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What coastal creature leaves braid-like trace that has clear landing and take off points?

This is almost exactly the opposite of what you think it is - it is actually from a burrowing animal, so instead of flying, it is actually burrowing into the sub-surface liquifaction layer of the sand ...
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What is this red bug infesting some trees in southern Germany?

As per Aravona's comment, this is a firebug (Pyrrhocoris apterus). According to Wikipedia, they are not dangerous and nothing to worry about. German version has way more info about this than the ...
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Identify this insect found indoors in Ireland with a double tail and antennae

This is, I believe, a silverfish. This is the picture from the Wikipedia article; A silverfish (Lepisma saccharina) is a small, primitive, wingless insect in the order Zygentoma (formerly Thysanura). ...
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Is this tick or spider?

This is definitely a tick. If it were a spider it would appear that the legs all come from a central point, as spider bodies are separated into segments, whereas tick bodies are not. There are two ...
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What is this dime sized black bug with white on the segments near Loveland Colorodao?

Probably a woodlouse which is a type of crustacean in the suborder Oniscidea. Source: a-z animals They are globally distributed, except in polar regions and arid deserts, and are also known by the ...
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What will this bright green caterpillar with small turquoise spots turn into?

It's the Great Peacock Moth Caterpillar. See Wikipedia for other images, including a painting of the moth by Van Gogh. Saturnia pyri, the giant peacock moth, also called the great peacock moth, ...
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Tiny crab/bug in Pacific NW; makes shell out of rocks/sticks. What is it?

Most likely a Caddisfly. They make homes of twigs and stones. CADDISFLY: The caddisfly lives only a short time as an adult but may spend several years as a larva. Many larvae can do something ...
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What insect makes this hissing type sound, especially in the summer?

Its very hard to distinguish from that sound clip but my guess as to what you are hearing is probably cicadas depending on your location. They can sound like a buzzing or hissing noise and generally ...
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What coastal creature leaves braid-like trace that has clear landing and take off points?

I too think it's from a burrowing animal. Instead of crab I would say it is some kind of lugworm/sandworm. I found this similar image: https://www.plainpicture.com/de/images/1443397 The keywords for ...
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What is this black and yellow-striped caterpillar with four toothbrush-looking tufts of hair along the top?

That is a White Marked Tussock Moth. The long, spiky tufts of hairs give fair warning to anyone or anything that tries to touch this species' larva. The caterpillar is covered with them and the ...
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Identify what bit me by the mark it left (note: potentially graphic, but also beautiful, photos)

Your bite/sting mark is missing something very essential in order to qualify it as a bite or sting mark, and that is: a mark from a bite or a sting. Had something bit you or stung you, then you would ...
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What is the species of this green and orange spider?

I am fairly sure that you’ve found a Crab Spider based on the entry in this website, which looks nearly exactly like your photo.
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What are these strange insect nodules on my front porch?

I would vote for the Potter wasp. The nests of it look like a jug made out of mud. The potter wasps have at least two generations each season. That might explain why you've had this nest twice. Of ...
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Is this a Tick or spider

While it is difficult to say for sure without a higher quality photo, I am almost certain this is a spider. This is because spiders have clear definition between the head and the abdomen, with an ...
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What is growing in these cocoon-looking structures found on a mountain in Massachusetts, USA?

We went back today and spoke with the naturalist, Cindy, who's part of a team that cares for that property which includes hundreds of acres. These are webbed nests filled with hundreds of ...
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What is this round, shiny black bug, about 10mm long, found in Singapore?

Based on the poor-quality of the photos (and my limited knowledge of Singapore insects) it would be very difficult to definitively ID this to species. However, based on the shape and size, you're very ...
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Is this a dragonfly or a damselfly?

This is a dragonfly. Damselflies place their wings alongside their body when resting. Dragonflies can not do this, once they had their first flight after hatching. So when you see their wings ...
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What is this tiny round shiny black bug that bites?

Looks like a fully engorged deer (black-legged) tick. Can't tell from your picture whether it's larva or nymph. Here's a size comparison photo: https://news.psu.edu/sites/default/files/styles/...
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What is this dime sized black bug with white on the segments near Loveland Colorodao?

I see these everywhere where I live (Central Texas). We usually call them "pill bugs" or "rollie-polies" (usu. young children). It shouldn't do you or anything you own any harm; they mostly just ...
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What is this very small bug with brown and tan spots?

This is almost certainly one of the Dermestidae, known as skin bugs or carpet beetles. I think this is probably a varied carpet beetle (Anthrenus verbasci) They are a common world-wide pest and the ...
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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?

That is a camel spider, they became famous on social media when the US invaded Iraq in the middle east where they are more common, and the troops started taking pictures and sending them home. ...
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What type of insect is this orange-camouflaged creature?

That is a species of longhorn beetle called Aristobia approximator. There are two or three different species that live in my region but I wasn't familiar with this particular one which is quite ...
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Is this a cockroach? If so, which one?

This looks like a Pedostrangalia revestita (i totally ripped this from the site below. I have no idea if this is correct, I am still looking for the English and German terms (in German it is a kind of ...
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What kind of cockroach is this?

The first one could be a German cockroach (Blattella germanica). The seconds one though… not sure if it is a cockroach? Perhaps you could catch sharper photos with a bit more lighting?
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Identify this insect found indoors in Ireland with a double tail and antennae

I just wanted to say that they are not considered a pest as some comments are telling you, they are considered beneficial. From the German Wikipedia article roughly translated: "Silverfish in low ...
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What is this large green larva found in Southern United Kingdom?

Someone has identified the image for me: the larval stage of the Poplar Hawk Moth. From its size they supposed it was close to pupating. It is a large moth: 6-9 cm wing span.
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How can I identify Woolly Adelgid on a Hemlock tree?

As far as I can see, only your original picture from 2016 shows sign of woolly adelgid. The tree is not in focus since the point of the picture was the doves, but here are some clues: The white dots ...
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Identification of bugs on porch

Those are Cicadas, they live in the ground for years and crawl out only to moult their skins as adults and mate. They have an obnoxiously loud mating call, I'm sure you've heard it, they'll often ...
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Identification of bugs on porch

From your pictures, those look like discarded cicada husks. They're not "alive". You can just knock them off with whatever tool you prefer for such things (broom, paint scraper, etc.) There is no ...
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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?

Definitely a wolf spider (i.e., family Lycosidae). Possibly Hogna frondicola or some closely related species. Source: Spiderid.com The white ball is an egg sac. From Wikipedia: wolf spiders ...
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