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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.

Sue Kayton

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

Eric R. Eaton

I answer insect and spider identification questions ONLY. 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.

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

On Vacation
returns 12/31/2016
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. You may also join my group page on Facebook and post your picture at

Jack DeAngelis

On Vacation
returns 12/17/2016
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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2016-12-06 what is this i found in my carpet:

Dear Aaron - I cannot see enough detail in your images to hazard a positive identification. That aside, the only two possibilities that would be of concern are (1) flea larvae - see

2016-12-05 Ant Farm:

Hello again Kristine    I did a little research about ant Queens and I found that there is a federal law against buying Queens, unless you have a permit and I am not sure how you would get one.   Capturing

2016-12-01 Centipedes:

Hello Marissa,    Thanks for your question. You are correct that they are not dangerous. They eat other household pests, such as small insects and even cockroaches. They can be creepy though! I understand

2016-11-30 Ant Farm:

Hi Kristine   I think it is great that your son is interested in insects, especially ants.  I began my love for bugs at about 6 years of age and I have been studying ants for many years. We live on a world

2016-11-29 Bug identification:

Candy:    The insect in the image is a nymph (immature, juvenile, "baby") assassin bug in the genus Rasahus.  They are known as "corsairs."  They only assassinate other insects, but can deliver

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