Periplaneta americana

American Cockroach

Family: Blattidae

Subfamily: Blattinae

Length: typically about 40 mm


Periplaneta americana is a well-known invader of houses, but it is also found in the outdoors.

Whether indoors or out, the species has a strong aversion to light.

Photo location: 11 March 2014. Long Bay, Portland parish, Jamaica.

GPS data: 18.0987, -76.3156. Elevation 80 meters.

Determined by Dominic Evangelista, Rutgers University.

Note that this is both the family page for Blattidae and the species page fo r Periplaneta americana

American Insects site