The scientific study of insects.

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Larvae Identification

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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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 [closed]

Please help with the identification of the beetles/ bugs/ whatever insects they are. Thanks!
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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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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 ...
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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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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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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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Horned Mohawk looking insect. What is it?

Any ideas? I didn't know any other way to explain it. I live in Indiana, USA if that helps. Someone said it might be a "stink bug" but I'm not sure and not willing to find out!
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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 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 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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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. ...