempted to guess as to what they might be. If you can take some digital photos of them, I will provide you with...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Black bug with 2 orange stripes on back, google image search, bugs in my backyard
google image search, bugs in my backyard, st augustine grass: Hi. I very much suspect boxelder bugs - do a Google image search on the name Boisea trivittata and see if that s the culprit. There s no way to be rid of them aside from removing the tree(s) they re feeding on (and those trees may not even be on your property)....

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Black bug, chimeric-looking, insertion points, pensacola florida
insertion points, pensacola florida, oval body: Dear Annina: It just dawned on me that what you are describing most brilliantly is an ENSIGN wasp! They are in the family Evaniidae, and Bugguide.net does have an image or two. They are parasites of cockroach egg cases, at least one species having been...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Black bugs in my apt, flour beetles, carpet beetles
flour beetles, carpet beetles, dermestid beetles: Hi Sherlenia You are correct as we live in a buggy world. First of all these are not fleas as fleas do no fly. These sound like beetles and there over 750,000 species of beetles. These could be flour beetles so you will have to look for the source of...

Entomology (Study of Bugs): Black bugs in Post Falls, Idaho, segmented antennae, order hemiptera
segmented antennae, order hemiptera, window cracks: Charlie: You are probably describing some sort of true bug in the order Hemiptera, as they have very distinctly segmented antennae as you describe. My in-box is too backlogged to accomodate e-mailed images, but I suggest that you post your images...