Orin’s Zebra Roach

Dorylaea orini


Mixed nymphs: $12/each
Starter colony (12 mixed nymphs): $100

Detailed Species Stats -Click-

    • Adult Size: Male: 32 mm. Female: 35 mm.
    • Climbing Abilities: All life stages can climb.
    • Flying Abilities: Cannot fly.
    • Mode of Birth: Oviparous.
    • Care Level: Advanced.
    • Temperature Requirements: 70-80 degrees Fahrenheit.
    • Air Humidity: Not picky.
    • Substrate Humidity:  Very moist.
    • Favorite Foods: Not picky.
  • Locality: None.

At long last the glorious Orin’s zebra roach has been bred at Roach Crossing! This species was named after long-time hobbyist Orin McMonigle (author of the classic Allpet Roach Books) after he sent a specimen to the late cockroach authority Dr. Louis Roth. Although it has been in culture for many years, Orin’s zebra roach has proven tricky to breed for many. Some factors that seem to optimize the likelihood of successful cultivation include consistently moist substrate, plentiful food, and rotten wood and/or bark for oviposition. Once established, cultures are hardy and quite fecund, remaining problem-free from then on. Perhaps the best aspect of keeping this extravagant species are the nymphs, which form stunning aggregations beneath tank decor during the day and which actively dart about seeking food and company throughout the night. The antennae of all life stages are exceptionally long and delicate, playing an important role in navigation, food detection, and communication. Certainly, Orin’s zebra roach is a precious gem to cockroach keepers, worth a try for anyone who admires its beauty and elegance.