Deceptive Lobe-Wing Roach

Loboptera decipiens

Starter colony (15 mixed nymphs): $40

Detailed Species Stats -Click-

  • Adult Size: Male: 15 mm. Female: 16 mm
  • Climbing Abilities: All life stages can climb.
  • Flying Abilities: Cannot fly.
  • Mode of Birth: Oviparous.
  • Care Level: Intermediate.
  • Temperature Requirements: 75-90 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Air Humidity: Not picky.
  • Substrate Humidity: Dry.
  • Favorite Foods: Not picky.
  • Locality: None.

This is a common species in southern Europe, where it occasionally enters (but does not infest) houses. Outdoors it is often found in anthropogenic habitats, though its natural niche seems to be in semi-dry grasslands. Captive conditions should be a dry enclosure, ideally with frequent light mistings, and a corner kept moist. High ventilation or dry air is critical and this species will not tolerate stagnant conditions for long. Nymphs start off orange and mature in as little as 3 months with ideal care. The wingless adults are rather dapper with their dark bodies and white contours. Colonies tend to grow gradually and this is not an overly prolific or explosive species. There is nothing particularly deceptive about this species, and its partly diurnal and unassertive nature makes it an excellent candidate for multiple-species enclosures. Surprisingly for a tiny roach, Loboptera decipiens is quite bumbling and can be handled easily.