If you are planning on starting a colony of Blaptica dubia there are numerous things you will have to know. First off you need to 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 up to 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 ought to have no issue catching them. Dubia also don’t dig and can not climb smooth surfaces. Now that you have learned a bit about identifying dubia you have to know how to care for your colony.
Blaptica dubia’s diets include fresh vegetables and fruits 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 necessary so that you can check out the food and take away whatever may be molded. Molded food will hurt your colony. Your dubia will even need water. Using water crystals allows your dubia to have the water they need but is additionally less messy as liquid water. Ensure you position the water crystals in a small dish so your dubia have a location to move around.
Now you know how to feed your dubia lets speak about their environment. Since dubia are a non climbing species any smooth sided container is likely to make an excellent home. Ensure your container has lots of egg crates in order that they could breed and keep your colony going. Make sure that your dubia possess a higher then normal humidity (above 40%) inside their container, you can achieve this using a heat mat or perhaps a heat lamp. To have the correct humidity you may should also mist the container with water, but make sure that 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 guarantee you will have a big and healthy colony.
Blaptica dubia makes wonderful feeder roaches for most reasons. To begin with roaches are 36% protein as opposed to crickets that are only 18.5% protein. Dubia use a softer outer shell which make them simpler to digest for the pets. Also roaches have little to no odor and never make any noise making it much easier to raise a colony at home. You should hmviou any extra male dubia you may have in your colony to feed your pets. You ought to have 1 male to 3 females inside your colony. Because dubia have more protein then crickets your furry friend will consume less letting you spend less and to get a healthy happy pet.