If you are intending on starting a colony of Blaptica dubia there are several things you will need to know. For starters you have to be able to identify your dubia. Blaptica dubia are also referred to 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 long 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 need to have no worries catching them. Dubia also do not burrow and can not climb smooth surfaces. Now that you’ve learned a little 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 this type of seems like to much work or expensive you can find roach diet online. Before feeding your dubia it is important for you to go over the food and remove whatever may be molded. Molded food will hurt your colony. Your dubia may also need water. Using water crystals allows your dubia to have the water they need but can also be not as messy as liquid water. Make sure you put the water crystals in a small dish which means that your dubia still have a place to move around.
Now that you know the best way to feed your dubia lets discuss their environment. Since dubia certainly are a non climbing species any smooth sided container will make a great home. Ensure your container has plenty of egg crates in order that they are able to breed whilst keeping your colony going. Be sure that your dubia have a higher then normal humidity (above 40%) inside their container, you can accomplish this by using a heat mat or a heat lamp. To get the correct humidity you may should also mist the container with water, but make sure that your container never gets mold inside 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 guarantee that you may have a big and healthy colony.
Blaptica dubia makes wonderful feeder roaches for many reasons. First off roaches are 36% protein rather than crickets which are only 18.5% protein. Dubia have a softer outer shell which will make them much easier to digest for the pets. Also roaches have hardly any odor and you should not make any noise which makes it much better to raise a colony in your home. It is important to hmviou any other male dubia you may have within your colony to give your pets. You need to have 1 male to 3 females inside your colony. Because dubia have more protein then crickets your dog will consume less enabling you to save money and to get a healthy happy pet.