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Species Pycnoscelus surinamensis - Surinam Cockroach

Brown-headed Cockroach? - Pycnoscelus surinamensis - female Pycnoscelus surinamensis  - Pycnoscelus surinamensis Surinam Cockroach - Pycnoscelus surinamensis - female Cockroach - Pycnoscelus surinamensis nymph - Pycnoscelus surinamensis Surinam Cockroach - Pycnoscelus surinamensis Pycnoscelus surinamensis - female Pycnoscelus surinamensis - female
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Blattodea (Cockroaches and Termites)
Superfamily Blaberoidea
Family Blaberidae
Genus Pycnoscelus
Species surinamensis (Surinam Cockroach)
Other Common Names
Surinam roach
Adults to about 20mm.
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: