Entomology (Study of Bugs)/Expert Profile

Nathan Riggs


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. You may also join my group page on Facebook and post your picture at www.facebook.com/groups/antmans.hill/.

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.


Veterinary Parasitology, Southwestern Entomologist, San Antonio Express News, San Antonio Gardener Newsletter, Master Gardener SCION Newsletter, GardenStyleSA e-Newsletter


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

2015-05-20 What insect is this.:

I don't know the species, but this is a wasp that parasitizes scale insects and mealybugs, which are pests on plants.  This wasp is harmless for humans.    By parasitize, I mean that it lays it's eggs

2015-05-14 wasp?:

This is a type of wasp called an ichneumon.  They seek out spiders and caterpillars as a host for their eggs.  The stinger is modified in these wasps to inject eggs into the host.  They can sting, but

2015-04-28 Conifer seed bug Pet:

Dominic:    I wish you the best of luck with this insect, but generally they don't live longer than 12 months.  I would imagine that without exposure to the environment, predators and parasites, it may

2015-04-05 Silver Fish:

Linda:    Silverfish prefer dark, moist places...especially moist ones.  Kitchens and bathrooms are prime locations because of the moisture.    There is a silverfish bait available from Dekko via many

2015-04-04 id of bug:

Jocelyn:    This is a red flour beetle.  They usually infest stored foods in pantries like flour, cornmeal, and dry pet food.  You should inspect all boxed foods in your pantry as well as the other examples


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