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I currently live in San Antonio, TX and have expertise in identifying insects, many types of spiders, and other arthropod critters that infest lawns, ornamentals, structures, trees, pets and livestock. Mites are not a strong point of mine. I'm not a licensed doctor, so I cannot provide medical diagnosis of conditions possibly related to insects or other arthropods. If you've got an interesting photo for me to see, attach it to your question, or let me know and I'll give you my email so the picture will get to me. If you have hosted an insect photo on a website, please include the link so I can go look at it and provide a faster ID for you.

Experience in the area

22+ years' experience as an entomologist: 5 years as a biologist with Merck Animal Health (I was part of the R&D team that worked to develop FrontLine flea and tick products) and 7 years as an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Specialist in San Antonio, Texas with Texas Cooperative Extension.

Publications

Veterinary Parasitology, Southwestern Entomologist, San Antonio Express News, San Antonio Gardener Newsletter

Education/Credentials

BS - Entomology from Texas A&M University in 1992.

Board Certified Entomologist, 1996-2000 - Medical and Veterinary Entomology Specialty (Entomological Society of America)

Awards and Honors

2000 Texas A&M University Vice Chancellor's Award in Excellence for leadership on the Texas Fire Ant Program Educational Team.

What do you like about this subject?

Insects are one of the most diverse and interesting groups of creatures on the planet. They are found everywhere except the poles and the deepest oceans.

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

Better public understanding of insects and the benefits of having insects around. Only 2% of all insect species are actually pests and spoil it for the rest of the insect world.

Something interesting about this subject that others may not know:

Texas is home to more native and migratory butterfly species that any other state in the U.S.!

Something controversial or provocative about this subject

1) During their sleep, people swallow an average of 8 spiders during their lifetime! Urban legend or truth??? 2) There are ~1 million species of insects identified on earth, but experts believe there may be as many as 30 million species of insects total.


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Recent Answers from Nathan Riggs

2014-10-29 What is this?:

Helen:    You are smart not to touch this one!!!!!!!    This is a Puss caterpillar, commonly called an "asp" across the southern US.  This caterpillar has three rows of venomous spines along its back that

2014-10-28 assassin bugs:

Howdy Crystal!    Assassin bugs are very common across the southern US.  There are several different species of assassin bugs ranging from Wheel Bugs to Flower Assassins to Zelus Assasins to Kissing Bugs

2014-10-03 cockroaches and other bugs:

German cockroaches are the most common cockroach species that is associated with man.  They aren't always in a place just because of hoarding, etc...    When I was in college, I lived in an apartment complex

2014-10-02 what is this bug:

Fruit flies are definitely small enough to come through a window screen.  However, I notice a definite pattern from your latest description:    You are seeing them heaviest in the bathroom, near the kitchen

2014-10-02 what is this bug:

These look a lot like fruit flies.  Fruit flies are attracted to peaches, pears, apples, bananas and potatoes in the kitchen.  In dry times, they also seek moisture in the sink drain.  If you keep any

 

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