Subject: Armour-plated bug
Geographic location of the bug: Southern Costa Rica rainforest
Time: 09:47 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman: Sorry this picture is fuzzy. This bug is about 2” long, sitting on the floor at the exterior door jamb of the house we’re renting. Do we have to worry about it hurting us or our dog? Thank you.
How you want your letter signed: Sue
This is a Cockroach, probably a flightless female, and we are confident it is not a species that will infest homes (most species of Cockroaches prefer to live outdoors) nor will it pose any threat to you or your dog. It looks similar to this individual pictured on BugGuide.
Wow! Thanks so much, Daniel. Fascinating! (and I’m glad it won’t infest the house)