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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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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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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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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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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Aquarium snail identification

Many of these little snails suddenly appeared in our aquarium from nowhere. I suspect that some snail eggs hitched a ride with some recently purchased plants. Can anyone identify the species? I am ...
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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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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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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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What nocturnal animal sound am I hearing in the trees in Maine?

Every year, during late summer nights (usually around 9:00 pm) in Maine, I hear a noise coming from high up in the trees. The trees I hear it from are mostly maple or conifer, but where I live there ...
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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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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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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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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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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.
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Is there a web tool for species identification?

I know this stack exchange provides the ability to post photographs of animals/plants for species identification, but is there a web resource that can automatically identify a plant/animal using image ...
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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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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 plant is this?

It was all along a fence in a downtown core, 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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What is this frog?

(Man, there's a lot of 'What is this X?' questions here...) I saw this while walking in Cyprus in early April. It was at about 100m altitude, in woodlands, sitting in the sun on a concrete step ...
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What is this spider, and what is this object that emerged from its rear end?

I was observing this spider (caught in a Petri dish) under my microscope, when I noticed that a small, round object emerged from its rear end. It appeared to be black and white in appearance. I am ...
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Aloe species identification

I am trying to find out which species these are. Someone claimed they were Aloe Vera, but I am skeptical as I have never seen Aloe Vera with that kind of growth. These look more like Aloe Juvenna to ...
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What species of eagle pushes their young to teach them flying?

There are many references to eagle pushing their young off the nest to make them know how to fly, for example this motivational video. It is also described in this website: Let me show you "the ...
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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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What kind of mushroom is this?

I picked it this evening beneath an oak, in France, Nantes : I tried an image search with Google, and it seems I picked a finger of a dead hand :) What is its name, and is it edible?
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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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What is the name of this plant, from Bangladesh?

This is a small plant from my backyard. I have found the flower closes in the evening.
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Can anyone identify this caterpillar?

Can anyone identify this caterpillar we found on a cauliflower? This was the only photo we could get of it.
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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?
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identification of species of snake

Can anyone identify this colorful snake found at Pulau Ubin in Singapore?
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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 ...