Newly-emerged adult female Dubia roaches have a lot to look forward to. They just transformed from immature nymph to full-grown adult female breeder. They 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. With a little luck they’ll spend their remaining days eating and producing new batches of Dubia nymphs, month after month, for the next 18 to 20 months.
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 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 a year and a half. That’s almost one nymph per female per day.
This takes a lot of nutritional support – and not just from the food they eat in adulthood, but also from the mobilization of nutrients stored during their first four months of life. 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. Fast recovery is associated with adequate nutritional reserves. This is why we put so much effort into nutritional research.
So what’s the bottom line for customers? Our adult females have what they need 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. This means providing the 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 start with the healthiest females they can find.