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  • Cuban Cockroach - (Panchlora nivea)

    Cuban Cockroach - (Panchlora nivea)

    The pale green Cuban Cockroach has made its home across the Southeast U.S., preferring warm, humid air.




    Staff Writer (1/17/2014): The Cuban Cockroach originated from Cuba and the Caribbean islands. They prefer living outdoors in humid and hot air, but they have been known to wander indoors. They are a bright shade of green, with yellowish underbellies. They are winged insects and can fly very well.

    This species of cockroach can be seen hanging out on plants at night, like palm trees or coconut trees. Cuban Cockroaches are great scavengers, eating what they can. They feed on plant matter, rotting matter, animal matter and paper.

    Dark brown larvae hide in leaf litter and vegetation until they mature into adults. All become very good fliers and are attracted to lights at night. Some consider this species a 'pet' (like the popular and large Madagascar Hissing Cockroach) thanks to the vibrant color.

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    Details of the:
    Cuban Cockroach


    Category: Cockroach
    Common name: Cuban Cockroach
    Scientific Name: Panchlora nivea
    Other Names: Banana Cockroach

    Taxonomy:
      Kingdom: Animalia
       Phylum: Arthropoda
        Class: Insecta
         Order: Blattodea
          Family: Blaberidae
           Genus: Panchlora
            Species: nivea





    Size (Adult, Length): 12mm to 18mm (0.47in to 0.71in)

    Identifying Colors: green; yellow

    Additional Descriptors: fast, flying


    North American Reach (Though Not Limited To*): Alabama; Florida; Georgia; Louisiana; Mississippi; Texas


    * Keep in mind that an insect's reach is not limited by lines on a map and therefore may appear in areas/regions/states beyond those listed above.