Newly-emerged adult female Dubia roaches have a lot to look forward to. They just finished the process of transforming from immature nymph to full-grown female breeder. They spent months consuming and storing the nutrients they’ll need for growth and reproduction, and they managed to avoid all the pitfalls of roach life so far – not the least of which is becoming a meal for a hungry animal. With any luck they’ll spend the rest of their days eating and producing dozens of new Dubia roach nymphs, month after month, for the next 18 to 20 months.
At about 1-¼ to 1-½ inches, new females have not reached full size yet. That will come in time.
All of our roches receive high quality, nutrient-dense foods targeted 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 on 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. These stores are not a luxury – they are a need. 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 a year and a half. That’s almost one nymph per female per day.
For Dubia roaches, the energy to support this significant fertility comes not just from the food they eat in adulthood, but also from the mobilization of nutrients stored during their first few months of life. The fittest females only rest for five to seven days between giving birth and mating again. Lower reserves correlate with slower recovery and poorer performance while a quick recovery is associated with an adequate reserve.
The bottom line is that nutrition is a key factor in successful Dubia roach breeding, and our adult females are equipped with what they need to succeed. All they need now 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, which means providing the environmental conditions they need to thrive. If we had to give just one bit of advice to people starting new Dubia roach colonies, it would be to buy the healthiest females they can find.
- Length: 1.25″
- Length Range: 1.0″ – 1.5″
- Width: 0.75″
- Age: 4 months
- Sex: female
- Weight: 30 grams
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