Questions related to Insect Identification
Besides "bees of the world" and discoverlife.org does anyone know of a bee genera or species key specific to Argentina or south America? I'm asking because occasionally both sources give me different results and sometimes I get bees that are apparently not in south America. This could be an error on my part but for some of the bees I'm pretty certain. For example "bees of the world" sent me to "Alocandrena" which is apparently only in Peru and discoverlife to "Panurgus" which is in the eastern hemisphere. I'm fairly confident that i followed the proper path for the "bees of the world". for discoverlife i'm not so sure because it can give you different results depending on when you hit "simplify".
One of my friends from Germany was curious to know if there are similar keys like those published by the Royal Entomological Society and other entomological groups in Australia. The only ones I know are usually targeted to a specific family and published in the form of individual research publications.
Are there any extensive and reliable keys for the different orders of Insects?
I can imagine that given the rich biodiversity in India in comparison to Europe it is very difficult to make keys like those which can pin point to the species level ID. However, if you know any then please list them here.
I am working on mosquito classification and identification and to do this I use many identification keys, I need to improve my skills and accelrate my work so Ican finish my work quickly and accurately, to do that I need to reduce the altering between the Keys.
Dear researchers. I am Hamada Chakira, Dr in Agriculture entomology and pest control from Huazhong Agricultural University. I live in the Union of Comoros. The field of research is still not so popular here, so there are a lot to do and to publish. Despite my limited knowledge of insect identification, I would like to establish a data base of insects and spiders of Comoros. Of course this project will need many specialists. For example, with the valuable help of Pr Emilio Balletto, we have published a book " The butterfly of Comoro" in 2015. If any researcher is interested to another taxon he can contact me through this email. email@example.com
All these moths (Family Erebidae) were photographed from Bhutan. About 140 species were photographed, of which around 120 has been identified. I am looking for a person who can help me to authenticate my identifications and suggest ID for the remaining unidentified species. (Unfortunately, all the moths are in photographs as the voucher collection in Bhutan is illegal)
I have encountered a leafminer problem during my survey. It was a little bit different than other leafminers in size and shape of mines. The mine was looking like a blotch on leaves. After the emergence of adult, it was observed that it is a lepidopteran insect. I am enclosing herewith a photograph of insect. Is it a gracilariid or something else?
Recent time I' m sorting insects by order and often I have some problems. And to easily solve them I need good insect identification guide to orders. So if you know some of them, please recommend to me.
Thank you in advance.
I observed a Hydaticus sp. larvae in North Korea (predating on a tadpole) and I would like to be able to identify the species. Would anyone be able to help?
Identification, insect, diving beetle, entomology
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I'm currently working on the abundance and diversity of insects of MUST, Mbeya region, in Tanzania. Anyone please assist to identify the attached insects
I am collecting the information re currently available online insect identification database or software. It is just part of another project based on database. I will soon share the project details.
It looks like Anopheles Arabiensis. But smaller and has white colour fungus like growths in the body (abdomen). They are bigger than the local mosquitoes. The habitat is a paddy field in a dry zone of Sri Lanka. But found them in the rainy season.
Seems like eggs but what it actually is??
This tiny water droplet like structure seems to be eggs that is spongy like when touched. This was abundant in okra field once in everywhere of the plant i.e. on leaf, stem, flower primordia, flower... Insect history of the plot is Jassids, horn hopper, White-spotted Leaf Beetle, etc...
This Psocoptera (Psocidae: Thyrsophorinae) in the genus Poecilopsocus sp. from Colombia may grow up to 1,4 cm in length. They live in small colonies beneath a gossamer blanket spun with silk from their labial glands.
I think the species in the anexed photographs is the largest bark louse in the world. Does anyone know what the species is?
I found these unusual insect eggs that resemble cream-chocolate biscuits on a coffee plant in Colombia. Unfortunately they were parasitized by wasps of the genus Telenomus so it was not possible to raise them until adult.
This moth was pictured some days ago resting on the lowest branches of an old spruce in a mountain area in northern part of Norway. The camouflage on its back was absolutely perfect compared to the lichen growing on the stem and branches. Does anyone have a suggestion for a name?
This beetle has been reared from one of the numerous larvae that a colleague of mine collected from bee corpses (Apis mellifera) found on a hive bottom board. Size: ca. 1.5mm. Location: NE Ukraine.
To my layman's eye, this looks like a Cryptophagus sp. (some species of which have been reported from bee hives), but I am not sure. So any help in its identification would be much appreciated.
I obtained three parasitoids from the same batch of eggs from a Reduviidae bug from Colombia possibly from the Platygastridae family. There are few published records of parasitoids in Reduviidae eggs. I would like to know if anyone knows what genus and species are? The yellow individual may be an hyperparasitoid. If you have published records please let me know.
I found bark beetle, probably Hypothenemus eruditus Westwood, 1836 (Curculionidae: Scolytinae), but I can't find any identification key to confirm it.
If anyone has it I will be grateful for sharing.
I am working to identify local drosophila species morphologically. For Identification, I have " Drosophila: A Guide to Species Identification and Use Book by Patrick M. O'Grady and T.A. Markow ". It's a nice and comprehensive book.
Can you provide names of some other books/articles/materials, that can be helpful for Drosophila identification?
My workshop's external siding seems to attract various kinds of things that do at least some of their growing inside a case of twigs, stones, or other junk. Some of them look like fine felt. Yesterday one of the cases was abandoned but not too far from where it had been, I saw a creature that was about the color (orange) as the occupant of the case. It looked like a big ant but with interesting patterns in its wings. I snapped picture after picture (It was running around). When I was cropping them, I saw that it seemed to have a pair of flies or wasps probably mating underneath its wings. I wonder if this is a case of parasitoid flies or wasps whose female will lay her eggs in the abdomen of the host. Anything you can tell me will be so helpful! The creature was about a 10 mm in length....Much larger than the ~6 mm case.
I have a collection of wasps of the superfamilies Platygastroidea and Proctotrupoidea from various regions of Poland. The material is preserved in alcohol. Can anybody help with the identifications? I can mount the specimens if it is necessary.
This freshwater organism found in our lab. Having 3pairs of leg but appearance quite different then insect and so can't identity accurately.
Need to confirm identification of the larvae in the soil (eastern china agricultural landscape). Adult trap data suggest a mix of two species (H. parallela and A. corpulenta) but need to confirm on laval populations. Cannot find any good key on the larvae.
Am working on these three species and need to know the identification procedure for these. Both adult and larvae. Also, enlighten about instar stage identification. Thank you
I collected a tick specimen from a rescued Eastern Swamp Deer (Rucervus duvaucelii ranjitsinhi) in Kaziranga National Park, Assam during August, 2016. Can anyone help me with the identification based on few photographs of the same clicked under 4X magnified compound microscope? The photographs have been attached herewith.
An image from Java (Serang: Bulakan: Rawa lake National Park, 120-340m asl. 13.III.2011. author: Guido Bohne) found in Flickr shows a 'squid pygmy grasshopper' (Phaesticus mellerborgi, family Tetrigidae) standing on a leaf and having parasitoid hymenopteran (family Eulophidae, ID provided by @Doug Yanega) on its discus of the pronotum.
First of all, I would like to know if anybody is has any information on identity of this tiny wasp (grasshopper is 10-14 mm in length without antennae). If not, I would lke to know if experts think that the tiny wasp is P. mellerborgi specific parasitoid?
Secondly, I would like to get any information on parasitoids of Tetrigidae, published and observed.
Some further information: Phaesticus mellerborgi is species living in peninsular Malaysia, Sumatra, and Java (on Borneo there is P. insularis). Species incuded in this genus have nymphs that are squid-like in appearance, with coloration. The species live in wet habitats , on the ground, eating detritus algae and mosses.
I am currently planning to measure the compound eye of dozens of closely related insect species and wanted to get some sense of the best metrics. As a start, I had planned to count ommatidia. I also wanted to generate a metric related to % of head the compound eye covers, and to comparatively measure the optic lobe relative to head size. Any advice would be greatly appreciated! Cheers!
We are looking for an entomologist / taxonomist who is willing to identify this Phytomiptera species (Diptera: Tachinidae) that we encounter in the Bolivian Altiplano.
This Phytomiptera is an endemic parasitoid of Eurysacca quinoae (Gelechiidae). Eurysacca larvae cause damage in quinoa crop cultivation.
Since PROINPA is a Bolivian NGO, we are not able to pay you for this job. But of course the scientific credits if it turns out to be a new species are yours!
(Dead samples send upon request)
We are looking for an entomologist / taxonomist who is willing to identify this Venturia species (Hymenoptera: Ichneumonidae) that we encounter in the Bolivian Altiplano.
This Venturia is an endemic parasitoid of Eurysacca quinoae (Gelechiidae). Eurysacca larvae cause damage in quinoa crop cultivation.
Since PROINPA is a Bolivian NGO, we are not able to pay you for this job. But of course the scientific credits for discovering a new species are yours!
(Dead samples send upon request)
I am sampling insects in La Malinche, Talxcala, Mexico and need to identify to species some capies of Orthoptera for a ecology project.
Recently I came across a Hyphydrus specimen from Slovakia, which I at first glance thought would be H. ovatus. Nevertheless there seem to be some discrepancies, mainly a distinct central suture on each elytra (similar to H. aubei), which doesnt fit to the H. ovatus characteristics, despite similar appearence (overall reddish colour, with no distinct colour patterns). Could it be H. anatolicus maybe?
Location: Kokan Region,Ratnagiri District,Maharashtra State, Country India.
Size of the individual was less than 1mm
habitat mango n cashew plantations
believed to b pest on mango flowering
We are looking for an entomologist / taxonomist who is willing to identify this Meteorus species (Braconidae) that we encounter in the Bolivian Altiplano.
This Meteorus is an endemic parasitoid of Eurysacca quinoae (Gelechiidae). Eurysacca larvae cause damage in quinoa crop cultivation.
Since PROINPA is a NGO, we are not able to pay you for this job. But of course the scientific credits for discovering a new species are yours!
(Dead samples send upon request)
I was found it on stems of Sedum sp and in Pachyphytum (Crassulaceae), here in the NW of Michoacan state, Mexico. They produces several damage on plants.
I need the images of male genitals or morphological characters of Aphrophora exoleta for identification