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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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2015-07-30 Is this a Mud Dauber nest?:

I see now....    You could try gently scraping the whole thing off with a putty kife, then carefully gluing the nest to the underside of a board leaned against the back fence or something.    Scraping

2015-07-29 Is this a Mud Dauber nest?:

Johnny:    Yes, it is a nest of the Black & Yellow Mud Dauber, Sceliphron caementarium.    What I would like to know is how the wasp got in between the two doors to make the nest in the first place

2015-07-28 Largus californicus:

Karen:    First off, I'd dispense with ornamentals in favor of native plants that are stronger because they are adapted to the soils and climate of your region.    Second, I would tolerate "weeds" like

2015-07-28 Largus californicus:

Karen:    I normally don't dispense advice on how to "get rid of" any insect.  Largid bugs typically don't affect ornamentals, either, so perhaps it is some other kind of insect?    That said, I'd hand

2015-07-27 Stripped Leaf Beetle:

Ralph:    Please e-mail your queries from now on if you would be so kind.  Thank you. You are light years ahead of my usual...clientele(?), and I want to leave the rest of them room to ask questions.


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