If you are intending on starting a colony of Blaptica dubia there are several things you will need to know. To begin with you should be able to identify your dubia. Blaptica dubia are also known as the Guyana orange spotted roach, due to their dark brown color and light orange spots. Adult dubia usually reach 1 ½ to 2 inches in size and live approximately twelve months. Male dubia have wings, and the female dubia have wing stubs but neither can fly. Dubia are also very slow movers, so if one transpires with escape you should have no worries catching them. Dubia also do not dig and can not climb smooth surfaces. Now that you’ve learned a bit about identifying dubia you need to know how to look after your colony.
Blaptica dubia’s diets contain fresh fruit and veggies supplemented with dry dog food, grain cereal, baby cereal and fish flakes. If the seems like to much work or expensive you can find roach diet online. Before feeding your dubia it is crucial for you to look over the food and remove something that may be molded. Molded food will hurt your colony. Your dubia will even need water. Using water crystals allows your dubia to get the water they need but can also be less messy as liquid water. Make sure you put the water crystals in a small dish so that your dubia have a location to move around.
Since you now know how to feed your dubia lets talk about their environment. Since dubia really are a non climbing species any smooth sided container will make a fantastic home. Be sure that your container has plenty of egg crates so that they can breed and keep your colony going. Ensure your dubia possess a higher then normal humidity (above 40%) inside their container, you can achieve this by using a heat mat or even a heat lamp. To obtain the correct humidity you may also need to mist the container with water, but make sure that your container never gets mold inside it or perhaps your colony will die. Temperature wise you should have your container between 80 and 95 degrees Fahrenheit. Keeping your dubia’s environment at these specifications will ensure that you will have a big and healthy colony.
Blaptica dubia makes wonderful feeder roaches for many reasons. To begin with roaches are 36% protein as opposed to crickets which can be only 18.5% protein. Dubia possess a softer outer shell which will make them much easier to digest to your pets. Also roaches have virtually no odor and do not make any noise which makes it much easier to raise a colony in your home. You should hmviou any other male dubia you might have within your colony to give your pets. You should have 1 male to 3 females inside your colony. Because dubia have more protein then crickets your pet will consume less enabling you to cut costs and to have a healthy happy pet.