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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.

Walter Hintz

I can answer any questions about insects and spiders.

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.

Ed Saugstad

On Vacation
returns 08/02/2015
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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2015-07-30 Bed bug or not?:

Ivan,    These are not bed bugs (see for a comparison). These are immature cockroaches (see for images

2015-07-30 Is this a Mud Dauber nest?:

I see now....    You could try gently scraping the whole thing off with a putty kife, then carefully gluing the nest to the underside of a board leaned against the back fence or something.    Scraping

2015-07-29 Is this a Mud Dauber nest?:

Johnny:    Yes, it is a nest of the Black & Yellow Mud Dauber, Sceliphron caementarium.    What I would like to know is how the wasp got in between the two doors to make the nest in the first place

2015-07-28 Largus californicus:

Karen:    First off, I'd dispense with ornamentals in favor of native plants that are stronger because they are adapted to the soils and climate of your region.    Second, I would tolerate "weeds" like

2015-07-28 Largus californicus:

Karen:    I normally don't dispense advice on how to "get rid of" any insect.  Largid bugs typically don't affect ornamentals, either, so perhaps it is some other kind of insect?    That said, I'd hand

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