What is this bug? Should I be afraid (very very afraid?)
August 20, 2014 3:14 PM Subscribe
I hate bugs, and I have one that is in my space
. Can the generous and awesome amateur (or professional) entomologists of MetaFilter help me identify it, and perhaps give me a general sense of how dangerous it might or might not be?
posted by SMPA to Science & Nature (15 answers total)
It's a really bad idea for me to start wandering around Google Images trying to figure out what this bug is, because I may never sleep again if I do something stupid like that (and I wouldn't understand what I was looking at anyway.) However, I think it might be a wasp, and if it is then I need to tell my landlord. If it isn't, then perhaps I don't. I don't know. I hate bugs. I will love you if you tell me what this one is, and let me know the degree to which I should be flipping out here.
Also, if it is a wasp, can you please tell me why I can't see a sting(er)? I hate bugs, but I wouldn't mind having enough knowledge to be all like "that is totally a wasp and I don't have to ask MetaFilter to be sure" in the future.
For the interested: there's only one that I've seen so far, but last time there was one wasp - per my sister, who isn't scared of bugs but is unavailable at present - it turned into a nest thing that was installed in the track of my sliding glass door and kept me off my patio for like a week as it grew, and there were like ten wasps before the guy showed up to spray it down. I also couldn't make eye contact with the entire outdoors for about three weeks I hate bugs.
I have promised my sister that I won't do any more Googling of skin conditions, bugs, or other horrible things, because me flipping out and suffering insomnia bothers her. So she'll love you, too.