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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.

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.

Walter Hintz

I can answer any questions about insects and spiders.

Sue Kayton

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

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.

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.

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2016-05-30 Identify beetle species/type:

Dear Melisa - I believe you are more correct - when I looked at your image, I imagined that I saw more reticulations/striae on the wing covers (elytra) than there actually were, and that is why I felt

2016-05-29 Identify beetle species/type:

Dear Melissa - This appears to be a net-winged beetle (Coleoptera: Lycidae); it resembles some species in the genus Plateros - see for an example. These are close relatives of

2016-05-29 Insects on wall:

Kevin,    These are probably moth eggs, in fact it looks like they are hatching. Moths lay eggs in clumps like this and if the moth is trapped indoors they will lay masses of eggs on walls and so forth

2016-05-28 Transferring a bee hive:

Bill:    I'm sorry, but apiculture is not my thing....However, I'd advise cutting and pasting your question and putting it to the Beekeeping category in  Look under "Hobbies," then "Pastimes

2016-05-28 Purple ash tree:

Not a grasshopper. This is a true bug (Hemiptera), possibly Reduviidae (assassin bugs), but the image is too dark to be certain. Assassin bugs are a large and diverse group of predatory bugs, some can

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