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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Subclass: Pterygota[?]
Superorder: Neoptera[?]
Order: Blattodea
Ref: ITIS 102427 (http://www.itis.usda.gov/servlet/SingleRpt/SingleRpt?search_topic=TSN&search_value=102427) 2002-12-11
A cockroach is an insect of the order Blattodea (or Blattaria). The typical American or German cockroach is about 3 cm long, but tropical cockroaches can be much bigger. They are often found around garbage and are considered a pest in the kitchen. Female cockroaches, or henroaches, are sometimes seen carrying egg cases on the end of their abdomen; the egg case holds about 30 long, thin eggs, laid along the case. The eggs hatch into pale yellow nymphs that quickly inflate themselves with air and harden.

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