Cockroaches (Order Blattodea)

Australia has more than 400 species of native cockroaches that live in the bush. Most are harmless and some are even attractive. They range from fragile species around 3 mm long to the massive Giant Burrowing Cockroach, Macropanesthia rhinocerous, which can grow to a length of 6.5 cm and weigh as much as 20 grams.

The small number of pest species of cockroaches in Australia are all introduced and have given cockroaches a bad name.

Barred Cockroach, Cosmozosteria subzonataThe attractive Barred Cockroach, Cosmozosteria subzonata can be found foraging during the day in coastal areas from Gladstone, Queensland to northern New South Wales.

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