Insect Identification

Flies, Occational Invaders and Other Flying Insects

Flies

Cluster Fly

Cluster Fly

Common Name: Cluster Fly
Scientific Name: Pollenia rudis

General Size: 7 to 10 millimeters in length

Look for these Colors: Dull-gray with black markings and have golden-yellow hairs on the thorax

House Fly

House Fly

Common Name: House Fly
Scientific Name: Musca domestica

General Size: Adults are about 5�8 mm long

Appearance: The thorax is gray or sometimes even black, with four dark lines on the back

Deer Fly

Moth (Drain) Fly

Common Name: Deer Fly
Scientific Name: Chrysops sp

General Size: 5 and 12 mm long

Look for these Colors: They are black, yellow and black, or, sometimes, gray and often have “bee-like” abdominal stripes

Drain Fly

Moth (Drain) Fly

Common Name: Drain Fly (Moth or Sewer Fly)
General Size: one-tenth inch long

Look for these Colors: Dark gray body and lighter colored wings

Appears "fuzzy"

Fruit Fly

Fruit Fly

Common Name: Fruit Fly
Scientific Name: Drosophila melanogaster

General Size: Adults are 3 to 4 mm long

Look for these Colors: Brown or tan in color

May have red eyes.

 

 

 

Occational Invaders and Other Flying Insects

Box Elder Bug

Box Elder Bug

Common Name: Box Elder Bug
Scientific Name: Boisea trivittata

General Size: Adults are about 1/2 inch long

Look for these Colors: brownish-black black with three red lines on the thorax and a reddish orange abdomen

Earwig

Earwig

Common Name: Earwig
Scientific Name: Order Dermaptera

General Size: Adults are about 5/8 inch long

Appearance: dark brown with a reddish head and pale yellow-brown legs

Pincers or forceps on the end of the abdomen

Asian Lady Beetle

Ladybug

Common Name: Asian Lady Beetle
Scientific Name: Harmonia axyridis

General Size: Adults are about 7 mm long and 5.5 mm wide

Appearance: Yellow to red in color, with or without black spots on the wing covers

Millipede

Millipede

Common Name: Millipede
Scientific Name: Class Diplopoda

General Size: 1 to 12 inches in length

Appearance: brownish, segmented, with two pair of legs per segment

Indian Meal Moth

Webbing Clothes Moth

Common Name: Indian Meal Moth
Scientific Name: Plodia interpunctella

General Size: 3/8 inch long with a wing span of about 5/8 inch

Appearance: Dirty gray but the tip half of the wing is rusty brown or nearly bronze, wings have patterns

 

House CentipedeCentipede

Common Name: House Centipede
Scientific Name: Class Chilopoda

General Size: 1 inch or larger, depending on species

Look for these Colors: Brown to reddish brown

15 to 177 pairs of legs

 

Silverfish

silverfish

Common Name: Silverfish
Scientific Name: Lepisma saccharina

General Size: 1/2 to 3/4 inch long

Look for these Colors: grey, silver

Teardrop-shaped

 

Clover Mite

Common Name: Clover Mite
Scientific Name: Bryobia praetiosa

General Size: Adults are less than 1 mm in length

Appearance: reddish or greenish in color, and have a greatly elongated first pair of legs.

 

 

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