Summary: What a cockroach looks like depends on the species. Discover how to identify the four species common to North America.
Tags: What Does a cockroach look like, cockroach species, german cockroach, brownbanded cockroach, American cockroach, Oriental cockroach
The brownbanded cockroach is slightly larger than the German cockroach, but only the male gender of the species can fly. This breed also features male and female members that have a number of differentiating characteristics such as wingspan. The male's wings cover the abdomen completely, while the female's abdomen is only partly covered by its wings.
The Oriental cockroach grows up to an inch and a quarter, but in this case, the female has even shorter wings than the male, almost to the point of appearing under-developed. The coloration of this species is of such a dark brown that they almost appear black to the naked eye.
North American Species
The German, American, brownbanded, and Oriental cockroaches are the four most common species of the insect in North America. There are many strains of cockroach in other parts of the world that are more colorful, predatory, and foreboding. But when it comes to North American homes and businesses, these insects are grubby looking and rather unremarkable as a whole. Overall, there are about 3,500 species of cockroaches worldwide, but only 55 of these can be found in the United States.