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

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What is this tiny black insect?

Found this in our garden in Kuching, Sarawak, MALAYSIA. It is dark, hairy and measures 3-4 mm.
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Honeybee relatedness: workers and nephews

This is my first question on this site. If anyone could help me get to the bottom of it, I would be very grateful. I am currently working on a lecture on kinship in animals. It goes without saying, ...
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What is this black hairy tiny insect?

Found this in our garden. I am from Sarawak, Malaysia. It measures 3-4mm
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What is the name of this red and blue striped spider (?) - Brazil, Rio de Janeiro

Anyone knows the name of this thing? I found it in our bathroom. It is maybe 10-15 mm. It looks like a spider but the colors left me puzzled
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What is this textile-eating insect?

I have noticed some damage to clothes and suspect that I have a cloth-eating insect of some sort. I found remains similar to this on a few of the items in my closet in Texas. Is it perhaps a molted ...
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Can someone help me identify this insect

We found this insect in the basement of a friends house. It is about 1 inch in size. My friend lives in Canada
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How do eusocial insect colonies recover from being nearly wiped out?

For example, if a critical percentage of a hive's gathering units were somehow killed at once to the point that the rest of the hive, which was relying on the amount they could gather, would quickly ...
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What attracts mosquitos?

I'm trying to build a DIY solution for Mosquito Incinerator, something which would attract these insects and kill them. However, I am still stuck at the biology part of the problem: What exactly ...
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Help me identifiy this insect

I found this insect in Pune/India. It looked like a fly, and it was running over a leaf. Size is about 2mm-3mm. Is it juvenile of some fly species or is it not even a fly?
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What is the name of this tiny spider?

Found this spider on the flower bud in my garden. It measures about 5mm. I am from Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia.
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Firefly mating displays

I live in the northeast US, and really enjoy firefly displays at dusk in the summer. However, when paying attention this summer, I noticed that the fireflies were not displaying every night, but ...
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Scots pine (Pinus sylvestris) resin

Is resin? (solid) from Pinus sylvestris toxic to Arthropods ?
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Can you please help me identify this insect?

I have been trying to get rid of this bug and need help to identify it. I found this in my bedroom first. I don't think this is a bed bug as I saw it fly. It is black with some white spots on it. ...
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Insect identification request - Is this a bed bug?

I live in Spain and today I found several of these in my son's jacket. I am afraid they are bed bugs nymphs because last year we had a bedbug epidemic in some neighborhood houses. The insect in the ...
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What insect is this with 'horn' at the side?

Found this interesting insect hiding behind the thin branch of flower (the diameter of the branch is 3-4mm) in my garden in Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia
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Is this a tick? [closed]

My dog has been vomiting today and I recently found this insect/arachnid near his dog bowl. Since vomiting is one of the symptoms of a tick bite, I am concerned that this insect/arachnid is a tick. ...
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Can trichoptera and lepidoptera be distinguished with the naked eye?

Are there any tell-tale signs which one could use to distinguish adult trichoptera from lepidoptera? To me, trichoptera just look like moths: One method would presumably be to touch its wings and see ...
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What bug is this? I found several in my flat and I have no idea

what kind of insect is this? is it a moth larvea or a carpet bug?
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insect paralysis in response to predator echolocation frequency

I remember a case in which some insect had evolved an adaptation in response to a predator's (bat's?) echolocation frequency. In mid-flight, it's wing muscles would become paralyzed and it would ...
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What insect is this with furry wings?

Found this on the wall of my house in Kuching, Sarawak, MALAYSIA It is a tiny black triangular shaped insect.
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Are some people more 'attractive' to mosquitos? If so, is that a hereditary trait?

Mosquitos clearly love me-- but I have been told I am just more reactive to mosquito bites. Are some people more 'attractive' to mosquitos (get bit more)? Or is it just that they are more reactive? If ...
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Why doesn't evolutionary pressure turn common household bugs white? [duplicate]

If household bugs (ants, houseflies, spiders, etc) were white in color instead of black, they would be much harder to spot and hence squish, since they would blend into the white walls of most houses ...
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What does the hornet do on the ivy blossoms?

We've got blooming ivy growing around a tree. Since several weeks lots of hornets have been whirring in the foliage and I wonder whether they want to feed on insects that are lured by the blossoms or ...
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UK insect identification

15-20mm long. Brown legs, head, casing/wings (no flight witnessed). Black body with protruding back part. Long antennae. Very fast running speed. Seemingly keenly aware of surroundings. Is this some ...
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Is this long black insect with semi-long antennae and a large segmented abdomen caught in the kitchen a larva or an imago? And what is it?

This is in Northrhine Westfalia in Germany/Europe: we have those large longish and comparatively flat bugs (taking my hand below the plastic as reference, it should be about 4cm or 1 5/8in in length) ...
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natural characteristics of insects used as human disease model

In this paper [1], the author found that the autism-related genes are conserved between honey bee and human. Thus, this paper providing a means to further explore sociobiology theory. In my opinion, ...
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Small flying insects gathering around the pot flowers

Recently I spotted relatively small flying insects gathering around the pots inside my flat. There are smaller than fruit flies, probably around 1mm - 2mm long, blackish, and fly somewhat erratically....
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Surface area : Volume Ratio

I just have a quick question. I am currently studying for a test and I am confused as to what my book is saying. On the first page when learning about the gas exchange of insects it states that the ...
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What is this and is it dangerous?

Is this some type of moth, it looks dangerous is it? I have only seen something like this once before. Thank you for any information you can give me.
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Is the “Manhattan Ant” a new species; still only found in Manhattan's Upper West Side?

I've stumbled upon the viewing.nyc article Upper West Side Has Its Own Ant Species Dubbed the "ManhattAnt" which says: Columbia University biologist Rob Dunn has discovered a unique species of ant ...
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Are wasps attracted to UV light emissions?

I remember seeing a documentary where it was shown that bees and wasps are attracted to UV components of a flower colour (please correct me if I am wrong). Does this mean that they could be attracted ...
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Insect identification request. Long anteni. Grasshopper legs

Found in solo cup used to catch drips from toilet valve. East coast of U.S.
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Are these two same insects?

These guys are infesting my place. I searched through this site and came to know that they are cloth moths. All these days I used to see the left one type in the image. Recently I started to get the ...
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Can anyone identify this insect larvae please?

I found thus tiny creature in my shower its about 19mm in length with a see through body and moves much like a caterpillar.
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I found these in my bathroom and WC

Are they somehow dangerous? What are they and how can I get rid of them?
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Identification of Jumping Spider Species

I found this jumping spider (Salticidae family) in Pune/India. Most common species of jumpers in my region is heavy-bodied jumper (Hyllus semicupreus), but this is different species by observing body ...
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Larva attacking frog ? Guide about this

The above picture was taken in western forest of India where a larva attached itself to a frog neck. What is it and how it will effect the frog?
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Please give information about this insects

I took this photo of a small insect which I found near to my house (Maharashtra state, India). What insect is this?
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How plausible is it that pesticides and mosquito spraying is affecting insect populations?

I live in Massachusetts and I notice that there are a lot fewer bugs than when I was a child. 40 years ago if you drove around for 4 or 5 hours in the summer the grill of your car would collect a ...
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What species of butterfly is this? Picture taken on 9-18-2018, near Helena, Mt

Butterfly picture taken on the 18th of September 2018 at an elevation of 1800 meters (6,000 feet) near Mount Helena in Montana, USA.
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What’s this bug? Sign of an infestation? Found crawling up the side of my washing machine. [WA]

Just spotted this bug on the side of my washing machine after putting some dirty clothes in the hamper and transferring a damp load to the dryer. I’m hoping it came in from outside somehow, and isn’t ...
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What kind of red/green/black, spiny caterpillar is this?

It's red and lime green with black on its back and a few white spots as well. Found in Tulsa, Oklahoma (USA).
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What is this larvae?

Saw these tiny silk cocoons on the wall inside my house next to some dead plants and I'm wondering what they are. Size of them is about 1/10th of a finger nail
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What kind of species is this (looks like egg of insect) [closed]

So I moved into a new PG (paying guest accommodation) and inside the almirah (cupboard), I found lots of egg like things. They are not moving, and size is comparable to normal ants. They are ...
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Want to know which insect it is? I often found it in washroom. Is it dangerous and how to control it

This insect found in the wash room. Its so fast and disappears once someone enters the washroom. Is it dangerous? Whats name of this insect. How to control this insect
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Help me identify this Beetle sp?

I observed many beetles like this in Pune/India in the beginning of rainy season. It was dark green in color with white spots and not too much shiny like many other beetles. Size is about 2cm to 3cm.
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What kind of spider is this? I have never seen one like this before

This was on my butterfly bush yesterday with a moth by the neck. I have never seen one like this before. Just wondering what the name is. This is in southern Illinois.
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Help identifying a fly by its remains

I recently hiked in a swampy forest in the Yaroslavl region(Eastern Europe) near lake Plesheevo and came across a clearing. Although the area was swampy and verdant, there was a 5 meter wide "bald ...
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Worm in water identification help

I live in Auckland New Zealand. I have been growing Chia seeds in bowls with just water. I noticed after a couple of weeks, these white / transparent worms appeared in the bowl. It seemed that they ...
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Identify this bug (which looks like a cross between a beetle and a bed bug)

I am located in a large Eastern European city. During this summer, a new kind of bug has started appearing in my house (or more specifically, coming into my house from the garden). It's about 1.5-2 cm ...