Cornell University, Dept. of Entomology,
2144 Comstock Hall, Ithaca NY 14853-2601
Diagnostician: Jason J. Dombroskie, Ph.D.
Link to Cornell’s Dept. of Entomology
Do you have an insect problem, and want to know what it is, or more about it?
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.
Click here for directions on how to send in samples or photos for identification.
Do you already know what you have, or want more information? We have a number of factsheets available. Please feel free to take a look for descriptions and control recommendations. Click on this link: Insect Diagnostic Lab Factsheets List
|It’s that time of year again:
on sunny days in autumn, several kinds of insects come to house walls, looking for a protected place to crawl in and spend the winter.
For information on these species, and many others,
see our Factsheets.
Multicolored Asian Lady Beetles
Western Conifer Seed Bug
Spotted Wing Drosophila (SWD), a new invasive fly species originally from Asia, caused widespread injury to some berry crops in New York State in 2012. Raspberries, blackberries, late-maturing blueberries, day-neutral strawberries, elderberries, cherries, and peaches are among the vulnerable crops. A factsheet on the Spotted Wing Drosophila is available from Cornell Cooperative Extension at:
Because this species resembles other fruit flies, we recommend that you make sure the ID is verified before doing any major control measures.
Have you ever wondered how insects are identified and how it has changed over time?
In this 30 minute webinar http://vimeo.com/54970615 our diagnostician Jason Dombroskie discusses Trends in Insect Diagnostics.
Are you curious about what kinds of things are commonly sent in for identification ?
Follow this link for a list of the top IDs in the past few years for samples from indoors, and also a list of the kinds of garden, yard, and house plants people have sent samples from for us to identify the pests.
For questions about West Nile virus or Lyme disease, contact the local office of your state health department. For questions about insects and related pests in and around the home, or in the garden, you can contact your local Cooperative Extension office.
In New York State, see: Local Cooperative Extension Offices
Photos in the IDL banner are © 2012 by Jason J. Dombroskie, Ph.D. (IDL Coordinator & Diagnostician).
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).