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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.

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.

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.

Sue Kayton

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

Jack DeAngelis

Maxed Out
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

On Vacation
returns 10/20/2014
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.

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2014-09-29 Ant fairly new to my area:

Hi Again Cindy   I base my conclusions on the behavior of the ants in question. You mentioned the ants biting you every time you go out side. Twig ants are not that aggressive usually only stinging when

2014-09-29 mass spider drowning:

Belinda:    Early morning (dawn) is when the birds would have found them, if that is what happened....    These can be abundant spiders, and often locally common, in small "colonies," so this is not an

2014-09-28 Ant fairly new to my area:

Hi Cindy   These are fire ants, an invasive species that has been in the South for many years. You can control them in yard best by killing the queen with fire ant baits that are taken into the nest. Look

2014-09-27 mass spider drowning:

Belinda:    I grew up in Oregon, so I am familiar with this...Thanks for including the images.    The spiders are all male "folding-door spiders," related distantly to trapdoor spiders and tarantulas.

2014-09-27 Looking for a good place to ID bees:

John:    There are many resources for identifying bees (and other insects).  I am biased, but I think the Kaufman Field Guide to Insects of North America is a great book (I am principal author)

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