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Subject: Bug
Location: All areas inside house
December 6, 2016 11:22 am
What is a brown bug, an inch plus long and has wings. I keep finding them in my house.
Signature: Deena Williams

Cockroach

Cockroach

Dear Deena,
It sounds like Cockroaches are thriving and reproducing in your home.

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Subject: WTF is this.
Location: Lexington, KY
November 16, 2016 9:04 am
Bugs initially found in kitchen, specifically hiding in toaster, microwave, and rack of coasters. Sometimes coming out onto counter, especially when food present. Also hiding in cabinets. Range in size from a couple millimeters to a couple centimeters. Some appear gnat like, larger ones are black with red/orange/brown stripe down back. No wings/flying that we’ve seen. Saw first one in bathroom and vanity this morning.
Signature: Kari

German Cockroach Nymph

German Cockroach Nymph

Dear Kari,
This is a German Cockroach nymph, one of the species that is best known for infesting apartment buildings and restaurants.  They tend to feed at night and scurry away when the lights are turned on.  You can compare your image to this BugGuide image.  According to BugGuide:  “Omnivorous, eats just about anything edible.”

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Subject: Unknown Bug
Location: Penang, Malaysia
November 13, 2016 4:29 am
Hey Bugman,
Can you identify this bug? I found it while hiking. It was very skittish.
Thanks again for your help!
Signature: Jon

Cockroach Nymph (higher resolution image)

Cockroach Nymph (higher resolution image)

Dear Jon,
Do you have a higher resolution file you can send?  The mouthparts on this insect look decidedly Orthopteran, and the lack of wings would indicate an immature specimen, but what is unusual to us is the morphology of the hind legs.  They are not as well-developed for jumping as in many Orthopterans.  We will begin researching this unusual critter’s identity soon.  The antennae are unusually thick at the base and after the distinctive white band, they taper off like threads.

Eric Eaton provides a correction.
Daniel:
This is the nymph of some kind of cockroach (Blattodea).
Eric

Update:  November 24, 2016
Subject: Re-upload
Location: Penang, Malaysia
November 24, 2016 6:14 am
Hey Bugman,
Here’s a better quality picture of the bug I showed you a while back. Thanks!
Signature: Jon

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Subject: What is this?
Location: Midwest
November 9, 2016 12:15 pm
I woke up to find this in my kitchen. It was dead and about 3inches long. It was on the flatter side and looked to have those ” prickly” things coming off its legs.
We have the occasional spider and silverfish but nothing like this.
If it helps we live in Illinois . Lake in the hills to be exact.
Signature: Steph

Rubber Roach

Rubber Roach

Dear Steph,
Someone is the butt of a practical joke, but we are not certain if it is you or us.  While we were able to locate numerous Rubber Roaches online, including this Ebay set, we could not locate an exact visual match to your Rubber Roach.

You are exactly right. I’M the joke. My 12 yr old daughter thought it would be funny and decided to tell me last night.
Damn kids lol. Sorry for wasting your time .
Stephanie

Hi again Stephanie,
No need to apologize.  We are not a stodgy insect identification site, and we try our best to interject humor into our responses.  Fake insects are getting more and more realistic.

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Subject: Melbourne bugs in spring
Location: Melbourne
September 28, 2016 5:40 pm
These bugs seem to cluster together
They are on a fence post in a local park, late September in Melbourne
I’ve not seen this type before
Any ideas?
Signature: Bridget

Beautiful Cockroach Nymphs

Beautiful Cockroach Nymphs

Dear Bridget,
These are Beautiful Cockroach nymphs,
Ellipsidion australe, or a closely related species in the genus.  This is not a Cockroach species that infests homes.  More images and information can be found on the Brisbane Insect website.

Beautiful Cockroach Nymphs

Beautiful Cockroach Nymphs

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Subject: Black bug with horns on its butt
Location: Atlanta, Georgia
September 25, 2016 7:42 pm
Dear Bugman,
I was changing the sheets on my bed and found this little bug (I took it outside). It looks harmless other than the little horns on its back, but my wife and I often wake up with inexplicable bug-bite looking things on us. What is this bug? Thanks for your help!
Signature: Julian

Smoky Brown Cockroach Nymph

Smoky Brown Cockroach Nymph

Dear Julian,
This is an early instar Smoky Brown Cockroach nymph,
Periplaneta fuliginosa, which you may verify by comparing your images to this BugGuide image.  According to BugGuide:  “Early instars are black insects with characteristic white markings on the distal antenae, proximal antennae, thorax and abdomen.” 

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