Cape Mountain Cockroach (Aptera fusca)
Also known as the Table Mountain Cockroach or the Giant Cockroach, the Cape Mountain Cockroach is a species of blaberid cockroach that is native to the Fynbos biome of the Western Cape region of South Africa. True to one of its common names A. fusca is quite large with adult females growing to around 30-40 mm (1.2-1.6 in) long, and males growing to around 29 mm (1.1 in) long. Cape mountain cockroaches are typically active at night and are herbivores. Unusually A. ptera gives birth to 18-25 live offspring and will protect their young for a while after giving birth.
Artist: John Howe
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