The Texas Insects Most Commonly Submitted for Identification
1. View The Most Common:
2. Let Google Lens make the identification; Erfan Vafaie, our entomologist in Overton has a short video on how to do it. For most common insects it should do a really good job if you have a clear photo.
3. If you did not find your insect here AND YOU LIVE IN TEXAS, then you can USE THIS LINK TO SUBMIT A TEXAS INSECT IDENTIFICATION REQUEST (to the Texas A&M University Department of Entomology). There is no way to submit a digital image for identification directly from the texashighplainsinsects website.
INSECT ANSWERS FOR TEXANS: Highlighted articles, but use this link for many more:
BLACK FLY OUTBREAK IN CENTRAL TEXAS (BIG BITERS) (6/16/19) There is a big outbreak of these extreme biters, and here is a fact sheet from the last outbreak in 2012.
“BUG BOMBS” LARGELY INEFFECTIVE (2/6/19)
Rain and imported fire ants (10/19/18)
Rain = Fire Ants (9/21/18)
Living with squash vine borer (8/14/18)
Pecan Pests in the Home Orchard (new publication 8/8/18)
Chigger season (6/13/18)
Are bed bugs worse than we thought? (3/8/18)
Bug bombs are not very effective (2/12/18)
Insects and FLOODWATERS (8/28/17)
Flooding and Fire Ants (a short publication)
Explaining All the Mosquitoes (9/6/17)
Ticks and Summertime (6/8/17)
Diagnosing mysterious "bug bites" (2/27/17)
Multicolored Asian lady beetle invasion (2/24/17)
Help! Fleas (1/30/17)
The benefits of cockroach control (1/27/17)
Widow spiders (10/28/16)
About mothballs (3.18/16)
Controlling fire ants in sensitive areas (3/18/16)
Do carpet beetles sting? (3/16/16)
Controlling fire ants in gardens (3/16/16)
Bed bugs: Checking your hotel room (3/11/16)
Lyme disease and ticks in Texas (1/27/16)
Kissing bugs and Chagas Disease: What you need to know (12/17/15)
Recognizing Emerald Ash Borer (10/21/15)
Indianmeal moths in homes (1/9/15)
Eight things to know about bed bugs (11/3/14)
Honey bee removal options (7/31/14)
What to do when honeybees move in (7/11/14)
About This Website:
This website is a service of Extension Entomology, part of the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service. This website is not intended to provide in-depth information on insects, it is for identification purposes only. Insect control information and contact information for all of Extension Entomology can be found here. Many of the images and blog articles contain external links to more information.
Many of these photos were submitted for identification. We make every effort to retain the name of the photographer and give full credit. However, our database sometimes loses the photographer's name and we would be glad to give photo credit for your image if you let us know which one is yours.