Hoax: Manmade Cockroach Submitted for Identification

Subject: Las Vegas Bug
Location: North Las Vegas
June 17, 2012 8:17 pm
I found this in my backyard. My dogs mistook it for a wood chip. What is it?
Signature: Hope

Cockroach Sculpture

Dear Hope,
This is surely an unusual looking beetle, and we are not even certain how to classify it.  It has many characteristics of a Long Horned Borer Beetle in the family Cerambycidae, but the body more closely resembles that of a Metallic Borer Beetle in the family Buprestidae.  We are going to post this as unidentified and continue to search for its identity though we suspect the dog might be right.  We wish your photo had more details.

Eric Eaton responds with a correction
LOL!  That is most definitely a cockroach 🙂
Wood or ceramic?

2 thoughts on “Hoax: Manmade Cockroach Submitted for Identification”

  1. I’m no expert, but that looks like a rubber model of a roach. If you look closely, the wings look fused together and have no point where they connect to the body. The way that some of the legs are positioned looks fishy as well.

    • Thanks for the opinion Salamander. We also doubt that it is a real insect, but we did not want to accuse Hope of trying to pull a fast one. We actually believe it is carved from wood, but the photo is of low resolution which does not allow close scrutiny.


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