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Western Wood Cockroach (Parcoblatta americana)


Detailing the physical features, habits, territorial reach and other identifying qualities of the Western Wood Cockroach.

 Updated: 7/20/2016; Authored By Staff Writer; Content ¬©www.InsectIdentification.org




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



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.




Taxonomic Hierarchy
Kingdom: Animalia
  Phylum: Arthropoda
    Class: Insecta
      Order: Blattodea
        Family: Blattellidae
          Genus: Parcoblatta
            Species: americana
Identifying Information
Scientific Name: Parcoblatta americana
Category: Cockroach
Size (Adult; Length): 8mm to 15mm (0.31in to 0.59in)
Colorwheel Graphic Colors: brown
Descriptors: fast, flying
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