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  Oriental Cockroach (Blatta orientalis)





Oriental Cockroach | Blatta orientalis photo
An oriental cockroach (female Blatta orientalis)

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ORIENTAL COCKROACH FACTS

Identification
The Oriental Cockroach is a fairly large species of cockroach with a dark brown to black glossy body. The female Oriental cockroach has two very short non-functional wings just below its head and a wider body than the male. The male has long brown wings covering most of the body. The male is capable short flights of 2m - 3m.

Size
length to 25mm

Habitat
The Oriental cockroach is a fairly slow moving cockroach. It prefers dark, moist places and can often be found around decaying organic matter, drains and other damp locations. In the garden they are found under groundcover, under mulch, and around damp places.

Food
Omnivorous scavenger. eats various types of organic matter

Breeding
Females produce an egg case or ootheca containing up to 16 eggs. The eggs hatch in about two months.

Range
most commonly found in southern areas of Australia.



Classification
Class:Insecta
Order:Blattodea
Family:Blattidae
Genus:Blatta
Species:orientalis
Common Name:Oriental Cockroach