Geographical Range Southern Central America to northern South America; West Indies
Habitat Forests
Scientific Name Blaberus giganteus
Conservation Status Not listed by IUCN

You may not like roaches, but this South American species is very beneficial. It is one of nature's "cleaners." Its diet includes rotting wood, fruits, dead insects, and other natural garbage. The giant cockroach blends in remarkably well with its surroundings. It may look scary, but it's a shy insect and is likely to fly away to avoid harm.

Cockroaches are nocturnal insects with flattened bodies adapted for squeezing into narrow hiding places. They may be the most unpopular of all insects, but they are also among the most successful. They were already common long before the dinosaurs appeared.