Cuban Cockroach (Panchlora nivea)
Detailing the physical features, habits, territorial reach and other identifying qualities of the Cuban Cockroach.
Updated: 2/26/2018; Authored By Staff Writer; Content ©www.InsectIdentification.org
The pale green Cuban Cockroach expanded its range from small islands to the Southeast, where it enjoys warm weather even in winter.
The Cuban Cockroach originated from Cuba and the Caribbean islands. They prefer living outdoors in the 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 at night hanging out on plants like palm trees or coconut trees. Cuban Cockroaches are great scavengers, eating whatever biological matter they can find including rotting fruit or carcasses, food scraps, and even 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 their vivid shade of green.