Wharf borer

6834.        Found this guy near a door to our patio, and kitty litter (pine chips). I found another one approx two weeks ago in the same spot. Unable to figure out what it is. It looks closer to a beetle than a cockroach but has the colouring of a cockroach. Thanks for identifying! Toronto, Ontario. Canada

Number 6834. This appears to be a wharf borer, Narcerdes melanura (Coleoptera: Oedemeridae); their larvae bore in very moist/wet wood, usually in contact with soil or water. Click here for more detailed information.