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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.

Sue Kayton

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

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.

Ed Saugstad

On Vacation
returns 10/25/2015
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.

Eric R. Eaton

On Vacation
returns 10/07/2015
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.

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2015-10-06 Bug Identification:

Dear Mike - This is Delphinia picta, a picture-winged fly in the family Ulidiidae; its unusual appearance almost always attracts attention when they are seen. See for images

2015-10-05 Butterflies in ultra-cold area:

Dear Johnnie - I do not believe that you have sufficient information to track down a particular species. That aside, the combination of a hairy body and a black/dark cuticle would appear to be a fairly

2015-10-05 Kissing Bug?:

Dear Mary - The insect in your image is a leaf-footed bug (family Coreidae), see for some examples. The vast majority of these are plant feeders (some being serious garden pests)

2015-10-05 Spider Identification:

Hi Joel,    Thanks for the question and for providing the photographs. From the photos, it looks like a brown widow spider. These have become more common in southern California. You can be sure it is a

2015-10-03 Bug found in bed but not bed bug:

Dear Mera - This appears to be a larva of a carpet beetle (Coleoptera: Dermestidae), likely in the genus Anthrenus - see for an example. These insects are cosmopolitan in distribution

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