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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My dog and I are wondering: is this a biting midge, or another bug?

A week or two ago, my dog started scratching, and it only increased. Not long after, I started getting bit by something that itches something awful. I thought it was fleas so got some medication and ...
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What is the name of this sea creature?

I found this creature on the beach in San Diego. It is 8cm long and the end to the right is the mouth. The underside is exactly the same as what is visible. What is the name of this species.
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Identification of a worm/larva

I found several of these worms falling from the upper part of a mosquito net framed in a window while opening/closing it after several months of inactivity. Location: big city in Southern Europe. Any ...
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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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Insect Identification. Moth or dragonfly or?

Found on the exterior wall of my house taking cover from the rain it seems. Wingspan is approximately 5cm. I live in the South SF Bay and it has been rather cold and rainy this week.
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Tree Identification - California Bay Area

I've seen these trees in the Bay Area in Mountain View and Fremont, and have been searching for different pine tree varieties that have wider canopies. Does anyone here know what trees these are, they ...
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ID: Serated-leafed seedling

A seedling has popped up in one of my planters (acid soil; Toronto, Ontario). What is it? June 4, 2020: June 20, 2020:
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Help identifying plant

I saw this plant during the summer in Yorkshire, in the north of England. It was found near in a lowland area not too far from a river, but not in a boggy / marshy place. I’ve also seen them ok ...
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What is this white/translucent with brown back, larva/worm creature I found, in the UK, on my lettuce?

I'm in United Kingdom, East Anglia. I've just started to grow lettuce in my back garden, taking my first harvest today, I found one of these creatures: They have a distinctive brown/white mark along ...
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Firstly, Spider ID? Also possible relation to ~100+ serious bite reactions in past 1-2yrs

Might have been occuring since day 1 in new residence about 2 years ago. Bites are painful to touch, when fresh, very odd sort of void filled with black stuff under skin which regularly shows fang ...
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Large Alpine Hymenopteran Seen in the White Mountains

I was hiking in the White Mountains in New Hampshire, USA, and at the peak of Mount Eisenhower saw a number of large bee-like insects. They appeared to be nesting in a rock cairn, and were strikingly ...
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What is this stick-like creature?

My wife noticed this on her trousers immediately after coming home - probably acquired after brushing past a bush. It's about one inch long, and does not move much - but when poked it will flex and ...
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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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Plant with purple/white/yellow flower

This plant popped up as a volunteer in a flower box in Winnipeg, Manitoba. It is roughly 6-inches tall by 6-inches wide. What is it?
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ID for red millipede swarm near my place

Location:Hyderabad,South India. These worms usually come out when it rains,these worms are the most common ones any help in figuring out them,they come in groups too.
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What kind of spider is this? Brown with white spots

It was found in Houston, Texas, but I've never seen one before. Does anyone know what it is?
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Is this aquatic plant duckweed or something else?

This plant has been growing in my pond for quite a time now. It multiplies in large numbers rapidly. Some told me it is duckweed or is it something else?
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Is this some sort of book lice or bed bug? Online shipping box

I found a few of these in the box when I opened it after delivery. Worried it could be a bed bug nymph. There were a few in the edges of the box. I’ve been opening up boxes in the garage so haven’t ...
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Spider Identification in Miami, FL

These two spiders were found at the Fairchild Gardens in Miami, FL. What spiders are these?
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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 larva/insect?

What is this larva/insect that I saw crawling on one of my books? It moves by wriggling motion and seems to be able to retract it's head(?) when disturbed. It is about 8mm long. Location: Chennai, ...
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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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Identification of South Indian plant

I'm from South India and I'm having quite a fuss identifying this plant. It has totally transparent stems, and when I break them, water squeezes out. My local friend tells me that this was used in the ...
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Help identify this mite?

I saw a decimal-sized dot walking on my hand. I wanted to know what this is, so I got it onto some paper and sandwiched below a piece of clear tape so I could keep it in place and photograph it. ...
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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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Australian Tree Identification Help

I am looking at identifying a tree for a friend who lives outside of Melbourne. Being from Tennessee in the US, we don't have anything very similar to this at all and it doesn't look like any of the ...
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Bedbug or psocid?

I’ve found a few of these tiny bugs on the windowsill next to my bed. Can anyone tell if it is a bedbug nymph, psocid, or something else?? I’m hoping it’s not the former! Edit: They were very small ...
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What is this plant that spontaneously sprouted in my balcony?

I have a big pot on my balcony that has inhabited many kinds of plants over the years. One spring I got to unexpected sprouts from seeds the size of an apple or orange seed. One survived and grew to ...
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Help ID snake near Deming NM

This snake is in our yard, south of Deming NM, in Luna County. Approximate length is about 3 1/2 feet. It moved slowly at the time, but was being picked on by a couple of medium-sized birds. It is ...
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Is this tall, white tree in central Australia a kind of Eucalyptus?

This is near Alice Springs NT, Australia, about -24°S latitude, 550m. Area is arid but it's in a maintained park. I don't know the exact size, but the photo is hand-held from the ground and clearly ...
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Help identifying an insect by its remains

Yesterday i hiked in Bolsena lake, Italy. I felt this insect moving into my ear. So i smashed my ear and this is the result. Please tell me that there are no risks related to Lyme desease or similar. ...
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Identify this indoor plant with strange stem-like leaves

It appears that this plant branches multiple times from the base of its stem; however, I'm not sure if the base stems are from one organism. It becomes yellowish in color at the tip each stem-like ...
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What are these black masses floating on my pool?

I've been cleaning them for some time. At first I thought it was some kind of synthetic material, but when I took one with my fingers it disintegrated into filaments. I placed another under my usb ...
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Bug identification

This little thing was stuck in my toe. Not sure if its head is missing or sth. Do you know what this could be? Found in central Europe.
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Identify arthropod with many legs in Mumbai

Can someone please identify this ~5 cm long arthropod? I've been finding one of these every 2-3 days inside my apartment ever since rainy season started here in Mumbai (June). The bulb portion is its ...
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What jellyfish is this?

I saw this jellyfish at Brighton Beach, Victoria, Australia. I have searched jellyfish images but there is nothing similar. It is round with a diameter of approximately 80cm and the blue part looks ...
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Identify an animal (Japan, urban area)

I met this animal yesterday while walking along a small river in Yokohama, Japan. It came out of the bushes some 5 meters away from me, but while I was launching the camera app on my smartphone, it ...
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What are these little bugs?

I recently found at least 50 of these little bugs roaming around my window sills indoors in my bedroom right behind the head of my bed. I can’t seem to find what they are. I’d love tips on what they ...
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What's the name of this Heteroptera bug from Toronto, Canada?

My friend already identified it as belonging to the Heteroptera order, but I was wondering if anyone knows the name of the species. Found in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, on July 21 2017, in a ...
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What is the name of this red and blue striped spider (?) - Brazil, Rio de Janeiro

Anyone knows the name of this thing? I found it in our bathroom. It is maybe 10-15 mm. It looks like a spider but the colors left me puzzled
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How can I obtain a uniform bacterial sample?

I'm currently doing a research project wherein I will be testing the antibiotic resistance of a bacterial sample. Due to a risk of contamination during transport, I'm not allowed to request a uniform ...
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Which beetle is this?

I'm curious to find out what kind of beetle this is. Google lens search suggested a type of longhorn beetle, but I am not convinced. The photo is taken in Karnataka, in India Thanks!!
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What specie of flying insect is this? [duplicate]

The insect pictured below just flown into my room. I live in Central Europe (Poland), it is about evening now. The thing is about 1,5 cm in length (not sure about this, I was too focused on driving it ...
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Identifying a lone bone found newar Rowena Crest, Oregon (USA)

I was wondering whether anyone knows how to identify what animal the following bone belongs to. I assume it a femur, but it seems rather short and squat. The following photos show two views of this ...
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What is this yellow sticky excretion from a moth? Details in photos

Saw this moth on some grass the other day and took some bad phone photos. I'd like to know what the yellow excretion is. I believe it is an excretion from the moth (as opposed to for example, some ...
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Unidentified insect seen in southern UK, near North Downs

This creature was seen in southern UK, near North Downs, just this weekend. https://youtu.be/5VJYOrMJXaQ
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Have I identified this species correctly? Weird ocean blob

I often comb the beaches in Santa Cruz (central California coast) for weird stuff that washes ashore. The waves have been a lot stronger than usual the last few days, and the today the beach was ...
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What is the name of this insect?

This insect was found in my garden in India on the evening of August 07, 2019. It's rainy season here.
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What is this sea shell?

Found in Belgrade, possibly carried back from the Mediterranean or Aegean coast.
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What large “package” is carried by this large spider underneath itself?

One night in early May in northern Taiwan a strange looking spider carrying a large white "package" underneath itself ran in front of me and stopped, so I photographed it. The package is roughly the ...

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