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  • Western Wood Cockroach - (Parcoblatta americana)

    Western Wood Cockroach - (Parcoblatta americana)

    The native Western Wood Cockroaches prefer the great outdoors, enjoying arid environments over homesteads.

    Staff Writer (7/20/2016): This species of cockroach prefer to live in the open wilderness. They can be found in woods, grasslands, dried-up riverbanks and chaparral. They hide under rocks or leaf litter by day and forage on plant matter or animal matter at night.

    Males are winged and females lack wings. Males may be attracted to lights at night. Females lay eggs in a protective capsule. Tiny versions of adults called nymphs hatch in spring. Adults are most active from spring to late autumn.

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    Western Wood Cockroach

    Category: Cockroach
    Common name: Western Wood Cockroach
    Scientific Name: Parcoblatta americana

      Kingdom: Animalia
       Phylum: Arthropoda
        Class: Insecta
         Order: Blattodea
          Family: Blattellidae
           Genus: Parcoblatta
            Species: americana

    Size (Adult, Length): 8mm to 15mm (0.31in to 0.59in)

    Identifying Colors: brown

    Additional Descriptors: fast, flying

    North American Reach (Though Not Limited To*): California; Nevada; Oregon; Mexico

    * Keep in mind that an insect's reach is not limited by lines on a map and therefore may appear in areas/regions/states beyond those listed above.

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