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Old 11-16-2012, 11:50 PM
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How to tell if Dubia are breeding?

So as I'm sure you know and are tired of hearing me complain I can't get my roaches to breed, how can I tell? I bought 1k nymphs to feed off, so most are pretty small. I added heat recently, and noticed some -very- small nymphs. Would these be new babies? The 1k nymphs were about 1 1/2 months ago, so most are just over half an inch.

Was just curious if I'll see left over ootheca or any telling signs besides tiny nymphs.

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Old 11-16-2012, 11:58 PM
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you should mist atleast once a day and feediing oranges boost their reproducing,also what temp it should be from 87 to 90 f
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So as I'm sure you know and are tired of hearing me complain I can't get my roaches to breed, how can I tell? I bought 1k nymphs to feed off, so most are pretty small. I added heat recently, and noticed some -very- small nymphs. Would these be new babies? The 1k nymphs were about 1 1/2 months ago, so most are just over half an inch.

Was just curious if I'll see left over ootheca or any telling signs besides tiny nymphs.

Any advice/help is greatly appreciated!
Dubias grow at different rates, so this could be the older nymphs. It is hard to tell which is which, unless you see a large amount a white nymphs grouped up. This means they were just born. Also you most likely will not see the egg case since the babies eat it. I hope that you get nymphs faster than i did. How many adults do you have?
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Thanks for the responses I havent counted since I don't want to disturb them too much but only a handful, about 10-15 females 5-8 males. Don't they give birth once a month on average?

Also misting will cause mold won't it?
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I only mist if I notice any shedding problems. They are pretty hardy and (for me at least) get all the water they need from veggies/fruits and water crystals.

Like sandra said, tiny new nymphs are the best way to tell if they are breeding. You might also come across a newly birthed group that are white/grey with a female watching over them. I once watched two females give birth in the same "cup" in an egg flat and a third female came over to sit on top of the babies.
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Wow, didn't know they had social behavior. Well thanks everyone I don't put any water crystals in, scared of my Melon getting one by accident.
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Its okay for the roaches to have the crystals in their enclosure as long as there are none in the chameleon's cage.
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Would orange slices do the trick? Or do they also need the water crystals?
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So as I'm sure you know and are tired of hearing me complain I can't get my roaches to breed, how can I tell? I bought 1k nymphs to feed off, so most are pretty small. I added heat recently, and noticed some -very- small nymphs. Would these be new babies? The 1k nymphs were about 1 1/2 months ago, so most are just over half an inch.

Was just curious if I'll see left over ootheca or any telling signs besides tiny nymphs.

Any advice/help is greatly appreciated!
I only quickly glanced the responses, so perhaps I missed something but...

You don't have any adults? Nymphs don't breed and it takes them upwards of several months to reach breeding age.

You should have adult males and females (Males have visible wings, Females don't). 1 male: 2.5 females is a ratio I use but you can experiment; you don't need 1:1. With heat (80F+) they breed within a month; you can usually tell by a huge burst of tiny guys.

IMO, you should have crystals for them (no standing water). Orange slices or similar will work but you have to keep them fresh and its just not wroth the hassle compared to water crystals you "set and forget".
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