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Common Methana

A Common Methana cocktoach crawling along the edge of a plant pot

Scientific Name: Methana marginalis

Size: Total Length 25-30mm

What does it look like?

The Common Methana is typically dark brown to reddish-brown, with conspicuous broad cream edges along the edges of the body, wings (adult) and extending to the front of the pronotum in a ‘U’ shape.

Where is it found?

Native to eastern Qld and eastern NSW, and introduced to Norfolk Island.

What are its habitats & habits?

The Common Methana, or Methana Cockroach, is both terrestrial and arboreal, where it shelters under bark and other vegetation within native bushland and urban gardens. Will also enter houses.

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This species features in my book A Naturalist’s Guide to the Insects of Australia

Cover of the book, A Naturalist's Guide to the Insects of Australia

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