A photo of a black unknown insect taken in late July.
Observation: Here is a photo of a black insect taken in late July. We would like to identify it so that we can pass the information onto the resident that provided the image of the bug and to the rest of our community. Charles Prince, Algaaciq Native Village, Environmental Coordinator
LEO says: Submitting an insect specimen/sample for review, Jessie Moan, Statewide IPM Technician writes in a recent July, 2014 post, "insects should be shipped dead and can be killed by either placing them in the freezer for a few days or by putting them in rubbing alcohol. Dead insects should be placed in a small container with a tight fitting lid and plenty of cushioning (cotton balls are great for this). This container can be placed in a small box and shipped via USPS or UPS. I hear FedEx is not big on shipping insects (living or otherwise). In addition to the actual specimen it would be fantastic to also have some information about where the insect was collected, including the name of the collector, the date it was collected, the location (community name), and what the insect was collected from, for example: the side of a house, a flower (naming the type of plant is very helpful), etc. Additional information about what the insects were doing when they were observed/collected would not be turned down!" Insect submisions can be sent to the UAF Copperative Extension Service. Source: University of Alaska Fairbanks