Questions tagged [species-identification]

Questions looking to find the name of a specific organism. Please include as much information as possible on location/habitat, size/characteristics and behavior. Ideally, you should provide images.

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What kind of skull is this-I found it on the beach in Cape May

I am hoping someone can help identify this skull! We found it on the beach in Cape May. The skull size is about 4 inch in length. Thank you.
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Is this aquatic plant duckweed or something else?

This plant has been growing in my pond for quite a time now. It multiplies in large numbers rapidly. Some told me it is duckweed or is it something else?
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What kind of fish is this white blue-stained fish?

This fish has been spotted at the Great Barrier Reef near Cairns (Queensland). I put a big effort to find it via Google but never could encounter anything similar.
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What species is this? What the fruit?

The berries of the fruit are sweet. The tree is growing in Israel.
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Cactus plant identification

I received this cactus as a gift and I'd love to know the family/scientific name. Only one flower has bloomed since, it was between orange and yellow. At first it was perfectly spherical, but in one ...
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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 type of fish is this

I saw this fish in an aquarium in a nearby house .I am not sure which species and sex this fish belongs to. [![enter image description here][1]][1] [1]: https://i.stack.imgur.com/oOAZx.jpg
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unknown bird in Long Lake Michigan…chocolate brown head and neck, charcoal body and tail, ivory wings, top and bottom

light chocolate head and neck w/ charcoal body and tail. the wings are ivory white, top and bottom from the body outwards. the colors are clear.....not mixed with other colors. no stripes or spots, ...
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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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Can anyone please help me identify my house plant?

I know this may be an impossible task, but I am one to hope ! My mum had a house plant which had small, green, oval shaped leaves which naturally grew towards the ground (hanging plant). Once every ...
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What is the name of this flower (on a tree)?

Here is a photo of a big red flower-like structure on a tree on Lama Island, close to Hong Kong. Does anyone know the name of the tree and what the black "berries" are attached to the "flower"?
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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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What is this? Is it harmful?

Anyone find out what this is? Looks like A Caterpillar with a home it made from surrounding items, this was found in VA in the moutians on our home.! It went back inside its home after attempting to ...
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Trying to identify a bug that left a blood spot when killed

Hi, this was flying around inside the car in northwestern Maryland, USA, yesterday. When I squished it with a tissue I was surprised to see a red spot that appeared to be blood. Cannot find a picture ...
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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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Can you help me identifying this spider?

I took this picture in Ohrid, Macedonia, it is the first time I see this kind of spider here. This spider was 2-3 cm long and was outside in urban building.
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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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Identify this wild plant with brilliant scarlet red flowers

Location is Virginia, USA They seem to last all summer
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Rubbery Orange and Fuzzy Mould From Bread

So I share a house, and my other housemates are currently away. One of them had some "plain" bread (a popular type in Scotland), complained a piece had mould on it, and so I had assumed they'd thrown ...
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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 kind of this wasp killing spider from UK?

I heard a wasp buzzing rigorously and when I looked at it, it was caught in a spider web. The spider was on top of the wasp. After some time, they become silent. When I exhaled gently on them, spider ...
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Star-like organism seen in microscope

I found this strange star-like thing while observing a slide of onion root somatic cells. I don't know that it is; I even doubt if it is an organism. It has conical arms directed radially outwards ...
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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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What is this African bug?

This is an arthropod I found in an apparently abandoned mongoose burrow in the Maasai Mara game reserve, Kenya: That was the best photo I could get of it. From what I could tell, it had six legs and ...
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What is this? I found an infestation under my bed

I found this bug it died when I sprayed it with bleach. What is it?
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Which species of bumblebee(?) is this?

I observed this beautiful insect near a forest in northern Switzerland. What is it?
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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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What is that? Dry brown fungus? See photo please

It has appeared two days in a row on my balcony, at exactly the same place. There's nothing near that can give me a hint of what it is. The birds can access the place easily. It's an inch in size, it'...
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What are these little creatures on the fish?

I'm not a fisherman, but I just caught a cod fish (my first one) and found a lot of strange little creatures all over the fish: What are those? Are they harmful to the fish, or to the human? Edit: ...
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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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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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Can someone tell me what these cocoons are?

I am camping in Slovenia and have found some cocoon like materials. They look like nests of some kind and are about 30cm long and 10-15 cm wide. Can anyone help me find out what these things are? ...
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UK Insect identifion

We found this in our UK garden! Any ideas? Not sure if it had/has wings. It has a segmented tail and 6 legs. It’s about 2 inches/ 8cm long.
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What species of mulberry is this?

I have several mulberry seedlings that have popped up in my garden. What species (or hybrid-species) are they? Details: The location is Toronto, Ontario The date is July 18th, 2019 I have several ...
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Help identify the species of the maggot

This was found in the ceiling, not sure what we are dealing with.
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What are these little bugs?

I recently found at least 50 of these little bugs roaming around my window sills indoors in my bedroom right behind the head of my bed. I can’t seem to find what they are. I’d love tips on what they ...
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What kind of spider?

I’d much appreciate help figuring out what kind of spider this is. I’m in Western Washington, in the northern suburbs of Seattle. Its outside, on the eaves of the house. Particularly wondering if a ...
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What kind of worm is this in my food? (Tuna sandwich from canned tuna)

Can I have some assistance identifying this worm which was in a tuna salad sandwich I purchased from a local co-op in Minneapolis MN?
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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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What is this tiny, transparent creature found in my home?

Found these in my bathroom, everything was literally crawling with them - there were thousands of those on walls, sink, bathtub... I have all surfaces were sprayed with chlorine spray and with bug ...
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What type of snake is this?

We came across this snake when were on a hike in a typical dense forest in the Philippines. . Been wondering if this snake is venomous or not.
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What is this soft cased worm-like creature?

Found this creature in the bathroom Features which ought to help for identification: Size = 1 cm Soft casing Can emerge from either end of its case and thus reverse the direction it crawls. Many ...
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What is this spiky fruit/cone?

I am trying to identify an unusual cone or fruit found today on Tayside in Scotland. Here is an image. Can you help?
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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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What is the identity of this flower found in Mavericks Beach in Half Moon Bay, California, USA?

Please help identify this flower I saw in Mavericks Beach in Half Moon Bay, California. It was smelling soooo good, you can feel from distance. I want to buy and plant in my garden. Thank you,
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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.