Arthropod Samples in June 2012

    Arthropod Samples in June 2012

    Black Carpet Beetle (Dermestidae)

    Scientific Name: Attagenus unicolor

    black carpet beetle

    Photo(s): Black carpet beetle, adult (top) and larvae (bot) Clemson University USDA Cooperative Extension Slide Series.

    Type: Household pest

    Situation: Found in home

    County: Davis

    Fact Sheets: Colorado State University; University of California IPM


    Hobo Spider (Agelenidae)

    Scientific Name: Tegenaria agrestis

    hobo eggs

    hobo spider

    Photo(s): Video and photos by Ryan Davis, Utah State University.

    Type: Biting/Beneficial

    Host: Various insects

    County: Cache

    Fact Sheets: Utah State University Extension


    Carpenter Ant (Formicidae)

    Scientific Name: Camponotus sayi

    carpenter ant

    carpenter ant

    Photo(s): New York Carpenter Ant, April Nobile, Antweb.org

    Type: Structural pest

    Situation: In home

    County: Davis

    Fact Sheets: Utah State University Extension; University of Nebraska Lincoln


    Plant Bug (Miridae)

    Scientific Name: Plagiognathus sp.

    plant bug

    Photo(s): Adult sycamore plant bug, Marion Murray, Utah State University.

    Type: Landscape ornamentals

    Situation: On Honey Locust

    County: Cache

    Fact Sheets: Utah State University Pest Advisory Article


    Winter Fern Tick (Ixodidae)

    Scientific Name: Dermacentor albipictus

    winter fern tick

    Photo(s): Mat Pound, USDA Agricultural Research Service, Bugwood.org (Male on left, Female on right)

    Host: Mammals

    Situation: Brought home from hike

    County: Salt Lake

    Fact Sheets: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Minnesota; Colorado State University


    Noctuid Larvae (Noctuidae)

    Scientific Name: N/A

    cutworm

    cutworm

    Photo(s): Joel Smith, Utah State University.

    Type: Garden pest/turf (Larvae are "cutworms" that feed on leafy green plants such as lettuce)

    Situation: Found in soil (early spring)

    County: Cache/ Davis

    Fact Sheets: Utah State University Extension


    Indian Meal Moth (Pyralidae)

    Scientific Name: Plodia interpunctella

    indian meal moth

    indian meal moth

    indian meal moth

    Photo(s): Clemson University, USDA Cooperative Extension Slide Series, Bugwood.org;

    Type: Stored food products pests

    Situation: In home

    County: Salt Lake, Cache

    Fact Sheets: Utah State University


    Masked Hunter (Reduviidae)

    Scientific Name: Reduvius personatus

    masked hunter

    masked hunter

    masked hunter

    Photo(s): (1) & (2) Joseph Berger, Bugwood.org; (3) Whitney Cranshaw, Colorado State University, Bugwood.org

    Type: Predatory Bugs, Biting insects, Beneficial

    Host: Found in home

    County: Cache

    Fact Sheets: Penn State University; Michigan State University


    Bird or Rat Mite (Dermanyssidae)

    Scientific Name: Ornithonyssus or Dermanyssus

    bird or rat mite

    bird or rat mite

    Photo(s):Ryan Davis, Utah State University; Marcelo de Campos Pereira, University of Sao Paulo

    Type: Biting pest

    Host: Found in home

    County: Cache

    Fact Sheets: Illinois Dept. of Public Health; University of Minnesota; Santa Barbara County


    Scorpion (Vaejovidae)

    Scientific Name: Paruroctonus sp.

    Photo(s): Samuel Abbott, Utah State University

    Type: Non-medical (Not poisonous)

    Situation: In home

    County: Utah

    Fact Sheets: Utah State University


    Blister Beetle (Meloidae)

    Scientific Name: Epicauta fabricii

    blister beetle

    blister beetle

    Photo(s): Adult blister beetle, Whitney Cranshaw, Colorado State University, Bugwood.org; (Right) Blister beetle adult, Ryan Davis, Utah State University.

    Type: Blister beetle are highly toxic to horses if consumed in hay and can cause blisters and irritation if handled.

    Situation: Alfalfa field

    County: Washington

    Fact Sheets: Colorado State University; University of Kentucky; University of Illinois IPM; North Dakota State University


    Soft Scale (Coccidae)

    Scientific Name: N/A

    soft scale

    Photo(s): Eugene E. Nelson, Bugwood.org

    Type: Sucking Plant pest

    Situation: Found on lime tree on campus

    County: Cache

    Fact Sheets: Utah State University Extension


    Springtail (Collembola)

    Scientific Name: N/A

    springtail

    springtail

    Photo(s): (Left) Springtail with extended furcula, Jared Kunz, Utah State University; (Right) Springtails crawling through the soil, Joseph Berger, Bugwood.org.

    Type: Tiny Nuisance

    Situation: In home

    County: Salt Lake

    Fact Sheets: Colorado State University; University of California IPM


    Figeater Beetle (Scarabaeidae)

    Scientific Name: Cotinis mutabilis

    figeater beetle

    figeater beetle

    Photo(s): Figeater beetle larvae, Ryan Davis, Utah State University; Adult figeater beetle, Wikipedia.com

    Type: Beneficial (aids in decomposition); may damage ripe or overripe fruit.

    Situation: Found in soil

    County: Utah, Cache

    Fact Sheets: Wikipedia; University of California IPM


    Flour Beetle (Tenebrionidae)

    Scientific Name: Tribolium sp

    flour beetle

    flour beetle

    Photo(s): Ryan Davis, Utah State University

    Type: Stored grain and food pests (not typically considered hive pests)

    Situation: Found in beehive

    County: Cache

    Fact Sheets: University of Florida; Penn State


    Thrips (Thysanoptera)

    Scientific Name: N/A

    thrips damage

    thrips damage

    thrips damage

    thrips damage

    thrips damage

    thrips damage

    Photo(s): Immature thrips and thrips damage and fecal spots on cucumber. Ryan Davis, Utah State University.

    Type: Vegetable pest

    Situation: On eggplant

    County: Cache

    Fact Sheets: Utah State University; University of California IPM


    Blister Mites (Eriophyidae)

    Scientific Name: N/A

    blister mites

    blister mites

    blister mites

    Photo(s): Damage from blister mites, Whitney Cranshaw, Colorado State University, Bugwood.org; Two photos: Mites on Apple leaf, Ryan Davis, Utah State University

    Type: Fruit and Leaf-damaging pest

    Situation: On Pear

    County: Washington

    Fact Sheets: Utah State University Extension


    Comb-Footed Beetle (Tenebrionidae)

    Scientific Name: Hymenorus sp.

    For photos click HERE

    Photos: BugGuide

    Type: Structural

    Situation: Found in home

    County: Washington

    Fact Sheets: None


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