Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services

Submit a Sample for Identification

To submit a plant or insect sample/specimen to the department for identification, please fill out specimen report form [ Adobe PDF Document ] and mail the form with the sample/specimen to the address below.

Learn more about filling out the specimen report form. [ Adobe PDF Document 194.46 KB ]

Sample Submission Videos

Filling out the Specimen Report Form


The video above outlines how to properly complete the Specimen Report Form. 

Submitting an Insect, Spider, Snail and Other Related Invertebrate for Identification

If the specimen is large enough, it may be identified by photograph. To submit a photo for identification, attach the photo and email to  DPIHelpline@FreshFromFlorida.com. Be sure to include your contact information and any related information. If you are mailing a sample, please be sure to follow the instructions in the video above or learn more about submitting insects, arachnids, snails and related invertebrate samples. [ Adobe PDF Document

Submitting a Specimen for Plant Disease Identification

Include fresh material in ample quantity with several examples of the various symptoms that are of concern. If possible, include as many identifiable stages of the disease as are represented. Recently developed symptoms usually afford the best material for diagnosis. Remember that if insect or nematode involvement is indicated by the syndrome, the sample may be divided to allow other scientists to evaluate the problem. Also, please include some healthy plant material if possible for positive botanical identification. Learn more about  preparing and sending a plant pathology sample [ Adobe PDF Document 469.39 KB ].

Submitting a Healthy Plant for Identification

Include several leaves attached to a twig and flowers or fruit, if available. Wrap the sample in dry paper towels and double bag it with the form in the outer bag. Complete a separate form and use separate bags if you send more than one plant for identification. Use an overnight service, if possible. Plants last only two to three days in the mail. Learn more about  preparing and sending a botany sample [ Adobe PDF Document 167.05 KB ]. 

Submitting a Soil Sample for Nematode Identification

Nematodes are not uniformly distributed in the soil. In most cases they occur in clusters, which makes them easy to miss when you are collecting a soil sample. Therefore sufficient sampling must be implemented to enhance nematode detection. Each sample should be approximately one pint, or about the size of one large grapefruit. Do not place sample submission forms inside the plastic bag with the sample. Learn more about  submitting a soil sample. [ Adobe PDF Document