Insect Lab

Important Notices:

  • We are now accepting insect specimens by mail to:  UMaine Extension Diagnostic and Research Lab • Attn: Insect ID Lab • 17 Godfrey Drive Orono, Maine 04473
  • University of Maine Cooperative Extension buildings are closed to the public until at least June 30, 2020 in an effort to ensure the health and safety of the community, and to help stem the spread of the coronavirus. Consequently, ‘walk-in samples’ of insects are not being accepted for any diagnostic service until further notice.
  • You can also still call us, email us, and/or send images: 207.581.2963 or email james.dill@maine.edu 
  • Submissions of images should include your name, phone number, business name (if applicable), county, problem (if applicable), specimen location (for example: on my kitchen counter), date when specimen was found, and good/in-focus images.

We appreciate your understanding and patience during this challenging time.


The Insect Lab is part of the Pest Management Unit within the new Cooperative Extension Diagnostic and Research Laboratory.

Since its inception in 1989, the Insect Lab has served thousands of Maine citizens as well as clients from throughout the region. Inquiries arrive in the form of walk-ins, phone calls, e-mails, and regular mail. The Insect Lab operates year-round and offers diagnostic services to the public, including insect identification, insect injury identification, and expert management recommendations.