Swole Horned Roach

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Hormetica strumosa

Mixed nymphs: $10/each ( Not available )
Starter colony (12 mixed nymphs): $90 ( Not available )

Detailed Species Stats -Click-

  • Adult Size: Male: 48 mm. Female: 45 mm.
  • Climbing Abilities: Adults of both sexes can climb.
  • Flying Abilities: Cannot fly.
  • Mode of Birth: Ovoviviparous.
  • Care Level: Intermediate.
  • Temperature Requirements: 75-85 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Air Humidity: Not picky.
  • Substrate Humidity: Moist.
  • Favorite Foods: Not picky.
  • Locality: Currently being researched.

Unsurprisingly, the genus Lucihormetica was introduced to culture first (most likely due to the stylish aesthetic of its spots) and its parent genus Hormetica left somewhat neglected by lustful hobbyist eyes. The two genera were once one and the same (and some have their suspicions about potential polyphyly), Lucihormetica being distinguished by their namesake glow spots. Upon examination Hormetica strumosa has a charm of its own, with nice Halloween-esque pronotum coloration and earthy elytra. Care is the same as Lucihormetica, including the proclivity for best reproduction in good size, well-fed groups. This is another large hormeticoid roach with the average adult size rivaling some Lucihormetica grossei individuals. It is amusing that these related genera continue to be split up, with  Quadrihormetica described as recently as 2019. One can only fathom the silliness of additional prefixes and perhaps one day we will be culturing a Decihormetica asinina.