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  Australian Cockroach (Periplaneta australasiae)





Australian Cockroach | Periplaneta australasiae photo
Australian Cockroach

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Australian Cockroach | Periplaneta australasiae photo
Australian Cockroach

Photograph copyright: ozwildlife - all rights reserved. Used with permission.



INSECT FACTS

Identification
The Australian Cockroach is a large reddish brown cockroach with yellow margin round the thorax and yellow edges to front part of fore wings. The antennae are long and the legs are spiky. They are pest in households. This is a common pest in homes and can transmit disease by contaminating food. The name is misleading as they are an introduced species from Asia.

Size
35mm

Habitat
common around urban and suburban areas, and often seen in and around homes, and gardens

Food
omnivores that scavenge for food

Breeding
The female lays eggs in a hard egg case called an ootheca. The young nymphs hatch out as smaller versions of the adult cockroach after incubation period of about 40 days. The female lives up to 6 months. An infestation can rapidly expand in ideal conditions.



Classification
Class:Insecta
Order:Blattodea
Family:Blattidae
Genus:Periplaneta
Species:australasiae
Common Name:Australian Cockroach

Relatives in same Genus
  American Cockroach (P. americana)