The scientific study of insects.

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Are there water conservation methods that increase waste instead of reduce it? [on hold]

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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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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Is bee cognition affected by neonicotinoids other than only just navigation?

It is conclusive that navigation by bees while locating food sources is affected by their exposure to neonicotinoids. http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0091364 But if ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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What is this sand colored insect?

I have found in a wooden house, in the mountains of central Spain this very curious insect: I was wondering if that was it's skin or whether it's decomposition or sand or saw-dust. That particular ...
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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 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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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. ...
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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? ...
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How do furniture beetle larvae drink?

I have read that the furniture beetle (Anobium punctatum) has larva that will burrow for three to four years in wood before emerging and pupating. How do they obtain water during that time if they are ...
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Does anyone know what type of Cocoon this is?

I am really concerned with this since I've never seen a cocoon this color before and can't find it anywhere on the internet. I found it just laying on the ground not attached to anything, but it ...
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Why black and yellow indicates danger?

It is a pretty well-known fact that combination of black and yellow indicates danger or poisonousness. In western society it seems obvious this comes from bees and wasps, but the look to the ...
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Do flies actually take off backwards?

I've been told that flies take off backwards, but I haven't really been able to prove it to myself. The closest I've gotten was noticing that they fly into window glass back-first, with their heads ...
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Argentine Ant Trails

What is the maximum distance for an argentine ant (Linepithema humile) trail? I imagine that there is some point where the ants are unable to make the return trip either through exhaustion or from ...
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If I buy a banana at the market, is there any chance that an insect is hiding inside it? [closed]

I watched this horrifying video on Youtube. It shows movement beneath the skin of a banana and then a spider pushes it's way out. Suffice to say I'm too scared to eat bananas anymore! I would like ...
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Identification of an insect found in South India? [closed]

What is the name of this insect? I Found this creature in the night time. I removed old image & updated my image of same insect. Place: South India Time: Morning
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Hemiptera sp. nymph?

Hemiptera sp. nymph? Which species is this Hemiptera nymph? Thank you!
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Identification of a moth

It is from Bangladesh. Is it hawk moth? I am not sure. Please help.
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Hemiptera sp preimago?

Which species of Hemiptera is this preimago, seen in 2015 in Rome?
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Why insects are attracted towards light? [duplicate]

Many insects like bees, dragonflies, wasps and other small insects are attracted towards light. Sometimes they are in groups, sometimes they are in solitude. When the light source source is switched ...
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Insect identification, Chennai, India

could someone tell me what the name of this beautiful insect is? Location: Chennai, India. Thank you!
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Do “virgin” ant queens ever shed their wings?

In species that reproduce sexually, if an ant queen goes on a nuptial flight and does not successfully mate, will she still shed her wings and try to found a colony (although she probably won't ...
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Insect ID, Maharashtra, India

could someone please identify this insect? This photograph was taken in the Western Ghats of Maharashtra, India, near the town of Mahabaleshwar. Hemiptera was about as far as I could get using other ...
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Do mantises stalk cicadas?

The Chinese Idiom The mantis stalks the cicada, unaware of the oriole behind (螳螂捕蝉,黄雀在后), which the story behind the idiom comes from Shuo Yuan(说苑), refers to those who are attracted by immediate ...