Hey Buggy Joe!! What is it? - Plant Eating Cockroach

I came across an unusual cockroach while visiting a greenhouse last week in southwest Ohio.  The Australian Cockroach (Periplaneta australasiae) is a tropical species that will feed on and damage plants; they do not confine their appetites to the "normal" table fare associated with cockroaches found in Ohio.  Indeed, I spoke to a former IPM specialist for an eastern conservatory who told me they suffered significant losses of seedlings and rooted cuttings from these cockroaches.

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