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The scientific study of Insects. If the question is about some other group of arthropod use 'arthropod' tag.

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What is this insect seen in Northern Italy?

I am from Northern Italy, close to the border with Slovenia. I saw this thing today on the window, and was sure it was a piece of a dry rosmarine branch carried there by the wind - until it started ...
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Is this a black carpet beetle and how do I keep it alive?

About 3mm in length, location Hong Kong. Is it possible to keep it as a pet? I currently have it in a clear plastic case (kinda cubic, 6.5cm per side) with a piece of moist paper. It rarely flies.
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Identity little brown lady bugs taking shelter in my home

Can someone please identify this little creature for me. They are appearing more frequently in my room. What are they doing here? Could it be those basic needs and requirements? The size is about 2 ...
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What’s the name of this insect that looks like a leaf? I found it in Taiwan

Found it in a tea plantation. It can jump.
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What is this soil digging insect?

It is in Texas(Month: May). Are these flying ants?termites? or Cicada Killers?
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What is this bug found in a garden in Utah?

Apologies for the poor quality of the photo. I found this bug in a garden in Utah. The body was flattish, with teal markings (lighter than it looks in the photo) with an interesting pattern of three ...
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What is this insect? And does it eat aphids on plants?

I found this insect that looks like a praying mantis on my plant which was infested with aphids. I sprayed neem oil and most aphids died, even one of these praying mantises did. But here in this ...
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Identify the caterpillars

These are the two caterpillar I found at Taipei, Taiwan. Can anybody help me identify the species. The first caterpillar is about 6-7 cm long and the other one 10-12 cm. Thanks in advance!
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Can someone identify this bug?

I am looking for some help identifying this bug. I am in southern New Mexico, US. There are a handful of these on the inside and outside of all the window panes on one side of my house. They are about ...
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What is this yellow sticky excretion from a moth? Details in photos

Saw this moth on some grass the other day and took some bad phone photos. I'd like to know what the yellow excretion is. I believe it is an excretion from the moth (as opposed to for example, some ...
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Help identify this insect with a fan tail

I am trying to identify this creature... I took the shot in Medellín, Colombia. It is about 1cm in size.
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What does a hornet nest foundress feed on?

After wintering, hornet queens will build a new nest from scratch. Once the new workers have hatched, they will fly out and collect carbohydrates to feed themselves and the queen and will also hunt ...
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Identify this large, beige or pine cone-colored squareish beetle and/or the pine cone it's on?

I saw this large beige beetle on a large pine cone on the ground in February in Hsinchu county Taiwan. It was about 4 cm long and 2 cm wide and the color was similar to the pine cone it was standing ...
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What kind of worm/bug is this?

Recently, I found a few worms in my bathroom and I am wondering what kind of worms are they. They move slowly and they are about 6-9 millimetres long. It seems that they are not sensitive to water. ...
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Flies without wings

some time ago I spotted a wingless fly in my small garden. I thought to myself that it's rather weird and most likely just a random thing. But after some time I spotted more wingless flies and just a ...
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Please help me identify this caterpillar species (Sabah, Malaysia)

I kinda having trouble searching the internet to find this caterpillar name. Does anybody know what kind of species they are?
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Is this arthropod non-intrusive and recommended to be left alive?

I am in Portugal (Lisbon) at the moment, and when leaving my room late at night (12 pm ~ 04 am) I usually face about 4 of these arthropods in the corridors: (For reference, the "line" in the image is ...
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Can swarming locusts act as a vector for any human pathogens?

What human pathogens can the locusts currently swarming in Africa act as a vector for? E.g. can the locust swarm 'become a reservoir for' SARS-CoV-2? Measles? Ebola?
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What are these lentil like eggs? (Utah, United States)

I've found these (what appear to be eggs) attached to an apple tree in central Utah USA. The eggs are less than 1/2cm in length, have a waxy appearance and are attached to the branch at one end. ...
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Will moth larvae pupate in response to food deprivation

Context: Trying to exterminate a clothes moth infestation. Supposing you have a room with clothes moths, or rather, with clothes moth eggs and larvae. Suppose then, that you remove all of the soft ...
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Why are two-winged animals much more common than four-winged?

In flying vertebrates, almost all have only two wings (with the exception of Microraptor and its close relatives). This makes some sense because you need some way to walk also, and a wing isn't very ...
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Identification of small black beetle with white dots

I live in France, I just found this small round insect. It looks like some sort of beetle about a mm long. It has 8 white dots on its sides. I found it on my arm while I was lying on my bed in the ...
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How to differentiate between Bombus lapidarius and Bombus wurfleini?

I am observing frequently different bumble bees in my garden (Austria prealpine-alpine region). One of them that I frequently saw is all black with red-orange abdomen (tail). From a very simple ...
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What kind of bee can dig through stone?

My house (in Israel) has a concrete structure, with a decorative veneer of Jerusalem Stone at least an inch thick. Yesterday I came out to discover a little hole in the wall - and a pair of bees ...
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Unable to identify bug/insect in house [duplicate]

I am not able to identify this bug/insect. I stay in Dubai and have been noticing this bug/insect in my apartment since a week now. It is so tiny that it's difficult to notice. The image below has ...
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Help me identify Grasshopper

I found this Grasshopper in Goa/India. It was about 2cm long. I suspect it is from Cataloipus genus or Gomphocerinae subfamily. Am i correct or it also seems to be juvenile from some other species?
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Identify this giant green moth(?) with great taste?

One evening in late February I sat down to eat dinner after a day of hiking in hills around New Taipei City and discovered that someone else shared my taste in clothes. A very large green moth-like ...
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Species Identification : Worm like insect but broad at back [duplicate]

Can anyone help me identify this insect Location: Southern India Size: About 2cm It looks like a worm but has a broad back, it seems like (not very sure) it tucks it's thin head inside the broad ...
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Are there any diseases that can harm and kill flies and mosquitoes? [closed]

For decades I have heard about how flies and mosquitoes carry diseases around and infect humans and indirectly kill them in mass numbers. Somehow these diseases do not appear to harm these insects, I ...
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What is this blue insect?

I found this insect in my garden It's the first time I see this insect, so I'm wondering what it is. It has blueish, purplish reflections, a head like an ant or wasp but it's the size of a thumb (4-...
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Advice on what to do with a pupa

I'm an amateur entomologist in an undergraduate ento class, and therefore have been creating a collection. I caught a caterpillar a couple of weeks ago and simply forgot about it and when I came back, ...
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Are mosquitoes attracted to blue lights in particular?

I've been confronting the fact since childhood that mosquitoes are attracted to lights, especially blue lights. Now I know that all insects including mosquitoes are attracted to bright light but I ...
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Why is the coremata of Creatonotos gangis huge?

This Australian moth has been some kind of curse image online due to its scent organs (coremata). It is inflated to attract mates. However, why does the coremata have to be inflated for it to work, ...
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What are these tiny insects? [duplicate]

I live in Italy (Emilia Romagna), and my house, seasonally in spring, is full of these guys, someone knows their name and if they could represent a problem? They are very tiny slightly less than 0,5 ...
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What type of insect is this found near Mountain View California? [closed]

This was taken in a hotel room in the Mountain View area of California. Size wise, it was pretty small, perhaps somewhere around an inch from left to right (not including antennae). My first instinct ...
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Insect Identification (badly damaged corpse)

The photo is of the insect in question in a strainer. The body of the insect is just over half an inch long. I see a separated wing cover and leg in the photo as well. My location is New Hampshire, ...
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Can the apparent drop in insect population be explained by local insects evolving to avoid traps?

In this widely reported Plos One article, it is stated that, after roughly 3 decades of placing Malaise traps in a set of predetermined locations (counting and replacing them regularly), a sharp ...
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Is there any disease in common between human and insects?

I am not asking about disease transferred by insects. I am wondering is there any disease that commonly make both human and insects sick?
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What Kind of Bug is This

I found this bug in southern Florida in February. It was approximately 1cm long or less, fully extended. What type of bug is this?
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Small Black Fly Identification

Could anyone help to identify the following small black fly please? Here is some relevant information which may help: Location: London, UK Length: ~5mm They are slow to react and drift lazily & ...
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Identifying this winged ant with big hind legs

I found this walking across my floor not too long ago. I am not sure if it is actually an ant, I just chose the best words I could find for the title. It has wings, but does not seem to ever fly. It ...
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Is this a bed bug

I'm moving into a new house. We have pretty much thrown out all of the bed furniture's and have not seen any bugs in the sheets or anything like that. But, while preparing for painting, I saw this ...
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What insect is this case from?

I found this insect case in my garden in the south of Melbourne (Australia), under some dried leaves from a tree that I'd cut down. It is 8 cm long, which is pretty big for an insect! The photo is of ...
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Are they bed bugs?

I found these two bugs. I know that my pictures are not fully clear, but could they be bed bugs? One was found on the wall between my bedroom door and the other one trap in a Cochrane trap beside my ...
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ID request ~2mm insect monstrosity

This tiny monstrosity (~2mm in length) was inside of some kind of "flat tent cocoon" on a pepper plant leaf in Washington state, USA. Not sure what's going on here. Is it malformed or infected?
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What insect is this? Found this at home, India

Found this insect in Kolkata India. Has a sting at its rear end. The wings are shiny.
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What is this insect? 6 legs and black spots

What is this bug? Details: - Georgia, (Southern) USA - Maybe 1-4cm in size - Seen near an open area/crack between an outer door-frame and door where it could have come from outside, or going from ...
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Can anyone (urgently) tell me if this is a bed bug

We just arrived in a place where a lot of people were living before. This is what we found on the mattress and we are curious to see if this is a bedbug, or some harmless species; To know if we go ...
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Could anyone please identify this Indian bug?

Photographed by a friend recently in central India. next to Panna Tiger Reserve.
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The emergence of Phengaris butterflies from ant nests

The butterflies of the Phengaris genus (also known as Maculinea) are known to be brood parasitic. During the fourth instar, the caterpillars leave their food plant and mimic ant larvae, causing the ...

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