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What is this creepy little thing that I found sticking on my bathroom wall?

I found this creepy looking thing hanging on my bathroom wall. This is actually the 2nd time I have seen it. The first one I saw looked kind of dried up already stuck in between the walls. But this ...
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identification request - medium size fly invasion

I have two invasions going on! the one here: identification request - tiny flies invasion and this one: We are in Berlin, Germany. This fly is 2.5mm long vs 1mm wide, and seems to like the dark and ...
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identification request - tiny flies invasion

Since they are tiny, this is the best photo I can do: We are in Berlin, Germany. It has become very hot outside and the flies have invaded us for the last couple days. The insect is about 1mm long, 0....
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ID request - larvae on potato plants

Several of these were on my potato plants in Washington state, USA. This one about 7mm in length, some were a bit larger. They were moving in an inchworm-like fashion, but only by touch - I don't ...
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What is this red orange insect with black dots found in Japan?

I searched with picture to Google, and they suggest it might be Fire-coloured beetle I also went through the list of insects from this page, http://www7a.biglobe.ne.jp/~yabuyama/koucyuumoku.html, it ...
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What is this Kenyan insect?

This insect was seen in Nairobi, Kenya. Underside is striped black and white. What is it?
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What is this moth doing on the ceiling (or wall), and could that be used as a suppression vector to infestation

This question is about the behavior (not identification) of very likely this species, and -- to be more curious and cover more bases if applicable -- about any similar behavior in the same family or ...
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What is this insect in Southern Colorado?

We have found this insect in a bit of a swarm on a concrete pad and on some insulation next to and around our greenhouse in which we have tomato plants. The insect is about 2mm wide at its widest, ...
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What is this insect? (Location: Bangkok, Thailand; found on a rambutan; size: 8 mm long, 4 mm wide; color: black)

What is this insect? (Location: Bangkok, Thailand; found on a rambutan; size: 8 mm long, 4 mm wide; color: black) On the rambutan: Videos: https://youtu.be/WwB0B_PdOT8 https://youtu.be/0DZ8nXcJIkI
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I would like help Identifying this insect

We found this in our house after coming in from outside but we are unsure if it came in on one of us (riding our coat) or was in our house before. We live in Massachusetts if that helps. We would like ...
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Identify this insect with a big “face” pattern on its brown fuzzy wings

Hiking in low mountains in northern Taiwan in early May I noticed that something seemed to be looking at me from the ground, and it turned out to be the pattern on an insect's wings. The wings are ...
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What is this moth?

I found this moth sitting on a flower of mine in northwestern Indiana. Anyone know what species this is?
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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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Bed bugs or something else?

me and my partner had itchy patches that looked like bites so we were scared we might have bed bugs and we found a bunch of these creatures behind the bed in between the frame and a concrete wall as ...
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Why exactly would a big, tropical, dangerous spider not thrive if imported to a “cold” climate location such as Sweden?

Whenever I have put forward the idea that somebody could capture a bunch of disgusting, huge spiders from Australia, fly them to Sweden and just let them out in the woods nearby houses, and they will ...
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Crickets with live babies

From what I understand of Crickets, they lay their eggs in dirt and hop away and that is their parenthood. But in the past month (since I moved into this apartment) I have found 1 adult cricket and ...
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What is the name of this insect? Is it venomous or possess any threat to human life if someone gets stung?

I found it in Northern part of India, on a mango tree. When I intended to move it away from home, it seems to bite like a snake with front part lifting like a king cobra. This insect is 6-7 inches ...
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Which beetle is this?

I'm curious to find out what kind of beetle this is. Google lens search suggested a type of longhorn beetle, but I am not convinced. The photo is taken in Karnataka, in India Thanks!!
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What insect is this? Looks like a spider but with six legs and long antennae

I've been spotting some of these insects in my house lately, they look like spiders but it seems like they have six legs and antennae instead of eight legs. Can someone tell me what insect is this? Is ...
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Identify this insect seen in a rural area in North India

During my stay at a village in Haryana, India, I noticed many of these grey-brown insects in my room. They spend most of their time crawling but occasionally fly too (for short distances—one metre to ...
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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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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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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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