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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.

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.

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.

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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2015-07-04 bug identification please:

This looks to me like a click beetle (Family Elateridae) Serenity.  If you still have it there is a test to tell if it is. Click beetles have a marvelous method to right themselves. Turn it over. If it

2015-07-04 Unknown insect:

Robert:    The insect in the images is a severely mangled specimen of a Turkestan Roach, Shelfordella lateralis.  It is an introduced species that is now well-established in the southwest U.S.

2015-07-03 Bug Id:

Hi, Haley:    Neat find!  Thanks for including the images with your question.    This is one of our largest "rove beetles," Platydracus maculosus.  More about it here:

2015-07-03 Possible bed bug?:

Dear Shari:    Well, shoot.  Nine times out of ten, a "possible bed bug" turns out to be some other kind of insect entirely, but, unfortunately, you have the real thing.    If you rent, make sure you know

2015-07-02 bug identification:

Very interesting, I've not seen this one before. This is probably red bug, Scantius aegyptius (Hemiptera: Pyrrhocoridae), a relative new invasive species in the western US. See

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