Cockroaches: Ecology, Behavior, and Natural History by William J. Bell, Louis M. Roth, Christine A. Nalepa

By William J. Bell, Louis M. Roth, Christine A. Nalepa

The cockroach is actually an evolutionary ask yourself. This definitive quantity offers an entire evaluate of suborder Blattaria, highlighting the variety of those striking bugs of their ordinary environments. starting with a foreword by way of E. O. Wilson, the booklet explores the interesting average historical past and behaviour of cockroaches, describing their a number of colours, sizes, and shapes, in addition to how they movement on land, in water, and during the air. as well as habitat use, nutrition, replica, and behaviour, Cockroaches covers points of cockroach biology, similar to the connection among cockroaches and microbes, termites as social cockroaches, and the ecological effect of the suborder.

With over a hundred illustrations, an elevated word list, and a useful set of references, this paintings is destined to turn into the vintage booklet at the Blattaria. scholars and examine entomologists can mine every one bankruptcy for brand spanking new rules, new views, and new instructions for destiny learn.

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Many cave cockroaches diverge from the standard character suite associated with cave-adapted insects. They may exhibit no obvious troglomorphies, or display some characters, but not others. Blattella cavernicola is a habitual cave dweller but shows no structural modifications for a cave habitat (Roth, 1985). , 1995) always hold true for cockroaches. Paratemnopteryx kookabinnensis and Para. weinsteini are associated with bats (Slaney, 2001), yet both show eye and wing reduction. Heterogeneity in these characters may occur for a variety of reasons.

Punctata (ϭ dytiscoides), which derives its common name from the fact that the somewhat reduced, hardened tegmina resemble elytra and cover a pair of long hindwings (Fig. 9). 1. Wing development and its relationship to pigmentation of the thoracic musculature. Based on Kramer (1956) and Roth and Willis (1960). Color of pterothoracic musculature Cockroach species Mesothorax Metathorax (wing condition)1 (wing condition) Blaberus craniifer Pink (M) Pink (M) Blaberus giganteus Pink (M) Pink (M) Blatta orientalis White (R) White (R) Blattella germanica White (M) White (M) Blattella vaga Pink (M) Pink (M) Cryptocercus punctulatus White (A) White (A) Diploptera punctata White (R) Pink (M) Eurycotis floridana White (R) White (R) Nauphoeta cinerea White (R) White (R) Neostylopyga rhombifolia White (R) White (R) Parcoblatta pennsylvanica Male Female Pink (M) White (R) Pink (M) White (R) Parcoblatta virginica Male Female Pink (M) White (R) Pink (M) White (R) Periplaneta fuliginosa Male Female Pink (M) White (M) Pink (M) White (M) Periplaneta brunnea Male Female Pink (M) White (M) Pink (M) White (M) Periplaneta australasiae Male Female Pink (M) White (M) Pink (M) White (M) Pycnoscelus surinamensis2 Pink (M) Pink (M) Rhyparobia maderae Pink (M) Pink (M) Supella longipalpa Male Female Pink (M) White (R) Pink (M) White (R) 1M ϭ macropterous, R ϭ reduced, A ϭ absent.

Vaga are an indication that it is volant, but its flight behavior is unknown. The Asian cockroach Blattella asahinai is morphologically very similar (Lawless, 2. It is, however, a frequent flier on airplanes (Roth and Willis, 1960). , 2000) to B. , 1988); presumably, dissections would indicate that it has pigmented flight muscles. Males of Su. longipalpa are fleet runners and can take to the air for short distances, but females are unable to fly (Hafez and Afifi, 1956). Another example of a macropterous but flightless species is Thorax porcellana (Epilamprinae).

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