Entomology (Study of Bugs)/Expert Profile

Ed Saugstad

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returns 10/22/2016

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

2016-09-27 Bugs:

Dear Victoria - I cannot see enough detail in your images to make a definitive identification. If they are flying insects, the two main suspects would be black flies (family Simuliidae; see http://tinyurl

2016-09-25 Mystery bug:

Dear Ziv - Unfortunately, I cannot see enough detail in your images to hazard an identification. About all that I can say is that I do not believe that it is anything that you really need to worry about

2016-09-19 Name of this Bug:

Dear Beverly - Although your image is not clear enough for a definitive identification, I can at least tell you what it is not.  It is not a structural pest of any kind (such as termites, etc.), nor does

2016-09-17 Re: What is this bug please?:

Dear Christopher - You needn't worry about this chap, it's a western conifer seed bug, Leptoglossus occidentalus (Hemiptera/Heteroptera: Coreidae), a fairly recent introduction from North America. They

2016-09-16 What kind of bug is this:

Dear Steve - This is a leaf beetle (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae0 in the subfamily Bruchinae. Often called pea or bean weevils, the larvae of many species infest various dry seeds, primarily those of plants


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