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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Species identification: 2.5mm (3/32“ or 1.5/8”) brownish ant in highrise apartment

Can anyone please identify this ant? In case it helps, 3 attempts of using Ortho Ant Bgon Max gel and bait has not helped. They 2 were administered 2 weeks apart. Apparently, it's basically borax ...
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Identify round, green, flying insect with spikes in South Carolina (USA)

The tables have turned -- I need some help IDing an insect: I've been unable to identify an insect that I came across about 6 years ago in South Carolina (USA). We were doing a vegetation survey in ...
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What kind of household fly is this I’ve only seen in the summer? How do I get rid of them they keep bothering me while I sleep

This fly has red eyes kind of a long body doesn’t fly consistently. Is attracted to light some of them are some aren’t and is very annoying comes in large numbers 10-20 in my room approximately. (...
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Can anyone identify this caterpillar? Seen at St. Herman's Cave in Belize, June 2019

I saw this caterpillar as we were leaving St. Herman' Cave in Belize. I would love to know the name and what butterfly it may become.
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Identify this caterpillar

Could anyone try to help identify this caterpillar, there are loads of them all over my garden and I've got three of them in a makeshift caterpillar house. I've had them for about a week and they've ...
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Are these termites

Found a large number of these trapped between my window and the window frame. Are they termites? Location: Eastern Massachusetts, USA
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Snake with strange head

This snake was killed in graveyard Peshawar (Pakistan). I just wonder what is this? Is it a snake? Baby crying sounds were reportedly heard from graveyard in Peshawar after months of search the sounds ...
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Anyone know what this it?

More than 1 washed up on a beach in Ireland..close to some big jellyfish
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Recognise this thing found in beach?

Kindly help me identify this thing found in beach Chennai, India . Size would be just 1.5 cm in diameter..across maximum size. It's shelled and has something inside it. It make a small noise when it ...
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What is this ? Found under my bed

Found under my bed. Looked and there was nothing else like it or eggs of any kind.
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What type of guppy is this?

This is a guppy I recently bought from a local pet shop. They don't exactly know which type of guppy it is. I hope to get info about it's type.
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Can anyone please identify this?

We saw this leech like worm in Kerala, India. Can anyone identify it for us? I saw it today, 10th September. It's about 6 to 7 centimeters long. It was very still, didn't move while we went close and ...
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Which species of millipede is this?

Location: Tirupati, Andhra Pradesh, India Found this millipede on the campus of my institute. Need the scientific as well as the common name. Any help would be greatly appreciated. It's about 5-6 cm ...
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Can a certain snake kill human by 'drinking' his breaths? [on hold]

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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The smell of the shield bug (aka stink bug)

Every time a shield bug flies into my room I try to kill it. Unfortunately, they leave a strong smell after crushing them. Whenever I smell their odor, I always wonder what the chemical compound is ...
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Insect/cocoon ID?

Can anyone ID this? We’re in the Rocky Mountains, Western US. We found it stuck to the wall of our garage, a few feet up, hidden behind a snow sled. It seems to be covered, or surrounded, in what ...
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What kind of skull is this?

We found this skull on a beach in southwestern Sweden, and are curious as to what kind of animal it was.
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What kind of bug is this one?

We are trying to figure out what kind of love this is? It appears to have larvae on its back it is not dust and debris.
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What is this hairy, striped orange-black caterpillar?

There are so many these hairy, striped orange-black caterpillars in my backyard. What are these caterpillars? Are these dangerous?
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What type of bird skull is this?

My aunt found this skull on the beach in Vancouver Canada. I believe it might be a type of bird, but I can’t place it. It is about 5 inches (~13 cm) long and 2.5 inches (6.35 cm) wide.
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What is this giant insect that just bounced off a second-floor glass door?

At about 11 pm, I heard a loud impact on the nearby glass door to a second-floor balcony. I thought it might be an acorn but it'd be a very unlikely angle - it'd have to be thrown from below or be a ...
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Is this goden tortoise beetle truely?

Image is from trivandrum, kerala. What it is truely golden tortoise beetle. Or which species?
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Can somebody identify this insect?

It has transparent wings which covers the body like an armor. It has shining red orange colour. I found it in the western ghats of kerala.
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What kind of larvae are these. Lots of them in the basement in the summer, crawling around on the floor and the walls

larvae crawl on basement floor. Some are also found on the first floor of the house. Lots of legs--I also thought they became "rolly polys" but never knew for sure what they were either.
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Red short tubular bug.. advances via proboscis? [duplicate]

was trying to identify this bug which is on my work desk right now, distracting me no end. 3-6mm in length. Thanks in advance!
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What is the big plant with white flowers on the photo?

What is the 3m tall plant with white flower? It is from Central Europe and there is a creek near to it. I have a guess, but I want to know for sure... Is the small one the same species? More high ...
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Got stung by this flying bug in Death Valley and Arches, what is it?

We camped in Death Valley and these guys were attracted to light and ended up stinging us. Didn't hurt as bad as a bee Sting. Any ideas what they are? Couldn't find them doing a Google search or image ...
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Identify this excreta!

A picture is worth a thousand words! It's about 1.3cm (1/2") long. We rented a basement and I found this on a machine that was moved in a bit earlier. I would like to know if there are any mice, ...
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Can someone help me identify this larva?

I found this creature in my toilet bowl and very curious as to what it is. The main reason is I want to make sure this wasn't a parasite living in me. Everything I've researched tells me this is some ...
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Caterpillar on milkweed not monarch

**Southern California, US and less than 1cm **host plant milkweed ]1]1 help identify this caterpillar.%60%60" rel="nofollow noreferrer">%60%60" alt="enter image description here">
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Any idea what plant is this?

I was asked by my biology teacher to find out it’s name but it seems like a pretty common plant to me so I have no idea how to start. Any idea what type of plant it is? It was found in Malaysia in ...
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Cannot identify this insect

Can anyone please help identify this insect. It seems to be some sort of caterpillar but I'm stumped. Location is in Suffolk, United Kingdom Length is around 1cm, width is perhaps 4 or 5mm. Image ...
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Can someone help me identify this Brazilian spider?

Does anyone know anything about the identification of this spider? Sorry, but it's the only image I have. It was shot at 2004, January 25th (summer), at 11:27 AM, in Cerrado biome at Minas Gerais ...
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Identification of this bug or insect

I found this bug dead in my house in Mississauga, ON, Canada. I didn't have a ruler around so a regular toothpick was used to show the size. I'm thinking it's a pill bug but I want to make sure.
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What is this insect (Germany)?

It was hovering and in between it was very fast and hard to photograph. I'm not even sure if it is an insect? Photographed in Germany.
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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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a moth with silver and gold markings

i found a moth with silver and gold markings on its wings. i don't know if its rare or something but i couldn't find any pics of it on google. if it helps, it also has very small bits of pink fluff ...
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What species is this fast-moving spider?

This is a frame from a recent recording: Location Forest in Central Europe at around 1pm. Abiotic factors at the time of recording Temperature = 23°C Humidity = 38% Wind = 6 km/h Description ...
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What is the name of this little plant?

It was found in Malaysia in my school compound.
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What species is this? What the fruit?

The berries of the fruit are sweet. The tree is growing in Israel.
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What species is this burrow-digging insect?

These are frames from a recent recording: Location Urban area in Central Europe. Abiotic factors at the time of recording Temperature = 27° Humidity = 51% Wind = 16 km/h Description Approximate ...
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Small black slow-moving insect showing up in the home

In the past few weeks (winter) I've started to notice these insects crawling about various places of the home. Slow-moving like a beetle. Black all over. Hard to see but they have two prongs sticking ...
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What is this spider? Two black stripes

When I opened my front door, there were five of this type of spider sitting on the door. I can't quite find anything online matching the two black stripes on it's back. I vacummed them up before I ...
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What is this worm/catapillar like creature

My friend sent me a video of this worm and she has been seeing some pop up where she lives. It moves like a worm, but I havent seen a worm like this before, she thinks it could be a Caterpillar.
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What kind of spider?

I’d much appreciate help figuring out what kind of spider this is. I’m in Western Washington, in the northern suburbs of Seattle. Its outside, on the eaves of the house. Particularly wondering if a ...
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Can anyone identify this spider

This is in Wroclaw, Poland. I'll be here a few months and I've noticed that they come in large groups in the evening. They are everywhere outside, but I haven't seen any inside. They seem to live in ...
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Europe: big fly with black/yellow striped body: I'm guessing a horse fly?

This one made a summer night visit to the room and tried to escape by banging against the ceiling. What is it? I found nothing which corresponds, though "horse fly" might be a close match. Location: ...