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Gisborne Cockroache

Gisborne Cockroache
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Copyright: David McGill (Canish) Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 29 W: 0 N: 33] (162)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-07-06
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon 450D, Canon 60 mm f 2,8 EF-S
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/100 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-07-15 2:05
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Gisborne cockroach Drymaplaneta semivitta (Walker)
Order Blattadea.
Family Blattidae.

Lenght is from 2cm to 4.5cm.and 1cm to 1.5 cm wide.

These wingless roaches came to New Zealand from Australia probably with hardwood railway sleepers as the like wood and bark chips.

The spieces dates back 300million years and there has been little chane along the way. They can also stand 2000 times more radiation than a human and still function and breed.

The female will lay an egg case that hold up to 16 eggswhich will hatch in 1/2 months then take another 4 months to develope into adults their life span as an adult is about 300 days.

While they can not fly they have been timed running at 3 miles an hour.

They will live inside but do not usually attack human food prefefing wood and paper products

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