The Ergonomic Feeding Dish is a smartly-designed glazed clay bowl that holds Dubia roaches at feeding time. It can also hold other small feeder insects like mealworms and superworms.
At 3.75 inches, the dish is about the diameter of a softball. Its height starts at 1.25 inches in the front and increases to 2 inches in the rear. The lower front height allows animals easy access while the taller height in the rear lessens the chance insects will escape.
And it works well. Besides height, escape is also discouraged by smooth glazed walls that most insects can’t climb. They won’t escape unless their body is longer than the height of the wall, but sometimes not even then. This is because there is a thin lip around the inside rim that helps keep the insects in.
So what size Dubia can you feed with the Ergonomic Feeding Dish? Any size, actually. It holds up to about 1-inch roaches reliably. Larger roaches may escape on occasion, but not always. In fact, most larger roaches tend to stay in when we use the Dish.
How well the Dish holds larger roaches depends on a few things:
First is how many roaches you put in it. They climb on each other’s backs, so the more roaches in the bowl, the more opportunity they have to get a boost and climb out.
Second is time. Dubia roaches prefer the dark, and in bright light they tend to head for the shadows rather than trying to escape. Most of them stay in place when we feed them to our animals during the day. They are much more likely to explore their surroundings at night when it’s dark.
We like this feeding dish, and we use it regularly. It comes in two colors: blue and green.