Cockroaches (Blattodea)

Greek "blatta" (cockroach)
Cockroaches, also called "water bugs", have a flattened body that allows them to squeeze into tight spaces, and a protective shell (exoskeleton) that covers most of their head and abdomen. Cockroaches are common in households throughout the world, and are considered pests, though they do not bite or sting. They are mainly nocturnal, hiding in dark places during the day. There are more than 4,000 different species of cockroaches, and they are most common in tropical climates.

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Death's Head Cockroach
H. Vannoy Davis © 2005 California Academy of Sciences
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Giant Cockroach
Gerald and Buff Corsi © 2001 California Academy of Sciences
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Hissing Cockroach
Gerald and Buff Corsi © 2001 California Academy of Sciences

Quick ID

  • Flat body
  • Spiny legs
  • Long antennae

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