Zebra Bug

Eurycotis dicipiens

This handsomely marked insect is actually a species of cockroach. Its colorful pattern warns potential predators, such as birds and small mammals, that it can quickly release a noxious, eye and noseburning chemical deterrent. In other words, “Do not try to eat me or you’ll regret it!”

Fact File

where to see themWhere to see them: World of the Insect
lifespanLifespan: 6 months
ecological roleEcological Role: Scavenger
habitatHabitat: Tropical rainforest
dietDiet: Rotting fruit and other organic debris