The Green Banana Cockroach (Panchlora nivea) is a small insect. It is also known as the Cuban Cockroach.
The Green Banana Cockroach is oval-shaped and pale-green to yellowish-green. It has a yellow line along its sides. It has wings and can fly.
It measures up to 2.5 centimetres (1 inch) in length.
The Green Banana Cockroach is native to Cuba and the Caribbean, as well as in America from Florida to Texas. It prefers tropical and sub-tropical scrub forests, living on the bark of trees or in leaf litter on the ground.
Females develop a small egg case, called an ootheca, inside her body. The oothecal contains 28-60 eggs. When the eggs are ready to hatch – after about 48 days – nymphs emerge. The nymphs are brown or black and burrow under logs and other debris to keep safe. The nymphs feed on leaf litter and develop into adults after about 144-181 days.
Photographer: Martina Nicolls
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