Monday Night Mystery

Tonight’s challenge is this tightly-cropped arthropod image. What is it?

Points will be awarded to the first commentators to guess the structures (5 pts), and the species (5 pts).

The cumulative points winner for the month of November will win their choice of 1) any 8×10-sized print from my photo galleries, or 2) a guest post here at Myrmecos on a safe-for-work topic of their choosing.

Good luck.

12 thoughts on “Monday Night Mystery”

  1. Well, this is a pretty wild guess, but I’m going to go with a cockroach ootheca for the lower portion, and lets say the female ovipositors, epiproct, and paraproct along the top? For species I’ll say the German Cockroach (Blattella germanica) just for it being the most ubiquitous species in urban environments….

  2. ‘Tis a cockroach ootheca (maybe Blatella germanica?) that occupies most of the picture. I will leave the rest of the points to other takers.

  3. Could this be the ootheca of a cockroach, still protruding from Mom (with one of her buggy little appendages visible at left?) My first guess would be the German cockroach, Blatella germanica.

  4. For the sake of being different, I’ll run with Parcoblatta pennsylvanica, the Pennsylvanian cockroach… And definitely the ootheca/reproductive bits.

  5. Well, going a bit farther afield among the traditional Orthopteroidea, I say it’s a string of Scudderia eggs laid on the zipper of a pair of pants from a Halloween costume that Alex hung out on the back porch to air.

  6. Yeah, it probably is Parcoblatta’s cercus, part of the subgenital plate (?) and ootheca. Parcoblatta’s ootheca has a ‘zipper’ down the middle, whereas those of Blattella has ‘zippers’ on the sides. Though I’m not a roach ID expert.

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