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Order Blattaria: the roaches — Examples
Wood Cockroach (Order Blattaria)
Wood cockroach, genus Parcoblatta, family Ectobiidae, Order Blattaria (the roaches).
Photographed and identified by: Leah McPherson. Location: Highland, MI, USA. Date: 27 July, 2016. Says Leah, “It was less than 1/2" and the only one in sight.... I found it this afternoon on a patio chair.”
Pennsylvania Wood Cockroach (Parcoblatta pennsylvanica)
Pennsylvania Wood Cockroach, Parcoblatta pennsylvanica, family Blattidae, Order Blattaria (the roaches).
□ Wood cockroaches are common outdoor insects. Occasionally they’ll come inside on firewood or in a potted plant that gets moved indoors — and sometimes they just wander in accidentally — but they’re almost never an issue indoors.
Photographed by: Suzy Crawford. Identified by: KnowYourInsects.org. Location: Waterford, Michigan, USA. Date: 31 July, 2017. Suzy says, “I find these in my flowers and in grass around my flower beds! Sometimes they are running across my porch or on the screen door.”
Spotted Mediterranean Cockroach (Order Blattaria)
Spotted Mediterranean Cockroach (also known as Tawny Cockroach), Ectobius pallidus, family Ectobiidae, Order Blattaria (the roaches).
□ This is a nymph (immature). When it grows into an adult, it will get full-length wings that extend back to cover the abdomen.
Photographed and identified to order by: Janice H. Identified to species by: KnowYourInsects.org. Location: Bloomfield Hills, MI, USA. Date: 13 October, 2016. Says Janice, “We have an old raised rock patio and I think they’re living underneath close to the house. We live near woods and water and I have seen the weirdest bugs ever around our house.”
Smoky Brown Cockroach (Order Blattaria)
Smoky Brown Cockroach, nymph, Periplaneta fuliginosa, family Blattidae, Order Blattaria (the roaches).
Photographed and identified by: Anonymous. Location: Wilmington, NC, USA. Date: 15 February, 2017. Anonymous says, “This bug seems to have come from a salad from a restaurant... No words for how gross it is!” KnowYourInsects says, “Yep, cockroaches do love people food!”
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