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Insects


LARDER BEETLES

Dermeste
Like ladybugs, larder beetles belong to the order Coleoptera (beetles). They, too, have rigid protective wings, but at first sight they seem to be darker in colour. The colour pattern of the larder beetle is ...

Dermeste



 
COCKROACHES

COCKROACHES
Some cockroaches from tropical countries can reach an imposing size; they often appear in horror films or endurance tests because of this characteristic. The German cockroach is the variety most commonly found in households throughout ...

COCKROACHES



 
CLOTHES MOTHS (MOTHS)

Clothes moths
Clothes moths are tiny moths (about 6 mm), usually called moths, with hair or scales on their head. Two species attack clothing stored in the home: the webbing clothes moth and the casemaking clothes moth.

Clothes



 
CARPENTER ANTS

Carpenter ants
Ants generally have narrow waists and bent (folded) antennae. Carpenter ants can be described as large (6 to 15 mm) black, brown or red ants that damage wood. You can find several species amongst carpenter ...

Carpenter



 
SCIARIDAE (GNATS)

Sciaridae GNATS
Sciaridae (or sciarids) are small (1 to 11 mm), blackish, brownish or yellowish flies with wings that are often dark (sometimes small or absent) and relatively long feet. Their eyes are close together or joined ...

Sciaridae



 
MOTHS

MOTHS
Butterflies can be recognized by their “powder-covered” (scaled) wings. Butterfly antennae end in small “balls” (clubs). Moths do not have similar appendages. They are part of a family containing a large number of species with ...

MOTHS



 
BEDBUGS

BEDBUGS
This small, reddish-brown insect, just a bit longer (5 mm) than it’s width (3 mm), is flat in shape so that the top and bottom of its body are not very far apart. It has ...

BEDBUGS



 
COMMON EARWIGS

COMMON EARWIGS
Earwigs can be recognized by their cerci – two small appendages located at the end of the rear portion of their reddish brown bodies. The cerci are more curved in the male and straighter in ...

COMMON



 
SILVERFISH

SILVERFISH
“Silverfish” is the popular name given to lepisma saccharina because it has a cigar-shaped body covered with silvery scales. It is, in fact, an insect with six feet but no wings. It has two long ...

SILVERFISH



 
FLEAS

FLEAS
The flea’s small brown body is flat on each side so it can easily move between the hairs of an animal. Its well developed back legs enable it to do a 13 cm high jump ...

FLEAS



 
PHARAOH ANTS

PHARAOH ANTS
This species is really tiny (1.5 to 2 mm). Its colour varies from yellow to rust, and like other ants, has a narrow waist and bent (folded) antennae.

PHARAOH



 
PAVEMENT ANTS

PAVEMENT ANTS
Like other ants, this species has a narrow waist and bent (folded) antennae. Its length is intermediate (2.5 to 3 mm) between that of carpenter ants and pharaoh ants, and it can resemble several other ...

PAVEMENT



 
DROSOPHILA (FRUIT FLIES)

DROSOPHILA FRUIT FLIES
In everyday language, drosophila are usually called fruit flies or vinegar flies. The most common species, Drosophila melanogaster, is 3 or 4 mm long. It has two red eyes and a partly-striped yellowish-brown body with ...

DROSOPHILA



 
SOCIAL WASPS

SOCIAL WASPS
In Canada, there are over 15 species of social wasps displaying black, yellow, white or brown coloration. Wasps are not as hairy as bumble bees and domestic bees, their hairs do not branch out, and ...

SOCIAL



 
CENTIPEDES

CENTIPEDES
Centipedes are members of the order Chilopoda and are grouped together with millipedes (order Diplopoda) in the class Myriapoda whose name comes from two Greek words meaning “very many” and “feet”. Centipedes do not actually ...

CENTIPEDES



 
WOOD LICE (Sow bugs)

WOOD LICE Sow bugs
Wood lice are small greyish, blackish or brownish Crustacea. Their bodies are flattened and consist of several plates with 19 pairs of appendages, including seven pairs of legs on their anterior part (pereion) ...

WOOD



 
CIGARETTE BEETLES

CIGARETTE BEETLES
Cigarette beetles are tiny insects that measures between 2 and 3 mm. Like ladybugs, they belong to the order Coleoptera. The rigid reddish-brown wings visible when they are not flying actually protect another pair of ...

CIGARETTE



 
MASKED HUNTERS

MASKED HUNTERS
Masked hunters are large (17 to 22 mm long) blackish or brownish-black plant bugs. In North America, there are over 160 species of plant bugs belonging to the same family (Reduviidae). These predatory species can ...

MASKED



 
JAPANESE BEETLES

BEETLES
Ladybugs, also called lady beetles or lady birds, are among our most beneficial insects. They are voracious and efficient predators of insect pests, and feed on more than 50 species of aphids. A single ladybug ...

BEETLES



 
BEETLES

beetles
Beetles are small Coleoptera belonging to the family of Dermestidae (skin eaters). They are widespread but prefer warm countries, hence their subtropical origin. They are able to digest keratin and feed on plant- and animal-based ...

beetles



 
COLLEMBOLA

COLLEMBOLA
Collembola are also known as snow fleas or springtails. They are very small arthropods, generally measuring two to three millimeters in length, with some reaching one centimeter. They have highly variable colouring: red, blue, orange, ...

COLLEMBOLA



 
ANOBIIDAE

ANOBIIDAE
Anobiidae belong to the order of xylophagous (wood-eating) beetles, which means that the larvae of some species attack wood. There are two species found mainly in dwellings: Anobium punctatum or anobium beetle or common furniture ...

ANOBIIDAE



 

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