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Tiny bug in Amman-Jordan

I saw this bug many times in my room this spring. Can any one help identifying it?!
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Tiny dark-colored bug ID in Amman-Jordan

I live in Amman-Jordan and I keep finding this bug species on my walls. I saw four till now on the walls of another room. A little bit bigger than the first one. Click on all photos to open full-...
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Tiny light-colored bug ID in Amman-Jordan [duplicate]

Can you please help me identify this bug I keep finding inside my home in Amman-Jordan. Mostly on the wall and once on the bed sheet. Too small to be noticed and too light colored. I used my flash ...
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Do flies avoid infrared light?

If flies avoid IR light, many places can be kept free from flies using IR light. We see insect repellers in many restaurants, but they don't seem to work well. Can IR be a safe & effective ...
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Have there been any efforts to release opossums as a biological control against ticks?

There's plenty of examples of people recognizing opossums as a great ally in controlling tick populations (here's one example). However, I can't find any examples of opossums being intentionally ...
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What is this bug I squished? [duplicate]

I noticed this insect scratching around underneath my desk. When it scurried out and I saw its size -- about 2 inches in length -- I startled and put my shoe down on it. What is it? Is this more ...
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How would a biologist handle the great emu war?

How would a biologist handle the great emu war? The Great Emu War, was a nuisance wildlife management military operation undertaken in Australia over the latter part of 1932. Wikipedia states the ...
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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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What moth is this and how do we get rid of them?

This bugs are everywhere in my house and we've tried so many home remedies, but they won't leave. Can anyone help us!?
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Do mosquitos vary in toxicity?

I already had a question about dealing with mosquitos: Really virulent mosquitos - dealing with them and their bites But this question is about whether they really do vary in virulence and toxicity. ...
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Gypsy Moth Caterpillar Behavior

I have recently done a fair amount of online research about gypsy moth caterpillars and sources I looked at say that older caterpillars feed on the trees primarily during the night and drop down and ...
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Is this a worm or snake?How to get rid of it?

Hi! I found this thing in my bathroom. I killed it but still it's friends keep on reappearing. It moves slowly , is it a snake? How can i get rid of them? I live in Mumbai, India. It's rainy season ...
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Please help me to identify this creature, is it harmful and possible solution of how to get rid of these in my house

Please help me to identify this creature, is it harmful and possible solution of how to get rid of these in my house. Please forgive me for bad image quality, some of these have white dot at the back(...
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What attacked my peach tree?

Help me please! I have to get rid of these!
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How is (Insect) population control through male sterilization effective

This is no doubt a simple question. I was reading about Sterile Insect Technique where sterile males out-compete non-sterile ones to mate with females and thus reduce the population. My question ...
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This strange looking thing was on the leaf, can you identify what this is?

I found this today on one of the plant that I grow in the container at home. I cannot identify what kind of insect it is.
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Help in identifying crusty formation on Eucalyptus leaves

I am working with the plant species Eucalyptus perriniana (spinning gum) for one of my research projects. A few days into the experiment, I noticed some crusty deposits forming on several leaves (as ...
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Pest on fenugreek

I need help identifying this pest on a fenugreek leaf. It is very common Maharashtra and Karnataka (India), and probably other states as well. Some of the leaves in the fenugreek bunches bought in the ...
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What type of Insect Egg is this?

Can you please tell me what type of insect eggs these are? I found them in the corners of my office kitchen behind boxes and cardboard. Found them in between the broom bristles. Found them along the ...
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Is this not a moth?

I apologise for the terrible photographs. I tried many times and can not shoot better ones. I came back from vacation and moths (I assume) came creeping out of two packages containing oatmeal and ...
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Debug Fresno; why are the released mosquitos said to be sterile?

I saw in the news that Verily Life Sciences will participate in an experimental release of sterile male aedes aegypti mosquitos in Fresno, California. Aedes aegypti is considered an invasive species ...
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What insect is this?

Is this a cockroach? Thanks in advance for your kind help.
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Species identification - what kind of worm is this?

I am finding these worms in my bathroom since summer arrived. I have been finding these on floor, walls and damp towel I left hung overnight in bathroom couple of times. When these worms are squished, ...
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Will charged water ions sprayed onto plants keep insects off?

I had stumbled on an article about a Dutch firm that devised an irrigation system that used mist of ionized water droplets that they claim keeps insects away from the plants. This break through would ...
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Apple-seed-sized black bug, not very leggy - (Canada) [closed]

Can anyone identify this bug: I'm in Toronto (Canada), 9th floor of a highrise building. Most of the apartment is wall-to-wall carpeting, though the kitchen, entrance, and washroom are tiled.
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What is the impact of the invasiveness of the European Starling in North America?

Currently there is a campaign to eradicate the European Starling from North America because of its threat to other species. Are there actual data regarding the extent of the ecological risk to native ...
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What's this black, white and orange beetle?

Found in Toronto Canada. Maybe 1-2 mm long but I'm not a good judge of measurements. Should I be concerned it has friends? I've dealt with carpet beetle larvae in several homes over 7 years and an ...
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What are these caterpillars eating a potato plant?

I saw these caterpillars rapidly consuming a potato plant in Central Texas: They have thin, dark green-blue bodies with yellow-white longitudinal stripes and a bright rust-red head. Their body seems ...
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I found a bug on my bedroom floor. Is this a bedbug?

I found this insect on my bedroom floor. I'm worried. I hope this is not a bed bug. Size: 3-4 mm
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Insect identification - Is this a bedbug?

This bug was found on a couch in Cape Girardeau, Missouri. The couch, and the two beds in the room show no signs of other bugs. Is this a bed bug that I should worry about or something harmless? It ...
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Cocoon like bug on exterior walls south florida

Can anyone tell me what this is? One side of my house has 30 to 40 of them. when I try to pick them off they leave either brown spots or fibers from the cocoon. Is there anyway to deter them?
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What happened to the gypsy moth epidemics in the Northeast US?

I remember that back in the 1980s, 1980-1984, gypsy moths were a veritable plague in the Northeast United States. They were literally everywhere. Sidewalks were covered with their squashed bodies (of ...
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what is this ant-sized black insect? [closed]

I have found these tiny ant-sized black bugs on the floor that are a little hard to kill; I have to hit them with so much force otherwise they stick to the back of my sandals alive! or i have o ...
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What is the contribution of the cockroach to the ecological environment?

I've read a lot about cockroaches but was unable to find how they contribute to the ecological environment. Does anyone know?
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How to calculate the number of sterile insects that must be released in SIT?

The sterile insect technique (SIT) is used to control insect pests through overwhelming the population in sterile males. The increase in sterile males released into an environment causes the increase ...
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Are Sciomyzidae fit to combat snails?

I read that Sciomyzidae are also called snail-killing flies, which immediateley made me think: "I need those"! Questions: Are they really fit to control snail over-population in my garden? and if ...
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Questions about insects eating flour and living in the cracks of a wooden cutting boards

I have a large wooden cutting board which is used in my kitchen mainly for preparing egg pasta. The wood type is Populus (poplar or aspen or cottonwood). The main ingredients used with the cutting ...