Harlequin Roach

Neostylopyga rhombifolia

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Mixed nymphs: $6/each
Starter colony (12 mixed nymphs): $60

Detailed Species Stats -Click-

  • Adult Size: Male: 28 mm. Female: 35 mm.
  • Climbing Abilities: All life stages can climb.
  • Flying Abilities: Cannot fly.
  • Mode of Birth: Oviparous.
  • Care Level: Intermediate.
  • Temperature Requirements: 75-85 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Air Humidity: Dry.
  • Substrate Humidity: Moist.
  • Favorite Foods: Not picky.
  • Locality: None.

Although my initial experience with this species was that it was quite tricky, I have since acquired a different strain that is much more vigorous than my previous one. They produce many egg cases but require heat, a humid retreat for egg laying, and drier upper levels to thrive. The nymphs hatch out reddish brown but change to a beautiful red as they grow, eventually gaining their incredible, namesake harlequin pattern a few molts before adulthood. Although the adults produce distasteful compounds, the nymphs are safe to use as occasional feeders. Though the nymphs are skittish, adults handle fairly well.