OTHER NAMES

English: Croton bug, steamfly, steambug, Yankee; German: Russische Schabe; Russian: Prussak.

TAXONOMY

Blatta germanica Linnaeus, 1767, Denmark; kind Brünnich, 1763 [suppressed by the International Commission on Zoological Nomenclature].

FAMILY

Blattellidae

PHYSICAL CHARACTERISTICS

The ####es are related; totally winged. Relatively small at 0.4–0.5 in (10–13 mm) in size. Pale yellowish-brown to tawny. Pronotum has distinct darkish, parallel, longitudinal bands.

DISTRIBUTION

Cosmopolitan; present in and round human habitations all through the world. Present in Greenland, Iceland, and the Canadian High Arctic, the place it survives indoors.

HABITAT

Preferring a heat, moist habitat, the German cockroach is a standard pest of kitchens, larders, and eating places. In temperate climates it may be discovered outside, below homes with out basements, below garbage and date palms, and in metropolis dumps. It additionally has been taken in gold mines and caves in South Africa. It is without doubt one of the most prevalent cockroaches within the galleys and storerooms of ships.

BEHAVIOR

Gregarious and should construct up big populations: a four-room condo in Texas harbored 50,000–100,000 principally German cockroaches. It is a poor flier regardless of having totally developed wings, which it makes use of to glide downward from a excessive resting place. The ####ually energetic feminine assumes a calling place by elevating the wings and emitting a pheromone produced within the tenth belly tergite that pulls the male. On contact with the feminine, the male raises the wings, exposing a pair of glands on his again. The feminine mounts the male, apparently feeding on a glandular secretion. The male clasps the feminine genitalia, and the pair stay joined till the male inserts the spermfilled spermatophore.

FEEDING ECOLOGY AND DIET

Omnivorous.

REPRODUCTIVE BIOLOGY

At 86°F (30°C) the mated feminine produces first ootheca, eight days after grownup emergence. Average variety of eggs per egg case is 37; the incubation interval is 17 days. The male lives 128 days; the feminine lives 153 days, throughout which period she produces, at intervals of 22 days, seven oothecae, every of which she carries externally, protruding from the top of the stomach, till or shortly earlier than eggs hatch. Larvae bear 5 to seven molts; they're reared in teams and mature in 40—41 days.

CONSERVATION STATUS

Not threatened.

SIGNIFICANCE TO HUMANS

The species causes asthmatic assaults and is thought to carry or is suspected of transmitting varied bacterial illness organisms.


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