Bug’s Life

Our guide to Bri­tish in­ver­te­brates

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Ger­man cock­roach

(Blat­tella ger­man­ica), half an inch long

There are three in­dige­nous cock­roaches in the Bri­tish Isles, but by far the most com­mon and trou­ble­some on these shores is the Ger­man cock­roach, which ac­tu­ally hails from North Africa. Hav­ing ar­rived here cen­turies ago aboard cargo, it thrives on man’s de­tri­tus. How­ever, as it moves quickly and is noc­tur­nal, you’re more likely to smell or spot signs of its pres­ence rather than see the lit­tle crit­ter it­self. Like other roaches, the Ger­man vari­a­tion—yel­low-brown with dark stripes near the head, long legs and very long an­tenna—can fly and sur­vive with­out food and water for weeks. Si­mon Lester

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