Smallest and largest cockroaches in the world
They are disgusting pests aren't they? Well there is more to 'roaches than meets the eye. One of the most adaptable creatures, cockroaches exist worldwide, with the exception of the polar regions and in elevations above 2,000 metres.
There are about 4,300 species of cockroach and less than 30 of these are considered pests. This is amazing when you consider there are only about 5,400 species of mammals.
The dusky cockroach
Britain only has 3 native species, none of which are pests (these have been accidentally brought in from abroad). They are:
Did you know that termites are actually cockroaches that evolved to eat wood.
Many cockroaches are amphibious and run into water when threatened.
Cockroaches are one of our planet’s great survivors.
The oldest fossil from a cockroach-like insect is from the Carboniferous period, about 315 million years ago. This means cockroaches have seen the dinosaurs come and go. Will they outlast us too?