Drymaplaneta semivitta (Gisborne Cockroach)

Drymaplaneta semivitta, or the Gisborne Cockroach is a flightless Western Australian species which has spread to other regions of Australia and New Zealand.  Its common name was formed as it was first noticed in Gisborne, NZ.  The species can accidentally come into houses, but is not considered a pest.  It is usually located under debris outside.   Melissa Houghton (personal communication, 26 June 2024) commented that the species has been recorded in Tasmania since at least 2017 and is not considered a biosecurity concern.

 

 

References:

Manaaki WhenuaLandcare Research (2024) Gisborne cockroach  Drymaplaneta semivitta (Walker), https://www.landcareresearch.co.nz/tools-and-resources/identification/what-is-this-bug/gisborne-cockroach/ Accessed 5/7/24