Brazilian Flying Cockroach

Basic Information:

Scientific Name: Blaberus giganteus

Habitat: Brazilian flying cockroaches can be found in caves, trees and on the rainforest floor of Central America and northern South America.

Diet: Brazilian flying cockroaches are detritivores and eat decaying things, like fruits and vegetables that have fallen off trees.

Size: 0.2 to 0.3 feet long

Weight: Less than 0.1 pound

Lifespan1 to 3 years

Distribution Map:

I.U.C.N. Conservation Status:

What does this mean?

Least Concern – a species determined by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (I.U.C.N.) to be pervasive, abundant, and thriving.

Did You Know?!

  • Cockroaches use their hind legs for gliding and flying.
  • Cockroaches are one of the oldest forms of insects inhabiting the Earth today.
  • A cockroaches dominant defense mechanism is their ability to feel vibrations and flee.
  • Brazilian giant cockroach nymphs molt several times before reaching adult size.
  • Male cockroaches will use their wings to impress females.
  • Brazilian flying cockroaches are one of the largest cockroaches in the world.
  • Brazilian cockroaches “see” and feel their surroundings using leg bristles and antennae.

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