Forum: Modified Rearing and Maintenance Techniques for Mantispa Viridis (Neuroptera: Mantispidae)

Jeffrey R. Brushwein, Joseph D. Culin


Improved techniques were developed for the rearing and maintenance of Mantispa viridis Walker. These have proven highly successful and have eliminated problems encountered by other researchers working on mantispine developmental studies, and should allow subsequent studies to be conducted under standardized conditions. These techniques also have been used in maintaining colonies of beaded lacewings (Neuroptera: Berothidae), various spider egg parasitoids and predators, and are adaptable for other arthropods that require individual confinement.

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