Newly emerged adult female Dubia roaches have a lot to look forward to. They spent many months preparing for reproduction. They’ve just transformed from immature nymph to mature adult breeder. And they managed to avoid all the pitfalls of roach life so far. It’s all downhill from here, and they have their entire reproductive lives ahead of them. With a little luck, they’ll spend their remaining days producing many batches of new Dubia roach nymphs, month after month, for the next 18 to 20 months.
We feed all of our roaches high quality, nutrient-dense foods designed to exceed their nutritional needs. We do this in part because research confirms nutritionally primed female Dubia roaches have longer reproductive lives, less downtime, larger clutches, healthier offspring, and faster recovery. They also experience lower mortality than roaches eating poor 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.
And their breeding lives will be rigorous. Above all, proper nutrition is critical to successful Dubia roach breeding. From the start, female Dubia roaches eat for two reasons: to grow, and to build their nutrient stores for future reproduction. And these stores are not a luxury. They’re a necessity. Under optimum conditions, female Dubia roaches produce around 35 live offspring per cycle. Given a 45-day cycle, that comes to around 500 nymphs in a little over 1.5 years. That’s almost one nymph per female per day!
As you might imagine, this requires a lot of nutritional support. So much support, in fact, that the roaches can’t get it all in adulthood. For peak reproduction, adult female Dubia roaches mobilize nutrients they stored as nymphs. Even the fittest females rest for only five to seven days between giving birth and mating again, so these reserves are a necessity. Low nutritional reserves are linked to poorer reproductive performance, slower recovery, and even lower survival.
And this is exactly why we put so much effort into nutritional research!
So what’s the bottom line for you? Our New Adult Females have what it takes to succeed at breeding. We see to that from the start. All they need now is a little time, the right conditions, and a few males, of course. The best way to create a large colony of big, productive 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 possible. How female Dubia roaches perform depends on their conditioning as nymphs. Once they reach adulthood, their performance as breeders is pretty much baked in. No matter how great their diet may be as adults, if their nutrition was lacking as nymphs, they will always perform poorly. Unfortunately, you can’t make up for lost time!