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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.

Sue Kayton

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

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.

Walter Hintz

I can answer any questions about insects and spiders.

Jessica Mellinger

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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

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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

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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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2014-08-22 ID of some solitary wasps:

Ben:    Technically, this is at least five questions (six images, two of same specimen), but....    Isodontia mexicana is the sphecid wasp.    Ground beetle larva, maybe Dicaelus sp. for

2014-08-22 mystery bug on sticky traps:

Dear Adonis - Other than the lone ant, these creatures appear to be springtails, primitive arthropods in the order Collembola. They are closely related to true insects, and are extremely abundant and widespread

2014-08-22 Unknown Insects on Glue Traps:

Adonis (seriously?),    Thanks for including the image with your question.  Those would be "springtails" in the order (or class) Collembola.  Most scientists now consider springtails to be "non-insect

2014-08-22 Vacant bird houses:

Michael,    The nest-building social wasps (Vespulidae) will use empty bird houses for nesting sites. In fact this can be very hazardous for both the birds and for people that work with the houses. You

2014-08-21 bugs killing branches on red twig dogwood:

The picture is a little blurry, but this might be a sharpshooter leafhopper.  They suck sap from woody plants.  Treatments include systemics like Bayer Tree and Shrub insect control or topical sprays approved

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