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Asian Cockroach Quick Facts

FAMILY

Blattellidae

TAXONOMY

Blattella asahinai Mizukubo, 1981, Okinawa.

PHYSICAL CHARACTERISTICS

Asian cockroach The ####es are related; totally winged. Reaches 0.31–0.47 in (8–12 mm) in size. Yellowish or yellowish brown. Adult pronotum has a pair of sunshine to darkish brown longitudinal stripes. This species is nearly not possible to distinguish from the German cockroach however differs markedly in habits.

DISTRIBUTION

This species is the latest introduction into the United States. Although it's not distributed as extensively because the German cockroach, it has been discovered (as its synonym Blattella beybienkoi) in Sri Lanka, Andaman Islands, Myanmar, Chagos Archipelago, China, India, Thailand, and Okinawa.

HABITAT

In Florida, the place it was launched and have become established and unfold, it happens open air on lawns, bushes, and timber.

BEHAVIOR

Flies readily. Active at sundown. Adults are attracted to white partitions and illuminated buildings. Adults and larvae are energetic in grass and mulch. In homes adults fly to lights and sit on partitions, tables, and dishes. Winged adults are half an inch (12.7 mm) lengthy and have a pair of longitudinal stripes on the thorax; the larvae lack wings but additionally are striped.

FEEDING ECOLOGY AND DIET

In Florida it typically feeds on aphid honeydew.

REPRODUCTIVE BIOLOGY

In the laboratory Asian cockroach males cross with German cockroach females and produce offspring. Crosses between male German cockroaches and Asian females didn't produce offspring.

CONSERVATION STATUS

Not threatened.

SIGNIFICANCE TO HUMANS

Considered a pest on lawns in Florida, generally making out of doors actions nearly not possible.