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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.

Jessica Mellinger

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.

Sue Kayton

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

Walter Hintz

I can answer any questions about insects and spiders.

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 join my group page on Facebook and post your picture at

Ed Saugstad

On Vacation
returns 05/30/2015
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.

Jack DeAngelis

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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2015-05-21 What is this:

Tracy,    These were likely collembola, see for images. These tiny insects often congregate following heavy rains (see page cited above). They are completely

2015-05-20 Praying Mantist eggs contain 300:

Hi Giofranco   Nature has a way of keeping things in balance. We are the ones who tend to upset this balance. In the insect kingdom the population is controlled partly because the great majority of those

2015-05-20 What insect is this.:

I don't know the species, but this is a wasp that parasitizes scale insects and mealybugs, which are pests on plants.  This wasp is harmless for humans.    By parasitize, I mean that it lays it's eggs

2015-05-20 South Carolina Bugs:

Hi Ariel   I cannot identify these from this photo but they appear to some species of immature beetle or true bugs that have just hatched. They are not dangerous spiders. They are harmless I noticed something

2015-05-19 Identify Bug:

This is a psocid or barklouse. There are both winged forms like this one and wingless forms. All are harmless althrough they can sometimes be minor stored food pests, depending on species. They might also

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