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Night Forest Roach


A large nocturnal cockroach which only appears at night and hides during the day. They look "tougher" than the ordinary house cockroach. About 45mm in length. They live in the forests, unlike their urban pest relatives. Has a pair of wings but they prefer to run around to scavenge instead. I am pretty sure that they are common but rarely seen. Probably Panesthia, Miopanesthia or Salganea sp. (Panesthiinae)


Primary and disturbed forests, hide beneath tree barks and other dark claustrophobic area during the day and scavenge the forest floor during the night.


The first time I have seen one was 9 years ago in Tawau Hills Park where I peeled of tree barks and found one hiding beneath. I have seen this type of cockroach about 5 times in my life and photographed them 3 times. >>>Map accuracy : 5km diameter.

1 species ID suggestions

No common name
Subfamily Panesthiinae


ChunXingWong 5 years ago

Now that you have mentioned it, I agree that it looks like some kind of fat bee.

keithp2012 5 years ago

I wonder if its mimicing a bee, its shaped like it but definetly a cockroach

Tawau, Sabah, Malaysia

Lat: 4.42, Long: 118.03

Spotted on Dec 19, 2009
Submitted on Dec 1, 2012

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