Boll’s Sand Roach

Arenivaga bolliana “Boerne”


Mixed nymphs: $10/each
Starter colony (12 mixed nymphs): $80

Detailed Species Stats -Click-

  • Adult Size: Male: 30 mm. Female: 30 mm.
  • Climbing Abilities: All life stages cannot climb.
  • Flying Abilities: Adult males can fly.
  • Mode of Birth: Oviparous.
  • Care Level: Intermediate.
  • Temperature Requirements: 68-85 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Air Humidity: Not picky.
  • Substrate Humidity: Dry.
  • Favorite Foods: Rotting hardwood leaves.
  • Locality: Near Boerne, Kendall County, Texas, United States.

This is the largest species of Arenivaga and maybe the most unique from other southwestern species’ care. Boll’s sand roach is found free-living in leaf litter rich soil and may represent a link between the also independent Arenivaga floridensis of Florida and their western relatives. I’ve had good success with mixed roach foods, however some of this may be from Allee effect resulting from the density my colony was started and is maintained at. The original collector for this line credits the use of rotting oak leaf litter to his colony’s success, and it would be wise to ensure rotting hardwood leaves are a part of the diet. There is surprising aesthetic convergence with Polyphaga aegyptiaca, and at first glance the females are almost identical!