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Dusky Cockroach

Ectobius lapponicus


The Dusky Cockroach (Ectobius lapponicus) is a small native cockroach. It is mainly ground dwelling and is easy to overlook in the scrub, grassland and woodland habitats which it favors. They eat decaying plant and animal matter. The adults are up to 9mm long and their bodies are grown-grey except for the pale translucent margin between the pronotum and the forewing. Adults can be seen during the summer months and males only fly in warm weather, they are attracted to lights. The females have shorter wings than the males.


Leaf litter, attracted to lights at night.


Newborn nymphs were found hiding among pine cones. Perhaps they eat the seeds or sticky sap?

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keithp2012 7 years ago

Where else in the US I can't find any?

Mr. Goldfish
Mr. Goldfish 7 years ago

Not the first spotting in the United States.

keithp2012 7 years ago

First spotting of this in the United States!

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Tewksbury, Massachusetts, USA

Spotted on Jul 4, 2013
Submitted on Jul 4, 2013

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