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Can mosquitoes be attracted by our voice?

Mosquitoes can hear the human voice. If they use human sound to hone in on us as a source of a blood feed is not known at this time, however research into this has just begun. This is especially ...
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What is this insect found in Melbourne, Australia?

This appears to be a sawfly larva. Sawflies (Hymenoptera) are a widespread group of insects with a few thousand species. However, Australia doesn't have many species, and this one is fairly ...
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Can mosquitoes be attracted by our voice?

Mosquitos can certainly hear in the range of normal human speech. They are sensitive to the range of around 150-500Hz, and typical human speech is between 100-300Hz depending on your age and sex (DOI: ...
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What insect eggs are these?

These are caterpillar/butterfly eggs belonging to the Rounded Palm-Redeye (Erionota torus). Here is an example of the eggs of a leaf: The larvae / caterpillar form looks like this: And fully formed ...
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Identifying a Texan horned butterfly

This appears to be an American (or common) snout (Libytheana carinenta). The "snout" of this butterfly is very distinctive as is the squarish tip of the forewings (the part projecting ...
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What is this water animal in my swimming pool?

Corixidae (Water-boatmen). Aquatic insect comprising 6 subfamilies and 55 genera. (The Wikipedia page's right-hand panel contradicts the detail below that). Size 2 - 15 mm long (0.1 - 0.6 inches), six ...
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Would it be possible to create logical circuits out of insects?

In short, yes, it appears to be possible, and a number of people have performed investigations in this area. For example, see the "Ant-Based Computing" article suggested by @Roland, whose ...
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Mosquito physics

Environmental limitations of mosquitos can be: 1) Wind. Prefer a windy day for a walk in the marches! Or a large ceiling fan above you bed makes a real barrier against mosquitoes! Mosquitoes cannot ...
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What are these little insects in that I found in my greenhouse?

Short answer I think this could possibly be the nymph of some sort of cockroach. Long answer I initially thought these were aphids of some type due to their pear-like body shapes and the small pair ...
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What is this bug

As a singaporean, I'd say this is a tenebrionid, probably one of the Strongylium sp, possibly Strongylium erythrocephalum. Most of the Strongylium species here tend to only be found in the forest, but ...
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Why are bees "committing suicide" in my house?

After years of struggling with the bees, I finally found a solution. I put in my window a lot of pots with various flowers, including some vegetable plants with flowers. Now, instead of entering my ...
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What is the name of this mosquito-like insect?

It is a Crane fly (Tipulidae), which is a large, cosmopolitan family of flies in the order Diptera (true flies). There are about 15,000 species according to Wikipedia and some 500-odd genera. The ...
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Is this tailed butterfly a coral hairstreak?

It's a Gray Hairstreak Butterfly (Strymon melinus). It can have one, two, or even three "hairs" on each wing. How much coral is on the wing varies, as does the amount of coral on the ...
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What is this large long-legged orange and black insect?

From these photos, the main features to go on are the dorsal black and red markings, the coloured bands on the legs, the white dots on the abdomen, and the shape of the body. These features does match ...
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Is this bark beetle going to be a problem?

Stegobium paniceum. (Biscuit beetle, bread beetle, drugstore beetle). Copyright Siga, via Wikipedia, CC BY-SA 3.0 2022. Copyright marked, via entnemdept.ufl.edu, fair usage, 2022. Characteristics: ...
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What is this spider? Found in garage during May in NY

It appears to be an American nursery web spider (Pisaurina mira), a species of spider in the family Pisauridae (Nursery web spiders). They tend to double up the front legs and they can have the dark ...
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Large caterpillar with prominent eye-spots and a Morse-code pattern

This appears to be an oleander hawk-moth caterpillar (Daphnis nerii) shortly before pupating. Otherwise the caterpillar would be bright green in colour: Newly hatched oleander hawk-moth larvae are ...
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Identifying insect in Sri Lanka

This appears to be a springtail (Collembola). I'm not familiar with Sri Lankan fauna, but the overall body plan (kind of oval, pudgy, short-legged) reminds me of a subgroup of springtails, the ...
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Identification of black-and-white striped jumping insect?

Based on body shape and size, this appears to be a nymph of an assassin bug (family: Reduviidae). I originally was thinking some species of Zelus (see bottom of post), but the orange body and bold leg-...
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What types of spider and caterpillar are these, and what are they doing?

Spiders pump digestive enzymes into the prey to externally digest it then drink it, whereas you ingest your prey and the digestion is done internally. That's not even the only way animals eat......
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What types of spider and caterpillar are these, and what are they doing?

The spider is a cobweb weaver - family Therididae (can be determined from the bulbous abdomen, thinness of legs and small cephalothorax) and appears to be Steatoda triangulosa from the brownish colour,...
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What insect is this? Found in a dying tree

From Gil Wizen's page, it's a wasp. Giant ichneumon wasps (genus Megarhyssa) are some of the biggest North American wasps thanks to the females’ long (10cm) ovipositor, which is longer than the wasp’...
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What insect is featured in this picture?

This is a cockroach Note the flattened body, long antennae, "hidden" short head, and spiny strong legs Without more details, location or better photos, ID to species is not certain. The ...
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What do you call members of a same species that show some morphological differences depending on their environment and/or diet?

I think that "morph" is a substantially generic term that it would cover environmental as well as genetic variation. A cursory google search suggests that this is common practice in zoology: ...
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What is the scientific name of this green insect/bug?

To complete this post, I want to include my answer based on my research which will server as a complementary answer to @BactiPrabha's answer. As @BactiPrabha pointed out, they are "green ...
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Are there echolocating insects?

My understanding (as a PhD holder in toothed whale echolocation) is that insects do not use echolocation themselves as a means of hunting or sensing their environment more generally, but some do ...
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What is this colourful insect?

This looks to me like a stilt-legged fly from the family Micropezidae. https://www.singaporegeographic.com/insects/insect/stilt-legged-fly-micropezidae Perhaps, more specifically: Mimegralla albimana
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Kansas Insect (Black Bee/Wasp?) Identification

It's a paper wasp; it looks like maybe a Northern Paper Wasp (better photo needed.) Northern Paper Wasps are most commonly found in the Midwest states. They are likely to build nests near humans as ...
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For which wing characteristic are Plecoptera (stoneflies) named for?

Unfortunately an incomplete answer, hopefully others can add to this or fill out the details missing. After a bit of searching, I found the original reference: Plecoptera was named by Burmeister in ...
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Identification of butterfly from its caterpillar stage

Euploea Core. Pupates into common crow butterfly. (Aka. common Indian crow, common Australian crow, oleander butterfly (link to caterpillar)). A common butterfly with (according to Wikipedia) 15 ...
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