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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How to obtain bacteria samples at home?

As the original question went from hold to closed, I thought I would write up a more appropriate question. How should one go about getting bacterial samples to look at under a microscope at home? ...
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Can someone identify this bird?

We recently found a nest in the back garden and a little bird inside. Can you help us identify it? The nest is quite small like the bird so we are wondering whether this is the parent or a baby chick. ...
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What kind of fruit is this?

Just spotted this fruit while walking to school. It's the size of a small coin.The taste is almost sour and tangy and somewhat sweet (I only tried one of them and very little of it). I admit, ...
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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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Cockroach-like insect identification

I just saw an insect in my room, and I have never seen anything like it ever before. I captured a photo, please see if you can identify it. It has got quite unique colours on its exodermis and it has ...
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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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Identification of this species of Toad

I found a short -- 20 second/s -- video on the Internet of a toad and I wonder if anybody could identify it? Here is the hyperlink; http://weloveshortvideos.com/post/132047898162 It was posted on a ...
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What is this creature?

I found this small creature in my water bucket which i filled from my water tank. I would like to know what kind of creature I have found here. Features which ought to help for identification: ...
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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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Identification of black growth on onion skin

I have encountered this black-colored growth on onion skins a lot. It seems to develop over the course of weeks and I have rarely, if ever, encountered the material on fresh ones. If I peel the onion ...
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Lizard spieces identification

I managed to photograph a lizard in Haruvit Forest, Israel. I would like to know - what lizard species is this? Size appr. 20-25cm
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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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Is this a saltwater millipede?

I spotted this millipede-like creature in Hervey Bay, Australia at low tide, just kind of hanging out at the bottom of a small saltwater tidepool. It's several inches long, composed of a large ...
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Are these birch or aspen trees?

I was just wondering if anybody could help me identify the trees in this image? I am confused as to whether they are aspen or birch, a mix of the two, or whether the brown/reddish trees are some other ...
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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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Does this recording sound like the pulses emitted by bats?

Out of curiosity, I recorded sounds in an area with lots of bats, hoping to be able to "hear" the bats communicating by lowering the ultrasound to a level down to the frequency which can be heard by a ...
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How to correctly and accurately identify a few species of trees from their leaves(including multiple leaves and part of the branch)?

I want to identify a tree from one of the 12 species listed based on observing their branch and leaves. Is there quick and neat way to do it? Red Oak, White Oak, Red Maple, Striped Maple, Tulip ...
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Choice of Molecular markers to carry out molecular phylogenetics

For evolutionary analysis of different individuals within a population, the preferable molecular markers are non-coding regions of mitochondrial DNA. My question is that why they are used what is the ...
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What plant is this?

It was all along a fence in a downtown core in Ottawa, flowering in November. I didn't get a better close-up of the flower itself, I had thought the leaves would be pretty important.
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Pink growth (aka pink slime) in bathtub or shower

I was wondering if anybody had studied or was knowledgeable about the pink growth that people often find around water fixtures in their homes, especially bath tubs and showers? My understanding is ...
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Which organism is this?

Place: Bangalore, India Month: September, 2015 Current weather: Cloudy and rainy Google images search was just giving me dragonfly photos. That organism is on grass blade. Image is captured by ...
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Can an organism exist as a single cell but come together as multi-cellular during certain times?

I am trying to remember a particular segment from a BBC special, in which there was single cellular species. However, at certain times all the individual cells came together to form a structure, not ...
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What is this blue-green bioluminescent jellyfish I saw at Aquarium of the Pacific?

I took this picture of an animal in the bioluminescent section of Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach, California, but I neglected to write down what it was. I've searched the Aquarium's web site, ...
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What's the mechanism or structure responsible for new species genetic code generation? [closed]

I always had this question in mind. I think, If humans find answer to it then we can trigger the next evolution of human specie. What is the mechanism or structure responsible for evolution ? I don't ...
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Identification - What kind of animal leaves these tracks?

I live in the suburbs of Washington DC where it recently snowed. I was admiring all of the tracks left behind by wildlife of all kinds when I came across these prints, that I was unable to recognize ...
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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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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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What is Growing on These Tree Leaves? (Image)

I found a seemingly diseased tree when I was out playing tennis yesterday... What is growing on this tree leaf? Is this a disease? If so, is it contagious? I have zero knowledge in botany, but I'm ...
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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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What is the name of this snake?

This baby snake just came inside my house in Sri Lanka, and I'm wondering whether it is venomous. Do you know this snake? I am posting this from my phone so I am unable to format properly. And I ...
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Why does the open tree of life have 2600 species of rose?

The open tree of life has 2754 species and subspecies with the prefix Rosa. Wiki says: There is significant disagreement over the number of true rose species. Some species are so similar that ...
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Spider Identification: Is this an Arizona Recluse?

I found this spider in my toilet bowl. It was after dark. We live in Prescott Valley, AZ at around 5100' elevation at the edge of a development fairly close to the mountains in grass land. I'm ...
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What are the identifying characteristics of a Jellyfish?

I was walking down the beach today (Wollongong Australia, near Sydney) and saw this Jellyfish washed up on the beach. Then I saw another. I wanted to work out what type it was but didn't know ...
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What sort of seed pod is this?

My son found this floating in a stream in Massachusetts, in the northeastern US. It was intact when he found it, but he cracked it open to see what was inside. I did some Google image searching, but ...
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Can someone identify this ant?

This is one of seven ant queens I just collected yesterday morning (2015-09-21 9AM) around home. I live in Hong Kong, at a hillside facing south. The weather was as follows (Hong Kong Observatory ...
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Bug Identification: what type of bug is this small ant-like bug?

It's not an ant; do you know what it's called? Found some in the building different times. Edit: Size is 4mm (length) x 1mm (height)
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Does anybody know what this shark is eating?

Looking for a species identification on the orange fish that the shark is eating. The shark is a goblin shark filmed as part of the BBC's 'Legends of the Deep: Deep Sea Sharks'.
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What are these white spots on a dracena

I have a Dracaena Marginata which started to have some white spots. They turn out to be some kind of "mold" which can be removed when swapping the leaf and then leaves some discolored spots ...
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What is this species of tree?

In my city, there is a unique tree, with thorns all over it. I would like to know - what species is this?
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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 type of tree is this?

I photographed this group of trees a couple of years ago at the northern tip of Prudence Island in Narragansett Bay. Any idea what species these are?
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What is this dried animal for sale?

I found this image on the Internet, which features an African youngster holding up an animal for sale to a potential customer sitting inside a car. It appears to be some sort of dried and disemboweled ...
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Please help me to identify this red worm

I found bunch of red worms coming out of sink. It is rather unusual to find an overwhelmingly large number of worms. It doesn't seem like earthworm or horsehair worm. I don't know much about the ...
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Unknown animal - What could it be?

It's the first time I use this website and I really need help because I'm totally stuck Now I'm in school, but I'm trying to prepare for the Olympics During the preparation, I found the issue on the ...
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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.