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 spider is this? (Central Texas)

This is in Austin, TX, USA. Photos taken at night on a phone with a flash, so colors may not be entirely accurate. I found this spider hiding inside my motorcycle cover, which I'd thrown in a pile on ...
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Vertebrae looking bone found on beach in New Zealand

I found this bone on a beach in New Zealand. Does anybody have any idea which part of the body or which animal it’s from? (click to enlarge)
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Can someone identify this insect species

I found a dozen of these insects on my wooden floorboards in the city of Athens, Greece (Mediterranean climate) (altitude 200m, 10 km from nearest shore). Currently it's Autumn. Size is about 0.5cm (...
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What is this bird species in the Pacific NW?

I don’t think it’s a Black Phoebe, as they have black beaks not white. Is it a Grosbeak? This was taken in the Pacific NW.. . Sorry for the pic quality. If this isn’t the right place to post this, ...
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Is this a Box Tree Moth?

This moth has been hanging about near my house recently (South London area, October 2021) - I have seen it 2/3 times in the last fortnight. I have never seen anything this colour before which is why ...
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What species is this fly? Look like mosquito with unusually long legs

I found this in Bangalore, India. It looks exactly like a mosquito but with extremely long legs, first I confused it with long legged spider (which are common here) but it's not, Can someone tell me ...
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What is the name of this mosquito-like insect?

While I was studying, this insect fell down from the ceiling. It was alone and not in a swarm. It looked much like a mosquito but is quite larger compared to a mosquito.. I live in the Indian ...
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What bug has similar legs to a prawn?

This is a bug that I observe in Melbourne. This bug is living in wet places and jumping a few centimeters while its length is 8.5mm. It does not have insect legs. It's legs are more similar to prawn. ...
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What are these bugs wiggling white fluffy hats?

Seen yesterday (October 10) in Southern Ontario (near Muskoka), near a lake. Maybe 0.5cm in size or so, during the afternoon. Hundreds of these little bugs seem to be holding or attached to a curly ...
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Identification of butterfly from its caterpillar stage

Today I visited Bannerghatta national park's butterfly park situated in Bengaluru, Karnataka, India. I snapped a picture of a caterpillar in butterfly park. I inquired to caretakers over there for the ...
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What species of snake is this? It was sighted in NE New Mexico, Union County

The snake in this photograph was found injured/dead in Clayton, Union, NM on 10/06/2021. Want to know if it is a juvenile bullsnake or a Chihuahuan Night Snake...or something altogether different.
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Identity of plant bearing a cluster of bulbous, glossy red fruits (Oak Ridges Moraine)

Location: Oak Ridges Moraine, Ontario (Durham Region) Date: October 4, 2021 Site: Full shade; hillside; sugar bush
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Deflated bag-like species on beach: Identification

I encountered this on a beach in Chandipur, along the Bay of Bengal in India. Quite a few of them were scattered in different locations. Identification of this controversial object is appreciated.
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Identification of bird observed in Western Australia near the city of Perth in February

This bird was observed during a holiday in Western Australia near the city of Perth in February 2019. Maybe somebody can help me figure out the species.
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Identification of tree seed pods observed in Western Australia near the city of Perth in February

These where observed during a holiday in Western Australia near the city of Perth in February 2019. I assume they are tree seed pods. But from which tree?
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Identifying unknown biting insect

Pattaya (Thailand). Unknown insect (similar to a beetle) that bite: long 2 mm, large 1 mm. It has 2 front claws. Pictures attached. Probably it lost some legs when killed (I felt the bite and I ...
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Kansas Insect (Black Bee/Wasp?) Identification

I live in Kansas (Pottawatomie County), and I found a bee-like insect in my bedroom. The creature looked like this: The insect about 5 cm long in size (as you can compare it with the window blind), ...
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I found this tiny transparent creature in my aquarium - what is it?

Please help me identify this 1-2 mm nearly transparent animal which I found in my salt water aquarium.
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What is this water animal in my swimming pool?

I have had a swimming pool (which is salt) for few months. 2 weeks ago I saw this: I made a quick gif of a video: Today, I found 4 more of this animal: All of them that are living I found in the ...
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What is this small brown arthropod? [duplicate]

Does anyone have an idea what this arthropod is? I first found one in the bath but have since noticed them on the walls, ceiling and on linen around the house. They are 1mm long, look brown in colour ...
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Identification of huge larva in South Tyrol

On a sunny autumn day (19.09.2021) i saw a huge green larva crossing the street facing a wineyard. The picture was taken near Bozen, South Tyrol (22 °C that day). It is at least 14 cm long and 2 cm ...
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Do you know what kind of bug this is?

I have tried to find a similar picture online, but can’t seem to find any. Does anyone know what kind of bug this is? It has been on a penstemon plant for about 3 days. I am located just outside of ...
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Unknown Beetle (maybe a lady beetle species)

My grandma found this insect that looks like a lady beetle. but I couldn't find out the species. I live in South India and it is currently monsoon here. I only have a photo. Please do tell me what ...
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Can someone identify this male Zygaenidae (subfamily Procridinae)?

Photo taken in 2018, Near Berlinchen, Germany. The immediate vincinity is Calluna on sands. The area has a an interesting vegetation with heather and broom, species-rich grasslands on poor and ...
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What animal is this? Caution, GRAPHIC!

One of my friends stumbled upon this half part of an animal. It seems lizard-like...I don't think I've ever seen a lizard that large, though. We live in Greece. Can you figure it out? Close-up and a ...
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What insect is featured in this picture?

At the end of the summer, we've been finding these insects in our apartment complex in Baltimore, MD. What are they and do they bite? The length is about the size of a US nickel (We've had mysterious ...
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Identifying insect in Sri Lanka

I saw this one in our garden in Colombo, Sri Lanka. It seemed to be hiding from the harsh sunlight that was there. I have never seen this bug before. Anyone know what bug this could be?
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Identify bug found eating wood table

This bug came out of a hole in a wood table. I'm in south-west France but since we bought that table one year ago, it was most probably in the table when we bought it so it could be from anywhere. I'd ...
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What type of animal is this? [duplicate]

There was a leaking fire hydrant across a sidewalk. On the other side was a lake. The fire hydrant water was streaming across the sidewalk. I saw it swimming in the sidewalk away from the side of the ...
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What is the scientific name of this green insect/bug?

(Picture from Internet) I want to know the scientific name of this insect. They are very small in size and they do not like to stay at one place so taking pictures is hard. Following are some ...
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Is this a nymph of a Zelus renardii or Zelus luridus?

My mom has found this insect on one of her plants, and she would like to know what it is and whether it is dangerous or harmful. I've done some research and I think it is a nymph of a Zelus renardii, ...
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Damselflies: which exact species of Coenagrion

I recently took the following pictures of Coenagrion spp.(6th of June, in Versoix forest (small pond), Geneva area, Switzerland, Alt: ~450m). Picture detailed & cropped: For the identification, I ...
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What is this bug? Singapore

enter image description here Around 1 inch in length
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What is this very tiny insect that was in my bedsheets? [duplicate]

I found it in my bedsheets. I'm in Bordeaux, France. It is 3mm long and is the only one that I found. Should I be worried that there might be others? If so, what should I do?
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Help identifying a mite (?)

I live in Cambridge, UK, and found these mites (probably? not sure) in the attic. There are no bird nests at or around the dwelling, and no traces of rats or mice. There are plenty of those and not ...
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Identify a copper fuzzy moth

Photographed in 2003 in Panama. Not sure of size.
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Long strand of white eggs on balcony cat net - What insect do they belong to?

In the last few weeks we've noticed multiple strands of tiny white eggs appearing on our balcony cat net. It seems that they were always laid after rainfall (we had plenty in the last few days). Old ...
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Large caterpillar with prominent eye-spots and a Morse-code pattern

I would appreciate any help in identifying this caterpillar. Location: Goa, India. Tropical climate Currently rainy season. Seen in the morning Length: about 5cm, Diameter: about 1cm
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Identification of moth in Pandemis heparana trap

While monitoring Pandemis heparana in an apple orchard in South Tyrol (middle of August), I frequently observed huge moths accumulating within the trap. The trap itself is working with pheromones for ...
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Bug identification

Germany, cca 0.6mm, dead Bug, i haven't see before
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Is this a bed bug? Looks like a skeleton

Is this a bed bug? Please someone answer me. Germany, the size of specimen is 0.6 mm.
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What is this bug? (Northern Italy)

I found two of these going around my room, looks like they entered from the window. Size is about 8-10 mm. Colour a very light translucent brown. Any ideas of what it could be and if it's dangerous? ...
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What animal is this track from?

Last week I noticed this odd track made of "squiggly triangle footprints" on the outside surface of a dirty skylight in my home in the northern Netherlands, and I found it odd that I can't ...
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Identification of a spider — South India

I found this spider jumping around in my garden , to describe it is blue and black . I noticed that it has strong front legs and a pointed posterior , it has blue designs on a black body . I live in ...
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Strange yellow flower in shrub Species ID

This is a perinneal plant photo taken in Bhubaneswar ,Odisha .But I have seen the same plant in Andhra Pradesh as well. It's not exactly woody like a tree,but pretty large shrub[taller than me]. What ...
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Species ID of this giant brain-shaped mushroom? How do its spores escape, there's no "puff" for this puffball!

After several days of rain then a few warm sunny days in northern Taiwan in August, I came across this giant mushroom growing in an open field that's only occasionally mowed. This mushroom about 18 cm ...
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What are these little brown insects

We have these little insects in our house, they look brown and round to the naked eye, they seem to be somewhat attracted to light since we found a cluster of ~6 on the wall next to a light, otherwise ...
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Can anyone identify this fish?

I saw it in the sea very close to the beach in front of Starfish Hotel in St Lucia. It had some spines along its back and it seemingly had fins on each side that split open into 4. It used its front ...
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Please help identify the species of a possible butterfly

I took picture of this weird butterfly. It landed when I was drying my clothes. But it didn't even move when I try to shake it off. After I took a lot of pictures, I tried to shake it outside. It ...

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