So only 30 species out of 4,500 are associated with human habitats, and out of the 30 species, only 4 of them are pests! Just because of these four pest species, there's really no reason to hate the rest of the outdoor cockroaches!
Just see for yourself how cool and beautiful some bush cockroaches are!
Really cool cockroach, female Catara rugosicollis. Gunung Gading, Sarawak.
A different specimen, also a female Catara rugosicollis. ID credit: Stefan Phalagorn. Selangor, Malaysia.
From Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia (Borneo). Catara minor. ID credit: Stefan Phalagorn
Big cockroach, taken at 1:1 on crop sensor. Mature male Catara rugosicollis. Pahang. ID credit: Stefan Phalagorn.
Another big one, also taken at 1:1 on crop sensor. Selangor.
Also taken at 1:1 on crop sensor. Selangor. Subfamily: Panesthinnae. Info by: Stefan Phalagorn.
Giant cockroach, Corydiidae, Ergaula sp. Kuala Lumpur.
Laying an ootheca?
Good looking one. Pahang. Calolamprodes sp.
Really cool pill roach. Petaling Jaya.
A molting cockroach. Kuala Lumpur.
Another colorful roach, Sundablatta sexpunctata. ID credit: Psarus. Selangor, Malaysia.
Cristian Caballes Lucañas: perhaps a nymph of Rhabdoblatta (Blaberidae:Epilamprinae) depending on the locality. Semi aquatic roaches. Pahang, Malaysia
This one was slightly bigger. Pahang, Malaysia.
Also a semi aquatic roach? Selangor.
Gotta love the marking on this one. Kuala Lumpur.
Another cute little one. Kuala Lumpur.
This one was feeding one some decaying seed?
Feeding on pollen(?). Kuala Lumpur.
Kuala Lumpur. Hemithyrsocera histrio?
Hemithyrsocera histrio. Kuala Lumpur.
This one had many babies underneath. Penang.
One of the babies.
Not sure whose ootheca. Selangor.
And last but not least, what about this super cool "glow in the dark" cockroach from Ecuador? It's one of the Top 10 New Species of 2013, alongside the beautiful Semachrysa jade I found in Selangor, Malaysia.
Lightning Roach, Lucihormetica luckae.
Photo Credit: Peter Vransky & Dusan Chorvat 2012
Photo Credit: Peter Vransky
All images taken with MP-E65 1X-5X Macro Lens, MT-24EX Twin Lite, and Concave Diffuser.