Newly-emerged adult female Dubia roaches have a lot to look forward to. They just transformed from immature nymph to adult female breeder. They’ve spent months eating and storing the nutrients they’ll need for growth and reproduction, and they managed to avoid all the pitfalls of roach life so far. Now they have their entire reproductive lives ahead of them. With a little luck, they’ll spend their remaining days eating and producing batches of new Dubia nymphs, month after month, for the next 18 to 20 months.
All of our roches receive high quality, nutrient-dense foods designed to meet their nutritional needs at least in part because research confirms nutritionally primed females have longer reproductive lives, less downtime, larger clutches, healthier offspring, faster recovery, and lower mortality than those eating substandard diets. Through targeted nutrition, we provide everything they need at each stage of development. This means our adult females are strong, vital, and better able to withstand the rigors of breeding than their nutritionally challenged peers.
All things equal, proper nutrition is critical to successful Dubia roach breeding. From day one, female Dubia roaches eat for two reasons: to grow and to build their nutrient stores for reproduction. And these stores are not a luxury. They’re a necessity. Under optimum conditions, females produce around 35 live offspring per cycle. Given a 45-day cycle, that comes to about 500 nymphs in a little over 1.5 years. That’s almost one nymph per female per day!
As you might imagine, this takes a lot of nutritional support. And not just support from the food they eat in adulthood. It also comes from the mobilization of nutrients stored during their first four months of life as nymphs. The fittest females rest for only five to seven days between giving birth and mating. Low nutritional reserves correlate with slower recovery and poorer performance. On the other hand, fast recovery is associated with adequate nutritional reserves. And this is why we put so much effort into nutritional research.
So what’s the bottom line for you? Our adult female Dubia roaches have what it takes to succeed. All they need from here is a little time, proper conditions, and a few males. In our experience, the best way to create a large, thriving colony of big, nutritious Dubia roaches is to start with healthy stock and take good care of them from there.
If we had just one piece of advice for people starting new Dubia colonies, it would be to start with the healthiest females they can find. There’s more to raising a colony than that, of course. But it’s very important to get healthy stock for a strong start. With Dubia roach females, what they are depends on their conditioning as nymphs. Once they reach adulthood, what they can become is pretty much baked in. You can’t make up for lost time.