Black Beetle (Broad-necked Root Borer)
Black beetle, 1
Found on hosta in mainly shade in residential organic garden in SW CT, surroundings are White Oak, norway maple, hemlock, rhododendron, compost bin. Approx. 1" in length, horns also maybe 1" long. No hairs. a shorter, stockier bug rather thanthe long, slim profile of say an Eyed Click Beetle. It also had a brown spike sticking out of it's rear end (folded wings?)
Moni says From your clear description, tho the photo is not at a good angle nor very clear, I think your beetle might be a Broad-necked Root Borer.
If so this is a longhorned beetle, family Cerambycidae.
This beetle can be found in the northeastern US, as well as then west to Minnesota down to Oklahoma and to Florida.
The adults of this beetle feed on foliage of fruit trees and grapes. Larva feed on the roots of those plants.
The projection out the back is probably the ovipositor of a female beetle.
Small Black 6 legs hairs on tail (carpet beetle larva)
(East Meadow, New York)
I found the bug in my bed. Its maybe a centimeter in length black with what looks like hairs that come out of the tail. Ive never seen this bug before just wondering what it is.
blackish Bee vs Fly (Tachinid fly - Belvosia borealis)
Large flying insect about the size of a half dollar, yellow and black striped end with black hairs but no stinger, tongue looks like a fly, large eyes. Does not make a sound when it flies. Has been flying around us on our back deck for days.
black and yellow fly with fur (Euonymus leaf notcher)
by cliff lund
(Severna Park, MD)
This fly ? is about 3/4" long and1" wide long antenna, brown fur body, several have showed up in my basement.
blackish beetle tick (Weevil)
by christian riding
we live in spokane washington and just moved into a new apartment. we found a few of these small bugs in cracks along the carpet. they have six legs and are very hard. there butts are dark brown and the head is close to black. it would be greatly appreciated if we could get some help in identifying it thanks a ton.
black and yellow small (Leaffooted bug nymph)
(Ocean springs, Ms)
I saw this bug when I got out of the shower. It was on the door frame. It was crawling up the door frame and I thought it was a baby wasp because it was yellow and black. Then I got some tissue to catch it and it turned red and black. Every part of this bug that was yellow turned red. So we put it some water for about 10 minutes and I thought it was dead. When I took it out of the water to take a pic it was "dead" so I thought. A couple of minutes later it started crawling again. Oh it was freaky!! Please let me know what type of insect this is. Thank you for your time.
Black large flying antenna (Longhorn beetl)
(Ottawa, Ontario. Canada)
Algonquin Park Bug
Fly's around Algonquin Park in Ontario. I've had this fellow land on me before in the park. Wondering what it is called. He fly's in short bursts and his wings are rigid.
black mean ant looking insect (Rove Beetle)
(Redwood City, CA USA)
This bug is angry and defensive, when threatened it raises it's large tail like a scorpion and opens it's pincher mouth as wide as it can. It looks like an ant but it's tail section looks to have several parts and is about 3x it's first two sections. What is it?
big yellow/black striped body, red head, 6 legs -(Jerusalem Cricket)
(Los Angeles, CA, USA)
Found under tree trunk. Almost size of my finger.
Big round body with yellow/black stripes.
Long pincher black bug (Male dobsonfly)
by Timothy McMahon
long wings, 6 legs, long pinchers, long antenna.
Thank you for what ever help you can give
black and orange 6 legged (Boxelder bugs)
what kind of bug is this and how do i get rid of it
i live in michigan
Large Black Bug Gentle Giant (Predaceous Diving beetle)
(Ottawa, Ontario, Canada)
This Gentle Giant was found crawling in the grass. My husband let him crawl on his hand (as you can see from the photo). It's very big, about 2.5 to 3 inches long and approx. 1.5 to 2 inches wide. I live in Ottawa, Ontario. I'm not sure what kind of bug this is, I'm guessing it's some type of beetle. Just wondering if it's a bad bug or a beneficial bug to have around? I have a vegetable garden near by. Your help with its identification would be greatly appreciated. Many Thanks, Pam
Long Flying Insect Black And White (Giant Eastern Crane Fly)
by Christopher Profrock
(Mio, Michigan, United States)
Black And white, long wings and body, triangle shape on wings, can not see a head looks like it is attached to the upper body.
red and black flower insect (Curculionidae beetle)
it's red and black It has wings .usually stays on roses.it forms same holes especially in the bulbs. I live in albania.
Hard backed black insect (Devil's Coachhorse beetle)
by S Stuthridge
Hard backed, black with 2 antlers, head is beetle like and then it has a sectioned body and a tail like a scorpion with 4 armoured sections that arches over if you approach the insect. Length is approximately 25mm. It was found in Cornwall under some plastic sheeting in a muddy part of a garden.
Wasp-like, orange and black, long orange legs (Great Golden Digger Wasp)
I found this type of insect in two instances 'digging' (a nest?) in the stonedust of my pathways.
Giant winged insect with pinchers (Dobsonfly male)
Giant winged insect with pinchers
Please help identify this large brown insect with brown speckled wings and a large set of pinchers, total length from tip of pinchers to wing tip 6.5 inches. Picture was taken west of Philadelphia PA in the morning. Insect was attached to the side of a building wall not moving.
Huge black Beetle (Broad-necked root borer, female)
by Geil Patterson
(Riverside, R.I. USA)
It's the Giant Beetle!!
This (beetle) is dark in color with large wings and long antennae or feelers. It seems to have something sticking out from behind that is somewhat yellow/white with some black like the size of a needle inside. It may be a sexual organ? It also has small yellow striped (not on top) but, they are on the undercarriage! It was very intimidating and seemed to lengthen the stem or stinger when approached closer...hhmmm. It, was very large in size also, A little over an inch maybe. It was sittting on a rock in our azalea bush! We left it alone and I tollk a pic. Hope you can ID this one...it doesn't seem native to RI . thank you Gail
Black and Red Bugs (Red-shouldered Bug)
These Black and Red bugs just appeared, have been here over 20 years and have never noticed anything that looked like these. They were swarming all over the myrtle (ground cover - not the Crepe Myrtle) also looks like they are mating. They were not damaging the plants. And we have lots of it around the yard but just seems to be on two clumps. At least 600 on top of leaves.
Black Bug 6 Legs Orange Stripe (Boxelder bugs)
Crawling all over the house during recent warm days in Elkton Maryland
black bug big pincers (Giant stag beetle)
found on the back of a commercial building
large black beetle with pinchers in the metro east
black nocturnal insect (Two-striped walkingstick)
(Ocala National Forest, FL. USA)
found in Ocala national forest in FL. October 4th 2008. Started dropping out of the trees above when it was dark, well after dusk. Were coupled up as though they were mating. the larger bug was walking the other one was riding on its back. larger was approx 4" smaller was only about 1.5". They were very easy to kill/smush. when they died they lost their color and turned brown. They were not bothered by our presence at all. and when we tried to 'scoot' them away from our area with a paper plate they charged towards to plate.
Black and Yellow Bee (Scoliid wasp)
by Simone Icough
Black and Yellow Bee
Do you know anything of bees? I found like the same size like the black one but with 4 yellow spots on the back any idea what this is?
Small black with red legs and two small spikes (aphids)
by B. Bradford
(Edmonton, Alberta, Canada)
Small Black/Red wingless insect. Major pest!
This one is on an envelope because it was hard to see on anything else. These little things showed up (maybe by chance?) around the same time I had a new fence installed (pine of some sort).
They range greatly in size from 1mm to 4 or 5mm. They have six red legs and two tiny red spikes on their rear. They meander, crawling around slowly and randomly as if they have nothing at all to worry about, on everything from my fence to my patio chairs and table to the side of my house. They don't seem to do anything at all but wander.
My biggest issue with them is that they are delicate, and any attempt to swipe them off of something usually results in their death and a small red stain on your hand or towel. They don't hide or run, and sitting on them can force a change of pants lest you wish to have red dots all over your rear.
Their noticeable numbers in my back yard went from a few to hundreds overnight, and they were of all different sizes. There were several dozens of them on each of my patio chairs and a hundred or more on my fence. After dousing everything in my backyard with a high pressure stream of water their numbers have dropped considerably, though they have not gone away.
orange black insect (Cicada killer wasp)
by Bruce Carey
-size of average human thumb
-orange black stripe body
-large orange eyes
Black/Blue flies with white spots and orange/red rears (Oleander moths)
by Chris Underwood
(Savannah, GA USA)
These flies were found mating outside my house in Savannah, GA in July 2009. They were oblivious to the fact I was taking a photo of them with my camera phone just inches away from where they were doing their business. haha.
black and red insect (Boxelder bug)
Orange & Red insect in Mulch
Orange and red Insect found in smaller numbers than the previous Black & Red I uploaded prior to this one. Is it possibly the mature stage?
Tiny black bug (Aphids)
(Coral Springs, FL, USA)
These are living on my potted hibiscus. They seem to be primarily on the buds, sometimes on the leaves. I also have little black ants which seem to be feeding on this mystery bug. They don't seem to be doing too much harm to the plant yet, a few holes on the leaves, but I don't want them to take over!
black and white flying insect with red eyes (Rabbit bot fly)
by Shannon Svoboda's Kindergarteners
(Lincoln, Nebraska, USA)
black and white flying insect with red eyes
This was a black and white insect my kindergarteners found on the playground equipment today. It was just sitting there- it doesn't seem able to fly very well- damaged wings, maybe? It has a furry looking white thorax, speckled-black abdomen, and large red eyes similar to that of a horsefly.
Black and Grey Bug w Two Large Black Dots (Eyed elater or Eyed click beetle)
by Ruth Hand
(Emmetsburg, IA, USA)
Nebraska Bug During Haying Season
This insect had six legs and was long and narrow, at least 1 1/4" from head to tail. The shell was divided into two sections. The longer rear section was mostly black dotted with gray; it narrowed and rounded at the tail end. The shorter front section was grey with a black stripe down the center and more rectangular. One large black dot was located on each side of the black stripe; these appeared to be eyes at first glance. The head had two antenna and a probiscus of some kind kind extending from the mouth.
This bug was found on our Nebraska family farm in early July on a warm sunny day by my brother while he was hauling large round bales out of his alfalfa field. It was clinging to his pant leg when he first saw it. He had never seen one like it in his 63 years of farming so he stopped by the house to show me. I had never seen one either, but luckily, I had my camera along and snapped a quick closeup. He then took it to the side of the yard near the road ditch and let it go. A few days later, I returned to my home in NW Iowa, determined to find out what type of insect it was.
Thank you in advance for any time and help you can give me in identifying this bug. I am most grateful that there are people like you who offer such a great service.
Black insect with red stripes ( Black and red lined blister beetle)
It was running in a hurry dragging what looks like a sack full of babys? What is this thing?
Black winged bug with reversed scorpion tail (Pelecinid wasp female)
Ok, so we found this bug on our wood deck today (Sept 6th). We have never seen it before and were researching and didn't find anything either. We live in Minnesota and were wondering what it is...
Thank you for your time with this and can't wait to find out the answer.
Sheldon and Meredith
blackish small beetle with spots (Sap or Picnic beetle)
by James Anez
small black beetle like with beige spots on back.
Black and Red Beetle (Milkweed Bug)
This little beetle doesn't seem to be interested in anything other than my butterfly weed .. doesn't seem to do any damage .. can anyone tell me what it is or what it does ?
Looks similar to the one Doug has in the upper right hand corner of this page.
small black bug (Broad-nosed weevil)
small black bug
The bug is black - 6 legs - 2 antennas - large body - medium shoulder area- small head
Saw in kitchen first and now seeing them in bathrooms and dinning room
What is it and how do i get rid of it?
huge black earwig (Giant Stoneflies)
It was 3 inches long it has 6 legs and its body looks like it is segmented. And it looks like it has feelers. I was near the Mississpi River in Minnesota and walking along the rocks above my head.
black beetle with yellow striations and red blotches (Sharpshooter leafhopper)
(San Diego, CA)
black, red and yellow beetle on staghorn
black beetle with yellow striations and red blotches, about 3/4 inch long. Found on a platycerium (staghorn fern). It did not seem to eat the fern or cause any damage. San Diego, California.
small black beetles ant like (Broad-nosed weevils)
by JIM STOETZEL
(ATHABASCA, Alberta Canada)
They seem to like popcorm hehe
we find these mostly on ceilings and at different houses we live in. Most of the time we spot them on the ceiling or heading there, only on the main floor of the hose and sometimes in the bathtub
black and red insect (Boxelder bug nymph)
Black & Red insect
black and red massing on Hosta leaves and in mulch, by the millions
Large Black Bug (Whipscorpion)
large black bug with brown legs and very long feelers on either side of the body. flat bodied. crawls sideways and very fast.
Small, black-gray beetle-like triceratops (Meadow Spittle bug)
Solitary, but on quite a number of my hostas. I am wondering recently whether some of the hosta leaf damage is caused by other insects like this, not only the slugs. I thought I should start with a positive ID first. Thank you so much for your time!
small black beetle (Southern Green stink bug)
by cathy swan
(palo alto, ca)
what is this?
small black beetle with green spots. Looks like a lady bug only wrong color. In the picture the spots look white. There are about 20+ on one plant. I am not sure the picture got uploaded
black with yellow stripes waspish (Red-Headed Ash Borer beetl)
by Dennis Gann
(Hamilton Alabama USA)
1 inch long, black in color, 4 yellow strips that go complete around lower body, 2 feelers, no visible pinchers, possble extremly short stinger/comes to a point at back, visible wing/seperated rear upper body. Possible bitting insect as children in home have started to show red bumps/started at tiem of bug find. Started shwoing up as climate in area warmed up/non visible during winter months.
Fuzzy Black Fly with White Wing Tips (Bee Fly)
by Marjorie Madison
Can you tell me what kind of fly this is? I found it on the side of our garage while we were painting it. It is fuzzy and black with white wing tips. I'd really appreciate the help!
Black Gold beetle (Oriental Beetle)
Something is eating at my hostas! Could it be this insect? It's mostly black with somewhat gold metallic-like markings. The hosta that this was found on did not have holes in the leaves but a few of my other hostas do have holes in them. I found another all black bug on them too. It's looked almost like a small lightening bug but was entirely black. Could THAT be the bad bug?
Black & Green Striped Flying Insect (Four lined Plant Bug)
Its small and likes to fly. Has a reddish body with black & lime green stripes on the wings. It's infesting my Shasta daisies & Snowball bush
A very large insect (Dobsonfly male)
(Mt. Crawford, VA)
This insect is from 4.5-5.5 inches in length
Insect is dark brown; long, clear veined wings; large pinchers; longer antenna; 4 pincers on rear abdomen;
Thanks for the look see! I do appreciate it. kathy
black and orange on a six-legged (Wheel bug nymph)
by Sara McCrary
six legged black and orange bug on Mandevilla
Photo of six-legged insect on Mandevilla leaf in Fredericksburg, Virginia
Flying creature (Giant ichneumon wasp female)
by Bobbie Peters
(Cloverdale, Indiana, USA)
What the heck is it?
Black body, yellow head and feelers, long black stinger, about 3 inches (body only) stinger was about 5 inches, black wings, black legs. It was on my windshield, I have never seen anything like it. I should have tried to catch it for the D.N.R. people at the lake nearby but didn't think of it at the time. You can tell size compared to the windshield wiper at the bottom of the picture. This was taken In Indiana.
large winged insect black and yellow (Robber Fly)
by Ruth Howe
Large insect, about 8 cms long, with black and yellow legs found in Umbria, Italy.
Insect found on plank 8 cms wide, see photo. Insect looks to have 6 legs, black body and black and yellow legs. Was found in July 2009 in Umbria, central Italy. The local people have never seen one before. This is a hilly area with a Mediterranean climate.
If anyone could tell me what this is I'd be very grateful
Black with white markings bee-like insect (Baldfaced hornet)
by Jocelyn Weatherbe
Black & white insect
The insect is shown on a brick wall in downtown Toronto on August 7, 2009. It looks somewhat like a bee or wasp. There were 2 identical ones but one flew away before I could get the pic. It stayed on the wall for several hours.
Pure Black and Pure White Beetle l(Banded alder borer)
by Diana Crockett
(Carmel Valley CA)
This incredibly interesting Insect was spotted on a walk near the Bandon Oregon Coast this July. The Body of it was about 1 and a half inches long ..the antenna seem to be as long as the full body maybe even longer..Because of the Pureness of the Black and White and the pattern...this almost didn't seem like a real bug ... more like a piece of Art
Grasshopper in disguise or the Largest Black Wasp (Sphecid Wasp)
(Western North Carolina (mountains))
I found this guy hanging out near a blackberry bush. He is about 2-3 inches long with orange legs. Whats weird is that he would never fly away but just crawl from one leaf to another. When I came back 2 hours later he was still in the same location. He only seemed to use his wings to better position himself on a leaf. Is this a grasshopper in disguise or a very large wasp/hornet? Was able to get multiple pictures.
Black and Orange Spiky Bug (Lady beetle larva)
small black bug
I Found this crawling up my arm. It is a small black bug (about 5mm long) with orange stripes down its sides. The body seems to be covered in spikes or possibly fur?
Large black beetle (Predaceous diving beetle)
by Neil Law
(Waterloo, On, Canada)
Hopefully the picture is clear enough. We found it walking across our deck on summer. Few inches long with a very hard green/brown shell
Black and Creme Striped Long Narrow Insect (Two-Striped walkingstick)
Long Striped Insect
This insect appeared in Edisto Island, SC when we were at a beach home and it was on one of the beach chairs that we carried to the beach. It hung around us trying to climb back on the chair(s) so we carried it on the chair back to the house and we last saw it on the porch screen where we took its picture.
black white stripe reddish legs (Ichneumon wasp - Ichneumon ambulatorius)
This bug was just sitting there in late September in East central Illinois. I have no idea on what he is.
Black beetle long antenna (Cerambycidae beetle)
Moni , hope you can now identify, found in my garden hangar. about 7-8 cm long.
Black and White Tortoise shell (Cottonwood borer)
Black & White Tortoise Shell Insect
Black with white tortoise shell marking on main body. Incredibly long antenna. 6 legs. Black thorn like objects behind antenna on head.
Large orange and black ant (Velvet Ant)
(Harrison, AR )
About 1 - 1 1/2 inches long. Does not fly. Runs around like an ant. Black & bright orange.
And very hard to kill.
black, striped (Dermestid beetle larva)
by James Gallington
(Conroe Texas in the city)
appox.1/16 to 3/32 in. long and apperars black in color till I enlarged pic about 50 times. They have been found in a fuzzy material in the closet and seem to stay in dark places. They also are in the bathroom and come out and leave their dead on the white tile floor. They were seemingly nesting in the plastic bag that the fuzzy material was in. There is also some white wiggling larva present.
Very small orange and black bug with 6 legs (Lady beetle larva)
by Tara Fisher
(San Antonio, TX, USA)
Okay the nasty little bug is black then orange and then has a black head. The orange on him contained a black dot. It looked like his body was made of horns (don't know how else to describe it). It had 6 legs which seemed to be a burnt orange color. They're pretty small, but I'm horrible with measurements and couldn't give you anything accurate. Less than an inch, for sure.
They are infesting my yard and I even found one IN MY BED. I didn't like them in my yard but now I'm terrified after having found one on my pillow. Please help, I don't know what it is and I'm scared!
Black Insects (aphids)
Tiny black bugs the size of pin head infesting my herbs. Please help with identification and treatment. Thanks.
Little Black Wasp (Black robber fly)
Small swarms of these black (wasps?) appeared for a short time at the end of Summer. Thankfully, they ignored me, just played on my fence. Does anyone know what else they do?
Half Black/White Rice Krispie (True bug nymph)
Do you know this bug?
4 legs like spider , body is cone shaped, back is whitish and like rice krispie, front is blackish
blackish 6 legs antennae big jumps (cricket)
(white plains, NY)
It's fairly large, torsoe as large as a large bee with 6 legs and long antennae, it jumps fairly long distances seems to be a little over 6 inches. The insect is on a crumpled white bag i refuse to pick it up with a paper towel or anything thin because they seem so thick and full of fluid.
Doug notes this isn't a good picture but I"m hoping Moni can see it clearly enough to give a close id (if not individual species)
Miniature Ladybug-type Insect (Common carpet beetle )
by Tammy Johnson Mayer
(Rural Tamworth, Ontario, Canada)
I found this on the inside of a window sill on the first mild day in April. Although it looks just like a ladybug, it is less than 1mm long. Fortunately, it was set free to enjoy the spring. Thanks kindly for your help.
Black, long antenna (Whitespotted Sawyer beetle)
Very friendly 3 inch bug who seemed to enjoy human contact. Spotted in the Eastern Townships of Quebec, near Sutton.
tiny black insect with pincer claws (Pseudoscorpion spider)
by Sue Wylde
very tiny black insect with claws
this insect was extremely tiny, totally black, moved very quickly. It was found a bathroom where I suspect it found its way thru the skylight, there were no plants to identify its usual surroundings.
Black and yellow striped Tree-climbers (Locust Borers)
.75 inch up to more than one inch in length. Red legs. Pairs of these insects were attached to each other, piggyback. Several pairs of them are climbing all over the trees in front of my office building in Salt Lake City, UT. It is September. They look like wingless wasps.
Big Black Winged insect with long pinchers (Male Dobsonfly)
by David B. Rodriguez
Big Winged insect with long pinchers, brown in color,and spots in wings
black flying long antennae (Banded hickory borer)
Place: North Carolina, Carteret County, Newport/Morehead City
Bug is approx. 1/2 inch long six legs and anttenna longer than it's body. We found it flying around our house, unknown were came from might have been from out side, pic is on a white endtable
blackish brown bug with painted eyes ( Eyed elater or Eyed click beetle)
This bug was flying around outside and happened to land on my sons back. When I went to take him off he got hard like a stick and played dead. I took him inside and put him in a bowel for awhile to see what he would do. about 20 mins later he "came back to life" and started crawling around and eating the leave. I soon let him go ago. I really would like to know what he is?
black and orange Striped Bug (Three-lined potato beetle)
(Atkinson, NH USA)
This little guy is eating Liza's Datura.
Spikey Black Crawler with Red Rings (Giant leopard moth caterpillar)
by Alan Reiner
Found this thing on our front porch in Arlington VA. It's about 2 inches long when not playing dead, and it appears to actually be spikey, not just furry. The red rings between its segments are scary looking!
Sorry for the cat hair in the pic... that's not part of the bug.
Black and orange (True bug maybe assasin bug)
(Portland, Oregon, USA)
The bug looks a lot like a boxelder bug, but it is thinner, has a small head, and it's legs are longer. Also, its underside and legs are green and it has wasp-like wings.
It is difficult to capture with a camera because it is very fast and energetic.
black spiderlike, spikey with yellow stripes (Lady beetle larva)
I found this black and spiderlike spikey insect on my carpet in my bathroom. It has yellow patters on the back part and is relatively small, but I don't know where it came from.
I thought it was a lady bug larva but it's different than that.
Large 6 legged insect black (Whipscorpion)
no idea what it is. I didn't find it but a friend did. Location was in california
Spiky Orange Black bug (Lady Beetle Larva)
Found in southern california
Brown & Black spiked bug (Keeled treehopper nymphs)
Black & Brown spiked bug
8/28/2008 at 4pm in Southern California. They were not there yesterday.
I have never seen this bug before and I have been gardening for years. It is only one one branch of my tomato plant and I have about 15 tomato plants. I noticed that these bugs were on the shady side of the branch. When I moved the branch into the sun they moved to the shade. Also, when I put my hand near them they moved back but didn't leave.
What in the heck is it?
sorry I couldn't get a better picture. I have a few more so e me if you want me to send them to you.
very small black bug (Dermestid Beetle)
very small black bug
This bug is about the size of an eraser and is completely black. We only find it in one bedroom of our house. We sweep and spray and they keep coming back but only to that one room. We usually find it on a stuffed animal or the bed. PLEASE help!! We need to know what it is so that we can get rid of it and obviously general bug spray doesn't do the trick.
Black and Orange (True Bug)
He was a faithful guard all summer (2007) on the sunflowers that the birds planted in the flowerbed. I guess my dad was right; the male of all species is the most good looking.
Doug says he's with your dad. :-)