Tan to dark-brown body; two parallel dark streaks on the thorax; long antennae and legs; adults are winged.
Mostly nocturnal. Weak flier; runs or glides when disturbed. Closely related Asian cockroach B. asahinai looks similar, but is a stronger flier, attracted to light, and prefers the outdoors.
Scavenges human foods, and can even eat soap and glue.
Common in dark places inside homes, restaurants, and other human-made structures.