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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 behavior - why do they land on my window and refuse to move [on hold]

Why do so many insects, particularly bees, land on my window screen and refuse to move even if I hit the window or the screen to make it go away. They do this to my car window too. I see no reason for ...
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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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How the Phereoeca uterella (casebearer) is formed? [on hold]

Does anyone know how the Phereoeca uterella known as the casebearer is formed or born?
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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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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 ...
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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 ...