Adults are small, wingless cockroaches, as demonstrated by individuals carrying ootheca (egg cases).
native to the Mediterranean, adventive in our area (CA, recently introduced)(1)(2), now apparently in Marin, Petaluma and Cotati.
Reports of high abundance both indoors and outdoors make it likely that reproduction is occurring outdoors with subsequent invasion of nearby structures. As this species adapts to this new environment, studies will need to be conducted to confirm this.
Known from dry habitats around the Mediterranean. It has been recorded from Morocco; Algeria; Spain; Italy (Sardinia Island); Italy (Sicily); Libya; and Israel. Given that it has not been recorded as being a pest in buildings in those countries (as far as I'm aware) it is unlikely to invade buildings in the USA. Comment by George Beccaloni (The Natural History Museum, London, UK).
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