This species eats particularly the dry, fallen leaves of the fever tree. Its non-scientific name "Giant Burrowing Roach" is founded on the fact, that Macropanesthia rhinoceros, burrows itself into the soil of the Queensland fever tree woods. At night they come to surface, looking for food. Leaves are gathered to take them along underground. The burrowed aisles can be several meters in-depth without further ado. Autumnal the female gives birth to about 30 little nymphs. These little "Rhinos" have to live at least a half year with the parents to even survive. The Lifespan overlies ten years and therefore it takes 4 years to become an adult roach. The biggest females can reach among 8 to 9cm in bodylength so Macropanesthia is the biggest unwinged roach until now. And with a weight of almost 35g its also the heaviest roach ever found. It`s safe to say Macropanesthia rhinoceros is a palmful Roach!!! ;-)
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