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Subject: New apartment, new pantry protein?
Location: Orem, Utah
November 4, 2015 10:25 pm
We just moved to a new apartment and I decided I wanted to clean all the cabinets myself before putting anything in them. Imagine my surprise to find several of these crawling around the edges of my cabinets before I put anything in! I haven’t seen them eating anything, but I’ve found them on all my cabinets and the extra free standing pantry on the far side of the kitchen, so I think they’re after my food. I’ve only seen them in the evening and it has recently gotten cold, so perhaps they’re more recent invaders. I’ve combed through several pages of your site and others and can’t figure out what it is. I’d like to know so I’m not as paranoid with my 10 month old sticking everything in his mouth. I took the pictures on a sheet of lined paper with this bug in a Ziploc, so sorry if it isn’t really clear. They’re trangular in shape with a colorful band separating the black/brown head and tail. I’ve mostly seen a yellow/tan like this specimen, but I did see an orange band once as well. Thank you so much for running a great website where I hope to find answers!
Signature: Ashley B.

German Cockroach Nymph

German Cockroach Nymph

Dear Ashley,
This is an immature Cockroach and we are relatively certain your nymph is that of a German Cockroach based on images found on BugGuide and FlickR.  Of the 1000s of species of Cockroaches in the world, only a few species are considered household pests and the German Cockroach is probably the most pernicious.  According to BugGuide:  “Infests human dwellings and workplaces” and “Omnivorous, eats just about anything edible”.  BugGuide also states:  “Like most cockroaches, the German Cockroach is nocturnal. It is a major pest of residential and commercial structures.  Some people can develop severe allergies to cockroach parts, feces, and oils. “

Oh my goodness. Worst fears come true, but now I know for sure! Thanks for your help, I’ve got a landlord to call and food to put in plastic containers…

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Subject: Bug
Location: North Texas
October 23, 2015 1:33 pm
I found these bugs on the ceiling, close to the back door. They are tiny almost the size of an ant only with s little bit bigger body.
Signature: Sheila Quick

Smoky Brown Cockroach Nymphs

Smoky Brown Cockroach Nymphs

Dear Sheila,
These are Smoky Brown Cockroach nymphs,
Periplaneta fuliginosa, and we suspect they have just hatched.  They are not really considered a pest species that infests homes, but we get numerous reports that they are found in homes.

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Subject: Roach or what?
Location: Georgetown Texas
July 16, 2015 9:46 pm
We found this in our house in Texas. Any ideas?
Signature: Jen

Female Boll's Sandroach with Ootheca

Female Boll’s Sandroach with Ootheca

Dear Jen,
While this is a Cockroach, the good news is that it is not a species that infests homes.  This female Boll’s Sandroach,
Arenivaga bolliana, is basically an outdoor species and she must have accidentally wandered into your home.  We would urge you to relocate her outside.  You can compare your image to this image on BugGuide.  According to BugGuide:  “The downy females have no wings and burrow in the dust under houses and in natural rock shelters where they feed on packrat droppings.  This large roach is also present in abandoned Atta texana [Texas leaf-cutter ant] tunnels and in chambers filled with nest refuse.”  Your female Boll’s Sandroach is carrying an ootheca or egg case.

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Location: Golfito, Costa Rica
May 6, 2015 7:42 am
Found this rustling in our bathroom last night. It was about 4-5 inches long. It didn’t move fast. We live in Golfito, Costa Rica. We do get our fair share of regular ol’ cockroaches but have never seen one like this. I posted this on FaceBook and people have identified as a Giant Cockroach – yes, it was.
Any other thoughts?
Thank you.
Signature: Golfito

Cockroach

Giant Cockroach

Dear Golfito,
We found a matching image on Junglewalk called a Costa Rica Wood Cockroach, but no scientific name.
  Same scenario with an image on PBase.  We found it identified as Archimandrita tessellata on Travel Images.  It is called a Peppered Roach or Giant Cockroach on UniProt.

Thank you WTB. I had sent another request for identification months ago. I never received a response. I realize you receive many requests, therefore, I thank you for this one.
I will share it with the other Golfito bug loves.

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Subject: Red / Black beetle? On car tire
Location: Marion IL
May 7, 2015 1:29 am
Found this on my tire about an hour after parking in Marion, IL…. Would really like more info on it.
Signature: J brewer

Cockroach

Cockroach

Dear J brewer,
We imagine these images of an immature Cockroach hitching a ride on a car might incite some paranoia.

Cockroach

Cockroach

Thank you for the quick response, no paranoia here as it has been a few months since this pic was taken and I have never experienced a cockroach infestation but had a childhood friend that lived in a roach infested trailer and that was just crazy…   I have never seen a cockroach infestation as out of control as they had allowed it to become.
Once again I appreciate your quick reply!!!
J Brewer

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Subject: insect identification
Location: Sindh, Pakistan.
March 29, 2015 10:32 pm
I encounterd this insect in a public bathroom. I suspect it might be a cockroach but I have never seen anything like this. I do not know if the brown shell is another insect or an egg. I am very eager to know what insect this is.
Signature: Zayd M

Metamorphosis of a Cockroach

Metamorphosis of a Cockroach

Dear Zayd,
You witnessed the metamorphosis of a Cockroach.  Unlike the literary Franz Kafka version where a man is transformed into a Cockroach, the metamorphosis process is a natural means for insects and other creatures to grow and mature.  Insects and other Arthropods have hard exoskeletons that do not grow.  When the insect outgrows its exoskeleton, it molts, shedding the old skin, and then the insect expands in size.  In your image, the old exoskeleton is dark and the new exoskeleton is white and soft.  It will soon darken and harden and the Cockroach will be larger than before the metamorphosis.

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