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Subject: Strange Bug!
Location: Harare, Zimbabwe
September 22, 2013 11:16 am
Hi,
We saw this bug yesterday at around 20:00, in a house yard at Harare, Zimbabwe.
The size was about 1 cm for the body and 2 cm for the tail.
What is that???
Signature: African S.

Longhorned Orthopteran

Longhorned Orthopteran

Dear African S.,
This appears to be a member of the order Orthoptera, and it is probably a Shieldbacked Katydid.  Judging by the ovipositor, it is a female.  We hope by posting your photo, one of our readers may be able to assist with a species identification.

Dear Daniel Marlos,
Thank you for your quick and interesting answer!
I’ll keep following,
Yours,
Shira

Hi Shira,
One of our readers supplied a comment suggesting this might be a Blattid with an Ootheca, which translates to a Cockroach with an Egg Capsule.

Update:  Septmeber 27, 2013
After receiving a few comments, we agree that this is a Cockroach, but we have not had any luck finding any similar looking images on the internet.

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Subject: Spider eating a cockroach in LA
Location: Los Angeles
August 19, 2013 6:57 pm
Hi,
We recently started renovations on our garage here in Los Angeles. I couldn’t help but take a picture of this spider eating a cockroach on the side of our garbage can. I can’t figure out what spider it is. Can you help? Thanks! Megan. (in Los Angeles).
Signature: Megan.

Brown Widow eats Cockroach

Brown Widow eats Cockroach

Hi Megan,
Your spider is an introduced Brown Widow,
Latrodectus geometricus.  According to BugGuide:  “World wide in the tropical zone. It was introduced in Florida and has since been observed moving north through Georgia, and into South Carolina; it has also been officially recorded in California, Alabama, Mississippi, and Texas.  Habitat Found around buildings in tropical climates.(1) However, it is an introduced species and is the most human-adapted of the species occurring in the South Eastern US. Its webs may occur anywhere there is sufficient space to make one. It may be extremely abundant on houses and other man-made structures (e.g., barns, fences, guard rails, bridges). It reproduces frequently and disperses rapidly, making it nearly impossible to control.”  As with other introduced species, which we consider Invasive Exotics, the Brown Widow might be contributing to a loss of species diversity by displacing native species where it has been introduced.

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Subject: palmetto bugs DO BITE
Location: Metro Atlanta
July 11, 2013 7:40 am
Hi Mr. Bugmann,
Last night I picked up a Palmetto looking bug, on my way to feed it to my Dragon Lizard, It clamped down on my finger. I did an Indian war dance and shook it off my finger to find blood dripping from it. My wife tracked it down and smacked it with a flip flop fly swatter. I went to inspect to see what it chomped down on me with, Well then I heard the toilet flush, My wife wanted to make sure it didn’t wake up and attack again. Anyway, Once I got the blood to stop I tried to find other occurrences with others. No luck. I was once bitten by a scorpion by its claw with a similar result.
Thanks,
Champ
Signature: Champ

Palmetto Bug Bite

Palmetto Bug Bite

Hi Champ,
Palmetto Bugs are a pretty name for the American Cockroach, actually a species believed to have been imported to the new world from Africa via slave ships.  Way back in 2003, we reported that Palmetto Bugs do not bite, but the spines on their legs might break the skin.  If your experience is accurate, it appears we may have been wrong ten years ago.

Palmetto Bug from India

Palmetto Bug from India from our archives

I’ll try to get a photo if I see another one so we know for comparing apples and apples. By the way have you ever heard the song “big cockroach” back Kip Adonna?
JC

We have not heard of the song but we did locate this by Kip Addotta on Song Meanings.

 

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Subject: What is this?!?
Location: Baton Rouge, LA
May 2, 2013 10:46 pm
Please tell me what this bug is. It is bluish green with white wings. I have never seen a bug like this before. I really can’t describe it further and hope that the pictures will be enough to go on.
Thank you for this website and I hope you guys are able to answer my submission.
Signature: Jennifer

Green Banana Cockroach

Green Banana Cockroach

Dear Jennifer,
This sure looks like a Green Banana Cockroach or Cuban Cockroach,
Panchlora nivea, to us.  BugGuide notes:  “along gulf coast from Florida to central Texas; most common in Florida native to Cuba.”  You don’t need to worry about an infestation because BugGuide also states:  “acitve at night and may be attracted to artificial light; does not breed indoors presumably found on bananas in its native Cuba; two early records from Mississippi are considered to be adventive introductions along with shipments of bananas popular as a pet ($25.00 a doz.) here due to its bright green color and because it is not an invasive indoor species.”

Green Banana Cockroach

Green Banana Cockroach


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Subject: Beetle
Location: Swaziland
February 23, 2013 4:00 am
I saw this beetle at the entrance to an old mine shaft in the hills of Piggs Peak, Swaziland and would like to know what it is.
Signature: Jacs

Tree Cockroach

Tree Cockroach

Hi Jacs,
This is not a Beetle.  It is a Cockroach.  We thought it might be difficult to identify as some African Insects are not well represented on the internet.  We quickly found it identified as a Tree Cockroach,
Gyna caffrorum, on the Ndumo Game Reserve website.  The Allpet Roaches Forum indicates it was recently introduced to Cockroach fanciers in Europe.  The Virginia Cheeseman website of entomology supplies provides the common name Ghost Porcelain Cockroach, though we suspect that is a marketing ploy to get folks to purchase them as pets.

Thank you very much for the info. It’s great to identify insects, birds etc.

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Subject: Bugs in Furniture
Location: Houston Texas
January 22, 2013 9:28 pm
I bought this furniture in Houston Texas and when I got it home it had these bugs in the drawers. I have been told they are wood roaches by one person and another said they are water bugs. I need to know what they are.
Signature: TexasGirl

Drawer Full of Cockroaches

Dear TexasGirl,
We do not believe these are Wood Roaches, though we will try to get a second opinion.  Wood Roaches are benign creatures that do not infest homes, and you can read more about them on BugGuide.  The person who told you they are Water Bugs, is trying not to alarm you or is living in denial.  Water Bug is a common name for the Oriental Cockroach, but these are not dark enough to be Oriental Cockroaches and you can see BugGuide for information on the Oriental Cockroach.  There are only a few species of Cockroaches that infest homes, and we believe this might be one of them.  Our best guess is that this is a clutch of immature American Cockroaches (See image from BugGuide) and you can read more about them on BugGuide.  Cockroaches that infest homes and buildings are sneaky critters that can come home in grocery store bags or loads of clean laundry.  Again, we will try to get a second opinion on your species.

Thanks for your response, the furniture has been stored in a Garage in Houston Texas for about three years..I left the furniture outside and have killed all of the living ones I could find but I am worried about eggs.  I will have to treat the furniture before I bring it inside.

Eric Eaton Confirms American Cockroach Nymphs
Daniel:
I agree these are nymphs of American Cockroach, Periplaneta americana.
Eric

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