Glowspot Roach

Lucihormetica subcincta


Mixed nymphs: $5/each
Starter colony (12 mixed nymphs): $50

Detailed Species Stats -Click-

    • Adult Size: Male: 37 mm. Female: 40 mm.
    • Climbing Abilities: Adults of both sexes can climb.
    • Flying Abilities: Cannot fly.
    • Mode of Birth: Ovoviviparous.
    • Care Level: Intermediate.
    • Temperature Requirements: 75-85 degrees Fahrenheit.
    • Air Humidity: Not picky.
    • Substrate Humidity: Moist.
    • Favorite Foods: Not picky.
  • Locality: None.

This species is admired for its beautiful coloration. The nymphs are dark maroon with little orange heads, while the adults are mostly black with the males having ornate pronotums with two prominent yellow dots. In the wild, these spots may glow due to fungi the roaches consume. In captivity, this can be recreated by introducing cultivated fluorescent mushrooms to the roaches’ diet. For those who don’t desire to rear fungi, the coloration of the spots can be toyed with by varying the amount of carotenoids the roaches receive. Although this would not work with other species of roach (a roach’s adult coloration is influenced very little by what it eats), because the glowspot roach’s pronotum is very thin where the dots are located, it allows the inner tissues (which are affected by diet) to be seen. Unlike many other species of roach, glowspots will form semi-permanent burrows to hide and raise their young in, and some hobbyists have observed adults dragging leaves into the burrows!