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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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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Identification of insect casing

Photo of specimen with of size. Please help identify what left behind this casing. It was found in middle of the yard, approximately 25 feet from nearest tree but was near a lumber pile of that is ...
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Is this a bear poo 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 poo. It didn't have any strong ...
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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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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 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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What specific kind of bug is this? [closed]

I am trying to figure out what kind of bug this is. Please help me know what bug and insect species this is. Appreciate it.
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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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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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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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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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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 plant is this? And how can I prevent it from dying? [migrated]

We've not overwatered it (we don't think) and have owned these plants for two years. In the space of a week these started to wilt. The right hand plant has a soft stem at the bottom. Is it possible to ...
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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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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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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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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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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 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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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 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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How to distinguish hornbeam from hophornbeam?

The town where I live plants both hornbeam trees (Carpinus betulus) and hophornbeans (Ostrya carpinifolia) as street trees. How can they be reliably distinguished, especially when there is no fruit on ...
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What is the name of this creature?

What is the name of this creature? It looks like either a crustacean or a conch.
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Can you identify this dead bug?

I found this bug in the kitchen and already killed it. It's in austria area. Can someone tell me if it's dangerous?
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Bug Identification North Carolina Help

I found this bug up in North Carolina and it freaked me out because I found it inside. Would anyone be familiar with this type of bug? I apologize for the bad angle, it is not a bee at all, but had a ...
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What are these most tiny bugs called

These bugs are the smallest bugs I've ever seen in my life and they are very annoying, throughout the day, I just feel sudden scratches on my body and when I look closely, the cause are these bugs ...
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A cup of milk dregs has turned a deep blue color. What is growing in it?

Ok, so yes this is gross and all. But it was too amazing to me to keep to myself. I left a cup with a small amount of leftover milk from "honey bunches of oats" out for like 2-3 days and ...
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Is this Poison Hemlock?

There is a lot of this growing in standing water near a drainage route and spring. It looks similar to water or poison hemlock.
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Fresh Water Fish Identification

A couple of days ago I just adopted a group of 7 fishes, 2 inches long each, orange-pinkish color, a black dot before the tail, very fast, active and peacefull. Looks like a kind of tetra fish. Anyone?...
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Arachnid identification request

Every so often I come across one of these (presumably) spiders, but haven't been able to find out what species it is. It is black, ~7mm in length, has a long and narrow body and relatively short legs, ...
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Which spider(?) is this hanging out on my seaside daisy?

The title says it all... location: Switzerland
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Is this a worker, or something else?

As far as I understand, this is a buff-tailed bumble bee (Bombus terrestris). It was collected (dying) inside my house in Santiago, Chile. The species was intentionally introduced not far away, for ...
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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 this insect found in Melbourne, Australia?

This photo was taken a few days ago (late May 2022, during daylight hours) on a timber deck in the northern suburbs of Melbourne, Australia. The animal is roughly 3cm long. The photograph shows shed ...
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Please help identify this plant

This plant/branch was part of a table decoration brought home from La Puente, CA, a week ago. It's been kept in a jar of water. I hope to: Learn the name(s) of this plant. Learn the correct ...
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What is this spider? Found in garage during May in NY

Stands very flat with its legs very outstretched, doubles-up its front legs (first pic looks like it only has 6 legs). Brownish-dark gray, not quite black. It's alive, but it wasn't particular active ...
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corse tree identification

My nosy belling-cat was asking itself what kind of mediterranean tree/fruit is seen on the pictures below. Location is Corsica, St. Florent - late June. Extra points on nutrition factors in case of ...
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Are these little white fuzzy insects "scale"? What species and what is their lifecycle like?

These appeared on three small, similar houseplants I bought about a month earlier at a nursery. There were dozens. I physically removed a few and just pruned stems that had many, and put the clippings ...
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Is this an instar of the red fire bug?

While inspecting some yarrow that seemed to be having problems, I found a few of these bugs. I think they may be an instar of red firebug, but the photos of the nymphs that I found had only one row of ...
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