Archimandrita tessellata Rehn, 1903

Archimandrita tessellata
Synonyms: none
Common names: Peppered cockroach; Tessellated gargantuan cockroach
Useful information: Non-climber and flightless.
Distribution: Guatemala; Costa Rica; Panama; Columbia
Size: 60-65 mm
Reproduction and ontogeny: Ovovivipary. The gestation period is 3-5 months. They are getting mature in 9 months. One female gives life 20-50 babies per litter.
Morphology: Nymphs are wingless as it’s usual. They have a brown color with brighter dots on their whole body. Both males and females are macropterous. The tegmina’s are golden and have a densely dotted marking. The pronotum has an abstract marking. These all together makes them unmistakable.
Housing:

  • Temperature: 24°C-30°C // 75°F-86°F
  • Humidity: 60%-80%
  • Food: Vegetables, fruits, protein (dry cat or dog food) and rotten wood with dried leaves.
  • Other information: They love to burrow in deep substrate, so just give them what they want. They need to be kept very moist, unless the last moulting will be very problematic. Their wings could be creased and the genitalia could be injured. Adults and sub-adults are like to hanging around on vertical surfaces where they usually moult.

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