Entomology (Study of Bugs)/Unidentified bug

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I found this  bug inside my window seat around 12am March 25th. I live in central Florida. It ran around inside the window seat before I killed it. Thought it might be a cockroach, but it doesn't really look like the pictures I see. Thank you for your help.

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Shelley:

Well, it *is* a cockroach actually, so.....

Florida has perhaps more than its fair share of cockroach species, but the overwhelming majority of them are native, "outdoor" roaches that help compost decaying organic matter.  This one looks like it may be a nymph (juvenile, immature, "baby") of one of those native species.

Since cockroaches are nocturnal, they seek shelter where they can come the light of day.

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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