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Shining cockroach

Drymaplaneta communis.

Description:

This rather large cockroach was drowning in the dog's drinking bucket. About 30mm long body with much longer antennae. I couldn't see where any wings might come from so maybe flightless? A cream coloured outer margin on 3 of the thorax segments? One rear leg and half of one antenna was missing. (I didn't do it)

Habitat:

Suburban back yard.

Notes:

"As opposed to the introduced pest species which are very adept at hiding this native species can often be found wandering around in our homes without any obvious concern for its welfare. Given the negative reaction that most people have to cockroaches their presence often causes alarm. " - MuseumVictoria. ...... Please all put a life-raft in your pet drinking bowls so smaller creatures don't drown. A cork or stick is great.

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Mark Ridgway
Spotted by
Mark Ridgway

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Spotted on Jan 15, 2013
Submitted on Jan 15, 2013

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