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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.

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.

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.

Walter Hintz

I can answer any questions about insects and spiders.

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.

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2015-08-02 hairy bug:

Lucia:    Thank you for including the images with your question.  These are the larvae of "carpet beetles" in the family Dermestidae, genus Anthrenus.  I wrote a blog about them awhile ago:    http://bugeric

2015-08-02 Is this a bedbug? If not, what is it?:

Alex,    No, this is not a bed bug, wrong shape and color (see for a comparison). However, the image is too small to get a good id. If you can get a closer picture

2015-08-01 Carpet Beetle?:

Yona:    If you meant to attach an image with your question, I did not receive it.  Consequently, I cannot help you.    I would assume an allergy to the hairs of carpet beetle larvae would resemble a rash

2015-08-01 Is this a tick?:

Dragos,    Very nice photo. This is not a tick (see for comparison photos), this is a true bug (Hemiptera), possibly one of the stink bugs (Pentatomidae). This

2015-07-30 Bed bug or not?:

Ivan,    These are not bed bugs (see for a comparison). These are immature cockroaches (see for images

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