Volume 6, Issue 3, June Issue - 2018, Pages:544-549

Authors: Hamzeh Alipour, Marziae Shahriari-Namadi, Abbasali Raz, Mohammad D. Moemenbellah-Fard
Abstract: Rearing insect colonies in insectarium is often encountered with some problems. Cold-preservation can serve as an alternate option and can save large amount of insects without time-lapse, this method is also found valuable and cost-effective. In present study Lucilia sericata adults were used for cold preservation. One hundred twenty (120) L. sericata pupae were used in this study, these insects were divided in three groups of forty member, and each group was stored in 50 ml tubes containing sawdust and kept at 4°C for 3, 6 &12 months. After the completion of required exposure time (3, 6 and 12 months), pupae were taken out from 4°C and placed under standard maggotarium conditions on sawdust in 40 × 40 cm cages. This was followed by the counting adult number, result of study revealed that after three months, 28 (70%) pupae were transformed into adults. While in case of 6 and 12 months this transformation number was 20 (50%) and 8 (20%) pupae respectively.   From the result of study it can be concluded that this method is cost effective and time saving and L. sericata can be reared when ever required. This method opens new horizons for mass rearing of L. sericata for laboratory, research and business requirements
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