Tonight's special: Giant (for the Pacific Northwest) roach-looking creature--couple of photos inside.
Warning, the photos are of a dead critter. (I did not do the deadening, unless it was inadvertently in the dark.) Photo 1
and Photo 2
I live on an island in Puget Sound, in Washington state, in a rural setting, lots of woods nearby. While I have seen small cockroaches in crappy bookstores and restaurants in Seattle, they've all been under half an inch, and we're not really known for our "wild" roaches. Carpenter ants, yea, verily, and ground beetles, but nothing like this guy. This critter looks roach-ish, but is huge for our area: Between 1.5 to 2 inches long (please have a good laugh, Florida residents, I know you get fleas bigger than that).
My photo of its back is blurry, sorry, I was concerned about getting back inside to fill the gasoline moat and ready the matches. One wing (or wing cover?) is no longer attached.
In my 35 years in the area, I haven't seen anything like this, which doesn't mean it isn't a native. Love any insight, and thanks.