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Palmetto Bug? - Arenivaga erratica

Palmetto Bug? - Arenivaga erratica
Alamogordo, Otero County, New Mexico, USA
September 8, 2010
The looks way different than palmetto bugs that I was used to seeing when I lived in Florida. It's wings strike me as a palmetto bug but not the head. Help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

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Palmetto Bug? - Arenivaga erratica Palmetto Bug? - Arenivaga erratica

Arenivaga erratica, adult male --det. Heidi Hopkins
Moved from Polyphagidae.

Moved from ID Request.

maybe a polyphagid male
a typical-looking roach, you cah see his face --i'm sure big-eyed-- from the underside. it's hard to believe you haven't seen roaches in Fla. -- there are plenty, and all have this unmistakable forebody arrangement and spiny legs

I don't live in Florida anymore, I grew up in Winter Haven. Yes, I did see roaches there and palmetto bugs which I thought was a type of roach. The palmetto bug I was told growing up (not sure if accurate as I have not researched it) were bigger than "typical" roaches and lighter in color. I don't think I have ever seen a roach retract it's head before but honestly I really didn't take the time to care either, roaches creep me out big time! lol. Had I known this was a roach I would have never photographed it ;o).

ah, that's it, looks like Arenivaga
Similar looking picture, but I don't know if there are others

I wonder is it might be a species of Wood Cockroach, Genus Parcoblatta ? Don't hold me to that level of ID though.

I looked at other BG pictures and I think you are right. Odd, their head must retract under their mushroom hat? I was wondering why I couldn't find any I will wait for confirmation before I move this "fellow".