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Quit bugging me you miserable unknown insect.

First a plague of moths, now some kind of flying ...beetle? What is this miserable bug? [more inside]
posted by BlueHorse on Jul 7, 2014 - 12 answers

Name that Bug, Cameroonian Edition

Found a rather strange insect while doing night work in the forest at Mbam et Djerem National Park, Cameroon. Neither I nor anybody on my field team can even assign them to order. Does anybody out there in the Hive Mind know what this is? [more inside]
posted by Scientist on Jul 6, 2014 - 5 answers

Bug identification request!

I was walking the halls of my dorm last night when I encountered this bug (one, two). It was about 2" long and intimidating enough that my friend and I looked a lot like this kid while we were trying to catch it. We eventually managed set it free outside, but we'd really like to know what exactly we let loose into the world. We're in southern California. Any ideas? Thanks!
posted by brieche on May 11, 2014 - 6 answers

Am I in the clear?

Late Friday/early Saturday I was up at midnight being sick to my stomach (the #2 way). After that I took some Rx anti-nausea meds and tried to go back to sleep. At around 5 am I threw up (which, as an emetephobic is a huge, scary deal for me). So at 5am I took a Xanax, 2 Pepto pills and another anti nausea pill). I slept on and off (only waking up when my boyfriend gave me sips of water). [more inside]
posted by sleepykitties on Apr 6, 2014 - 12 answers

Getting crazy duplicate charts in Excel spreadsheets using Save to Web

So, I have a series of worksheets in an Excel file that I routinely save to web (single web page format) so that colleagues can access the information on an intranet. Since our company upgraded to Office 2010 these worksheets have begun accumulating multiple copies of any charts located on these sheets (superimposed on the original) - these duplications are in both chart and image form. [more inside]
posted by aught on Apr 3, 2014 - 1 answer

Too much information. In my email inbox. That belongs to other people.

About ten years ago I signed up for gmail very early during beta when people were selling invites for up to 3 and 4 figures and lucked out on a very early, short email address. (See profile.) And it's not cool. Not only do I get a lot of spam but I get a lot of misdirected email. I've seen receipts, bank statements, tax returns, boobies, dozens or hundreds of pictures of different families, newborns, weddings, new cars, old cars, flight reservations, money wire recepits. And this isn't good, and I wonder about my liability, and I wonder about these known brands or services that don't include a button for "This is not my account or data." or any email validation step at all. [more inside]
posted by loquacious on Feb 28, 2014 - 32 answers

Why does WeatherBug's data suck, and is there anything better?

Last night I was checking WeatherBug, the iphone app I use for weather, and it said the expected low for the night would be 25. It was also telling me that the current temperature was 18. In the forecast for today, it predicted a high temperature of 42. Great! Snow melt! So I checked the hour-by-hour forecast to see when it would hit that high, and it didn't show anything higher than 35. This sort of thing happens a lot, and it offends the nerd in me. So: can other apps do better, or do they all just feed off the same NOAA data? [more inside]
posted by Quisp Lover on Dec 15, 2013 - 23 answers

How do I transport an insect collection in a car?

I have an insect cabinet that I need to transport from North Carolina to Georgia, and then from Georgia to Nevada. How do I do this without destroying all the beautiful fragile things within? [more inside]
posted by Pwoink on Nov 7, 2013 - 6 answers

What are these bugs and how do I kill them?

My hot pepper plant has gross little bugs on the undersides of some of its leaves since I brought it indoors for the winter last week. Pic 1, Pic 2. I also have little fruit flies (or gnats?) that I would like to kill that live in my aloe, mint, and sage. That funnel trick everyone recommends killed some but not nearly all. What can I spray on the plant and soil to get rid of the bugs and larvae without poisoning myself (when I eat the peppers/herbs) or the plants?
posted by rmless on Nov 7, 2013 - 10 answers

He was kinda cute, in a bug sort of way

What is this really, really stupid bug? [more inside]
posted by FirstMateKate on Oct 15, 2013 - 2 answers

I would still like to be able to escape from a fire

I need to attach a window screen to my fire escape window. Obviously I'd like it to break away when necessary (and also so I can water my herbs strapped to the bars on the upper half of the window). How can I do this most effectively and with materials I already have? It needs to cover both the top and bottom half of the window, and there's no existing screen frame. [more inside]
posted by mgar on Oct 7, 2013 - 7 answers

What is biting our kid?

Sometimes, usually after a nap, we find something that looks like insect bites on our kid's exposed skin. I tried looking at various insect bites pictures, but can't find a match. Do you happen to know what causes this [more inside]
posted by gakiko on Sep 5, 2013 - 14 answers

Please don't be a Ceti Eel

Woken up from sleep with a worm/larvae crawling on my eyelid. What was it!? [more inside]
posted by WickedPissah on Aug 19, 2013 - 9 answers

is there any chance this is not a cockroach. any at all.

Ugh. I am moving and cleaning out my place after 6 years. 6 glorious, bug-free years. And then I found THIS GUY. Please hope me! [more inside]
posted by like_a_friend on Aug 18, 2013 - 12 answers

Dealing with a phantom stuck key bug on MacBook Air

I'm troubled by a mysterious bug on my MacBook Air. It manifests itself when I use Microsoft PowerPoint, but I believe it is a Mac-wide issue. It is extremely rare, impossible to reproduce on demand, and yet - when it strikes, it does so with a vengeance, and embarrasses me in front of a theater full of people. [more inside]
posted by Silky Slim on Jun 15, 2013 - 17 answers

Chrome hangs when searching for "allahu akbar" but not "fluffy puppies"

When I use Google Chrome to search for certain terms, the browser tab hangs. In this video, it hangs on "allahu akbar" and "osama bin laden". I have not been able to reproduce this issue using other browsers or benign terms (like "fluffy puppies"). What causes this behavior?
posted by compartment on Jun 13, 2013 - 30 answers

Help me identify this household bug

I keep finding this bug in my house. It's about the size of two or three poppyseeds, almost like a large poppyseed. It's dark brown or black with a chevron pattern on its back in a gray or beige color (from farther away the pattern just looks like stripes). Sometimes I find these bugs alive, sometimes not. They don't move fast at all. They love boxes, my bed, and the bathroom. (Perhaps related to the boxes is that I also often find striped beige carcasses in the boxes that are slightly bigger than this bug, which could be related to this bug, or not...) What is this bug? My many google searches have led to nothing...
posted by juliagulia on Jun 10, 2013 - 3 answers

These pests are pests

Please help me identify these flying bugs that have infested a house. [more inside]
posted by hot soup on Apr 5, 2013 - 12 answers

Name that bug!

Can you help me figure out what these small, black-and-red winged bugs in my house are, and whether they are something I should be concerned about? [more inside]
posted by devinemissk on Apr 2, 2013 - 5 answers

Identify this Bug!!

I've seen half a dozen of these bugs in my apartment of late. What are they and should I be worried?
posted by eggman on Mar 31, 2013 - 6 answers

iphone 4S microphone weirdness

I can suddenly no longer be heard on calls using my iPhone 4S. [more inside]
posted by modernnomad on Feb 27, 2013 - 8 answers

Internet, you're being weird. Stop it.

Trying to set up a new wireless network and running into all kinds of strange problems. Connections dropped every few hours! Some machines work, some don't! Can connect to internet, can't connect to router! DOGS AND CATS LIVING TOGETHER (literally). Please help. [more inside]
posted by Rhaomi on Feb 7, 2013 - 10 answers

Bug ID Part CMXCIXCMXCIX

This is perhaps the most innocuous, inoffensive house insect I have ever encountered. What is it? [more inside]
posted by rocketpup on Jan 31, 2013 - 15 answers

Bug I.D.

Cleaning apt. of a deceased friend. Their mattresses were on the floor - a boxspring, and a mattress on top. Found these bugs in between the boxspring and the mattress. [more inside]
posted by samoa on Jan 29, 2013 - 14 answers

Win7 Devices and Printers hangs up

I have a Dell laptop with Windows 7 32-bit on it and I'm having the weirdest issue with it. The "Devices and Printers" control panel window hangs every time I open it. It gets to about 90% of the way, according to the progress bar, and then stops. I can manage my printers using the Admin tools but everything else is unreachable. Is there any way to fix this short of a Windows re-install? This is a work laptop and I'd rather not have to go through our IT service department since they'll nuke everything on it that wasn't there when I got it.
posted by tommasz on Jan 4, 2013 - 8 answers

Ceiling Cat has nothing on Ceiling Bugs!

With the first real rain of the season. it is now time for BUGS TO DROP OUT OF MY CEILING! What are they? (pix inside) [more inside]
posted by potsmokinghippieoverlord on Oct 22, 2012 - 10 answers

Unwelcome bed partners

What is this dried bug in my bed? [more inside]
posted by amerrydance on Oct 7, 2012 - 9 answers

Tell me this thing isn't about to bite me.

[NameThatBug Filter] Please help me figure out what this little bug is that I found on my bed this morning (and hopefully put my mind at ease!). [more inside]
posted by sabotagerabbit on Oct 1, 2012 - 11 answers

Found a bedbug in a library book - what now?

I was reading a library book when a bug crawled out. It was paper thin, and was moving incredibly slowly. My partner captured it and killed it, and then put it between two pieces of tape. We've looked online and, yep, probably a bedbug. What do we do now? Watchful vigilance? Fumigate our entire apartment (which may not be affordable at this time)? Somewhere in between? Details inside, if you want more... [more inside]
posted by rednikki on Sep 3, 2012 - 17 answers

What kind of cockroach is this?

Please help me identify this cockroach species. [more inside]
posted by prize bull octorok on Aug 16, 2012 - 2 answers

Am I going to be able to climb walls?

I've had two weird similar incidents that appear to be bug bites/stings. I have lived in Minnesota all my life, including in the far northern rural area, and never had anything like these. You are not my doctor, but maybe you've had similar issues and have an idea of what is biting/stinging me? [more inside]
posted by superna on Jul 25, 2012 - 16 answers

Green bug on my grubby building's windowsill

What bug could this be? [more inside]
posted by Julnyes on Jul 9, 2012 - 7 answers

Identification of a revolting bug in my house.

Found a bug in my brand new house that looks suspiciously like something that eats wood. This is a VERY BAD THING. Please help me identify. [more inside]
posted by supercapitalist on Jun 26, 2012 - 12 answers

Identify this bug?

Is this a termite or not? Should I freak out or not? [more inside]
posted by monocot on Jun 23, 2012 - 7 answers

Unintentional Glitch Art

Weirdest Firefox problem ever. Some text, across different sites, appears scrambled -- or, more accurately is rot-2. Uninstalling, deleting profile and re-installing did not help. WTF? [more inside]
posted by rottytooth on Jun 19, 2012 - 6 answers

Hey there. What are you?

Entomology filter: I've lived in Southern Ontario most of my life and I can't recall ever seeing this guy before. [more inside]
posted by 256 on Jun 14, 2012 - 9 answers

The Cloisonne Bug

A saw a winged bug today, but don't know what it was. Can you help me identify this bug even though I have no foto, only a description? [more inside]
posted by Jehan on May 30, 2012 - 9 answers

Lion desktop scrolling is driving me nuts!

I've run into a Lion bug with switching desktops that is driving me crazy. Googling hasn't turned up anything useful. Has anyone encountered this problem? More details inside. [more inside]
posted by deathpanels on May 29, 2012 - 6 answers

But he smells like an Orange Julius

Is my cousin's alternative bug repellent safe? [more inside]
posted by yellowcandy on May 27, 2012 - 6 answers

It can't be, can it?

Identify that Bug. Photo 1 Photo 2
posted by Yowser on May 21, 2012 - 8 answers

Notifications for things I shouldn't be able to see

Since about a month ago I've been getting notifications (under the globe icon) about a few friends of mine about postings they've made on various pages. Without fail clicking on them yields "The page you requested was not found". I'm still listed as friends with these people - have they singled me out for partial blocking? Is there some way to avoid getting these notifications for things I can't see?
posted by anonymous on May 14, 2012 - 5 answers

Insect Identification

Please help identify this bug: album [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 4, 2012 - 9 answers

Pupa ID

Entomology filter: Can anybody ID this interesting pupa that I found in my back yard. [more inside]
posted by Confess, Fletch on Apr 29, 2012 - 7 answers

Mystery bugs

A few months ago, I began noticing tiny bugs in my place. They appear very sporadic - I may see one or two a week at best - but it's always the same kind. I'd like to see no bugs in my place at all, ideally. [more inside]
posted by MinusCelsius on Apr 14, 2012 - 7 answers

Ditching bedbugs?

I just had a run-in at work with two adult bed bugs. What do I need to do before I go home (heck, before I get in my car) to ensure they don't infest my stuff? [more inside]
posted by saguaro on Apr 4, 2012 - 17 answers

Not a tick, right?

Can anyone identify this bug? [more inside]
posted by amcm on Mar 15, 2012 - 12 answers

Sod off.

Does this email contain something malicious? [more inside]
posted by ed\26h on Mar 2, 2012 - 6 answers

Mothra? Pod People? Alien? Senior Citizens? What was this?

Break it to me gently: What hatched from this casing I found on my kitchen curtain? And please let it be one big thing that's probably already dead, and not a million little things I have yet to encounter. [more inside]
posted by peagood on Feb 6, 2012 - 10 answers

Kill my bugs.

What are these bugs living around my plant, how do I get rid of them, and will they hurt my cats? Photos inside. [more inside]
posted by kthxbi on Feb 6, 2012 - 8 answers

Holy jumping notes, Batman

When I am working with notes (footnotes and endnotes) in Word for Mac 2011, there is some glitch that sometimes causes all the notes to disappear, or for my cursor to jump pages (up or down). [more inside]
posted by bwonder2 on Jan 25, 2012 - 1 answer

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