There are several things you will need to know if you are planning on starting a colony of Blaptica dubia. First off you need to be able to identify your dubia. Blaptica dubia are also referred to as the Guyana orange spotted roach, because of their dark brown colour and light orange spots. Grownup dubia usually reach 1 to 2 inches in length and live up to 12 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 happens to escape you should have no problem catching them. Dubia not climb smooth surfaces and can also do not burrow. Now that you have learned a little about identifying dubia you need to know how to care for your colony.
Blaptica dubia’s diets consist of fresh fruit and vegetables supplemented with dry dog food, grain cereal, infant cereal and fish flakes. Roach diet can be found by you online if this seems like to much work or expensive. Before feeding your dubia it is important for you to look over the food and remove anything that may be molded. Molded food will hurt your colony. Water will be also needed by your dubia. Using water crystals enables your dubia to get the water they need but is also not as dirty as liquid water. Make sure you put the water crystals in a small dish so that your dubia still have a place to move around.
Now that you know how to feed your dubia lets talk about their environment. Since dubia roaches are a non climbing species a great home will be made by any smooth sided container. Make sure that your container has plenty of egg crates so 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 accomplish this by making use of a heat mat or a heat lamp. To get the right humidity you may also need to mist the container with water, but make sure that your container never gets mould in it or 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 substantial and healthy colony.
Blaptica dubia roaches make marvelous feeder roaches for many reasons. First off roaches are 36% protein as opposed to crickets which are merely 18.5% protein. Dubia have a softer outer shell which make them easier to digest for your pets. Also roaches have little to no odor and do not make any sound making it much easier to raise a colony in your home. It is important to use any extra man dubia you have in your colony to feed your pets. You should have 1 male to 3 females in your colony. Because dubia have more protein subsequently crickets your pet will eat less allowing you to save money and to have a healthy happy pet.