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Walter Hintz

I can answer any questions about insects and spiders.

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.

Sue Kayton

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

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.

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.

Jessica Mellinger

Maxed Out
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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2014-10-21 slow small bug on bedsheet:

Dear Sharon - This appears to be a larva of a carpet beetle (Coleoptera: Dermestidae) in the genus Anthrenus. This genus includes several pest species, including the varied carpet beetle, Anthrenus verbasci

2014-10-21 fleas!:

Andy,    The best way to control fleas is with topical flea meds like Frontline or oral meds like Capstar (see for details), these won't harm the spiders. Flea

2014-10-21 What is this insect?!:

Hi, Jennifer:    Thank you for including the image with your question.    These are "camel crickets," and they are indeed related to grasshoppers, true crickets, and katydids, all in the order Orthoptera

2014-10-21 Maggots as if from nowhere:

Hi Sara   People used to think that maggots  were spontaneously generated until Pasteur finally proved that to be false. When the larvae hatch from fly eggs the are extremely small and migrate to some

2014-10-20 6" diameter insect.:

Morgan,    I'd be glad to take a look at a picture but this sounds more like a spider than an insect. There are no insects as large as you describe but there are some very large tropical spiders. Sorry

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