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Cockroaches
(Class Insecta, Order Blattaria)
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American cockroach (Periplaneta americana)
American Cockroach

General: The cockroaches (Class Insecta, Order Blattaria) are a group of medium-sized to large (half-inch to 1-1/2 inches in the U.S.) insects with flattened bodies, two long antennae, and small heads. The color generally is light to dark brown. The forewings are tough and act as a protective cover over the membranous hindwings.

There are 6 families and about 4,000 species of cockroaches worldwide. The best-known are four household pests: including the American cockroach (Periplaneta americana), which grows to almost 1-1/2-inches long and can be found in damp neighborhoods around Las Vegas. There are also some interesting species of native cockroaches that live wild in the deserts around Las Vegas.

American cockroach (Periplaneta americana)

American Cockroach (Periplaneta americana); Family Blattidae

Desert Cockroack (Arenivaga spp.) Desert Cockroach (Arenivaga spp.); Family Polyphagidae

Note: All distances, elevations, and other facts are approximate.
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