Adults with pale leading edge on the dark brown to black pronotum. Wings olive-green to brown, entirely cover the abdomen:
Nymphs look similar to the Oriental cockroach but can be easily distinguished by the rough appearence of the posterior abdomen:
Reported in Texas, Louisiana and Florida. Native to humid tropics worldwide, and elsewhere in the US may also be a pest of greenhouses and other indoor areas where tropical plants are grown .
Reproduces through parthenogenesis
in the US, where no males are found. It has two sexes in some parts of the world (Europe and Indo-Malaysia), though. Unlike many roaches, the egg capsule is retained inside the female's abdomen until young are ready to emerge: