Subject: Found on my shower curtain
May 27, 2017 5:23 pm
Help! I found this bug scattering around my shower curtain. It is spring/summer and I live in Maryland outside of D.C.
This is a Cockroach, but it does not look like one of the species that typically infests homes. We believe we have correctly identified it as a Dusky Cockroach, Ectobius lapponicus, a species that according to BugGuide is: “native to Europe (widespread), adventive in NA” and “earliest record in our area: NH 1984 (Chandler 1985).” iNaturalist has images of it crawling on leaves, so we suspect this individual just found its way into your home and it will not cause an indoor infestation. According to ResearchGate: “Adult and nymph males are typically found on low-lying vegetation, while females are more often found in leaf litter and decaying wood (Roth and Willis 1960). That does not seem like behavior of a home infesting Cockroach. Of the entire genus, BugGuide notes: “Abundant in European forests, moorlands, scrubby woodland margins, and rough grasslands, mostly on the ground under dead leaves, among bracken ferns, in grass and moss, on lower branches of small trees and shrubs, and also in coastal habitats (sea cliffs, sand dunes, beaches).”