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Subject: Scary Bug
Location: Tbilisi Georgia
April 13, 2016 4:38 pm
Can you please help me to identify this insect. it is around 2 cm.
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Female Florida Sand Cockroach

Female Florida Sand Cockroach

Based on this BugGuide image, we believe this is a female Florida Sand Cockroach, Arenivaga floridensis.  Like other species in the genus, the male has wings and can fly while the female is flightless.

Female Florida Sand Cockroach

Female Florida Sand Cockroach

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Subject: Very odd bug… An albino cockroach?
Location: SE Virginia
January 28, 2016 1:07 pm
I saw this bug in Norfolk, VA on an unseasonably warm day in January- 65 degrees. Our weather has fluctuated from 30 degrees and snow to 60 and sunny with a weeks time.
The bug was on a city sidewalk near a building’s door. It appeared to have be steeped in and was barely alive. I have never seen anything like it, nor has anyone I’ve asked.
It looked to me like a moth at first, but it’s wings were more like that of a cockroach.
Signature: Thank you in advance!Kara in VA

Wood Cockroach

Wood Cockroach

Hi Kara,
You are correct that this is a Cockroach.  We believe it is a Wood Cockroach,
Parcoblatta fulvescens, based on this BugGuide image.  The species is reported from Virginia.  Wood Cockroaches are not a threat to humans.  They do not infest dwellings.

Wood Cockroach

Wood Cockroach

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Subject: What is this?
Location: Bathroom and kitchen floors
January 12, 2016 8:06 pm
I called the landlord and told them we had bugs… The exterminator said there was no sign of. Bugs, so I am leaving them this Baggie witht the ones I caught after 3 minutes of being home today…
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Cockroaches Hatch from Ootheca

Cockroaches Hatch from Ootheca

These are hatchling Cockroaches and they have emerged from the Ootheca or egg case that is also pictured.  The female Cockroach carries around the ootheca until she finds an appropriate place to leave it where the hatchlings will have a good chance of surviving.  We believe based on this BugGuide image that you have German Cockroaches, one of the most prevalent species that infest homes.

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Subject: Brown Bug
Location: West Milford, NJ 07480
November 14, 2015 6:47 pm
I had some oak logs delivered this week. When I split a round quite a few of these came running out. The oak came from Clifton, NJ.
Signature: Geoffrey Syme

Pennsylvania Wood Cockroach

Pennsylvania Wood Cockroach

Dear Geoffrey,
This is a Cockroach, probably a Pennsylvania Wood Cockroach.  You have no cause for concern as it is an outdoor species that will not infest homes.  Females are wingless and males have wings, so your individual is a female. 

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Subject: Cockroach killer!!!
Location: Memphis, TN, USA
November 7, 2015 3:49 pm
Hi – can anyone identify this cockroach killing spider from Memphis, TN?
We think it’s probably a wolf spider from our google search.
Signature: Josh

Wolf Spider eats Cockroach

Wolf Spider eats Cockroach

Dear Josh,
We agree that this is a Wolf Spider.  Wolf Spiders do not build a web to snare prey.  They hunt without a web and they are often nocturnal, which makes them effective in controlling Cockroach populations.  We hope your image will cause more of our readers to have a tolerance and appreciation of harmless Wolf Spiders.

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Subject: Worst sci-fi nightmare- cockroach in ear
Location: Gamboa Panama
November 8, 2015 8:49 am
While out in the woods in Panama, a bug flew past me and into my ear. It was, as you can imagine, quite painful. We drowned the ear in water, and tried to aspirate it with an aspirator. Looking under a powerful light and it seemed like it was out. Nevertheless, the next day, I went to the doctor to get it checked out. Indeed, he saw it still in there, legs, wings, etc. It had burrowed around the corner of the ear canal and out of sight before it died by drowning.
We irrigated it, bringing out half after 10 efforts. Irrigated it more, and the front finally came into reach, and was plucked out by forceps.
The roach, likely initially attracted to the light of my headlamp.
I’m curious if you know which kind of roach this is.
Best,
Real Life Chekov
PS- As the bug split in half in the extraction, I’ve sent you one photo without the bottom half, another with it (and the detached leg) in their place, and finally, a photo that shows the doctor irrigating, and the bug after it got into reach.
Signature: Real Life Chekov

Medical Attention for Cockroach in Ear

Medical Attention for Cockroach in Ear

Dear Real Life Chekov,
Thanks for sending us an account of your harrowing encounter with a Cockroach in Panama.  Perhaps one of our readers will be able to help you identify the species.  One of our contributors, Susan Lutz, once provided us a similar account with an insect entering her ear while filming a documentary on Headhunters in the Amazon of Ecuador.

Cockroach

Cockroach

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