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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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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Mushroom Identification (USA)

I would like some help identifying this mushroom I found in my yard. Location: Southeast Georgia Near Pine trees after heavy rainfall Color: Light brown to Dark Red, biggest is about 4 inches in ...
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What the name of this fish?

Well saw this on a fish group on facebook. Noone can give a decent answer so I came to you guys hoping you can help us? The one who posted lives in the Philippines and he said he caught it in the ...
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Identify Bronze Coloured Beetle

Spotted this beetle on Morfa Nefyn, a beach in North Wales, UK. The beach is a mixture of sand and stone, with large sandy cliff faces and rocky outcrops. The beetle was about 3 to 5 mm or so long, ...
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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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Insect identification: Fly with eye strip

Location details: Country - India, State - Tamil Nadu, District- Chennai. Found this fly in my backyard keen to know its exact name. Thanks for the help
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What is this grainy surface on my two-week-old sourdough starter?

I'm baking bread at home as a hobby, using sourdough. After skipping one baking day, I haven't used my sourdough starter for two weeks. When opening the jar in which I keep it, I saw the surface had ...
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Weird Black Worm (Possibly Flatworm?)

I was out walking one night (In Florida) when I spotted this creature sliding around in the grass. I believe it may be a New Guinea Flatworm, but not quite sure. Could anyone please provide a definite ...
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Can anyone identify this chrysalis?

What kind of chrysalis or pupa is this? It’s about an inch and 3/4 long and is hanging off the brick siding of a house in Piedmont North Carolina. It wiggles when it is touched. It has been hanging ...
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Do all monarch caterpillars have two pairs of needle-shaped protrusions(or they can have three pairs)?

I found this here: Is this a monarch caterpillar? Do all monarch caterpillars have two pairs of needle-shaped protrusions?
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Is this a young roach?

Looks like a roach to me, but dont know for sure or what kind. Measures about 2cm large. Location: central Mexico
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Slinky-like worm/leech identification

In my mulch bed today I came across a tiny red worm, between $\frac{1}{4}$ and $\frac{1}{2}$ an inch long. It moved across the ground by sitting upright on one end, waving the other end back and forth ...
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Bedbug or psocid?

I’ve found a few of these tiny bugs on the windowsill next to my bed. Can anyone tell if it is a bedbug nymph, psocid, or something else?? I’m hoping it’s not the former! Edit: They were very small ...
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Could anyone kindly identify this bug for me? Is it harmless?

Details: Found by a wall/window in Brooklyn, NY in a house not too far from the beach Rooms walls/windows are dusty and spots of mold growing on wall/windows size of bug: 2 milimeters Keywords I've ...
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Can anyone identify this spider for me, please?

I live in Northern Indiana and I’ve seen 3 of these spiders in my house before, all different ones. When I first saw it, it scared me since it’s a pretty big spider in my opinion from what I usually ...
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identification request - medium size fly invasion

I have two invasions going on! the one here: identification request - tiny flies invasion and this one: We are in Berlin, Germany. This fly is 2.5mm long vs 1mm wide, and seems to like the dark and ...
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identification request - tiny flies invasion

Since they are tiny, this is the best photo I can do: We are in Berlin, Germany. It has become very hot outside and the flies have invaded us for the last couple days. The insect is about 1mm long, 0....
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What is this Kenyan insect?

This insect was seen in Nairobi, Kenya. Underside is striped black and white. What is it?
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I would like help Identifying this insect

We found this in our house after coming in from outside but we are unsure if it came in on one of us (riding our coat) or was in our house before. We live in Massachusetts if that helps. We would like ...
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What species of spider is this? Could anyone help

This image was taken in assam, India. The size was around 1cm. Could anyone help identify?
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What plant is this? I can't identify

Please help me identify this plant. This was shot in the assam-meghalaya region of india.
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Can you identify these ants?

I think they could be carpenter ants, but not sure.
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What insect is this? Looks like a spider but with six legs and long antennae

I've been spotting some of these insects in my house lately, they look like spiders but it seems like they have six legs and antennae instead of eight legs. Can someone tell me what insect is this? Is ...
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Identify this insect seen in a rural area in North India

During my stay at a village in Haryana, India, I noticed many of these grey-brown insects in my room. They spend most of their time crawling but occasionally fly too (for short distances—one metre to ...
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What species is this marine invertebrate sighted 2m below the surface near Halifax, NS?

This image was taken at ~2m depth, with a small ROV in Halifax, NS in May. We're in the Northwest Atlantic Ocean and as far as I know, don't have gooseneck barnacles. Considering that it may be a ...
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Identity little brown lady bugs taking shelter in my home

Can someone please identify this little creature for me. They are appearing more frequently in my room. What are they doing here? Could it be those basic needs and requirements? The size is about 2 ...
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Identification and odd leaf anomaly

We're in the process of welcoming sheep, thus setting up the fences, now inside on of the areas, there is a small tree. Never seen leafs like this before. I suspect this to be some sort of anomaly/...
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Can someone identify this bug?

I am looking for some help identifying this bug. I am in southern New Mexico, US. There are a handful of these on the inside and outside of all the window panes on one side of my house. They are about ...
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Please help me identify this caterpillar species (Sabah, Malaysia)

I kinda having trouble searching the internet to find this caterpillar name. Does anybody know what kind of species they are?
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What spider is this

Live in London I have this in my backyard. Want to know what kind is it...Also does it bite?
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Tiny worms found inside my house

I noticed spider cob hanging of my light bulb. That spider web was full of moving creatures. I quickly removed them and threw in the big. Wanted to find out what could that possibly be. I opened up ...
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How to Identify Astragalus Species

I have several photos of a plant I believe to be in the genus Astragalus. I would like to determine the particular species in my area, the foot hills of San Diego County. Do I need a microscope to ...
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Help me identify Grasshopper

I found this Grasshopper in Goa/India. It was about 2cm long. I suspect it is from Cataloipus genus or Gomphocerinae subfamily. Am i correct or it also seems to be juvenile from some other species?
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Unidentified Spider

Apologies for the rubbish quality of the image, but I found this spider while in the shower. I’m not exactly sure what species it is and wonder if someone can help me out. I live in southeast ...
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Insect Identification (badly damaged corpse)

The photo is of the insect in question in a strainer. The body of the insect is just over half an inch long. I see a separated wing cover and leg in the photo as well. My location is New Hampshire, ...
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Is there a conformal transformation that maps the skull of Panthera tigris to the one of Panthera leo?

While visiting the Museum of Natural History in Rouen a few months ago, I was stunned by the similarity between the skulls of Panthera tigris and Panthera Leo: the overall shapes were very similar and ...

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