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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Help identify this vertabrae found on Costa Rica beach

I was walking down tamarindo beach in Costa Rica today and came upon a really LARGE section of vertabrae.. I matched it against a crocodile a shark , whales, a horse, a cow, a snake even ... any ideas ...
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Is this a type of fruit fly?

I live in Taipei, and these flying insects are about 2-4 millimeters long (body length). They are very active when it's over roughly 24C indoors, and will fly, land and run around randomly on ...
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Flying insects on olive tree

They may be responsible for why the leaves are drying out. Location is in West Europe. Their size may be 0.5 cm to 1 cm
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What are these insects

I am conducting research and these insects were found on my biological sample (sections of pig's femora placed in an artificial water setting). My location: Mississauga, ON What species of insects ...
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Snake with red eyes and black skin found in a plant pot

It was found dead/stiff in an empty plant pot in a kitchen. Could it be a young Höllenotter (a melanistic vipera berus, photo in Wikimedia Commons)? Is the reddish/brownish part an injury? And ...
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Help me identifiy this insect

I found this insect in Pune/India. It looked like a fly, and it was running over a leaf. Size is about 2mm-3mm. Is it juvenile of some fly species or is it not even a fly?
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What is this trilobite-like creature?

This was found under a rock in a freshwater creek in Maryland. Stayed like this for while, then stretched out long, then contracted, and then JUMPED off the rock back into the water. Looks like a ...
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What type of wildflower is this?

I live in Utah and I'm wanting to plant some Utah native plants in my backyard. There is this wildflower everywhere in the mountains of Utah and I really want to know the name. It looks like some sort ...
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UK insect identification

15-20mm long. Brown legs, head, casing/wings (no flight witnessed). Black body with protruding back part. Long antennae. Very fast running speed. Seemingly keenly aware of surroundings. Is this some ...
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Can anyone identify this insect larvae please?

I found thus tiny creature in my shower its about 19mm in length with a see through body and moves much like a caterpillar.
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What kind of bug is this one?

We are trying to figure out what kind of bug this is? It appears to have larvae on its back it is not dust and debris.
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Larva attacking frog ? Guide about this

The above picture was taken in western forest of India where a larva attached itself to a frog neck. What is it and how it will effect the frog?
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Worm in water identification help

I live in Auckland New Zealand. I have been growing Chia seeds in bowls with just water. I noticed after a couple of weeks, these white / transparent worms appeared in the bowl. It seemed that they ...
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Please help to identify this shrub

Please help to identify this shrub in Hong Kong: - dark green fruit with white spot - fruits cluster at top of stem - upright growing of green leaves The shrub was from Hong Kong MacLehose Country ...
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I am trying to identify this little “bug”

I am trying to identify a bug. I find this little guy in Paris, at the rooftop near plants, in the streets without plants. I let one on my t-shirt, and it was trying to unpick it. I took a picture : ...
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Lizard Identification

What is this lizard? Seen in Hollywood, Florida, on a golf course. It may have been an escaped pet and was approximately 17" long.
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What is this frog I found

What type of frog or toad is this? I found him in my backyard in southern Alabama and he is clearly very small. I’m not sure what species it is, it’s mostly brown but has small spots on the top of his ...
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What type of bird skull is this?

My aunt found this skull on the beach in Vancouver Canada. I believe it might be a type of bird, but I can’t place it. It is about 5 inches (~13 cm) long and 2.5 inches (6.35 cm) wide.
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Need help with insect identification

Saw this bug in my hallway tonight, crawling alongside the baseboard, it didn't seem like it could crawl up the wall despite trying to countless times. Google wasn't much help, although I saw a weevil ...
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Need help identifying this plant

I found this guy growing in my compost, but have no clue, what it could be. Any expert here who want to take a guess?
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Can anybody identify this flower for me?

One single flower on small 2 year old tree with alternate leaf arrangement
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Which mosquito species is this?

Today, when I just woke up and saw this. I need to identify the species of this mosquito. I don't think its dangerous like Female Anopheles. I'm afraid if it is a carrier of any dangerous diseases ...
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Identifying a mushroom (Switzerland)

Does anyone know this type of mushroom? It grew during the last week in large numbers in one of my pots on the balcony, location Zurich, Switzerland. A smaller part of the soil is from the wood in the ...
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Can you please identify this beetle? (Rajasthan)

I thought that it was dangerous and kept it under a polythene at my home, in Rajasthan. Is this insect harmful, rare or common? If the pic is not clear, I would like to mention that it is green, six-...
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Identification of Bird feather, probably from a predatory bird

Found in Berlin,Germany Area of Charlottenburg I want to know the species of this bird, someone please tell me. Approximate size 19 cm
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what is the classification of this stream insect?

This insect I found from Southers region of Bangladesh. Its limbs are larger than its body.and the picture shows its dorsal part.
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Succulent Plant identification

Can anyone identify this succulent plant? Location: Tamil Nadu,India
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What is this whitish jelly incrustation on a plastic tube?

I found this plastic tube hanging in the seawater from a pier in the haven of Taranto, Ionian sea, southern Italy. I'm wondering what is the whitish jelly in the lowest part of the photo next to the ...
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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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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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ID please.Small insect from Brazil

Photographed in south east Brazil in the Atlantic rainforest during October 2017
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What is this bug I found at my house?

I found it on my door. I live in Southeast Texas. What is it?
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Hoverfly Identification Wing Resting Position

I've found an interesting insect which I believe to be a hoverfly: length: approximately 1/2 inch. However when compared to the Wikipedia poster on Syrphidae or the InsectIdentification.org Hoverfly ...
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What species of tree is this?

We have this cute little tree in our front yard (Denver CO): Unfortunately we have to get our water main replaced and this tree lies right in the path of destruction. Anybody know what species it is? ...
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Can someone identify this spider?

Saw this on the street in the UK. To my eyes it looked and moved distinctly tarantula-y (although I don't have any firsthand experience with them) which I'm pretty sure we don't have any of natively. ...
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Stink bug identification

This is a stink bug that I found in Indiranagar, Bangalore. It was dead at that time and had become stiff, so the following are the best pictures I could get. It is 2cms in length. I tried searching ...
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What is the main difference between “Terminalia ivorensis” and “Bucida buceras”?

Google images yields photos of similar trees, but they have separate Wikipedia article. I want to know the major difference allowing to identify which is "Terminalia ivorensis" and "Bucida buceras".
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What is this critter

I found this "thing" crawling across my drive way. Never seen anything like it and no one I know can identify it. Was about 4 to 5 inches long and 1/4 wide. It move some what like a worm in that ...
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Identifying the Pheasants

I took a few photos at the Aviary of Hong Kong Park. The photos included some pheasants, and the below shows 4 of them. What species are they? I am not sure if 1, 2, 4 are actually the same species or ...
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What species of moth is this?

Please help identify this species found at home. I think it's a moth. Size is about 1 cm. Is it harmful if found at home? Location: urban home in Hong Kong Click photo for full-size picture
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What is this compound-leaf tree in Southern India?

I am staying in South India. I didn't find any flowers to this tree; just leaves. Just seeing the leaf, I am guessing Arabian Jasmine, but my tree doesn't have flowers or seed buds like Arabian ...
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Does anyone know what this living creature is?

There are two different things I am trying to identify. I live in Lexington, Kentucky. The first one I started seeing was a small white larvae looking worm thing. They would very in size but never ...
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How to distinguish processionary from other caterpillars

Processionary caterpillars have a vast and harmful presence in southern Europe. In northern Italy, in parks and gardens, I often see caterpillar nests in trees, but I do not know how to tell if they ...
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Can any one help id this bug or at least tell me if it could be biting my kids

We live on the gold coast in australia. We started looking into what these bugs were after my son became covered in severe bites. Hes always reacted a little bit to bites but this was intense. The ...
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What is the name of this green plant with fat leaves with green color fruits?

Location: South India,Metropolitan Year: 2017 It look like Almond tree, but small doubt not sure.
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Cocoon like bug on exterior walls south florida

Can anyone tell me what this is? One side of my house has 30 to 40 of them. when I try to pick them off they leave either brown spots or fibers from the cocoon. Is there anyway to deter them?
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Is this a dust mite?

I dropped my phone onto the carpet and picked it up and saw this tiny mite crawling around on the screen. It is too small to be a bed bug, but perhaps too big to be a dust mite (and doesn't look like ...
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Species Identification: Small white maggot/larvae, Missouri USA

I'll try to give as much information as I can, because I don't know which information will be more important. We woke up this morning to these little white worm/larvae in the house. We are located in ...
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Droppings of mystery: What are they

I have noticed the droppings below, quite visible on snow, next to an inner-town building situated next to this place in Luxembourg, central Europe. There are quite a few, but I have not noticed them ...
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What is the name of this insect? Is it venomous or possess any threat to human life if someone gets stung?

I found it in Northern part of India, on a mango tree. When I intended to move it away from home, it seems to bite like a snake with front part lifting like a king cobra. This insect is 6-7 inches ...

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