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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.

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.

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.

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.

Walter Hintz

I can answer any questions about insects and spiders.

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2016-07-21 Spider Identification please:

Tonya:    That is a "Rabid Wolf Spider," Rabidosa rabida.  Not dangerous in any way, but just simply has an inappropriate name.    I can tell you this:  When

2016-07-21 Identify:

No, I cannot identify the insect, except to say that it appears to be a tiny beetle of some kind.  You provide me no context, behavioral clues, or anything else that can help me to help you, either.  

2016-07-20 biting bugs:

Hello Tee   There are some biting flies called no see- ums. They are a kind of an gnat and they bite and fly fast so they are hard to see. They are outdoor bugs however. I do not know of biting insects

2016-07-20 Beetles:

Jeff:    Thank you for the compliments on my field guide.    The image depicts not beetles, but the nymphs (immature, juvenile, "babies") of some kind of stink bug, family Pentatomidae.    It is nearly

2016-07-20 Bed bug?:

Renee:    Thank you for including the images with your question.    The insect is not a bed bug.  It is a "root weevil" in the genus Otiorhynchus.  These beetles are flightless, usually nocturnal

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