Black Stink Roach


Common name : Black cockroach

Scientific name : Platyzosteria novaeseelandiae

Family : Blattidae

Native to : New Zealand

Interesting fact : The black stink roach releases a foul-smelling defensive secretion which acts as a deterrent to nearby predators.

Not more than 20 mm in length, this wingless species of cockroach is found in leaf litter, rotten wood barks and stones. They are nocturnal creatures that lay hidden during the day and are active in the night. Their diet is comprised of decaying plant matter. The female lays eggs in egg cases, which look like kidney beans. Each case contains multiple eggs which, when hatched, are known as ‘nymphs’.

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