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Unidentified bug that looks like an American/German cockroach hybrid. - Ectobius

Unidentified bug that looks like an American/German cockroach hybrid. - Ectobius
Concord, Massachusetts, USA
June 5, 2008
Size: 10-12 mm
I've seen this type of insect in our home since the weather started getting warm. We have found it in the kitchen, bedroom, bathroom, and on the back porch, at all times during the day. We have never seen more than one at a time. At first, it looked like a juvenile (nymph) cockroach, but then I notice the horizontal bands on the dorsal side of its abdomen, which threw me off. It has antennae, six legs, and what appears to be two small pincers on it's abdomen. It doesn't appear to have wings. The thorax/head area is pale with small black spots, and the abdomen is brown/red with dark brown/black horizontal stripes.

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Unidentified bug that looks like an American/German cockroach hybrid. - Ectobius Unidentified bug that looks like an American/German cockroach hybrid. - Ectobius Unidentified bug that looks like an American/German cockroach hybrid. - Ectobius

kinda looks
like this:

someone told me it was a species of Ectobius, looks like the kind I find outdoors.

Cockroach nymph just the same:-)
Relax, though, this is most likely a nymph of a mostly outdoor insect in the genus Ectobius. They are not native, either, but are generally confined to gardens, and seem to be day-active, at least in part. Please see our guide pages for that genus. There are two species here that I know of....

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