If you are planning on starting a colony of Blaptica dubia there are numerous things you will have to know. First off you have to be able to identify your dubia. Blaptica dubia are also known as the Guyana orange spotted roach, because of the 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 occurs to escape you should have no worries catching them. Dubia also do not burrow and can not climb smooth surfaces. Now that you’ve learned a bit about identifying dubia you have to know how to look after your colony.
Blaptica dubia’s diets contain fresh vegetables and fruits supplemented with dry dog food, grain cereal, baby cereal and fish flakes. If this seems like to much work or expensive you can find roach diet online. Before feeding your dubia it is crucial that you should look over the food and take away whatever may be molded. Molded food will hurt your colony. Your dubia will also need water. Using water crystals allows your dubia to get the water they want but can also be not as messy as liquid water. Be sure you place the water crystals in a small dish so your dubia still have a location to move around.
Now that you know how to feed your dubia lets talk about their environment. Since dubia certainly are a non climbing species any smooth sided container will make a fantastic home. Ensure your container has lots of egg crates to ensure that they are able to breed and keep your colony going. Make sure that your dubia have a higher then normal humidity (above 40%) in their container, you can achieve this 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 ensure your container never gets mold within it or your colony will die. Temperature wise you need to have your container between 80 and 95 degrees Fahrenheit. Keeping your dubia’s environment at these specifications will make sure that you may have a sizable and healthy colony.
Blaptica dubia makes wonderful feeder roaches for many reasons. For starters roaches are 36% protein as opposed to crickets which can be only 18.5% protein. Dubia use a softer outer shell that make them much easier to digest for your pets. Also roaches have little to no odor and do not make any noise making it much better to raise a colony at home. You should hmviou any extra male dubia you may have in your colony to feed your pets. You should have 1 male to 3 females within your colony. Because dubia have more protein then crickets your dog will eat less enabling you to spend less and to have a healthy happy pet.