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Green Banana Cockroach

Panchlora nivea


This is the only species of green cockroach, about 2 cm long. The nymphs are brown and burrow in the ground. It is also called the Cuban Cockroach and is an invasive species from the Caribbean. Family Blattidae.


Came to an ultraviolet light. Finca Argovia, Ruta de Cafe, Soconusco area of southern Chiapas, Mexico. About 1 hour from Tapachula.


Another Banana Cockroach was spotted in another part of the state ( There are some differences between them. This one has red eyes (as it should) instead of silver, it is a different shade of green and lacks the marbling effect present on the wings and carapace of the other. The antennae are more orange than yellow and this one also has two black spots on the ends of the wings, which are lacking in the other.

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Chiapas, Mexico

Spotted on Nov 19, 2015
Submitted on Mar 26, 2016

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