Insect Lab

Important Notices:

  • The Insect Lab of the Cooperative Extension Diagnostic and Research Laboratory is open but our doors remain closed to reduce exposure to others. Upon arrival, you will see phone numbers that you can call in order to leave us a sample.
  • You can also still call us, email us, and/or send images: 207.581.2963 or email clay.kirby@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 are also accepting insect specimens by mail to:  UMaine Extension Diagnostic and Research Lab • Attn: Insect ID Lab • 17 Godfrey Drive Orono, Maine 04473

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.