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Sue Kayton

U.S.
Available
Silkworm expert. Have raised them as a hobby for 20 years. I do not identify unknown insects.

Eric R. Eaton

U.S.
Available
I can answer most questions related to the identification of "mystery bugs" in NORTH AMERICA, including spiders. Attach images if possible. No "what bit me?", "what do I feed this bug in captivity?", or science fair project questions please. No technical questions about insect physiology.

Aniruddha Dhamorikar

India
Available
I will answer general identification questions about insects and spiders ONLY from India. I cannot guarantee specific identification (of species), but I will try my best! If I do not have the answer, I will get back to you on the right answer as soon as possible.

Jessica Mellinger

U.S.
Available
I can answer questions about invertebrates native to California, including insects commonly found in homes. If you have an identification request, please attach a photo to your question.

Nathan Riggs

U.S.
Available
I currently live in San Antonio, TX and have expertise in identifying insects, many types of spiders, and other arthropod critters that infest lawns, ornamentals, structures, trees, pets and livestock. Mites are not a strong point of mine. I'm not a licensed doctor, so I cannot provide medical diagnosis of conditions possibly related to insects or other arthropods. If you've got an interesting photo for me to see, attach it to your question, or let me know and I'll give you my email so the picture will get to me. If you have hosted an insect photo on a website, please include the link so I can go look at it and provide a faster ID for you.

Ed Saugstad

U.S.
Available
Will accept most questions in general entomology, including those related to medical entomology, taxonomy, ecology, arthropod surveillance, and pest management. If you are requesting a 'mystery bug' identification, PLEASE either attach an image to your question, or post an image on a web page (such as Flickr) so that I can look at it, as verbal descriptions frequently are insufficient for a definitive identification.

Walter Hintz

U.S.
On Vacation
returns 04/23/2014
I can answer any questions about insects and spiders.

Jack DeAngelis

U.S.
Maxed Out
I can answer questions in any area of entomology (study of insects, spiders, mites, ticks, and other terrestrial arthropods). Contact me about home and garden insects, insects that bite and sting, and insects that damage homes such as carpenter ants and termites.

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2014-04-17 Specific cicada:

Dear Jennifer - California reportedly has at least one hundred and fifty species of cicadas in seventeen genera, and seeing as how your specimen is teneral (newly molted and has not yet developed its final

2014-04-15 Bugs in the kichen:

Andrius:    Thank you for including the images.  They are "booklice" in the order Psocodea.  Here's more about them and how best to control them (I'd advise against any kind of chemical treatments in any

2014-04-15 mounds in yard:

Tim,    You're correct, mole crickets (see http://www.livingwithbugs.com/mole_cricket.html for picture) do not fly and are much larger than what you describe. Ant mounds do release hundreds of winged ants

2014-04-15 Tiny brown bugs in cabinets:

Lisa:    Thanks for including the images.  They are larvae (and shed molts) of carpet beetles, family Dermestidae.  Not sure which genus you are dealing with, but the general life history and food preferences

2014-04-15 Gold Glitter:

Dear Sophia - Adult carpet beetles are covered with scales, which gives them a very dull appearance - see http://tinyurl.com/88ckzex for an example. Even with all their scales rubbed off, they would at

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