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Please tell me this is a Viennese ladybug in my bed...

Found a little critter in the bedlinens at the Airbnb place where I'm staying. Entomologists of Mefi, tell me whether to freak out or not. (Please excuse any typos resulting from being on German keyboard.) [more inside]
posted by scody on Apr 11, 2014 - 12 answers

 

More Bugs. What else is there to say?

Previously I asked about bugs in our rented townhome - specifically about drains. The drain issue ended... but now we're getting all different kinds of insects in our home again. Roaches in various colors and sizes, nasty ass camel crickets, slugs, lovebugs, stinkbugs, etc. [more inside]
posted by KogeLiz on Oct 4, 2013 - 14 answers

Insect species database?

Is there a database of insect scientific names and their taxonomy available somewhere for free? For example Streptocerus speciosus - Family: Lucanidae - Order: Coleoptera. I'm hoping to avoid downloading wikipedia and crawling through it.
posted by Memo on Oct 2, 2013 - 6 answers

Seeking mystery novels for a 10 year old who loves bugs

My son is almost 10, and I'm trying to help him develop a love of reading. His requests were mysteries, fictional, and if they could feature anthropomorphic bugs, all the better. In my searching, I did come across Bug Muldoon, which he has devoured. I'd love to find more books that he might enjoy. He said that bugs weren't necessary, but he did very much enjoy them. He recently read all the Encyclopedia Brown novels, and I'm not sure where to go next for him. Are there other authors or series I should be looking at?
posted by Nimmie Amee on Sep 10, 2013 - 44 answers

Even googling "bedbugs" is making us itchy

We moved into a new apartment a month and a half ago, and bought a used (like new) couch from an acquaintance two weeks ago. About a week ago, I started noticing a few (total of 3 or 4) of these on the floor in my bedroom. Today I saw one on the couch, and one on the living room floor. Any idea what they are? We've seen a few enormous cockroaches and a few small flies, but we're not itchy or rashy or anything. We're located in Philadelphia.
posted by i_am_a_fiesta on Sep 4, 2013 - 14 answers

Bugs: secret superpowers?

I have sort of a bozo question about insects and physics. Why is it that when I shoo a wingless insect from, say, my arm, said insects falls the human equivalent of many storeys to the ground and doesn't die? Physics was never my forte, but this seems to defy some basic law, does it not?
posted by SpecialSpaghettiBowl on Aug 17, 2013 - 11 answers

Cave moths with creepy fungus

My brother and I explored an old mine and found these moths with white spiky protrusions lining the walls. At first I thought they were some kind of extending water-gathering device (they are covered in condensed drops), but then I realized that these moths were all dead. The place was a veritable mautholeum. The stuff now appears to me to be some kind of fungus — could it be the dreaded Cordyceps in our back yard? Or is it something less exotic?
posted by BlackLeotardFront on Aug 8, 2013 - 5 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

Help fix my crazy

What techniques can I employ to help deal with crippling anxiety and bug-phobic behaviors until I can afford regular therapy appointments? Ugly details inside - apologies for the length. [more inside]
posted by woolly on Apr 10, 2013 - 16 answers

Please help me with my serious mosquito problem!

I have a serious mosquito problem in my house, there are literally 10 or so in every room almost all the time. Every night before I go to bed I have to lay there and spray each one as it flies by me, it takes about 5 minutes and the spray smell lingers for ages. In the morning they are in the bathroom where the door has been shut and no windows are open, I have no idea where they are getting in. I leave my back door open a crack for my dog at night and I have a mozzie zapper in the laundry where the door is. It doesn't seem to be helping. I also have those plug in mozzie repellers but also not helping and very expensive. I don't have a pool or pond and don't know of any neighbours that do. Please help, this is really getting me down, not only the killing of them but the 30 or so bites I have right now. I am in southern Australia where it's hot now, but not humid.
posted by Youremyworld on Feb 16, 2013 - 21 answers

Mind-blowing migrations of African animals or insects?

I'm looking for instances of animal or insect migration that occur annually within a limited geographical area in Africa. The more concentrated the accumulation of one species in a relatively small area, the better. Thanks! [more inside]
posted by np312 on Jan 22, 2013 - 8 answers

Help me find an old Stephen Jay Gould article.

Help me find a Stephen Jay Gould (I think) essay. [more inside]
posted by ropeladder on Dec 20, 2012 - 2 answers

Recomend me and advise me on how to safely eat exotic and bizarre foods in South East asia

Recomend me and advise me on how to safely eat exotic and bizarre foods in South East asia [more inside]
posted by crawltopslow on Dec 4, 2012 - 14 answers

Songs about insects

Looking for songs that contain references to insects. [more inside]
posted by elerina on Nov 24, 2012 - 68 answers

It's a spider poop remover AND a dessert topping!

Do you have any recommendations for the tough job of removing spider poop from vinyl siding? [more inside]
posted by Toekneesan on Oct 13, 2012 - 7 answers

Termites?

Are these termites? I just noticed these on my house and im having trouble identifying them.
posted by flipmiester99 on Oct 12, 2012 - 13 answers

What was this insect the burrowed into my hair?

Calling all Mefi Entomologists! On a trip in the Peruvian Amazon (Manu National Park), I broke a small log that was suspended over a shallow creek. Apparently, it held an insect nest, because ten seconds later everyone in our group was jumping around and batting at these tiny flying insects which buzzed straight into our hair and got tangled up. They didn't sting, but our guide described them as "haircutter bees" and said they would bite through strands of hair. They were smaller than honeybees and all black, I believe. Anyone have any idea what this insect was or a Latin name?
posted by dahliachewswell on Aug 24, 2012 - 4 answers

What the heck ARE these things?

Can you help us identify this interesting little garden insect? [more inside]
posted by Happydaz on Aug 17, 2012 - 5 answers

Hive mind, help with my bee problem

We are doing a construction/cleanout job on a townhome and found a bag of potting soil on the back patio. When we went to move it, it turned out to be full of bees! I can actually see honeycomb inside the bag. How can I relocate the bees without hurting them? [more inside]
posted by Melsky on Jul 19, 2012 - 16 answers

What else am I going to kill with these sticky traps?

Sticky traps vs. flea beetles - what else am I going to kill? [more inside]
posted by ryanshepard on Jul 11, 2012 - 3 answers

Bug Identification

Bug Identification: What kind of bugs are these? Mystery Bug A (1, 2, 3) is about an inch long from end to antennae, made a hissy/clicky noise, and bit me. Mystery Bug B are small skittery bugs that prefer cool, dark, and damp spots. I live in a southeastern Manitoba, Canada, which is classified as a humid continental climate, if that helps.
posted by Alvy Ampersand on Jul 2, 2012 - 4 answers

What are the bugs I found living on a messy desk?

What are these bugs I found while cleaning off a very messy desk? [more inside]
posted by rhiannonstone on Jun 21, 2012 - 5 answers

A bug to put on my wife's neck

Help me find the perfect bug necklace for a girly tomboy [more inside]
posted by Gilbert on Jun 20, 2012 - 21 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

Will it rot before I do?

Why am I wrong to think that the wood on this house won't rot away or become a treat for insects? [Photo links inside] [more inside]
posted by roue on Jun 11, 2012 - 15 answers

Making more of my kinda weird hobby?

I like taking pictures of moths. Is there any way I can refine my hobby or challenge myself? [more inside]
posted by DisreputableDog on Jun 10, 2012 - 14 answers

Insect repellents for dogs?

Help me keep the bugs off of my dog when camping! [more inside]
posted by COBRA! on May 30, 2012 - 16 answers

Please help me ID these bugs.

I've noticed tiny black bugs in my living room over the last couple of weeks, and I need help IDing them. [more inside]
posted by Four-Eyed Girl on Apr 21, 2012 - 13 answers

Starbugs

After reading about Starbucks' use of crushed insects for use as food dye, I'd like to know what other food products contain intentionally hidden animal or insect parts. For instance, refined sugar is passed through a cow-bone charcoal filter. Is there a vegan guide that details all of these products? [more inside]
posted by Jason and Laszlo on Apr 19, 2012 - 22 answers

Flies in house (Seattle). Constantly. Really?

I'm not sure what's happening here but I have a steady stream of flies into my house (I'd say 4-5 every five days) and none of my Interwebs explanations seem to apply. What the $@%@ is going in here? [more inside]
posted by skybolt on Apr 2, 2012 - 16 answers

Creepy crawlies

Any bug experts in the house? [more inside]
posted by legendarygirlfriend on Jan 28, 2012 - 10 answers

Entomology Filter. What kind of insect left this behind?

Entomology Filter. What kind of insect left this behind?
posted by stuboo on Jan 10, 2012 - 6 answers

Any edible insects or game meat in NYC?

Any NYC restaurants that serve edible insects or game meat? [more inside]
posted by delasoull on Dec 20, 2011 - 10 answers

DC bugs

Question about unseasonably warm weather in DC and bugs. [more inside]
posted by KGMoney on Dec 19, 2011 - 5 answers

Found a large, strange bug with a large "stinger" in the living room. What kind is it?

I found a large, fast, and strange looking bug in our living room (one, two), and I'm unsure as to what type it is. It has a large "stinger" on it's bottom, with very long legs. Do you know what type it is? [more inside]
posted by jwmollman on Dec 15, 2011 - 9 answers

resistant roaches

Help me kill my super-roaches. [more inside]
posted by KRS on Nov 19, 2011 - 16 answers

Just don't say "rods".

I have a backyard nocturnal UFC (Unidentified Flying Creature) What am I seeing? [more inside]
posted by trinity8-director on Nov 14, 2011 - 20 answers

Should I go ahead and burn down my house?

Were the bugs that I had to pry off of my skin ticks or bedbugs? [more inside]
posted by halogen on Oct 5, 2011 - 15 answers

Bedbugs vs lice (can't believe I'm rooting for lice)

The exterminator says it's a mild case of bedbugs. Is he almost certainly right? I don't have any bites and I don't want to go through an unnecessary fumigation. Could it be lice or something instead? [more inside]
posted by toomuchkatherine on Aug 17, 2011 - 14 answers

Something's been bugging me about that dirty hippie thing...

North American edible bugs? [more inside]
posted by cmoj on Aug 16, 2011 - 12 answers

What are these paper-eating bugs in my wooden drawers, and how can I get them out?

What are these bugs in my wooden chest that eat paper (and cat toys)? How can I get rid of them for good? [more inside]
posted by insufficient data on Aug 13, 2011 - 8 answers

Infestation Risk

I'm looking to rent a studio or one bedroom apartment in Arlington, Virginia within walking distance of the Courthouse or Clarendon Metro stations. After a week or so of pretty intense searching (dozens of calls, two days spent wandering around) I finally found and visited a place in my price range (under $1250) a 10 minute walk from Courthouse. Unfortunately online reviews (20 or so) are largely (80%) negative and frequently mention roaches and bedbugs. How do I decide whether I can look past this or not? How do I broach the topic with the management? [more inside]
posted by elektrotechnicus on Aug 2, 2011 - 13 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

Save my sunflowers from the hungry moths!

Last year, tiny (moth?) larvae ate all my giant sunflowers. What can I do to prevent this from happening again this year? [more inside]
posted by Bardolph on Jul 13, 2011 - 3 answers

I thought this was why we had an indoor cat!

It seems we have fleas. We've started the treatment and process recommended by our vet, but is our problem getting worse or better? What should we expect next? [more inside]
posted by dayintoday on Jul 6, 2011 - 11 answers

Mystery insect larvae/eggs/cocoons?

What are these bug larva/egg/cocoons on my ceiling and hat? [more inside]
posted by quirks on Jul 4, 2011 - 9 answers

What's eating my plants?

Something is eating the plants in my garden. I don't know what it is or how to stop it. Photos inside. [more inside]
posted by celerity on May 28, 2011 - 13 answers

Is this a boll weevil?

What's this bug (picture included)? It looks like a boll weevil, but i thought they are only found where cotton is farmed? [more inside]
posted by maniabug on May 4, 2011 - 8 answers

They Swarm - but where?

Another lost movie question, but this time I know the title ... or thought I did. I'm looking for "They Swarm", a film about a swarm of huge beetles approaching a northern US island under the watch of an inexperienced young sheriff. Nothing comes up on IMDB or the internet for that title. It's not "The Swarm", the 1978 film about killer bees. [more inside]
posted by daisyk on Mar 21, 2011 - 2 answers

Can you identify this set of marks/bites?

Can you identify this set of marks/bites? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 3, 2011 - 3 answers

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