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Maybe a roach? - Parcoblatta fulvescens - female

Maybe a roach? - Parcoblatta fulvescens - Female
Owasso, Tulsa County, Oklahoma, USA
August 22, 2010
Size: 1/2 inch or shorter
Is it a roach? It kind of looks like pictures of Madagascar roach (based on coloring) but those pictures looked much bigger than this bug. Thanks for the help!

Moved from Wood Cockroaches.

This is a native species of the US, belonging to the genus Parcoblatta. Yours is an adult female. I stongly suspect that it is the same as this one:

And I am almost certain that this one is P. fulvescens. The females of this genus do not generally have reliable traits for identification; identification requires a male at this time. The BugGuide contributor that posted the similar cockroach has kept his alive and is growing a small colony of them now. Hopefully one will grow up to be a male that we can identify, and by comparison we may be able to provide you a more firm answer as to your cockroaches name.

Moved from ID Request.

Definitely a Cockroach.
You'll improve your chances of getting a more specific ID if you crop your pic as close to the subject as possible. Only you and the editors can see the full-size version. Everybody else is left looking at a tiny bug in a big background.

You can replace the current pic by clicking on "edit" and simply uploading the cropped version.

Welcome to BugGuide!

I thought not cropping would be better to get a perspective of the size, but I'll replace the photo. Thanks for the tip.

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