One and Only (Dusky Cockroach, Ectobius lapponicus)

light brown cockroach resting on a grean leaf with thin hairs on underside
The lone roach, (Ectobius lapponicus) at the edge of the Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge.

So I believe this is a first for my site. A cockroach, probably one of the more reviled insects in the world. I think this is the only one I’ve ever seen in the forest/natural environment. I’ve seen roaches of various kinds in NYC apartments and in butterfly houses, but this rather drab unassuming female is unique to my personal checklist.

(Technically, this isn’t quite true as one time I found a similar specimen in my bag after returning home from a week in the outdoors; I think it was just a hitchhiker, and maybe from around the friends’ place I was staying at after said outdoors week, but if it’s not going to give me the courtesy of finding it in the natural landscape, then I’m not counting it. My blog, my rules, I guess. Plus it was really small. Plus I thought it was a beetle at first, albeit a weirdie beetle. Plus I don’t have any photos of it. Let’s forget I even mentioned it.)

ANYWAY. I don’t know much about roaches except that they’re supposed to be dirty and able to survive the nuclear apocalypse and I think care for their young? I don’t know what of that is true, but they seem interesting in general. I’ll probably need the boost of some more photos to motivate myself into learning something about them. Might be a while if past precedent holds up.

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3 thoughts on “One and Only (Dusky Cockroach, Ectobius lapponicus)

  1. Tried to move my cursor and hit send so here is what I was trying to write.

    Nice shot, for a cockroach. Her legs are similar to those of grasshoppers only grasshoppers and their legs can be much larger. Cockroaches, grasshoppers, and other insects or why I will not/cannot eat crab legs or lobsters or crawdads/crayfish. Sad but true. :)

    1. Sad indeed! Grasshoppers disturb me too, but mainly because I can never get enough of them in focus for the type of angles I like to shoot. (It’s flat on from the side unless, it’s really low magnification.)

      I tend not to eat Lobster very often, but mostly because I don’t like the work/mess involved. :)

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