Harlequin Cockroach from Mexico

Subject: Mexican Beetle
Location: San Juan Cosala, Jalisco, MX
March 8, 2014 10:34 am
I took this photo of this beautiful bug at a restaurant in San Juan Cosala, Jalisco, Mexico in February 2014. It was a little less than 1 inch long. Do you have any idea what it is? My internet search has come up empty.
Signature: Jo

Cockroach
Harlequin Cockroach

Dear Jo,
This is a Cockroach, but it does not look at one of the species that infests homes.  We believe it is a Harlequin Cockroach,
Neostylopyga rhombifolia, and according to Allpet Roaches, it is found in Asia, Mexico and Arizona.  Allpet Roaches states:  “The Harlequin roach is certainly among the neatest looking of the pet roaches and is a very quick moving medium sized species. Nymphs start out life as a plain tan color but slowly molt to become very incredible looking adults. Harlequin roaches easily scale smooth surfaces and like most other glass climbers can be controlled by petroleum jelly. Also, this roach is an egg laying species.”

Thank you SO much. Who knew a cockroach could be so beautiful?
I love bugs!
Many thanks again,
Jo

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