Questions looking to find the name of a specific species of organism. Please include as much information as possible on habitat (esp. where in the world you found the organism) and behavior, and ideally provide images.

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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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ID flying insect found in Belgium

I live in Belgium, and I've just witnessed a weird looking wasp/fly flying around in my room. Here's a picture: So, what's this? It's still in my room, just chilling there. It zooms like a wasp, ...
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Is this some sort of fungus?

There is something strange growing straight out of the glass windows at work. They look like hairs, about half an inch long, and each have a white spot on the tip of them, slightly weighing them down. ...
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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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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 might this animal be?

I have found two species of this strange looking animal on the Eastern shore of the Adriatic Sea and I was simply unable to recognise them.
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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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Can anyone tell what kind of berry/currant this is?

I found this currant-like plant in Helsinki, Finland. It seems very similar to red currant but it has hairs on its fruits, and the fruits are pear-shaped. Can anyone please identify this plant? Many ...
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What is this - nest, eggs, fungus?

Anyone know what these are? I found them in our local park today attached to a wooden earth-retaining wall.I was thinking some kind of insect nest/egg sac (spider?) They're about the size of a medium ...
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Are these spider eggs?

I was pulling weeds in my backyard in Southern California, when I saw a spider over a white area on the underside of one of the leaves. It's staying right near the white spot. Are those spider eggs? ...
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What is the name of the bird which feeds on penguin blood and meat in Tristan island?

I just watched a National Geographic documentary "Unseen Islands: Atlantic Arks" and there was some thing strange in Tristan island. Some small bird which changed its diet to feed on the blood and ...
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Where should I go for online information on animals endemic specifically in Mozambique?

I've been involved with the citizen science project "Wildcam Gorongosa" for over half a year now (website, forum). As there are lots of unexperienced volunteers, many questions are being asked. Often ...
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Tree ID request

We have a small tree (more like a shrub) in our village of north eastern anatolia, and it is known for its local name which is not Turkish. Even worse I don't know which language it is, but most ...
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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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What Species of Duck/Waterfowl is this

I snapped a picture of this beaut in Irvine, CA, but I do not believe it is in the list given in "Ducks at a Distance: A Waterfowl Identification Guide" by Bob Hines (http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/...
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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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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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History of species identification before 1930 [migrated]

I am trying to research how new species have been recorded over time, but specifically in the period before the 1930s. Where would an academic who had discovered a new species get their discovery ...
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Can someone identify this bird? It looks like it has a few deformities

All pictures taken at Lake Roberta in Tampa, FL. All pictures depict the same bird. (The wing deformities can be explained by the lake water being slightly highly toxic, but the neck I can only ...
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Identify tropical flower

Can anyone identify this tropical flower? It was found on a vine(?) in a garden adjacent to a rainforest in tropical north east Australia, however it may not be indigenous.
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Identify this plant from the Netherlands with big white flower

The picture was taken today in the Netherlands. Can you identify this plant species?
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Identification of a spider from my basement

It's a little over 1" long including legs, and I found it in my basement in Pennsylvania. My guess is a funnel weaver, which would be nice since then I can free it (right?) from the tin can it's ...
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Identification of a mammal in cage

This unidentified animal was trapped in northern part of Kerala State India. Following loss of domestic fowls and suspecting toddy cats a trap was placed and this unidentified animal was trapped. No ...
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Japanese Crab Identification?

I saw a crab walking home from work the other night. We're by a river, but I was probably 500 feet away from the river when I saw this one. I apologize for the image quality, all I had was my terrible ...
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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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Species Identification: Coniferous tree, Italy

I noticed it close to the place where I work, I live in Italy Could you tell me the complete name of this tree? Particular of the leaves
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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: 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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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: Bulbous root on plant, Southern California, USA

In Southern California, I was pulling out some roots and grasses and weeds in our backyard, and I noticed something weird. It appeared like there was a grape-sized bulb of something connected to one ...
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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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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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What kind of kale is this?

I'm from Pennsylvania and I used to get this kale all the time at the grocery store, but I moved to the West Coast recently and can't find it anywhere! It looks exactly like this photo: Image source:...
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Please identify bird call / animal call

from the opening samples of this song. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oC3XZEWB5GM I wish to study the frequency distribution of the bird call.
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What is the name of this green plant with thin leaves?

I've seen this in Scotland between Balmaha and Inversnaid: A higher resolution is here: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Balmaha-Inversnaid-9.jpg What is the name of this green plant with ...
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What is the name of this plant with small, 5-leaved divided pink blooms?

I found this in a forest in Karlsruhe (Germany). The blooms are pink and have 5 leaves. Each leave is divided into two parts. It is pink and has a diameter of about 1-2cm.
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What is the name of this about 5cm high, grey, Beanie shaped fungus?

I found those below some stone stairs in Germany. The grass gives you an impression of the size (I guess the grass is about 5-7cm tall)
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Species Identification: Snake, New Mexico

The snake is about one and a half inches in diameter at its widest, a half inch at the head, and about two feet long. I found it in central New Mexico. It's hard to see the head in the pics, but it ...
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Simple computational biology project for AP Biology class. Ideas? [closed]

Our teacher assigned us a project to do with an extremely open-ended prompt and it should be completed within a month. I was planning on doing something related to computation and evolution in terms ...
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What's the name of this bug?

A friend of mine found this bug in Germany. He sent the picture and asked if anyone knew what kind of bug it is. Since no one knew and I didn't find anything similar via google search, I decided to ...
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Can anyone identify this bug/insect?

!Saw this bug/insect/spider? on a ranch in Santa Ynez, CA. Pretty fast moving-this was the only photo I could get. The creature is the thing in the photo that looks like two puff balls on a very black ...