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Will accept most questions in general entomology, including those related to medical entomology, taxonomy, ecology, arthropod surveillance, and pest management. If you are requesting a 'mystery bug' identification, PLEASE either attach an image to your question, or post an image on a web page (such as Flickr) so that I can look at it, as verbal descriptions frequently are insufficient for a definitive identification.

Experience in the area

21 years in the U.S. Army as a medical entomologist; duties varied from surveillance of pest populations (including mosquitoes, cockroaches, ticks, and stored products pests) to conducting research on mosquito-virus ecological relationships and mosquito faunal studies. Ten years as a civilian analyst for the Department of Defense, primarily on distribution of vector-borne diseases worldwide. Limited experience on surveillance of agricultural insects in North Dakota and Indiana.


Entomological Society of America, West Virginia Entomological Society, Society for Vector Ecology, National Speleological Society, West Virginia Association for Cave Studies.


American Journal of Public Health, Contributions of the American Entomological Institute, Japanese Journal of Sanitary Zoology, Journal of Economic Entomology, Mosquito News, and Mosquito Systematics.


B.S. in entomology from North Dakota State University in 1963, M.S. in entomology from Purdue University in 1967.

What do you like about this subject?

So many insects; so little time......

What do you still hope to achieve/learn in this field?

Contribute to knowledge base of distribution of terrestrial insects in southeastern West Virginia; assist in monitoring populations of caverniculous invertebrates in same area.

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Recent Answers from Ed Saugstad

2017-03-26 What is this?:

Dear Rebecca - You needn't worry about this one - it is the detached abdomen of an insect in the order Hymenoptera, either a large ant or a small wasp. See http://tinyurl.com/l3nmecg for an image of an

2017-03-24 Bug:

Dear Joyce - You likely do not consider it lucky to be living in a state that is home to at least 70 different species of cockroaches - but at least this one is not a German cockroach! It is in the genus

2017-03-21 Identify this bug:

Dear Joyce - They very well could be German cockroaches, but your image i not clear enough for me to be certain. Likewise with the rectangular objects - they might be egg cases (oothecae) of German cockroaches

2017-03-11 German roaches:

Dear Joyce - German cockroaches, like many other insects, need moisture in order to survive. As they  usually cannot get an adequate supply from their food, they will utilize any other readily accessible

2017-03-07 Frozen Roach:

Dear Joyce - German cockroaches (and other peridomestic pest species) are not cold hardy. They do not hibernate, and cannot live in subfreezing temperatures; this is why they depend on human kindness to


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