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.
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, Birds & Blooms, 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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Hi, Jen: Unfortunately, those are nymphs (immatures, juveniles, "babies") of some kind of cockroach. Without thoroughly searching your home, I cannot tell you whether these are a domestic pest species
Hi, Sarah: Thank you for including the image with your question. The creature is an arachnid called a "solifuge," aka "camel spider," "windscorpion," or "sun spider." They are non-venomous but aggressively
Hi, Jennifer: Thanks for including the nice image. The insect is a longhorned beetle known as the "Red-headed Ash Borer," Neoclytus acuminatus. Here's more about it: http://bugguide.net/node/view/6769
Hi, Chris: Thank you for sharing these very interesting images. Your creatures are larvae and at least one pupa (the first image) of the "Pigeon Horntail" wasp, Tremex columba. Here is a
Hi, Ann: Thank you for including the nice images. The insect is a nymph (immature, juvenile, "baby") Wheel Bug, a type of assassin bug in the family Reduviidae. You might recognize the adult form:
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