Thursday, February 25, 2016

Continual Rearing

Below I attach a photo (taken yesterday) of what I believe to be the first, 4th consecutive (i.e. without diapause) generation (in a single season), L2 A.ilia larvae ever produced. In just over 6 weeks time I will have continually cultured these specimens for an entire year without diapause. It would therefore appear that if conditions are optimised it is now possible to continuously rear these species 12 months of the year.

Aside from these new L2 larvae I also currently have a another 20 specimens either in L5, pupae or recently eclosed adults (specimens supplied by Colin Wiskin) which did diapause, but due to the very mild winter conditions woke early and are now producing viable adults.

Much has certainly been learnt about these species in the process.

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