Reared

A project collecting data on species reared from egg or larva or pupa to adulthood. All taxa, not just the obvious moths, butterflies, flies, beetles and wasps. This is a real cool project - not only for adults but kids as well. Simply next time y

A project collecting data on species reared from egg or larva or pupa to adulthood.

All taxa, not just the obvious moths, butterflies, flies, beetles and wasps.

This is a real cool project - not only for adults but kids as well. Simply next time you find a caterpillar or grub eating your plants, collect it, put it in a jar with some air holes and some soil** (or a plastic ice-cream box with air holes) and feed it. [**otherwise some species will just die instead of pupating]. After a few days to weeks it will pupate and the pupae can be transferred to a container to await the metamorphosis to a moth, butterfly, beetle, fly - or: and dont be despondent a parasitic wasp or fly.
Remember to photograph each time the caterpillar moves into a new skin (a new instar), and the pupae and the moth that emerges. And put them on iSpot.

There is a forum for those interested in tips for rearing and what problems arise (too humid, wrong foods, etc): see http://www.ispotnature.org/node/625776

23 Sep 2015
Tony Rebelo