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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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Subject:  Cockroach or no!??
Geographic location of the bug:  Seabrook New Hampshire USA
Date: 06/12/2018
Time: 09:59 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hello! Found this little bugger in the corner of my bedroom.. he didn’t scatter away when the light was turned on and didn’t move when I got close. Please help me relax! Is this something I should be worried about infesting my home? Thank you for your time.
How you want your letter signed:  Concerned home owner

Male Wood Cockroach

Dear Concerned home owner,
This is a male Wood Cockroach, and it will not infest your home, but they are attracted to lights.  We suspect it is a Pennsylvania Wood Cockroach,
Parcoblatta pennsylvanica, based on this BugGuide image.  According to the Colonial Pest Control Blog:  “You may have already figured out that you are more likely to be visited by wood roaches if you live in a wooded area. These cockroaches are common in woods where they feed on decaying organic matter. Around homes, wood roaches can sometimes be found in gutters, potted plants, under cedar shake or other wood siding, or in firewood. Wood cockroaches are seldom seen except during their mating season which lasts from late May into June in our area.”

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Subject:  Please identify this insect
Geographic location of the bug:  Conroe, TX
Date: 06/11/2018
Time: 03:07 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Can you please tell me what this is?  Thank you for your time and assistance.
How you want your letter signed:  Mary Luc

Female Cockroach with Ootheca

Dear Mary Luc,
This is a female Cockroach (sorry we can’t determine the species from this camera angle) and she is expelling an ootheca or egg case.

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Subject:  Nymph German Roach?
Geographic location of the bug:  Bathroom
Date: 03/23/2018
Time: 11:30 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Saw this in the bathroom on several occasions randomly.
Looks like a baby roach to me.
How you want your letter signed:  alex

Brown Banded Cockroach Nymph

Dear Alex,
This is definitely an immature Cockroach, but based on this BugGuide image, we are not convinced it is a German Cockroach nymph.  Based on images posted to Featured Creatures, we believe it is an immature Brown Banded Cockroach,
Supella longipalpa.  That site states:  “Domestic cockroaches such as the German cockroach and brown-banded cockroach are closely associated with humans and have the potential to adversely affect human health. According to Kramer and Brenner (2009), cockroaches are recognized as one of the most important sources of allergens, with about half of asthmatics allergic to cockroaches. Allergens from cockroaches include cast skins and excrement. Some symptoms of cockroach-induced allergies include sneezing, skin reactions, and eye irritation (Wirtz 1980).”  As an aside, we consider the “Geographic location of the bug” to mean a city, state, or country, not a room in a house like a bathroom, which does not in any way clarify where the sighting occurred.  Many insects have limited geographic ranges, and knowing exactly where the sighting occurred is often a great assistance in making an identification. 

Thank you.
And location is Southeastern PA.

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Subject:  brown  bug with yellow stripes and blue legs
Geographic location of the bug:  150km north east of Esperance Western Australia
Date: 03/16/2018
Time: 06:28 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  I saw this bug while at work. Looks a big like a cockroach.
How you want your letter signed:  GT

Mitchell’s Diurnal Cockroach

Dear GT,
Quite some time ago, we first identified this colorful Cockroach,
Polyzosteria mitchelli, as a Mardis Gras Cockroach, a name we found on Esperance Fauna where it is described as:  “most striking with its brilliant color combination. It is mainly recorded from the semi-arid areas of WA, SA and NSW, where always a delight to encounter.”   Getty Images uses the common name Mitchell’s Diurnal Cockroach.

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Subject:  What’s this garden bug?
Geographic location of the bug:  Israel
Date: 03/14/2018
Time: 08:50 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Found this walking around the garden. Can you help me identify it?
How you want your letter signed:  Ms

Egyptian Desert Roach

Dear Ms,
This sure looks to us like a female Egyptian Desert Roach,
Polyphaga aegyptiaca, a species that will NOT infest your home.

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