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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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Identification of a plant (in a pot)

I have in my flat a plant which sometime make strange flowers. When the start it looks like plastic stars: Then the flowers are opening after few days and looks like this: The smell is a bit ...
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What is this insect? Found in Peru

I took the pictures today in Cusco Peru. It is the third insect of its class in a month. I never see it before. I thought that it is a wasp, but I think it's really thin to be a wasp. It's about 4 or ...
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What is this frog?

(Man, there's a lot of 'What is this X?' questions here...) I saw this while walking in Cyprus in early April. It was at about 100m altitude, in woodlands, sitting in the sun on a concrete step ...
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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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Help me identify this insect

Over the last week or so as warmer weather has arrived, I've noticed small insects crawling around in the bathroom. I'm located in western Europe. They are perhaps 1mm in length, quite difficult to ...
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Help me identify this spider from my garden

Found this in my garden today in Sydney, Australia (specifically Lane Cove). Can you tell me what it is?
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Who are these biologists?

I know the third one in the front row is James Watson. Does anyone recognize the others?
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What is this bug?

I recorded a video of this bug: https://youtu.be/0eoWfHLEo7A I counted 8 legs, the front legs are a little curved. The drawing on the flat back is dark and looks like the image of Jesus with some ...
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What is this mushroom?

I found a singular mushroom in my back yard, It is jet black, seems to have gills and looks somewhat like a flower do to it's upturned-ness. Sorry for not having spore colors, but I didn't want to ...
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What is this arachnid?

I came across a photo on Wikipedia depicting an Oreocereus celsianus with what looks to me like some kind of harvestman on it. The photo was taken at the San Francisco Botanical Garden. Can anyone ...
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Identifying an insect looking like a crumle [duplicate]

Recently a little insect crawled over the carpet. First I did not notice, as its appearance is quite similar to the coloring of the carpet. Then I understood that it is not a rolling crumble, as the ...
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What is this pink-flowering plant found in Shanghai, China in March?

This plant appears to have fleshy protrusions resembling flowers growing out of its stem (although I am unable to identify them as such). Does anyone know the identity of these plants?
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Help identifying what this is in Crayfish gills?

this is my first time posting here. I was in my Zoology lab doing a dissection on a Crayfish when I noticed these hairlike structures within the gills. They were very "snappy" and fine, and would ...
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Can anyone identify this mystery caterpillar?

I found this caterpillar in in El Cerrito, CA and was wondering what kind it is?
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Strange Cordeyceps-looking Mushroom in Australia

In the past few weeks, after the rain started up I noticed these mushrooms around my local area. I'd never seen them previously out of the 20 years I've lived here (a town in Queensland, Australia). ...
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How do similar looking carps, but belonging to different species, differ from each other?

There are some carps which differ in colour, or has some easily noticeable morphological differences. But apart from that, most of the carps look "almost" the same. How does one differentiate one ...
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Help needed in fish identification

Please help me identify these fish. I looked around but wasn't able to determine its species.
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What species is this? Seashell from Indonesia

Anyone know exactly what species this is? I gather it may be an auger (family) or cerith (family) of some sort. This particular one is native to Indonesia's black beaches. I would like to know ...
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I found these skulls in a old bottle in the woods. Can you tell me what they are?

Can you help me identify these skulls I found in an old bottle in the woods?
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DNA barcoding and real-time PCR

I recently read an article on how DNA barcoding was used to identify species present in health products. I also read an article about how Real-Time PCR was used to identify meat species in meat ...
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Identifying a creature that appears to be a worm wrapped in a cocoon

This creature was found on a bed. At first, I thought it was a piece of lint, but then it suddenly moved. I picked it up in a paper towel and put it in an eye cream containers, which it is currently ...
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I photographed a couple of butterflies and birds in Argentina but can't identify them. What are my options? [closed]

I photographed a couple of birds and butterflies in Argentina and tried to identify them. I tried online species identification tools, looked in books, and just tried to find pictures on Google with ...
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Can anyone identify the worm in this video clip?

My wife came across this youtube clip of a spider and a worm. Can anyone identify at least the phylum?
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Plural of "dibamus"

Migrated from English site. Dibamus is a genus of legless lizards in the family Dibamidae, of the infraorder Dibamia. Genera are usually given in singular, so what is the correct plural of Dibamus? ...
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Is this a grass cell?

I found this picture online claiming it was a grass cell. Clearly it is a cross section image but I was hoping you could tell me if this is actually grass, or something else if anything.
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Identification of unknown bagworm (Singapore)

This bagworm was found in Singapore (near McRitchie Reservoir) some time in June 2012. This is the plant from which the bagworms were obtained: A few examples of the bagworms: The bagworm when ...
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Species ID: Cape Town mystery insect

This insect bumbled into my bedroom last night - can someone ID it for me? I'm mainly curious because I'd like to know if it poses any danger to my cats (who were very eager to add it to the menu). ...
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What is this plant ...?

I would like to know what is this plant ? Does anybody have an idea ? Somebody offered it to me but there is no explanation about how to care about it... Some purple flowers appeared, during 2-3 days....
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What is the name of this plant? (found in a rock)

I found it in Western Turkey.It was growing on a rock so what's it?
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What is this insect in India?

I found this insect today in front of my room. I am just curious to know what kind of insect it is? And, is it poisonous? Location: India
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What species of eagle pushes their young to teach them flying?

There are many references to eagle pushing their young off the nest to make them know how to fly, for example this motivational video. It is also described in this website: Let me show you "the ...
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Identifying a tree with an image

I have trouble identifying a tree that I saw on a vacation. This is the image: I would like to know the name of the tree, I only know that its not European.
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What is the name of this plant (see pic)?

This plant was found growing in Colombia.
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Can anyone identify this chrysalis? (Identified)

It's about 5 or 6 cm long. It's on the outside (north facing) wall of my garage about a metre above ground level. Photo taken in Thailand near Hua Hin (about 12N 100E) in December 2014.
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Bug Identification: Is this small tubular, black bug a bed bug?

So I found this tiny bug on my wall in the bedroom of my apartment. I estimate it is about 3mm long by 1mm wide. Is it a bed bug? It does not seem to match any of the pictures I've seen online. ...
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Is this a carpenter ant?

I stumbled upon a few hundred of these swarming around two different places in my living room today. They kind of look like a carpenter ant to me, but I'm not sure. Also, I'd love to know how you ...
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Ants eating bark [closed]

Was out walking in the park today, came across a tree, and me being me I thought "Hey lets try climbing this thing for fun." But something strange struck me, the tree was completely devoid, as in ...
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Can someone identify this flowering bush from the US?

This bush is in Tennessee, USA.:
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Can Anyone Identify This Bug

I am looking for someone to identify this bug:
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Weird gelatinous substance in highland bog

I recently went walking in the highlands in Snowdonia, Wales and we came across this: Can anyone explain what it is? My guess was some kind of fungus but I'm not positive. The ground was very water ...
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Please help me to identify this red worm

I found bunch of red worms coming out of sink. It is rather unusual to find an overwhelmingly large number of worms. It doesn't seem like earthworm or horsehair worm. I don't know much about the ...
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Found a larva in my broccoli, is it a Small White (Pieris rapae)?

Found this living larva in broccoli from a store. It was about 10 mm long. It was in july this year, and I don't remember the country of origin for the broccoli. A bit of googling makes me think it ...
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What is the name of the critter depicted in the attached image?

I found a critter on my bathroom towel. It's really tiny. Maybe 2 milimetres? I placed it on an envelope for the photograph. Can someone identify what it is?
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What kind of fly is this?

I found this dude hanging out in my sink, but he didn't fly away when I put a dish in the sink. Turned out it was dead. The front part looks exactly like a housefly. But, I've never seen the back end (...
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What insect is this on the photos?

What insect is this on these photos? Found in Russia in the living room.
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What is the scientific and common name of this bug?

Captured this under my stereo microscope. Much more beautiful than appearing on my camera sensor. Can someone help me identify it and explore more? Also is it having a compound eye ? Location: New ...
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Identification of small fuzzy flying insect (pic)

These critters were flying around the neighborhood on an autumn evening in Seattle, WA, USA. Their most notable feature was the small amount fuzz on them. They were quite slow in their flight compared ...
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Can anyone identify this caterpillar?

Can anyone identify this caterpillar we found on a cauliflower? This was the only photo we could get of it. Location : Ceres, Fife, Scotland
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Questions about insects eating flour and living in the cracks of a wooden cutting boards

I have a large wooden cutting board which is used in my kitchen mainly for preparing egg pasta. The wood type is Populus (poplar or aspen or cottonwood). The main ingredients used with the cutting ...
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Horned Mohawk looking insect. What is it?

Any ideas? I didn't know any other way to explain it. I live in Indiana, USA if that helps. Someone said it might be a "stink bug" but I'm not sure and not willing to find out!
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