BlattodeaAnamesia sp Bush Cockroach Elipsidion australe Elipsidion humarale Nasutitermes triodiae

The Native Cockroach (Elipsidion australe ) is striking looking bush cockroach. The one pictured here was found in Alice Springs, Northern Territory.

Native Cockroach / Bush Cockroach (Ellipsidion australe), Alice Springs, NT
Native Cockroach / Bush Cockroach (Ellipsidion australe), Alice Springs, NT

Many native cockroaches are found feeding on pollen in shrubs, trees and other flowering plants. The one here was feeding on the pollen of the Ponytail Palm. Other bush cockroaches are found feeding on bark and leaf matter. Some species in the genus Panesthia have adapted to eating decomposing wood, they have similar micro-organisms in their gut as found in termites (Order Isoptera).


  • Scientific classification
  • Kingdom: Animalia
  • Phylum: Arthropoda
  • Class: Insecta
  • Order: Blattodea
  • Family: Ectobiidae
  • Genus: Ellipsidion
  • Species: E. australe
  • Binomial name: Ellipsidion australe
Native Cockroach / Bush Cockroach (Ellipsidion australe), Alice Springs, NT
Native Cockroach / Bush Cockroach (Ellipsidion australe), Alice Springs, NT

Footnote & References

  1. Native Cockroaches, Australian Museum, https://australian.museum/learn/animals/insects/native-cockroaches/
Bush Cockroach (Ellipsidion australe), Alice Springs, NT
Bush Cockroach (Ellipsidion australe), Alice Springs, NT

BlattodeaAnamesia sp Bush Cockroach Elipsidion australe Elipsidion humarale Nasutitermes triodiae