Blaberus craniifer Burmeister, 1838

Synonyms:

  • aequalis (Walker, 1868)
  • atropos (Guérin-Méneville, 1857)
  • craniipes
  • ferruginea Saussure, 1864
  • limbata Burmeister, 1838
  • luctuosa Stål, 1855
  • quadrifera Walker, 1868
  • trapezoideus Burmeister, 1838
  • varians Serville, 1838

Common names: Death’s Head Cockroach
Useful information: Non-climber and flightless.
Distribution: Mexico; Belize; Cuba; Dominican Republic; USA (Florida)
Size: 45-65 mm
Reproduction and ontogeny: Ovovivipary. Gestation period is about 3 months.
Morphology: This species has two morphs. One has brown wings with a darker stripe on the middle and the other has black wings and a Jack-O-lantern pattern on the pronotum. The latter is the reason why we call them Death’s Head Roaches. Only B. craniifer has setae (bristles) on the tegmina so it’s easy to ID them if you don’t know which Blaberus you holding. There is a debate about the brown morph is not craniifer and the black one is the true.
Housing:

  • Temperature: 24°C-33°C // 75°F-91°F
  • Humidity: 50%-80%
  • Food: Vegetables, fruits, protein (dry cat or dog food) and rotten wood with dried leaves.
  • Other information: They are like to burrowing so keeping on a deep substrate is necessary. Vertical moulting surfaces are recommended.

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