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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.

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.

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.

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

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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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2014-08-20 what is this type of but:

Dear Melissa - I cannot see enough detail in your image to be absolutely certain, but I believe that these might be tiny wasps emerging from moth eggs - see for an example. Some

2014-08-20 Curculio sp?:

Tadas:    Yes, you are correct once again.  Species ID is rather difficult for Curculio, in part because females have a much longer "snout" than males, so can be mistaken for two separate species

2014-08-20 Cicadas in Springfield, Illinois:

Matthew:    I am by no means an expert on cicadas, but at least I can refer you to some websites that can help.    You are definitely describing the "annual" cicadas in the genus Tibicen, so we

2014-08-20 Acanalonia conica or A. servillei ? or other?:

Tadas:    I am not an expert on this particular group; and I would refer you to given your advanced knowledge. is where I answer questions from the general, petrified public

2014-08-19 identify bug:

Cynthia:    I am still baffled.  Please take (or send) intact specimens to Jim LaBonte at Oregon Dept. of Agriculture in Salem.  Tell him I sent you, and please ask him to tell me what this is.  I'm sure

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