Monday, January 1, 2018

Yard Critter of the Week - Wood Cockroach

The Pennsylvania Wood Cockroach.

This fellow was found in one of our wood piles, during our Pre-Winter Solstice Music Jam with Druid Ashes for Everyone* bonfire event several weeks ago.

Bernie found it while getting more fuel for the fire and our friend Max captured it. Max travels to these parties with two coolers, one with beer and one with his insect collecting equipment. Max graciously entrusted me with the critter, which, after spending some time in the fridge, had its portrait taken.

Having existed on Earth for at least 300 million years, cockroaches are among the most common of insects. And this particular species is common in the woodlands of the eastern, southern, and midwestern states.

And as we live in a woodland in an eastern state, it is no surprise we found one. Just a matter of time.

A member of nature's cleanup crew, they feed on decaying organic matter. And we have plenty of that about the property. So they can cleanup all they want.

You can find all of the Yard Critter posts listed here.


* No druids were harmed during the event. Pretty much no-one was harmed, although a couple of people did fall down. Completely unrelated to Russell's excellent barely wine ...

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