Entomology (Study of Bugs)/Expert Profile

Eric R. Eaton

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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.

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

2016-07-25 Identify this spider please:

Hi, Amber:    This is a "Star-bellied Orbweaver," Acanthepeira stellata.  Nice find!  I'm not on my own computer (on vacation, sorry), so I can't readily offer more information.  This spider does

2016-07-21 Spider Identification please:

Tonya:    That is a "Rabid Wolf Spider," Rabidosa rabida.  Not dangerous in any way, but just simply has an inappropriate name.    http://bugguide.net/node/view/26084    I can tell you this:  When

2016-07-21 Identify:

No, I cannot identify the insect, except to say that it appears to be a tiny beetle of some kind.  You provide me no context, behavioral clues, or anything else that can help me to help you, either.  

2016-07-20 Beetles:

Jeff:    Thank you for the compliments on my field guide.    The image depicts not beetles, but the nymphs (immature, juvenile, "babies") of some kind of stink bug, family Pentatomidae.    It is nearly

2016-07-20 Bed bug?:

Renee:    Thank you for including the images with your question.    The insect is not a bed bug.  It is a "root weevil" in the genus Otiorhynchus.  These beetles are flightless, usually nocturnal


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