Brown Banded Cockroach, Supella longipalpa

The brown-banded cockroach (Supella longipalpa) is a species of cockroach that can be found in southern, northeastern, and mid-western areas of the United States and it has been introduced into Ireland and Britain. This species is more common in households than in restaurants and is often seen in living rooms or bedrooms, where water is not present, because it does not require the same amount of moisture as other species.

The brown-banded cockroach reaches an average body length of .6 inches and is light brown to tan in color. Females are broader than males and hold smaller wings, but both sexes hold two light stripes that extend across the wings and abdomen, the trait for which the species was named. It is a scavenger that will feed on many types of organic matter, including decaying matter and body fluids. This makes it a potential pest for hospitals. It is most active at night and is rarely seen during the day.

Image Caption: Supella longipalpa, taken from the Public Health Image Library (PHIL) of the Center of Desease Control. Credit: Achim Raschka/Wikipedia