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I live in the Phoenix Arizona area and my wife came across a brownish dead insect with long wings 11/16" long, a wasp like abdomen and 1/8" long fangs. We couldn't tell how many legs it had as it was between the cracks of our patio stones. At first we thought it might be a flying termite, but found nothing on the web that resembled this guy. Please see attachments.


The insect in the images is a severely mangled specimen of a Turkestan Roach, Shelfordella lateralis .  It is an introduced species that is now well-established in the southwest U.S.  Here's more:


There is the outside chance it is a male sand roach, Arenivaga sp., but I rather doubt it.


Sorry to be the bearer of "bad" news, though as cockroaches go even the Turkestan species is not that problematic.


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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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