Order Blattodea is also known as Order Blattaria. The species are commonly known as cockroaches. They usually range from two millimeters to over sixty millimeters in length, but some cockroaches have been measured at about 100 millimeters. Most species have two pairs of wings, but wingless species are known. They are quick and use this trait as a tactic to scurry away from predators. Sexual dimorphism can be seen in some species. They live in caves, forest canopies, and under bark. Almost all of the species are nocturnal. Cockroaches undergo incomplete metamorphosis. Pheromones are used to attract potential mates. The females usually produce an egg case called oothecae. Cockroaches can live for five to over forty days without water and food. If water is available they can survive for about 60 to 90 days without food. Though they can survive without resources for days, they have many natural enemies. Spiders, frogs, toads, centipedes, wasps, lizards, birds, geckos, mantids, ants, beetles, and mice feed on cockroaches. They can be seen in the fossil record as far back as the Upper Carboniferous.
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