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This was an amazing find for me!! I found almost no information on this rare cockroach. There was no common name so I coined one myself. This cockroach is basically black with an elongated white spot mid body from the outer edge of each wing toward the middle. The front tips of the wings (shoulders) are bright yellow as is the pronotum which has a large black spot in the middle. This individual was 2 1/2" (6.35 cm) long.
Found on a leaf 1 meter off the ground alongside a trail behind our house in the Amazon rainforest in SE Ecuador (700 masl).
Normally you can’t use the words “pretty” and "cockroach" in the same sentence. However this is a very striking insect. It took me a minute to realize it was indeed a cockroach. No matter what angle I took the picture from, I couldn’t get rid of the shiny look of the pronotum.
Spotted on Apr 4, 2021
Submitted on Apr 16, 2021
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