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Jack DeAngelis

U.S.
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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.

Sue Kayton

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

Eric R. Eaton

U.S.
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I answer insect and spider identification questions ONLY. 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.

Walter Hintz

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

Jessica Mellinger

U.S.
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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.

Ed Saugstad

U.S.
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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.

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2016-08-26 Large Pollen Foraging Insect:

Hi Bill    You did not include a photo but from your description none is needed. You have described perfectly the Hummingbird moth. It is one of the Hawk moths from the Genus Hemaris. I suspect this may

2016-08-26 Bug ID - mites?:

Hi, Maria:    Thanks to the images you sent, I can tell you exactly what they are....    These are lace bugs in the family Tingidae, genus Corythucha.  Here is more:    http://bugguide.net/node/view/17261

2016-08-26 Can you identify this bug?:

Hi M   It is difficult to be sure because I cannot see much detail but this looks very much like a Hairy Fungus Beetle (Genus Typhaea) You would find them around farms and fields where they feed on grains

2016-08-25 Please identify:

Vic:    Ok, the thing that might have fallen out of your hair, the first image that asks "What's this?," is a barklouse, order Psocodea.  They can randomly appear away from tree bark, and are totally harmless

2016-08-25 Bug bites:

Hi Kathie   It is interesting that I just read an article about an hour ago about a small microscopic mite called the Oak Itch mite. This is the first time I have ever herd of them.   The live on the leaves

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