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Species Blaberus craniifer - Death's Head Cockroach

Blaberus craniifer - female Blaberus craniifer
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Blattodea (Cockroaches and Termites)
Superfamily Blaberoidea
Family Blaberidae
Genus Blaberus
Species craniifer (Death's Head Cockroach)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Blaberus craniifer (Burmeister, 1838)(1)
Blaberus aequalis (Walker, 1868)
Blaberus atropos (Guérin-Méneville, 1857)
Blaberus ferruginea (Saussure, 1864)
Blaberus limbata (Burmeister, 1838)
Blaberus luctuosa (Stål, 1855)
Blaberus quadrifera (Walker, 1868)
Blaberus trapezoideus (Burmeister, 1838)
Blaberus varians (Serville, 1838)
Explanation of Names
"Cranii", Latin for "of the head", and "fer", meaning "carry" or "carrier".
7+ cm
The largest cockroach in North America.
Adult: Very large. Tegmina black, occasionally with brown markings near the center. Pronotum spot with distinctive "death's head" face.
Nymph: Difficult to distinguish from other Blaberus when young. Overall color a pale brown with multiple yellow-ish spots on the abdomen and thorax.