Eurycotis floridana (Walker, 1868)

Eurycotis floridana
Synonyms:

  • ingens (Scudder, 1877)
  • sabaliana (Scudder, 1877)
  • semipicta (Walker, 1868)

Common names: Skunk Cockroach; Florida Stinkroach; Stinking Cockroach; Stinkroach; Florida Cockroach; Florida Woods Roach; Palmettobug
Useful information: Good climbers.
Distribution: USA (southeastern)
Size: 35 mm
Reproduction and ontogeny: Ovipary (ootheca is dropped). The size of the ootheca reaches 18 mm.
Morphology: Every stage has a reddish maroon color but the young nymphs bear a light edge on their thorax. Both sexes are wingless and the best tactic to sex them is to check the stylus near to cerci on males.
Housing:

  • Temperature: 30°C-33°C // 86°F-91°F
  • Humidity: 70%-80%
  • Food: Vegetables, fruits, protein (dry cat or dog food) and rotten wood with dried leaves.
  • Other information: They like soft, rotten woods and live under bark and logs. They have a very cool defensive odor that smells like cherry. Because they are wingless, when a male trying to mate with a female he is shaking to get her attention.

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