Cockroaches (Blattodea)

Three-lined roach

One summer evening in 2011, my wife caught a small insect scurrying around the kitchen floor. I took a quick look and immediately transformed into a cockroach-hunting/cleaning maniac. The critter resembled a German cockroach nymph, which is a major pest species that is thought to be capable of spreading a slew of disease-causing organisms—YIKES! The ensuing cleaning rampage continued deep into the night, but we were unable to find another roach or any evidence of an infestation.

Classification: 

Luridiblatta trivittata: tri = "3", vitta = "band or stripe"

Three-lined roaches are flat enough to slip under doors

An egg case (ootheca) from a three-lined roach

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