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  Brown-banded Cockroach (Supella longipalpa)





Brown-banded Cockroach | Supella longipalpa photo
Brown-banded cockroach

Image by Public Health Image Library (PHIL) of the Center of Desease Control - License: Public Domain.    (view image details)



INSECT FACTS

Identification
Brown-banded cockroaches are glossy brown with two light bands of yellow or cream across the thorax and abdomen. The bands are quite noticeable on nymphs and females. Males have long wings which extend beyond the abdomen covering the light bands. Females have shorter wings exposing the abdomen, and nymphs are wingless. The adult male has a slender abdomen, while the female has a broader abdomen. The Brown-banded cockroach is similar in size to the German cockroach, which does not have pale bands across the back.

Size
length 10mm to 15mm

Food
Brown-banded cockroaches are indoor pest where they feed on food scraps and material containing starch.

Breeding
Females produce yellow to reddish brown egg cases, which contain up to 18 eggs. The egg case is usually carried by the female fro a day or two before being attached to a surfaces. Development from nymph to adult takes about 2 to 4 months.



Classification
Class:Insecta
Order:Blattodea
Family:Blattellidae
Genus:Supella
Species:longipalpa
Common Name:Brown-banded Cockroach