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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 is the name of the species of this butterfly?

Well,I am from India and live in the northern part of the country.I commonly find these butterflies during winter or spring seasons.
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What bug is this? (England)

I have found this small bug on the wall in my bedroom, and have been trying to figure it out what it is for months. There are more of this kind. They are tiny, I can't see how they look like with ...
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Identify mystery insect found in Boston, USA

This insect is approximately 2.5mm. It was recently observed in a Boston USA shower. Do you know what type of insect this is?
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Never seen a spider with this pattern before

Found this spider at work in the Leicestershire area of the United Kingdom. Never seen one with this kind of pattern on its back before so was curious as to what it is. (Size: 2-2.5 inches)
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What species is this gray bee?

Is this a bee at all, is it just an albino Apis mellifera? It is roughly the same size as regular honey bees, and was pollinating lavenders along with many of the latter. There was a couple of these ...
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A fly in my face [on hold]

While im sleeping I feel something is crawling in my face and it took 2-3min to realized that it's not a joke or a dream lol so I wipe it off in my hand and i saw a black thing (a fly) maybe 2cm long ...
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Bug identifying [duplicate]

Can anyone help me identify this insect found in my office today?
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Is this plant lantana camara? If not what is it?

I was in a botanical garden recently and wasn't able to find the tag on this plant. The diameter of the entire flower tended to be around 5cm. Google seems to suggest its lantana camara but I'm not ...
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What is this insect flying in my Los Angeles bathroom?

We live in the Los Angeles area. This insect has been very common in our bathrooms recently: They're about 1/4" long, and can often be found resting on our towels. In the months leading up to ...
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Found this insect in the garden. Please help to identify

Found this insect measuring about 1.5cm in our garden at Saratok, Sarawak.Malaysia(https://i.stack.imgur.com/wmZVX.jpg)
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What spider species is this?

I saw this spider yesterday and it was the first time I saw one. It had a log slender body and an almost tail like end. It also can apparently jump. Just wanted to know what species this is. Location (...
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Two large spiders in Taiwan, are they different species?

I see both of these spiders (and others) frequently on hiking trips outside of Taipei. Their large webs are often high overhead between trees but can be right across a hiking trail that hasn't been ...
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Is identifying the genus of a fungus (mushroom specifically) enough?

Does the genus of a mushroom have enough information about it, without the species? Let's say I wanted to identify a mushroom (when picking) to see if I can safely pick and later eat it. Let's say I ...
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Berries ID - Can someone help us identify this plant?

Found it in the hilly areas of Meghalaya - a state of India. Not sure if is edible or not, we haven't tried it but it gives a beautiful blue color when used for dying. The seeds are big and there ...
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Mushroom ID - in Oregon USA

Any idea what type of mushrooms these may be? Found in a park in Central Oregon with Douglas Ferns at 450 feet elevation during some light rain. Slight bulb or bump in the center of cap White top ...
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Jellyfish gulf of Thailand

I found may such jellyfishes on the Hua Hin beach in 27.11.2018. They measure around 25 cm. Since I'm more botanist, I have big problem to identify it. Google doesn't help me a lot (spent 3 hours ...
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Mushroom Identificaton(USA)

I need help identifying a perculiar species of mushroom found in my yard today. Color is orange-yellow, around 3-4 inches total radius, its a cluster of tiny to medium mushrooms. They were found near ...
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What kind of insect can this be? This appears to be just a shell after and insect went through a metamorphosis process

What kind of insect can this be? This appears to be just a shell after an insect went through a metamorphosis process.
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What is this tiny black insect?

Found this in our garden in Kuching, Sarawak, MALAYSIA. It is dark, hairy and measures 3-4 mm.
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Can anyone tell me what type of fish this is?

Notice the reflective patterns on its underside. I think it must be a deep water fish. It was found washed up on the ocean sand in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina (USA) after a hurricane.
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What is this black hairy tiny insect?

Found this in our garden. I am from Sarawak, Malaysia. It measures 3-4mm
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What is the name of this red and blue striped spider (?) - Brazil, Rio de Janeiro

Anyone knows the name of this thing? I found it in our bathroom. It is maybe 10-15 mm. It looks like a spider but the colors left me puzzled
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ID large-thorned plant growing in Turkey

Can anyone identify this plant which is growing in a friend's garden in the Uzumlu area of Turkey. It has very large spikes/thorns. I'm told it doesn't have flowers or seeds so we are wondering how it ...
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What kind of mite is this?

I found this (mite?) on my head skin close to hair. Is it a common dust mite or something else? Photographs under a simple microscope (10x objective) are below. Size is in the order of tenths of mm. ...
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What is this insect

This was found in my house in florida
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What is this textile-eating insect?

I have noticed some damage to clothes and suspect that I have a cloth-eating insect of some sort. I found remains similar to this on a few of the items in my closet in Texas. Is it perhaps a molted ...
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What species is this aromatic plant found in a mountainous region of Greece?

This plant was found in the Taygetos mountains, Greece, and had a lemony smell. Small plant about a foot high. The shiny recurved leaves are reminiscent of rosemary, and the dry seed-heads seem ...
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What are these bladder snail parasites?

I collected some bladder snails several months ago. While checking them out one day, I noticed that they were now infested with external, parasitic worms. Here's a picture of a snail with a bunch of ...
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Is this some kind of moss?

Found this on the branch of a fruit tree. It is tiny and orange in colour.
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What kind of fish is on the picture?

I saw these fish in a video at an art exhibition, I'd like to find out what kind they are.
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Identifying a mushroom. (Pyrenees near Gavarnie, France)

Can anyone help me identify this mushroom? (still frame from video taken in the Pyrenees near Gavarnie in France). Also is it edible or poisonous? Thanks!
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Help me identifiy this insect

I found this insect in Pune/India. It looked like a fly, and it was running over a leaf. Size is about 2mm-3mm. Is it juvenile of some fly species or is it not even a fly?
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What is this underwater creature?

West Bali, about 10 meters deep. Body is roughly 10 cm across. Does not move.
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What is this trilobite-like creature?

This was found under a rock in a freshwater creek in Maryland. Stayed like this for while, then stretched out long, then contracted, and then JUMPED off the rock back into the water. Looks like a ...
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Garden plant in south of France

When visiting the south of France (around St Tropez) I had a plant in the garden which I initially mistook for mint but the aroma of the leaves (when rubbed) was distinctly different (I cannot put a ...
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What creature is this?

Found on a beach in Brisbane, Australia. Only a few cms of it was visible but I dug the rest of it out, it was about 20cm in length.
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(Aquatic gastropod) Physae identification

I need help to identify a physa. What are the identification keys to make the difference between: physa fontinalis, physa marmorata , physa acuta (syn. Physella acuta) The difference ...
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Beige tiny bug. What kind of bug is this?

Please help me identify it. I think that it bit me. Doesn’t fly and has multiple tiny legs and hairs. Thanks. Much appreciated
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What insect is this? (England)

Found this in my room and haven't seen anything like it before. It was about 4-5cm long and has wings. Flew away before I could get a better picture. Photo taken from the Midlands, UK
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Can you please help me identify this insect?

I have been trying to get rid of this bug and need help to identify it. I found this in my bedroom first. I don't think this is a bed bug as I saw it fly. It is black with some white spots on it. ...
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What spider is that?

It was scared because my cat was playing with it. I saw it tonight (22 October) in Slobozia, Romania. I never saw something like it. The back is white with no points or marks or lines.
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Anyone know what emerged from these cocoons?

Found a little universe in the back of a ceramic decoration I put up outside in summer...the concave back was full of grainy soil and several exited cucoons...anyone know what critter this is/was?!
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I'm trying to identify this salamander-looking creature I found in my house today in Coos Bay, Oregon. It is about 2" long. What is it?

This is about 2" long. It is white on its underside and looks like a small salamander, except for it being white underneath. It is about 1/8th inch wide.
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Insect identification request - Is this a bed bug?

I live in Spain and today I found several of these in my son's jacket. I am afraid they are bed bugs nymphs because last year we had a bedbug epidemic in some neighborhood houses. The insect in the ...
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What insect is this with 'horn' at the side?

Found this interesting insect hiding behind the thin branch of flower (the diameter of the branch is 3-4mm) in my garden in Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia
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Can trichoptera and lepidoptera be distinguished with the naked eye?

Are there any tell-tale signs which one could use to distinguish adult trichoptera from lepidoptera? To me, trichoptera just look like moths: One method would presumably be to touch its wings and see ...
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What bug is this? I found several in my flat and I have no idea

what kind of insect is this? is it a moth larvea or a carpet bug?
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What kind of bush is that?

The bush is like 70cm - 90cm high. The picture was taken in Western Europe (in front of a supermarket/parking lot). I took the following picture around September/October. A close up of the leaves:
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What kind of insect is this found in southern Michigan?

Unfortunately, I do not have a photo of the insect I am asking for help identifying; it appeared for a short amount of time and we were rather inclined to get rid of it before it bit us. This bug was ...
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UK insect identification

15-20mm long. Brown legs, head, casing/wings (no flight witnessed). Black body with protruding back part. Long antennae. Very fast running speed. Seemingly keenly aware of surroundings. Is this some ...