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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 07/31/2016
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.

Eric R. Eaton

On Vacation
returns 08/03/2016
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.

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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2016-07-28 Teeny tiny bees:

Hi Celeste   Since I have not seen one of these I am not even sure that they are bees. The fact that none of them have bitten you tells me they are harmless. Since I do not know what they are I cannot

2016-07-28 Mimicry and bioluminascence:

Dear Johnnie - Although others have commented on the similarity between the glowworm's bioluminescent display and a clear starry night, I suspect that that this is more coincidence rather than true mimicry

2016-07-28 Can u identify this bug?:

Joyce,    I'm sorry but without a photo I can't give you an accurate id. However, I can say that there are very few insects that pose any sort threat to people and this does not sound like any of those

2016-07-27 Unknown insect.:

Dear Julia - This is a treehopper (Hemiptera/Heteroptera: Membracidae). They are sap feeders, but very seldom are numerous enough to cause any real ham to the pants they feed upon. It's occurrence indoors

2016-07-27 Mystery bugs in 5 window sills:

Dear Jennifer - No worries here - These are booklice (Psocodea: Liposcelidae), basically nuisance pests that do no real harm, feeding primarily on mold spores or bits of organic material that has been

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