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Insects

Cockroach

(Waterbug) (water bug)

Close Up - Giant Cockroaches

Any of numerous oval, flat-bodied insects of the family Blattidae, including several species that are common household pests.

These giant cockroaches (Blabberous gigantes) are native to South America and are among the largest roaches in the world. They are scavengers, scanning the ground for any debris or litter they can munch on. They spend most of their time looking for food. They are omnivores, which means they will eat all kinds of things from animals to plant life, even other animals’ eggs. Basically these cockroaches will eat just about anything. They particularly like young shots and seedlings. Occasionally they will enter manmade structures looking for food.

Giant Cockroaches on sticks and rocks

Giant cockroaches (Blabberous gigantes)

Giant Cockroaches waiting on a stick

Giant cockroaches (Blabberous gigantes)

Some of the larger roaches can be found in warmer tropical climates.

Giant Peruvian Roaches all over a wooden structure

Giant Peruvian roaches (Blattodea)—all cockroaches hatch from eggs.

The Peruvian roaches are able to hatch their eggs inside their bodies, so it appears they are giving birth to live young, when actually they are not. They live in and eat wood, digesting it with the same sort of protozoan in their digestive system that termites have.

Giant Peruvian Roaches on gravel

Giant Peruvian roaches (Blattodea)

Orange Head Roaches on a wooden structure

Orange-headed roaches

Deaths Head Roaches all over a log

Death’s head roaches

Oriental Roaches all over a log and a rock

Oriental cockroaches

Water Bug

Oriental cockroach, nicknamed waterbug—Many people are allergic to a protein found in the cockroach’s droppings, old shells, saliva and body parts.

Water Bug

Oriental cockroach, nicknamed waterbug

Left Profile - Water Bug

Oriental cockroach, nicknamed waterbug

Water Bug facing down

Oriental cockroach, nicknamed waterbug

Water Bug facing up

Oriental cockroach, nicknamed waterbug

Water Bug in a cup

Oriental cockroach, nicknamed waterbug

Right Profile - Water Bug

Oriental cockroach, nicknamed waterbug

Water Bug inside of a cup

Oriental cockroach, nicknamed waterbug

Water Bug view from the top

Oriental cockroach, nicknamed waterbug

Water Bug climbing towards the Camera

Oriental cockroach, nicknamed waterbug

Water Bug roach  close up view

Oriental cockroach, nicknamed waterbug

Water Bug roach inside of a white cup

Oriental cockroach, nicknamed waterbug

Water Bug on a wall

Oriental cockroach, nicknamed waterbug