Entomology (Study of Bugs)/Beetle or cock roach

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Location: northern Indiana
More specifically in the head of the faucet of the sink.  And now in a plastic bag until identified by someone that knows for sure.  I have never seen a roach but did some research and thought it kinda looked like an oriental or German, but found a picture you identified as a click beetle that also looked very similar.  I would greatly appreciate an ID so I can sleep peacefully.  Thank you.

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Dear Rather....

No worries, this is a beetle, not a roach.

This is an interesting beetle, called a "synchroa bark beetle," Synchroa punctata .  Here is a web page about them:

http://bugguide.net/node/view/36897

They pose no threat to people, pets, or property, but are often attracted to outdoor lights at night.  They fly well and sometimes may stray indoors through an open window.

Hope this puts your mind at ease :-)

Eric

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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One of the top 50 experts in all categories for AllExperts.com, 2009.

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Principal author of the Kaufman Field Guide to Insects of North America, Smithsonian Institution (contract), Cincinnati Zoo (employer), Portland State University (contract), Chase Studio, Inc (employer), Arkansas Museum of Discovery (guest speaker). Currently seeking speaking engagements, leadership roles at nature festivals, workshops, and ecotours.

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