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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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What is this tiny, transparent creature found in my home?

Found these in my bathroom, everything was literally crawling with them - there were thousands of those on walls, sink, bathtub... I have all surfaces were sprayed with chlorine spray and with bug ...
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What is this soft cased worm-like creature?

Found this creature in the bathroom Features which ought to help for identification: Size = 1 cm Soft casing Can emerge from either end of its case and thus reverse the direction it crawls. Many ...
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Mold identification

I poured some agar plates and tried inoculating them with mushroom spores (I don't think they germinated bc of low humidity), but noticed what looks like mold with crystals on the surface of the agar. ...
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What type of moth is this?

What type of moth is this that was on my wall in Spain
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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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Larva of Halyomorpha halys?

I just found these small insects on a Saponaria. After search, it could be Halyomorpha halys, but I am really not sure. Can anyone confirm? If so, should I kill them as they are considered as ...
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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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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 this beautiful insect?

I spotted this magnificient looking insect last night in my house in Singapore. It was around 1.5 inches long and had a silverish golden back with long legs and antennae. ^ Click for full-size, ...
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What species of thermophilic prokaryote is present in hot compost that creates white mould like threads?

A method known as the "hot composting" method aims to create the right ratio of carbon rich and nitrogen rich materials in the pile in order to encourage thermophilic organisms to thrive in order to ...
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Pink growth (aka pink slime) in bathtub or shower

I was wondering if anybody had studied or was knowledgeable about the pink growth that people often find around water fixtures in their homes, especially bath tubs and showers? My understanding is ...
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What is the identity of this flower found in Mavericks Beach in Half Moon Bay, California, USA?

Please help identify this flower I saw in Mavericks Beach in Half Moon Bay, California. It was smelling soooo good, you can feel from distance. I want to buy and plant in my garden. Thank you,
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Dragonish caterpillar from North Vietnam

I encountered this caterpillar in North Vietnam (Hanoi) and could not find any reliable web site for this kind of search. I am not an entomologist, so I don't even know how to describe it, except that ...
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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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What is this little owl-like bird?

I was walking outside (location: Netherlands) and just saw this little bird: Unfortunately I had to take a long range picture with my cell phone so the quality is quite bad, however I hope still ...
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What kind of bird is this?

Found in southwest Michigan. It appears to have fallen from a nest.
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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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Why does this plum/apricot hybrid look like brains?

Why does this plum/apricot hybrid look like brains? Notes: Here's a photo of what a normal fruit on the tree looks like. Location is Zone 5, east of Toronto. There are about 20 other fruits on the ...
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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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Can Anyone Identify this Tissue?

I am hoping someone can identify the image below My wife felt a bug bite her and found this in her hair now she's worried that it was a tick. the photo is at 40X under microscope. I'm guessing it's ...
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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 bug is this

Found in Mojave county Az. It was in my home. I have a cat. Real small about 1/8 inch
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Can anyone identify this bug I keep finding on my window sill? [duplicate]

These bugs are very small, but can vary from brown as seen in the picture to almost a white-ish/translucent appearance. I reckon they are 1mm in size.
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Larva in cat's water dish

Can anyone help me identify this tiny larva I found in my cat's water dish and tell me how it got there?
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Unknown Lamiaceae plant identification

A while ago I received a pack of seeds described as Pycnanthemum Pilosum / Mountain mint. The seeds are small (below 1 millimeter) and brown: Plants grown out of these seeds are around 40 centimeters ...
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What kind of spider is this? First time I have ever seen one

This was taken 07/06/19 in Cape Breton, NS, Canada. I would say that it is about an inch (2.5 cm) in length and seemed to be pretty uniformly grey. The belly was the same colour as the legs, it had a ...
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House sparrow or something else?

These little flying fellows seemed to have made themselves a small nest in the crevices of the roof of my house (I live in Poland). I don't know if this makes a difference, but I do live near a small ...
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Where should I go for online information on animals endemic specifically in Mozambique?

I've been involved with the citizen science project "Wildcam Gorongosa" for over half a year now (website, forum). As there are lots of unexperienced volunteers, many questions are being asked. Often ...
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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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is this a brown recluse spider?

What kind of spider is this? SE Michigan, light brown color, second picture less focused but w tape measure for scale. Thank you!
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Is this spider venomous?

I found this spider in bathroom. Just wanted to know more about it. Location : India(South India,Hyderabad) Temperature : 30°C Humidity : 74%
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Species identification. Is this a leech?

The pictured creature, shown at the bottom of a glass, was attached to a friend’s child after he was swimming in the Ottawa River today. It stretches out to roughly an inch in length but in this “...
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Can you identify this red insect?

Location: Lansdowne, Uttarakhand, India Date: 27 May 2017 Time: 5.33 pm The insect was found walking upwards on a plastic table. It was about 3-4cm long, as far as I remember; its been a long time ...
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Caterpillar(?) in Leaf Cocoon identification - Missouri

A small chunk of leaves fell off of a potted tomato plant. We noticed our cats taking an interest in it once it started moving. Then a little caterpillar poked its head out. What kind of bug is this ...
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Can someone identify this plant I saw in NYC (might not be native idk)

I've never seen a plant with these type of leaves before and was wondering if anyone recognized/can figure out the species.
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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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What is this (seed/berry)-like object and where is it coming from?

I've been finding these little green (seed/berry) like objects in my garden for three years now. This picture shows either a large variant or simply a later lifecycle stage of development. At ...
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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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Can anyone identify this species of spider?

These spiders are all over everything on my padio in New Hampshire. Can anyone help me identify what they are?
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Bug larvae identification

anybody know what this might be, found in my bed. Pennsylvania, USA . Thanks
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What are these tiny creatures swimming around my aquarium?

I was checking out my aquarium today, and decided to scoop out a water sample and take a look at it more closely. What I discovered were numerous, very, very tiny white worms (?) swimming around in ...
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What kind of weird little insect is this?

What kind of insect is this? I found it in my work room. I live in the city of São José dos Campos, São Paulo, Brazil
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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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What is this underwater creature?

West Bali, about 10 meters deep. Body is roughly 10 cm across. Does not move.
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What kind of insect is this? (seen in Goma, Democratic Republic of the Congo)

We recently (in November) saw this insect in Goma, DRC. I would appreciate help identifying it.
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Is that a sundew?

I have bought the seeds for a sundew/drosera (growbro.nl) but I have pretty serious doubt if that is really the plant I wanted :-) If not, what kind of plant is that I have grown?
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Mysterious spherical mass of feathers (Reddit)

Original posting from Reddit I am posting this here in the hopes that an ornithologist might be able to shed some light on this unusual finding. Locality is Boise, Idaho. This appears to be a ...
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Identification of a small flat bug

So for the last few days I have been noticing these small bugs in my bathroom -- they don't appear frequently, and I see them once or twice a month. The characteristics and behavior I observed are as ...
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Is identifying the genus of a fungus (mushroom specifically) enough?

Does the genus of a mushroom have enough information about it, without the species? Let's say I wanted to identify a mushroom (when picking) to see if I can safely pick and later eat it. Let's say I ...
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What is this worm-like creature?

It is on my bed sheet. The hairy part the the rear end. The length is about the diameter of a US dime (~18mm).