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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Fly identification (Michigan)

Recently we've seen lots of this small fly in our house in Michigan. They are smaller than regular houseflies and don't have the distinctive green/blue sheen that houseflies have. I assume they bite, ...
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Possible fishbone identification

It's my first post to this forum so I really hope, my question is not misplaced here! I found this item on the beach La Línea de la Concepción, Spain and it resembles pictures I found of certain spine ...
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Help identifying small snake in southern India

I found a baby snake near a hill in Karnataka, Southern part of India. It's monsoon season here. Approximate length - 15 cm
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Is this bear excreta on trees?

We were hiking lately in Canadian Rockies (the Kananaskis country) and kept encountering branches of conifers near ground covered in brown substance similar to mud or excreta. It didn't have any ...
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Flies without wings

some time ago I spotted a wingless fly in my small garden. I thought to myself that it's rather weird and most likely just a random thing. But after some time I spotted more wingless flies and just a ...
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Does it look like bed bug? [duplicate]

Is this a bed bug? I found it In my bathroom. Can someone help. I am freaking out.
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Are These Oyster Crabs?

I found these crabs at the end of September, 2018. My family was vacationing on the coast of Lopez Island in the Pacific Ocean off of Washington State. I have been trying to figure out what they are ...
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Identification of insect casing

Photo of specimen with a US quarter (~24 mm diameter) for size reference. Please help identify what left behind this casing. It was found in middle of the yard, approximately 25 feet from nearest tree ...
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Wierd exoskeleton that I found [closed]

Weird body with a long tail with a hole in the head. It was in a little crevice. I'm in Laconia, New Hampshire.
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Is this a Sunflower? Well over 10 ft tall

Huge stem but not the broad heart-shaped leaves like I have seen in pictures of sunflowers. Leaves look more like those of Helianthus. Stem is a good 6 inches around and smooth not hairy. The red ...
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Feather identification

One of my sister's chickens was killed a few days ago. This feather was left at the scene of the crime. The location was Idaho, near Boise. The death of the chicken leads us to believe it is a hawk ...
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Shrub in open gravel field

Location: Gravelly open field. East of Toronto. Date: August 4, 2022 Description: Shrub; alternating leaves; 8 feet tall; trunk is 1.5 inches wide at the base. Tip: It's possible to zoom in on the ...
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Is this poison ivy?

Location: Sunny, dry, well-drained yard. East of Toronto, Ontario. Date: August 2, 2022 Description: Three leaves, new leaves are oily and reddish, woody stem, vine crawls along ground Hint: It's ...
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Marine invertebrate San Juan Islands, WA, USA

I noticed a green-colored marine arthropod in harbor in the US San Juan Islands (early July 2022, around noon), specifically Haro Strait, and took several pictures from the dock. The bug was ...
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Bolete (?) mushroom identification

I'm attempting to identify a gorgeous set of mushrooms. I'm not anything resembling a mycologist, and I have no intention on consuming these... But for my own curiosity, I'm trying to identify these ...
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Is this a Kestrel?

Apologies for the poor pictures, they are a crop of a tiny part of a picture taken with max zoom. A nature reserve in Bulgaria, I often see those birds while I hike there. They let people come quite ...
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What insect is this? Found in a dying tree

I recently found this insect near where I live, where my childs play always! Is it dangerous ??. What insect is this ?
Is it poisonous? Its about 3cm Picture: I live in Montreal, Quebec, Canada
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What species does this shell belong to?

What species of mollusc shell is this? Found this on the east coast of India, RK Beach, Vishakhapatnam Small enough to fit in a hand. Looks like a flower - is it a broken shell?
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Vertebra identification

What type of vertebra is this? It was found on a beach in Corea, Maine.
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Trying to identify a Spider found in rural Missouri, USA

I am trying to identify this spider found indoors in a rural area near Kansas City, Missouri. I cannot recall seeing one like it in my 14 years of living here but I have now found 3 inside in the past ...
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What is this bug? Is it dangerous?

The bug in the picture was walking on my arm while I was sleeping and woke me up. I took a picture before the bug hid away! What is this type of bug and is it dangerous ? Its size is 1cm, its speed ...
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What is this unusual butterfly?

Sighted in West London, July 23rd., 2022. The weather was cool and overcast. I could only get a picture of the underwing, but the upper wing was orange towards the head, and white towards the tail, ...
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Colorado insect identification

Found this bug in my backyard, but was unable to identify it. Thanks for any hint! Edit : I live in the south east suburbs of Denver, Centennial. So this is quite an urban area. I found this bug on my ...
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Lumpy green balls on tomato leaf

We live in central Maryland, USA, and pulled this off a tomato plant in our garden this morning (mid-summer). Any idea what these are? Not sure if they’re beneficial or parasitic, but I’d say the ...
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Identifying a Texan horned butterfly

I found this butterfly on some late-season bluebonnets in Fort Worth, Texas, this evening. You can get some sense of scale if you know how big bluebonnets are; the body is probably about the size of ...
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species ID: garden bush from Bangalore, India

Please help to identify this plant. It is a garden bush growing in soil. The pictures were taken in Bangalore, India.
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Please help me identify this plant. Is the fruit edible?

When free, could the experts here please help me identify this plant. Location: Puget Sound, Washington State, US Height: 3-4 feet Date: July Is the orange colored fruit edible?
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Volunteer/seedling in Toronto garden

What species of plant is this? Location: Toronto area (Ontario, Canada) Date: July 7, 2022 Conditions: Acid soil in shade Height: Approx. 11 inches Description: Younger leaves resemble tomato leaves. ...
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Can you identify these tiny black insects please?

I'm afraid I don't know anything about them except that there are suddenly thousands of them invading my house since about a week ago, and I'd like to repel them. Found in Cambridge, UK. They are ...
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Are there flies that can spray their eggs while flying?

While I was reading a few articles about parasitic infections caused by flies, to be specific Myiasis, I read something saying that some flies can spray their eggs when they are flying around their ...
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What is this black and white worm in a white case?

The case is very small and it's an off white color. The thing living inside can come out of either end. It's a black and white looking worm. It will poke its head out and move everywhere! They are ...
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Help identifying possible fossil found in coastal northern Iran

This was found in Jangels near by the sea, in North Iran:
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What Philippine snake is colored black with yellow markings?

I am from Philippines, found a snake inside our house and my father killed it. It is small about 10 inches or more. I doubt this snake was venomous though I didn't want to kill it.
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What kind of scorpion is this?

This is in Nevada; it's about the size of a tooth pick in length. (click to enlarge) What kind of scorpion is this?
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Is this insect a bedbug? [duplicate]

I just found this bug on our bed. So even though it is literally a bedbug… is it actually a bedbug? We have never had an issue before and no signs of bites. But finding this worries me now…
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Is this bark beetle going to be a problem?

This little (around 3mm in length) beetle is one of many that infested a gingerbread heart in our house. It seems to be some kind of bark beetle. My question is what exact species it is likely to be ...
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Is this a type of fruit fly?

I live in Taipei, and these flying insects are about 2-4 millimeters long (body length). They are very active when it's over roughly 24C indoors, and will fly, land and run around randomly on ...
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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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Species identification - what kind of worm is this?

I am finding these worms in my bathroom since summer arrived. I have been finding these on floor, walls and damp towel I left hung overnight in bathroom couple of times. When these worms are squished, ...
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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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Can you identify this mosquitoe-like bug?

I'm wondering what is this bug, I have never seen it before and its behaviour is just weird for me, they just try to climb to the top of the window, then fall and start over again, I see no hole they ...
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Found this under a rock at the beach, removed it carefully and couldn't find any other bones, must be a marine mammal of some sort

Does anyone know what this is? I know this is not a land mammal because [details needed]. Unknown skull found under rock at beach. No sign of eye sockets or jaw with teeth. I have no idea what this ...
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What species of poplar tree is this?

I am looking for information on how to identify a poplar (Populus) tree. It is located in Dresden, Germany, next to a small stream. The city tree database lists it as Populus nigra. However, it ...
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What is this colorful bug from Germany?

a friend found this little fella just outside of Berlin and managed to snap a blurry picture. This boy or girl is probably the size of a finger nail and features fly like skin wings with no hard ...
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What is my pet tortoise' species?

I got this tortoise from my uncle. He said that it wandered into his yard. Found in Khon Kaen, Thailand during the summer.
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What types of spider and caterpillar are these, and what are they doing?

What varieties of spider / caterpillar(?) are these? And what is the spider doing to the caterpillar? This is in Texas. This went on for hours, with the spider dancing with the caterpillar in the ...
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What is this marine creature? Is this a fossil?

Found this on a beach on the East coast of India - Vishakhapatnam, India Is this a fossil? A coral? Its small enough to fit in my hand These tunnel-like structures are hard like rock/calcified ...
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What is the bird that are on house and make sound during part of the night?

For a few weeks, my neighbour is disturbed by a sound that seems to comes from me. It's mostly heard at the end of a day, but he said the sound stops in the night. After checking, yes, it seems to be ...
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Could you identify which species of ant is this queen?

could you identify which species of ant is this queen. I caught it in Bangalore, India. I caught it after a rain at around five to six. ]2
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Scorpion in Ohrid, Macedonia, 5cm long

Hi, can u please help to identify what kind of scorpion is this? A friend of mine found it at home, in urban area in Ohrid, Macedonia. It is aroun 5 cm long. Thank you.

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