American Cockroach Periplaneta americana

American Cockroach
Common Cockroach
American Cockroach
The American Cockroach, also called the Common Cockroach (as is the German), is a very successful species of insect that has survived for millions of years and spread around the globe. It is common on every continent. Despite its name, it originated in Africa and the Middle East.
American Cockroach
American Cockroach
American Cockroach
It grows to 4-5cm long. It can eat anything organic but mainly vegetable matter. Its main job is to recycle debris, left overs or decaying matter.
American Cockroach female carrying ootheca
American Cockroach female carrying ootheca
American Cockroach female carrying ootheca
Images above show female cockroaches carrying an "ootheca", the name given to the egg sac of cockroaches and related mantises.
American Cockroach
American Cockroach
American Cockroach
It is gregarious, living in large concentrations of multi-generational cockroaches (roaches in American English).