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Nathan Riggs

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. You may also go to my group page on Facebook and post your picture at

Eric R. Eaton

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.

Sue Kayton

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

Jack DeAngelis

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.

Ed Saugstad

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

I can answer any questions about insects and spiders.

Jessica Mellinger

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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.

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2015-04-18 wasp identification:

Hi, Sheila:    Wow, those are really nice images, thank you for sharing.    You are correct, they are members of the Vespidae family.  Specifically, they are mason wasps in the subfamily Eumeninae.  They

2015-04-18 I Need u to identify this bug or insect:

Brenda,    Don't worry, none of these insects can hurt you. The small ones that jump are springtails, see for a close-up. Springtails normally live in the

2015-04-16 Springtail inside and outside:

The images are a bit too blurry to be certain but the shape and size are correct for springtails. Besides very wet conditions, springtails will sometimes enter homes because it is too dry outside. In either

2015-04-15 Brown Spider:

Thomas:    Thank you for including the images with your question.    This is *not*, repeat NOT, a Brown Recluse.  The arrangement of the eyes, and the shape of the spinnerets are vastly different from

2015-04-14 Mystery Bug ID:

Dear Casey - This indeed appears to be a carpet beetle in the genus Anthrenus, likely a varied carpet beetle, Anthrenus verbasci. The larvae of these beetles can subsist on an extremely wide variety of

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