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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.

Aniruddha Dhamorikar

India
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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.

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.

Walter Hintz

U.S.
Available
I can answer any questions about insects and spiders.

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.

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.

Jessica Mellinger

U.S.
Maxed Out
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.

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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2014-07-29 Caterpillar I'd?:

Hi, Rhonda:    I am not very good with caterpillars, but I can tell you this is *not* a caterpillar.  It is the larva of a sawfly, a type of (stingless) wasp.  Host plant is always helpful with those when

2014-07-29 I was bitten:

Steven:    This is a species of wasp called an Ichneumon. These wasps are parasites of caterpillars, laying their eggs inside of them.     They are not aggressive and harmless to humans and animals, but

2014-07-29 Mystery Bug:

I still belief this is a beetle but  I am going to refer you to a couple of other experts. Got to the allexperts website and look up Eric Eaton or Ed Saugsted  under entomology and see what they think

2014-07-28 insect id:

Hi, Dennis:    There is both a bumble bee and a beetle in the image.  I assume you are curious about the beetle.    It is a "Green June Beetle," Cotinis nitida, a type of day-flying scarab beetle

2014-07-27 Springtails along baseboards:

Dear Kristin - Two possibilities come to mind: (1) They had been moving across the floor and simply stopped when the encountered a barrier (the baseboard), or (2 - and less likely) if the baseboards are

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