Entomology (Study of Bugs)/bug?


This was on my hand not moving i place to take a picture somehow missed the top of it still wasn't moving. Was going to take another as I turned away from it it crawled off real fast and then flew. Thanks

Dear Karen - Without being able to see the entire insect, about all that I can tell you with any certainty is that it appears to be a small moth. And from your description, I also would surmise that it belongs to an artificial grouping of small moths collectively termed 'microlepidoptera.' If such is the case, it probably would take a specialist in that group (which I am not) to provide a specific identification.

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Ed Saugstad


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.


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.

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