The banana cockroach (Panchlora nivea) is a small species of cockroach found in Cuba and the Caribbean, and along the Gulf Coast from Florida to Texas, and has been observed as far north as Charleston, South Carolina. It is also called the Cuban cockroach. It is found in subtropical or tropical climates.
The females can grow up to 24 mm and the smaller males are 12 to 15 mm long. It is winged and a strong flier, light green in color, with a yellow line running up the sides. The nymphs are brown or black in color and are burrowers.
It is usually an outdoor species and is rarely found indoors, so is not considered a pest. The adults can often be found in shrubbery, trees, and plants. The young can be found under logs and other debris. It is often attracted to bright lights and it is mainly a nocturnal species.
It is often a popular pet roach due to its relatively pleasant green color, and because it is not an invasive indoor species. It is also used as food for other pets.