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Pennsylvania Wood Cockroach

Parcoblatta pennsylvanica


Adult males are approximately 1 inch long; females grow to about 3/4 inch long. Males are dark brown; the sides of the thorax and the front half of the wings are margined with yellow. Adult males are fully winged, while females have conspicuous wing pads (actually short wings like that of the female oriental roach), which are functionless. Nymphs are red and black. Pennsylvania wood cockroaches feed primarily on decaying organic matter.


Nymphs and adults are usually found outdoors beneath loose bark in woodpiles, stumps, and hollow trees. Brought indoors on infested firewood, they wander about the house without congregating in any particular room. Male wood cockroaches frequently travel in large numbers and fly considerable distances. They are attracted to lights at night and may gain entry indoors.


Very fast and hard to get a photo of!

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Mr. Goldfish
Mr. Goldfish 6 years ago

Probably all P. virginica.

keithp2012 9 years ago

new photo added

keithp2012 10 years ago

Pennsylvania Wood Cockroach

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New York, USA

Spotted on Sep 10, 2010
Submitted on Sep 11, 2010

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