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Walter Hintz

I can answer any questions about insects and spiders.

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.

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.

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.

Eric R. Eaton

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.

Recent Answers

2016-05-23 Unknown bug:

Dear Bryan - Your image is not clear enough for a positive i.d. If it was hard-bodied (a 'crunchy') as opposed to soft ( a 'squishy'), it could be a small beetle such as a scarab beetle. Definitely an

2016-05-22 Insect on Pasadena CA tomato plant:

Angela,    This is a true bug (Hemiptera) but I can't see it clearly enough to id much further. Many true bugs are predators so this one may be considered beneficial. When tomato plants drop their blooms

2016-05-20 bug ID:

Lisa:    Thank you for sharing your discovery.  The image is of a "giant ichneumon wasp," Megarhyssa atrata.  Here's more about it:    Here is a blog post I

2016-05-20 Please help identify this bug:

You are most welcome, and thank you for the compliments.    NO question is "silly," no concerns are invalid.  No one can know everything, and when there is profit to be made from scare tactics, the media

2016-05-19 Please help identify this bug:

Rich:    Your image is of a larva of a lady beetle, probably Harmonia axyridis.  Looks like it had a bad molt from a previous larva stage (opaque coating is part of a shed exoskeleton).    Kissing

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