Skip Menu

Return to Skip Menu

Main Content

Adult Stages of Insects

    Ant Image
Ants & Termites Group - Ants and termites are small and can be winged or wingless. May appear in swarms.
    Bee Image
Bees & Wasps Group - Bees and wasps have three body regions. They have four wings, although it usually looks like just two because the hind wings are very small. Can be hairy or smooth. All have stings but not all bees and wasps sting.
    Beetle Image
Beetle Group - Beetles have hardened wing covers over their backs giving them a "hard shell" appearance. Size ranges from 1/8 inch (3 mm) to 1-1/2 inch (40 mm).
    Cockroach Image
Cockroach Group - Cockroaches have leathery wing coverings, not quite as hard as beetles. They also have long slender antenna. They are usually dark colored but may have white or black markings.
    Fly Image
Fly Group - Flies have 3 body regions, but only two wings. Pale, dark, or metallic colored.
    Moth Image
Moth Group - Moths have 3 body regions and 4 wings that are covered with dusty scales.
    Spider Image
Spiders Group - Spiders have eight legs and 6-8 eyes. Spiders have two body regions in contrast to insects which have three.
    Bed Bug Image
Bed Bugs are 1/4 to 1/2 inch (5 to 10 mm) long and reddish brown in color.
    Booklice Image
Booklice are very small (less then 1/4 inch or 6 mm), pale colored, and usually associated with stored food or tree bark.
    Boxelder Bug Image
Boxelder bugs are about 1/2 inch or 1 cm long and are black with RED markings.
    Centipede Image
Centipedes have many body regions, each with one pair of legs.
    Earwig Image
Earwigs have a distinctive set of pincers on their tail end.
    Flea Image
Fleas are dark colored and jump. They are small in length (2 mm or 1/6 inch) and very narrow when viewed from the front.
    Millipede Image
Millipedes are similar to centipedes above but have two pairs of legs on each segment.
    Mosquito Image
Mosquitos are small flies that are dark colored and have long mouthparts.
    Silverfish Image
Silverfish are silver to white in color, wingless, and are covered with dust like scales.
    Springtail Image
Springtails are usually pale colored, very small (2 mm or 1/8 inch) and JUMP when disturbed.
    Wheel Bug Image
Wheel Bugs have a distinctive wheel or cog like structure on their back that is best viewed from the side.

Insect Identification and Diagnosis Request

For the identification of insects and mites, contact a local Virginia Cooperative Extension office, or find information about offices in your state.

Identify Your Insect: