Pale-bordered Cockroach (Pseudomops septentrionalis)

…a species of Ectobiid cockroach which occurs in south central and south eastern North America and Central America. Pale-bordered cockroaches are active mainly from May to August and typically inhabit low-growing herbaceous vegetation and will occasionally visit flowers. Adults will feed on sap and flowers, and interestingly are not attracted to lights. 


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Images: ©Graham Montogomery and ©Gayle and Jeanell Strickland

bug of the day on Flickr.

I have a confession to make: I am a bug racist. Having lived in a big apartment building in Boston for many years as a grad student, seeing any roach-like creature causes a visceral reaction in me, about 90% grossed-out-ickiness and 10% nausea. Which really isn’t fair, since the cockroaches that infest urban households are just a few of many species and genera of roaches, most of which stay outside. Thank goodness.

Anyway, here’s a female wood roach, genus Parcoblatta I believe, that was hanging around my stairs. Totally harmless. The colors are kind of cool to look at. But still. *shiver*

This is a special BotD for coleopteragirl on tumblr (sorry, not a Blattid, but the best roach I could find!). And because I know a lot of you, like me, are not roach fans, there’s a bonus beetle chaser coming up soon…:-)