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option 1Wings hard, shell-like, may be very short; straight line down middle of back where wings meet

option 2Wings soft, may or may not have scales that leave dusty residue on hands when touched

Examples:

carpet beetle, adult
carpet beetle
(1/16-1/8", 1.8-3.2 mm), adult, photo by Natasha Wright, Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Bugwood.org

 

convergent lady beetle
ladybug
(1/32-3/8", 0.8-10 mm), photo by Russ Ottens, University of Georgia, Bugwood.org

 

spider beetle
spider beetle
(1/32-3/16", 1-5 mm), photo by Pest and Diseases Image Library, Bugwood.org

 

ground beetle
ground beetle
(1/16-1 3/8", 12-35 mm), photo by Whitney Cranshaw, Colorado State University, Bugwood.org

 

japanese beetle
Japanese beetle
(1/4-1/2", 8-12 mm), photo by USDA ARS Photo Unit, USDA Agricultural Research Service, Bugwood.org

 

click beetle
click beetle
(1/4-1", 5-25 mm)

 

beetle in flight
beetle in flight,
photo by Erich G. Vallery, USDA Forest Service - SRS-4552, Bugwood.org

 

earwig
earwig
(1/4-1", 5-25 mm), photo by Gary Alpert, Harvard University, Bugwood.org

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

moth
moth
(1 1/2-1 7/8", 38-46 mm)

 

indian meal moth
indian meal moth
(5/8-3/4", 16-20 mm)

 

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

 

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

 

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

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