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Subject: Las Vegas Bug
Location: North Las Vegas
June 17, 2012 8:17 pm
I found this in my backyard. My dogs mistook it for a wood chip. What is it?
Signature: Hope

Cockroach Sculpture

Dear Hope,
This is surely an unusual looking beetle, and we are not even certain how to classify it.  It has many characteristics of a Long Horned Borer Beetle in the family Cerambycidae, but the body more closely resembles that of a Metallic Borer Beetle in the family Buprestidae.  We are going to post this as unidentified and continue to search for its identity though we suspect the dog might be right.  We wish your photo had more details.

Eric Eaton responds with a correction
LOL!  That is most definitely a cockroach :-)
Wood or ceramic?

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Tiny bug nest made of my drywall!!!
Location: Louisiana, USA
March 11, 2012 1:49 pm
I found these tiny bugs on the corner near the ceiling of my bathroom. They are about 3-4 mm long each. They are black, slightly shiny, flat-ish, and have a couple lighter colored stripes (these may be sutures between their segments?). They are slow moving and have built a tiny nest from the uppermost layer of paint and drywall. The nest is about .5 to 1 inch in diameter. I haven’t found any similar nests or damage, but am wondering what these are and whether I should call an exterminator. Mostly, I’m worried by their removal of a thin layer of paint/drywall! I’ve sent the picture to a bunch of people, but haven’t gotten any id yet. Please help!
Signature: Beabria

Smoky Brown Cockroach Nymphs

Dear Beabria,
These are newly hatched Smoky Brown Cockroaches,
Periplaneta fuliginosa.  The female produces an egg case or ootheca that she carries around until she finds a suitable place to deposit it.  We have gotten increasingly more reports of Smoky Brown Cockroach nymphs, especially from Southern States, and we believe they can be rightfully tagged as Household Pests.

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Location: in my living room ( Maine)
January 30, 2012 10:19 am
This is a colony of false death head roaches. I have had them for a year. They turn out a good product. Im used to the hard case of eggs that they deposit….but now i see this crazy thing…What is it? its soft like
Signature: Happy Haunting ;)

False Death's Head Cockroach in captivity

Dear Happy Haunting,
We learned on the Worm Man website that False Death’s Head Cockroaches,
Blaberus discoidalis, are native to Mexico and Central America and they are raised as live food for other exotic pets.  In our opinion, this is a freshly laid ootheca or egg case that has still not hardened.

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Bug Art
Location: São Paulo, Brazil
January 26, 2012 7:35 am
Here is my last creation. I let it hangin’ on my bed. Isn’t it adorable?
Signature: Cesar Crash

Cockroach Sculpture by Cesar Crash

Hi Cesar,
Thanks for reminding us that you have submitted other insect sculptures.  We will need to search the archive and categorize them as Bug Art.  Does this Cockroach Sculpture scare away the real roaches which we are guessing are much smaller than this in Brazil?

It have only scared humans till now! Thank God I have no problems with cockroaches at home. The only ones that appear are those burrowing crusty ones. And some wild roaches that have no fear for humans.
Perhaps it will attract a giant Ampulex compressa!

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Bug Identification Request
Location: NE Florida
January 21, 2012 8:57 am
This bug has started showing up in the kitchen and dining room. We find a few dead ones almost every morning now. The body is about a quarter inch long. Maybe very small cock roaches??? We live in NE Florida, it is winter. They are dark brown with a white, beige stripe across their back.
Signature: NE Florida

Smoky Brown Cockroach Nymphs

You are correct that these are young Cockroaches, more specifically, the nymphs of the Smoky Brown Cockroach, Periplaneta fuliginosa.  We have posted several photos in recent months, including this one from two weeks ago, and you can find additional information on BugGuide.

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Small bugs found in house
Location: Austin , Tx
November 8, 2011 7:20 pm
Hi, I found about five of these bugs in my house ,they where mostly in a notebook that was on the floor. We live in a first floor apartment in Austin ,Tx.
Today is Nov , 8th , 2011 , there was a high of 75
degrees , it was rainy and cloudy today.
not sure if then rain could have caused them to come in the house or not.
Signature: Joe

Smoky Brown Cockroach Nymph

Dear Joe,
This is an immature Cockroach, and we believe we have correctly identified it as the nymph of a Smoky Brown Cockroach,
Periplaneta fuliginosa, which we identified on BugGuide which states:  “Early instars are black insects with characteristic white markings on the distal antenae, proximal antennae, thorax and abdomen”.

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