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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.

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.

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.

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.

Ed Saugstad

On Vacation
returns 12/25/2014
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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2014-12-19 How harmful can bugs be?:

Hello Jackline,    I cannot give you an identification with the information you have provided. Can you describe the insect? Did it have wings? Any recognizable markings or features? Do you have a photo?

2014-12-18 What kind of bug is this?:

Hi Mike   Nice photo. This interesting little bug is a Globular Springtail of the Order Symphypleoma. It is related to the Order Collembola. Sprintails are sporadic in nature and show up briefly in large

2014-12-16 Help! Bugs:

Dear Gerald - If you follow the guidelines in the last two citations in my earlier answer ( and, that should pretty much take care of things. Calling

2014-12-16 Help! Bugs:

Dear Gerald - You have two different types of household pests here, grain/granary weevils in the genus Sitophilus and dermestids (skin/carpet beetles) in the genus Attagenus (black carpet beetles and allies)

2014-12-15 insect bite:

Amelia,    There are no insects that do exactly what you describe so I think the symptoms in your leg may not be related what you felt several years ago in St. Martin. The only way to be certain is to

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