- This page contains pictures and information about the Australian Cockroaches that we found in the Brisbane area, Queensland, Australia.
- Australian Cockroaches, as all other household pest cockroaches, look very ugly.
They have hairy legs and eye-pattern on
their thorax. They are reddish brown in colour, with long antennae and yellow
edges on the front part of forewings.
- Despite their name, they are not
native to Australia. They originated from Asia. They became totally adapted
to the domestic life. They are pest in households. This
species of cockroach, and the German Cockroach, have given the Cockroach
name. They transmitted diseases when they occur in house and restaurants.
They can contaminate food and must be controlled.
- Australian Cockroach crawling in the dark. Notice its head, eyes, flat
body and the way it use its legs.
Australian Cockroaches are in the order Blattodea. They have long spiny legs, their antennae are longer than their body. Their body is flat
and broad so that they can squeeze into very tight places. Their adults have
wings but not the good flyer. Their wings are membranous
with toughened forewings which overlap left over right. They have three pair of
strong legs so they are very good runners. The head is small and
pointing downwards, concealed under the pronotum. This protect their heads when
they travel through the gaps and tunnels. Sometime their thorax are miss-considered as their big
heads. They are active at night.
- The young cockroach nymph, body length 7mm and 20mm
- The young, or the nymph, cockroaches are wingless. Besides they look
similar to their adults. Notice their flat bodies, at day time they usually
hiding inside the narrow gap. At night time they become active and can
be found wandering around the house and in garden.
- The cockroach last instar and adult, body length 30mm and 40mm
are scavengers, they feed on almost everything. They develop in in-complete metamorphosis. The
eggs are laid in ootheca, or the egg sac, which sometime seen attached to the end
of the female abdomen.
- Two cockroaches mating and cockroach with ootheca.
- The Australian Cockroaches look very ugly. We discussed why we think butterflies are beautiful and
cockroaches are ugly, detail please click here.
- 1. Insects
of Australia, CSIRO, Division of Entomology, Melbourne University
Press, 2nd Edition 1991, Fig19.8B.
- 2. Northern
Territory Insects, A Comprehensive Guide CD - Graham Brown, 2009.
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