My wife found this weird insect in our LA/California backyard while gardening. It looks like a slim shiny wasp body got itself into stuck in large shiny copper colored head. Is it a destroyer of pests or a destroyer of crops? A harmless passer-by? Friend or foe? We must know!!!! [more inside]
I have an outdoor grill set atop a wooden cabinet. Every few months, these mysterious granules appear inside and around the cabinet. Are they insect eggs? What are they and where are they coming from? [more inside]
Can anyone identify this bug (imgur link, two photos, with tweezers for scale)? Found in a home in suburban Chicago, killed by this handsome fellow.
Came home to suddenly find these bugs all over the south wall over house. They are running along the ground and up the wall at least five feet. I don't even know what type of spray to get to get rid of them. [more inside]
There are a bunch of weird little insects in my office. That photo isn't to scale - I'd say they're maybe an eighth of an inch/3 mm long, really tiny, and they like to congregate in little groups underneath various things on my desk. What are they? What do I do about them? [more inside]
It doesn't seem to match the cicada or katydid noises I've found around YouTube. It's outside a suburban window - it is a "buzz" (it sounds a bit like a "hiss" in the recording, but was buzzier to my ears), with ~2.5 seconds of noise followed by a ~2 second pause. Listen here.
These are all over my crepe myrtles. Do i need to be worried? Sorta looks like a ladybug but not sure.
It's a bug, in my place, in February. Beyond that, I don't know. [more inside]
I have a large piece of amber with a couple of tiny insects embedded in it. Can anyone identify this one? It's tiny--probably less than 2mm long.
I have a severe insect phobia, and now the task of eradicating a silverfish infestation in my apartment is causing this phobia to take over my life. How can I regain a feeling of safety about sleeping in my own bed at night when I am now facing a seemingly endless stream of silverfish entering my room each day? Many more details below the fold. [more inside]
I had a memorable nightmare when I was a child, probably around 1995. Can you identify the source in pop culture? [more inside]
Please help me ID this bug. 1.5 inches long. Mean looking. [more inside]
A small-ish spider (slightly bigger than 1cm in diameter including the legs, I think) has set up home in my living room. [more inside]
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? [more inside]
Can you help me identify this larva? Pictures inside. [more inside]
First a plague of moths, now some kind of flying ...beetle? What is this miserable bug? [more inside]
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]
My friend saw a small black bug in her apartment maybe 1/4-inch long. It was long rather than round and moved fairly slowly and low to the ground. She said it didn't look like a roach (lacked the long antenna, high speed, flat body), beetle (didn't have the segmented structure or mandibles), termite, silverfish or house centipede. What could it have been? No photo, unfortunately.
This loudly chirping bug is right by me - it's been migrating from the back room to the dining room over the course of several hours - but I can't see or find it. My dog seems to be intimidated, and he's the reason I won't use chemical sprays.
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!
Just moved to New York City to a clean, small apartment. I've been here a month and in the past few days have found several, small, brown bugs. My first thought, roaches! But these guys are really, really slow and come out in the daylight a lot. I've had roaches before and you can't catch them with your hands, these guys I can just swoop down and snag. [more inside]
A number of mammals (including us!) instinctually move away from their own feces, or try not to soil their living spaces. Does anybody know of an example of an invertebrate, insect or otherwise, which displays the behavior of avoiding their own waste? [more inside]
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]
The sound of this animal or insect was captured a few nights ago. I live in the Northeast, this was at night and the noisemaker in question was clearly high up in a tree. [more inside]
I found a small tree frog in my kitchen today, and while I was searching for its point of entry I found this quarter-sized mystery hole in my drywall in the adjacent room. It is located behind my washing machine (please see the pictures attached below) about six inches off the ground and directly beneath a window. I'm curious if insects or rodents could have created this hole. [more inside]
smelly teeny bugs living in my computer? [more inside]
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]
Whenever I get insect bites, they swell up a lot - more so than they seem to for most people. It seems to me that over the past few years, the reactions are getting progressively worse. Is this actually possible? [more inside]
Last week my car broke down while driving down a road through farm land. [more inside]
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]
Can you guess what's biting me? I've been getting a few extremely itchy red bumps, very much like mosquito bites, but they are not mosquito bites because they follow the pattern that chigger bites do: they're not on exposed parts of my skin, but instead under my clothing. It seems that something small is leaping onto me and then crawling until it finds itself confined by clothing, then settling down to bite. The bites aren't like chigger bites, though. [more inside]
This is perhaps the most innocuous, inoffensive house insect I have ever encountered. What is it? [more inside]
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]
What kind of insect nest is this? [more inside]
Another insect ID question: what's this thing that was in my NYC apartment? It might be a biting insect, but it's obviously not a bedbug. [more inside]
Please help me identify this cockroach species. [more inside]
Insect identification - what can you tell me about this flying beast? (good pic inside) [more inside]
What bug could this be? [more inside]
Is this a termite or not? Should I freak out or not? [more inside]
Help me save my lemon tree. It's got tiny black spots on both sides of its leaves, and small beige bumps on the undersides. It's been spreading for about a month, but I'm finally noticing that it's actually harming the plant and killing the leaves. Badly damaged leaf: top, bottom, top close, bottom close. Early-stage leaf: top, bottom. Barely-affected leaf: top, bottom, bottom close. [more inside]
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]
Is my cousin's alternative bug repellent safe? [more inside]
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]
a friend of mine is vacationing in central america, and saw this odd thing. he thinks it's a moth mimicking a gecko. any ideas?
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]
What was this (now slightly squashed) black and red bug? Back. Underside. It appeared mysteriously today in our apartment, in NJ. It was almost 0.5 inch long.