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Adult female  - Parcoblatta virginica - female

Adult female - Parcoblatta virginica - Female
Perry County, Pennsylvania, USA
Size: 13 mm
Because these 6 were found in a group together, I think it is a good reason to assume them to be the same Sp.

This is what the adult female looks like. There were three females and three males. In case you may be wondering about further updates on ID of the males, it will not be happening. I made a critical mistake and all three males escaped into my house; despite many attempts at luring them out with lights and bait, I was not able to recover any of them

So we are left with the three females which, as adults, can apparently also walk on vertical surfaces like the adult males. Why is it that they cannot do this as nymphs? Anyway, I am hoping with a good view of the male and female that we can positively ID to species

Images of this individual: tag all
Wood roach nymphs I think - Parcoblatta virginica Wood roach nymphs I think - Parcoblatta virginica Wood roach nymphs I think - Parcoblatta virginica Wood roach nymphs I think - Parcoblatta virginica Adult  - Parcoblatta virginica - male Roach molt - Parcoblatta virginica - male Adult female  - Parcoblatta virginica - female Adult female with ootheca - Parcoblatta virginica - female Ootheca - Parcoblatta virginica Another female with an ootheca - Parcoblatta virginica - female Oothecae - Parcoblatta virginica



Moved from Wood Cockroaches.

That's a shame about the male
That's a shame about the males, but it's part of the fun of learning about these creatures. Just rearing them gives you an appreciation of a species that you can't get through reading a book. It's living with the organisms that makes you into an expert.

I do not have personal experience with this species, but would guess that it is the same as this mature female that I've been looking at for months. I think that it is Parcoblatta fulvescens.

Looks like virginica to me
Overall body shape and dark head suggest that this one is likely to be a color variation of P. virginica (apparently, P. virginicas tend to have black head that makes them look like they have huge eyes. However, this doesn't mean all P. virginicas have this pattern as I've seen ones with pale head before. But I've never seen any other "pale" species, beside P. bolliana, with the black head so this might be a reliable character for identifying virginica.)

That does look very similar
Perhaps a guide page could be created if you are certain. Otherwise if I can keep these three in bounds, when they knock off (hopefully they will live a long time though) I will pin all three of them and send one to you for further examination if you'd like.

I had no idea there were so many species of these. I was thinking this might be lata or virginica

Put in ethanol.
I think it might be easier to work with the specimens later if they are put into ethanol rather than pinned dry. Also, I'm not sure how likely a species ID is without the males. The dorsal surface of one of the thoracic segments is patterned with setae that are species-specific in many cases. I don't know of any characters for the females. Just don't get your hopes up is all I'm saying:-)

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