The Surinam cockroach adult 18 to 25 mm long. Brown, the pronotum (thorax) is dark brown to black. Its wings are pale brown, except for the tip almost transparent.
The Surinam cockroach feeds from houseplants.
The Surinam cockroach is an insect snoop living in the soil of houseplants, under dead leaves on the outside and sometimes in the atria or greenhouses..
The Surinam cockroach reproduces by parthenogenesis, ie without fertilization by a male, so the female is sufficient to carry the case. The female of this species carries her egg capsule within the body and when the embryos hatch from the eggs, the female expels the egg capsule, giving the impression of a live birth. The female may have an average of 3 egg pods containing an average of 26 eggs.