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By Joan V from Lewes, DE
I just found one of those bugs yesterday and I identified it as a sort of stink bug. Its official name is a western conifer seed bug according to the web.
To MOKAIS. Thanks but I think this is different. I checked all different types but this one has a different shape and different colors for example, the antennae are bright red which doesn't show in the pic. Thanks for the input though.
I forgot to add to my bug request that this bug is about 1 1/4 to 1 1/2 inches long from head to other end. He appears very aggresive as he turned not only his head but entire body to track my every movement!
I think it is a "wheel bug" or known also as an "Assasin Bug". I hope I am correct and I hope this helps you. They can be harmful to humans. Clara
It could be a Wheel Bug.
What is this insect? It was running up my leg as I was sitting in my chair inside. I pinched it through my pants with two fingers and tried to squish it, but it did not get squished at all. It was extremely hard. The insect is very small, so it is hard to get the camera to focus. It's smaller than my pinky finger nail.
I found a small insect that looks like a cross between a common house fly and a miniature bee. Any idea what it might be? The insect has the body size and color of a fly (green and blue) and looks like a bee with six legs and small stinger. I tried to take a picture of it, but it was too small for the camera to focus on.
By Janette G from Paradise, CA
Without seeing a picture, my guess would be a that it is a blue bottle fly. We have them around here and they are harmless. Here is a link that tells about the blue bottle fly.
My initial thought was a sweat bee. But if you are concerned catch one (dead-but recognizable or alive) and take it to your local agricultural office. It may have a different name but it should be listed in your phone book near other local govt offices. Another choice would be to take it to a state park if there is one in your area. Those rangers are pretty knowledgable about most of the critters in their state.
It might be a Mason bee, http://en.wikip g/wiki/Mason_bee
I'm gonna say it's a blueberry bee. This picture best matches the coloration you describe. A picture can be found at: http://en.wikip Osmia_ribifloris I hope this helps!
I am concerned about using a toxic pesticide. Knowing little, I fear I could damage my soil, and/or at least alter some local ecological systems. I would feel better understanding what confronts me. Where do I go? What do I do? I am grateful for any reply, and thank you in advance for your time.
Hardiness Zone: 11
This isn't going to be helpful at all, just a reaction to the photo. Ack!
I have issues with caterpillars. They give me the heebie-jeebies. And those would probably have me running/screaming out of my back yard (possibly running into something and knocking myself out).
I found aphids that popped up on my cucumbers overnight, and used some insecticidal soap on them. I think I used it two days in a row, and that took care of the problem. It looked like the safest thing when I was at the store (said it was safe to use right up to harvest).
Maybe someone will come on and help you identify those brightly-colored, healthy-looking caterpillars (shudder!). If not, check out this link to Dave's Garden BugFiles:
http://davesgarden.com/guides/bf/ Best of luck!
You can spray your garden with the liquid soap from the kitchen. Fill the bottle almost full of water then put 1 tablespoon of soap in the bottle. Call your County Extension off for all the info on gardening. It's free, good luck.
Kills Ants, Fleas, Ticks, Cockroaches, Earwigs, Slugs, Beetles, Flies, Silverfish, Bed Bugs, worms and many other pests, naturally, without harsh synthetic chemicals!
Not only that! It works on pets, dogs, cats and equines for worms and parasites. Human grade though. And it isn't costly! It is great stuff!
Try your local college, or extension service. E-mail your pictures. Also a local garden center, just keep the bugs in a capped jar so they can't escape. I have read that diatomacous earth can be deadly to pets. Check with you vet on that one.
What ever you do please use care. Sadly big business agriculture over does the weed killers, and genetic engineered food which can withstand massive doses of roundup is not good for any of us humans.
Dreaming about my garden as the temps are in the teens, and a large snow storm may blanket the landscape this weekend. Good luck with eliminating those awful bugs.
Does anybody know what this bug is? I think it's either a bed bug or a springtail. I found it on my bed.
Does anyone know what these bugs are? They run along my counter tops and back splash in the kitchen. I have checked all food products and cleaned all the cabinets and drawers with bleach, but they are still showing up. They don't fly as far as I have seen, but they are really fast crawlers. I will only see one or two at a time.
I am an American, living in London, England. Recently, we had a problem with mice in our home. They were so numerous, you could hear them fighting and smacking into each other in the walls and behind cabinets.
I'm a vegan, and against killing animals, but it got so bad, they were coming out into the living areas of the house, despite our 4 indoor cats! My husband eventually put down Rentokil bait, and within 3 days, they had all apparently died, though we only could locate 3 dead mice.
A week later, a fly began to appear in the house. I have never seen anything like this fly before. It looks a great deal like a flea, but with wings. It has black, 'not' red eyes, long, jointed flea-like legs, bristles on the head, and it is a brown reddish color with alternating black or dark brown 'stripes' on the thorax. The ventral part of the thorax is light cream color.
They are not attracted to sugar or any sweet food items. They only seem to want meat, ie., cat food or the jelly on the food, and they attack the saliva left in the bowl, immediately after the cat eats.
They fly right at me, and they are very insistent about it. I do not know if they bite, as I do not let them land on me, and if one does, I get rid of it fast. They are extremely hard to kill. You can try to crush them when they have landed, but they seem to be able to withstand a lot of pressure, like a flea can. I've sprayed them with Flash with bleach, and it stops them, but once they dry off, they just fly away! They won't go out a window if they are on it and I open the window to let them out.
What is this fly? It's driving me insane. Rentokil has asked me to try to post a few to them, for i.d purposes, but that will take 2-3 weeks before they get back to me. Can anyone help? By the way, they are 'not' drain flies or fruit flies, wrong morphology. Please help. Thank you!
It would help if you post a picture.
Stiletto Fly (named for the obvious stiletto heel body shape)
Harmless to humans
Predates on other insects. Larvae live in the soil and decaying vegetation; predate on other soil insects such as maggots, beetle larvae, etc. Closely related to robber flies (also predators) which are much more common.