The scientific name of a cockroach is Blattaria. There are around 4,600 species of cockroaches in the world and only 30 of those live in human habitats.Know More
All species of cockroaches are omnivorous, meaning they eat a variety of foods. They prefer meat, starches and sugary items, and often eat decaying matter. Most species are nocturnal although the Oriental roach is attracted to light.
Cockroaches are a unique species in that they leave pheromones in their feces. They do this so that other roaches will quickly and easily find food and water and this type of behavior is often seen by humans as swarming. Roaches also prefer to live in groups, unlike many insects.
Most cockroaches are small, only around an inch in length. However, some species grow much larger. The Central American giant cockroach can grow to be around 3.5 inches long and weigh more than 1 ounce. The longest roach species on record reaches lengths of up to 3.8 inches.
Wild cockroaches have a variety of predators they have to watch out for. Geckos, iguanas, beetles, wasps, toads and frogs all prey on cockroaches but, despite the threats, cockroaches have lived for around 300 million years.
There is a common myth in circulation that roaches cannot be killed with radiation. This is not entirely true. Many types of insects, including the roach, can withstand 10 times the lethal dose of radiation for humans, but it can still kill them.Learn more about Beetles
There is no difference between a cockroach and palmetto bug. The term palmetto bug is often used when referring to various species of cockroaches, especially in the Southeast region of the United States. In some areas, the American cockroach is often called a palmetto bug.Full Answer >
The scientific name of the tarsier is "Tarsius." Tarsiers are mammals that can be found in Malaysia, Indonesia and the Philippines. As of 2011, there are 18 various tarsier subspecies.Full Answer >
The roundworm's scientific name is "nematode." Roundworms are tiny and abundant creatures, with more than 15,000 known species, according to the University of California Museum of Paleontology. About 90,000 nematodes have been found in a single decaying apple. Roundworms are found worldwide in all types of habitats.Full Answer >
Earthworms are all in the lumbricus genus, which makes the first part of this animal's scientific name; the second part, or species name, varies. For example, according to National Geographic, the common earthworm is lumbricus terrestris, while according to the Fairfax County Public School system, the red earthworm is known as lumbricus rubellus.Full Answer >