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MITCHELL’s DIURNAL or PAINTED TRILOBITE COCKROACHPolyzosteria mitchelli©clusterpod / Andrei Nikulinsky
This is an especially nice shot by Tumblr’s own clusterpod, a wonderful Australian photographer.
Polyzosteria mitchelli belongs to the Blattidae family (one of four cockroach families) along with 218 species in 20 genera (Australian Faunal Directory). The genus Polyzosteria from the same source has 15 species with many also very colourful. However Polyzosteria mitchelli would have to be one of the most striking with its brilliant color combination. It is mainly recorded from the semi-arid areas of WA, SA and NSW, where always a delight to encounter. I have found it (usually on shrubby vegetation) from coastal heath to inland mallee flora, including saltlakes and granite outcrops, so although not common, it is very widespread. Growing to 5 cm (2”) in length, it is quite stout and not very fast when compared to the troublesome introduced species that commonly invade houses. The local forms have a bronze background colouration, but apparently metallic green shades have been found in SA. Source
Other photos you may enjoy:
Trilobite Beetle
Fulgoid Planthoppers
Trapdoor Spider
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clusterpod:

Unidentified Blattid cockroach.
Hospital Rocks, Western Australia.

MITCHELL’s DIURNAL or PAINTED TRILOBITE COCKROACH
Polyzosteria mitchelli
©clusterpod / Andrei Nikulinsky

This is an especially nice shot by Tumblr’s own clusterpod, a wonderful Australian photographer.

Polyzosteria mitchelli belongs to the Blattidae family (one of four cockroach families) along with 218 species in 20 genera (Australian Faunal Directory). The genus Polyzosteria from the same source has 15 species with many also very colourful. However Polyzosteria mitchelli would have to be one of the most striking with its brilliant color combination. It is mainly recorded from the semi-arid areas of WA, SA and NSW, where always a delight to encounter.
I have found it (usually on shrubby vegetation) from coastal heath to inland mallee flora, including saltlakes and granite outcrops, so although not common, it is very widespread. Growing to 5 cm (2”) in length, it is quite stout and not very fast when compared to the troublesome introduced species that commonly invade houses. The local forms have a bronze background colouration, but apparently metallic green shades have been found in SA. Source

Other photos you may enjoy:

Trilobite Beetle

Fulgoid Planthoppers

Trapdoor Spider

—-

clusterpod:

Unidentified Blattid cockroach.

Hospital Rocks, Western Australia.

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    Not only is it gorgeously coloured, but those grey patches along the thorax are transparent windows
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