You are here:

Entomology (Study of Bugs)/Can you identify this bug?

Advertisement


Question
bug photo
bug photo  
We have found 2 of these bugs inside our house and plenty more in our covered courtyard (which contains a pond, no fish). We live in Chilliwack British Columbia in a residential neighborhood with close proximity to a farm (about 2000 ft away). The photo was taken against a dark colored wall at night so the flash was on if that makes a difference and I've cropped it to make the bug bigger. It is about the size of a common house fly and hard backed as I found out squishing it. Any help would be great, thanks.

Answer
Dear Eric this is a weevil in the subfamily Entiminae (short-snouted/broad-nosed weevils). The adult beetles generally feed on the margins of leaves, giving them a characteristic 'notched' appearance, but seldom do serious damage. Their larvae are root feeders, and some, like the strawberry root weevil (see http://tinyurl.com/nnmkjot) and the black vine weevil (see http://tinyurl.com/plv45xa) can be serious pests.

Hope this helps,
Saugy

Entomology (Study of Bugs)

All Answers


Answers by Expert:


Ask Experts

Volunteer


Ed Saugstad

Expertise

Will accept most questions in general entomology, including those related to medical entomology, taxonomy, ecology, arthropod surveillance, and pest management. If you are requesting a 'mystery bug' identification, PLEASE either attach an image to your question, or post an image on a web page (such as Flickr) so that I can look at it, as verbal descriptions frequently are insufficient for a definitive identification.

Experience

21 years in the U.S. Army as a medical entomologist; duties varied from surveillance of pest populations (including mosquitoes, cockroaches, ticks, and stored products pests) to conducting research on mosquito-virus ecological relationships and mosquito faunal studies. Ten years as a civilian analyst for the Department of Defense, primarily on distribution of vector-borne diseases worldwide. Limited experience on surveillance of agricultural insects in North Dakota and Indiana.

Organizations
Entomological Society of America, West Virginia Entomological Society, Society for Vector Ecology, National Speleological Society, West Virginia Association for Cave Studies.

Publications
American Journal of Public Health, Contributions of the American Entomological Institute, Japanese Journal of Sanitary Zoology, Journal of Economic Entomology, Mosquito News, and Mosquito Systematics.

Education/Credentials
B.S. in entomology from North Dakota State University in 1963, M.S. in entomology from Purdue University in 1967.

©2016 About.com. All rights reserved.