JungleDragon is a nature and wildlife community for photographers, travellers and anyone who loves nature. We're genuine, free, ad-free and beautiful.


Indian Domino Cockroach  Geotagged,India,Therea petiveriana Click/tap to enlarge PromotedSpecies introCountry intro

Indian Domino Cockroach

- No description given -

    comments (9)

  1. Fascinating insect. I wonder if its a Tortoise beetle, or perhaps the larva of something else. Posted 3 months ago
    1. Maybe a Corydiidae Posted 3 months ago
      1. Therea petiveriana Posted 3 months ago
        1. A cockroach! I feel silly now. Thanks so much for the help. Posted 3 months ago
  2. Absolutely breathtaking! Posted 3 months ago
  3. Beautiful! Posted 3 months ago
  4. What an awesome cockroach, made my day seeing this. Posted 3 months ago
  5. I never thought I'd hear the words awesome and cockroach in the same sentence, much less agree with it.... but that is an absolutely gorgeous roach! Posted 3 months ago
  6. Today's Facebook post:

    Beautiful, right?! Believe it or not, this stunning insect is a cockroach! It's an Indian domino cockroach (Therea petiveriana), which lives in scrub forest habitats of southern India.

    Their gorgeous pattern is an example of Batesian mimicry: when a harmless species mimics the appearance of a species that is harmful to potential predators. In this case, the Indian domino cockroach is harmless, but mimics the pattern of an aggressive beetle (Anthia sexguttata) that sprays chemical irritants as a defensive strategy. {Spotted in India by sureshachar} #JungleDragon #Indiandominocockroach #Thereapetiveriana

    Posted 3 months ago

Sign in or Join in order to comment.

''Therea petiveriana'', variously called the desert cockroach, seven-spotted cockroach, or Indian domino cockroach, is a species of crepuscular cockroach found in southern India. They are members of a basal group within the cockroaches. This somewhat roundish and contrastingly marked cockroach is mainly found on the ground in scrub forest habitats where they may burrow under leaf litter or loose soil during the heat of the day.

Similar species: Cockroaches And Termites
Species identified by Ferdy Christant
View sureshachar's profile

By sureshachar

All rights reserved
Uploaded Jul 2, 2021. Captured in Unnamed Road, Bagalur, Karnataka 586123, India.