The Balta Wood Cockroach (Balta spuria) is an insect in the Ectobiidae family (formerly the Blattellidae family) of cockroaches.
The Balta Wood Cockroach is mostly golden brown with some darker parts on its wing cases. It has a white band at the back of its shell. The female has shorter wings than the male. The male’s wings cover his whole abdomen, whereas the female’s wings cover part of her abdomen.
It grows to 1.5-2 centimetres (less than 1 inch) long. The female is usually larger than the male.
It is native to most of Europe and the Near East. It prefers to live in open, dry forests with casuarina trees.
Photographer: Martina Nicolls
Martina Nicolls: SIMILAR BUT DIFFERENT IN THE ANIMAL KINGDOM