I can answer most questions related to the identification of "mystery bugs" in NORTH AMERICA, including spiders. No "what bit me?", "what do I feed this bug in captivity?", or science fair project questions please. Preferably, no technical questions about insect physiology or taxonomy.
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, 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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Joseph: I'm not much of an authority on insects from Egypt, but the insect in your image is definitely a beetle. There are many beetles that are "stored product pests" that often feed on garments
Hi, Zara! Nice to hear from you :-) Thank you for including the image with your question. Your spider is definitely an adult female orbweaver, family Araneidae. Unfortunately, the image is of the
Angie: No, I did not get a more specific identification for the previous questioner.... Your insect may or may not be related. Without seeing an actual specimen, chances are that I would not be
Dave: Without seeing at least an image of what you are talking about (and ideally a specimen), I cannot be positive what you are describing. However, given your work in the textile industry, I strongly
Bobby: I think you might have the "Household Casebearer." Images and information here: http://bugguide.net/node/view/27383 They apparently feed mostly on old spider webs, so are not harmful.
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