A glossy crawling
and flying insect that resembles a large roach, except that it is a medium brown color
(and roaches do not fly). This 1 and 1/2 inch-long six-legged antennaed creature scuttles across the floor
and hides under things, like a roach, but can also take
flight in a manner
alarming to humans, and land on walls and ceilings.
This insect is called a loach in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn
, New York City. In the summer of 1985 when I saw one crawl
from under the kitchen sink
and shreiked as it flew
toward the window, my Bay Ridge Brooklyn
boyfriend said, "That's a loach."