The scientific study of insects.

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What is this tiny insect?

I took this picture in central Mexico. The insect is about 1mm in size. I found lots of these dead on a desk, so many that at first I thought they were just dust. I assume they came from a plant that ...
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What's this insect?

Found on my indoor egg plant. I also have aphids, spider mites, and psyllids on it, and am hoping it's a predator like a ladybug larva but the colours are wrong. It's about 6 mm long. Found in New ...
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What is this wasp killing insect?

I spotted these two in my garden. What is this insect? He had firm control over the wasp and was just hanging on by one leg. He appeared to hold on until the wasp stopped moving and then flew away ...
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Identification of an insect from Florida

Any entomologists or there that can identify this bug? I live in north Florida, found this guy in my bedroom and thought it was a bedbug but I think it was too big, about half an inch long.
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What wasp like insect breeds in clay pots with dead spiders?

I found several small clay pots of oval/cigar shape roughly 2cm long in a rarely used window in the house, because a wasp like insect was flying into a small cavity of the window. I removed one and ...
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Why our bees might have suddenly disappeared

We have a large garden in Bedfordshire, UK, next to woods and to arable fields currently planted with intensively farmed rape. We usually have many bees in the garden. Earlier this year, things were ...
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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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Viruses affecting transmission capability of mosquitoes

I've read about bacteria affecting the transmission capability of mosquitoes. For example: Wolbachia suppresses dengue transmission When mosquitoes were given antibiotics that decreased their gut ...
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Did I just watch a spider die?

So I'm sitting in my office and all of a sudden a small spider is gliding down on a web string from the ceiling, right in front of my eyes, and down onto my desk. It proceeds to make a few awkward ...
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What is the percentage of true bugs compared to all animal species on the plant?

Also, what is the percentage of True Bugs compared to the insect population? I’m writing a children’s book on bugs and I’m comparing the true bug to the insect. All population info seems to combine ...
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Identification of a Lepidopteran

I’m afraid the quality of the television picture isn’t good enough to identify it, but was there anyone in Paris on 10th July 2016 who knows what kind of moth this is or can supply a better photo? My ...
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Found an unknown species, whom should I contact?

My father has found a very queer looking insect. He'd been watching it for over half a year on the tree right next to our house and in all this time hasn't been able to find anything like it on the ...
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Constantly wiggling moth pupa - will it emerge soon?

Today I found a moth pupa in the soil in my garden in western Sweden. It's about 15 mm long. I have found similar ones before, but this one is wiggling a lot more, even after I put it down and put a ...
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Why do cockroaches burst from soapy water?

(careful, disturbing!) I was experimenting with some stray cockroaches that ended up falling in my bath tub overnight (there is currently an infestation undergoing in my apartment building) and I ...
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Damselfly identification

Can somebody identify this damselfly? Found near a stream about 15 miles west of Boston.
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What is the conical mouthpart of a soldier termite and what does it do?

I'm trying to get a visual understanding of termite anatomy and I'm getting quite confused on the protruding mouthpart area (it looks like a beak) located between the pincers. What does it do / what ...
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Can anyone identify this dragonfly spotted outside of Boston, MA?

Can somebody identify this dragonfly please? It was seen about 15 miles west of Boston.
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Evolution of the common honey bee's stinger

Has the common Honey Bee evolved a stinger designed for penetrating human skin so it will cause as much damage possible even if it means death? A honey bee can sting other insects and mammals more ...
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Can butterflies still fly after their wings are touched?

I have a question about butterflies: When I was a kid, I was told not to ever touch a butterflies wing, otherwise it would loose its ability to fly. This was connected to some dust which was supposed ...
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Can a firefly control its glow?

I've just seen this animation: I always thought the firefly glow is ongoing slow chemical reaction, like in glowsticks though through different chemicals. As such it seems impossible to control ...
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Is this a firefly?

It glows without interruption. This photo was taken near Barcelona, Spain. Thanks in advance.
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Insect making continuous sound in summers

In deciduous to tropical-deciduous forests and residential places with such vegetation I have found this insect to make continuous sounds all through the day (even in nights sometimes) during the ...
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What is this insect found commonly in coastal India? [duplicate]

I have lived in two cities on the western coast of India and I have seen quite a few of these insects(?) in both places. It basically has an outer cocoon of sorts, which looks a lot like dirty ...
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Need Help Identifying this Critter (Insect?)

This creature is hanging out on my kitchen window. I live in Western Maryland, US, near the Potomac River. The creature is about 3 inches long (measured from tip of mandibles to tip of tail). Does ...
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What is the difference between desert and migratory locust?

I know both are species of short horned grasshoppers and belongs to the orthoptera order, Acrididae family and so on. But what is the difference between desert and migratory locust? How do we ...
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Insect species identification [closed]

I think it's a moth and need further identification like scientific name, order and family. The picture was taken on May 30/2016 in my university laboratory window in South Korea. At that time there ...
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Could someone Identify this Insect Hive on my Balcony Grill

A smallish insect hive has been forming on the grill of my balcony in the last month or two, and I wanted to know should I be worried or can I just let it be. Its 13th floor in Singapore, if the ...
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What made this black cluster on a leaf?

I found this black slug-shaped thing on a leaf by my pond in western Sweden. It's about 15 mm long, positioned on a vertical leaf (I bent it to take the picture). And I don't even know where to ...
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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. Isn't this anatomical name misleading? Are ...
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Selection for less efficient egg transfer in Human Botfly life cycle

I have heard that the Human Botfly transfers its eggs through other invertebrates [1], and it strikes my curiosity that if an insect could simply land on its host directly to deposit its eggs, then ...
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Bee identification

Can anyone help identify this UK bee? The picture was taken in June 2016. Doesn't have to be exact, really just want to know if it's a honey bee or a solitary bee. Thanks.
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Trying to identify an insect

Toady a friend saw an insect in his garden, in the UK (England). It looks like a combination of a hover wasp, a wasp and a dragonfly. Whist flying, I'd describe it more similar to a dragonfly. I've ...
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I found this insect in Utah, USA. What is it?

I keep seeing this insect around my house. What is it? Here is another image:
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What kind of small insect is this?

Found in central florida in the bath tub. Its about the size of a pencil marking, very small. What is it?
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What is this droplet of liquid that comes out of a mosquito?

I have been looking at pictures of different species of mosquito and several times I came across pictures where the mosquito seems to be secreting some kind of fluid. In the pictures one can clearly ...
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Identify this cocoon worm

I couldn't identify which species these belong to. I believe its a larvae of an insect. They measure approximately 5 to 10mm in length. These are common in the southern states of India. They carry a ...
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Do ants within a colony ever fight or come to conflict?

I'm investigating how hierarchical groups of a larger organization with a common goal tend to come to conflict with one another over time. As you decompose a large group (for example a corporation), ...
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Species Identification: Red velvety insect, India

Description: Location: India These insects came out just after overnight rain. They were all over the place. Their body looks like velvet. Are these insects poisonous?
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Species Identification: Waterborne larvae, Texas USA

Can you help identify this worm? It was found in a cup of water at a restaurant (unpleasant, yes), likely came through the water system. (Location: Texas) Found these images of it online (in which ...
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Species Identification: Small white maggot/larvae, Missouri USA

I'll try to give as much information as I can, because I don't know which information will be more important. We woke up this morning to these little white worm/larvae in the house. We are located in ...
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Species Identification: large shiny black beetle, Detroit USA

What sort of beetle is this? I live in a suburb of Detroit and found a whole bunch of these living under my lawn when I was replacing a section of it. I'm assuming these are also the source of the ...
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I saw these patterns on a hill. Which insect makes such a pattern?

Description of the location It is in India The place is 300-400 m above sea level. There is no water body nearby. Which insect makes these patterns?
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Do people even notice when insects other than butterflies and beetles go extinct?

Lists of endangered animals only include beetles and butterflies if they bother to mention insects at all. Here is an example from where I live: http://www.dec.ny.gov/animals/7494.html All of the ...
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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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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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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 ...