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Bumble Bees

The common name of bumble bee possibly comes from their rather large, clumsy appearance and/or the buzzing sound they make as they fly. In the urban setting, bumble bees do not usually nest in structures but are of concern because of their abundance around the many flowering plants typical of yar...

Digger Bee

Digger bee and the Ground Bee are solitary and not social bees,their common names come from the fact that they usually nest in the ground while some use natural cavities. These bees can become urban nuisance pest when they nest in large numbers near structures, and they can sting. They are f...

Honey Bee

Honey bees get their common name from the sweet yellowish to brownish fluid they make from the nectar of flowers and use as food. Honey bees not only provide honey and wax, but as pollinators are of far greater importance. They are also responsible for a large share of insects stings, although ma...

Bald-Faced Hornets

This atypically large black-and-white yellowjacket gets its common name of baldfaced from its largely black color but mostly white face, and that of hornet because of its large size and aerial nest. Baldfaced hornets are found throughout the United States. Biology Baldfaced hornets are social i...

European Hornet

This hornet gets its common name from its introduction from Europe into the New York area about 1840-1860. Presently it is found in the United States in 31 states, from the eastern seaboard west to the eastern Dakotas and south through Iowa and Illinois to New Orleans.   Biology European ...

Paper Wasp

Paper Wasp get their common name from the paperlike material of which they construct their nests; true also of the other vespids. It has been suggested that they be called umbrella wasps based on the shape of their nests. In the urban situation, these usually unaggressive wasps are a nuisance pes...

Yellow Jacket

Yellow jackets receive their common name from their typical black and yellow color pattern. They are worldwide in distribution with about 16 species occurring in the United States.   Biology Yellow jackets are social insects and live in nests or colonies. The adults are represented by wor...

Asian Lady Beetle

Multicolored Asian Lady Beetle The multicolored Asian lady beetle is native to Asia but occurs in many areas of the United States. This beneficial insect was imported and released as early as 1916 in attempts to naturally control certain insect pests. But the first populations were not foun...

Boxelder Bugs

The common name reflects the fact that this species is a major pest of boxelder trees. Boxelder bugs are primarily a nuisance pest because they enter structures to overwinter. This species is native to the western states. It is now found from eastern Canada, throughout the eastern United States, ...

Elm Leaf Beetle

The common name no doubt reflects the fact that this species is a major pest of elm trees. Elm leaf beetles are primarily a nuisance pest because they enter structures in the autumn to overwinter. They were introduced from Europe and first reported occurring near Baltimore, Maryland, in 1834. The...

Ladybug

Biology Adult ladybugs are round, semi-circle shaped insects with stubby legs and antennae. They have tiny heads and are red  with black dots. However, the presence of dots and their amount can vary from species to species. In some species the colouring is reversed making them black wi...

Powder Post Beetle

Lyctides are commonly known as (true) powder post beetles because their larvae produce a very fine, powder like frass in their galleries (vs. bostrichids/false powder post beetles and anobiids, whose larvae produce coarser frass which also contains fine wood fragments or pellets respectively). Th...