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I'm pretty sure it's a beetle due to the lines on it's back/rear but I'm not positive and if I'm wrong I need to take action quickly. Thanks in advance :)

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    – tyersome
    Commented Jul 15, 2019 at 17:49
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    $\begingroup$ Please add where and when the creature was found. This is expected for species-id questions. $\endgroup$ Commented Jul 16, 2019 at 9:59
  • $\begingroup$ @tyersome The OPs insect is not an Anobiidae, as your comment suggests. For one, the pronotum and head angle is completely off. $\endgroup$ Commented Jul 16, 2019 at 12:28
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    – tyersome
    Commented Jul 21, 2019 at 19:09

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This is a click beetle (Elateridae), so not a cockroach. This is most easily seen by the long pointed corners/angles at the posterior part of the pronotum, which is part of the “click” mechanism they use to flip themselves when they land of their back, or to startle predators.


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