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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.

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.

Aniruddha Dhamorikar

I will answer general identification questions about insects and spiders ONLY from India. I cannot guarantee specific identification (of species), but I will try my best! If I do not have the answer, I will get back to you on the right answer as soon as possible.

Sue Kayton

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

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.

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.

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.

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2014-07-24 Unknown Insect Found in finished basement.:

Dear Erica - This is a nymph of an assassin bug (Hemiptera/Heteroptera: Reduviidae); likely Reduvius personatus, a species known as the masked hunter. This is a peridomestic species often found indoors

2014-07-24 insect?:

Ronn:    Well, I am not sure what the object is in your picture, but I can tell you what is packing your window tracks with grass....    That would be a grass-carrier wasp in the genus Isodontia

2014-07-24 Mystery Insect:

Yes, it is a tick.  Notice the 8 legs.  Insects have only 6 legs.  Caution -ticks can carry Lyme disease in parts of the country.  If you get a "bulls eye" rash around the tick bite, see a doctor within

2014-07-24 unknown insect:

Unfortunately it is hard to identify the species name without observing it under a microscope. You can look up moths commonly called Tineid Moths, or Clothes Moths. You can look them up here: http://en

2014-07-24 unfamiliar bugs mass from compost bin:

Hi, John,    Thank you for including the image with your question, but I knew immediately what you were talking about even before I saw the picture.    They actually *are* maggots, those of the Black Soldier

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