Pseudoglomeris magnifica “Cuc Phuong”
Mixed nymphs: $50/each ( Contact for availability )
Starter colony (12 mixed nymphs): $400 ( Contact for availability )
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The magnificent emerald roach finally makes its appearance on Roach Crossing with a visual splash! With a brilliant metallic shine (typically green but bluish in the proper light), surprisingly good size, and a slew of behavioral quirks, this roach has something for everyone. When threatened, these roaches cling tightly to whatever is beneath them, and their grip strength is astonishing. This is likely to defend against ant attacks, though this defense is not as advanced as that of roaches in the genus Perisphaerus. Although they are closely related, Perisphaerus species are able to roll up into a ball, while the magnificent emerald roach and other Pseudoglomeris cannot (“pseudo” meaning false, “glomeris” meaning ball-like). This species also exhibits parental care, with newborns to possibly third instar nymphs climbing onto and up between the legs/ventral abdomen of adult females. This may provide a sense of tactile security, protection from predators, or a humid microclimate. It seems mothers will even allow babies that aren’t their own to crawl up under them too! Males are not involved in any of this, but are not antagonistic or driven away by females allowing for adorable photo/video opportunities. The wild habitat for this species is lichen covered branches/bark in tree canopies at varying heights, though this complex habitat is not required in captivity. Good vigor and health can be achieved on a diet of dog food, fish flakes, and apple alone. This is a wonderful addition to the cockroach hobby and Roach Crossing is extremely excited to make these living jewels available.