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2016-09-27 Entomology (Study of Bugs) - Bugs:

Dear Victoria - I cannot see enough detail in your images to make a definitive identification. If they are flying insects, the two main suspects would be black flies (family Simuliidae; see http://tinyurl

2016-09-27 Entomology (Study of Bugs) - tarantulas:

Jeff,    Short answer is I don't know. I don't know much about petting zoos or their standards but my guess is they have some type of written policy about injury. Tarantulas can also bite (rarely) so they

2016-09-25 Entomology (Study of Bugs) - Mystery bug:

Dear Ziv - Unfortunately, I cannot see enough detail in your images to hazard an identification. About all that I can say is that I do not believe that it is anything that you really need to worry about

2016-09-24 Entomology (Study of Bugs) - White spider, black markings:

Hi, Marilyn:    Wow, thank you for sharing the great image of one of my favorite spiders.    This is a female White-banded Crab Spider, Misumenoides formosipes.  Here's more about the species:

2016-09-22 Entomology (Study of Bugs) - Insect identification:

Hi, Darshana:    The insect in your images is a mayfly, an insect in the order Ephemeroptera.    Adult mayflies live only one or two days, just long enough to reproduce.  Females lay their eggs in water


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