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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.

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.

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.

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.

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Dear Ken - These look to me more like mouse droppings than anything insect-related. As rodent control lies outside my area of expertise, I am going to refer you to a Cornell University publication on this

2016-08-22 tiny insects in my new home:

Marius,    Mites don't live in nests so it is unlikely there's a single source. These mites are very similar in appear to mites that live in the soil so it is possible that if the furniture was stored

2016-08-21 tiny insects in my new home:

Marius,    This is a mite but I can't tell for certain what kind of mite. Are they found more in one room than others? Are they found near windows? Is anyone in the home complaining of "bug" bites? Was

2016-08-21 Spider ID:

Terry:    Thank you for including the image, which shows the underside of a Banded Garden Spider, Argiope trifasciata.  Here is more about them:

2016-08-20 identity (SINISTER looking creature):

T:    Thank you for including the image with your question.    First of all, a "juvenile" wasp is called an egg, larva, or pupa.  Once you can identify it as a wasp, it is an adult.  It will not get any

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