Domino Roach

Therea petiveriana

The white-spotted pattern of the domino roach is thought to be a form of defensive mimicry.  Would be predators  may mistake the roach for a six-spotted ground beetle, which sprays an irritating chemical when threatened.  The domino roach also secretes its own defensive chemical that serves to alarm other roaches of a impending danger.

Fact File

where to see themWhere to see them: World of the Insect
lifespanLifespan: Up to 2 years
ecological roleEcological Role: Decomposer
habitatHabitat: Tropical rainforest and scrubland
dietDiet: Rotting vegetation