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RULES OF THUMB
Time from egg - reproductive adults:
Maturation time from eclosion:
immediate for females, 2 days for males.
Yes, by CO2.
Plodia Diet Recipe
- Cover cover mesh of the airtight container with filter paper and tape around it for label.
- Information on the label: Pi_(strain) [date passed] [eggs total weight]/[45-50 g diet]
- During larval stage, scrape the silk from around the cover mesh and lid when the entire culture is covered by thick silk (thin silk is not a problem). Too much silk production in the container can result in overheating and moisture build up that leads to fungal/yeast infection. Also complication during adult transfer into mason (oviposition) jar.
- Kill any escaped moths and wipe the surrounding surface down with ethanol to prevent unwanted egg dispersal. Rinse the tray with water.