Euthlastoblatta sp. “Ocala”
Starter colony (12 mixed nymphs): $70
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Hiding among the biological curiosities of the southern United States alongside many invasives and perhaps equally as many undescribed species is a decorated treasure found only by those with the patience and aptitude to sample even the trickiest habitats. The southern belle roach is yet another addition to blatticulture made possible by Alan Jeon’s dedicated to leaving no log unturned and no bark slab unchecked. At first glance, the adults of this potentially undescribed species resemble one of Florida’s infamous indigenous Ectobiids, Latiblattella rehni. However, the nymphs are something else entirely, decked out in a suite colors described in vivid depth elsewhere. This species is more forgiving to culture than some other small Ectobiids and breeds explosively and steadily, however as with many others in that family lapses of care or remotely stagnant conditions can destroy the colony rapidly. The preferred wild habitat is dry bark on dead, still-standing trees or deeply furrowed/craggy bark on live trees, as these habitats create perfect, moist microclimates with excellent ventilation. While not a beginner species, the southern belle roach is a great candidate for those looking to hone their humidity regulation skills before moving into other advanced and expert species.