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KrisWithaK1225
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Well today, after checking on my dubia colony, I noticed a very strange female. It kind of looks like she is sticking out her egg sack thing but it's white and collapses a little when I touch it. She's not very active and looks a little limp.

 

I would post a picture but my computer is having problems.

 

Does anyone know what this is? Any opinions would be helpful.

P.S. Can someone help me with uploading pictures to this forum? I want to doublecheck if I'm doing it right lol.

August 16, 2010 at 11:56 PM Flag Quote & Reply

Devin
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the humidity is too low, check your humidity and temperature levels. if both are good, she might have some reproductive issues. how old is she?

August 17, 2010 at 11:19 AM Flag Quote & Reply

KrisWithaK1225
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My humidity and temperature are both fine. I don't know exactly how old she is, but she's been an adult for at least a month or two.
August 17, 2010 at 1:29 PM Flag Quote & Reply

Devin
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yeah thats abnormal, is it still present?

September 13, 2010 at 5:53 PM Flag Quote & Reply

KrisWithaK1225
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Actually it died a few weeks ago so I threw it out.

September 13, 2010 at 5:55 PM Flag Quote & Reply

Devin
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thats to be expected, its sounds to me like she went through an incomplete shed. usually terminal, but who truly knows what happened. hows your colony doing?

September 13, 2010 at 6:02 PM Flag Quote & Reply

KrisWithaK1225
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It's doing pretty well. Although I may have fed a little too heavily out of it without knowing. But I have a ton of baby ones crawling all over the place.

BTW, about how long will it take for a baby dubia to become an adult? I've never kept track of it and kinda want to know.

September 13, 2010 at 6:57 PM Flag Quote & Reply

Aleakim
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These roaches usually reach adulthood at anywhere from 3 to 6 months, and then will live another year or two.



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September 13, 2010 at 9:08 PM Flag Quote & Reply

KrisWithaK1225
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Thanks for the info you guys.

I just upgraded the colony to a bigger container. I think they like it better because it's darker now. But it looks like I have less roaches due to all of the extra space.

September 14, 2010 at 12:03 AM Flag Quote & Reply

Aleakim
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Nice. Also, females can lay 20-40 babies in about a month...That's where I got my "4 girls, 2 guys...100 roaches!! x.x" post from. Hehe. You probably already knew that.

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September 14, 2010 at 9:46 AM Flag Quote & Reply

KrisWithaK1225
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Yeah I did, but having a little review every once in a while is good right?

September 14, 2010 at 10:05 AM Flag Quote & Reply

Devin
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yes, like you had mentioned, you havent realized how decimated your colony became, just keep track of how heavily your feeding out of it, you want it to be self sustained. you should wait a while for the numbers to recuperate, before feeding from it again. 

September 15, 2010 at 9:47 PM Flag Quote & Reply

KrisWithaK1225
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Thanks for the advice. I'm doing that right now. I'll just feed Rusty crickets until my colony is strong again.

September 15, 2010 at 10:26 PM Flag Quote & Reply

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