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.
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.
One of the top 50 experts in all categories for AllExperts.com, 2009.
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.
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.
I am a writer/illustrator, and hope to publish more books and articles on natural history, especially insects and spiders.
You share over 20% of your DNA with common "fruit flies," genus Drosophila. You like bananas?:-)
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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Dear Shari: Well, shoot. Nine times out of ten, a "possible bed bug" turns out to be some other kind of insect entirely, but, unfortunately, you have the real thing. If you rent, make sure you know
Cheryl: Without at least an image of the insect, and preferably a specimen, I can only say they are some type of leafhopper or planthopper in the order Hemiptera, suborder Auchenorrhyncha. I'd advise
Hi, Holly: Thanks for including the image with your question, and especially for including the host plant information. What you have there is the caterpillar of a Giant Swallowtail Butterfly. It
Jodi: Huh, I got one view of one of the images and then lost the ability to "click to enlarge" the other one.... I believe these are probably "springtails," which thrive in damp situations, and graze
Joanne: This one is the One-eyed Sphinx Moth, Smerinthus cerisyi. Another one of my favorites. I grew up in Portland, Oregon, so we didn't have many big moths like they do back east....
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