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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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Walter Hintz

I can answer any questions about insects and spiders.

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2014-11-23 Red Spider in Central Coast California:

Kari:    I never received e-mail notification that your question was pending, so apologies for the delayed response....    Unfortunately, your image does not provide nearly enough detail for me to give

2014-11-21 bird mites:

Hi Gail   Insects that get into the hair are easily seen and mirtes do not inhabit hair  If two doctors cannot find anything I am at a loss. You say that you have some in a plastic bag. Have you shown

2014-11-20 What is this bug:

Hi, Carol:    I never received e-mail notification that your question was pending, so apologies for the delay in replying....    The image certainly depicts a beetle of some sort, but does not give enough

2014-11-18 mantis problem:

Dear Chris - What you have is a female Stagmomantis sp.; likely Stagmomantis californica. Her abdomen is swollen because she is  gravid (it is full of eggs). However, the color does seem to be abnormally

2014-11-18 Moth Cocoon:

Hi Pedro   I am always happy to see a young man who is interested in insects   It is hard tell from the photos but from the striped abdoman and underwing color I am almost sure this is a sphinx moth and

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