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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.

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.

Sue Kayton

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

Walter Hintz

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

Jack DeAngelis

U.S.
Available
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.

Eric R. Eaton

U.S.
On Vacation
returns 05/18/2016
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.

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2016-05-03 Insect possibly mite:

Hi Cristal   This is a perfect photo of a head louse. It is not the scabies louse. I cannot respond to the Doctor' diagnosis but body lice do not cause visible bites so I do not think that this was involved

2016-05-02 tiny tiny bug with red legs:

Dear Jameshia - These sound like clover mites, a very common nuisance pest. See http://tinyurl.com/cdoxhcy for detailed information. If after looking at this you believe that you have something else, please

2016-05-02 Syspira Tucson Mts:

Larry:    Nobody appears to know which species are which, and the consensus is that a revision of the genus is overdue.    You may want to contact Jillian Cowles in Arizona.  She is currently what I would

2016-05-02 Fleas? Costa Rica....:

Patty:    Ok, you have your images mislabeled.  The "Bug Eggs" image actually depicts the bug, not its eggs, and vice versa.....    The resolution and detail of the images are so poor that I really can't

2016-05-02 Fleas? Costa Rica...:

Patty,    The images are too small to be certain but these look more like springtails (Collembola) than fleas, see http://www.livingwithbugs.com/springtails.html for details. Since springtails can also

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