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What is this?

It's a bug, in my place, in February. Beyond that, I don't know. [more inside]
posted by cotton dress sock on Feb 10, 2015 - 13 answers

Can you identify this prehistoric insect?

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.
posted by tybstar on Nov 20, 2014 - 6 answers

How to cope physically and psychologically with a silverfish infestation

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]
posted by datarose on Nov 11, 2014 - 19 answers

Help me identify the origins of a weird childhood nightmare

I had a memorable nightmare when I was a child, probably around 1995. Can you identify the source in pop culture? [more inside]
posted by deathpanels on Nov 5, 2014 - 20 answers

*This* is Ceti Alpha V!!

Please help me ID this bug. 1.5 inches long. Mean looking. [more inside]
posted by popcassady on Oct 11, 2014 - 4 answers

How do I get rid of this spider?

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]
posted by AllShoesNoSocks on Aug 26, 2014 - 15 answers

What is this bug? Should I be afraid (very very afraid?)

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]
posted by SMPA on Aug 20, 2014 - 15 answers

EntomologyFilter: What is this?

Can you help me identify this larva? Pictures inside. [more inside]
posted by nzero on Aug 18, 2014 - 2 answers

Name that beetle!

I found this guy in the entryway of my new house this morning. What is it? [more inside]
posted by apparently on Aug 1, 2014 - 5 answers

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

ID of small black bug?

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.
posted by shivohum on Jun 18, 2014 - 8 answers

How do I find and eject (or eradicate) this damn cricket?

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.
posted by goofyfoot on May 18, 2014 - 4 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

Fellow New Yorkers! I don't think it's a roach...but what is it?

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]
posted by Rosengeist on Apr 27, 2014 - 10 answers

Poo, fly... Do any invertebrates avoid their own poo?

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]
posted by wyzewoman on Apr 10, 2014 - 7 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

Can you identify this animal or insect sound?

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]
posted by jeremias on Oct 12, 2013 - 4 answers

What could have caused this quarter-sized hole in my drywall?

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]
posted by mrplaid on Sep 17, 2013 - 14 answers

tiny, tiny insect that smells awful?

smelly teeny bugs living in my computer? [more inside]
posted by birdseye on Sep 5, 2013 - 6 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

YANMD: Can reactions to insect bites get progressively worse?

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]
posted by insectosaurus on Jun 4, 2013 - 11 answers

Think I caught two ticks hitching a ride on me.

Last week my car broke down while driving down a road through farm land. [more inside]
posted by InsertNiftyNameHere on May 30, 2013 - 22 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

What is biting me?

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]
posted by artistic verisimilitude on Mar 20, 2013 - 18 answers


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

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

ID Insect nest

What kind of insect nest is this? [more inside]
posted by patrad on Sep 30, 2012 - 5 answers

What is this brown-bodied, red-headed, winged insect?

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]
posted by John Cohen on Aug 17, 2012 - 10 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

What can you tell me about this big flying insect?

Insect identification - what can you tell me about this flying beast? (good pic inside) [more inside]
posted by Listener on Jul 28, 2012 - 4 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

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

What is killing my lemon tree, and how to cure?

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]
posted by breath on Jun 20, 2012 - 15 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

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

Insect Identification

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

Not a tick, right?

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

help me identify this odd bug

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?
posted by camdan on Mar 9, 2012 - 5 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

Can you identify this black & red insect?

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.
posted by fings on Jan 21, 2012 - 5 answers

Maybe a radioactive spider?

Mystery bug bite filter: woke up with a bite on the back of my right knee two days ago. Can you help me ID it? [more inside]
posted by mrfuga0 on Nov 2, 2011 - 8 answers

Unwanted guests

Can anyone tell me what this beastie (warning: dead insect) is? [more inside]
posted by dhens on Oct 18, 2011 - 6 answers

Calling all caterpillar experts

Need help identifying caterpillar. [more inside]
posted by punkfloyd on Sep 25, 2011 - 4 answers

Help me understand fruit flies

I've had a lot of fruit flies in my kitchen this summer. It seems impossible to get rid of them, so i've just learned to live with them. But I've been watching them, and now I'm curious about their behaviour and lifecycle. [more inside]
posted by kamelhoecker on Sep 8, 2011 - 23 answers

Which bug are we finding on our clothing?

Which bug is this? [more inside]
posted by christopherbdnk on Aug 29, 2011 - 5 answers

It's probably because I'm delicious

Last weekend in New York State, I got about 200 insect (ie, mosquito or fly? I don't know) bites on the same night. It's been 9 days and they're still bothering me- in fact, they're getting worse. What to do? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 23, 2011 - 19 answers

What bug/insect is this?

What fried bug/moth/insect is this guy eating at 0:42~0:43? (photo)
posted by querty on Aug 4, 2011 - 7 answers

I think I may have bed bugs, pics inside!

We caught this bug on my bed and I have a few questions...1) So this is a bed bug right? Google images pretty much answered this question but I'm still hoping somebody's gonna say "no dude, it's something else, totally harmless!" But FYI, we were bitten a few times several weeks ago and just assumed it was unusually persistent mosquitoes. [more inside]
posted by exhilaration on Jul 30, 2011 - 13 answers

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