Mini Dubia roaches are tiny, but they pack a big nutritional punch. Though small, these diminutive feeders contain huge nutrition for your animals.
At about 3⁄16-inch and a week or so old, Minis are the smallest and youngest of our Dubia roach nymphs. Though small, they contain all the same nutrition as their older, larger peers. In fact, ounce for ounce, they may even have more.
This is because in order to double their size in the next few weeks, Minis have paper-thin, flexible exoskeletons. Dubia roach exoskeletons are made of chitin, which is indigestible. The older they are, the thicker and more developed their shells become. Therefore, younger Dubia have more nutrition per ounce than their larger peers. The younger they are, the more nutrition per ounce.
In addition, Dubia roaches are born with nutritional reserves to carry them through any food scarcity they may face early in life. This benefits the roaches, but it’s also a big a plus for the young insectivores that eat them. They too are growing, and growing animals have greater nutritional needs. Young animals also tend to have tender digestive systems that appreciate the easy digestibility of Mini dubia roaches.
To sum it up: Mini Dubia roaches are high in protein and minerals. They’re soft and tender compared to other feeder insects, and they’re easier to digest. This is part of why Dubia roaches make such nutritious feeders.
Mini Dubia Roach Sizing Notes
Mini Dubia roaches range between ⅛ inch and ¼ inch.
Minis are larger than small crickets in the pinhead to ⅛ inch range. They grow very fast, so their size varies from roach to roach and batch to batch. However, they generally measure under ¼ inch. By weight, they are about half the size of our quarter inch Dubia roach nymphs. They also tend to be smaller and flatter.
If you find that Minis are too big or small, you may be able to modify them to fit your animal. You can increase (or decrease) their size by double (or half) by offering plenty of healthy foods (or withholding food and water) for a few days or a week.