|Tawny Cockroach; Photo by Jeff DeLonge|
Animal of the Month
What's so special about it?When people think of Cockroaches, they usually think of the garbage-eating, wall-scurrying types that are likely to ruin a holiday somewhere warm and humid. The Tawny Cockroach(Ectobius pallidus), however, is a native of the UK and continental Europe. It has also been unintentionally introduced into the USA, where it survives the freezing winters of Michigan and Massachusetts.
Where can I see one?
Mercifully, this hardy Cockroach species is not the type to try and co-habit with humans, sticking to woodlands and heaths instead. Southern Europe is a stronghold of this secretive creature, giving rise to its alternative name of Spotted Mediterranean Cockroach. They are also found in milder areas of the UK, including Dorset and Surrey.
Is there anything similar near Brisbane?
|Austral Ellipsidion; Photo by Cyron Ray Macey|
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