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Species Panchlora nivea - Green Banana Cockroach

Panchlora nivea Green Banana Cockroach - Panchlora nivea This little green bug kept flying to me and landing on me. - Panchlora nivea Bright Green Insect species? - Panchlora nivea Green Banana Cockroach? - Panchlora nivea Banana Roach? - Panchlora nivea Handsome green banana cockroach - Panchlora nivea Cuban 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 nivea (Linnaeus 1758)
nivea = 'snowy'
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
native to the Neotropics and very widespread there, probably adventive in our area (VA-FL-TX)(1); common in TX
trees, shrubs, herbaceous plants, piles of leaves, mulch, lumber piles, firewood piles; rarely found indoors and not normally considered a pest
nocturnal, comes to lights; does not breed indoors; popular as a pet
Print References
Roth LM, Willis ER (1957) The biology of Panchlora nivea, with observations on the eggs of other Blattaria. Trans. Am. Ent. Soc. 83: 195–207.