American Cockroach

Periplaneta americana (?)

likely an American Cockroach, Periplaneta americana, from Marigat, Kenya, photo © by Michael Plagens

Observed at night patrolling an outside area at a nice hotel in Marigat, Kenya. 9 October 2010.

This large cockroach has a long history in association with humans. The species probably originated in Africa along with humans. The name americana was applied because the insect was first described scientifically from a specimen collected in the Americas where it's ancestors had arrived much earlier having followed human migrations and commerce.

Blattidae -- Cockroach Family

More Information:

Kenya Natural History

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updated 8 Oct. 2015