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Sue Kayton

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

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.

Walter Hintz

I can answer any questions about insects and spiders.

Eric R. Eaton

On Vacation
returns 09/01/2015
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.

Ed Saugstad

On Vacation
returns 09/07/2015
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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2015-08-29 identify this mite please:

Eileen,    This is a springtail (Collembola) not a mite, see for a close-up picture. They don't bite nor do they cause any sort of allergic reaction. The

2015-08-29 unknown:

Dear Guadalupe - Your image is not clear enough for me to be certain, but this could be a bird or rodent mite. These mites will bite humans when their normal hosts are absent, and their bites can be quite

2015-08-28 Please help!:

Hi Melissa   I cannot suggest an insect bite without seeing the bug.  Unless you have been out barelegged in tall grass I doubt that these are chigger bites. This is possibly a medical problem and I can

2015-08-28 Melanophila:

Dear Johnnie - The larvae of fire beetles feed under the bark of dead/dying trees, and a forest fire usually results in a large number of such trees. These beetles' ability to detect both the heat from

2015-08-28 Mystery creature:

Twila,    This is called a cicada (see for the wikipedia page). These insects live most of their lives underground feeding on the roots of trees. Adults like this one

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