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Sue Kayton

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

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.

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.

Walter Hintz

I can answer any questions about insects and spiders.

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2015-11-23 spiders?????:

Jan,    This type of webbing (and it is probably a spider web) is often associated with water treatment plants that have extensive outdoor lighting at night. The water treatment tanks support large numbers

2015-11-22 Bug ID Question:

Pinky:    Thank you for including the image with your question.  The insects are the larvae of carpet beetles, family Dermestidae.  Since easily 70% of the questions I receive pertain to these, forgive

2015-11-21 Black wasp in Florida:

Caleb:    I didn't expect an image with your description, so thank you for including that!    I strongly suspect that your wasp is something in the genus Liris.  The females hunt crickets as food

2015-11-20 Bug or Spider Identification:

Dear Mike - Your critter is a harmless orthopteran insect in the family Rhaphidophoridae - see for detailed information. Commonly known as cave crickets or camel crickets, they

2015-11-20 beetle infestation of home:

I'm sorry but I don't know what this material is, I don't see anything that looks like a beetle. I think the best thing to do is to contact the University of Wisconsin-Extension (

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