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Australian Wood Cockroach

Panesthia australis


dark, almost black in colour and about 3 cms in length. Wing stubs seen.


Found under decaying vegetation and wood.


Found this under a pile of logs resting on moist ground. Adult forms of this cockroach are said to have wings however, some get their wings chewed-off by other cockroaches in their community, rendering them flightless for the duration of their lives.

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Leuba Ridgway
Leuba Ridgway 6 years ago

keithp2012, this is probably often the case in some insect species however, with the Australian Wood Cockroach their wings get chewed-up - strange ! but that's what this reference says:

keithp2012 6 years ago

Mabye females only are wingless?

Victoria, Australia

Lat: -37.89, Long: 145.31

Spotted on Oct 4, 2010
Submitted on Dec 4, 2011


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