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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

2015-05-28 Asian Hornet nest:

Randy:    First of all, we do not *have* Asian hornets in the U.S.  Period.  You could be referring to either the European Hornet, Vespa crabro, or the Bald-faced "Hornet," Dolichovespula maculata

2015-05-26 mystery bug:

David:    Thanks for including the image with your question, but it lacks much detail.    It would appear that this is a weevil of some kind (beetle family Curculionidae).    Weevils pose no threat to

2015-05-24 Dragonfly look-alike:

Hi, Stephanie:    Ah, much better!    The organism in the image is a type of ichneumon wasp in the family Ichneumonidae, subfamily Ophioninae.  Here's more about them:    http://bugguide.net/node/view/43468

2015-05-24 Dragonfly look-alike:

Stephanie:    There is no image, and the file is one that is on your computer, not a "shared" file somewhere on the internet.    Further, you do not tell me where on the planet this is.  Without this information

2015-05-24 Bugs on plant stem:

Nyla:    I'm confused.  You say that you are in Texas, but the origin of the question appears to be California.    Whatever the case, the insects appear to be nymphs (immatures, juveniles, "babies") of


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