Unknown bug from Costa Rica
June 4, 2009
This bug was found in a box of bananas from Costa Rica! Any information would be great!
Pa. from Costa Rica
Dear K. Yoder,
This is a Green Banana Cockroach, Panchlora nivea. The species is native to Central America and Cuba, and it has become established in Florida and Texas. According to BugGuide: “acitve at night and may be attracted to artificial light; does not breed indoorspresumably found on bananas in its native Cuba; two early records from Mississippi are considered to be adventive introductions along with shipments of bananaspopular as a pet ($25.00 a doz.) here due to its bright green color and because it is not an invasive indoor species” Since it is not invasive, you need not worry about it becoming established in Pennsylvania where the climate is too harsh for this tropical species.