Taiwanese Assassin Mimic

Paranauphoeta formosana



Mixed nymphs: $10/each
Starter colony (12 mixed nymphs): $70


Detailed Species Stats -Click-

    • Adult Size: Male: 30 mm. Female: 35 mm.
    • Climbing Abilities: All life stages can climb.
    • Flying Abilities: Cannot fly.
    • Mode of Birth: Ovoviviparous.
    • Care Level: Intermediate.
    • Temperature Requirements: 70-85 degrees Fahrenheit.
    • Air Humidity: Not picky.
    • Substrate Humidity: Moist.
    • Favorite Foods: Not picky.
    • Locality: None.

As the name suggests, these roaches mimic assassin bugs in the wild; the twin spot markings are common on many assassin bug species (which possess painful bites or noxious defensive odors), and the roach uses this visual similarity to fool predators into thinking it is dangerous. Coupled with its preference for hiding beneath bark (another typical assassin bug habit), the illusion is quite impressive. It is a fun species to keep due to its unique look, which does not exclude the nymphs: they too appear to mimic some as-yet unknown organism (perhaps an assassin bug nymph?), considering their abdomens possess an extremely conspicuous orange splotch. Although the species rufipes/discoidalis, was available in culture for a few years, it appears to have vanished from captivity. Fortunately, the species listed here and another have cultured better in the long-term and are now available.