Blaberus discoidalis Serville, 1838

Synonyms:

  • cubensis Saussure, 1864
  • rufescens Saussure & Zehntner, 1894
  • subspurcata Walker, 1868
  • varians Serville, 1838

Common names: Discoid Cockroach
Useful information: Non-climbers, flightless.
Distribution: Jamaica; Cuba; Haiti; Puerto Rico; Puerto Rico (Vieques Island); Panama; Colombia; Venezuela; Trinidad and Tobago, Republic of (Trinidad); Mexico; USA (Florida)
Size: 40-50 mm
Reproduction and ontogeny: Ovovivipary. One ootheca contains 30-40 eggs.
Morphology: The nymphs are light brown with the classic Blaberus markings on their body. Both sexes are macropterous with nearly the same coloration and markings as every Blaberus species.
Housing:

  • Temperature: 24°C-30°C // 75°F-86°F
  • Humidity: 50%
  • Food: Vegetables, fruits, protein (dry cat or dog food) and some rotten wood with dried leaves.
  • Other information: Adults and nymphs like to burrow, so keep them on a deep substrate. They like vertical surfaces when the last moult is coming, make sure they can hang on something.

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