Wednesday, 4 September 2013

Tawny Cockroach

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
There are around 400 native Cockroach species in Australia, and a number of them live in the bushy areas around Brisbane. One to look out for in particular is the Austral Ellipsidion (Ellipsidion australe). Active by day, this insect's bold colouring advertises its distastefulness to would-be predators. It therefore has no reason to hide, and can be easily observed out in the open on a wide variety of shrubs and plants.


Photos courtesy of Wikipedia Commons

10 comments:

  1. i like that last guy. and i like the brown ones much better than the crunchy black ones. :)

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    1. Yeah, it's strange to think of some cockroaches being pretty little things!

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  2. hope you had a good Barrier Reef journey Christian; look forward to posts and photos. Fancy so many species of cockroach!

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    1. Thanks Carole, I had an amazing time! Lots of photos and writing to do, as well as catch up on reading all the blogs I follow! :)

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  3. That last shot is great and colourful

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    1. Yes, I like it too! I've seen that kind of 'roach a few times myself, so will try capture a photo as good as it this month :)

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  4. 400 species! That's incredible. My lawn is suffering from the bald patches that their lavae produce. Grrrr

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    1. Haha so you have personal experience of this 'Animal of the Month' hey? Lucky you! :)

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  5. Indeed, interesting post! I glad that visit your blog and read nice information about the cockroach..
    thanks for sharing dear..

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    1. What a stroke of the ego - I can make reading about cockroaches interesting somehow! Thanks for reading and commenting :)

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