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First of all, since this is my first post here, I would like to introduce myself. My name is Jesse, 19 years old, I'm from the Netherlands and I study Animal Management. I am greatly interested in anything related to insects and I'm currently trying to figure out a way of producing Wax moths that is suitable for any size of operation.
As I'm trying things out I'm finding myself struggle on a few points:
N. Marston, B. Campbell, and P. E. Boldt (Mass producing eggs of the Greater Wax Moth, Galleria mellonella) state that they used plastic sheets coated with sugar for the moths to lay their eggs on. This way they were able to produce up to 1 million eggs per day. Right now I'm also using these sugarcoated plastic sheets, but I can't get the moths to lay their eggs on the sheets. What am I doing wrong? The temperature is 25-30 c, RH 40% (I tried 70-80 before and this didn't help either). There is about 12 hours light a day.
The second thing I found myself struggling with is that the waxmoths I rear produce silk. The ones I buy from the store don't produce any 'silk.' What can I do to stop them from producing silk? I tried cold treatment and this seems to work for as long as they are in the refrigderator. Woodshavings do not seem to affect silk production.
I really hope that somebody can help me with this, and I would be forever thankfull if anyone knows the answer!