There’s a Bug in the Shower

I woke up this morning to find a huge bug in the shower. I’ve seen one like it in the outside laundry room just a week or two ago and was quite impressed with it then also.

UPDATE – thanks to one of my readers, it has been identified as a peppered roach, or archimandrita tesselata. They are sometimes kept as pets! 

What is it??!

What is it??!

It looks harmless, just really big. I didn’t see any stingers or fierce teeth or anything scary, but I’m still not touching it. I scooped it up in a jar and took it outside. It tried to open its wings in the jar, and when I put it on the edge of the patio it ran to the center.

It's next to a large, heavy duty garden hose here

It’s next to a large, heavy duty garden hose here

I managed to get a couple photos outside before it decided to run again. The last I saw it was heading for a dark corner of the laundry room at a surprisingly fast pace.

When we lived in Florida there were those palmetto bugs that look like giant cockroaches. I always knew when one was in the shower when I heard from down the hall “Mommmmmmm  help!  a BUG!” I think my daughter would have been even less pleased to find one of these in her shower.

Just when you think you’ve seen all the bugs around here, you find a new one to surprise you! As many bugs as there are here though, I doubt I’ll ever see them all.


About Kris Cunningham

We live in David, Chiriqui Provence, Republic of Panama! This blog is about some of our experiences in our new country.
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14 Responses to There’s a Bug in the Shower

  1. Went to the chino store the other day with my egg carton to buy some eggs. Opened the egg carton to put eggs in and inside was a cockroach. Took it outside and dumped it. Never know when you are going to find one!


  2. kjscapper says:

    I read where someone was told they eat other roaches, and scorpions! Cannot validate that info though.


  3. Yikes, the article says they can be 4-5 inches, that is huge! I can see why they would cook and eat the, I guess. We get cicadas here and I’ve heard people roast them to eat.


  4. susie says:

    I live in Texas where everything is “Bigger in Texas”!! Woke up one morning with the biggest cock roach in my coffee pot….not sure how he got in there but it did not end well for him.


  5. Sunni Morris says:

    I can’t imagine keeping a roach as a pet. They have some humungous ones in TX. The first time I took my husband to visit my family there he was so appalled to find a palmetto cockroach in the motel we were staying in that he emptied a whole can of Raid on it. The room was about impossible to stay in with all that bug spray. That was his last trip to TX and he says he’s never going back. We got in the car and he drove all the way to Carlsbad Caverns before he would stop the car. It was the wee hours of the morning by that time. This happened at least thirty years ago and he hasn’t been back. I have to go and visit my family by myself.


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