Polyphaga aegyptiaca  (Linnaeus, 1758)
Main synonym = Blatta aegyptiaca    Linnaeus, 1758
Taxonomical Classification:  Animalia / Arthropoda / Insecta / Blattaria / Polyphagidae
Egyptian Sand Roach, Egyptian Desert Roach     Wirdiena Sewda
Further Information:
This is a species of the unpopular cockroach family, but is more scarce than the other species that are commonly found inside houses, because it prefer outdoor habitats. It is a completely black insect where the males (first 3 photos in this profile) are different from the females: the males are larger and winged (looks like moths during flight); females are like large black woodlice. The upper pair of wings are etched in wavy parallel-like pattern.

These roaches are found in rock crevices or grass, and males occassionally fly and fall in terraces or roofs of houses. The species is mostly found in he Middle East, but its range extends to the Mediterranean, possibly including Malta.

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