Florida woods cockroach (Eurycotis floridana)

CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY: Florida woods cockroach (Eurycotis floridana)

Some people refer to this as a palmetto bug, but it isn’t generally a house invader as are some others that also are called by that common name. Generally found in out buildings such as sheds and well enclosures.

Apparently the light color margins indicates that this is a nymph. Personally, if this is a baby, I really don’t want to run into the adult. 🙂

One of the few bugs that really freaks me out. 😮

Learn: http://entnemdept.ifas.ufl.edu/creatures/urban/roaches/florida_woods_cockroach.htm

Insect has a “gland that produces a secretion with 40 components, including acids, ether and the smelly substance known from stink bugs. It can squirt the stuff 6 inches or more. In your eyes, it would be excruciatingly painful. Mice and lizards don’t like it either.” source: http://www.livescience.com/11330-secret-weapons.html

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