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Native cockroach

Botany Bay cockroach

James Bevan
© James Bevan
Lawson, Blue Mountains National Park, NSW


Most people think of cockroaches as disease-carrying, urban pests. The reality in Australia is that none of the 400 or so native species is a serious pest.Native cockroaches feed in trees on pollen, bark and leaf material.Virtually all terrestrial habitats in Australia have native cockroaches present, including some caves which are host to specialised pale blind and wingless species of cockoaches. There are no aquatic species known.


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