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 happened to this seashell?

We found this seashell on a Mediterranean beach in the south of France. While most of the shells we found were quite intact, this one caught our attention. It is light and littered with tiny holes, ...
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What kind of tortoise is this?

Can you help me to ID this tortoise? It was walking around near to my house and then my mom found it, so we'd like to know more info. Its Straight Carapace Length is about 5+ inches. Found it in ...
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What kind of bird species is this?

Every now and then I got a glimpse of this bird which I'm pretty sure is not native to Northern Germany where I live. There are at least three of these birds around but I usually only see something ...
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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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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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What is the name of this flower?

This is from Bangladesh though I am not sure it's native here
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Help Identifying Tree

I live in the upper southeastern region of Arizona in U.S. There's a type of tree growing in my back yard that I can't seem to identify. Its growing in an arrangement very similar to an ocotillo ...
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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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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 anyone please help me identify this plant? [closed]

Please help me identify this plant. My aunt had one but it died due to the drought in California. She wants to get a new one but she doesn't know what it's called. The leaves are around two inches and ...
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What is this tiny thing on the branch

I noticed a tiny spot with weird shape on the shoot of a plant (Variegata), and there are many others on other branches. I wonder what is it, this is a cropped picture of it, Thank you!
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Black/dark-red smooth West African worm, full of red blood

This chap was strolling across my bathtub in Freetown, Sierra Leone, one day after very heavy rains and flash flooding. From its course, it appeared to have come up the bath plug from the drains. ...
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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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Caterpillar identification

It has since cocooned I think but it was a weird circumstance. I kept adding leaves for it to eat, and it decided it was done, and cocooned under a wilted leaf. I'm wondering if anyone can ID the ...
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Dragonfly Identification

I have been clearing brush by a lake in northwest Missouri and seen a lot of dragonflies. It's hard to get decent pictures because my phone camera sucks and they fly away before I get close. But here ...
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What is this plant?

It was found in Eastern Pennsylvania (in the United States) in a deeply wooded area.
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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 are those huge plants / fungi on trees called?

I've seen them in Scotland in August 2015: The plants / fungi were quite high (over 2m) on the tree. They are almost circular if you view them from the top, I guess (except for the part where they ...
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What plant is it?

Do you know what plant is it? I found it in France
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What is the name of the plant with the down-falling light purple leaves?

I've seen this flower in Scotland in August 2015: What is the name of that flower? To help people google it: The plant has light purple leaves with some white spots. On those white spots are dark ...
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What kind of larvae are these?

My uncle was helping us spray the garage for ants, and he stumbled across a huge batch of some type of larvae. According to him... "It looked like a long, narrow clump of mud. When I broke it ...
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What kind of beetle is this (2cm long, brown, “V-shaped” body)?

I've seen this brown beetle, which was about 2cm-3cm long (I guess) near Loch Lomond (Scottland) a few days ago. What kind of beetle is it?
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Bright green caterpillar with long white stripes, few hairs, no extensions, possibly Noctuidae

Our herbs had strange holes, and we found eight of these caterpillars to be the reason. They were mainly underneath the leafs and measured about 5 cm in length. We collected them from the herbs, put ...
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What type of jellyfish is this

I have been swimming in the seas around Minorca and saw a jellyfish I had not seen before. I have tried to find it and have (eventually) found 1 single picture of the jellyfish. The problem I ...
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Is this a plant or a fungus?

It was soft and covered in flies. My guess is fungi.
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What is this insect? Found in Peru

I took the pictures today in Cusco Peru. It is the third insect of its class in a month. I never see it before. I thought that it is a wasp, but I think it's really thin to be a wasp. It's about 4 or ...
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Identifying flying insect from northern Poland / Baltic Sea area

Found during this year vacations at Baltic Sea (northern parts of Poland): I don't have a picture containing other object, for size verification, but I'd say, that it was 3-4 cm long. There were ...
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Insect identification: white spotted beetle

3 pairs of legs, a pair of antenna, wings absent, compound eye, 4-6 centimeter approx. in size. I found this beetle at my door, in Pune, India.
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what is this ant-sized black insect? [closed]

I have found these tiny ant-sized black bugs on the floor that are a little hard to kill; I have to hit them with so much force otherwise they stick to the back of my sandals alive! or i have o ...
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Questions about a fossil

I have a plant fossil that my dad once found for me at a beach in Denmark, Europe about 15 years ago. Is it possible to identify what kind of plant it is? There is a fossil water bubble suggesting ...
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What is this brown insect with a large wingspan?

I found this dead creature on my window last night and spent hours looking for something that could explain what this is. I was unable to inspect it in person though, because opening the window would ...
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Spider Identification Illinois

I noticed a really huge, beautiful web on my porch last week, and tonight, I discovered its resident. I'm thinking it's a Araneus diadematus (Cross Orbweaver), but was hoping for some confirmation. ...
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What kind of insect is this and what is it doing?

I live in Denmark, Europe and found these 2 insects on a tree. I'm interested in the big fly and have the following questions: What kind of fly is it? What is it doing with the little fly?
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Can anyone identify this plant from Bangladesh?

I have taken the picture from an agriculture university in Bangladesh.
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What insect is in this photo?

Found in Russia, in the kitchen. It is about 1–2 cm length.
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What kind of caterpillar is this?

I've made a photo using the reversed 58 mm lens and my cropped DSLR: Could you please help? I really don't know where this came from. I found it in Russia.
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Madrid, Noise by the river: Bird or cricket?

I currently live in Madrid, Spain. In July there was a loud animal near the river, in an out of town area surrounded by grassland, with trees along the river. It's continued into August, though it ...
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What is this black insect (wasp-like?) South America?

I live in the Pacific coast of South America. Seems to have two wings, like a wasp's. The "tail" is a bit bulky but is only connected to the rest of the body by a thin part. It's black overall. The ...
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Help with species identification

Could someone help with identification of this small mammal? Is it a possum? A dormouse? It was photographed in Sukhumi botanical garden, in Abkhazia.
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Fruit-bearing tree identification

Just moved into a new house in Puerto Rico and I found this tree in the back garden. Can anyone tell me what tree this is, and whether its fruit is edible?
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What is this ground dwelling, funnel web spider in Montana?

I've killed dozens of what appears to be the same type of spider. I've included pictures of 2 individuals. I've seen them in all sizes from 1-4". I'm in Missoula Montana. They're aggressive, they ...
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Can anyone identify this bird?

Can anyone identify this bird: it looks like a zebra finch but they are not native to UK are they? Photo taken from my garden in Shoreham, West Sussex on 16/8/2014.
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Do you know what plant it is?

I saw this plant when I was on my trip to the Ukraine. I wonder if those berries are edible. Thanks a lot in advance.
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Colourful aquatic animal identification

Of what species is the following creature? I expect it would be a Cephalopod living in not too deep water with a tropical climate (Brazil?). However, I can not find any information about what ...
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Spider Identification Michigan

This was taken in Ann Arbor, MI. It looks a bit different from the wolf and grass spiders I'm used to seeing. Anyone know what this might be? edit: Per request, I've uploaded a better picture. ...
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Help identify this awesome climbing plant with velcro like stem

I got this plant sprouting in my window box this spring. Starting from a single seed, it has grown into an impressive array of branching climbing vines, reaching 6 feet tall. The stem turned red as it ...
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What is this butterfly?

The following guys (about an inch long) were seen in the Willamette Valley of Oregon in summer. When one would fly by a resting one, they'd get into a high-speed little "dogfight". What genus might ...
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What is the name of this flower?

A flower has grown on a leaf in our garden. What is the name of this flower? Give some description.