Lyle Buss
Welcome to the Insect ID Lab
at the University of Florida

Need to name that bug?

A host of experts is available to help Floridians identify any insect or related arthropod. If your mystery creature has six or more legs, the UF Insect ID Lab is the place to send it.


In most cases when you send a specimen to the Insect ID Lab, manager Lyle Buss will review it, identify it and respond with the result. If it is an unusual specimen, Mr. Buss forwards it to a commodity or taxonomic specialist within the UF/IFAS Extension System or the Florida Department of Agriculture, Division of Plant Industry. Mr. Buss will send you the final identification results. Read instructions and complete the form to begin the process.

About the Insect ID Lab and its partners

Specialists in the UF/IFAS Extension System include faculty and Extension agents. The scientists at FDACS-DPI curate the Florida State Collection of Arthropods, an extremely valuable reference source for identifications within Florida. The UF Insect ID Lab serves as the hub entomology component of the Southern Plant Diagnostic Network Regional Center and the Florida Plant Diagnostic Network.

Insect ID Lab hours

The Insect ID Lab is open from 8 AM to 12 PM and 1 to 5 PM, Monday through Friday (except for University Holidays). You may email Lyle Buss, or call him at (352) 273-3933.

Insect ID Slide Shows

To view photos of insects and related creatures, select a category among the links in the left-hand column.


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