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It isn't exactly bee related, but I would appreciate everyone's help. I think this is an Oriental cockroach, but I'm not sure.[attachment=1:21j2sp5f]P1010010.JPG[/attachment:21j2sp5f][attachment=0:21j2sp5f]P1010012.JPG[/attachment:21j2sp5f]
 

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looks like a click bug. pick it up and hold it between your fingers, it should try to pop its head up and down making a tiny clicking sound.
 

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It's definitely not a roach! Their order is Blattodes and they undergo a simple, gradual metamorphosis. The adults have four membraneous wings that are held folded over the back.
You have taken a photo of a beetle. It undergoes a full metamorphosis and the adult has two flying wings folded under two hard protective "wings" elytra). I'm away from home now and don't have access to my library and from your picture it is hard to give a definitive identification but I think the common name of your insect is a "Click beetle". The larvae develop in the ground and feed on roots. HOWEVER, there are many wood boring beetles, and I've read that there is a small hive beetle that has been causing a great deal of hive damage in the south. Don't let my very possibly inaccurate identification put you at ease--check it out with a local beekeeper or entomologist who knows the beetles of your area.
 

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I'm glad not to be able to recognize the hive beetle. Thank God, we don't have them here----Yet(?)
 

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For sure not a small hive beetle. Here's what those problems n' a half look like:[attachment=0:1iaez5qu]P1010016 (2).JPG[/attachment:1iaez5qu]
 

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Bigwig that is one of the better pics of a SHB I have seen posted.

Just a note also, that one has his head and antenna extended out, if they are running and trying to hide they will tuck them in.
 

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ive never seen an all black click beatle before...kool..the ones here can get pretty big and have cobra type makings on their backs...hmmmm...we also have a wood boreing beatle that looks kinda like that...its all black and has mandables of death (dont want to think how bad it would hurt to get bit)...click beatles have strong jaws too...like G3farms said...if its a click beatle it will try to click or pop in your hand...never had one try and bite me...they just close all their legs in and ''click''...i agree...click beatle def :|
 

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Bigwig that is one of the better pics of a SHB I have seen posted.

Just a note also, that one has his head and antenna extended out, if they are running and trying to hide they will tuck them in.
Thanks. I did get lucky considering how fast the suckers move. And you're right about them tucking in the antennae when on the move...
 

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Very much like the above pic, just a bit shorter and some other subtle differences. The one biggest thing to look for is on the false beetle, he will quiver his antenna continuously.
 

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It's a click beetle, put your finger on his back, and he'll hit his head on the ground, making a clicking sound. When you let him go, the action of hitting his head on the ground will make him jump into the air.
 

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Bigwig, that is definitely a click beetle. I saw a few of these in my yard after my husband brought home some pine from southern Texas to cut for lumber and figured they got transported in. I had never seen them this large before and ended up doing some research to confirm it. I also had a few that had round spots on them that looked like eyes. They come in several sizes, shapes and markings. Also known as snapping or spring beetles because they have a mechanism in the joint that reacts like a spring which creates the clicking sound when they feel threatened. Here are a few links for more info on them.

http://www.encyclopedia.com/topic/click_beetle.aspx
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Click_beetle
http://www.flickr.com/photos/nuytsia_pix/3144006550/
 
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