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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James: Well, these are not what I expected. I suspected carpet beetle larvae (family Dermestidae), but these are clearly something else. I imagine they are probably larvae of deathwatch beetles
Janine: I like that you have a sense of humor about this ("Thank you, and yuck."). :-) I would not bother with the crawlspace. I'd tuck the baits into cupboard corners and such where curious pets
Janine: I hate to break it to you, but this is the nymph (juvenile, immature stage) of a cockroach. Hard to tell what kind without examining the specimen itself. My guess would be an American Cockroach
Hi, Iris: Fear not, the insects in your images are tiny, stingless wasps called chalcids. I believe it is a species in this genus: http://bugguide.net/node/view/37607 They are parasitic on other
Jean: Without seeing actual specimens of what you are describing, I cannot help you. Please take intact specimens to someone in the local public health department office (this is usually a county
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