Welcome to iRoaches
"The study of roaches may lack the aesthetic values of bird-watching and the glamour of space flight, but nonetheless it would seem to be one of the worthwhile of human activities." - H. E. Evans, Life on a Little Known Planet.
"Both the cockroach and bird would get along very well without us, although the cockroach would miss us most." - Joseph Wood Krutch.
The cockroach is one of the most reviled insect species on earth, and most people are filled with either fear, or loathing at the very thought of them. This revulsion is based on the only experiences that many people ever have with a member of the cockroach family: in a kitchen or bathroom, underfoot at an outdoor cafe, on the footpath. What many people don't realise is that the cockroach's bad name is due to bad behaviour by only a dozen or so of the world's estimated 4,500 species. The vast majority of cockroaches are, at worst, benign and often extremely intriguing and attractive.
The pages in iRoach will initially focus on the Australian cockroach fauna, but if there are interested persons who would like to contribute species information on European, Asian and American cockroach fauna, please make yourself known!