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Zebra Cockroach



2 cm, zebra cockroach


underneath fynbos in wet shaded area


Smith'sZoo 9 years ago

Thank you bayucca and Johan, I am putting ID down as Cape Zebra Cockroach, but will be looking for more cockroaches to photograph, and in time will give the science names, to compare with and so forth. Exciting! I also asked my fellow "fynbos" members to look out for them, hopefully soon we will have hundreds!!

bayucca 9 years ago

That's the same link I added before on another spot to illustrate the correct genus, but mine was definitely not Phalerata. I think we can believe the ID of your site, but on the other hand I may feel some doubts reading the comments.

Johan Heyns
Johan Heyns 9 years ago

Hi Dominic, that is why I added a link to another site where the people is anally retentive about correct ID's.

bayucca 9 years ago

Hi Johan, I guessed it might be our little famous one (Phalerata), but since there are at least 6 other Temnopteryx sp. in this aera I was not 100% sure. Are you 101% sure about Phalerata?

Johan Heyns
Johan Heyns 9 years ago

This is the adult as confirmed in the ID on another site. Your other spotting is a nymf or immature.

Wendy Clapham
Wendy Clapham 9 years ago

brilliant capture!!!

bayucca 9 years ago

Again most probably Temnopteryx sp., adult, and might be our little famous jewel... Temnopteryx phalerata?? I am not sure. As you might remember there are other ones around.
Read about some diagnostics:

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Western Cape, South Africa

Spotted on Sep 1, 2012
Submitted on Sep 1, 2012

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