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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.

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.

Walter Hintz

I can answer any questions about insects and spiders.

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.

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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2014-09-01 Many Metalic Green Wasps on Plant Stem:

Mike:    I'm completely stumped.  I think they are indeed chalcids, probably all males waiting for a female to emerge from the stem....    If you send me the images I can probably share them with some

2014-09-01 Spider web:

Marc:    I don't know the complete answer, but here is my understanding:    A spider constructing the foundation of its web starts by standing on the tip of a twig or other object (point"A" if you will)

2014-08-31 bugs biting at night:

Roberta,    I can't see enough detail to id but since there are no beetles that bite as you describe (not even spider beetles) an id may not matter in this case. The bird/rodent/nest mites can bite at

2014-08-31 Insects identification:

Hi Aleksandar   Although i am not acquainted with insects from Europe I can narrow these down.   The first one is a flower beetle from the Genus Euphoria   The second is fly that I cannot identify from

2014-08-31 Vanishing bumblebee nest:

Hi Howard   My only suggestion is the possibility of the death of the Queen or the departure of the Queen. If you noticed a decline in activity since the middle of June the absence of a Queen seems likely

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