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Asian Cockroach - Blattella asahinai

Asian Cockroach - Blattella asahinai
Lady Lake, Lake County, Florida, USA
October 4, 2005
Looks like the image in my Audubon Field Guide To Florida.

Do not forget that an almost
Do not forget that an almost identical looking species, Blatella asahinai is also found in Florida. How do you tell? Well,you can characterize the cuticular hydrocarbons, but the easiest distinction is the German Cockroach is flightless, whereas the Asian Cockroach can fly.
Here is a link to a cockroach key:

Asian Cockroach,
I think I am happy to say it is the Asian cockroach(it flies), after looking at your link, I am kind of glad it's not the german. Thank you for the links, they are very helpful.

I second that thanks, Sean
- I have these all over my yard too and hadn't yet put names to them. The locals I asked just called them Palmetto Bugs, of course.
I have made a guide page and relocated this image to it. I've also changed your title to avoid confusion, although I realize it makes this discussion a little more confusing. For the information of anyoone reading this after the fact, this picture was originally titled "German Cockroach?".
I'm curious, Machele - how did you get this picture? These guys are fast-moving and always scatter when I approach.

front porch light,
it was on a vine at my front door, I have a cheap camera and can't take very good photo's at night(no flash with super macro), so I carry this big 2 million candle light around with me, maybe it stunned it, it did not stay long though. And thank you for moving this.

sure looks like a German Cock
sure looks like a German Cockroach to me!

Interesting title to your message. How can you tell? ;)

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