Insect Identification Services

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Update (9/22/20):

Walk-in samples for insect identification cannot be accepted until further notice.

Samples are currently being accepted by mail-in only. Click here to access the submission form. Additionally, our staff are accepting digital samples sent by email to answers@unh.edu. Submission must include your name, phone number, business name, county, where you found the specimen and good, in-focus images.

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Whether you are concerned about the potential for an insect to cause harm to you, your home or the environment, or if you are simply curious to know what species an insect is, the Insect Identification Service can identify insects, spiders, ticks and other arthropods that you deliver to the lab by mail or in person.

Please seek the advice of a medical professional if you believe that an insect is causing health problems for you or those in your care. For health safety reasons, the UNH Insect Identification Service cannot accept samples in cases involving microscopic (“invisible”) arthropods or biting/crawling sensations on the skin if submitted by private individuals. If you think you have insects in your body, please contact your primary care physician. Samples collected by a medical professional and submitted from the medical office directly, in either alcohol or as a slide with accompanying documentation, may be accepted at the discretion of the lab manager.  Please do not submit floor sweepings, vacuum cleaner dirt/dust, or things of a similar nature. Exceptions: Ticks, suspected nits, lice, and other parasites visible to the naked eye and submitted in alcohol may be accepted.

The UNH Insect Identification Lab does not test for tick-borne illnesses. If you need a tick tested for disease, or have questions about tick-borne diseases, please utilize the services of  TickReport™

Accurate identification of an insect is easiest when the specimens are in good condition. Refer to our best practices for submitting your insect for identification to help ensure that your specimen arrives in good shape.

Download the Identification Submission Form

$10 fee per specimen

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