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Subject:  Reminds me of a trilobite
Geographic location of the bug:  Colorado
Date: 09/08/2018
Time: 10:56 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  I found this bug crawling in a basement in northern Colorado,  it’s about as big as the tip of my thumb and reminded me of the ancient trilobite! Any idea as to what it really is?
How you want your letter signed:  Thank you

Sand Cockroach

This is a Sand Cockroach in the genus Arenivaga, a group that does not infest homes.  Here is a BugGuide image for comparison.

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Subject:  Changes around the house
Geographic location of the bug:  Northern New Jersey
Date: 08/26/2018
Time: 06:41 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Recently, we’ve been having a lot of construction done at our house and the house has been completely open to the outside. Over the past couple of days, we’ve seen some of these sharing our home with us. We haven’t seen them before. We live in a forested, semi-rural area.
It would be great to understand what these are so we can understand their habits.
Thank you.
How you want your letter signed:  Jim Jacobson

German Cockroach Nymph

Dear Jim,
As you can see from this BugGuide image, you have a German Cockroach nymph,
Blattella germanica.  This is one of the species of Cockroaches that will infest homes and businesses.  It is possible that they were already in your home and the construction has caused them to flee into the open, as they are generally nocturnal feeders that shun light.  It is also possible that they were somehow transported to your home with construction materials or personal belongings of the construction workers, but if you are finding them in large numbers, they are likely reproducing in your home.

Dear Daniel,
Thank you very much for this information. I truly appreciate it. I would guess that somehow they were transported into the house. We’ve lived here 6 years and this is the first time we’ve seen any. We have only seen two.
Thanks again,
Jim Jacobson

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Subject:  Green Cockroach
Geographic location of the bug:  Tarpon Springs Florida
Date: 08/19/2018
Time: 05:46 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Saw two of these guys hanging around my compost pile. About an inch long and they fly. Didn’t gross me out like the brown ones present at the time. Is this the Panchlora Nivea? Sorry for the not great photo but he was moving pretty fast.
Thanks.
How you want your letter signed:  philm

Green Banana Cockroach

Dear philm,
We concur that this is a Green Banana Cockroach,
Panchlora nivea, a species pictured on BugGuide where it states:  “nocturnal, comes to lights; does not breed indoors; popular as a pet”.

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Subject:  Bug
Geographic location of the bug:  Lake county il
Date: 08/14/2018
Time: 12:12 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Can you identify this bug?
How you want your letter signed:  Jessica

Female German Cockroach with Ootheca

Dear Jessica,
This is a female German Cockroach and she is dragging around her ootheca or egg case.  According to BugGuide:  “Nocturnal; major pest of residential and commercial structures. Some people can develop severe allergies to cockroach parts, feces, and oils.  Females carry the ootheca for up to a month, dropping it just before the eggs hatch.” 

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Subject:  What is this
Geographic location of the bug:  Cape town south africa
Date: 07/31/2018
Time: 11:34 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Found this on my patio area
How you want your letter signed:  Any

Red Headed Cockroaches

Dear Any,
These are Red Headed Cockroaches,
Deropeltis erythrocephala, and we verified their identity on iNaturalist and iSpot.  This is an outdoor species that will not infest your home and you have no need to be concerned regarding this sighting on your patio.

Red Headed Cockroaches

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Subject:  confusion about this bug
Geographic location of the bug:  Gloucester, MA
Date: 06/29/2018
Time: 07:32 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hi! Every summer we find these, especially on the porch (climbing around on people in the hammock!), and up in the bedrooms. They look a little like cockroaches except they don’t care about light and they prefer dry places and we never see them in the house when it’s under 65° outside, which doesn’t seem to match any cockroach I ever heard of.   Also they only seem to come in the one form and they are small, around half an inch long, and very fast.  No obvious stripes or markings, just a shiny brown. Any help would be appreciated!
How you want your letter signed:  Tara

Spotted Mediterranean Cockroach

Dear Tara,
This is indeed a Cockroach, and based on BugGuide images, we have identified it as a Spotted Mediterranean Cockroach,
Ectobius pallidus.  According to BugGuide:  “earliest record in our area: MA 1948.”  According to a comment posted to a BugGuide posting:  “A species that prefers to live and breed outdoors rather than indoors, nothing to worry about! 🙂 Any individuals that make it indoors will soon perish from lack of appropriate food and water if they can’t find their way back outside.”

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