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Periplaneta australasiae (Fabricius, 1775)

Australian Cockroach

Taxonomy: Dictyoptera>>Blattodea>>Blattidae

Status: British Isles non-native species.

Description: Large and fully winged and has yellow markings on the pronotum. It is slightly smaller than the Ship Cockroach.

Size: Up to 30 mm.

Wings: Both sexes fully winged.

Food: Omnivorous, feeding on refuse and anything edible that is not too dry and hard.

Habitat: Despite its name, the species is probably native to Africa. In Britain it occurs on ships, in warehouses and glasshouses, especially around sea ports. Rarely in residential houses.

Phenology: Indoors adults may be seen all year round.

Distribution: The records held by the National Biodiversity Network are shown in the map below.
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