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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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Insect identification - Is this a bedbug?

This bug was found on a couch in Cape Girardeau, Missouri. The couch, and the two beds in the room show no signs of other bugs. Is this a bed bug that I should worry about or something harmless? It ...
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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 insect is this? (India)

Can anyone tell me what kind of insect (if it is one) is this...!! Or is it the pupa of some insect? Well I don't think that the whole big thing is the insect itself, it appears to be just a kind of ...
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Questions about insects eating flour and living in the cracks of a wooden cutting boards

I have a large wooden cutting board which is used in my kitchen mainly for preparing egg pasta. The wood type is Populus (poplar or aspen or cottonwood). The main ingredients used with the cutting ...
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Identification of an insect from midwest US

I have been seeing them more and more frequently indoors. I am currently in the Midwest United States, weather has been unusually warm for December, and there are many trees nearby. Can someone ...
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What is the name of the critter depicted in the attached image?

I found a critter on my bathroom towel. It's really tiny. Maybe 2 milimetres? I placed it on an envelope for the photograph. Can someone identify what it is?
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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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Bug Identification: Is this small tubular, black bug a bed bug?

So I found this tiny bug on my wall in the bedroom of my apartment. I estimate it is about 3mm long by 1mm wide. Is it a bed bug? It does not seem to match any of the pictures I've seen online. ...
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What small insect is this?

Lately, lots of these little bugs have been lurking in my house in Italy. Should I worry? I'm curious to know what they are. For reference, the 2 cent Euro is 18.75 mm in diameter.
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Can anyone help confirm this tiny insect larvae?

Can anyone help identify this insect larvae? Found: UK, autumn, in a bed. Size: less than 2mm The bed was searched thoroughly and no others were found, but is there likely to be more of them? ...
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Varied Carpet Beetle Larvae

I keep finding what I'm 99% sure are carpet beetle larvae on my walls, of all places. Yet when I look around and search thoroughly, I cannot find any signs of an(y) adult Beetle(s). Why/how is this ...
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Identify this smooth-cocoon worm from Southern India

I couldn't identify which species these worms belong to. I believe they're insect larvae. They measure approximately 5 to 10 mm in length, and are common in the southern states of India. They carry ...
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A new species of small bird?

This picture is take from my village in Gujarat, India. I think it is a small bird which I have never seen before. It is smaller than an Indian hummingbird and even smaller than a neem tree leaf. You ...
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Taxonomy: Categorising Collembola [closed]

Observe: In some rows (Order, Family), the third column reveals a discerning physical characteristic or body type (...
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What kind of small insect is this?

Found in central florida in the bath tub. Its about the size of a pencil marking, very small. What is it?
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Identifying a creature that appears to be a worm wrapped in a cocoon

This creature was found on a bed. At first, I thought it was a piece of lint, but then it suddenly moved. I picked it up in a paper towel and put it in an eye cream containers, which it is currently ...
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Can you help me identify this “thing”?

I found these "things" by chance on my wild strawberries which I grow in my organic garden. Basically, some strawberries are completely covered with them. They're transparent, they have dots equally ...
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What are these tiny, swarming, jumping bugs?

I built a small plywood box in my yard (on Long Island, NY, USA) for some stray cats about a year ago. I didn't bother waterproofing the box, and so over time the box has gotten damp. About two weeks ...
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Bug Identification: Tiny Bugs in Fairport NY

We have been finding a ton of these tiny bugs (pin head size or smaller) outside on our patios, outdoor tables, on the grill, etc. What are they and how do we get rid of them?
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Help identifying tiny jumping bug

I've found a few of these bugs hanging out on my desk. There aren't many. Maybe 5-10 at any given time. Are they a type of springtail? I couldn't find an image in searching that made me say, "That's ...
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Unknown aquatic larvae

These critters have taken up residence in standing water in a small terrarium. It is home to several frogs and lizards. If they will coexist peacefully, I have no objection. If they will harm plants ...
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Can Anyone Identify This Insect?

I keep seeing these bugs on a wall in my house in Istanbul (Turkey) walking up and down generally during evening and night. They are about 1 mm long and have a brownish color. I see more of them ...
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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 is this yellowish insect?

I found this insect inside of my shoe. It is approximately 1cm in length and less than half a centimetre wide. It was found in the Netherlands, in the province Gelderland. Close shot Distant shot ...
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Help me identify this insect from Bangladesh

I have seen this insect flying literally everywhere in Dhaka city (Bangladesh) over the last two months. It's small -- around 1-1.5 inches long. It's not an agile flyer and can be easily grabbed by ...
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Identifying a thin, black, worm-like creature with a hammer-shaped head

I came across the creature shown in the photo below yesterday evening while walking the dogs. At first, I thought it was an earthworm, but a flashlight revealed it to be something I had never seen ...
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Is this a plant or a fungus?

It was soft and covered in flies. My guess is fungi. Location: South Florida.
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What's the name of this bug from Toronto, Canada?

It's about 3 millimetres in length. Found on September 10, 2015.
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What species of insect is this?

I saw this insect near a beach in Corsica France:
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What is the scientific name of this evergreen plant?

This plant is found in India. It is an evergreen plant. Would love to know the scientific name.
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Identification of an insect found near Shirdi, Maharashtra

I found the insect nside house near Shirdi, Maharashtra. I have captured the image
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Species Identification - small insect

I found a few of these walking in the middle of the night (about 3 AM) on a wall in my room near the floor. They are at most a few millimetres long (no more than 2 I would say). I am living in Poland, ...
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What strange jelly-like thing is shown in the photo?

What is shown in the pictures below? The photo was taken at the Australia's south coast (Queenscliff). The length of the thing is no longer than 50 cm... It doesn't move and has jelly-like consistency....
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Does this recording sound like the pulses emitted by bats?

Out of curiosity, I recorded sounds in an area with lots of bats, hoping to be able to "hear" the bats communicating by lowering the ultrasound to a level down to the frequency which can be heard by a ...
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Small worm living in some kind of cocoon, what are these animals?

I am curious what animal is this. It is/lives inside some kind of cocoon, about 1 cm in length. They are attached to walls and to the ceiling, but sometimes they fall off. Inside the structure there ...
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What is this sand covered insect?

I have found in a wooden house, in the mountains of central Spain this very curious insect: I was wondering if that was its skin or whether it's decomposition or sand or saw-dust. That particular ...
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Horned Mohawk looking insect. What is it?

Any ideas? I didn't know any other way to explain it. I live in Indiana, USA if that helps. Someone said it might be a "stink bug" but I'm not sure and not willing to find out!
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What are these (eggs?) ? ( Location - India )

The picture can be zoomed in on clicking Description: There are 24 of them, each ovoid, 1mm long and attached to the switch's frame by suction cups connected by tubes. They are secured to the base ...
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What is the name of this plant?

This plant was found growing in Germany. I have never seen it before, reverse Google image search did not help either. Can you help me identify what type of plant this is? Thanks, looks like it is ...
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This strange spiral creature grew up in my cup of water after night [duplicate]

This grew up in my water cup over night! Length ~ 12mm Form - spiral made of dark dots It does not move Growing slowly Can some one help identify it?
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I have a black tiny bug crawling all over the house

This bug is crawling all around the house it stays within the shadows and moves very very slow, i have never seen it jump or run, it just moves very slowly P.S. those bugs as u can see are smaller ...
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Is this some sort of fungus?

There is something strange growing straight out of the glass windows at work. They look like hairs, about half an inch long, and each have a white spot on the tip of them, slightly weighing them down. ...
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Help ID this plant, quite possibly a weed

I found this plant near my South Indian home in Kerala, India. Most probably it could be some sort of weed. Anyhoo, is this plant of any medical or commercial value? Is it a remedy for something? It ...
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What kind of creature is this?

I saw this on Facebook today and have tried researching it myself, but I have had no luck.
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What is this small tree?

I found a dozen of these small trees in a local park that is just an overgrown homestead. The leaves look something like an elder but the flower clusters surrounded by white, four petaled false ...
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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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Please help to identify this insect

It is approx 1.5 inch (3 cm to 4.5 cm) long The insect's back and wings. Insect from its forward side Just few hours ago (around night 10 to 10.30 pm local time), this insect entered into our home,...
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What are these shrimp-like insects in my cat's water bowl that appear overnight

Our family has 2 cats and a dog. We keep food and water bowls outside for them. We clean and refill the water bowls every day. Almost every morning, the water bowl is teeming with small aquatic ...
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Tiny white very hard cell bug! Please help to identify!

I found these bugs walking on the floor/ wall and on my laptop. And unfortunately I think they could be in my bed, too, since I bring my laptop to bed sometimes. I live in a big city in the ...
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Insect identification, Chennai, India

Could someone tell me what the species of this beautiful insect is? Location: Chennai, India. Thank you!