Pennsylvania Wood Roach

Parcoblatta pennsylvanica “Tuscaloosa”

Starter colony (15 mixed nymphs): $40

Detailed Species Stats -Click-

  • Adult Size: Male: 26 mm. Female: 24 mm.
  • Climbing Abilities: Adults of both sexes can climb.
  • Flying Abilities: Adults males can fly.
  • Mode of Birth: Oviparous.
  • Care Level: Intermediate.
  • Temperature Requirements: 65-85 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Air Humidity: Not picky.
  • Substrate Humidity: Not picky.
  • Favorite Foods: Not picky.
  • Locality: Tuscaloosa, Alabama, United States.

Parcoblatta pennsylvanica in name only, this locality is very different from northern strains despite the adult males possessing the identifying paired thoracic structures. There is no diapause requirement, the overall size is smaller, and all life stages beyond the first few instars are very dark with adult males nearly solid black. In the southern United States, where Parcoblatta is far more speciose, the Pennsylvania wood roach may face heavy competition from its milder-climate relatives. This phenotype may be the result of that pressure, though future test crosses may elucidate more about this peculiar strain’s relationships.