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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.

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.

Eric R. Eaton

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.

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.

Ed Saugstad

On Vacation
returns 09/02/2014
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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2014-08-31 Insects identification:

Hi Aleksandar   Although i am not acquainted with insects from Europe I can narrow these down.   The first one is a flower beetle from the Genus Euphoria   The second is fly that I cannot identify from

2014-08-31 Spittlebug life cycle:

Ann:    Good questions!  Only the nymphs live in the "spittle," the adults living freely and capable of flying to escape potential predators.    I think the other purpose of the foam is to prevent the

2014-08-31 Real insects magazine:

Ali:    I think this is more or less a non-issue.  Most, if not all, the species I've seen encased in resin are common, and for all I know they are reared in a facility somewhere for commercial purposes

2014-08-31 HELP:

Beth:    Ah, ok, the image gives a conclusive answer as to both the caterpillar and the tree.    The tree is a catalpa, and the caterpillars the "Catalpa Hornworm," Ceratomia catalpae.  Here's more

2014-08-30 Wasp Wednesday: Netelia??:

Hi, Kim:    Thanks for including the nice image with your question.    It is definitely a female ichneumon wasp, but I have no idea which species you have in Australia.  I suspect they are nocturnal because

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