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Insect identification - Is this a bedbug?

Unfortunately, you're the first I've seen on here actually to have a bed bug. See this picture from University of Kentucky for comparison: Here is one moving (more footage & info here): Below ...
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What is the contribution of the cockroach to the ecological environment?

Short answer Cockroaches are an integral part of the food chain. Background Cockroaches are an important source of food for a number of organisms, such as arthropods, birds, and mammals. As such, ...
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What is the contribution of the cockroach to the ecological environment?

They don't have to "contribute" as such. All they have to do is survive and pass on their genes to their offspring. Any benefits that they have (in terms of detritus cleaned up, etc.) or harms that ...
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What's this black, white and orange beetle?

Yes this is an adult carpet beetle. Specifically, this is a Common carpet beetle (Anthrenus scrophulariae) See here for more info. 2.5 to 3.8 mm in length. Black head (mostly hidden by the ...
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What species of wasp is this? And how to get rid of them?

These are European paper wasps. (They look very similar to yellowjacket wasps but you can notice the antennae; they are brown here whereas they are black in case of yellowjackets. There are other ...
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I found a bug on my bedroom floor. Is this a bedbug?

To answer your question this is very likely NOT a bedbug. See this answer for a positive ID of (and more info for) a bedbug. However, based on the size and body shape of your specimen, it appears ...
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Questions about insects eating flour and living in the cracks of a wooden cutting boards

This is a species of psocid (of the family Psocoptera, AKA booklice). Species are best differentiated by their abdominal structure and antennae. Without a better (more magnified) image and info about ...
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How is (Insect) population control through male sterilization effective

Sterile insects are typically produced by radiation. A sufficient dose is used to cause substantial DNA damage in the gametes of the males. However, this doesn't mean the sperm are completely non-...
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Why do OX5034 GM mosquitos require the presence of tetracycline to survive? What does the drug do in this case?

They don't go into any detail on the sites you link to and I don't have time to look into patents, but from the context it sounds like they may be using a tetracycline repressible promoter. This is ...
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Why do OX5034 GM mosquitos require the presence of tetracycline to survive? What does the drug do in this case?

The other answers are correct and on the right track, but I will expand on them with the specific mechanism for these mosquitos. The following paper discusses the engineering behind strain OX513A upon ...
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What are these caterpillars eating a potato plant?

I believe this is the middle instar of a Southern Armyworm (Spodoptera eridania) larvae. Or some closely related species in the Spodoptera genus (family Noctuidae). © 2016 Wings, Worms, & Wonder ...
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What attacked my peach tree?

These are definitely some sort of aphid (small sap-sucking true bugs in the superfamily Aphidoidea). Based on the coloration and shape of the pest and the host plant, my best guess is that you're ...
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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 happened to the gypsy moth epidemics in the Northeast US?

It appears that the gypsy moths were controlled by pesticide spraying by the US Forestry Service. The defoliation areas measured peaked at 12 million acres in 1981 and again at 7 million acres in ...
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This strange looking thing was on the leaf, can you identify what this is?

That is a butterfly chrysalis. Since it is clear, and you can see the wings, it is about to emerge. A chrysalis is the naked pupal stage of a butterfly, as opposed to a "cocoon", which is covered in ...
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What moth is this and how do we get rid of them?

That is an Indian meal moth Plodia interpunctella. Family Pyralidae. They are very common household pests. https://www.doyourownpestcontrol.com/indian_meal_moth.htm They breed in grains or cereals. ...
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What is the impact of the invasiveness of the European Starling in North America?

First, for the record, I do not know the North American Starling situation well. However, I know of one study (Koenig, 2003) that failed to find strong effects of Starlings on other cavity nesters (i....
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What type of Insect Egg is this?

These are probably cockroach cases, or oothecae, that may contain up to 50 eggs, depending on species. It looks like they are oothecaes of German cockroaches. You can read more about baby ...
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I found a bug on my bedroom floor. Is this a bedbug?

I had a bed bug infestation a few months ago. That picture looks like it could be a bed bug that hasn't fed in a while. But, the overall body shape looks more like a flea.... Bed bugs look different ...
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What is the contribution of the cockroach to the ecological environment?

You must read this article: “Most cockroaches feed on decaying organic matter, which traps a lot of nitrogen,” Kambhampati said. “Cockroach feeding has the effect of releasing that nitrogen (in ...
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Are Sciomyzidae fit to combat snails?

Short answers: These insects live near water or marsh areas so that's where you can get them from. This is because many species of this group has larvae that are aquatic or semi-aquatic. According ...
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What type of Insect Egg is this?

I think these are cockroach oothecae. These are small casings that contain many eggs. Quoting from wikipedia Female cockroaches are sometimes seen carrying egg cases on the end of their abdomens; ...
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What moth is this and how do we get rid of them?

This is probably a common flour moth or a similar pyralid species. It has probably laid eggs in some cereal-derived products (pasta, cous cous, but also rice, oatmeal and the like) of your kitchen. ...
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Tiny dark-colored bug ID in Amman-Jordan

These are very likely flour beetles (Tribolium spp) of some kind. These small (~3mm) reddish-brown beetles are some of the most widespread and common pests of stored food products worldwide [source]. ...
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What are these bugs eating my lumber?

These are larvae of some species of wood-boring beetle. It is quite possible you've had multiple species eating your various species of wood. Many species of boring insects have white, segments, worm-...
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What moth is this and how do we get rid of them?

I know this question is old but for the possible sake of later readers, with respect to mentioning plastic bags - at least some, if not all of the moth species commonly known to infest households do ...
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What is this insect? And does it eat aphids on plants?

Based on the head morphology and the upper limb visible on the first picture, I would say it looks like a mantis. The length of the abdomen also confirms the same. The internet is also full of ...
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Species identification: 2.5mm (3/32" or 1.5/8") brownish ant in highrise apartment

According to the pest control expert, the ants are likely pharaoh ants. It matches the description on the Wikipedia page in all respects: Colour Size Pervasiveness in indoor environments throughout ...
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What species of wasp is this? And how to get rid of them?

Stay vigilant. As you've noticed, once wasps get established in an area, they'll reproduce and spread out. Continue to watch for and eradicate nests. Hardware stores will sell a variety of chemical ...
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