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Subject: What kind of roach is this?
Location: Southern Louisiana
May 30, 2016 2:26 am
Usually I see flying cockroaches or the wingless females, this one I’ve never come across. It’s darker in color with shorter legs and antennae. I never kill anything I find indoors, but I like to observe them before setting them free outside.
I was just curious since this one isn’t the usual kind I find.
Thanks!
Signature: #buglivesmatter

Female Sand Cockroach

Probably Immature Surinam Cockroach

Dear #buglivesmatter,
At first we thought that this was a flightless female Sand Cockroach in the genus
Arenivaga, and though BugGuide does not list any species in Louisiana, that just means no one in Louisiana has submitted any images to the site.  There are several species listed in nearby Texas, including the Boll’s Sandroach, which is pictured here on BugGuide.  The more we looked at your individual, the more we began to doubt that it was a Sand Cockroach.  We now believe, based on this BugGuide image, that it is an immature Surinam Cockroach, Pycnoscelus surinamensis, a species that according to BugGuide has “Nymphs look similar to the Oriental cockroach but can be easily distinguished by the rough appearence of the posterior abdomen.”  It is difficult to make out that detail in your image, so we would not rule out that it might be an immature Oriental Cockroach.  Of the Surinam Cockroach, BugGuide notes:  “Reproduces through parthenogenesis in the US, where no males are found. It has two sexes in some parts of the world (Europe and Indo-Malaysia), though. Unlike many roaches, the egg capsule is retained inside the female’s abdomen until young are ready to emerge.”

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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.
Signature: public

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…
Signature: Please Help!

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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