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Is it safe to feed the squirrels?

I hope this question fits here, I haven't found another community where it would fit. Two years ago I was in a hotel in Sri Lanka (south-western coast) and in the hotel gardens there were a lot of ...
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Reptiles are a paraphyletic group because?

Here is a question I am trying to find the answer to Reptiles are a paraphyletic group because... ? A) They include worm lizards, which have no limbs B) The group doesn’t include birds ...
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Larva of Halyomorpha halys?

I just found these small insects on a Saponaria. After search, it could be Halyomorpha halys, but I am really not sure. Can anyone confirm? If so, should I kill them as they are considered as ...
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In which ZOOs can I find emperor and king penguins?

Emperors: So far I have seen pictures of emperor penguins outside natural habitat in Antarctica just in SeaWorld in San Diego. Are there other ZOOs with them? Warning: I do not search King ...
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Why do leeches lose septae due to parasitism?

So I found this piece of information in my textbook without a proper explanation, and I can't seem to find the relation between the two.
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Inbreeding depression in Gouldian Finches

I currently breed Gouldian finches, including the yellow mutation. I was lucky to breed 6 youngsters including pure yellow and yellow split. How far can I interbreed the offspring (i.e step brothers/...
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What is this little owl-like bird?

I was walking outside (location: Netherlands) and just saw this little bird: Unfortunately I had to take a long range picture with my cell phone so the quality is quite bad, however I hope still ...
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If coelocanths are more related to humans than groupers -does a Coelocanth's DNA literally have more sequences in common with a human than a grouper?

Would a coelocanth and a human still have more sequences in common than a coelocanth and a grouper? Would the coelocanth and human dna basically "look" more similar than either would to a ray-finned ...
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Can birds touch their wing tips together either in front or behind (not above and below)? [closed]

Can the tips of a birds wings touch so that it would form a ring if view from above or below? I suspect it might be a bird of prey and at the moment it is picking something up from the ground but I ...
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Bug Identification: Tiny Bugs in Fairport NY

We have been finding a ton of these tiny bugs (pin head size or smaller) outside on our patios, outdoor tables, on the grill, etc. What are they and how do we get rid of them?
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Bug Identification: Tiny Bugs

I have seen these on my hands recently and I am wondering what they are. Urban Setting. South Central Pennsylvania.
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What kind of weird little insect is this?

What kind of insect is this? I found it in my work room. I live in the city of São José dos Campos, São Paulo, Brazil
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What kind of bird is this?

Found in southwest Michigan. It appears to have fallen from a nest.
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Identify round, green, flying insect with spikes in South Carolina (USA)

The tables have turned -- I need some help IDing an insect: I've been unable to identify an insect that I came across about 6 years ago in South Carolina (USA). We were doing a vegetation survey in ...
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Can mammals and/or birds see / detect infra-red light?

Wondering if there is any evidence that mammals or birds eyes can detect light emitted in the infra-red? The reason I'm asking relates to the use of nest cameras to detect predators, using infra red ...
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is this a brown recluse spider?

What kind of spider is this? SE Michigan, light brown color, second picture less focused but w tape measure for scale. Thank you!
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Black and orange spider, what is it?

Found in Alexandria MN, on sidewalk. Small, fast little spider.
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Want to know about a creature which bite me

I am Sachin from MP India. Few minutes back I have gotten bite by a creature. What is its name? Is it harmful if I got bitten by it? Feeling little pain there.
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How far can parrots fly without needing to land?

This is for a story I'm writing. I can't find any information on how far various parrot species can travel without needing to land-- the closest I could find is this page saying that a macaw flies up ...
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Bed Bug? Book Louse? [duplicate]

I know there are several posts like this, but I have attached pictures that are specific to my situation. I found a few of these in some of the crevasses of my bed in a dorm room in Ireland. They ...
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Help with jellyfish species identification

Our research group (Evolutionary Genetics Group, University of Zurich) has received a letter from a special needs child who has kindly asked us to identify three jellyfish species. Unfortunately, the ...
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Is this a Zelus luridus?

I found this little bug on my bed and I got curious to know what it was, I did some researches and then I noticed that it is very similar to Zelus Nymph but I can't be sure of it. Can you confirm it? ...
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How Many Animals Are Typically Killed in a 100,000+ Acre Wildfire?

As of June 24, the Woodbury wildfire in Arizona’s Superstition Mountains has burned 112,000 acres. This news site has photos and an interactive map of the area: It has been burning since June 8. ...
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What animal is this? A bee? red mason bee? (Bee-like with brown/orange fur)

The picture was taken at the Bodensee (Lake Constance) in Southwestern Germany in June 2019. I tried to Google "Bee with brown fur", but the only thing that came up was a red mason bee, and the ...
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Are hybrid-species individuals considered to be of the same species as their parents?

This question arises given the definition of father and mother as seen in the Spanish dictionary composed by the Royal Spanish Academy. Basically it says that a father/mother is a man/woman or a male/...
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What is this insect in a cocoon climbing a web?

I found this thing hanging from the framework of my garage yesterday: The size of the object in the picture was about .75 inches tall by maybe a quarter inch wide. This was taken yesterday in a ...
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Is there anything that can tell me precisely how the cross sectional area/radius of a snake changes over length?

I am trying to 3D model a green anaconda which I thought would be simple, then I realized there is actually this very gradual change in thickness from a minimum around its neck to a maximum somewhere ...
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What was the cause of some egg-laying animals evolution to animal-laying?

Is there a specific reason for this evolution? Are no egg-laying animals more complex beings so their embryonic development requires more time and better nutrition conditions?
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What is this seaside thing?

I found this on the sand and I do not know what is it? I thought it is sea devil, however I checked google and it is not. Can someone tell me what is it(its name )
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Any arthropod with non-sprawling limbs?

Are there arthropods with semi-erect or erect limbs? If not, could it be because of interference between more than four limbs or any other constraint?
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Help identifying a weird creature

Okay, so there is this weird creature, which has been crawling around our house. I can hear it moving around, and it's especially active in the dark. I've however been able to take a picture of it. If ...
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What type of maggots are these?

After leaving some hot dogs out in the sun at a pool party, we brought them inside and refrigerated them. I took them out today without thinking and microwaved them. When I put them on my plate, I ...
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What species of butterfly/moth is this please?

What species is this please? It's really tiny. That's an oregano leaf. Location: United Kingdom
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Do birds grieve and feel emotion?

Crows are surprisingly clever with tool making/use and even understanding displacement water over sand! Clearly there's some relatively high level cognitive processes going on up in those avian brains....
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Can you identify this red insect?

Location: Lansdowne, Uttarakhand, India Date: 27 May 2017 Time: 5.33 pm The insect was found walking upwards on a plastic table. It was about 3-4cm long, as far as I remember; its been a long time ...
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Aquatic Snail Identification

I can’t for the life of me find an identification of these snails. They’re thriving in brackish water, but may be freshwater naturally. They’re about .8cm long at their largest. I believe they have ...
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Killer whale color

What purpose does the B/W killer whale color scheme serve? And what evolutionary pressure could possibly force all of them to go B/W in such a peculiar way ie with weird patches in the black. Also why ...
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What species would this be?

A common way to define species can be found on Wikipedia: A species is often defined as the largest group of organisms in which any two individuals of the appropriate sexes or mating types can ...
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Why does centipede keep running into my hair and bite me? [closed]

After I moved into a new house in the suburban area, I was bitten by an unknown creature near my spine at mid-night. I felt painful and dizzy. However, after 15 mins, I no longer felt dizzy and the ...
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Why can dogs hyperventilate without consequences like humans?

During the heat of summer, dogs usually breathes very fast, like 100 times per minute or more. If humans do so, we will experience an array of negative effects like dizziness, finger tingling or ...
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What species is this little white bird?

This bird was found in my backyard in the north east of Italy. It's about 5cm long and can fly as high as 1.5m (so far).
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Why are birds have balls in the form a cork screw i dont have the scientific name [closed]

Why do birds have penises in the form of a cork screw?
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What type of moth is this?

What type of moth is this that was on my wall in Spain
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Why are dolphins born tail first?

I heard most dolphins are born tail first. I have read many explanations from books and internet articles and they said that dolphins are born tail first to prevent them from drowning. But now I don'...
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What brazilian snake is this?

(1) Is it possible to identify the snake in the picture below? If (1) cannot be answered: (2) In view of the pattern of colors, is it possible the snake in the picture below be non-venomous? If so, ...
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What species of frog is this?

I was walking around outside my house when I found this little guy clinging to the outer wall of my house. The house in question is located in Indiana, United States. What is interesting to note is ...
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Can you help me identifying an insect I saw?

I'm a student of biology and yesterday we went to the fields to collect some plants for our herbariums. Suddenly one student of our group said that he saw a very strange bug that he thought that was ...
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what is this bug ? i found it on bed 2 times

What is this 1mm long bug I found on my bed in Egypt? Here is its back photo
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What species is this grey insect with red antennae and mouthparts? [duplicate]

I’m very curious to know whether this is a type of ant or not, I only see 6 legs. Found in Tampa, Florida near Tarpon Springs.
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Why is sex hurtful for some animals but pleasurable for others?

Sex seems to be pretty hurtful for feline for example. On the other hand sex is pleasurable for humans. Why is sex pleasurable for some and not for others? How do these things evolve?