The IDL can provide an insect ID for $25

Do you have an insect problem – or an insect you’re interested in – and want to know what it is, or more about it?

For directions on how to send us samples or email photos (or both) for identification at the IDL, click on this link:

How to Send a Sample or Photo

At Cornell’s Department of Entomology the Insect Diagnostic Lab can help identify insects and related arthropods, and provide management suggestions if needed. There is a $25 fee, for samples or photos submitted to the lab for an ID; these funds allow the Lab to remain open.

Factsheets

Do you already know what you have, or want more information? We have a number of factsheets available. For descriptions of a variety of insects and related organisms, and (if an indoor or outdoor pest) control recommendations, click on this link below:

List of Factsheets

In the Northeast, several kinds of outdoor insects are attracted to houses and building walls in autumn, searching for sheltered places to overwinter. Any that find gaps or openings can end up inside. During winter and spring on warm days you may see them indoors. Click on the LIST OF FACTSHEETS  for information on any of these – as well as many other indoor pests, and outdoor species found on garden plants and trees.

Recent News:

Biocontrol Bytes – For a blog from an Integrated Pest Management specialist, designed to inform New Yorkers who are trying to control pests – on farms, in backyards, in businesses, or in homes – about the role that biological control plays (or could play) in successful integrated pest management, see: https://blogs.cornell.edu/biocontrolbytes/  For info about that blog:  https://blogs.cornell.edu/biocontrolbytes/about/

Spotted Lanternfly – A new invasive pest of orchards, vineyards, and tree-of-heaven (Ailanthus), the Spotted Lanternfly has been found in southeastern Pennsylvania, and Virginia. For updates see: https://www.aphis.usda.gov/aphis/resources/pests-diseases/hungry-pests/the-threat/spotted-lanternfly/spotted-lanternfly

Other Topics of Interest:

Common IDs each year – Are you curious about what kinds of things are sent in for identification?  This file (click here) lists the most frequently-submitted IDs for indoor samples, 2008 to 2017. The second page lists examples of garden, yard, and house plants people have sent samples from.  In 2017 the most common indoor categories were No biting pest in sample, Carpet beetles, and Bed Bugs.

Spotted Wing Drosophila – a new invasive fly species has been causing fruit damage in New York State. Raspberries, blackberries, late-maturing blueberries, day-neutral strawberries, elderberries, cherries, and peaches are among the vulnerable crops. For details see: http://www.fruit.cornell.edu/spottedwing/pdfs/SWDgarden.pdf Because this species resembles other fruit flies, we recommend that you make sure the ID is verified before doing any major control measures.  For the latest information see: http://blogs.cornell.edu/SWD1/

Trends over time in Insect Diagnostics – Have you ever wondered how insects are identified, and how it has changed over time?  See this 30 minute webinar at: http://vimeo.com/54970615

Other Contacts

For questions about insects and related pests on plants or in and around the home: you can contact your local Cooperative Extension office. In New York State, see: Local Cooperative Extension Offices

Questions about West Nile virus or Lyme disease: contact the local office of your state health department.

Testing ticks for disease:  the Cornell Animal Health Diagnostic Center (AHDC) in Ithaca NY can ID the tick and test whether it is carrying certain disease organisms. Ticks can be from a human or any animal. For directions and fees, see:
http://ahdc.vet.cornell.edu/sects/Paras/tickID.cfm  Animal Health Diagnostic Center:   (607) 253-3900  Email: diagcenter@cornell.edu

For plant diseases: contact Cornell’s Plant Disease Diagnostic Clinic at http://plantclinic.cornell.edu/

Photos in the IDL banner (at top of page & on factsheets) © 2012: From left to right: Alder flea beetle – adults (Chrysomelidae: Altica ambiens); Larder beetle – larva (Dermestidae: Dermestes lardarius); Spotted tussock moth – caterpillar (Erebidae, or Arctiidae: Lophocampa maculata); Indian meal moth – adult (Pyralidae: Plodia interpunctella); Cornfield ant (Formicidae: Lasius sp.) with Scale insects (Coccidae: Coccus sp.); European sowbug, or Common woodlouse – an Isopod, not an insect (Oniscidae: Oniscus asellus); Multicolored Asian lady beetle – adults (Coccinellidae: Harmonia axyridis); The Herald (moth) – caterpillar (Erebidae, or Noctuidae: Scoliopteryx libatrix).