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Species Panchlora nivea - Green Banana Cockroach

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Classification
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
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Panchlora nivea (Linnaeus)
Orig. Comb: Blatta nivea Linnaeus 1758
Explanation of Names
nivea from the Latin "niveus" (snowy); some individuals have a paler pronotum (pale greenish yellow) but I wouldn't describe it as resembling snow
presumably found on bananas in its native Cuba
Numbers
the only species in our area
Size
usually 20-25 mm; rarely up to 50 mm
Identification
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
Range
TX-FL-VA; most common in Florida; least common SC to VA; native to Cuba
Habitat
trees, shrubs, herbaceous plants, piles of leaves, mulch, lumber piles, firewood piles; rarely found indoors and not normally considered a pest
Season
mostly: May-Nov (BG data)
Remarks
acitve at night and attracted to artificial light; does not breed indoors
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
Print References
Roth LM, Willis ER. (1957) The biology of Panchlora nivea, with observations on the eggs of other Blattaria. Transactions of the American Entomological Society 83(4): 195–207.
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