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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. You may also join my group page on Facebook and post your picture at

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.

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.

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.

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2016-02-06 Spider:

Yousef:    Between all of us on Facebook, it appears the most likely family-level ID is Liocranidae.    Again, my expertise is in North America, so you may have to find a different expert for insects and

2016-02-05 worm:

Melissa:    Insect larvae are nearly impossible to identify without specimens and a good microscope.    That said, I don't think these are coming from either the dog *or* people.  There are several kinds

2016-02-05 What's this?:

Dear Deepali - I'm afraid that you have bed bugs. The one in your image appears to have enjpyed a blood meal, possibly from you. Unfortunately, I am not familiar with pest control services in Poland; this

2016-02-03 possible kissing bug?:

Hi, Ian:      No, this is not a "kissing bug."  It is in the same family (Assassin bugs, Reduviidae), but it does not feed on blood.  This is the Leafhopper Assassin Bug, Zelus renardi.  It probably overwinters

2016-02-03 Bug coloration:

Lynn:    Metallic colors in the animal kingdom are generated by structural elements that bend light, block certain wavelengths, and reflect others.  So, there is no fading because the colors seen are not

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