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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Beautiful blue enigmatic insect (mantid?) in Kenya

This beautiful insect was found in Kenya today - and we don’t know what it is. We think it may be a mantid of some sort?! Nairobi kenya, croton trees, cape chestnuts, bougainvilliea, there is quite a ...
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Mushroom Identification: Brown gilled mushroom in Ohio lawn near rotting stump roots

Even though I ID a lot on this site, I'm rather unqualified to ID mushrooms (even with the help of sites like urbanmushrooms.com). Can anyone help me ID this mushroom species? Attributes: ...
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Can someone identify these eggs?

They were attached to a tree in a black-water inundated forest (igapó) near Manaus, Amazonas, Brazil. The photo was taken in mid June, the water level was already high, and the eggs were about one ...
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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's the exact species of this African Giant Snail?

We've got an African Giant Snail a few years ago but failed to identify the exact species so far. When we got it, it's been about 20 % smaller than now, so it's probably not been an adult snail, but ...
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Help identifying a mushroom found in Raymond, WA, USA

Hello dear mycology wizards! Could you help me figure out what's the name of this species. I found the mushrooms in a forest near to Raymond, WA. The area was quite wet and mossy, but not a swamp. ...
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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 is this sea shell?

Found in Belgrade, possibly carried back from the Mediterranean or Aegean coast.
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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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Can someone identify this tree in Playa Del Carmen, Quintana Roo, Mexico?

I just noticed this tree in Playa del Carmen in Yucatan. It was swarming with bats, the bat seem to be eating either the fruit or the flowers of the tree. Any idea what it is?
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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 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 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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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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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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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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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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What is this dark brown organism growing on a door frame?

A few brown spots appeared on a door frame and within 1 week it has grown to this size (~15cm). I have no idea what it is. How do I remove it completely? I worry that if I just wipe it off, it will ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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3cm Worm Found in a Glass of Tap Water - please help identify

3cm Stripy Worm Found in a Glass of Tap Water - please help identify. The worm was found in the beginning of July in a glass of tap water, in Ireland. It was about 3cm long, had a round shape and was ...
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Beetle with long, slender iridescent green body and orange legs

I recently saw this beetle while on a trip in central Texas, USA (in a rural area just before sundown). The body was about 2-3 inches long (compare to nearby chair leg and floorboards) and had a long ...
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Name of This Black and White Dove

I spotted this dove in a park. It was foraging among Rock Doves, Seagulls, Ibises and a few others. It appears similar to Pied Rock Doves, but I am not certain if this is correct. Any idea what the ...
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Identification: creepy dangling spiderthing

Can anyone identify this creepy mess dangling from the cieling of my garage on a few strands of spidersilk? The thing is 5cm. Should I burn down my garage and move to another country (Currently ...
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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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What type of ants are these?

I live in NYC and these fellas started popping out near my computer screen and desk. They don't seem interested in food as my sister usually leaves candy wrappers around. They however are stinky, I ...
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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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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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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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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 is the name of this insect?

This insect was found in my garden in India on the evening of August 07, 2019. It's rainy season here.
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What animal / bird can be heard in this evening sound recording from Western Washington, USA?

We heard this animal outside in Western Washington (Port Townsend area) during the late evening. I think it is a bird, but it honestly sounds sort of like some creepy woman singing or something. The ...
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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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Middle European Spider Identification

Yesterday I've encountered the pictured spider in my home in Austria, Europe. The colors are pretty accurate in the picture, the head was striped brown/beige and black, the legs were multicolored with ...
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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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Identification of beetle: black with orange stripe and 2 orange dots

I found the following beetle in a wooded area in Essen, Belgium. Does anybody know what species it is? Thanks in advance.
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Identify orange-brown, teardrop-shaped insect in central Europe that was found indoors

TL;DR Can someone identify the species of the insect in below picture? Editing of the wording of this question (if possible) to make it easier to find by using search engines is welcome. I caught this ...

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