Landcare Research - Manaaki Whenua

Landcare-Research -Manaaki Whenua

Gisborne cockroach

Photo by Andrew Halton

Photo by Andrew Halton

Drymaplaneta semivitta (Walker)

Order: Blattodea
Family: Blattidae

Size range

  • Length 20–30 mm


  • An Australian cockroach first recorded in New Zealand at Gisborne
  • Now found North Island, Nelson and Blenheim

Life History

  • Often associated with timber or bark chips
  • Wingless
  • Sometimes enters houses, but does not usually infest food