Category: Entomology

Barklice

Description & Habits Barklice are small and, with few exceptions, inconspicuous insects. They are members of the order Psocoptera, and there are over 300 species in 26 families in the United...

Centipedes

Like spiders, centipedes are hunters that use venomous jaws to catch and eat insects and other small animals. Unlike slow moving millipedes, centipedes are fast runners which enable them to catch...

Millipedes

Millipedes are long, slow-moving, worm like animals with many body segments. There are two pairs of legs on most body segments. They are often called thousand leggers. They should not be confused...

Daddy-longlegs

You see them almost every day, but very little is known about daddy-longlegs, also called harvestmen. They are not spiders, but belong to a group with many different species, called Opiliones. The...

Saw-Toothed Grain Beetle

The saw-toothed grain beetle is a common stored-products pest throughout the world in homes, grocery stores, food warehouses, and grain storage facilities. These beetles feed on a variety of stored...

Midges

If your home or recreation area is near a pond, lake, or a slow moving river or stream, you may have been “swarmed” by nuisance flies you thought were mosquitoes.  It is a good possibility that they...

Lovebugs

As you drive down the highways of the southern United States, you may encounter a nuisance in the form of splattered insects on your windshield, hood, and radiator grill. The nuisance may occur in...

Land Planaria

Land planaria are large, ‘slimy,’ flatworms that reach ¾-12 ½ inches in length and 1/8 inch wide. Originally brought to the United States in the soil of potted plants transported from Indo-China,...

Cellar spiders

The name, cellar spider, comes from the location where they are often found: damp cellars, basements, and crawl spaces. They have very long, thin legs and are often confused with the harvestmen or...

Argentine Ants

Argentine ants are not native to the United States.  They were introduced to the US probably on coffee ships from Brazil and Argentina through the port of New Orleans sometime before 1891. They...

Acrobat Ants

The acrobat ant gets its common name from raising its abdomen over its thorax and head when disturbed. These ants, which are actually several species, will bite on occasion and will give off a...

Booklice

Booklice belong to a large group of small to medium sized insects called Psocoptera. Also known as psocids, booklice are related to plant insects called barklice. Though booklice may have a body...

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