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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.

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.

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.

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.

Ed Saugstad

On Vacation
returns 07/04/2015
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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2015-07-01 bug identification please:

Looks like a click beetle.  They can't survive long in refrigerator temperatures.  They don't spread diseases.  Wash off the carrot and eat it.  Don't worry about the other food.  be glad it wasn't something

2015-07-01 Bit By This Flying Insect PLZ help identify it!:

Ciara,    I don't think this is a fly at all but rather a true bug (Hemiptera). I can't see enough detail to id further but there are some Hemiptera that bite. However, none leave any last injury. If the

2015-07-01 Unknown bug:

Hi, Holly:    Thanks for including the image with your question, and especially for including the host plant information.    What you have there is the caterpillar of a Giant Swallowtail Butterfly.  It

2015-07-01 Bugs on Ceiling:

Jodi:    Huh, I got one view of one of the images and then lost the ability to "click to enlarge" the other one....    I believe these are probably "springtails," which thrive in damp situations, and graze

2015-06-30 What is this fuz bug:

Hi Titia   This is a tough one since the bug has no legs or body parts showing. But I know of only one insect that does this and it is the larva of the Green Lacewing, Chrysoperia carnea. These larva called

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