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large cockroach - Parcoblatta virginica - male

large cockroach - Parcoblatta virginica - Male
Merrimack, Hillsborough County, New Hampshire, USA
June 9, 2010
Size: 1 in.
My mom freaked out when she saw this cockroach on our ceiling. Looks a bit lke a supersized Ectobius pallidus, but I saw this pic on bugguide that looked just like mine but wasn't identified...

Moved from Wood Cockroaches.

Looks like Parcoblatta virginica


Male Parcoblatta
This guy is a native wood roach, unlike your Ectobius cockroaches that are not native to this continent. Like the Ectobius cockroaches, these will wander indoors now and then on their journey looking for food and mates. Based on the very large size, coloration, and geographic location, this is most likely P. virginica. To know for certain, you would need to move the wings apart to look at the dorsal abdomen, like this:

(It is not easy to do this while it is still alive.)

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