The scientific study of insects.

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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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Can anyone identify this caterpillar?

Can anyone identify this caterpillar we found on a cauliflower? This was the only photo we could get of it. Location : Ceres, Fife, Scotland
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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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What modern insects are not (flying OR descended from flying ancestors)?

What modern insects are not flying or descended from flying ancestors? (I read somewhere that 99% are, so of course I instantly became curious which aren't. xD ) EDIT: Sorry, I should have been ...
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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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What is the scientific and common name of this bug?

Captured this under my stereo microscope. Much beautiful than appearing on my camera sensor. Can someone help me identify it and explore more? Also is it having a compound eye ? Location: New ...
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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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Species ID: Cape Town mystery insect

This insect bumbled into my bedroom last night - can someone ID it for me? I'm mainly curious because I'd like to know if it poses any danger to my cats (who were very eager to add it to the menu). ...
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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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Help in identifying an insect

My cat has been messing with that insects. It looked quite unusual. Anybody here can help me identify it, so I can make sure it's not dangerous? thanks
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Questions about insects eating flour and living in the cracks of a wooden cutting boards

I have a large wooden cutting board which is used in my kitchen mainly for preparing egg pasta. The wood type is Populus (poplar or aspen or cottonwood). The main ingredients used with the cutting ...
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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 dragonfly is this?

I photographed a dragonfly but can't really identify the species using http://www.libellen.tv/. Are there any other resources I could use? The pictures were taken in early June, around 11:00 next to ...
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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 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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How large might a paper wasp nest become?

About two weeks ago I noticed a new wasp nest in my back yard. I generally leave them as long as they aren't interfering with anything, but this nest has suddenly grown quite large and they are ...
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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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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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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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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 ...
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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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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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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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What kind of bug/insect is this? photo attached

This morning (a few hours after sunrise) I saw this insect running over the blanket. I'm thinking what it is, if it's a bed bug that missed feeding time and is out of schedule (as i thought that they ...
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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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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, 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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Can anyone identify these moths?

Here are two lepidopterans I collected in Oregon (USA). The wingspan of the bigger one (on the left) is ~4 cm. I spent a lot of time browsing this website hoping to find a match, but I didn't have ...
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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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Why does a cockroach not die even after decapitation?

Why does a cockroach not die after its head is cut off?
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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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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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Why do ladybugs have a different number of points on their backs

Everytime I see a ladybug I ask myself this question. Why does every ladybug have a different amount of points on its back? Is it because of its age? Or because of its genes? Is it inheritable?
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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 do ants do with our finger nails?

There is place in my house where I cut my nails. Here, there is an ant hole where an ant colony is seen. Whenever I cut my nails from here, they take my nails inside their hole. I was wondering what ...
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If I squash an insect and it produces red “juice”, does it always mean it is a blood-sucking type?

If I squash an insect and it produces red "juice", does it always mean it is a blood-sucking type of insect? Or do some insects have red "juice" themselves, so the color is red on its own and not ...
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How tolerant are ants to cold?

There was a trail of what are commonly known as sugar ants (small, brown, hyperactive) in my kitchen. Three of them walked onto an ice tray placed in their path. They only walked a short distance on ...
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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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Do ants or other insects sleep, and if so why?

I was thinking yesterday about insects (as there was a spider in the house, and I couldn't help but think of anything else, even though they aren't insects), and I started to wonder if ants sleep? ...
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Some sort of Lymantriidae caterpillar?

I found this larva in Sweden in July. It was about 15 mm long. It reminded me of Orgyia antiqua that I've seen before, but smaller and with a somewhat different colouration.
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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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Does cockroach lay eggs in human flesh when they “bite”?

Recently, i have "bite" by cockroach, not only the "bitten" area red and swallowing, and more specificly, it have a big hole in that area, when i clean it with hydrogen peroxide solution, something is ...
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How to best conserve a beetle inside a jar?

Few days ago a giant beetle appeared on my house. Well, it's dead now. Since it attracted some attention from my little girl, I'd like to preserve it inside some jar. What's the best way to do it? ...
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small cocooned caterpillar found on bathroom door - what is this creature?

This larvae / moth has what seems to be a smooth gray cocoon which looks like a piece of cement. It can carry this cocoon with it as it crawls, and it can come out from both ends of this cocoon. Would ...
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What kind of spider is this and is it dangerous?

Found this spider on my couch the other day in Steubenville, Ohio. The spider is about 2.5cm to 4cm long.
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Could someone please identify this species?

I have come across these insects a lot more lately, as far as I can tell, they can sustain a hover state in flight. I'm actually quite interested to know what these are, seeing they look like a cross ...
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Why do adult insects have 6 legs?

Apparently, there is an advantage to having 6 legs in the insect world. What is that advantage, if anything? Why would such an advantage exist for insects, but not for other, larger land animals? ...