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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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As U.N. like orgs suggesting to consume edible insects [on hold]

Articles saying insects are rich in protein and many other useful constituents.how can this food improve our health?Can these insects be cooked deliciously?
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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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Ant or termite?

I've seen quite a few of these bugs on my kitchen counter and bathroom counter in past weeks. A few weeks ago, I left Ortho Ant B Gon Max gel droplets under the top of the counter in the kitchen, ...
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What species is this burrow-digging insect?

Hi Biology StackExchange, 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 ...
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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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What are these flies, and what are they doing? [Warning: Kinda gross]

I live in the countryside in coastal Denmark, and I have a few cats. One of them is "selectively housebroken" and sometimes poops beside the litterbox, rather than in it. He did so recently. This year,...
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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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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.
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what will be the effect of cockroach bite?

I know the cockroaches are creepy for humans. But I want to know why humans are afraid of cockroaches and what will be the effect of there bite on my body. Can I touch them or if they walk over my ...
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What kind of spider is this? First time I have ever seen one

This was taken 07/06/19 in Cape Breton, NS, Canada. I would say that it is about an inch (2.5 cm) in length and seemed to be pretty uniformly grey. The belly was the same colour as the legs, it had a ...
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Why does bed bugs not carry disease?

Whenever I look up this topic, all I get is articles that say "Bed bugs don't carry disease...", but they never explain why? Is it something in their saliva that kills microbes? Something in their ...
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Insect identification, UK, 07-19

Can anyone identify this insect found in the North East of the United Kingdom, July 2019. About 3-4cm long. Could this be a wood wasp? Thanks.
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Bug Identification: Tiny Bugs in Fairport NY

We have been finding a ton of these tiny bugs (pin head size or smaller) outside on our patios, outdoor tables, on the grill, etc. What are they and how do we get rid of them?
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What kind of weird little insect is this?

What kind of insect is this? I found it in my work room. I live in the city of São José dos Campos, São Paulo, Brazil
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Bug larvae identification

anybody know what this might be, found in my bed. Pennsylvania, USA . Thanks
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Identify round, green, flying insect with spikes in South Carolina (USA)

The tables have turned -- I need some help IDing an insect: I've been unable to identify an insect that I came across about 6 years ago in South Carolina (USA). We were doing a vegetation survey in ...
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What bug is this

Found in Mojave county Az. It was in my home. I have a cat. Real small about 1/8 inch
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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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Is this a Zelus luridus?

I found this little bug on my bed and I got curious to know what it was, I did some researches and then I noticed that it is very similar to Zelus Nymph but I can't be sure of it. Can you confirm it? ...
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What animal is this? A bee? red mason bee? (Bee-like with brown/orange fur)

The picture was taken at the Bodensee (Lake Constance) in Southwestern Germany in June 2019. I tried to Google "Bee with brown fur", but the only thing that came up was a red mason bee, and the ...
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What kind of insect does chirp like this?

I live in Japan. Recently I hear chirp coming from Wisteria floribunda at every night. Please check this sound that I uploaded for this question.
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What is this insect in a cocoon climbing a web?

I found this thing hanging from the framework of my garage yesterday: The size of the object in the picture was about .75 inches tall by maybe a quarter inch wide. This was taken yesterday in a ...
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How to get ants/termites to attack

I am working on ant resistant coatings that are meant to make a material resistant to ants or chewing through them. The question is - how do I get ants to attack the material? I have considered ...
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Why is there a weevil on top of a beetle?

A click beetle was walking around and there is a weevil on top of it. Any idea why? I would also like to know the exact species of these insects. ! Time: 18:50, place: Netherlands / Noord-Hollands ...
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Can anyone identify this tiny insect?

Very high magnification, size of a very small ant. Found in Menorca, spain
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Species identification please - Bug is a plague for Italian Stone Pines (Pinus Pinea)

They hangout on the top of Pinus pinea and spray a sticky substance all over the place. Size is about 2mm (head and abdomen) may be 4mm including antennae and legs. Could you please help me identify ...
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Will daily sweeped ants eventually learn their path is a dead-end?

An ant colony (likely Lasius niger) made its way through one of our rooms, literally. That is, they enter by a door and leave by the other, and vice versa. Some carry eggs, but in both ways, so I'm ...
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What type of maggots are these?

After leaving some hot dogs out in the sun at a pool party, we brought them inside and refrigerated them. I took them out today without thinking and microwaved them. When I put them on my plate, I ...
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What species of worm is this? Found in underwear on Ecuador coast

My wife found this worm in her underwear this morning when she woke up. It wasnt attached to her or anything. About 4-5 inches long. Redish in color and slightly see through, meaning you could sort ...