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option 1Pest has clear or cloudy, thin wings

option 2Pest wings are not clear, and are thickened

Examples:

termite, alate
termite, winged reproductive
(3/8", 10 mm)

 

honeybee
honeybee
(1/2-5/8", 11-15 mm)

 

bumblebee
bumblebee
(1/4-1", 6-25 mm)

 

yellow jacket
yellow jacket
(3/8-5/8", 10-16 mm)

 

blue mud dauber
blue mud dauber
(1/2-1", 12.5-25 mm)

 

housefly
house fly
(1/8-1/4", 4-7.5 mm)

 

drain fly
drain fly
(1/16-1/4", 1.5-5 mm)

 

flesh fly
flesh fly
(1/4-7/16", 6-11 mm)

 

mosquito
mosquito
(1/8-3/8", 3-9 mm)

Examples:

boxelder bug
boxelder bug
(1/2", 11-14 mm), photo by Link Elmore, Bugwood.org

 

brown marmorated stink bug
stink bug,
(1/2-5/8", 14-17 mm), photo by Gary Bernon, USDA APHIS, Bugwood.org

 

seed bug
seed bug,
(5/8-3/4", 16-20 mm), (5/8-3/4", 16-20 mm), photo by Whitney Cranshaw, Colorado State University, Bugwood.org

 

American cockroach
American cockroach
(1 3/8-2 1/8", 34-53 mm)

 

katydid
katydid,
(1-5", 25-127 mm), (1-5", 25-127 mm), photo by Albert (Bud) Mayfield, USDA Forest Service, Bugwood.org

 

cricket
field cricket
(1/2-1 1/8", 13-30 mm)

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Unless otherwise noted, all photos and illustrations by NYS IPM Staff