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It was dark, but noticed a large light colored insect moving very slowly. It made a slight turn and my first thought was an albino roach. At closer inspection it was the size of a roach but appear segmented like a huge ant but when there was more light it was covered with what looked like white lint from a dryer. My friend tried to move it a long and it took off running turned to come back, well I stepped on it and it left a pretty big mess. More than your usual roach. Is it possible that there is an insect that carries it's eggs like spiders do and the area is white? The lint looking substance was fuzzy, very white like flour. We were in the kitchen but flour wasn't used for weeks. No dryer very near the area and very clean room. In the massacre one leg resembled a cockroach leg but only one was left. Any ideas?


I'm sorry, but without seeing at least an image of the insect, it is impossible to give you an accurate identification.

Furthermore, Florida is full of insects found nowhere else and my experience in that state is very limited.

You might try perusing this website for possibilities:

I frequently reference their "featured creatures" pages as a source of more information.


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Eric R. Eaton


I answer insect and spider identification questions ONLY. Attach images if possible. No "what bit me?", "what do I feed this bug in captivity?", or science fair project questions please. NO TECHNICAL QUESTIONS ABOUT INSECT PHYSIOLOGY.


Principal author, Kaufman Field Guide to Insects of North America. Professional entomologist employed previously at University of Massachusetts, Chase Studio, Inc., and Cincinnati Zoo; contract work for West Virginia Department of Natural Resources, Smithsonian Institution, and Portland (Oregon) State University.

Author, Kaufman Field Guide to Insects of North America, Missouri Conservationist magazine, Ranger Rick, Birds & Blooms, Timeline (journal of the Ohio Historical Society). I have contributed to several books as well.

Oregon State University, undergraduate major in entomology, did not receive degree.

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