Insect identification help

Have an insect and need some help getting it identified?  You have several options:

  • Texas AgriLife Extension offers help as close as your nearest county Extension office.  For a listing of AgriLife Extension county Extension offices, simply click on the Locations link in the upper left corner of this page, and then choose “County Offices Listing”.  Type in your county and find out how to contact one of your county Extension agents.  Our agents are knowledgeable about many local pest problems, and can help you get personalized help.
  • If you think you know the name of your insect, try the search engine on our home page.  Also, have you tried Google Images–a great resource for confirming insect identities?
  • Another good resource is BugGuide.net.  This site is designed and run by volunteers dedicated  to illustrating and providing basic information about insects in the United States.  Use the picture key on the left side of the site to get started. It also has a function that allows you to submit pictures for identification by an expert.
  • Texas AgriLife Extension Service provides free insect identifications for valid purposes through our regional Extension Centers.  For a listing of AgriLife Research and Extension Centers, click on the Locations link in the upper left corner of this page, and then choose “Centers Listings”.  Entomology specialists are available in Beaumont, Corpus Christi, El Paso, Lubbock, Overton, San Angelo, Stephenville and Weslaco.
  • Try out the new Insect Identification tools website.  At this site you can see some of the most common insects submitted to Extension office around Texas, and submit an image for identification.
  • If you live in the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex you can mail or drop specimens off at our Texas AgriLife Research and Extension Center in north Dallas.  If you decide to drop by,you’ll save time by downloading an identification form (see below), filling it out and bringing with you.  Specimens sent through the mail also require this form.

Please check our guidelines for what types of samples we can and cannot accept.

Click here to download a form
Any specimens sent in for identification should be accompanied by this form.  Be sure to fill out sections A and B completely.

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