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 American grasshopper Schistocerca Americana (drury) (insecta: orthoptera: Arcididae)

The American Grasshopper lives in Florida, Kentucky, Tennessee, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, North 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.



Eastern lubber 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.





Asian cockroach—Blattella 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. 



German cockroach

Blattella germanica (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.



Blotch leafminer

Amzauromyza maculosa (malloch) (insecta: diptera: agromyzidae)

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, Brazil, Uruguay 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.



Vegetable leafminer

Liriomyza sativae 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.



American Serpentine leafminer

Liriomyza trifoli (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 mm.



Oriental cockroach

Blatta orientalis Linnaeus (Insecta: Blattaria: Blattidae:)

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 States.  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.




Body louse

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.



Crab louse

Pthirus pubis (Linnaeus) (Insecta: Phthiraptera (=Anoplura): Pediculidae)

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.



Head louse

Pediculus humanus capitas) (DeGeer)

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.




Cigarette beetle

Lasioderma serricorne (F.) (Insecta: Coleoptera: Anobiidae)

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.



Drugstore beetle

 Stegobium paniceum (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: Bostrichidae: Lyctinae)

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 in length.



peachtree borer

Synanthedon exitiosa (Say) (Insecta: Lepidoptera: Aegeriidae)

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.



Octogomphus specularis

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
Anax junius

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.



Pacific Spiketail
Cordulegaster dorsalis
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).




Northern Walkingstick
Diapheromera femorata

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 brown.



California Timema
Timema californica
This bug lives in California to British Columbia.  It 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.



Palmetto Walkingstick
Anisomorpha buprestoides
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 legs.



Praying Mantis
Mantis religiosa
European Mantid

This bug 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.



California Mantis
Stagmomantis californica
California Mantid

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.



Chinese Mantis
Tenodera aridifolia
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: Nymphalidae        

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.



azalea caterpillar

Datana major Grote & Robinson (Insecta: Lepidoptera: Notodontidae)

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: Aphelinidae)

This insect lives in Barbados, Cuba, Salvador, Kenya, Jamaica, Oman, Mexico, 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: Xylocopinae)]

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: Braconidae)

These insects are mostly found in the United States: Delaware south to Florida, west to Indiana, Kansas and Texas, Wisconsin, Arizona, 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.



Lepisma saccharina
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.


Thermobia domestica

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 filaments. 



European Earwig
Forficula auricularia

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.


Periodical Cicadas
Magicicada species
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.


Dogday Harvestfly
Tibicen canicularis
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.


Woodland Cicadas
Platypedia species

This 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.


Great Silver-striped Sedge
Hesperophylax designatus
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 eat.


Zebra Caddisfly
Macrostemum zebratum
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.