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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A creature from Mediterranean

I have recently encountered this thing on one of the beaches of east Sardinia. It was pretty close to the coast (around 20 meters) and has sticked to one of my fins. My question is: how is this ...
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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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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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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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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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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 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 type of tree is this?

This is a tree that I have been growing. I'm wondering if this is a mulberry, and if so, what kind? Location is Arizona.
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Species ID: Buckyball-like fungus

Previous research A friend of mine shared a link of some beautiful fungi: http://imgur.com/a/Dii3H. I was intrigued by the curious critter below -- it seems to have honed the power of buckyball ...
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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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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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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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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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Is this a firefly?

It glows without interruption. This photo was taken near Barcelona, Spain. Thanks in advance.
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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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: 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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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: 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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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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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:...