Green Banana Cockroach (Panchlora nivea) - Panchlora nivea
Tallahassee, Florida, USA August 8, 2004
Also known as the Cuban cockroach, this is an invasive species that first got to the US on shipments of fruit from the Caribbean. Like most cockroaches, it is nocturnal. It is a strong flyer and is drawn to bright lights at night. This species does not breed in houses and prefers to remain outdoors if possible. Its habitat is restricted to the deep South in the US, primarily along the Gulf Coast from South Florida to Houston, TX; there have been limited sightings of the green banana roach in Mississippi and Alabama recently. It reaches a maximum length of about 2"; the specimen in this photo was under 1/2" long.
Contributed by Rattlebox Photography on 10 August, 2004 - 8:10am Last updated 15 September, 2005 - 9:31pm
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