Please Note: Due to COVID-19, District offices are currently closed and the District has suspended drop off and mail in insect identification. Photos of insects/arthropods can be submitted to (redacted)
For insect identification requests, Orange County residents must complete the insect identification form either prior to dropping off the specimen or at the District at the time of drop off. Specimens may be dropped off at the District office or mailed in.Insect Identification Form
The smaller the bug fragments, the more difficult it is to identify what the fragments once were. Follow these steps to ensure your insect is delivered in good condition:
- Do NOT bring or send live specimens.
- Pack dead insects in a sealed plastic bag, inside a small box to protect from smashing.
- Insects can be placed in a watertight container with rubbing alcohol to preserve the specimen.
Once the specimen is received, please allow 5-7 business days for staff to process and identify the sample.
Please note the District will not accept any samples that contain bodily fluid.
Dropping off Insect Identification Request
Insect Identification requests can be dropped off during business hours at our District office
District Address: 13001 Garden Grove Boulevard, Garden Grove CA 92843
Monday - Thursday: 7:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Friday: 7:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Saturday - Sunday: Closed
Mailing in Insect Identification Request
Insect Identification Requests should be mailed to our District office address. Mail to INSECT I.D. at the above address. Specimens should be shipped in a small box that is lined with tissue paper to keep the specimen from becoming damaged inside the box. Note that USPS has special regulations involving mailing of specimens in alcohol.
OCMVCD Address - 13001 Garden Grove Blvd., Garden Grove, CA 92843