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Questions about identifying bugs or insects. Please describe it in the title. Post at least one picture and add detailed physical characteristics in the question. Geographic location is important, as is the environment, such as on a tree or plant, the ground, the yard, on an object, near other animals. Please be prepared to provide further details if requested.

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What is growing in these cocoon-looking structures found on a mountain in Massachusetts, USA?

We found a few things which we think are cocoons on a tree at Mass. Audubon Wildlife Sanctuary, on Mt. Wachusett, in Princeton, Central Massachusetts, USA. It was last week, mid-August. The tree ...
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Identify insect/bug/fleas

Can you please help me identify this. I live in Orange County California. Today I came back home and the weather was hot, around 85, and saw this around my front door in large quantities. I’ve never ...
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What bug is this found in bedroom?

Found on the headboard of my bed Little black bug could be a spider? Has 8 legs and what appears to be a sack. Located in Texas. About the size of a fingernail.
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What is this very small bug with two antennae and 6 legs?

In my bathroom, I keep finding these very small bugs. They have 6 legs from what I can tell, two antennae, and they look grey in color (although the picture makes them look more of a tan): They are ...
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What is this black spider, with round body, long front legs found in Belgium?

While doing some work in our basement I saw a spider and its shape and colour is unlike anything I've seen around here. I live in the northern part of Belgium. The spider is black, almost shiny and as ...
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What is this very small bug with brown and tan spots?

Around my house I've been spotting these very small brown/tan spotted bugs: It moves quite slow, and doesn't seem to fly, only crawl (though it does look like it has wings). It's very small, not ...
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What are these strange insect nodules on my front porch?

Twice this summer, I've found some little brown domes / nodules attached to the window sills or the porch railing. They seem to be made by some sort of insect and I think when I removed them, there ...
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Tick or Spider INSIDE my house [duplicate]

Help! Is this a tick or spider? It’s on the wall INSIDE my house. I live in Westchester,NY. I’m new here, so I’m worried. TIA!
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Ant (?) with black abdomen with white dots, and dark red thorax, black head

A few days ago, in South Africa (specifically in the Abelana Game Reserve), I filmed something that I think it's an insect (I counted six legs), specifically an ant (just because the shape is similar ...
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What is this large green larva found in Southern United Kingdom?

I have been unable to identify this huge larva seen recently in a meadow in southern UK. I would call it a 'caterpillar' but the online ID pages don't include it. Other creatures have a larval stage ...
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Is this a Tick or spider

I have been having rash on my skin, and it looks like I am being bitten by something. Today I noticed this. Is it a tick or a spider?
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What kind of spider is this half dollar sized brown one with a darker brown body and a lighter brown strip down its back?

I found this spider yesterday running across a sidewalk next to a canal, it was bigger than a quarter and I think it was carrying an egg sack. Does anybody know what kind of spider this is?
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Please help me identify this insect

I live in Edmonton, Alberta in Canada and recently noticed this insect on my bed. It was approximately 2mm in size. Could anyone please help me identify it and tell me how to get rid of them. Thank ...
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Tiny, round black bug found in bed twice

I found a black bug like this on two separate occassions on my bed, both times about morning to midday. I live in Vaughan, Ontario, Canada though not near any major wooded areas. The first time I saw ...
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Orange backed wasp (UK)

I saw a huge (for the UK) wasp with a red/orange back which I have never seen before which I have been unable to identify. It was ca. 100% larger than the everyday wasp you see around middle England. ...
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What spider is this? [closed]

I’m in the northern Dallas Fort Worth area. The spider was bigger than a silver dollar, it was massive. I could see its eyes down the trail on the pavement. It wasn’t an egg sack on its back that’s ...
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What is this tiny round shiny black bug that bites?

Can anyone tell me what type of bug this is? I found two of them in my bed in Tennessee, United States. It's not a tick. The shell is hard. It was alive and you could see it moving. It's .016", ...
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What is this round, shiny black bug, about 10mm long, found in Singapore?

I found this insect under my shirt while working, it is the first time I ever see something like that and it is kind of too small for me to tell what it is. I do not have a property measuring tool to ...
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What are these tiny, round, black bugs on my bed and couch?

I moved into a house way out in the country in Kansas. Sitting in my bed yesterday I saw the tiniest, tiniest round speck. Perfectly round, black and somewhat shiny. I had to zoom in with my phone ...
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What is this insect found swarming in my unmanaged garden?

I’ve an unmanaged garden outside my apartment. It used to have several shrubs and pine straw, but the owners ripped them out and now they just trim the weeds every few weeks. They trimmed a week and a ...
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Flying bug digging into my cats skin

I went outside one time and found my cat under my neighbors boat and there was a hole in her side with a black bug that looks like a tick and can fly it is round as well and I pet her but she turned ...
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What is this insect?

Found several insects like this one on my apartment, size of a tick and only has a tail, or tongue, or tentacle, or antenna, or head. Any idea of what it is?
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What kind of bug is this? [closed]

This is a bug inside my house. I need help identifying what kind of bug this is for peace of mind. Please help
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Is this tick or spider?

I found this bug in my back yard and walls outside of my house. Can you help me identify? I was worried if this is a tick.
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What is this long brown bug

Seemingly out of nowhere a long insect creature appeared (jumped?) on my PC screen and startled me. Seems to have 6 legs and antennae. Moves slowly, but apparently has a very strong grip. Its size is ...
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Spider identification: possible false widow

We came across a spider here in the UK and we think its a false widow but it doesn't quite look right. It's approximately 5 cm from front end to back end and the body of it is approximately 2 cm. The ...
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Is this spider dangerous to humans?

Quito, Pichincha, Ecuador. I found this spider under a pile of toys in my home - my son's room. Seems to be a regular spider - found two or three of them in my office. Its span is like 3 to 5 cm. I ...
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What type of ladybug is this?

I found this insect, whatever it is, at first I thought it was a ladybug. But I think it's a carpet beetle. What does it eat? It doesn't eat raisins. And it's trying to escape. How can I make a ...
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What bug is this behind my drapes?

I decided to wash my drapes and when I looked behind the couch and the drapes I found a ton of these bugs. I'm freaking out that I might have a tick infestation. What are these bugs? Can they climb ...
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What is the species of this green and orange spider?

I was recently outside in my backyard in a sandy area, and I found this spider. I live in Texas, and have never seen anything like it. I have done some research, and found nothing. It might be hard to ...
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What Bug is this? Is it a Flea / Bedbug / Chigger / Mite?

I see these very tiny bugs on my walls at home. They are so small that it is very hard to notice unless you are extremely close to the wall and focus at a point. I was able to take a few photos. These ...
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What specific species of grasshopper is this, and is it an invasive species that I should kill?

I just discovered a huge (6-8 cm, ~3 inches) insect in our potted Astilbe plant. As far as I can tell it's a grasshopper but I don't know which kind exactly. From what I can find in the Dutch species ...
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Strange caterpillar bit me

I was out trimming branches from a large cherry tree on my property and while in the tree I felt a burning sensation on my arm. I look to my arm and there is a strangely colored furry caterpillar on ...
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Tiny crab/bug in Pacific NW; makes shell out of rocks/sticks. What is it?

We encountered these guys in a small inland (freshwater) creek in southern WA. There were hundreds, covering low flat rocks in the water; every one carrying a shell made out of either tiny rocks, or ...
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What is this long brownish bug (found in Maine home in early August)?

I found this bug months ago (August, in southern Maine): I found it crawling on my wall, (second floor), only time I've ever seen one of these particular bugs in my house. Edit: I managed to get a ...
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Identification of tiny bug, from Poland

We are in Poland right now and found this tiny bug that seems to have come from a day in the garden. I couldn't put anything for size reference, but it looks like 0.1mm long, it's extremely small and ...
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Unknown Bug - Pin Head Size Round Black Hard Shell found in Vegi Garden

This bug appeared on the underside of a pepper plant and has spread through out my vegetables. It is about the size of a pin head. it is black with a hard shell. It leaves a trail behind it but i ...
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Identify this insect found indoors in Ireland with a double tail and antennae

About 6 months ago I noticed a new friend in my apartment. It lived in my bathroom and only came out during the night (not sure how it knows when it is nighttime if there are no windows in the ...
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Keep seeing this bug in our house

We keep seeing this bug in our house. Finally put a dead one in a bottle and took a closeup picture. The actual size is about 0.25 inch (6mm) long. Does anyone know what it might be? Thank you so much....
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What coastal creature leaves braid-like trace that has clear landing and take off points?

June 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 is the species of this spider? Is it venomous?

I found this tonight on the external wall: Location: UK (south) I have a feeling it is a young green fang spider, please correct me if I am wrong. And the most important question: is it venomous?
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What is this red bug infesting some trees in southern Germany?

I've just recently moved to Europe (southern Germany), so this might be a common sight to someone who has been living here for longer. Yesterday I noticed dozens of these insects walking on the ...
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Can you identify this large brown spider with particular markings in Charleston, SC?

I live in Charleston, SC, and found this very large spider chilling in a very large intricate web in our gazebo this evening. Below are all the pictures (apologize for the quality...it's the best I ...
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What is this dime sized black bug with white on the segments near Loveland Colorodao?

On my walk around town today I found this small black bug, (keychain carabiner for scale). Closeup It has two antenna and it seems that there is white on the edge of the segments. Does anyone know ...
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What is this black and yellow-striped caterpillar with four toothbrush-looking tufts of hair along the top?

A friend found this caterpillar while hiking in the woods on Wachusett Mountain, in Central Massachusetts, United States, in the first week of September. It was on a fallen log under the leaves of a ...
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What is this brown catipillar with white stripes and two black spots near the head in Loveland, Colorado?

I was riding my bike today and I saw a number of these brown caterpillars with white strips and black spots near the head crossing the sidewalk. (Penny for scale) Does anyone know what kind of ...
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What type of insect is this orange-camouflaged creature?

The picture below was taken at the Royal Flora Ratchaphruek, a park with lots of flowers and vegetatation in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Can anyone identify the bug I found there, shown in the picture below?...
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What type of centipede is this?

I was taking a hike through Khao Yai National Park when I came across the centipede below. Can anyone identify what animal it is more specifically? It's been a few years and I only took this picture, ...
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Flying insects enjoying broccoli flowers

Do you recognize these flying insects that seem to enjoy broccoli flowers? I have several almond trees around, and bees are busy these days but I'm not sure these particular insects are of any ...
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How can I tell the difference between a Tentworm caterpillar and a Fall Webworm caterpillar by observing the web?

A question from August 13, 2018 asked what type of caterpillar was living in a cocoon on a tree at the Mass. Audubon Wildlife Sanctuary, on Mt. Wachusett, in Princeton, Central Massachusetts, USA. ...