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 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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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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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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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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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: Tiny Bugs

I have seen these on my hands recently and I am wondering what they are. Urban Setting. South Central Pennsylvania.
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 species of insect is this?

I saw this insect near a beach in Corsica France:
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What is this animal that hides in dustlike structure?

I'd like help identifying the species of animal in these two photos. There's some dust(or dust-like substance) with something alive inside of it (possibly a larva or I don't really know what to call ...
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Identify these two large, colorful dragonflies in Taiwan?

Here are two dragonflies that I photographed today in Hsinchu county Taiwan. They are both quite large, with a body length of about 5 or 6 cm. I often see them in the same pond or nearby marshy area. ...
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Insect identification - pantry moth vs clothes moth

Are the following insects a pantry moth or a clothes moth? I live in Europe, if geographical location is of importance in this case. The insects are about 7 - 10 mm in length. For several months I ...
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Is this arthropod non-intrusive and recommended to be left alive?

I am in Portugal (Lisbon) at the moment, and when leaving my room late at night (12 pm ~ 04 am) I usually face about 4 of these arthropods in the corridors: (For reference, the "line" in the image is ...
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Help in identifying an unknown arthropod

I'm not even sure it's an insect: the best I can do is identify it as an arthropod. I captured this slow-moving organism and after a period of observation under high magnification, I concluded that ...
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What in the world is this critter?

We spotted this thing crawling around a (thankfully empty) bowl in our apartment in Barcelona, Spain. I have never seen anything like it. It appears to be some kind of caterpillar-like insect, but it ...
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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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What is this insect found commonly in coastal India? [duplicate]

I have lived in two cities on the western coast of India and I have seen quite a few of these insects(?) in both places. It basically has an outer cocoon of sorts, which looks a lot like dirty lint. ...
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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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Small mottled beetle identification

I live in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, and recently started seeing a bunch of these little guys in my house. They're about 1/8" long (estimate), with brown/black zigzag stripes; it's possible they're ...
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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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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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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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Spider Identification Illinois

I noticed a really huge, beautiful web on my porch last week, and tonight, I discovered its resident. I'm thinking it's an Araneus diadematus (Cross Orbweaver), but I was hoping for some confirmation. ...
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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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Is it possible to identify this chrysalis?

At least I believe it's a chrysalis. I found it hanging from my gate the other day. I'm in Western Arkansas: More photos here
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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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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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What is this hard shelled insect in my house?

I moved to a new city in west India last year and I've since, on several occasions, seen this insect on walls and it's usually climbing using its head. It has a greyish long shell and moves in a very ...
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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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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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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 is Growing on These Tree Leaves? (Image)

I found a seemingly diseased tree when I was out playing tennis yesterday... What is growing on this tree leaf? Is this a disease? If so, is it contagious? I have zero knowledge in botany, but I'm ...
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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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I found a bug on my bedroom floor. Is this a bedbug?

I found this insect on my bedroom floor. I'm worried. I hope this is not a bed bug. Size: 3-4 mm
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