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Why do wasps have "wasp waists"? What's been optimized?

Why do humans have such a flexible shoulder? Our ancestors relied on throwing things so the ones who could throw things better did better. What is the wasp's equivalent weapon? The stinger. Wasps ...
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Claim in article about why insects are attracted to light

They're looking for and describing proximate relationships (see e.g. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Proximate_and_ultimate_causation). If the light isn't warm and insects still move towards it, that ...
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What is this insect (or spider)?

This is a true bug larvae - thus, an insect - you correctly counted six legs :) Characteristics of true bug larvae are the combination of the rostrum, the wing pockets and the dorsal scent glands (...
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Help identifying an insect

Looks like a species of silverfish. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zygentoma They eat paper, cloth and stored foods like cereal, even organic wall paste, so yes they can damage your stuff, but outside ...
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Identification of an insect found near the Rhine, Germany

It is the larva of a hemimetabolous insect for sure. Considering it was close to a water body I would say a nymph of some Odonata ? The legs are a bit bulky though, I might be completely wrong. These ...
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What is this arthropod? (found in Lapland - Finland)

The picture is not great but I'd assume a pseudoscorpion of some sort. Here is one common species found where humans live but I can't be sure about Lapland specifically and doubt ID is possible at the ...
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Very small, light and dark "insects" - Italy - Infestation, healthy problems? - Insect identification

I suspect these will be bird mites. These are a range of species from two genera (Ornithonyssus and Dermanyssus) that mainly infest birds, but can also cause infestations in humans, causing a ...
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What are the three dots (eyes?) on the top of this wasp's head? What species might it be?

I don't know what species this is but a lot of bees and wasps have those three dots on their head. They are sort of eyes, but they can't actually make out images. They basically just detect light ...
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What kind of insect is this? It looks like a huge spider with one long antenna and six legs

While not completely sure, it definitely looks like an Arachnid. Upon further research, I have narrowed it down to either Amblypygi (i.e., whips spiders, tailless whip scorpions), or Solifugae (i.e., ...
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Is this bug a termite?

This is a beetle rather than a termite: in comparison to a termite, most beetles have sclerotized forewings (so-called elytra) and from above, you can recognize its head, pronotum and forewings. ...
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Identify a spider which is consuming a fly

This is something in the Thomisoidea family (Crab and Running Crab spider superfamily). You can review the community-observed species of crab and running crab spiders in Czechia here: https://www....
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Weird Insect on Window, SW London

The overall appearance and shape points to a mayfly (in Ephemeroptera). However, I don’t know what species it is.
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Mystery bug photographed in Brasil

From this photo (beautiful shot, btw!) you can see that it must be a true bug - admittedly, the diagnostic characteristics are hard to spot, but I will try to walk you there. Most apparently, we see ...
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Identification of black-and-white striped jumping insect?

Due to the chewing mouthparts, the greatly developed femurs specifically adapted for jumping (what fits well with the OP's observation of jumping behaviour), prominent compound eyes and long, ...
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Is continuous exposure to blue light lethal for mosquito larvae?

There are lots of relevant results from Google Search for "blue light mosquito larvae". Here is just one of them: https://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-022-14096-y They are not all only ...
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I’ve been searching the internet for days and I can’t seem to find out what insect this is, can anyone help?

Counting the legs (4 on each side, so 8 in total), it must be a spider. According to the compact body shape and the relatively large "head" (prosoma), I guess it must be a jumping spider (...
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What kind of insect appears in this photo?

I think these could be the eggs of woolly aphids(Eriosma lanigerum), which overwinter and spend their winter as either nymph or egg , woolly aphids usually lay their eggs in autumn .They are mostly ...
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Were these spiders burried alive by a spider wasp?

I agree, I'd say it is the work of a spider wasp. I'm not familiar with those, so I can't determine what species or genus it might be. But it sure does look similar to some of those stages of the ...
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What insect is this? Looks like a spider but with six legs and long antennae

This creature is an amblypygid (aka, whip spider, or tailless whip scorpion). Amblypygids are arachnids, but not spiders, and they are not venomous. Like other arachnids, they have eight legs, however ...
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Insect Identification Request -- brown and white flea-like bug

These are clearly the larvae of the suborder Auchenorrhyncha, to whom cicadas, leafhoppers, treehoppers, planthoppers, and spittlebugs belong: the have an (usually) elongated body shape, often with a ...
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Spider ID: What is this?

This looks to me like a female of the common and harmless Southern House Spider, Kukulcania hibernalis (see below). https://bugguide.net/node/view/508965
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Having a lot of trouble identifying this insect

This is a true bug (Heteroptera) larvae as the dorsal scent glands and the wing pockets show (see image below). I suspect it to be a member of the family Coreidae as it exhibits typical (larval) ...
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Why are these ants emerging from underground?

Some hypotheses: depending of the species, this could be because ants from another colony attack this colony from outside, then many ants inside go out to defend their colony. This could be coherent ...
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Need help identifying insects in home, Morgan Hill CA

This is a true bug (Heteroptera), likely a nymph of the family Rhyparochromidae. Until recently, this family was part of the Lygaeidea ("seed bugs"). As their colloquial name reveals, they (...
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Can anyone identify this bug please

May be rat mite - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ornithonyssus_bacoti When the tropical rat mite bites its host, it causes an inflammatory reaction to its saliva and then pruritic nonspecific ...
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Does my dracaena marginata have spider mites?

Short answer: probably not. Longer answer: Spider mite infestations present with very fine webbing coating whole areas of the plant, generally whole leaves and the stem. Within this webbing you should ...
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Will “ground hornets” come back to the same place after winter?

Yes, they are likely to return to the same zone and garden if it is a good habitat for them. Knowledge of them will protect you, and give you confidence that you can reclaim your garden. 1/ research ...
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Insect Identification Request -- brown and white flea-like bug

I think this is a springtail which lays it's eggs in young plant and moist soil and as you said, It bended it's abdomen by placing it on tape ,when they are stimulated ,they open their hidden tail ...
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What is this insect (or spider)?

I think it could be this animal. It is the nymph of Leptoglossus occidentalis, the Western Conifer Seed Bug. It fits in terms of size and the greenish-brown colour of the abdomen. Also the position of ...
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Behavioural experiment on Nasonia Wasps

I’ve previously used Posca pens to mark wasps during experiments - I think that’s going to be about as non-invasive as you can get without using some kind of advanced video tracking techniques. But ...
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