If you are planning on starting a colony of Blaptica dubia there are several things you need to know. First off you should 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 as much as one year. Male dubia have wings, and the female dubia have wing stubs but neither can fly. Dubia are also very slow movers, so if one happens to escape you should have no problem catching them. Dubia also don’t burrow and can not climb smooth surfaces. Now that you’ve learned a little about identifying dubia you should know how to care for your colony.
Blaptica dubia’s diets include fresh fruit and veggies 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 so that you can check out the food and remove anything that may be molded. Molded food will hurt your colony. Your dubia will also need water. Using water crystals allows your dubia to have the water they want but can also be much less messy as liquid water. Ensure you place the water crystals in a small dish which means that your dubia have a location to maneuver.
Now that you 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 great home. Make sure that your container has a lot of egg crates in order that they can breed whilst keeping your colony going. Make sure that your dubia use a higher then normal humidity (above 40%) in their container, you can accomplish this simply by using a heat mat or perhaps a heat lamp. To have the correct humidity you may should also mist the container with water, but ensure your container never gets mold within it or perhaps 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 will have a big and healthy colony.
Blaptica dubia makes wonderful feeder roaches for many reasons. First off roaches are 36% protein instead of crickets that are only 18.5% protein. Dubia use a softer outer shell that make them much easier to digest to your pets. Also roaches have little to no odor and do not make any noise rendering it much easier to raise a colony at home. You should hmviou any other male dubia you might have in your colony to give your pets. You need to have 1 male to 3 females within your colony. Because dubia have more protein then crickets your dog will eat less letting you cut costs and to have a healthy happy pet.