English: Furniture cockroach, TV cockroach.
Supella longipalpa Fabricius, 1798, India. Until lately generally known as Supella supellectilium (Serville).
A small cockroach, reaching solely 0.39-0.57 in (10-14.5 mm) in size. Male tegmina utterly cowl the stomach; within the feminine they hardly ever attain the tip of the stomach. Color varies extensively. Dark pronotum, typically with a pale space within the heart; chestnut tegmina, with pale areas at base and in center.
Probably originated in Africa however, as a domiciliary pest, unfold by commerce all through heat temperate nations; might happen outside in subtropical nations. Found in nearly each state of the United States.
In dwellings, it may be present in nearly each room: on kitchen chairs; in cabinets and pantries; beneath tables and cabinets in closets; behind footage and movie molding, in TV units, bookshelves, drawers, and bathe stalls.
Tends to fly when disturbed. The feminine emits a pheromone that has been recognized and attracts the male from a distance.
FEEDING ECOLOGY AND DIET
Often feeds on gum sizing of books and on paste behind wallpaper, stamps, and gummed labels. Visits kitchens when trying to find food.
Oothecae could also be hooked up all through the home to partitions and ceilings and about kitchen sinks, desks, tables, and bedding. At about 86°F (30°C), larvae bear six to eight molts. When reared in teams, each ####es mature in about 55 days. Males dwell 115 days and females 90 days. The feminine deposits her first ootheca, which often accommodates 16 eggs, 10 days after emergence. During her lifetime she produces a mean of 11 oothecae, that are deposited at six-day intervals. Eggs hatch in 40 days.
SIGNIFICANCE TO HUMANS
Important family pest that spreads all through infested properties.