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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Big Bug from Peru

I'd like to have a name for this guy. There were 5 or 6 of them zipping around the flower bed on the coast of Peru about 120 kms south of Lima.
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Help Needed Identifying Corvids

I'd appreciate some help identifying these three corvids I photographed in Austria during the Summer: I know identifying corvids can be difficult and I'm not an ornithologist -- just an amateur bird ...
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What are the white dots on the tree in this photo?

Today in Kongens Have, I noticed a lot of white dots on bark of trees. There are plenty of them, and they were usually on 'bottom' side of branches. Does anyone know what this could be? I took a ...
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What species of snail is this?

I found it in Washington state, in a city south of Seattle. I found it next to a bush after it rained on someone's driveway. Here are two pictures of it: ( originally posted in instagram ) If anyone ...
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Algae or Lichen identification. Coastal BC, Canada

I have tried all books and internet resources I know of, but I still have no idea what this might be — a lichen or something else. At first glimpse, I thought it was something man-made and unnatural, ...
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Insect identification request

I live in France. I've just found several (8) of these in my living room, close to an oak cupboard and my Christmas tree, a cut Abies nordmanniana (supposedly grown in France). Their body is around 5 ...
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What is this thing that is growing in my yard? And should I get rid ot if?

I live in Wilmington, Delaware (Mid-Atlantic USA). The north side of my yard is largely shaded by my house and grass is spotty. Periodically when I go into the yard I will find as many as four pod-...
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Caterpillar identification: Peru

Could you please help me identify this caterpillar (Amazon rainforest, Peru)? Is it a species of Megalopygidae???
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Small worm living in some kind of cocoon, what are these animals?

I am curious what animal is this. It is/lives inside some kind of cocoon, about 1 cm in length. They are attached to walls and to the ceiling, but sometimes they fall off. Inside the structure there ...
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Yellow/Orange Fungus on Oak Tree

What is the fungus pictured below? The photo was taken October 6, 2013 near San Antonio, TX. I have Googled it and my results suggest Laetiporus root rot (Laetiporus sulfureus). According to this ...
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What is this fuzzy, black fungus that grew on my plates in the 4⁰C room? [closed]

I often find the fungus below growing on my (ostensibly) sterile plates in the 4⁰C room. Presumably it takes a few days to reach this size. The colony looks puffy and dimpled in the middle, like a ...
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Which strange fruit is this?

Yesterday, my brother brought a strange fruit resembling Lychee (but much bigger in size). Here is a pic of it: When cut it, it had smell like banana and fibers were like of the chicken meat, though ...
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What's the name of this flower?

I photographed this flower in Central Europe. I looked in online databases but can't really identify the actual flower, since there are so many that look quite similar. Can you help me? What's the ...
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I saw these patterns on a hill. Which insect makes such a pattern?

Description of the location It is in India The place is 300-400 m above sea level. There is no water body nearby. Which insect makes these patterns?
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Does anybody know which plant (or tree) is this?

Thus one has teased me a lot. This is just a small plantlet, the actual one went about 5 feet in height before we had to cut it. Whenever we cut it, it grew back within weeks. And soon small plantlets ...
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Can anyone help to identify this fruit?

It stays the same color when ripe. It's about the same size as a pear. Grows in sub tropical climate of Meghalaya, India.
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What is this colourful insect with a large thorn?

Someone sent me the picture so I don't have a lot of details. Is it a real insect or is it fake?
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What kind of spider is this?

I spotted this spider in my garden (Northern UK). The body is about 20mm long, and it's made a sizeable (50cm) web on a wall. There's another semi-identical one on a nearby hedge. What kind is it?
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Garden Mushroom Identification

Could someone please identify this mushroom? Found in a garden situated in a mild Western European country.
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What bird is this?

Location: Urban area near the Western Ghats, Kerala, South India. Date: 20th April, 2017 Current Climate: Hot and humid. Occasional rains. Brief Description: Not large, about the size of a house ...
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What's the name of this bird?

This morning I saw a bird that I have never seen before. Since it was quite big, I'm very interested in knowing its name. The bird was quite big, at least 2-3 times of a common blackbird. The wings ...
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What bird is this?

Not very good pictures, but saw this bird I have never seen before out my window Location: Salem, Oregon, USA
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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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Identify hematophagous insect

There's a small insect that seems to enjoy residing near trees and takes blood meals. The pain is sharp, comparable to being stung by a wasp. I'm located in Serbia, Eastern Europe, bordering Hungary ...
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Insect identification: white spotted beetle

3 pairs of legs, a pair of antenna, wings absent, compound eye, 4-6 centimeter approx. in size. I found this beetle at my door, in Pune, India.
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What is this beetle? Found in heather in snowdonia

We were walking in the hills of snowdonia the other day and my girlfriend found this in the heather: I've never seen anything like it. Can anyone identify it? It was the biggest beetle I've ever seen....
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Can someone identify this Brazilian bird?

Photographing and documenting the local fauna (Brasília, DF, Brazil - Near Coordinates [-15.696506 -47.860013]), I found this rather unusual-looking bird whose name I couldn't find: (Image was now ...
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What is this 2-3cm insect found in South-Eastern Brazil?

Noted in South-Eastern Brazil rainforest at low level - about 2-3 cm from head to tail. Maybe a Cassadine Beetle?
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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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Is this a plant or a fungus?

It was soft and covered in flies. My guess is fungi. Location: South Florida.
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Can anyone identify this object?

It was found on the shore of the Ohio River in Kentucky. It is very hard, like bone, and feels hollow but does not rattle. It is translucent. I do not think it is skull of a water fowl even though ...
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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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What is the name of this plant?

This plant was found growing in Germany. I have never seen it before, reverse Google image search did not help either. Can you help me identify what type of plant this is? Thanks, looks like it is ...
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Star-like organism seen in microscope

I found this strange star-like thing while observing a slide of onion root somatic cells. I don't know that it is; I even doubt if it is an organism. It has conical arms directed radially outwards ...
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What happened to this seashell?

We found this seashell on a Mediterranean beach in the south of France. While most of the shells we found were quite intact, this one caught our attention. It is light and littered with tiny holes, ...
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ID flying insect found in Belgium

I live in Belgium, and I've just witnessed a weird looking wasp/fly flying around in my room. Here's a picture: So, what's this? It's still in my room, just chilling there. It zooms like a wasp, and ...
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Small yellow bug with black head and three black stripes on the back

Can anyone help me to find the name of this small yellow bug with black head and three black stripes on the back. It was found in Jura, France:
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What is this snake

I took a picture of this snake in Switzerland (Geneva Area): It looks to be an adder but cannot be sure about which species. In Switzerland we have two kinds of adder: Vipera berus Vipera aspis ...
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What kind of tree is this — why do its huge leaves change shape and "grow fingers"?

Edit 2: Confirmation that it's one tree! Surrounding trees on either side along the sidewalk are completely different, and the ones on the other side of the fence are short and have rounded but far ...
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Spider Identification Illinois

I noticed a really huge, beautiful web on my porch last week, and tonight, I discovered its resident. I'm thinking it's an Araneus diadematus (Cross Orbweaver), but I was hoping for some confirmation. ...
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Mysterious spherical mass of feathers (Reddit)

Original posting from Reddit I am posting this here in the hopes that an ornithologist might be able to shed some light on this unusual finding. Locality is Boise, Idaho. This appears to be a ...
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ID request ~2mm insect monstrosity

This tiny monstrosity (~2mm in length) was inside of some kind of "flat tent cocoon" on a pepper plant leaf in Washington state, USA. Not sure what's going on here. Is it malformed or infected?
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I am trying to identify this plant

I am trying to identify this medium arching shrub growing to about 1.5m high x 2m wide in the subtropical climate of the Mt Coot-tha Botanic Gardens in Brisbane, Australia. Unfortunately there was no ...
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What species of duck is this?

What species of duck is this? See below photo. Head colour is green like a mallard, but that's pretty much the only similarity. Spotted in Leicestershire, UK.
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Are there species that occupy several roles in the food hierarchy?

Are there species that occupy several roles in the food hierarchy? By role, I am referring to producer, primary consumer, secondary consumer, tertiary consumer, quaternary consumer and so on. ...
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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 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's the name of this bug from Toronto, Canada?

It's about 3 millimetres in length. Found on September 10, 2015.
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What's this black, white and orange beetle?

Found in Toronto Canada. Maybe 1-2 mm long but I'm not a good judge of measurements. Should I be concerned it has friends? I've dealt with carpet beetle larvae in several homes over 7 years and an ...
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Indian Snake Species Identification

Location: southern India Time: noon Approx. Size: Length: around 2 feet; Size: extremely small, like a straw. Diameter: less than 1 cm. Was very fast in climbing aisle of mud bed/uphill like 90 ...

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