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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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Common House Spider got shrunked and appeared lifeless when touched by water

I was trying to save a house spider which was on my water tub, it was desperately trying to move out of the tub but due to the smooth surface couldnt manage, the tub was wet but not filled with water ...
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Insect identification in california

I’ve recently been seeing this insect on the front of house all of a sudden and don’t know what it is. Any help would be great I’m in north California,San Francisco It’s around 1/4” big Thanks in ...
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Identification of this humpbacked, brown, clawed insect climbing up my wall?

I noticed several of these guys outside, all in a vertical position clinging to a wall. I didn't come to them too closely, but my immediate reaction was that they are scorpions. I thought that maybe ...
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Insect Identification - Black Cicada

I came across a black cicada in northwest Missouri last week (May 2015). I am only familiar with brown cicadas. What makes this black one different? Is it a different species, or do the brown cicadas ...
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Want to know about a creature which bite me

I am Sachin from MP India. Few minutes back I have gotten bite by a creature. What is its name? Is it harmful if I got bitten by it? Feeling little pain there.
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Insect identification request : is it any species from muscidae family or some another?

I belong to Haryana , India Sudden I found this type of insect in my classroom and it stung me suddenly because ,I felt itching in my hand for about 15 mins , so please tell me, is it poisonous or not ...
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Female mosquito fate in absence of food

What happens to female mosquitoes which want to lay egg but couldn't find mammal host for blood, will that mosquito simply die, if no mammals in area would mosquitoes will be absent too?
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Can anyone identify this please?

I found this in a toilet in the UK. Any ideas what it is please? Thanks
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Is this also a carpenter ant?

I live in Dayton, Ohio. I've found large-ish ants in my kitchen, and I'm wondering if they're carpenter ants. I realize there's been a few questions about carpenter ant identification, but in my ...
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Queen ant identification

I'm planning to start an artificial ant nest and I'd like to learn something about this specific species of ant that I captured in central Colorado. Could you tell what kind of queen is that? Is ...
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What is this arthropod? (found in Lapland - Finland)

I found this arthropod climbing the wall of my room in Lapland, Finland. (the max width is about 0.5 cm) What is it? Is it dangerous?
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Claim in article about why insects are attracted to light

In this article they are addressing the reason insects are attracted to light when they say Heat radiation as an attractive component is refuted by the effect of LED lighting, which supplies ...
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Will “ground hornets” come back to the same place after winter?

We recently moved into a new house and when we mowed the yard we were being stung by these huge hornets. We couldn’t find anyone to remove them and I am terrified they are going to come back this year....
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Identification of an insect found near the Rhine, Germany

It was about 2-3cm long It has two small wings and 6 legs
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What are these small, indoor bugs?

I live in Switzerland and have noticed these small bugs appear in my bedroom, either slowly crawling on the parquet flooring, lazily buzzing around or dead on my windowsill (as pictured): I'm not ...
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Are these little white fuzzy insects "scale"? What species and what is their lifecycle like?

These appeared on three small, similar houseplants I bought about a month earlier at a nursery. There were dozens. I physically removed a few and just pruned stems that had many, and put the clippings ...
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How could a water boatman bug get in a place with no water?

I built a pond in my backyard. Before I even topped it off, I started finding water boatman (Corixidae) swimming in there. Note that the nearest body of water from my home is 30 miles away, and its ...
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Is this an asian hornet

My mother found a hornet at home (in northern France) that is probably building a nest. Is that an asian hornet? If yes, how can I exterminate them?
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Why do ants dig surface paths?

A few days ago I observed a corridor built and used by ants that went over a path in fields: Why do they build it? It seems it doesn't bring any considerable protection from the surrounding ...
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Does my dracaena marginata have spider mites?

I'm trying to determine if my dracaena marginata has spider mites. A little history about the plant: I got it about 5 months ago and it seemed to be an outdoor plant with the previous owner. Since ...
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What type of ants are these?

I live in NYC and these fellas started popping out near my computer screen and desk. They don't seem interested in food as my sister usually leaves candy wrappers around. They however are stinky, I ...
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Spider ID: What is this?

This crawled on my husband. It didn’t bite him, he was able to swat it away so that’s why it looks a little messed up. I honestly just want to know if this is poisonous. We live in AZ, Goodyear area ...
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What are the three dots (eyes?) on the top of this wasp's head? What species might it be?

I photographed these (unidentified) wasps on a sunny but cool winter day in northern Taiwan because they were conspicuously hanging out on a hand railing and had much lighter coloring than I'd ever ...
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Why do wasps have "wasp waists"? What's been optimized?

I photographed these (unidentified) wasps on a sunny but cool winter day in northern Taiwan because they were conspicuously hanging out on a hand railing and had much lighter coloring than I'd ever ...
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Can anyone identify this bug please [duplicate]

We had just gotten a new kitten from a not great home. It was her second night here, and she was laying on my chest when I noticed that where she had been lying on me was really really itchy. When I ...
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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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What are Palomena prasina doing in my home?

I live in eastern Europe, and every autumn, ever so often a Palomena prasina flies inside my home. I have an avocado plant that I put them on to live - I currently have 5 of these on my plant However, ...
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Insect Identification Request -- brown and white flea-like bug

So for context, this is a bug I found on the leaf of one of my young ginger plants, which I found a few days after watering. I have a few other tropical plants next to it, like a vanilla bean orchid --...
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What kind of insect appears in this photo?

For months my wife has been commenting about a white substance spontaneously appearing on black clothes. Under magnification, the substance appears to possibly be eggs. As you can see, the image shows ...
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Good source for current taxonomic keys

I’ve recently taken back up my interest in entomology and taxonomy. I used to be a biologist, but have long since moved to another field to make my way. I realize that all of my taxonomic keys 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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Caterpillar(?) in Leaf Cocoon identification - Missouri

A small chunk of leaves fell off of a potted tomato plant. We noticed our cats taking an interest in it once it started moving. Then a little caterpillar poked its head out. What kind of bug is this ...
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Is continuous exposure to blue light lethal for mosquito larvae?

I have been observing developing mosquito larvae since 2 days and I saw, while exposing my laser light of blue colour to it, that it becomes unstable on exposure to blue light. Thus, I wish to ask, ...
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What kind of moth is this? Why does it have a stinger?

Unfortunately, the moth died before I could photograph it. The body length is approximately 2-3Inches. It was much bigger than the moths I usually see. And this is the first moth that I have seen ...
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Water consumption of the average housefly

So, I have this question: How much water does the common fly consume in its lifetime? I was able to find the following facts: Born from swine waste under 40% (waste to water ratio) Lifespan of 15-25 ...
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I have a fruit fly problem

I've add fruit flies raising a garden every year I am very familiar with them and how to kill them. But twice now I have killed one by smashing it and upon doing so two little tiny bugs or crawling on ...
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Name this insect

This is the monsoon season and some black insects are flying in my house. They have a very bad smell. Does anyone know what is the name of that insect, including English and Hindi name?
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Help identifying insect

I live in Milan, Italy in the city center. I started seeing this insect in August after a long vacation. In this periods the temperature inside the house went up to 36°C (temperatures here range from -...
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Can a grasshopper jump with so much force that it could rip its leg off if it was stuck?

I live in Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA and I have noticed something interesting while walking and longboarding the many miles of paths of trails in the city. Grasshoppers seem to get stuck quite ...
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What is happening to this moth cocoon?

We 'adopt' a catepillar each year and this year I believe we have a Buff Ermine Moth. It seemed healthy and created a woven cocoon. It was at this point that I found out these moths overwinter. We put ...
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Insect with long neck—what is it?

I found this insect in Fish Haven, Idaho (right next to Bear Lake) in June and think it’s absolutely fascinating: If you can’t tell from the picture, it’s a few centimeters in length—very thin with a ...
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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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Insect identification request - Is this a bed bug? Colorado, USA [duplicate]

I found three of these bugs in our friends house all dead. I never found an alive one… But I’ve been waking up with bites in the breakfast lunch and dinner pattern. I want to confirm they are bedbugs ...
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Ladybug: Number of spots

I'm interested in Ladybugs. I read a lot about the number of spots of ladybugs. The number seems to be between 0 and 24, but as far as I can see, not every number in between exist. Up to now, I found ...
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Why do some insects which are able to fly unusually do it when they are threatened?

I have killed cockroaches and beetles several times in my house. Sometimes I miss the insects and they run fast, but they don't fly most of the time. Even when I touch a beetle it just continues its ...
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Behavioural experiment on Nasonia Wasps

I want to see how two male Nasonia vitripennis interact with each other. I have been using enamel paint on their heads to distinguish them, but I am wondering if any other methods of marking them ...
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Database of insect sounds

I was thinking last night as I laid listening to the loud insects at night here in Georgia, that I wanted to be able to hear the bug sounds people listen to all over the world. Could not find much ...
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Transfecting cocoon or chrysalis

Do you know whether anybody tried to transfect insects during their cocoon/chrysalis stage, and if so do you have a link to such studies? I was thinking it would be easier to do given that it's a more ...
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Having a lot of trouble identifying this insect

It was found in central Alabama
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Is this bug a termite?

Noticed this bug on my kitchen floor, and am wondering whether it is a termite: I have a video of it crawling too, but don't see how to upload video here. Edit: Regarding scale: it is small, perhaps ...

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