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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 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 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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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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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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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 will this bright green caterpillar with small turquoise spots turn into?

We found this beauty in our yard: It was 10 cm long and it was crawling pretty fast. What made it even more spectacular were the little turquoise spots on it. I suppose it will be a butterfly (but ...
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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 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 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 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 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 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 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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What is this black and white spider with a bowl/tube web in England?

I was walking my dog through high grass, in England. We came across a big spider. The web was almost like a bowl/tube. The spider was black but the back part was big and a white colour. We avoided ...
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Identify what bit me by the mark it left (note: potentially graphic, but also beautiful, photos)

Let's please begin with the understanding that I have already sought and received professional medical advice. Also, about two weeks have passed, my heart and lungs still work and nothing has turned ...
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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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Is this a dragonfly or a damselfly?

In August of 2015, my husband and I were out for a walk at the Wachusett Reservoir, in Central Massachusetts. It was the same walk, including day and time, as in this question. We stopped at the ...
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How can I identify Woolly Adelgid on a Hemlock tree?

Note: An update has been added to this post, and is found below the first set of pictures. I live in Central Massachusetts, in the town of Holden. We're on the border of the large city of Worcester. ...
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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 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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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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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 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 insect makes this hissing type sound, especially in the summer?

During the summer, I always hear this sound. It's like a long "hissing" sound. I assume that it is some sort of insect that produces this, and it's usually during warmer days. It can be heard all ...
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Identification of bugs on porch

What are these bugs on my porch and how can I get rid of them? They latch onto the siding upside-down or sideways and stay there for weeks. I've never seen them move. I noticed they had moved position ...
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What is the rather large bug with a green body, black stripe down the middle, 8 orange legs , two large antenna and large chompers?

I find this bug while hiking the Toiyabe Crest Trail in Nevada. It was probably 2 inches long and at an elevation of somewhere around 6,000 feet or so. I did decided that I didn't want to camp ...
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Is this a cockroach? If so, which one?

What species is the following? I assume it is a cockroach, but I am not sure. What is it exactly? I live in South Germany.
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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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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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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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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 is this just-hatched black caterpillar with white and black hairs, found in India?

Can anyone tell me which caterpillar this is? Its body looks black and it has hairs that are white and black, with a little bit of brown. It was on a utensil which was kept in a dark place. I ...
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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 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 kind of cockroach is this?

What species is the following cockroach? Is it dangerous, that means is it likely to transport diseases? I live in South Germany.
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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 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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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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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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Big black bug in Southern Germany

Yesterday we were sitting on a porch and suddenly a wild bug appeared. It was completely black1 and had no horn etc. It just looked like a common bug without any special features. Okay, nothing ...
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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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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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What bug is this?

Found this on my living room wall. I live on the ground floor with lots of plants right outside the window. Have spotted a similar looking bug outside on the road near the area too.
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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 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 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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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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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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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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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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