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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.

Aniruddha Dhamorikar

I will answer general identification questions about insects and spiders ONLY from India. I cannot guarantee specific identification (of species), but I will try my best! If I do not have the answer, I will get back to you on the right answer as soon as possible.

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.

Walter Hintz

I can answer any questions about insects and spiders.

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.

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.

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.

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2014-07-21 Bug:

Dear Julia - This is the empty 'shell' (exuvium) of a dragonfly naiad (nymph). When a dragonfly naiad (the immature aquatic stage) completes its development, it leaves the water to crawl up on some object

2014-07-21 Mystery bug:

Hi Jim     I am sure these are beetles and most beetles make up the most species of the insects so Without seeing one of these all I can do is narrow it down. Since they were on materials I suspect they

2014-07-21 What is this?:

Marquita,    I believe this is a very small (young) firebrat (see for pictures). These insects are mostly harmless except they can sometimes damage

2014-07-20 Brown eggs and white worm:

Dear Kim-Anh - What your image shows is a larva (maggot - the white 'worm') and several pupae (the brown 'eggs')of a muscoid fly, such as a house fly. The larvae feed on decomposing organic matter, and

2014-07-20 Ironwood Tree bug infection question:

BJ:    I cannot be of further help, except to say it is likely one bird as they are pretty territorial.    I suggest you consult an arborist about the tree itself.  I know nothing of plants and trees myself

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