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Ectobius lapponicus (Linnaeus, 1758)

Dusky Cockroach

Taxonomy: Dictyoptera>>Blattodea>>Blattellidae

Status: British Isles native species.

Description: Light, even greyish, brown. Often very pale, females are darker and have a shorter, broader shape.

Size: 7 - 11 mm

Wings: Males are fully winged. Females have vestigial wings and are flightless.

Food: Omnivorous.

Habitat: Native to UK, Central and South-Eastern Europe. Scrub and coarse vegetation on woodland margins, commons and road verges

Phenology: Two year life cycle with five nymphal instars. Adults present from end of May to the end of September. Nymphs overwinter in the fourth instar where they can be found in grass tussocks and deep leaf litter from October to March.

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