Entomology (Study of Bugs)/Expert Profile

Eric R. Eaton

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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.

Experience in the area

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.

Awards and Honors

One of the top 50 experts in all categories for AllExperts.com, 2009.

Past/Present Clients

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.

What do you like about this subject?

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.

What do you still hope to achieve/learn in this field?

I am a writer/illustrator, and hope to publish more books and articles on natural history, especially insects and spiders.

Something interesting about this subject that others may not know:

You share over 20% of your DNA with common "fruit flies," genus Drosophila. You like bananas?:-)

Something controversial or provocative about this subject

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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Recent Answers from Eric R. Eaton

2015-08-23 ant species:

Hi, Ken:    Pretty sure this is a dealate (wingless) queen "citronella ant" in the genus Lasius, subgenus Acanthomyops.  The color, small eyes, and overall appearance would indicate that

2015-08-22 Identify this bug:

Hi, Brenda:    Well, hopefully the *golf cart* is not upside down, that would be bad.  LOL!    The insect is something called the "Saddleback Caterpillar," Acharia stimulea.  Here's more:    http://bugguide

2015-08-16 Recluse or Southern House Spider?:

Hi, Patricia:    You are to be commended for doing your homework before you even came to me.  You would get an outstanding score if *I* was rating *you*.  LOL!    You are correct, this is a male Southern

2015-08-14 giant flying insect with wicked stinger:

Hi, Tonya:    The image is plenty good enough to identify the insect as an "Eastern Cicada Killer" wasp, Sphecius speciosus.  Each female is solitary and digs her own burrow.  Males, which lack

2015-08-13 Tiny bugs on sheets (top) look like poppy seeds:

Debbie:    Without seeing the organisms in question, or at least an image, I cannot possibly make an educated guess. They could be virtually *anything,* and it would be irresponsible of me to suggest possibilities


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