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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 small black insect with an orange stripe?

Sorry for the poor quality of the second image, but a slightly different perspective may be useful. This was taken in South Africa, Western Cape during the day. They're fairly small, maybe around 5mm ...
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What type of moth is this , found in India?

This moth was seen in Bangalore, India .
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What is this hard shelled insect in my house?

I moved to a new city in west India last year and I've since, on several occasions, seen this insect on walls and it's usually climbing using its head. It has a greyish long shell and moves in a very ...
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Insect Egg Case, and if so, What Insect?

Observed this object today (early October) in Sabino Canyon, on the north side of Tucson AZ, in a riparian area. It's attached to a mesquite tree (Prosopis spp). It's attached to one side of the ...
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What are the appendeges behind a crane fly's wings?

I noticed that crane flies have strange appendages behind their wings. The appendages look like a pair of antenna or a pair of vestigial wings. In the following picture I marked these appendages with ...
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Identify this insect (looks like part of a tree)?

I found this insect and thought it was part of a tree at first, then it moved and so I knew it was an insect. I've never seen it before though so I am posting here hoping someone knows what it is. ...
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What bug is this? Manchester, UK

The creature appears to have a green body with 5 legs of the same size, and one longer than the rest. It moved this long leg around, and it looked like it was using it to sense it’s surroundings. ...
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Can anyone identify this insect from India?

Found this bug in Chennai. Curious to know what kind it is. Does it pose any danger?
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Why do some ant workers still wander at night?

As far as I have seen, the vast majority of workers in colonies of diurnal, non-nomadic species return to their nests and remain there at night. The colonies seem to forage largely during the day. ...
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Help me identify this Bug species

I found this insect in Pune/India. Its body size was less than 1 cm. It was near light source. I suspected it to be Juvenile Thread-legged Bug, but i am not sure. Is my suspicion right or is it some ...
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Species identification: 2.5mm (3/32“ or 1.5/8”) brownish ant in highrise apartment

Can anyone please identify this ant? In case it helps, 3 attempts of using Ortho Ant Bgon Max gel and bait has not helped. They 2 were administered 2 weeks apart. Apparently, it's basically borax ...
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Are these termites

Found a large number of these trapped between my window and the window frame. Are they termites? Location: Eastern Massachusetts, USA
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Is there an example of a species wherein the female lays eggs in the male?

There are of course many species which lay eggs in the bodies of another species and also many species where either the male is eaten after mating or the male dies soon thereafter. So it seems ...
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What is this grasshopper doing?

I spotted a grasshopper standing on a pavement with a long sting placed in asphalt. I also recorded a video of it moving: https://youtu.be/JoDdg2yUuYo What is it doing?
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Which species of millipede is this?

Location: Tirupati, Andhra Pradesh, India Found this millipede on the campus of my institute. Need the scientific as well as the common name. Any help would be greatly appreciated. It's about 5-6 cm ...
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Got stung by this flying bug in Death Valley and Arches, what is it?

We camped in Death Valley and these guys were attracted to light and ended up stinging us. Didn't hurt as bad as a bee Sting. Any ideas what they are? Couldn't find them doing a Google search or image ...
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Would wasps ever give up on defending their nest against live threat that ignores them?

When I accidentally disturbed a wasps' nest, it was an unpleasant experience. They got everywhere - under my clothes, in my hair etc. However, in the aftermath - since I'm not allergic to their ...
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What kind of larvae are these. Lots of them in the basement in the summer, crawling around on the floor and the walls

larvae crawl on basement floor. Some are also found on the first floor of the house. Lots of legs--I also thought they became "rolly polys" but never knew for sure what they were either.
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Identification of this bug or insect

I found this bug dead in my house in Mississauga, ON, Canada. I didn't have a ruler around so a regular toothpick was used to show the size. I'm thinking it's a pill bug but I want to make sure.
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What is this insect (Germany)? [duplicate]

It was hovering and in between it was very fast and hard to photograph. I'm not even sure if it is an insect? Photographed in Germany.
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a moth with silver and gold markings

i found a moth with silver and gold markings on its wings. i don't know if its rare or something but i couldn't find any pics of it on google. if it helps, it also has very small bits of pink fluff ...
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Cannot identify this insect

Can anyone please help identify this insect. It seems to be some sort of caterpillar but I'm stumped. Location is in Suffolk, United Kingdom Length is around 1cm, width is perhaps 4 or 5mm. Image ...
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Europe: big fly with black/yellow striped body: I'm guessing a horse fly?

This one made a summer night visit to the room and tried to escape by banging against the ceiling. What is it? I found nothing which corresponds, though "horse fly" might be a close match. Location: ...
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Will modern-day insects grow to massive size in a high-oxygen environment?

It's a reasonably well-known fact that insects grew to massive sizes due to the excessive concentration of oxygen in the prehistoric-Earth's atmosphere. If one were to try to recreate this high-...
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Parasite? or a possible home infestation?

I found this bug on my bed tonight. It's smaller than a sesame seed. 6 legs and 2 antenna. Is this causing my dog and I to itch? Should I be concerned?
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How can I control or anticipate the time that a caterpillar spends in its chrysalis?

My young daughter caught a caterpillar (pararge aegeria, to my non-expert eye) and we put it in a breathable jar with leaves, kept indoors in England. (Current climate is around 14-19 degrees Celcius ...
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What type of butterfly or moth is this?

Can anyone please determine if this is a moth or butterfly and what its name? We found it near a waterfall in the Philippines. There's actually a bunch of them and it seems that it's their natural ...
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What species is this burrow-digging insect?

These are frames from a recent recording: Location Urban area in Central Europe. Abiotic factors at the time of recording Temperature = 27° Humidity = 51% Wind = 16 km/h Description Approximate ...
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Is the chitin in an insect's exoskeleton cross-linked?

This answer to the question How to clean and preserve a cicada's molted exoskeleton (exuvia)? states: The exuvia is made of cross-liked chitin, and will not decay. You don't need any special ...
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Which species of bee or wasp are in this photo?

Please tell me what do you think :) The photo is from Santander, Colombia. I didn’t take any closeups photos 😞, but these were little bees, like 5 x 1 mm. The tube didn’t seem man-made, it was ...
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How does Brachygastra mellifica honey differs from Apis mellifera honey?

I need help in a reserach paper. I'm writting about bee's and wasp's honey and how do they differ in amout of glicose, taste (that's usually down to the flowers that they snack on), if it's made (and ...
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What are the differences between mammal and insect digestion of cellulose?

I know that digestion of cellulose is difficult in mammals and requires a lot of steps. But I am fascinated by the idea of one day achieving human digestion of cellulose. Which got me thinking about ...
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What is the name of this bug?

I found this bug in my garden in India this morning.
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What are some examples of animals who return to their group when threatened?

Based on my (limited) understanding, some types of animals use the power of numbers for protection. I assume, then, some species instinctively respond to threat by immediately seeking out and joining ...
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Leaf formation on unknown tree: cocoon or something else?

A small tree in my yard has leaves which appears to double over themselves. The first two pictures show this phenomena, and the third is the same tree to maybe aid identification. I can't absolutely ...
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Can you identify this insect (orange back, 6 legs)?

Found a couple of them in central europe on a zucchini plant (in august). They are about a centimeter in size. Tried looking for insect with orange back and 6 legs but no result. [EDIT from comment]...
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What is the name of this insect?

This insect was found in my garden in India, today evening. It's rainy season here.
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I can't Identify this “bug” that seems attached to fresh cut wood

I'm a very amateur entomologist (I'm actually just an old fat hippie that loves all critters). I don't have any chops here, but I swear I've done my due diligence and tried to figure this out. I'm ...
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What is this giant insect that just bounced off a second-floor glass door?

At about 11 pm, I heard a loud impact on the nearby glass door to a second-floor balcony. I thought it might be an acorn but it'd be a very unlikely angle - it'd have to be thrown from below or be a ...
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Is this a bedbug? (with picture)

I had some potentially infested clothing (and shoes) in a bathtub, and just after I bagged them to wash, I spotted this little fellow running away. I put it in a plastic food container and snapped a ...
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Predatory insect - what kind?

I've seen several of these insects near my house in southeast Michigan this summer, including the one seen here feeding on a green bottle fly. What are they?
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What is this hairy, striped orange-black caterpillar?

There are so many these hairy, striped orange-black caterpillars in my backyard. What are these caterpillars? Are these dangerous?
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Does a wasp inject venom or can it deposit it on skin to give a sting affect?

I have been stung 4 times in 8 days by what I think are some kind of spider wasps ( there are thousands of different ones) , I just get a glimpse as they fly away. There was no warning, I felt no ...
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What are the various types of plugs found in a bee house and how do they help us with identification?

I have a Mason bee house with small tubes that is currently buzzing with life but I am completely clueless about what's in there. Some plugs seem made of clay, some of crushed leaves, some of resin, ...
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How to clean and preserve a cicada's molted exoskeleton (exuvia)?

I found a good quality molted exoskeleton (exuvia) of a cicada, about 3-4 cm long on the ground. I'm amazed at the completeness and detail, the exit hole is in the center of the back and you hardly ...
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Blinded sphinx first instar caterpillars not eating

I've got several freshly-hatched Blinded Sphinx Moth caterpillars (ID'd the mother), but they don't seem interested in any of the host plants I've offered. I had birch and basswood ready, and so far ...
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Is this a roach or a beetle?

I'm pretty sure it's a beetle due to the lines on it's back/rear but I'm not positive and if I'm wrong I need to take action quickly. Thanks in advance :)
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Larva of Halyomorpha halys?

I just found these small insects on a Saponaria. After search, it could be Halyomorpha halys, but I am really not sure. Can anyone confirm? If so, should I kill them as they are considered as ...
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What species of wasp is this? And how to get rid of them?

Yesterday while moving a chair in my garden I got stung by a group of wasps. During the night I went hunting for their nests and managed to neutralize 3 of them: one was in the chair's legs, about the ...
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Can anyone identify this bug I keep finding on my window sill? [duplicate]

These bugs are very small, but can vary from brown as seen in the picture to almost a white-ish/translucent appearance. I reckon they are 1mm in size.