Polished New Roach

Photo provided by Alan Jeon.

Neoblattella detersa

Photo provided by Alan Jeon.

Starter colony (15 mixed nymphs): $40 ( Not Available )

Detailed Species Stats -Click-

  • Adult Size: Male: 9 mm. Female: 10 mm.
  • Climbing Abilities: All life stages can climb.
  • Flying Abilities: Adults of both sexes can fly.
  • Mode of Birth: Oviparous.
  • Care Level: Intermediate.
  • Temperature Requirements: 70-85 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Air Humidity: Dry.
  • Substrate Humidity: Dry.
  • Favorite Foods: Not picky.
  • Locality: Arcadia, Florida.

A Caribbean endemic that has, naturally or unnaturally, made its way to Florida, the polished new roach is found in a variety of disturbed habitats on the mainland and in the Florida Keys. It’s often found in leaf litter, particularly that of sea grape in the Keys, inhabiting the lower, moist layers when small and moving up into the drier layers with age. The newborns are very tiny but noticeably patterned; this pattern becomes increasingly prominent as they age and subadults are very showy for their size with bold, black markings.  Contrastingly, adults are a shiny, uniform gray-tan, but compensate for the color shift with some degree of day-active behavior. This species would make a unique and fairly feasible feeder for those with specialized needs for tiny, active prey.