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Species Ectobius sylvestris - Forest Cockroach

Ectobius sylvestris - male Ectobius sylvestris - male Ectobius sylvestris - female
Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Blattodea (Cockroaches and Termites)
Superfamily Blaberoidea
Family Ectobiidae
Subfamily Ectobiinae
Genus Ectobius
Species sylvestris (Forest Cockroach)
Other Common Names
Lesser Cockroach
Explanation of Names
Ectobius sylvestris (Poda)
Size
7-11 mm
Identification
pronotum dark brown with conspicuous white or cream border, beyond which is a clear margin; head has white band across top in some individuals; female body stout with short wings that don't cover abdomen; male body elongate with long tapering wings that extend beyond tip of abdomen
Range
native to Eurasia, adventive in our area (upstate NY, Geneva area & Ithaca; established)(1)
Habitat
forests and woodlots
Season
adults May-Sep
Remarks
earliest record in our area: NY (indoors) 1980(1)
Print References
Hoebeke E.R., Nickle D.A. (1981) The forest cockroach, Ectobius sylvestris (Poda), a European species newly discovered in North America (Dictyoptera: Blattodea: Ectobiidae). Proc. Entomol. Soc. Wash. 83: 592-595 (Full text)
Works Cited
1.First North American record of Ectobius lucidus (Hagenbach) (Blattodea: Blattellidae: Ectobiinae)...
Hoebeke E.R., Carter M.E. 2010. Proc. Ent. Soc. Wash. 112: 229-238.