Entomology (Study of Bugs)/soil inhabtants

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soil inhabitants
soil inhabitants  
I don't know what this is.... its crawling in the soil...it was collected at 3:45 pm.

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John:

I don't know that much about insects of the Philippines, but I *can* tell you that these are cockroaches, either nymphs, or wingless adults.

They remind me most of nymphs of the Surinam Cockroach, Pycnoscelus surinamensis , but I cannot be positive.  That species is certainly found around the globe now, having been transported in commerce.

Remember not all roaches are household pests.  The vast majority, especially in tropical regions, are important decomposers that turn decaying organic matter into soil.

Happy holidays to you!

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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