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Australian Cockroaches



FAMILY : Blaberid Cockroaches

Bark Cockroach
(Laxta granicollis)
Bark Cockroach
The Bark Cockroach is an Australian native species of Blaberidae. It is dark brown or grey brown. Males have pale edge to the thorax and are winged. Females have broader body, and are wingless. It is a communal insect living in small colonies. They... Click to continue>
Trilobite Cockroach
(Laxta sp)
Trilobite Cockroach
The Trilobite Cockroach is a native species that spends most of its time under leaf litter or under logs. They live in small colonies and can communicate with each other using scent. The young have broad extensions around their bodies. Click to continue>
Giant Burrowing Cockroach
(Macropanesthia rhinoceros)
Giant Burrowing Cockroach
The Giant Burrowing Cockroach is the heaviest cockroach species in the world. They are bulky shiny brown cockroaches with spiny legs. This wingless cockroach lives underground and is not a pest species. They burrow into these oil to depths of up to... Click to continue>
Speckled Cockroach
(Nauphoeta cinerarea)
Speckled Cockroach
Speckled cockroaches are grey with fine dark spots. These cockroaches are used as a reptile and amphibian food item. Click to continue>

FAMILY : Blattellid Cockroaches

German Cockroach
(Blattella germanica)
German Cockroach
The German Cockroach is pale brown with two longitudinal streaks on the front part of the thorax. Adults have wings but rarely fly. They are mainly nocturnal. Young are similar to adults but wingless and dark brown (almost black), with a single... Click to continue>
Ellipsidion Cockroach
(Ellipsidion sp)
Ellipsidion Cockroach
Cockroaches in the Ellipsidion genus are more attractively marked than the despised introduced cockroaches commonly seen in and around the house. This species has tan and brown markings. The antennae are brown and cerci are yellow. Click to continue>
Brown-banded Cockroach
(Supella longipalpa)
Brown-banded Cockroach
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.... Click to continue>

FAMILY : Blattid Cockroaches

Oriental Cockroach
(Blatta orientalis)
Oriental Cockroach
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... Click to continue>
Common Shining Cockroach
(Drymaplaneta communis)
Common Shining Cockroach
The Common Shining Cockroach is native to Australia. It is a glossy black or dark brown cockroach with pale margin around the front half of the body. During the last decade or so, numbers have increased in cities such as Sydney and Melbourne where... Click to continue>
American Cockroach
(Periplaneta americana)
American Cockroach
The American Cockroach is reddish brown with a yellowish margin on the body region behind the head. Immature cockroaches are similar to adults but have no wings. They are fast moving insects and scuttle for cover when disturbed. It dos not have... Click to continue>
Australian Cockroach
(Periplaneta australasiae)
Australian Cockroach
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... Click to continue>
Black Cockroach
(Platyzosteria sp)
Black Cockroach
This cockroach is black and very shiny. It is wingless with prominent upturned cerci. I might have the identification wrong here - let me know if it is incorrect. Click to continue>


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