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Sue Kayton

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

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.

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.

Walter Hintz

I can answer any questions about insects and spiders.

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2016-06-29 What kind of insect is this?:

Karla,    This is a termite and appears to have wings. This one likely flew indoors but there's a chance that the colony is in the structure of the house (see

2016-06-28 Please identify:

Dear Sheri - Unfortunately, the quality of your image is not sufficient for me to make any identification beyond the obvious fact that it is a beetle of some kind. That aside, from its general shape, it

2016-06-28 Tiny brown bug or beetle?:

Jen,    These are beetles not fleas. The specimens are deformed and too small to id with certainty but I think they are the type of beetle that infests grains and, for example, dry pet food. General cleaning

2016-06-28 Caterpillar ID:

Hi, Krisin:    Looks to me to be a caterpillar of the Black Swallowtail butterfly, Papilio polyxenes, a widespread species that as a caterpillar feeds on plants in the parsley family (dill, fennel

2016-06-28 GREEN BUG IN MY STUDY!:

Hi again John   Crab spiders are not as large as your description but when somebody describes a spider they do not want to see they are prone to exaggerate the size.   The Green huntsman (Micrommata viroscens)

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