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  • Fruit fly husbandry, Have some Culture-Learn how to Fly!

    marzo 14, 2024 2 lectura mínima

    Keeping fruit fly cultures producing is important in order to have feeders readily available for your pet. Ordering them online is expensive and requires some luck with having them delivered in good condition, like a bowl of oatmeal sent in the mail. Drosophila

    Shipping even the best of active cultures leaves the adult flies dead and requires time for the larvae to recover and hatch.
    Learn about culturing fruit flies or you'll be fed up and wasting money.
    What I recommend to all my mantis lovers is learning to culturing fruit flies is as important as learning how to care about your mantis. It’s impractical to order fruit flies as they don’t always ship well and are expensive. They can be easy to make. When ordering cultures get 2 or 3 to start. This way you’ll have plenty to feed with and also to make fresh cultures.
    You'll learn that they take about 2 weeks produce, and are useful for about 3 weeks before they go bad. Also some cultures will fail, mold can be a problem if not made properly as there is yeast and ingredients invite its growth. This is why I recommend being careful to use clean ingredients. The excelsior (wood wool), the cup and the medium need to be fresh and pure. I put the ingredients separately (before mixing with hot water) including the excelsior in the microwave for 10-15 seconds which sterilizes it. Then be mindful to keep it from being contaminated while you mix and adding flies from an active culture.
    Make cultures every 2-3 weeks, don’t wait till your last fly. Make extra and throw them away or sell them on eBay for $10-15 and be smart.
    Making cultures is as simple as making a cup up instant oatmeal and can cost less than \$1-2 dollars to make. Here’s a recipe that works
    And there’s also the culture kit we sell.
    Every so often you’ll need to order a fresh culture or 2 to replenish your your breeding stock. If cultures are kept at temperatures above 85F the flies become sterile and will die. Drosophila Hydei flightless especially will become sterile and stop producing. Experiment with the mix in your environment depending on humidity and temperature and how thick or wet your medium should be.
    Learn how to fly!

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    Invasive claims and irresponsible advice
    Invasive claims and irresponsible advice

    abril 13, 2024 2 lectura mínima

    This article is addressed to those who don’t understand how an ecosystem and environment works. There are deeper factors requiring serious consideration
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    Is it time for insect researchers to consider their subjects’ welfare?
    Is it time for insect researchers to consider their subjects’ welfare?

    abril 08, 2024 3 lectura mínima

    Recent evidence suggests that at least some insect species might plausibly feel pain. This Perspective argues that researchers need to rethink the welfare implications of these findings for experiments that use insects.

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    My Awesome Summer by P. Mantis Children’s book
    My Awesome Summer by P. Mantis Children’s book

    abril 07, 2024 1 lectura mínima

    Some big birds landed near me I did my cool trick pretending to be a stick in the wind, they flew away…
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