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A Method for Rearing Large Quantities of the Damselfly, Ischnura ramburii (Odonata: Coenagrionidae), in the Laboratory
- Locklin, Jason L., Huckabee, Joshua S., Gering, Eben J.
- Florida entomologist 2012 v.95 no.2 pp. 273-277
- Ischnura, experimental design, new methods, rearing
- Laboratory based experimental designs typically require large sample sizes of genetically related organisms at the same developmental stage. Several described methods for rearing damselflies have been published, but these methods require laborious techniques when rearing large quantities of damselflies simultaneously. We have developed a relatively easy and inexpensive method for rearing large quantities of a coenagrionid damselfly that streamlines previously published methods and employs new techniques that increase efficiency and yield. Culturing large numbers of damselflies in the laboratory is manageable and opens diverse research avenues.