Other common names: Orange-spotted Cockroach; Guyana Spotted Cockroach
Scientific name: Blaptica dubia
The Dubia cockroach is found in Central and South America. Dubia cockroaches have become popular as feeder insects for reptiles and amphibians because they are a high quality herp food source that is easier to raise than crickets. Dubia Roaches are meaty with a soft body, which contains a much higher ratio of protein to indigestible chitin compared to crickets. Dubia Cockroaches breed in drier conditions than many other roaches and produce little odor. They are calm and easy to handle for feeding. They do not make any noise which is another reason they are becoming much more popular than crickets.
Appearance / health:
Adults are dark brown to black with somewhat lighter orange spot/stripe patterning sometimes visible only in bright light. It is said that although the males have wings, they do not fly, they can hover 1-2 inches in the air.
Ideal temperature range is the higher end of a 75—95 degrees Fahrenheit range. Neither adults or juveniles climb smooth surfaces, juveniles have been known to climb the silicon seals in aquariums.
Dubias are prolific and give birth to anywhere between 20 to 40 live young in a month. They will not breed below 68F.
healthiest feeder, inexpensive food source, best feeder insects, offspring, great investment
undertank heating pad, humidifier
burrow, moldy produce, ventilation, smaller nymph dubias, weird mating dance
"I have about 20 of these things in about a 30 gallon tank with egg cartons, the don't require anything even during the winter months. I provide them water on a loofa occasionally and feed them the food what my other pets may have wasted. I never had any of them die on me and are a great way to feel like you're not wasting food.."
From etiab4 Nov 20 2014 9:03PM
"The Dubia Roach is a great species to keep and breed in captivity as a food source for any large insect eating. They are very easy to breed and will produce offspring very frequently and in high quantities. I would recommend keeping these in large black plastic tubs with egg cartons to hide in. You can keep them in groups of 200 and feed the dog pellets and fresh veggies as their food source. They are a great food source for bearded dragons and any other large lizards. A highly recommended food source.."
From RobWedderburn Jan 30 2016 3:24AM
"I kept Dubia roaches for a while as feeders for my bearded dragon, Wiggles. I wanted to try something different than crickets because they're expensive and die easily in my very dry house. By chance, I found someone on craigslist willing to part with a bunch of juveniles and some adults, and so that's how I started my colony. They were REALLY hard to kill, which is great, because you definitely don't take care of roaches and feeder insects like you do say, a dog. The major con though was that they didn't grow or reproduce very fast. I had them for a few months and barely had any colony growth. I found that I was still having a big time / money investment in crickets just waiting for the roaches to be big enough to feed to my dragon. They weren't messy (a pro), but they did tend to wiggle and escape if you were trying to pick them up out of their cage. Long after I got rid of the colony, I found an exoskeleton of a dubia roach about a foot under one of my floor carpets. Yuck. So, take them as you will. If you're willing to wait on them, they're probably a great investment. It just wasn't worth it for me.."
From SamDavis88 Feb 8 2014 6:44PM