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 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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Identification: tall conifer with tamarisk-like leaves

I am looking to identify a conifer that I found in a public park. Please see below for pictures of the leaves, bark and habit (click for full-size view). I normally use Pl@ntNet for identification, ...
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Is this a bedbug or something else?

Found it on my bedsheet close to my pillow. My boyfriend had a couple of welts a few weeks ago on his chest, but we can’t seem to find any other evidence on the mattress or around it.
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What is the name of this species of bird?

I've enjoyed watching this pair of birds build a nest in my patio light. One bird now appears to be in residence, and the red bird seems to come and go. I think they might be mates? These photos ...
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Coniferous tree with alternating bunches of short needles (Toronto area)

What species of tree is this? Location: East of Toronto, zone 6; urban Date of photos: May 10, 2022 Diameter at breast height: ~18 inches Height: ~30 ft
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What is the name/type/species of this insect?

Facts: Found in a bathtub in western Washington (state) (the pacific northwest). 3/16-1/4" long, 1/8-3/16 thick. Gray colored. No elongated noise but two antennas. No pets in home, older 1969 ...
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This looks like it was somebody’s home - but who?

Found this near the edge of a forest in upstate New York. It looks like the remnant of a cocoon of some kind. I would appreciate any help in identifying its original maker / occupant. I hope my ...
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Is this bark beetle going to be a problem?

This little (around 3mm in length) beetle is one of many that infested a gingerbread heart in our house. It seems to be some kind of bark beetle. My question is what exact species it is likely to be ...
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ant ID montreal, qc canada

I'd like to know what type of ants this is. These appeared in my basement recently. I am thinking those are called "pavement ants" after comparing online. Please help me identify them. ( ...
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Is it possible to identify a worm being carried by a depicted wasp?

Wikimedia has a picture of a Ancistrocerus trifasciatus / mason wasp carrying a kind of worm: Is it possible to tell what exactly kind of worm it is, based only on the above image, number of worm's ...
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Is this an Australian Wolf Spider? Any idea on the species if so?

I live in Western Australia, and recently have been finding a lot of a particular type of spider out in my backyard (generally at night, on the lawn). From what I could find, I believe it is an ...
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What bird is singing at almost 3 AM in Hong Kong?

I live in Hong Kong and there’s a bird around my street that sings around 3 AM, when there isn’t the slightest bit of twilight. I have recorded its song here: https://youtube.com/shorts/0dBNvPAgLmU?...
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Insect Identification please

Location Kothrud, Pune This was found on Sonchafa plant.
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Reptile identification - Is this a green iguana?

At first instance it looks like an iguana and since this photo was taken near the coast of Pernambuco, Brazil it could only be the green iguana, but as you can see from the photo the reptile is black. ...
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Species identification: plant with pitfall trap-like structures

I found this plant in Tuscany (Italy, mediterranean climate, about 60 m above mean sea level). Photos were taken at roughly the beginning of spring after a period of drought followed by a couple days ...
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Intersexual competition regarding energy investiture of offspring

A while ago I remembered reading about a species that had evolved so that the male sperm cells promoted the energy investiture of the female in this offspring upon fertilisation. Since this was a r-...
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What insect in shell is this?

Location: INDIA(Tropical Monsoon) I found an insect (approx 7mm) (marked with red in image) in my bedroom hanging from the roof. It can spin some kind of thread, since it was hanging at the first ...
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Species identification: flaky worm [duplicate]

enter image description here Recently our house got ABSOLUTELY INFESTED with the following creature. Kindly identify. Hapitat: damp shadowy regions of our house Description: The outer flake is ...
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Identification of black-and-white striped jumping insect?

I noticed this small insect with long striped antennae and legs hanging out on my parsley. I'd be curious to find out what it is. When I got close to take a picture of it, it suddenly leapt, like a ...
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Does anybody know what sort of fossil this could be?

enter image description here Found in rural North Dakota. Small rock with black circular indentations.
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What insect is this? (Switzerland) [duplicate]

I took these photos in June in Zurich, Switzerland. The insect struck me as fairly large; I'd say the body was probably 2-3 cm long unless my memory is playing tricks on me. It sat just like this on a ...
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What kind of tree has leaves like this?

Shot taken in Spring, on May 22, 2020 in a forest in Haliburton, Ontario.
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What kind of fungus is this?

What kind of fungus is this? Picture taken in a forest in Haliburton, Ontario on April 30th, 2020.
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What kind of yellow flower is this?

Shot in a garden in Haliburton, Ontario, Canada on August 6th, 2020. Flowerhead size approx. 3" diameter across.
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How can a small bug dart around in a slug's slime?

Last year I saw a large slug in the garden, and when I looked closer there was a small creature moving around rapidly, and I mean really fast (hence my use of the word "dart" in the question ...
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Identification of odd jellyfish-like creature in the Mediterranean

My parents encountered this unknown creature on a beach in Karpathos, Greece. None of the locals have seen it before, it may be a species that has moved further north due to ocean warming. Any ideas ...
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