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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What kind of soil-dwelling flying insect is this?

In the UK. They are roughly 1.5mm long, appear to crawl much more than fly, and seem to live in the soil of indoor potted plants. They are fast and tiny, so apologies for very shallow DOF. The first ...
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Brown spider in New Hampshire White Mountains area found in sheltered areas around house

Found this light brown spider in sheltered locations outside my home in Franconia, New Hampshire. Should I be concerned about its presence and the dozens of others?
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Can you help identify this bird in Louisville Kentucky?

This bird shows up in my back yard every night. It is calling and sometimes I hear a bird in the distance calling back. I think its an owl but I haven't seen it yet. Any ideas what it is?
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Insect with long neck—what is it?

I found this insect in Fish Haven, Idaho (right next to Bear Lake) in June and think it’s absolutely fascinating: If you can’t tell from the picture, it’s a few centimeters in length—very thin with a ...
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Anyone can identify this moth?

Found on the ceiling of my flat. Place: London, UK Date: 9th of August Size I would say slightly more than inch and inch and half (3-4cm) wingspan Suspect on the photo:
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Strange planarian/leech like creatures found with California blackworms

I've been trying to ID these things myself but to no avail. They came with a shipment of California blackworms from Florida. I've heard so many ID's and apparently it's not uncommon to get these ...
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Can anyone identify this spider? Found in Italy

My cousin found this spider at his place. He lives near Milan, Italy, in a small town. It's a humid region, around there the are a lot of fields but it is a 15 km from the city. It's still hot in ...
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Help in identifying an unknown Golden Worm/Larvae

Can anyone help me to recognize this type of species? Is it a clustered worms or clustered larvae? Location is in Bali, Indonesia. Recently this species is goes viral, but people here always link this ...
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Insect ID Montreal, Qc Canada

I found this bug in my kitchen, in front of my oven. It has wings and moves quite slowly on the ground. I can provide additional pictures if required. Can somebody tell me what it is? I have found ...
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Did my wildlife camera take a picture of a lynx?

A wildlife camera took a photograph of an animal. Unfortunately this is the only picture my camera collected. This picture was taken in the central interior of British Columbia, Canada. The distance ...
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ID request - larvae on potato plants

Several of these were on my potato plants in Washington state, USA. This one about 7mm in length, some were a bit larger. They were moving in an inchworm-like fashion, but only by touch - I don't ...
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Identification of a bug, Anobium punctatum?

At first I feared that our old building was attacked by Anobium punctatum. But now, I'm not so sure. Each week we find 2-5 of them around our apartment. What are they? and should we worry? The bugs ...
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What type of white hard thing grows on lobster

I have no idea how to explain it. It looks like mini white volcanoes growing on a lobster shell. Is it bacteria or parasite?
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Arthropod identification request [duplicate]

I'm in Southern Germany and just captured this animal crawling along my wall at considerable speed, apparently hiding from the light. It looks like a entipede from afar (about two dozen legs), and ...
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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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Which plant's part is this?

I found this plant in Rajasthan, India. This sample is 4-5 cm long. This is an ornamental plant. It was a potted plant. I put my fingertip in the photo to give an idea of size of the specimen. I can't ...
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What is this organism? [duplicate]

Link to GIF on imgur What is this flat organism? It is around 1 cm long. I find them in places which aren't cleaned often. Location is India. Are they harmful or poisonous? Edit: I've found that this ...
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What fish is this?

I was out snorkeling at Biscayne Bay in Miami, Florida in the shallow waters near the shore when I saw this fish. What fish is this? I see it has black spots at the bottom and five white lines along ...
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Tree with red samaras

This tree has red samaras. Location: Toronto Size: medium-sized tree Date: July 26th, 2020 What is it?
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Red flower with yellow star in center with fig-like leaves

This plant has red flowers with a yellow star in the center and has fig-like leaves. Location: Toronto Size: 4ft tall by 3ft wide Date: July 25th, 2020 What is it?
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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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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 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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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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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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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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