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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Slinky-like worm identification

In my mulch bed today I came across a tiny red worm, between $\frac{1}{4}$ and $\frac{1}{2}$ an inch long. It moved across the ground by sitting upright on one end, waving the other end back and forth ...
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Can anyone identify this microorganism(s)?

I took a sample of water squeezed out of pincushion moss and put it under my microscope at a range of 100-250x and found this strange little organism. At first, I thought it was some kind of algae due ...
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Anyone can identify this moth?

Found on the ceiling of my flat. Place: London, UK Date: 9th of August Size I would say slightly more than inch and inch and half (3-4cm) wingspan Suspect on the photo:
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ID Request: What is this frog? Eastern Long Island, NY USA mixed hardwood forest

Apologies for the potato quality photos, but can anyone ID this frog? My son found a few frogs living under a porch at my father's house, which is situated in a mixed hardwood forested area of eastern ...
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What type of white hard thing grows on lobster

I have no idea how to explain it. It looks like mini white volcanoes growing on a lobster shell. Is it bacteria or parasite?
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Arthropod identification request [duplicate]

I'm in Southern Germany and just captured this animal crawling along my wall at considerable speed, apparently hiding from the light. It looks like a entipede from afar (about two dozen legs), and ...
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Identification of a red arachnida (?) (picture and video)

I found this in a greenhouse in Norway. It is a few millimeters in size, I could fit 5-6 of them on my thumbnail. It looks a lot like this one from Wikipedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...
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Bed bug or booklouse?

I found this creature climbing on the lower part of a wall inside apartment. Can you distinguish if it's a bed bug nymph or a booklouse? Sorry the photo quality isn't great, because it's so small (2 ...
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Strange planaria/leech like creatures found with California Blackworms

I've been trying to ID these things myself but to no avail. They came with a shipment of California Blackworms from Florida. I've heard so many ID's and apparently it's not uncommon to get these ...
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What is this organism? [duplicate]

Link to GIF on imgur What is this flat organism? It is around 1 cm long. I find them in places which aren't cleaned often. Location is India. Are they harmful or poisonous? Edit: I've found that this ...
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Identify this black dragonfly with a bright bluish-white band around its body

I took these photos around noon in late July in Hsinchu county Taiwan. This particular stick in this particular pond is visited by many dragonfly species. This one was very high energy and nervous but ...
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What fish is this?

I was out snorkeling at Biscayne Bay in Miami, Florida in the shallow waters near the shore when I saw this fish. What fish is this? I see it has black spots at the bottom and five white lines along ...
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What is this parasitic worm?

The worm is disc-shaped, and has 8 limbs that attach to the middle of the underside and do not extend beyond the edge of the body. It also has pairs things on the underside that resemble suckers. It ...
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Are these springtails and isopods?

G'day! I'm based in Victoria, Australia. I'm hoping to culture springtails for my terrariums, so I went out and tried to collect some. I found them underneath a rock, which was sitting on damp ground. ...
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Tree with red samaras

This tree has red samaras. Location: Toronto Size: medium-sized tree Date: July 26th, 2020 What is it?
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Variation in deathstalker scorpion

I recently encountered a (probable) deathstalker scorpion in the Negev desert: However, when trying to identify this species I found that in many/most photos of the yellow scorpion the final segment ...
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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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Red flower with yellow star in center with fig-like leaves

This plant has red flowers with a yellow star in the center and has fig-like leaves. Location: Toronto Size: 4ft tall by 3ft wide Date: July 25th, 2020 What is it?
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Identify a small spider from southern Poland / eastern Europe

Can anyone identify this spider that I have just found in my home? Details: location: Katowice, Upper Silesia, southern Poland, eastern Europe (46.42 N, 17.78 E), size: ~3-3.5 cm (from tip of one ...
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My dog and I are wondering: is this a biting midge, or another bug?

A week or two ago, my dog started scratching, and it only increased. Not long after, I started getting bit by something that itches something awful. I thought it was fleas so got some medication and ...
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Identification of a worm/larva

I found several of these worms falling from the upper part of a mosquito net framed in a window while opening/closing it after several months of inactivity. Location: big city in Southern Europe. Any ...
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Tree Identification - California Bay Area

I've seen these trees in the Bay Area in Mountain View and Fremont, and have been searching for different pine tree varieties that have wider canopies. Does anyone here know what trees these are, they ...
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Help identifying plant

I saw this plant during the summer in Yorkshire, in the north of England. It was found near in a lowland area not too far from a river, but not in a boggy / marshy place. I’ve also seen them ok ...
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What is the name of this sea creature?

I found this creature on the beach in San Diego. It is 8cm long and the end to the right is the mouth. The underside is exactly the same as what is visible. What is the name of this species.
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Firstly, Spider ID? Also possible relation to ~100+ serious bite reactions in past 1-2yrs

Might have been occuring since day 1 in new residence about 2 years ago. Bites are painful to touch, when fresh, very odd sort of void filled with black stuff under skin which regularly shows fang ...
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Plant with purple/white/yellow flower

This plant popped up as a volunteer in a flower box in Winnipeg, Manitoba. It is roughly 6-inches tall by 6-inches wide. What is it?
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What kind of soil-dwelling flying insect is this?

In the UK. They are roughly 1.5mm long, appear to crawl much more than fly, and seem to live in the soil of indoor potted plants. They are fast and tiny, so apologies for very shallow DOF. The first ...
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What is this lightning-fast tiny spider?

Saw this spider as I was taking a shower. It moves really fast. This I noticed when it moved away (from the center of this splendid pattern) to repair its web. Location: West Bengal, India. It appears ...
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Is this some sort of book lice or bed bug? Online shipping box

I found a few of these in the box when I opened it after delivery. Worried it could be a bed bug nymph. There were a few in the edges of the box. I’ve been opening up boxes in the garage so haven’t ...
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What is this larva/insect?

What is this larva/insect that I saw crawling on one of my books? It moves by wriggling motion and seems to be able to retract it's head(?) when disturbed. It is about 8mm long. Location: Chennai, ...
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Spider Identification in Miami, FL

These two spiders were found at the Fairchild Gardens in Miami, FL. What spiders are these?
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Why is this Cuscuta compacta purple?

I was recently browsing the web and came across this site abut the compact dodder. https://gobotany.nativeplanttrust.org/species/cuscuta/compacta/ The image used to identify the plant shows it as ...
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What species is this interestingly colored brown moth

This fella fluttered into a kitchen at night, maybe from the vegetation in the yard, and I got lucky to trap it in a transparent plastic bag for a while (with enough room to move, which it started ...
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Large Alpine Hymenopteran Seen in the White Mountains

I was hiking in the White Mountains in New Hampshire, USA, and at the peak of Mount Eisenhower saw a number of large bee-like insects. They appeared to be nesting in a rock cairn, and were strikingly ...
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Bedbug or psocid?

I’ve found a few of these tiny bugs on the windowsill next to my bed. Can anyone tell if it is a bedbug nymph, psocid, or something else?? I’m hoping it’s not the former! Edit: They were very small ...
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Help ID snake near Deming NM

This snake is in our yard, south of Deming NM, in Luna County. Approximate length is about 3 1/2 feet. It moved slowly at the time, but was being picked on by a couple of medium-sized birds. It is ...
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What coastal creature leaves braid-like trace that has clear landing and take off points?

6/29 around 8 PM EST (within 40 minutes after downpour) the depicted trace was found in swash zone at Jacob Riis Park in NY. For reference the boot size is 12.
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Help identifying an insect by its remains

Yesterday i hiked in Bolsena lake, Italy. I felt this insect moving into my ear. So i smashed my ear and this is the result. Please tell me that there are no risks related to Lyme desease or similar. ...
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Bug identification

This little thing was stuck in my toe. Not sure if its head is missing or sth. Do you know what this could be? Found in central Europe.
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Identification of the bug on the curry leaf- Delhi, India

I found this bug on my curry leaf in early morning. Which bug is this? Size- 1-2 cm Habitat- Delhi, India. The bug was on one of the curry leaf of the curry plant pot in my residential balcony Time- 7:...
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Identify arthropod with many legs in Mumbai

Can someone please identify this ~5 cm long arthropod? I've been finding one of these every 2-3 days inside my apartment ever since rainy season started here in Mumbai (June). The bulb portion is its ...
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What are these black masses floating on my pool?

I've been cleaning them for some time. At first I thought it was some kind of synthetic material, but when I took one with my fingers it disintegrated into filaments. I placed another under my usb ...
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What specie of flying insect is this? [duplicate]

The insect pictured below just flown into my room. I live in Central Europe (Poland), it is about evening now. The thing is about 1,5 cm in length (not sure about this, I was too focused on driving it ...
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Unidentified insect seen in southern UK, near North Downs

This creature was seen in southern UK, near North Downs, just this weekend. https://youtu.be/5VJYOrMJXaQ
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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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Can anyone identify this spider for me, please?

I live in Northern Indiana and I’ve seen 3 of these spiders in my house before, all different ones. When I first saw it, it scared me since it’s a pretty big spider in my opinion from what I usually ...
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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 kind of snakes are in this photo?

What is the name of these snakes? I saw them in the street and I don't know if they are dangerous for people? Photo is taken near to Tbilisi, Georgia.

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