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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.

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.

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.

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.

Nathan Riggs

On Vacation
returns 12/31/2016
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

Jack DeAngelis

On Vacation
returns 12/17/2016
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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2016-11-30 Ant Farm:

Hi Kristine   I think it is great that your son is interested in insects, especially ants.  I began my love for bugs at about 6 years of age and I have been studying ants for many years. We live on a world

2016-11-29 Bug identification:

Candy:    The insect in the image is a nymph (immature, juvenile, "baby") assassin bug in the genus Rasahus.  They are known as "corsairs."  They only assassinate other insects, but can deliver

2016-11-27 Please help identify waterbug? Florida East Coast:

Dear Adriana - I can see only one insect in your image, and it appears to be a tiny parasitic (on other insects) wasp. These wasps lack venom, but some have a very sharp ovipositor (used in inserting their

2016-11-26 Insect found in bedding:

Hi Dale   There is just a part of an insect here and it is the abdomen. From just looking at the abdomen I cannot positively identify it. However from the size and where you found it, it does look like

2016-11-26 Insect found on bedding:

Dear Dale = This is an abdomen and metathorax of a true bug, but these remains are not sufficient for a positive identification. That aside, I have my doubts that it is a bed bug. Compare your image with

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