American Cockroach
Periplaneta americana

The American cockroach is the largest roach in this area.  It was introduced to America from Africa about 1625.  It is quite common outdoors, and in some commercial situations, but seldom found in the house.

American Cockroach, Periplaneta americanaA glass or plastic container is useful in the close study of  insects.  Especially for taking pictures of the shy ones.

American Cockroach, Periplaneta americanaThe glass also allows us to get a good look at the  underside of our live specimen.

American Cockroach, Periplaneta americana The immature cockroach has no wings.  But even the  winged adults will not fly when disturbed, they will run  for cover.  The American cockroach is one of the fastest  running insects.

American Cockroach, Periplaneta americana When disturbed, winged or not, a roach will run for the  nearest dark spot (under your shoe?).  They can squeeze into surprisingly  narrow cracks.  In this case the crack was not deep  enough.  Continued poking its exposed end didn't  persuade it to back out and run for different cover.

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