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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.

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.

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.

Ed Saugstad

On Vacation
returns 02/14/2016
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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2016-02-10 Tiny, dainty flying insects throughout my apartment.:

Dear Lucy - Your image is not clear enough for me to be certain, but they do resemble dark-winged fungus gnats. These are common indoor pests in homes/buildings with potted plants that have been over-watered

2016-02-08 What kind of Mite is this?:

  Hi Trisha  The photos you sent appear to be rodent mites and they do bite. They also could be bird mites. Clover mites do not bite. Rodent mites cannot burrow under the skin and do not invade the scalp

2016-02-08 Can you identify?:

Trisha:    Technically, mites are not insects, and they are way above my level of expertise.  You need an acarologist (mite expert).    In the past I have asked people to contact Dr. Barry O'Connor, who

2016-02-08 Stripey silverfish?:

Hi, Jascha:    Thank you for including the excellent images with your question.    This is the larva of a black carpet beetle, genus Attagenus.  As luck would have it, I did a blog post about these

2016-02-06 Spider:

Yousef:    Between all of us on Facebook, it appears the most likely family-level ID is Liocranidae.    Again, my expertise is in North America, so you may have to find a different expert for insects and

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