As we look at animals and their special features, animals learn to identify because they are different and/or they are alike in some way. Can you tell the difference between Peppered Cockroach and the Madagascar Hissing Cockroach?
Archimandrita tesselata or the Peppered Cockroach range throughout Central and South America. This species ranges in size from 55-70mm, the females usually being larger and very wide. Although not of the longest roaches, its width and sheer mass makes up for it. Peppered cockroaches are slow to mature, taking up to nine months go from a baby to adult. Female’s gestation of the egg sac can take up to six months. Typical life span ranges between 12-30 months with the females living much longer than the males. Both males and females have wings, but this is a non-climbing\flying species. This species is still very uncommon US collections.