Entomological Consulting Service
The Mid-Atlantic Invertebrate Field Studies
(MAIFS) website provides a photographic
identification reference for the terrestrial and
fresh water invertebrates found within the
Mid-Atlantic Region.  MAIFS is also a Consulting
Service that provides expertise and field work on
the survey, identification and conservation of
terrestrial and fresh water invertebrates in
Maryland and the District of Columbia.
MAIFS clients include:

  • Conservation and Environmental Organizations -- surveys or evaluations of insects and other

  • Federal Agencies -- surveys or evaluations of insects and other invertebrates

  • State/County Agencies -- surveys or evaluations of insects and other invertebrates

  • Environmental Consulting Firms -- targeted invertebrate surveys

  • Private industry -- endangered invertebrate surveys and evaluations -- and pest identification for
pest control/management companies

  • Individuals -- identification of pest arthropods and/or the conservation of invertebrate biodiversity on
their property
Mid-Atlantic Invertebrate
Field Studies (MAIFS)
MAIFS provides field surveys, identification, wildlife photography, advice and
analysis for:
dragonflies, damselflies, butterflies, stoneflies, tiger beetles, bees, ants, grasshoppers,
katydids, crickets, spiders, and most other arthropod groups;  federal and state endangered/threatened
arthropods;  Indicator species for freshwater wetland/terrestrial habitats and  analysis/identification of invasive or
pestilent arthropods.
What is new:

August 23, 2014 -- Added photos of Beech Blight Aphids Grylloprociphilus imbricator and the Flatid Plant Hopper
Ormenoides venusta.

August 22, 2014 -- Added photos of a Hayhurst's Scallopwing skipper, a Syrphid fly
Xylota species, a Tachinid fly
 Leashenaultia species and the larval mines of the Yellow-poplar Weevil.

August 17, 2014 -- Added photos of galls of Gall Midges (Cecidomyiidae) for the Bald Cypress Twig Gall Midge, the
                           Greenbriar Blister Gall Midge and the Goldenrod Bunch Gall Midge.  Also added photos of Greenlegged
                           Orbweaver Spider
Mangora maculata and the Cubweb Spider Spintharus flavidus.

August 14, 2014 -- Added photos of the mite galls on American Beech leaves caused by
Aealitus fagerinea and of the Cow
                         Killer Mutillid wasp
Dasymutilla occidentalis.

August 9, 2014 -- Added new St. Mary's County records of the damselflies Orange Bluet and Double-striped Bluet thanks to
                         Rick Cheicante.

August 5, 2014 -- Added new St. Mary's County records of a Blue-fronted Dancer, Skimming Bluet and Prince Basketail
                         dragonfly.  Also added photos of the Red-veined Pennant dragonfly.
Last update:  August 23, 2014