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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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Do cochineals ("scale bugs") form aluminium complexes themselves? Where do they get such large quantities so quickly and how do they handle it safely?

Aluminium moves within plants as a complex with ligands such as Oxalate, Malate, and Citrate. Plant cells also hide the aluminium (and other junk) in vacuoles. That is most likely the immediate source ...
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Can anyone identify this creature that looks like a stick?

This is a clothing moth. Casebearing clothing moth. The larvae wraps itself in a fabric or cotton like cocoon and feeds on soiled clothing or anything made from animals. The worm like larvae will ...
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What is this small black insect with an orange stripe?

Looks to be some juvenile assassin bugs.
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Caterpillar on milkweed not monarch

Ok, firstly: That plant is not any type of milkweed i know, the flowers are too different. And secondly: That's not a caterpillar. It's a hoverfly maggot. Rather than grubbing about inside decaying ...
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Identification of a red arachnida (?) (picture and video)

It's definitely a mite, ticks have the same general shape but none are red like this critter, and not many other non-mite arachnids have that same body shape. At a guess, I'd say it's what would be ...
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Having a lot of trouble identifying this insect

To me, the most likely possibility is that it's an immature assassin bug.
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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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What is this colorful bug from Germany?

Perhaps it's some form of jewel beetle. Their wings are traditionally used in jewel and clothesmaking and some of them are detrimental invasive species. It will be nearly impossible to say which ...
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