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Schistocerca Americana (drury) (insecta: orthoptera: Arcididae)
The American Grasshopper lives in Florida,
and South Carolina, and Virginia. The American Grasshopper eats corn, oats,
rye, peanuts, sugarcane, tobacco, cotton, vegetables, and citrus. American Grasshoppers are not beneficial to society;
they ruin crops fields and cause unnecessary havoc. Adult American Grasshoppers have large brown
spots on them. The length of a fully
grown male is 48-55 mm.
grasshopper- Romalea guttata (houttuyn) (Insecta: orthoptera: acrididae)-
The eastern lubber
grasshopper is mostly found in the south eastern and south central regions of
the United States. This
is where they are found: North Carolina, Tennessee, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Arkansas, to Texas. They
also show up in some of Florida. The lubber grasshopper does not
do anything to harm society, so that makes it beneficial. The lubber grasshopper’s body is big but
their legs are not. The color of adults
is a dull yellow with black markings on their back. The hind wings when exposed are bright red
with a black border.
Tropical house cricket—Gryllodes sigillatus (=supplicans)
(F. walker) (insecta: orthoptera: Gryllidae)-
The Tropical house cricket is native to Asia
but has been spread by commerce to regions throughout the world. There is no reason this cricket would not be
beneficial to society. People say that
this cricket looks flat because its width is a lot smaller than most. This cricket is about 13-18 mm long. The males have very short wings.
asahinai Mizukubo (insecta blattodea: Blattellidae)—
This cockroach lives
in Japan and central southwest Florida. This
cockroach, like many others, feeds on human foods, fabric, and decaying plant
material. Cockroaches are not beneficial
to society because many of them carry disease.
This cockroach has spots along its abdomen. The Asian cockroach has 23 antenatal segments. The favored habitat of the Asian cockroach is
outdoors in shaded mulched or composted areas.
(Linnaeus) (Insecta: Blattodea: Blattellidae)
This cockroach lives
in eastern America. This cockroach enjoys eating
decaying plant. This bug is not beneficial
to society, “In extremely heave infestations have been reported to bite humans
and feed on food residues on the faces of sleeping humans.” This cockroach has two thick black lines
running down its back. This cockroach’s
egg case is a tiny, brown, purse-shaped capsule. The entire life cycle of this cockroach is
about 100 days.
Amzauromyza maculosa (malloch) (insecta: diptera:
These flies are mostly found in most of the United
states, including Florida
and Hawaii; but traces of them
have been found in Antilles, Bahamas,
Bermuda, Cost Rica, Argentina,
and Venezuela. These flies are not beneficial to society;
they can cause damage to foliage. The
adults are very small, about 2.2 to 2.7 mm long. They have shiny black hair. Their wings are clear.
blanchard (insecta: diptera: agromyzidae)
This fly is mostly
found in the Southern
United States. This fly will just about eat anything
edible. They are not beneficial to
society, they ruin crops. The adults are
black and yellow. They have shiny black
hair. In hot weather they breed continuously.
(burgess) (insecta: diptera: agromyzidae)
These flies are
mostly found in Canada, Eastern
America and Northern America.
These flies will eat anything they can their hands on if it is
edible. They are not beneficial to
society, they carry disease and they destroy plants. These flies are very small; they are less
than 2 mm. Their wings are
transparent. Their wings are 1.25-1.9
Blatta orientalis Linnaeus (Insecta: Blattaria:
This cockroach is often referred to as the “water bug” or
the “black beetle.” The oriental
cockroach is found in the northwest, mid-west, and southern United
It lives in the outdoors, and in warm damp shady areas near the
ground. It is often found eating
garbage, sewage, or decaying organic matter.
Males wings cover three fourths of their body. These cockroaches can not fly, their wings
are useless. Their wings are narrow,
leathery and thick.
Pediculus humanus humanus Linnaeus
Body louse only eats
human blood. Lice need to feed about five times a day. They suck blood from the
host by making a hole in the skin. It
is mostly found in any area on your body if it has hair. People can get infected by the body louse by
sharing clothes and personal contact.
The body louse is not beneficial to society. They hold numerous diseases such as epidemic
or louse-borne typhus, trench fever and louse-borne relapsing fever. Prescription and non prescription drugs are
available to control lice. The body
louses’ life can last up to 40 days.
Lice do not have powerful jumping legs.
Before World War 2 head lice was more common than it is today.
Pthirus pubis (Linnaeus) (Insecta: Phthiraptera
Crab louse live and lay eggs in their host’s hair. Crab lice commonly inhabit adults. The crab louse eats human blood. It is not beneficial to society. It holds many diseases and is very
contagious. The female dispenses two to
three eggs during a 24 hour period. Each
female crab louse may lay 15 to 50 eggs over her lifetime. The mature adults
can live for about 15 to 25 days.
Pediculus humanus capitas)
The head louse lives on the scalp of humans. The head louse feeds on the blood of its
host. It is not beneficial to society
because it carries disease and can infect its host easily. The head louse’s abdomens are distinctly
longer than they are wide. The head
louse likes to live in unwashed clothing seams until it can reach a host’s
hair. Head lice can change to become the
color of the host's hair.
Lasioderma serricorne (F.) (Insecta: Coleoptera:
Cigarette beetles can be found all over the world, but they are
most commonly found in dried tobacco.
They eats most any house hold items (flours, dry mixes, dried fruits
such as dates and raisins, cereals, cocoa, coffee beans, herbs, spices, nuts,
rice, dry dog food). The cigarette
beetle is not beneficial to society; it eats house hold food and is a
pest. The cigarette beetle’s life is
highly dependent on temperature. Old
larvae are hairy. Adult beetles are
usually 2 to 3 mm.
(L.) (Insecta: Coleoptera: Anobiidae)
This beetle is found across the world. They eat anything but cast iron. It is not beneficial to society because it
eats house hold food and causes lots of unnecessary trouble. They have thin fine hair on their wings. Pupation for them takes about 12 to 81
days. Sometimes drugstore beetle larva
is eaten by mitts.
Southern lyctus beetle
Lyctus planicollis LeConte (Insecta: Coleoptera:
This beetle is found mostly in the south although traces of
them have been found in Florida
before. This beetle enjoys eating
wood. They are not beneficial to society
because it will eat wood in your house (furniture, walls, etc..) and cost you
money. These beetles are generally small
(2 mm). The body appears to be flattened. Adults make holes in wood about 0.8 to 1.5 mm
Synanthedon exitiosa (Say) (Insecta: Lepidoptera:
This insect is found all through Canada
and in the United States. It eats fruits. It is not beneficial to society because it
infests trees and makes them sick. This
insect lays its eggs in trees. The
female peachtree borer lays between 400 and 900 eggs. About 60% of the eggs that the peachtree
borer lays are on the first day of adult hood.
This insect lives Nevada in Baja California
and British Columbia. It eats
Adult eats flying insects. Naiad preys on small aquatic insects and worms. This bug does not help or benefit the
society. Its face is yellowish. Its wings are clear. Their thorax is black with yellow markings.
Common Green Darner
These insects can be found in North America. This insect eats midges, mosquitoes,
caddisflies, and other insects. This insect is peaceful in society. Its abdomen is purplish grey. It darkens as the insects life goes on. It has a target like mark on its face.
This insect lives in Nevada, California
and Alaska. It feeds flying insects. This bug does not harm society. The abdomen has a line of yellow
patches. The abdomen is brown with
yellow markings. The wingspan is 5
3/8" (135 mm).
This walking stick
lives in the Atlantic Coast
to northern Florida, west to New
Mexico, and north to Alberta. It eats Foliage of trees and shrubs; they
especially like oaks and hazelnuts. This
walking stick is not beneficial to society because it will eat your shrubbery
and become an annoying pest. People have
reported when these walkingsticks lay eggs it sounds like rain fall. Their Antennae is 2/3 length of body. The male is brown but the female is greenish
This bug lives in California to British
east oak foliage. It does not harm
society. Its Antennae are ½ as long as
its body. Males usually are green with
pink legs. Females are leaf green with
pink legs. Females are significantly
larger than the males; females are 20-22 mm while the males are 12-44 mm.
These walkingsticks are mostly found in the south. It eats foliage. This insect does not harm society. This walkingstick is very elongated
(extended). It has a very long antenna
on its small head. It has thin slender
lives in Eastern
United States. This insect feeds on insects;
this includes caterpillars, flies, butterflies, bees, and moths. Praying mantis’ are not pests and do not harm
society. Their eyes are tan to chocolate
brown, but they get darker at night.
Their body is 50-65 mm. Baby mantises
eat one another to stay alive.
This mantis lives in the Southwestern U.S.
from Colorado to southern California,
north into Central Valley. It eats flies, bees, wasps, butterflies, caterpillars. This mantis does not harm society. Its eyes are very large. Its body is long and slender. Its head is triangular.
This mantis lives in Massachusetts to New
Jersey, west to Ohio. This mantis eats large caterpillars,
butterflies, flies, bees, wasps, and day-flying moths. This mantis does not harm society. It is tan to pale green. Their eyes are chocolate brown at
sunset. This mantis was first introduced
in china in the year of 1896.
goatweed butterfly, goatweed emperor, goatweed leafwing Anaea
andria Scudder (Insecta:
Lepidoptera: Nymphalidae: Charaxinae)
This butterfly is commonly found in southern Midwest
and South ranging from West Virginia
to Kansas and south to Texas
and Central Florida.
It feeds on nectar from flowers.
It does not harm society. The
male is smaller than the female. The
wings of females have a lighter band with broad darker margins.
phaon crescent, mat plant crescent
Phyciodes phaon (Edwards) (Insecta: Lepidoptera:
This bug lives from coastal North
Carolina throughout the southern parts of the Gulf
States to southern Texas
and westward to Southern California. This butterfly eats nectar from flowers. It does not harm society. Their wingspread is 14 to 16 mm. The upper surface of their wings has
checkered orange spots on them. The brim
of their wings is brown. They have a
bright yellow band in the middle of their wings.
Datana major Grote & Robinson (Insecta:
This insect is found in Florida. It eats leaves. It does not harm society. It may come across as a hairy dangerous
animal, but they can be picked off plants by hand and the human will not be
harmed at all. The adult moth has light
brown hair. Its wing span is 1 ¾ inches.
citrus whitefly parasitoid Encarsia lahorensis
(Howard) (Insecta: Hymenoptera: Aphelinidae)
This insect is native to India
and Pakistan. It was introduced to California
in 1966; it now lives all over America. It is not beneficial to society because it
stings people. It has a white body. It also has a yellow head. The male is smaller than the female.
citrus blackfly parasitoid
Encarsia opulenta (Silvestri) (Insecta: Hymenoptera:
This insect lives in Barbados,
Venezuela, and USA. It does not harm society. The male is smaller than the female and is a
different color. The body and head of
the males is dark brown. Their wings are
shady in the middle.
Bumble bees of Florida Bombus
spp. (Insecta: Hymenoptera: Apidae)
These bees are found in Florida
and north into Canada. They eat pollen from flowers. They are beneficial to society but they
aren’t. They produce honey which is used
everyday, but on the other hand they sting people and can become a major
pest. Their eyes are hairy. Their body is black. They have a yellow strip around their neck.
small carpenter bees Ceratina spp. (Insecta: Hymenoptera: Apidae:
This insect is found throughout Florida
and most of the southern coastal states from Texas
to Georgia. It eats pollen out of flowers. They benefit society by making honey, but
they do not by stinging people.
Carpenter bees are black, bluish green, or blue. They have yellow or white markings on their
clypeus, pronotal lobes, and legs. Their
head and thorax is mostly black.
wasp parasitoid (no approved common name)
Cotesia marginiventris (Cresson) (Insecta: Hymenoptera:
These insects are mostly found in the United
south to Florida, west to Indiana,
Kansas and Texas,
California, Hawaii. They eat pollen from flowers. They are not beneficial to society because
they ruin crops and they can sting you more than once to cause serious injury. Their legs are red. Their wings are clear. Their body is shiny; it is often compared to
a piece of glass.
pine sawflies Neodiprion spp. (Insecta: Hymenoptera: Diprionidae)
This insect is indigenous to Florida. It enjoys eating pine. It in not beneficial to society, it
completely ruins pine forests. The male
has a broad feathery antenna on its head.
It has a thick waist. It has
brown or black colored wings.
This silverfish eats Dried cereals, flour, glue, and starch, including stiffeners
used in clothing and bound books, and coated papers used in magazines.
They live in California,
New England and the Mid Atlantic. This silverfish co-exists with humans and
does not harm society. This bug is
carrot shaped. It has small black eyes. It has a thread like antennae.
This bug lives all over the
world. It eats crumbs and scraps
of dry human food near cooking and heating devices. This insect is peaceful in society; it does
not do anything to harm it. These
insects enjoys living near heat, it lives near and in stoves and furnaces. This bug has black and grey lines going down
its body. It has three pointy tail
This insect lives in Eastern
Canada, southern New England and Pacific
Northwest. It eats
Vegetables, orchard fruits, garden flowers, garbage, as well as mites, insect,
larvae and pupae. This insect co-exists
with others in society peacefully. The body is reddish brown. Its underside is yellowish brown. Antennae, legs, and elytra are yellow.
This insect lives east of the Mississippi River, from
the Great Lakes to the Gulf of Mexico. It eats the sap of tree roots. They do not harm society. This insect makes an intense whining sound,
rising and falling in pitch. Its eyes
are bulging and dark red. Their
undersurface is usually reddish brown to yellow.
This insect lives in the US
and Canada. There adult is not known to eat, although the
nymph eats root juices, especially pine.
This insect lives peacefully among society. Their wings are a clear green. Their wingspan is 82mm. It makes a sound that resembles a circular
saw cutting through a board.
insect lives in California. They feed on the roots of
trees. They live peacefully among
society. This insect is known to buzz
and make a pulsating clacking sound. The
males have a sound producing organ on the bottoms side of their abdomen. They are 25-60 mm as a whole.
This insect lives in the Rocky Mountains. They eat plants. They live peacefully among the society. Female caddisflies drop hundreds of eggs into
fresh water. They are not very good
flyers. Adults live a month and rarely
This bug lives in the Mid Atlantic. They
eat plants. They live peacefully among
society. This bug spins a silk net and
attaches them to a rock in a fast moving stream, and eat the plants that got
caught inside the net. These insects
have slender legs. They also have two
very strong claws.