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Yes, this looks like Apis mellifera, which is also one of the most common bees you'll run into. If you have other pictures, you could check the identification tips at the bugguide page for the species. As a side note, in general to really confirm an identification a specialist would need to see a collected specimen (that is, a live or pinned bee) as the ...
This animal is moth larva. The images presented are blurry, but if there are no any dots on the larva my first suggestion is: pantry/Indian meal moth larvae - "They are a common grain-feeding pest found around the world, feeding on cereals and similar products." (picture source)
Looks like a scarab beetle (Coleoptera, Scarabaeidae). Species is difficult to tell without better pictures, but perhaps Scarabaeus typhon? Edit: OP has IDed in comment as Scarabaeus jalof
House flies (Musca domestica) prefer to rest on light colored surfaces, and what is lighter than windows, windowframes, glossy surfaces that reflect light, etc.? Where they rest (not eat) is where they defecate (or regurgitate), leaving marks politely called "fly specks". House flies also leave dark fecal and regurgitation spots on wall surfaces where ...
Short answer Excretion of blood and urine may prevent overheating by reducing body temperature through evaporative coolong (akin to perspiration). Excretion of blood urine also concentrates the ingested blood. Background Female Anopheles mosquitoes seek blood for nutrients necessary to egg production. The cold-blooded insects may excrete some freshly ...
What is the longest observed lifespan of a mosquito, especially of the species Anopheles arabiensis? Mean lifespan calculations for Anopheles arabiensis range from 14 days (Karoki, 2013)* to 21 days (Yamada et al. 2014)** *This Masters thesis tests efficacy of different drugs against An. arabiensis, 14 days is the mean control lifespan. **These An. ...
I totally agree with skymningen, definitely a cockchafer
This does not look like a red flour beetle, but more like some species of Melolontha, possibly a cockchafer. For more specific information, we would need to know, where your back garden is and maybe something to scale the bug. I would go for Melolontha melolontha, the common cockchafer. Of the two other european species of Melolontha, M. hippocastani usually ...
My initial impression is Libellula quadrimaculata, which is a common and very widespread species (North America, Europe, Asia at least). This is based on the relatively wide and flat abdomen (hard to judge due to the angle though), which suggests Libellula, brown/golden colour and a brownish wingbase. The main problem I have with the pictures (which makes my ...
As @Ilan wrote, this is a Cantharidae but most probably Cantharis fusca, which is very common species in northern Europe. Cantharis rustica is similar but has reddish femurs and the black spot is more centered on the pronotum. It is not C. lecontei, which is a North American species. If you go looking at flowers of Anthriscus sylvestris for an hour or two, ...
The beetle resembles Soldier beetle, especially Cantharis lecontei Soldier Beetles (Cantharidae) » Cantharinae » Cantharini » Cantharis
I'd guess that this varies quite a lot among different insects; in some, lying on their backs was a sign of their impending death, while others will flip over onto their backs to play dead. This isn't really surprising --- there's over a million described insect species, so some amount of variety is to be expected! Here's a video of a bunch of insects ...
I think you are correct, but I'm not an expert in Diptera/Drosophila morphology. Since the prothorax (pronotum) and metathorax are greatly reduced in flies, you mostly see the mesonotum in dorsal view, and this includes the scutellum. Personally, I think it would have been more accurate of them to label this structure mesonotum, or at least dorsal mesothorax ...
I believe that MattDMo's hypothesis is incorrect. Only one group of ants, the Attini tribe, cultivates fungus as a food source. This group is exclusively a New World group, thought to have originated in the Amazon rainforest and spread out from there. I see from your profile that you are located in India, which is outside the range of the ...
Hemithea maybe, is as close as I can figure, although since there is so much variation between them it is very hard to tell.
I think it might be a species of Fritillary. Below is a picture of a Marsh Fritillary. Marsh fritillary. Source: Butterfly Conservation.org I do not think it is a woolly bear or giant leopard moth, just because the hairs seems too sparse for a woolly bear and it lacks the distinct red striping of the giant leopard moth caterpillar. It does not seem to be ...
It's Woolly Bear Caterpillar: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pyrrharctia_isabella
This looks very similar to a click beetle. Some of them are pretty popular in south Canada.
There are a number of papers studying the ability of fungi to metabolize keratin, the primary structural component of nails (as well as skin and hair). Ants are also known to cultivate fungi for nutrients, so this may simply be a case where the ants are bringing food for their "farm animals."
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