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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Organisms in food deposits

I have just discovered that my kitchen sink pipe has been leaking for quite some time (possibly months) which has resulted in water and food deposits collecting in my cupboard. I smeared some of the ...
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What is the name if this glittery fly seen in Pittsburgh?

I have photographed the following fly which is iridescent green in Pittsburgh, PA. I guess it was about 0.5-1.5cm long. Can you help me to identify it?
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Which turtle species was on board the Iranian Space Agency launch in 2010?

They are seen briefly in this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nZoNdf6hlII The launch made international news, but there was no mention of the species. Here's the entirety of Wikipedia's ...
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What is the name of this plant?

This plant was found growing in Germany. I have never seen it before, reverse Google image search did not help either. Can you help me identify what type of plant this is? Thanks, looks like it ...
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Cicada Killer Behavior

I've had a giant wasp hanging around outside my window the past few days, so I've resolved to learn more about it. I believe it is a male Cicada Killer, because it displays the following behavior: ...
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What kind of skull is this?

We found this skull on a beach in southwestern Sweden, and are curious as to what kind of animal it was.
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Slithering worm, snake or other? What did I just see? [closed]

I was working on some paving stones and underneath some of them I ran across red worms I see regularly. As I ran across them I would pick them up and fling them in other parts of the garden where they ...
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Can I identify this black ant queen?

I have an ant queen in a jar. This is what she looks like: Because I'm planning to start an artificial ant nest, I'd like to learn something about that specific species of ant. This particular ...
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Identify this Harvestman

I spotted this guy in Switzerland. It's clearly an Opilione (Harvestman), but I really know nearly enough about this diverse group to be able to identify the species. Sorry, I didn't think to ...
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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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Beetroot white skin mould

Does a mould make a beetroot poisonous or inedible ? Lemon's mould for instance, makes penicillin, but it's green there, and I'm allergic to penicillin, would the white mould produce penicillin too? ...
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Identification of this spider?

I find these in forests in Oregon, western half, though they're probably on the eastern half as well. They live under pieces of wood and bark, and have a small web across the ground. Mine will eat ...
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What is this spider hunting in the tree in the night?

I took the following picture of this spider in northern Switzerland (alt: ~700m) with macro flash/lense. The picture was taken during the night in a cedar tree (Thuja occidentalis).
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What is this snake

I took a picture of this snake in Switzerland (Geneva Area): It looks to be an adder but cannot be sure about which species. In Switzerland we have two kinds of adder: Vipera berus Vipera aspis ...
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What is this discarded exoskeleton from?

This morning I was looking round the garden and found this sticking out of a pit in patch of soil, next to the wall of the house (in a trough sort of thing). I came to the conclusion it must be part ...
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Identifying a spider from my childhood memory

Once, as a child, I found a spider in my parents' garden. I remember catching it in a jar because I thought it looked unusual, but I never figured out what kind of spider it was and unfortunately ...
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How is this yellow bumblebee called that I photographed in New York City?

Does anybody know the name of this bumblebee? (For categorization on wikipedia commons)
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What is the name of this flower with purple leaves and orange inner part in NYC?

I've photographed this flower a few days ago in New York City: Does anybody know the name of it? (and how is the orange part called?)
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Yellow/Orange Fungus on Oak Tree

What is the fungus pictured below? The photo was taken October 6, 2013 near San Antonio, TX. I have Googled it and my results suggest Laetiporus root rot (Laetiporus sulfureus). According to this ...
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What is the scientific name of this butterfly?

I have this butterfly but I don't know its scientific name. I think that it's a common butterfly which can be seen everywhere (btw, I'm in Taiwan.) Thanks for your help :D
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What Aquatic Mammal has no Tail?

Found in a waterway in Butte County, CA. First thought it was a beaver kit, but it has no tail. What aquatic mammal has no tail?
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Identification of this Salamander

This salamander was found in a small forest pond somewhat near the Oregon coast. In the area are many rough skinned newts and a small number of another type of salamander that I still can't find the ...
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Species of this White Dove

I visited a bird enclosure close to where I live in Australia. The enclosure had several different species. The birds that stood out most were these doves sitting right along the fence railing, making ...
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identification of species of tree

I just want to confirm the species of the tree in the middle of the picture. Is it the "Flame of the Forest"? This is taken in my school campus. Thanks in advance!
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What species of butterfly is this?

This big fellow came to visit my kitchen (in Hong Kong) a bit earlier. It is brown with some longitudinal white stripes, banana/boomerang-shaped patterns towards the middle, and an eye-like marking on ...
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Identify this large exotic bird spotted in Taipei, Taiwan

A few months ago while backpacking in Taipei I found this very intriguing large bird facing off a curious puppy in a fairly busy pedestrian area. The bird did not attempt to fly. None of the ...
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What is this spider?

I took the following picture of this spider in northern Switzerland (alt: ~700m) with macro flash (then it is not so big: probably around 2-3 cm, including the legs) This spider made its web on the ...
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Identify a bird

I have taken this picture of a bird in university zoo in Tel Aviv. It was approximately 25 cm high and seemed to be a flightless species. Can somebody help me identify it?
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What species is this mammal?

I saw a mammal that looked like a large squirrel. I haven't seen anything quite like it. Can you help me identify it? Squirrel-like, "hunched over" posture. It was too large to be an eastern ...
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Do immortal organisms exist?

Do organisms exist that are able to live indefinitely if they are not killed by external factors? Under external factors I would consider things like predators and natural disaster but not illness by ...
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what is this worm identified as?

I was at the park lying on the grass and its the third time ive seen them, I used to think they were parasites when I was like 7. Its the very small worm on the green leaf. It moves by squiggling. It ...
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Identification of species found in fly lab

I just found this in my Drosophila lab (within a closed vial) - unfortunately it was dead having been frozen for two weeks. Can anyone help id what it is, and whether it poses a risk to my flies (like ...
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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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How are two species with similar phenotypes identified as different?

How are two species with similar phenotypes identified as different? Have two different individuals that were thought to be different species ever been determined to be from the same species ( or ...
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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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Species Identification - small insect: is this a bed bug?

I found this bug in my apartment in Chicago. We had bed bugs in our house the previous year (but we thought we got rid of them). This bug was very small - maybe 2 millimeters in length. These ...
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identification of this flower

I saw this flower in Pulau Ubin in Singapore. Can anyone identify the species of this flower? Thanks in advance!
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identification of species of this bird [closed]

Hi I saw this bird near my school canteen in Singapore in Spring. Can anyone identify the species of this bird? Thanks in advance!
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identification of species of snake

Can anyone identify this colorful snake found at Pulau Ubin in Singapore? Thanks in advance!
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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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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 is this plant?

I really like this plant--I'm just wondering what its name is (perhaps genus+species). I think this plant grows in the tropical rainforest in Malaysia. Any suggestions? Thanks!
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What insect is this..?

Can anyone tell me what kind of insect (if it is one) is this...!! Or is it the pupa of some insect? Well I don't think that the whole big thing is the insect itself, it appears to be just a kind of ...
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Identify this spider

I found this spider on my balcony in Sunnyvale, CA. It sat in a irregular net. The body was approx. 6mm long. Which species does it belong to?
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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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Identification of a mysterious lifeform, what is this? [duplicate]

For the third time in a row, I found a mysterious life-form inside my house. I live in the Netherlands in the Eindhoven region, in a city called Oss near a forest area. Before I set it free outside, I ...
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Insect identification

It is found in my apartment in Finland. I had to kill it to stop it from getting away before looking for the camera, but it looked pretty much the same alive and intact. It's length is about half a ...
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Is this maritime plant a species of zostera?

This photograph was taken on the intertidal mudflats at Lindisfarne, Northumberland, UK today. It was about 40m from the shoreline at low tide. Is the green plant a species of zostera? Can anyone help ...
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What is the species of these mushrooms?

The mushrooms are gilled with a light-brown cap. The stem is widened to the base. What species is it? Is it considered edible? They are found in mixed forest in Moscow, Russia. They grow in the ...
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Plant identification?

Can anyone identify the plant below? It's in a backyard in Pennsylvania, and the photo was taken today.