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For Insects, Spiders & Their Kin
For the United States & Canada

Species Cryptocercus punctulatus - Brown-hooded Cockroach

Wood cockroach? - Cryptocercus punctulatus roach or rove beetle? - Cryptocercus punctulatus roach or rove beetle? - Cryptocercus punctulatus Cryptocercus punctulatus-dorsal view - Cryptocercus punctulatus Brown-hooded Cockroach - Cryptocercus punctulatus Wood Feeding Cockroach - Cryptocercus punctulatus Cryptocercus punctulatus Cryptocercus punctulatus
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Blattodea (Cockroaches and Termites)
Superfamily Blattoidea
Family Cryptocercidae
Genus Cryptocercus
Species punctulatus (Brown-hooded Cockroach)
Other Common Names
Wingless Wood Roach, Eastern Wood-eating Cockroach
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
4 spp. currently recognized in the Appalachians(1)
Explanation of Names
Cryptocercus punctulatus Scudder 1862
Adults 23-30 mm(2)
Wingless, brown to black
the northeasternmost Appalachian sp. (w.PA-se.IN to VA & WV | partial map)(3)(4)
rotting logs; finding it in places where it is not abundant may take examining hundreds of logs(4)
rotting wood; recorded from dozens of tree spp. but seems to prefer pine(4)
not a house pest; rather, a recycler of nutrients in decomposing wood
Works Cited
1.Ecological niche conservation and differentiation in the wood-feeding cockroaches, Cryptocercus, in the United States
Kambhampati S., Peterson A.T. 2007. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 90: 457–466.
2.Urban entomology
Ebeling W. 1978. University of California Division of Agricultural Sciences: 695 pp.
3.Three new species of the wood roach, Cryptocercus (Blattodea: Cryptocercidae), from the eastern United States
Burnside C.A., Smith P.T., Kambhampati S. 1999. J. Kansas Entomol. Soc. 72: 361-378.
4.The range of the eastern woodeating cockroach, Cryptocercus punctulatus Scudder (Blattaria: Cryptocercidae) in the United States
Folkerts G.W. 2006. Entomological News 117:101-108.