Common or Oriental Cockroach
Status: British Isles non-native species.
Description: Large species of cockroach, dark brown to black in colour with a glossy body.
Wings: Females have very short vestigial wings, males have longer wings, but both sexes are flightless.
Food: Omnivorous, feeding on refuse and anything edible that is not too dry and hard.
Habitat: Native to Africa and Asia. In Britain occurs only in houses, and in summer, on land fill sites.
Phenology: Indoors adults may be seen all year round.
Distribution: The records held by the National Biodiversity Network are shown in the map below.
Terms & conditions
Colours show the year of the last record -
up to 1987
1998 up to present
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