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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

2016-08-26 Bug ID - mites?:

Hi, Maria:    Thanks to the images you sent, I can tell you exactly what they are....    These are lace bugs in the family Tingidae, genus Corythucha.  Here is more:    http://bugguide.net/node/view/17261

2016-08-25 Please identify:

Vic:    Ok, the thing that might have fallen out of your hair, the first image that asks "What's this?," is a barklouse, order Psocodea.  They can randomly appear away from tree bark, and are totally harmless

2016-08-21 Spider ID:

Terry:    Thank you for including the image, which shows the underside of a Banded Garden Spider, Argiope trifasciata.  Here is more about them:    http://bugeric.blogspot.com/2011/10/spider-sunday-banded-argiope

2016-08-20 identity (SINISTER looking creature):

T:    Thank you for including the image with your question.    First of all, a "juvenile" wasp is called an egg, larva, or pupa.  Once you can identify it as a wasp, it is an adult.  It will not get any

2016-08-20 Hawkmoth / Sphinx caterpillar?:

Tom:    I am sorry, but I am not very good with caterpillars.  From the looks of it, it is *not* a sphinx moth caterpillar.  Not all of them have a horn on the rear end, but this one does not seem to fit


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