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Genus Panchlora

Attracted to UV light - Panchlora nivea - male Green Banana Cockroach? Top View - Panchlora nivea Panchlora nivea (Linnaeus) - Panchlora nivea Green Banana Cockroach - Panchlora nivea This little green bug kept flying to me and landing on me. - Panchlora nivea Green Banana Cockroach? - Panchlora nivea Panchlora nivea  - Panchlora nivea 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
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]
1 species in North America [P. nivea] (
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 Texas; most common in Florida
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
popular as a pet due to its bright green color
Internet References
live adult image of P. nivea [courtesy Jim Castner, U. of Floridae] plus other info (Alabama Cooperative Extension System)
live adult images of P. nivea (, Germany)