¼-inch Dubia are a common starter size for many of the most popular baby insectivorous animals. As soon as an animal can easily manage ¼-inch crickets, it’s ready to try ¼-inch Dubia. Though quarter inchers may be a bit large for some smaller hatchling chameleons, geckos, and similarly-sized animals currently on pinhead or ⅛-inch crickets, the time needed to grow into them is usually measured in just days or maybe a few weeks.
All Dubia roaches are loaded with protein, but this is especially true for young nymphs in early stages of growth. They spend their time gorging on nutritious, high protein foods to fuel their rapid growth, and because rapid growth requires flexibility, their exoskeletons are thin, fragile, and most importantly, they’re easier to digest. This is good news for the digestive systems of the animals that eat them. It also means that smaller Dubia roaches have more protein per ounce than larger ones, which is, again, perfect for the young, growing animals that eat them.
Dubia roaches are superior feeders for a variety of reasons. They are the most gut-loadable feeder, they contain more vitamins & minerals, they are easier to keep and maintain, etc. However, there’s one group of animals for which small Dubia feeders really shine. This is young, growing insectivores. The Dubia’s abundant protein helps satisfy these animals’ unique nutritional needs. And as mentioned, smaller roaches are easier to digest. This again benefits young animals with developing digestive systems that can’t yet handle larger insects with thicker exoskeletons.
The bottom line: Dubia roaches have more nutrition per ounce than other feeders. And the younger they are, the larger the gap.
¼-inch Dubia are considerably larger than Minis, despite their similar body length. This is because they are more “filled out”. They have a thicker, fatter appearance. Minis tend to be somewhat flat. ¼-inch Dubia weigh around twice as much as Minis.