I am always deeply envious of people who find exotic insects in grocer’s shops, bakeries, restaurants and the like. It never seems to happen to me despite much furtive searching in the fruit aisle at Tesco! So I was absolutely delighted when Jo found this tropical cockroach in the middle of our lounge carpet, waving its legs in the air.
How it got into our house is a complete mystery, perhaps in some cut flowers Jo was given a few weeks ago. Darren Mann was able to identify it straight off as a female Panchlora species (family Blaberidae) of central/south American origin.