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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Identify this thin and strangely-shaped dragonfly, and understand why the shape looks so weird

I took these photos around noon in mid August in Hsinchu county Taiwan. I've seen many dragonfly varieties but I've never seen anything like this before. Its body is about 5 cm long and very thin ...
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Identify this black dragonfly with bluish coloration along its flat top, yellow on it's mid-body and green on its head

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. I have seen this kind of dragonfly very ...
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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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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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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 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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Could anyone kindly identify this bug for me? Is it harmless?

Details: Found by a wall/window in Brooklyn, NY in a house not too far from the beach Rooms walls/windows are dusty and spots of mold growing on wall/windows size of bug: 2 milimeters Keywords I've ...
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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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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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What is the name of this insect? It is from Punjab, India

What is the name of this insect? It is from Punjab, India.
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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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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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Brown spider in New Hampshire White Mountains area found in sheltered areas around house

Found this light brown spider in sheltered locations outside my home in Franconia, New Hampshire. Should I be concerned about its presence and the dozens of others?
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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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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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Can you help identify this bird in Louisville Kentucky?

This bird shows up in my back yard every night. It is calling and sometimes I hear a bird in the distance calling back. I think its an owl but I haven't seen it yet. Any ideas what it is?
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Insect with long neck—what is it?

I found this insect in Fish Haven, Idaho (right next to Bear Lake) in June and think it’s absolutely fascinating: If you can’t tell from the picture, it’s a few centimeters in length—very thin with a ...
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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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Strange planarian/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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Pink growth (aka pink slime) in bathtub or shower

I was wondering if anybody had studied or was knowledgeable about the pink growth that people often find around water fixtures in their homes, especially bath tubs and showers? My understanding is ...
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Can anyone identify this spider? Found in Italy

My cousin found this spider at his place. He lives near Milan, Italy, in a small town. It's a humid region, around there the are a lot of fields but it is a 15 km from the city. It's still hot in ...
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What species of snake in India “drinks breaths” according to local customs?

In Rajasthan in India, locals know a snake called peevna in the local language. Many of my relatives live there in villages in open deserts. They see many kinds of snakes every day. The word peevna ...
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Help in identifying an unknown Golden Worm/Larvae

Can anyone help me to recognize this type of species? Is it a clustered worms or clustered larvae? Location is in Bali, Indonesia. Recently this species is goes viral, but people here always link this ...
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Insect ID Montreal, Qc Canada

I found this bug in my kitchen, in front of my oven. It has wings and moves quite slowly on the ground. I can provide additional pictures if required. Can somebody tell me what it is? I have found ...
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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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Did my wildlife camera take a picture of a lynx?

A wildlife camera took a photograph of an animal. Unfortunately this is the only picture my camera collected. This picture was taken in the central interior of British Columbia, Canada. The distance ...
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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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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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Identification of a bug, Anobium punctatum?

At first I feared that our old building was attacked by Anobium punctatum. But now, I'm not so sure. Each week we find 2-5 of them around our apartment. What are they? and should we worry? The bugs ...
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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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Which plant's part is this?

I found this plant in Rajasthan, India. This sample is 4-5 cm long. This is an ornamental plant. It was a potted plant. I put my fingertip in the photo to give an idea of size of the specimen. I can't ...
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What is this soil digging insect?

It is in Texas(Month: May). Are these flying ants?termites? or Cicada Killers?
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What is this strange worm-like creature?

Hi! While I was in my front yard this morning, I happened to look down and see this little guy wiggling thru the grass. He isn't like anything I've seen before. He is about 2 1/2 inches long. He has ...
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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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Identification of Bird feather, probably from a predatory bird

Found in Berlin,Germany Area of Charlottenburg I want to know the species of this bird, someone please tell me. Approximate size 19 cm
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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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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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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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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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Help me identify these creatures found in sink

The conical flask was kept in a sink for about 3 or 4 week, was waterfilled, and I have no idea if they grown after the flask was waterfilled or before the flask was waterfilled. We do not work with ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Insect identification: white spotted beetle

3 pairs of legs, a pair of antenna, wings absent, compound eye, 4-6 centimeter approx. in size. I found this beetle at my door, in Pune, India.

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