¼-inch Dubia roaches are a common starter size for many of the most popular baby insectivores. As soon as animals can manage ¼-inch crickets, they’re ready to try ¼-inch Dubia roaches.
All Dubia roaches are high in protein, but this is especially true of young nymphs in their early growth stages. In fact, small Dubia roaches spend most of their time eating, and in our colonies that means gorging on nutritious foods to fuel their rapid growth.
This fast growth requires flexibility, so their exoskeletons are thin, fragile, and easy to digest. This is a good deal for insectivores. Young animals with tender digestive systems appreciate feeders that are easy to digest. The thin exoskeleton of young Dubia means less chitin and more protein per ounce. This is particularly helpful for animals that need a little extra protein, as most young ones do.
Dubia roaches are superior feeders for many reasons. They’re the most gut loadable insect. They have more vitamins & minerals. They are easier to keep and maintain. You may have heard all of this before, but there is one group of animals for which small Dubia nymph feeders shine extra bright. These are young, growing insectivores. The Dubia’s nutritional profile, which includes high protein and other beneficial nutrients, helps meet these animals’ unique nutritional needs.
So what’s the bottom line? Quarter inch Dubia roaches are nutritious feeders for your animals. They tend to have more nourishment per ounce than other insects, and the younger they are, the more they have. In our experience, growing insectivores tend to do very well on ¼-inch Dubia roaches.
¼-inch Dubia Roach Sizing Notes
¼-inch Dubia Roaches are approximately ¼ inch in length. Some may be a bit larger, others smaller, and most fall in the middle.
Because they’re so small, their size may depend a lot on hydration and feeding status. As with Minis, you can increase or decrease the size of ¼-inch nymphs with food and water. Feed or water them to increase their size, or simply withhold these things to decrease it. A full Dubia roach with an elongated abdomen can be twice as long as one that has not eaten in a number of days.
We ship all Dubia roaches fully fed. This means they may shrink during shipping, depending on transit time. To restore their full volume, simply feed them fresh fruits, vegetables, water, or other suitable foods when they arrive.
Young Dubia roaches grow very fast. Because they’re so small, allowing them to feed unrestricted for a week or two in ideal conditions can lead to significant growth.