Schwarz’s Hooded Roach

Compsodes schwarzi

30 mixed: $20
100 mixed: $60
300 mixed: $160 ( Contact for availability )

Detailed Species Stats -Click-

  • Adult Size: Male: 9 mm. Female: 8 mm.
  • Climbing Abilities: Adult males can climb.
  • Flying Abilities: Adult 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: None.

Alan Jeon put the extra special effort into collecting this tiny species on Roach Crossing’s first Arizona trip. Braving an ant assault, he was able to collect a fair number of this gossamer species, propagate them, and eventually distribute them. This species is found almost exclusively in ant nests, where its ant-placating biology gives access to limitless food in the form of colony scraps, stable environmental conditions, and protection from predators and competition. The Schwarz’s hooded roach’s slender, upright form, alertness, and quirky, erratic movements are deceptive; though physically similar to familiar pest roaches, this species is actually closely related to sand roaches and is actually nestled in the family Corydiidae with them! In the utopian confines of a captive culture, this species is prolific and active under loose debris and bark, making it an excellent tiny feeder. It could be viewed as a more dry-tolerant feeder equivalent to Nocticola sp., though Compsodes schwarzi tolerates a good amount of moisture too.