Yes! Finally found some!

Vfox

Arachnobaron
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I posted this on APR too lol. I'm just excited, I've finally found some local (backyard) Parcoblatta pennsylvanica cockroaches. These guys are supposed to live on/in old bits of wood and under bark etc...guess where I found them? Under scrap steel siding from my barn! I was out for about 2 hours digging open stumps and logs in the woods because it's about 54ºF today. I figured, what the heck, I'll give it a shot...although I've never had any luck before. I was about to give up and passed by the siding pile and thought, eh, maybe I'll find some spiders or something. I lift up the first sheet...nothing, second sheet...small spiders and a few ants, third sheet...almost two dozen roaches scurrying away! I was completely taken off guard and clamored for my tube. I picked it up again and grabbed as many as I could before they vanished in the grass. I'm very pleased about this, I've been looking for these guys for a pretty long time. Okay so I'm not 100% certain these are P.pennsylvanica yet but they are certainly a good candidate considering I live near the woods and have never seen a American cockroach (too big to be Germans) in any home in my neighborhood.

 

bugmankeith

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Nice catch! There are hundreds by me in a wooded area and at night the males fly near the street lights in Summer. They are fast! I never saw an adult female, but I frequently find oothecae.
 

Vfox

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Nice catch! There are hundreds by me in a wooded area and at night the males fly near the street lights in Summer. They are fast! I never saw an adult female, but I frequently find oothecae.
I've been searching for these guys since last year without any luck. I can't believe I found so many so close to my house. I am going to attempt to get a culture started on these guys, they remind me of Blatta lateralis honestly...and I love those little devils. :p
 

Gnat

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only roaches i find around here are germans and the occasional oriental
 

Vfox

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They remind me of B. lats too.
What will you use the culture for?
Once they mature and I'm 100% sure they are P.pennsylvanica I plan on doing some basic observations on behavior, gestation, birth and mortality rates along with lifespan. I feel like the single paragraph on these guys doesn't really do them justice so I'm hoping to add to the general knowledge of such an interesting native and non-pest, non glass climbing species.
 
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