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Species Ectobius pallidus - Spotted Mediterranean Cockroach

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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 pallidus (Spotted Mediterranean Cockroach)
Other Common Names
Tawny Cockroach, Pallid Cockroach
Explanation of Names
Ectobius pallidus (Olivier 1789)
8–9.5 mm
Pale; both sexes fully winged.
Pronotal disc pale yellowish brown with marginal transparent, marked with reddish brown spots
male dorsal abdominal glandular depression oval, slightly transverse, hindmargin not reaching middle of 7th tergum
Members of this genus carry the ootheca with keel rotated 90 degrees:

In this species (as well as E. sylvestris) the ventral margin of the front femora have three longer spines (just visible at the middle of the front femur in this image) followed by a row of much shorter spines (look like fuzz in this image). In E. lapponicus there are only two of the larger spines on specimens examined thus far in North America. However, the following individual was found to have only two spines, so this trait may not be reliable:
Native to Europe, adventive in NA (ME-MA-MI)(1)(BG data)
Life Cycle
2-yr life cycle; 6 nymphal instars
earliest record in our area: MA 1948(1)
Internet References
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.