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Jul 1, 2014 9:32 PM

Is this a cockroach?

  Just found this in my house... what is it?!?

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    Jul 1, 2014 10:00 PM (in response to HazW)
    Re: Is this a cockroach?

    No - it is a beetle; a scarab or relative.

    There are a lot of species...

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scarabaeidae

    The family used to include the well-known May bugs and June bugs (chafers), but they have recently been moved into a family of their own.

     

    Mike

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        Jul 1, 2014 11:26 PM (in response to HazW)
        Re: Is this a cockroach?

        In the UK, some of the scarabs occur in fairly large numbers (thinking cockchafers).

        With this one, though I'm not sure which it is, I suspect you'd see only a few. Yes, it might come back in if you let it go, but that's the best plan, IMO.

         

        If it is showing a tendency to be attracted to light, the thing to do is: turn the outside light(s) on, turn the inside lights off, open the door/window, then put it out.

         

        Mike

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