The scientific study of insects.

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What bug is this? Location:Singapore (Asia) Climate:Monsoon [on hold]

What bug is this? It looks like a worm in a open end conical case. I found it suspending from a ceiling from a web.
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How to get rid of mosquitoes in a small lake

I own a small lake. Give or take it is about 50 meters wide and 100 meters long (or 160 feet wide, 320 feet long), with a max depth of around 2 meters / 6.5 feet. One third of the lake is surrounded ...
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ID for any of the following insects. Karnataka, India. May 2016 [on hold]

Please help with the identification of the beetles/ bugs/ whatever insects they are. Thanks!
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What is this wood-infesting insect?

I have these insects in a very old wooden floor. I would like to know whether they are possibly termites, and if not, what they are. They are about 4 mm in length (and I've had difficulty taking a ...
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What is this animal? [duplicate]

Can someone tell me what is the name of this one? Then I can check a little more about it.
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Can you identify this animal?

It was in the bathroom, 2cm in lenght (or so). It has two small antenas on the head. I live on Balkan peninsula, inland.
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Species Identification - small insect

I found a few of these walking in the middle of the night (about 3 AM) on a wall in my room near the floor. They are at most a few millimetres long (no more than 2 I would say). I am living in Poland, ...
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How do mosquitoes orientate in the darkness?

An annoying mosquito (Culicidae) which kept me awake nearly the whole night lead me to this question. I have heard that mosquitoes can smell CO2 which could help them to orientate in the darkness, ...
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What's the name of this insect?

Here's a picture: That's pretty much it, besides that it was found in Vienna, Austria. Edit: Thanks to Magne Flåten; it's called Hausmutter in German.
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Moth with silver marking on wings

This is a moth that we found on a curtain inside the house a couple of days ago. Unfortunately, these pictures did not come out as well as I thought before I realized it outside. But I was struck my ...
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Wasps a few days after bees? [closed]

It was several weeks ago that I noticed this but I saw wasps(I think they were yellow jackets or hornets since I saw them flying alone and with reddish wings very spread out(more than that of a fly or ...
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What is the species of this butterfly? [closed]

What is the species of this butterfly?
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Can the restless leg syndrome may have been caused due to natural selection? [closed]

Disclaimer: I don't know how much restless the leg has to be, in order to be considered a syndrome. RLS runs not only in my family but also several people in the locality. My hypothesis is that RLS ...
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Preferred criteria for new bee colony location

As a human I want a house with a roof, indoor plumbing, bug free, and make my wife happy. I don't want to drive too far to work, and it has to be well-suited for offspring. What are the criteria ...
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Are there insects who can or try to avoid colliding with raindrops?

Some insects are very fast. Does this mean that they are capable of finding a way through falling raindrops without getting wet? Probably they don't do that at all, because riding on a bike or in a ...
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Can fireflies species be identified with their wavelength?

I was wondering if we could ID male fireflies using their wavelength? A bit like how we use UV light to ID species of scorpions.
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Why doesn't the Tsetse fly wipe out all animal life in its range?

The Tsetse fly, which is native to interior West Africa, carries the protozoan that causes sleeping sickness, a disease which was apparently invariably fatal before the advent of modern medications. ...
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Why the name hypopharynx?

Why the tongue (like structure) in cockroach (or other insects) is called hypopharynx? In humans I know it's the lower part of pharynx, not a structure.
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Why doesn't blood remain on a mosquito's proboscis in quantities that could spread blood-borne diseases?

We know that HIV can't be transmitted by mosquitos, and nor can other highly virulent viruses that are transmitted through blood and bodily fluid exchanges, such as Ebola (thankfully!). Marcus Junius ...
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Can HIV be transmitted via mosquitos?

It is known that HIV is usually transmitted by direct blood or body fluid contact between an infected individual and a healthy person (like blood transfusion or needle sharing): Suppose a mosquito ...
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Pink Grasshoppers

The area I found this grasshopper was Canyon Country, California, USA In a desert/field area. I have been reading up on grasshoppers because I recently came into possession of a pink grasshopper (It ...
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What do red ants secrete while marching in a line, one after the other?

Red ants often move in a group, and seem to follow a trail one after the other. Once, I rubbed a part of the path along which they were moving and surprisingly found that the successive ants roaming ...
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Do Asian giant hornets (Vespa mandarinia) prey on other nests of Asian giant hornets?

Asian giant hornets are known to attack nests of other bees and wasps, but should they encounter another nest of their own, would they attack it?
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Big Bug from Peru

I'd like to have a name for this guy. There were 5 or 6 of them zipping around the flower bed on the coast of Peru about 120 kms south of Lima.
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I know why phototaxis happens but why did those bees die? [closed]

There is a tube light in front of my veranda. This is just spring. So at night when I turn on the tube light many bees gather around the tube for phototaxis. But in the morning I see many of them are ...
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Do you know what type of insect this is?

I found these in my appartment (we live in a half basement). It's been three so far and I can't find the thing anywhere in insect lists, etc. Could you tell me what type of insect this is?
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What is this strange looking bug?

These bugs are coming out of some wood that I cut and burned in Northern Indiana. I am not sure if it is coming out of a white ash, cherry or oak. We did have the emerald ash boarer come though the ...
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What is this animal that hides in dustlike structure?

I'd like help identifying the species of animal in these two photos. There's some dust(or dust-like substance) with something alive inside of it (possibly a larva or I don't really know what to call ...
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How many species of mites live on the human body?

How many known species of mites regularly live on the human body? I've always heard that most people have eyebrow mites. This source mentions 2 species of face mites, Demodex folliculorum and D. ...
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Why is the species-diversity of deadly parasites greatest in the tropics?

There are so many parasites living in tropical regions of Africa, South America, or Asia, but very few in Europe or North America. Is this due to climate, or are there other reasons? Many of the ...
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Why do Phobia exist if they aren't advantageous?

A phobia is usually the irrational fear of something, and the individual experiencing it is often unable to justify whether there is such detestation of something which might not even be threatening. ...
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Can soap kill cockroaches and/or ants? If so, how? [duplicate]

Is it possible to use dishwashing soap as an alternative insecticide? How would that and what are the components of the dishwashing soap that would kill the insect?
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Blood clumping in mosquitos

Will a mosquito die due to blood clumping if it sucks blood from two persons having different blood group? What will happen in its gut? Is there any mechanism to avoid clumping ? Or mosquitos know ...
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Are there water conservation methods that increase waste instead of reduce it? [closed]

For example, does improperly washing clothes lead to mosquito increases or other-organism morbidity? Does using dish water on the garden attribute to clean water more or more wasted water (is it ...
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What, if any, experimental evidence is there that flies rub their legs together in order to clean them? [duplicate]

Everybody's seen a fly rubbing its hands together like Mr Burns. And almost everybody's heard the standard explanation - that it's cleaning itself. Now, this is certainly a very plausible explanation, ...
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Are these lovebugs?

I used to see these insects frequently in Chennai and Bangalore (South India). I just would like to know if this is a kind of lovebug. The lovebug as mentioned in the Wikipedia page is, however, ...
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What other cognitive behaviors in bees, outside of navigation, are affect by neonicotinoids

It is conclusive that neonicotinoids alter navigation in bees when locating food sources. http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0091364 But if so, shouldn't cognition also ...
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Why do mammals produce more carbon dioxide than insects?

I understand that mammals produce more carbon dioxide than insects on a gram per gram basis, but why is that? I'm thinking it might be because mammals are warm-blooded, which require more energy ...
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What causes the opaque green colour in Lepidoptera?

Link here to what I mean by 'opaque' colouration on the insect, the colour intensity remains constant despite changes in light intensity and angle (not shown by the picture but the moth exhibits this ...
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Do ants use something similar to the honey bee “waggle dance” to instruct the rest of the colony where to find a food source?

In the 20 years since we built our home, we've just recently had our first ant infestation. I'm familiar with the fact that ants leave scent trails to find their way back and forth between the ...
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Identify this large (swamp) fly?

Can anyone identify this large fly? I encountered it in Okefenokee Swamp (Georgia, U.S.A.) on May 1, 2015. Weather: 53-78°F (avg. 66°F), avg humidity = 60, dew point = 47°F. The fly was about the ...
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Small insect identification

I live in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, and recently started seeing a bunch of these little guys in my house. They're about 1/8" long (estimate), with brown/black zigzag stripes; it's possible they're ...
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Life after decapitation? [duplicate]

I saw a video where an ant lost its head and was still walking for some time. If this is possible for an arthropod, what keeps it from working with a vertebrate? (Humans, especially)
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What is this sand covered insect?

I have found in a wooden house, in the mountains of central Spain this very curious insect: I was wondering if that was its skin or whether it's decomposition or sand or saw-dust. That particular ...
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Can galls be formed from mutualistic relationships?

According to Wikipedia, galls (cecidia) are formed by parasitic insects and mites like gall wasps (Neuroterus albipes). At some metamorphic stage, these organisms alter cell division processes in ...
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Identification of an insect from midwest US

I have been seeing them more and more frequently indoors. I am currently in the Midwest United States, weather has been unusually warm for December, and there are many trees nearby. Can someone ...
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What are these two fruit flies doing?

When taking some pictures I accidentally captured two fruit flies doing this: The photos are unfortunately blurry, but from what I can tell, one fly approaches the other from behind, and something ...
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How do burrowing animals get enough oxygen?

Tree borers make a small hole in a tree. At the end of it, they chew on wood to elongate the tunnel. They digest food and grow. All this takes oxygen. The entrance to the tunnel is generally small. ...
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What are two butterflies doing when they fly together, 'hitting' each other?

I've Googled this subject extensively but couldn't get an answer: My country is full of butterflies and moths, I've seen a lot of butterflies performing what looks like some kind of fight or mating ...
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Question regarding research project on indigenous ants during Eastern European winter

I am by no means biologist (I'm a programmer), but I want to make an experiment that involve the participation of ants. So please excuse my ignorance on the subject and my potentially uninformed ...