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Identify this black dragonfly with a bright bluish-white band around its body

I took these photos around noon in late July in Hsinchu county Taiwan. This particular stick in this particular pond is visited by many dragonfly species. This one was very high energy and nervous but ...
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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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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 of the bug on the curry leaf- Delhi, India

I found this bug on my curry leaf in early morning. Which bug is this? Size- 1-2 cm Habitat- Delhi, India. The bug was on one of the curry leaf of the curry plant pot in my residential balcony Time- 7:...
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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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What coastal creature leaves braid-like trace that has clear landing and take off points?

6/29 around 8 PM EST (within 40 minutes after downpour) the depicted trace was found in swash zone at Jacob Riis Park in NY. For reference the boot size is 12.
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What was the largest flying insectoid pollinator?

Megachile pluto is a large resin bee whose body length may reach 38 mm and a wingspan of 63.5 mm. But that's nothing compared to the prehistoric and extinct Meganisoptera including the Meganeura, ...
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Is there any evidence contrary to the pheromone theory of bee washboarding?

I've heard beekeepers say they "don't know" what the function of washboarding is. James F. Taulman suggested in a 2017 study that the primary function of bee washboarding is the application ...
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What is the name of this insect? It is from Punjab, India

What is the name of this insect? It is from Punjab, India.
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What species is this interestingly colored brown moth

This fella fluttered into a kitchen at night, maybe from the vegetation in the yard, and I got lucky to trap it in a transparent plastic bag for a while (with enough room to move, which it started ...
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What kind of soil-dwelling flying insect is this?

In the UK. They are roughly 1.5mm long, appear to crawl much more than fly, and seem to live in the soil of indoor potted plants. They are fast and tiny, so apologies for very shallow DOF. The first ...
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Why do dragonflies lose all of their coloration once they die?

At 06:43 in The Secrets of Nature video Sky Hunters, The World of the Dragonfly - The Secrets of Nature the narrator says: Scientists have been collecting ...
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Brown spider in New Hampshire White Mountains area found in sheltered areas around house

Found this light brown spider in sheltered locations outside my home in Franconia, New Hampshire. Should I be concerned about its presence and the dozens of others?
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Do Termites and Silverfish metabolize cellulose the same way?

I am fascinated with silverfish and would like to understand more about their metabolism. I learned that they can survive on a diet of cotton which is nearly pure cellulose. Do they metabolize ...
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Are these springtails and isopods?

G'day! I'm based in Victoria, Australia. I'm hoping to culture springtails for my terrariums, so I went out and tried to collect some. I found them underneath a rock, which was sitting on damp ground. ...
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Bed bug or booklouse?

I found this creature climbing on the lower part of a wall inside apartment. Can you distinguish if it's a bed bug nymph or a booklouse? Sorry the photo quality isn't great, because it's so small (2 ...
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Can you help identify this bird in Louisville Kentucky?

This bird shows up in my back yard every night. It is calling and sometimes I hear a bird in the distance calling back. I think its an owl but I haven't seen it yet. Any ideas what it is?
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Insect with long neck—what is it?

I found this insect in Fish Haven, Idaho (right next to Bear Lake) in June and think it’s absolutely fascinating: If you can’t tell from the picture, it’s a few centimeters in length—very thin with a ...
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Anyone can identify this moth?

Found on the ceiling of my flat. Place: London, UK Date: 9th of August Size I would say slightly more than inch and inch and half (3-4cm) wingspan Suspect on the photo:
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What species of snake in India “drinks breaths” according to local customs?

In Rajasthan in India, locals know a snake called peevna in the local language. Many of my relatives live there in villages in open deserts. They see many kinds of snakes every day. The word peevna ...
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How is Elysia chlorotica classified as an animal capable of photosynthesis?

Elysia chlorotica is a kind of sea slug. Technically, it's an animal. However, it undergoes a process called kleptoplasty, which is the absorption of chloroplasts from algal prey cells which are then ...
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Are there any arboreal mammals which eat leeches?

Are there any tree-dwelling mammals which might be found taking a living leech and eating it? (And do any hollow-dwelling birds of prey eat leeches?)
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What is the mechanism behind cats' geolocating homing behavior?

Some cats, which are separated from their home, have the ability to travel back to their original home - even over long distances and land that they haven't encountered before. E.g., see the Time ...
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Did my wildlife camera take a picture of a lynx?

A wildlife camera took a photograph of an animal. Unfortunately this is the only picture my camera collected. This picture was taken in the central interior of British Columbia, Canada. The distance ...
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In primates, how are mitochondria passed to offspring?

In Humans, the mitochondria are passed, mainly, by the mother to the children. Is this the same for other primates? Does this also appear to other animals?
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When did the most recent common ancestor of all living domestic dogs live?

Wikipedia provides a very detailed page on the origins of the domestic dog, but this fact does not seem to be present there. Google searches for terms such as "most recent common ancestor (MRCA) of ...
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Why do cats meow but lions and tigers roar?

So as far as I know the cat animals are related to each other by evolution. (Please correct me on this if I am wrong?) How come the big cats; lions, tigers et.c. roar but smaller cats like house ...
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Identification of a red arachnida (?) (picture and video)

I found this in a greenhouse in Norway. It is a few millimeters in size, I could fit 5-6 of them on my thumbnail. It looks a lot like this one from Wikipedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...
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Do Zebras pick on other innocent Zebras like Homo Sapiens in a wide spread manner?

Homo sapiens can be really mean spirited and utmost cruel. Are less intelligent Zebras similar to humans too? I mean do they pick on other innocent Zebras and abuse them in all possible ways like ...
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Has autogamy been observed in any animals?

By my understanding, reproduction that is sexual, but with both gametes contributed by the same individual, is not at all uncommon in the plant kingdom. But where, if anywhere, does it occur in the ...
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Phoresis and mechanical vectors

According to wikipedia and Human Parasitology By Burton Jerome Bogitsh, Clint Earl Carter, Thomas N. Oeltmann Phoresis: In this type of symbiotic relationship, the phoront, usually the smaller ...
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Do all sea creatures that have scales have to have fins?

Do all sea creatures that have scales have to have fins? Do we know of any sea creatures that have only scales without fins? I'm especially interested in fish that have scales but no fins.
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Can elephants drink water by directly sucking it up from its nose?

For animals and humans, our noses are connected to the esophagus. When us humans go to the pool and do flips in the water, we often get water stuck in our noses, and drips into our esophaguses. What I ...
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Does the spray of a skunk affect only mammals, or can it also affect birds, reptiles, amphibians, fish, or invertebrates?

The spray of a skunk is said to affect dogs, bears, and humans. Can it also affect other mammals or members of other groups of animals such as birds (other than the great horned owl, due to their poor ...
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What is this soil digging insect?

It is in Texas(Month: May). Are these flying ants?termites? or Cicada Killers?
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Can elephants smell when they have water in their trunks?

For humans, humans cannot smell when they have water stuck in their noses. However, I am wondering if elephants can smell scents when they have water in their trunks, as they are designed to hold ...
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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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Can a shark stall?

Today in marine biology I learned that, like airplanes, sharks use their pectoral fins to generate lift. The question that neither me or my Professor know is if a shark can or cannot stall. A ...
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Why aren't cat hybrids common?

Why aren't hybrids of different species of felinae (say, hybrid of domestic cat with manul, cheetah, ocelot, puma or panther) widespread? Why were they not artifically created?
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What is the name of this sea creature?

I found this creature on the beach in San Diego. It is 8cm long and the end to the right is the mouth. The underside is exactly the same as what is visible. What is the name of this species.
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Asexual Reproduction Of sponges through endogenous or exogenous budding?

I was studying asexual reproduction in sponges and came across two website Wikipedia of Gemmule and there is a line.... Only Endogenous Types of Buds develop into New Sponges. Then as I was reading ...
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Do cats produce DMT?

Edit: If somebody (anybody) wants to add an answer so the bounty won't go to waste, please do so! The comments have already introduced me to the Kegg metabolism database, some interesting papers, and ...
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What is the primary cause of death for small animals in urban and suburban areas?

Small birds (sparrows, robins, jays, finches) and mammals (squirrels, rats, opossums, raccoons) are a common sight in many urban and suburban communities with green space. However, I observe carcasses ...
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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 white/translucent with brown back, larva/worm creature I found, in the UK, on my lettuce?

I'm in United Kingdom, East Anglia. I've just started to grow lettuce in my back garden, taking my first harvest today, I found one of these creatures: They have a distinctive brown/white mark along ...
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Why large snakes are mostly non-venomous?

Wikipedia has a list of largest snakes. In this table, there are 11 species of snakes, five of which are boidae and the rest are pythonidae. These two families of snakes are both non-venomous. I ...
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ID for red millipede swarm near my place

Location:Hyderabad,South India. These worms usually come out when it rains,these worms are the most common ones any help in figuring out them,they come in groups too.
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Recognise this thing found in beach?

Kindly help me identify this thing found in beach Chennai, India . Size would be just 1.5 cm in diameter..across maximum size. It's shelled and has something inside it. It make a small noise when it ...
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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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Is there alternation of generations in animals other than cnidarians?

Are there other animals besides cnidarians that exhibit alternation of generations (having distinct sexual and asexual life stages)? If so, what are these animals? Further, why do so few animals have ...

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