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 bug? Singapore

enter image description here Around 1 inch in length
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What is this very tiny insect that was in my bedsheets? [duplicate]

I found it in my bedsheets. I'm in Bordeaux, France. It is 3mm long and is the only one that I found. Should I be worried that there might be others? If so, what should I do?
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Help identifying a mite (?)

I live in Cambridge, UK, and found these mites (probably? not sure) in the attic. There are no bird nests at or around the dwelling, and no traces of rats or mice. There are plenty of those and not ...
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Identify a copper fuzzy moth

Photographed in 2003 in Panama. Not sure of size.
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Long strand of white eggs on balcony cat net - What insect do they belong to?

In the last few weeks we've noticed multiple strands of tiny white eggs appearing on our balcony cat net. It seems that they were always laid after rainfall (we had plenty in the last few days). Old ...
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Large caterpillar with prominent eye-spots and a Morse-code pattern

I would appreciate any help in identifying this caterpillar. Location: Goa, India. Tropical climate Currently rainy season. Seen in the morning Length: about 5cm, Diameter: about 1cm
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Anybody know what kind of bug/cricket this thing is? I can't narrow it down enough

Spotted just walking about down the road.
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Identification of moth in Pandemis heparana trap

While monitoring Pandemis heparana in an apple orchard in South Tyrol (middle of August), I frequently observed huge moths accumulating within the trap. The trap itself is working with pheromones for ...
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Bug identification

Germany, cca 0.6mm, dead Bug, i haven't see before
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Is this a bed bug? Looks like a skeleton

Is this a bed bug? Germany, the size of specimen is 0.6 mm.
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What is this bug? (Northern Italy)

I found two of these going around my room, looks like they entered from the window. Size is about 8-10 mm. Colour a very light translucent brown. Any ideas of what it could be and if it's dangerous? ...
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What animal is this track from?

Last week I noticed this odd track made of "squiggly triangle footprints" on the outside surface of a dirty skylight in my home in the northern Netherlands, and I found it odd that I can't ...
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Identification of a spider — South India

I found this spider jumping around in my garden , to describe it is blue and black . I noticed that it has strong front legs and a pointed posterior , it has blue designs on a black body . I live in ...
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Strange yellow flower in shrub Species ID

This is a perennial plant photo taken in Bhubaneswar, Odisha, but I have seen the same plant in Andhra Pradesh as well. It's not exactly woody like a tree, but pretty large shrub [taller than me]. ...
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Species ID of this giant brain-shaped mushroom? How do its spores escape, there's no "puff" for this puffball!

After several days of rain then a few warm sunny days in northern Taiwan in August, I came across this giant mushroom growing in an open field that's only occasionally mowed. This mushroom about 18 cm ...
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What are these little brown insects

We have these little insects in our house, they look brown and round to the naked eye, they seem to be somewhat attracted to light since we found a cluster of ~6 on the wall next to a light, otherwise ...
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Can anyone identify this fish?

I saw it in the sea very close to the beach in front of Starfish Hotel in St Lucia. It had some spines along its back and it seemingly had fins on each side that split open into 4. It used its front ...
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Please help identify the species of a possible butterfly

I took picture of this weird butterfly. It landed when I was drying my clothes. But it didn't even move when I try to shake it off. After I took a lot of pictures, I tried to shake it outside. It ...
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What is this super-fly?

This fly repeatedly buzzed in my girlfriend’s ear. Eventually got it from it being caught in her hair. I clapped it between my hands. It fell on the floor and twitched a bit as flies sometimes do. It ...
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I saw these strange bee in my garden, and they drag little insect and/or caterpillar to their nest

I saw these strange bee in my garden, and they drag little insect and/or caterpillar to their nest. What are they? When I catch them by gloves, their body is extremely hard. I notice since a few of my ...
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Identification of a plant

Please help me to identify this plant The plants can be found on italian balconies and I would like to buy one, but I do not know what I should look for. The habit of the plant is trailing.
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Help identifying this Queen Ant

Could someone please help us identify this queen ant ? We live in the North Island of New Zealand. So far our google image searches haven’t found a match. Any help would be appreciated.
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Tiny deep red flower shrub species ID

I found this plant with maple like leaves blooming after rains this july.I am in Bhubaneswar,India.
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Middle European Spider Identification

Yesterday I've encountered the pictured spider in my home in Austria, Europe. The colors are pretty accurate in the picture, the head was striped brown/beige and black, the legs were multicolored with ...
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Kansas Spider Identification

I live in Kansas (Pottawatomie County), and I found a spider crawling on a wall inside my bedroom: I'm inclined to keep the spider in my house, but I just want to double check to see if it is ...
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ID request - small green caterpillar

This was eating my mustard spinach (Brassica rapa subsp. nipposinica) plant in Washington state, USA; about 1cm in length.
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Can you please help me identifying these parasite (eggs?) on rose?

My aunt today saw the following objects on roses in her garden and asked what it is but nobody could tell her yet, but it seems to be some kind of parasite or some caterpillar eggs. As you can see, ...
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Is this some kind of crane fly?

I found this insect inside my house in Austria and it looked like some kind of wasp-moth to me. It is quite large with about 3 cm in lenght (excluding legs). I looked up various images of crane flies ...
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Can anyone identify this seed, pit, or nut?

I found this on the recessed top of the intake manifold of my car engine. It may have been there for weeks. It was likely brought there by a rat or squirrel who was unable to chew through the outer ...
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Which species is this in below picture? Can you please give me some details or reference link?

Can you name this species ? What are some characteristic ? Size: 2.5 inches to 3 inches Diameter: 1mm to 2 mm Can crawl like millipede but little slow. Always in red colour Get fold like in one of ...
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Help indentify this species of snake/worm

I stumbled upon this snake during my routine walking in the nature park near me. The location is southern India. Time if observation is 6 30 PM. The length was approximately 1 feet. I could see the ...
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What is the name of this black and white dove/pigeon?

July 19, 2021. My sister found this bird outside near our bird feeders. We’ve never seen one of this coloring or size before, and I’m not sure it’s native to where we live (Northern New Jersey). It ...
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Can you identify these tiny black insects please?

I'm afraid I don't know anything about them except that there are suddenly thousands of them invading my house since about a week ago, and I'd like to repel them. Found in Cambridge, UK. They are ...
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Flower Identification

I found a flower along the banks in north India ( near Ganges ) and I am not able to identify it. According to its leaves I thought it as Prosopis cineraria but I am not sure about it.. Leaf - ...
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What species is this larva?

I'm trying to identify the species of what I think may be some kind of Lappet Moth larva? (wild guess based on some internet sleuthing) But the markings don't really match nicely with any photos I ...
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Spider identification North-West Italy

I would like to know what kind of spider is the one I killed and if it is somehow dangerous. Location: city in North-West Italy. Dimensions: ~1.5 cm, with legs opened. Time of day: around midday, but ...
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Can you identify this caterpillar?

Hi on my walk home in may i found this larvae crawling on a small road between grass and fields. All the yellowish larvae i know are looking totally differend than this. The origin of this picture is ...
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Which member of the Hemiptera family could this bug belong to?

Today I found this little bugger on the outside stucco near Vienna (AUT). Though I'm a big fan of bugs in general, certain members of the Pentatomidae, or their super-family the Pentatomoidea, ...
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Mushroom Identification: Brown gilled mushroom in Ohio lawn near rotting stump roots

Even though I ID a lot on this site, I'm rather unqualified to ID mushrooms (even with the help of sites like urbanmushrooms.com). Can anyone help me ID this mushroom species? Attributes: ...
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ID microbe found in moss sample (USA)

I found this microbe after putting a wet moss sample under my microscope. It latched on to a piece of moss and scanned the area around it for prey, and when it didn't find any, it slowly swam away. It'...
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Identify bush with white puff and 3 petal flowers, is it poisonous?

Is this one of the poisonous bushes I should worry about? Tiny white puff of flowers along with 3 petal flower. What is it?
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Tiny Green beetle

I have some tiny, bright-green beetles on Granny Bonnet seed heads in Cornwall, UK. The insects have black heads and 3 black/yellow stripes across the back. They are ladybird shaped but much smaller. ...
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Which hornet-like insect is this?

This insect flew through my open 10th floor window, around midnight. Its flying pretty fast for insects, and bumping into the ceiling a lot. Location: southern Germany. For me it looks almost like a ...
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What species left these underwater eggs?

While inspecting some plants planted about 1.5 ft underwater in my pond, I noticed what appeared to be eggs on many of the plants. Note that the eggs are the white, oblong, opaque things. The clear ...
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What is this bird similar to a seagull but with a forked swift-like tail?

I observed these birds in Saint Petersburg, Russia this June, mainly in the evening when the sun was setting. They are similar to seagulls and often fly (presumably hunting) at the same location as ...
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Could you identify the species of this animal attaching to a fish in the Aegean Sea?

While wading within a few meters from the shoreline today, I observed and was observed by a number of curious fish. One of them had a blackish attachment, which was reminiscent of a small aquarium ...
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Fairy little bug

Can someone please enlighten me what kind of a creature is this sweet little friend?
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Can anyone identify this Australian tree?

This tree is found in the Wrights Hill area on the New South Wales/Australian Capital Territory border. Bark at breast height is curled and dense, becoming less dense at height.
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bird that might be a young one that didn't fledge happily

Can anyone identify this bird - located in Massachusetts
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What's this bug that is pretending to be an ant?

I found a bug with a yellow banding in the South of France. At first I thought it was an ant, and then it appeared to be a related to a cricket. What type of bug is it?
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