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Species Panchlora nivea - Green Banana Cockroach

Green Banana Cockroach? Top/Side View - Panchlora nivea Cuban Green Cockroach - Panchlora nivea Green Banana Cockroach - Panchlora nivea Panchlora nivea Green Banana Cockroach - Panchlora nivea Two Roaches - Panchlora nivea Green Banana Cockroach? - Panchlora nivea Green Banana Cockroach? - Panchlora nivea
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Blattodea (Cockroaches and Termites)
Superfamily Blaberoidea
Family Blaberidae
Genus Panchlora
Species nivea (Green Banana Cockroach)
Other Common Names
Cuban Cockroach
Explanation of Names
PANCHLORA: from the Greek "pan; pantos" (all) + "chloros" (green); a good descriptive name because P. nivea looks all-green from a distance [a thin yellow margin can be seen at close range]

NIVEA: from the Latin "niveus" (snowy); some individuals have a paler pronotum (pale greenish yellow) but I wouldn't describe it as resembling snow
the only species in this genus in North America
usually 20-25 mm; rarely up to 50 mm
adult is bright light green with thin yellow margin on pronotum and anterior half of elytra; face white; top of head dark brown
nymph is brown or black
along gulf coast from Florida to central Texas; most common in Florida
native to Cuba
trees, shrubs, herbaceous plants, piles of leaves, mulch, lumber piles, firewood piles; rarely found indoors and not normally considered a pest
acitve at night and may be attracted to artificial light; does not breed indoors
presumably found on bananas in its native Cuba; two early records from Mississippi are considered to be adventive introductions along with shipments of bananas
popular as a pet ($25.00 a doz.) here due to its bright green color and because it is not an invasive indoor species
Internet References
live adult image [courtesy Jim Castner, U. of Floridae] plus common name reference [Cuban Cockroach] and other info (Alabama Cooperative Extension System)
live adult images (, Germany)
occurrence in Mississippi and relationship with bananas (Southern Research Station, United States Dept. Agriculture)
live adult image plus common name reference [Green Banana Cockroach], description, biology, and other info (
adult image (U. of Minnesota)
live adult image (, Peter Clausen, Arizona)
adult illustration plus behavior, habitat, and control (