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Roach..
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 ..skin
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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Is this a cockroach??
Location: Cary, NC
November 7, 2011 7:28 pm
We have been finding these small (maybe 1/2 inch?) bugs that look like baby cockroaches to me (horrifying!!). But they don’t actually look like anything I can find online. I want to make sure they’re just outside roaches that wandered in and not the start of an infestation! We have found them everywhere from the linen closet to the sink to the guest room to the bathroom etc.
Signature: Terriifed of bugs!

Smoky Brown Cockroach Nymph

Dear Terriifed of bugs!,
We believe this is an immature Smoky Brown Cockroach,
Periplaneta fuliginosa, and you can find additional photos on BugGuide.  We have read that the adults fly and can enter homes, though we are not certain if this is a species that regularly infests human domiciles.  We tend to think of it as an occasional visitor, though we might be wrong. 

Thank you so much!  I was not able to find a picture of anything similar before but the bug guide has an exact match!!!  I am not thrilled that it IS a cockroach but I am thrilled to know what it is.
Thanks again!
Amy

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What is this thing?
Location: Northern Colorado
October 30, 2011 11:29 am
Last week cleaning out underneath our kids bed we found this bug. My wife threw it outside in the snow and it died pretty quick. Then she took pictures. I looked it up on the internet and the only match I found was a Hissing Madagascar Cockroach. Here is my issue. We have never had one as a pet and have lived in this house for 7 years. The people before us have lived here for 30 years. Our friend saw this bug 2 weeks earlier, other than that we haven’t seen anything like this. How did it get into our house and is it what I found on the internet?
Signature: Freaked Out In Colorado

Cockroach

Dear Freaked Out In Colorado,
We agree that this is a Cockroach, and we cannot immediately disregard that it is a Madagascar Hissing Cockroach.  We believe it may be a Brown Hooded Cockroach or Wingless Wood Roach,
Cryptocercus punctulatus, but we are waiting to confirm that identification with Eric Eaton.  The Brown Hooded Cockroach is the closest match we were able to locate on BugGuide, however, the range is listed as:  “Disjuct distribution in North America, occuring in mountainous areas of Oregon and northern California, as well as the Appalachian mountains in the eastern U.S.”  Is your location mountainous, or high altitude?  If our identification is correct, this is not a species of Cockroach that infests homes.  According to BugGuide “This species feeds on rotting logs, and is not a house pest like many other roaches, in fact it might be considered an important recycler of nutrients in decomposing wood.”  Insects are amazingly adept at entering homes through small cracks in the foundation as well as via windows and doors, even if they are not species that find the human comforts to their liking.

Cockroach

I do live at high elevations.  We are located in Fort Collins right next to the mountains.  The roach measured between 50 to 60mm.  Last thing, my wife said it never hissed while she was trying to get it.

Update from Eric Eaton
October 30, 2011
Hi, Daniel:
I agree this is most likely a Madagascar Hissing Cockroach.  The Brown Hooded Roach looks different and does not occur in Colorado.
Eric

Update:  October 31, 2011
If Eric Eaton is correct, the question now becomes how did a Madagascar Hissing Cockroach get under the bed.  Here is what we know:  Boys like bugs.  Madagascar Hissing Cockroaches are available in pet stores and they reproduce well in captivity.  Children play jokes on one another.  We would not discount that either the child living in the home or a visiting friend either intentionally or accidentally released a domesticated Madagascar Hissing Cockroach in the bedroom.

So what are the odds that there are more in my house?  By the way thanks for the help.

We strongly doubt that they are reproducing in your home. 

 

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