Desert Cockroach

Arenivaga erratica

Desert Cockroach, Arenivaga erratica, photo © by Mike Plagens

At Organ Pipe Cactus Monument. Oct. 2015. This is a male with well-developed wings.

Corydiidae -- a Cockroach family

Desert Cockroaches are natural components of the Sonoran Desert ecosystem. They are species completely separate from the household pests. Their function in the environment is to aid in the recycling of organic matter into the soil. For example a common food item is old flowers that have been shed by trees and shrubs. Dead insects and pollen are also consumed. Arenivaga can survive on very little moisture, and that mostly from the food it eats.

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