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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

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.

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.

Sue Kayton

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

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.

Walter Hintz

I can answer any questions about insects and spiders.

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2014-10-30 Mystery Bug:

Dear Lucy - This is a small fly, it appears to be in the family Drosophilidae (vinegar/pomace flies; often but erroneously called fruit flies). One of the commonest species is Drosophila melanogaster,

2014-10-30 Predatory insect:

Marlin:    Without seeing at least an image of the creature, I can only hazard a guess:    Praying mantis (yes, they can fly, at least the males)    Antlion (see my blog post here:  http://bugeric.blogspot

2014-10-30 dangerous spider uk:

Laura,    I can't see this clearly enough to be certain. The key characters are markings on the top of the abdomen which are not visible in this photo. While all spiders can bite there's been a great deal

2014-10-29 What is this?:

Helen:    You are smart not to touch this one!!!!!!!    This is a Puss caterpillar, commonly called an "asp" across the southern US.  This caterpillar has three rows of venomous spines along its back that

2014-10-29 This insect is driving me crazy!:

Hi Mark   These are dermestid beetles and either Red Flour beetles or Confused Flour Beetles The difference is that Red Flour Beetles fly an Confused Flour Beetles do not   They are breeding in your cupboards

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