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Sunday, October 13, 2013

Cockroaches are cool!

Cockroaches are insects of the order Blattaria or Blattodea, of which about 30 species out of 4,500 total are associated with human habitats. About four species are well known as pests. (Source: Wikipedia)
So only 30 species out of 4,500 are associated with human habitats, and out of the 30 species, only 4 of them are pests! Just because of these four pest species, there's really no reason to hate the rest of the outdoor cockroaches!

Just see for yourself how cool and beautiful some bush cockroaches are!

Really cool cockroach, female Catara rugosicollis. Gunung Gading, Sarawak.
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A different specimen, also a female Catara rugosicollis. ID credit: Stefan Phalagorn. Selangor, Malaysia.
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Catara rugosicollis
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From Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia (Borneo). Catara minor. ID credit: Stefan Phalagorn
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Big cockroach, taken at 1:1 on crop sensor. Mature male Catara rugosicollis. Pahang. ID credit: Stefan Phalagorn.
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Another big one, also taken at 1:1 on crop sensor. Selangor.
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Male Catara rugosicollis
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Morphna dotata (Walker, 1869). - ID credit: Stefan Phalagorn
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Morphna dotata
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Morphna dotata
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Giant cockroach, Corydiidae, Ergaula sp. Kuala Lumpur.
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Laying an ootheca?
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Ergaula sp.
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Male Ergaula sp. roach. Selangor, Malaysia.
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Unidentified roach. Malaysia.
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Trophobiosis between lantern bug and cockroach. The lantern bug are Pyrops cultellatus yoshiakii Nagai & Porion, 2002.
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More exotic lantern bugs here.

Good looking one. Pahang. Unidentified
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Really cool pill roach. Petaling Jaya.
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A molting cockroach. Kuala Lumpur.
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Another newly molted cockroach. Malaysia.
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Another colorful roach, Sundablatta sexpunctata. ID credit: Psarus. Selangor, Malaysia.
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Cristian Caballes Lucañas: perhaps a nymph of Rhabdoblatta (Blaberidae:Epilamprinae) depending on the locality. Semi aquatic roaches. Pahang, Malaysia
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This one was slightly bigger. Pahang, Malaysia.
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Also a semi aquatic roach? Selangor.
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Gotta love the marking on this one. Kuala Lumpur.
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Another cute little one. Kuala Lumpur.
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Kuala Lumpur.
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Kuala Lumpur
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Petaling Jaya.
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This one was feeding one some decaying seed?
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Feeding on pollen(?). Kuala Lumpur.
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Kuala Lumpur. Hemithyrsocera histrio?
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Hemithyrsocera histrio. Kuala Lumpur.

Self preening
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This one had many babies underneath. Penang.
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One of the babies.
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Pseudophoraspis sp.?
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Not sure whose ootheca. Selangor.
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Unidentified roach. Selangor, Malaysia.
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And last but not least, what about this super cool "glow in the dark" cockroach from Ecuador? It's one of the Top 10 New Species of 2013, alongside the beautiful Semachrysa jade I found in Selangor, Malaysia.

A male roach trying to impress a female, I think. Epilamprine or near. Selangor, Malaysia.
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A mating pair of roaches.
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More bug porn here.

Another unidentified one. Selangor, Malaysia.
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Paranauphoeta lyrata - ID credit: Invertebrate DudeSelangor, Malaysia.
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A house centipede with roach prey. Selangor, Malaysia.
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All images taken with MP-E65 1X-5X Macro Lens, MT-24EX Twin Lite, and Concave Diffuser.


  1. Hey, like the new updated blog! :) Got another ID for you, the roach in the image directly above the centipede is Paranauphoeta lyrata.

    1. Thanks for the comment and ID. Much appreciated!

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