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Is there a beetle around Salt Lake City that looks like the big, black, fast-running roaches I remember from New Orleans?

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First off, we do have roaches here.  In fact someone brought one to me today!  Otherwise the only beetles or insects that would look like a roach (but don't necessarily run fast) would be a Prionus californicus longhorned beetle: http://bugguide.net/node/view/18882/bgimage or maybe even a Belostomatid giant water bug: http://bugguide.net/node/view/12796/bgimage . These ones have an extremely painful bite, and sometimes leave water and fly toward lights at night.

And we do have a variety of roaches in Utah, but the one you saw was likely an american cockroach: http://bugguide.net/node/view/31622/bgimage

That is all I can think off the top of my head.  Let me know if one of these is the culprit.

Posted on 30 Jun 2008

Ryan Davis
Arthropod Diagnostician, Utah Plant Pest Diagnostic Laboratory

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