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Austral Ellipsidion

Ellipsidion australe

Description:

Not all cockroaches are ugly. About 20mm long. Slowly exploring the smaller branchlets and leaves of a eucalyptus.

Habitat:

In a local nature reserve. Kings.

Notes:

order: BLATTODEA
superfamily: BLABEROIDEA
family: ECTOBIIDAE
subfamily: PSEUDOPHYLLODROMIINAE
http://bie.ala.org.au/species/urn:lsid:b...

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4 Comments

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 6 years ago

That wouldn't surprise at all Martin. After all our hours night spotting I don't remember seeing even one...

MartinL
MartinL 6 years ago

Mark, do you suppose Ellipsidion are diurnal?
Nocturnal creatures have little use for beauty.

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 6 years ago

That's interesting HK. I wonder what they were doing in there. Not their usual hiding place. Probably showing off how to be beautiful. :)

HongmingKan
HongmingKan 6 years ago

Indeed, some of them are quite beautiful. I also saw a couple of them inside rotten logs while diggin brown stag beetles!

Mark Ridgway
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Mark Ridgway

Victoria, Australia

Spotted on Jan 8, 2015
Submitted on Jan 8, 2015

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