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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.

top view of a domino roach

Did You Know?

The domino roach secretes its own defensive chemical that serves to alarm other roaches of a impending danger.

Quick Facts

Latin Name:
Therea petiveriana

Southern India

Tropical rainforest and scrubland

Up to 2 years

Zoo Location:
World of the Insect

Rotting vegetation