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Walter Hintz

U.S.
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I can answer any questions about insects and spiders.

Jack DeAngelis

U.S.
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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.

Sue Kayton

U.S.
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Silkworm expert. Have raised them as a hobby for 20 years. I do not identify unknown insects.

Jessica Mellinger

U.S.
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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

U.S.
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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

U.S.
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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.

Nathan Riggs

U.S.
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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.

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2014-10-20 6" diameter insect.:

Morgan,    I'd be glad to take a look at a picture but this sounds more like a spider than an insect. There are no insects as large as you describe but there are some very large tropical spiders. Sorry

2014-10-19 Found a huge insect in my bedroom:

Jeannie:    Thank you for including the images with your question.  Please relax now.    The insect is a Western Conifer Seed Bug, Leptoglossus occidentalis.  Despite the name, it is found throughout

2014-10-18 unknown tiny insects:

Soomy:    Thank you for including the images with your question.    It looks like these are what we here in the U.S.A. call "barklice," in the insect order Psocodea.    They feed mostly on molds, mildews

2014-10-18 What are those insects, frass and holes?:

The image "insect 2" is a moth (left) and a carpet beetle larva (right, see http://www.livingwithbugs.com/carpet_beetle.html for more pictures). Neither of these make holes. The holes pictured in the image

2014-10-17 What are those insects, frass and holes?:

Danny,    These are cockroaches, see http://www.livingwithbugs.com/cockroaches.html for general information about roaches and roach control. Since cockroaches don't make holes in walls so I can't help

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