I can answer most questions related to the identification of "mystery bugs" in NORTH AMERICA, including spiders. No "what bit me?", "what do I feed this bug in captivity?", or science fair project questions please. Preferably, no technical questions about insect physiology or taxonomy.
Principal author, Kaufman Field Guide to Insects of North America. Professional entomologist employed previously at University of Massachusetts, Chase Studio, Inc., and Cincinnati Zoo; contract work for West Virginia Department of Natural Resources, Smithsonian Institution, and Portland (Oregon) State University.
Author, Kaufman Field Guide to Insects of North America, Missouri Conservationist magazine, Ranger Rick, Timeline (journal of the Ohio Historical Society). I have contributed to several books as well.
Oregon State University, undergraduate major in entomology, did not receive degree.
One of the top 50 experts in all categories for AllExperts.com, 2009.
Principal author of the Kaufman Field Guide to Insects of North America, Smithsonian Institution (contract), Cincinnati Zoo (employer), Portland State University (contract), Chase Studio, Inc (employer), Arkansas Museum of Discovery (guest speaker). Currently seeking speaking engagements, leadership roles at nature festivals, workshops, and ecotours.
Insects and related creatures are so diverse that it is impossible to become bored learning about them; and there is a great deal left to be discovered about them.
I am a writer/illustrator, and hope to publish more books and articles on natural history, especially insects and spiders.
You share over 20% of your DNA with common "fruit flies," genus Drosophila. You like bananas?:-)
Chemical insecticides do more harm than good in most cases. Returning agriculture to a smaller scale (largely doing away with agri-BUSINESS), would solve many pest problems without chemicals.
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Cliff: Those aren't bad images, thank you for including them. This is a "Hardwood Heartwood Borer," Texania campestris. Here's more about them: http://bugguide.net/node/view/42685 They
Donis: I suspect you are describing the larvae of antlions, family Myrmeleontidae: http://bugguide.net/node/view/137 In North America, only the genus Myrmeleon make the funnel-shaped pits
Stefanie: Thank you for including the images. It is *not* a bed bug....or any other kind of true bug for that matter. It is a leaf beetle of some sort, family Chrysomelidae: http://bugguide.net/node/view/180
Hi, Holly: This is a type of leaf beetle in the family Chrysomelidae, genus Calligrapha (subgenus Calligrapha): http://bugguide.net/node/view/500651 There is great variation from
Sandy: I can't enlarge the images enough to tell you anything more than.... It is a jumping spider in the family Salticidae. There are many species that look like your image, from several different
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