Identification, Images, & Information
For Insects, Spiders & Their Kin
For the United States & Canada
Clickable Guide
Moths Butterflies Flies Caterpillars Flies Dragonflies Flies Mantids Cockroaches Bees and Wasps Walkingsticks Earwigs Ants Termites Hoppers and Kin Hoppers and Kin Beetles True Bugs Fleas Grasshoppers and Kin Ticks Spiders Scorpions Centipedes Millipedes

Upcoming Events

Information, insects and people from the 2019 BugGuide Gathering in Louisiana, July 25-27

Discussion, insects and people from the 2018 gathering in Virginia, July 27-29

Photos of insects and people from the 2015 gathering in Wisconsin, July 10-12

Photos of insects and people from the 2014 gathering in Virginia, June 4-7.

Photos of insects and people from the 2013 gathering in Arizona, July 25-28

Photos of insects and people from the 2012 gathering in Alabama

Photos of insects and people from the 2011 gathering in Iowa


Species Blattella vaga - Field Cockroach

Unknown Blatella - Blattella vaga Unidentified Female Cockroach with Egg Case (Blattella) - Blattella vaga - female Field Cockroach? - Blattella vaga - female Blattella vaga Mojave-30 - Blattella vaga cockroach - Blattella vaga Blattodea - Blattella vaga Blattodea - Blattella vaga
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Blattodea (Cockroaches and Termites)
Superfamily Blaberoidea
Family Ectobiidae
Subfamily Blattellinae
Genus Blattella
Species vaga (Field Cockroach)
Explanation of Names
Blattella vaga Hebard 1935
vaga = 'vagrant, wandering'
native to so. Asia, adventive in the New World (sw. US & Mexico)(1), most common in irrigated regions of so. AZ and so. CA. (Suiter & Koehler 2003)
Can be taken beating woody vegetation (MQ pers. ob.) During the drier part of the year, it temporarily may come into the house in search of moisture. (Suiter & Koehler 2003)
mostly decomposing vegetation
Life Cycle
can be completed in ~3 months (Suiter & Koehler 2003)
often seen during the day (Suiter & Koehler 2003)
See Also
in B. vaga, the pronotal stripes are very dark and more sharply defined than in B. germanica
Internet References
Fact sheet (Suiter & Koehler 2003) --no longer available